The Original Keurig Kcarafe coffee is brought to us by the iconic Eight O'Clock roasters. Eight O'clock coffee has been dubbed "America's original gourmet coffee". They have been roasting high quality, 100% Arabica beans for over 150 years. Get this, they have not changed their blend the entire time! Like the old saying goes...if it isn't broke don't fix it.
Although Eight O'Clock is a modern day classic, they do know when to bend just a bit with the times without losing the integrity of their product. They joined the Keurig revolution a few years ago and Kcup pod users fell in love all over again. With that success, they were granted an invitation to be among the first Kcarafe coffee roasters.
I thoroughly enjoy The Orignal in Kcup format but, I had even higher expectation with the Kcarafe version. With the new Keurig 2.0 brewing technology (Kcarafes can only be brewed in Keurig 2.0) much more flavor is extracted from each pod offering us a stronger, richer more satisfying cup of coffee. Or so they say...let's find out if it is true.
I chose to brew my Original Kcarafe on the 3-4 cup setting of my Keurig 2.0. I was in search of a very full bodied cup of joe and thought just a little less water would help me achieve that. After a surprisingly quick brew cycle I was able to fill a very large mug to the tippy top and still have plenty of coffee left in my carafe for a refill. Some say the carafe is designed to share...I on the other hand prefer to keep ever drop all to myself!
The result was a very dark coffee, with no visible translucency, just what I wanted! I could not even see the sides of my mug. In addition the aroma was striking and beyond pleasing.
The first sip yielded a woodsy taste with a sweet, citrus undertone on the back end. Although this is a medium roast coffee, there was a very present darkness that provided a full body and satisfying feeling. There is a balanced acidity that will appeal to the masses. Despite bordering on the dark side, The Original is simply bursting with smoothness. This coffee is very reminiscent of Folgers, just that simple easy to drink cup that hits the coffee craving spot.
In comparison to classic Keurig brewing...there was definitely a new found depth with Keurig 2.0. If you have a 2.0 you may notice that there is a quieter, pulse type noise when the unit is brewing. I believe that this pulse brewing allows for a deeper extraction which pulls out all of the subtle nuances of the coffee. Do I think it was a huge difference...no. As as current 2.0 owner, I am pleased with this upgrade however, I would not recommend that you trash your classic Keurig and run out to buy a 2.0 today. I would simply consider the upgrade when the appropriate time comes.
I would highly recommend Eight O'clock Original Kcarafe's to all medium and dark roast coffee drinkers. Light and flavored coffee lovers, this is not the one for you.
Have you tried Eight O'Clock The Original in the Kcarafe format? What did you think?
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