Green Mountain French Vanilla is a flavored Kcarafe coffee designed to be prepared in a Keurig 2.0 brewer. Kcarafe packs are new to the Keurig world, enabling users to enjoy an entire carafe rather than a single cup!
Keurig 2.0 allows two settings for brewing the carafe size coffees; 3-4 cups or 4-5 cups. I chose to use the smaller setting to brew my Vanilla Kcarafe knowing that the Green Mountain flavored coffees tend to be on the lighter side. I was hoping to gain a bit more body to my cup of joe. Keurig 2.0 has special brewing technology that aids in exactly that but, I wanted to give it a little extra help.
My mission was a success, I was thrilled with the nice dark appearance and minimal translucency. In addition, you may have noticed that my mug is ginormous. What can I say, I like big mugs. The carafe allowed me to use the smaller water setting but still fill my monster mug to the rim! Plus, there was enough coffee left in the carafe for a partial refill.
A word to the wise, the plastic carafe that comes with Keurig 2.0 does not keep the coffee hot for long. I would highly recommend investing in one like this instead:
Now for the first sip. I can honestly say that this French Vanilla Kcarafe brewed with Keurig 2.0 tastes nothing like the traditional versions. It was darker, stronger, and more robust. The flavor was much less "floral" and much more of a subtle hint. I can't get over the difference in the body. It was a much more satisfying cup of coffee. The light vanilla tastes compliment the coffee perfectly and create a creamy feel (even though this is a calorie-free black coffee).
Does this mean you need to run out and buy a Keurig 2.0? Heck no. It just tells me that those who are looking for the same characteristics as me should simply use a much lower water setting on whichever Keurig you have. Yes, the brewing technology in 2.0 aids in the higher quality results but, not enough to spend your hard-earned money unnecessarily.
I would definitely recommend this Kcarafe to all Keurig 2.0 owners who love flavored coffee. The vanilla is so subtle that I would even suggest light and medium roast fans give it a try. Dark roast drinkers, this is not the coffee for you.
Are you a Keurig 2.0 user? Have you noticed a difference in the quality of the brew?
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