I understand that a few of you are going to be in a rush and won’t have time to read this article, so we recommend getting Green Mountain Caramel Vanilla Cream, as a great flavoured coffee K Cup.
There’s no arguing that making a cup of coffee is a morning ritual, savouring all those different notes and aromas coming from the brew. Sometimes though, it’s nice to have a coffee to satisfy that sweeter tooth.
So what flavours are you wanting from this sweet cuppa? We’ve narrowed down 5 of the best K Cup coffee flavours so you can see which one takes your fancy.
We’ll also share a few of our tips on how to make a good brew, and also the pros and cons of this brewing method.
Here are the 5 K Cup flavours we’ll be looking at:
- Tips For Making a Good Cuppa Joe
- The Pros and Cons of K Cups
- The Reviews – Best K Cup Flavours
Tips For Making a Good Cuppa Joe
Before you decide what flavours you’re going to try, you need to know the tips and tricks on how to make a good brew. You might think it’s as simple as putting the K Cup in the compartment and voila – a cup of coffee, and it is. But, there are a few things you can do to improve and maximise all the flavours you get from your K Cup.
Clean Your Machine
I thought I’d kick off with the most laborious task. It’s annoying to do this, I know. And you might think that it doesn’t make a difference to the taste of your coffee, but it does.
If you leave your Keurig machine all dirty and full of leftover coffee grounds, well you’re asking for a bitter coffee, and that’s not a desirable taste for a lot of people. If you spend a few minutes after you’ve made your last coffee of the day cleaning it, you’re going to keep that consistent extraction.
You may not notice a difference in the taste if you clean it every day, but leave it for a week or two, and then clean it, you’ll notice all those flavours become more prominent again. Do this every day and you’ll be getting all the flavour you can out of your K Cup.
Try a Pinch Of Salt
No, I’m not pulling your leg. This is an old trick to neutralise the bitter flavours that you don’t want. Make sure you only add a little bit though, too much and it’s going to bring a strange flavour to your coffee.
If you add just the right amount, it creates a chemical reaction that breaks down that acidity and makes your coffee smoother, and less bitter.
Remove Your K Cups From The Compartment
Do this straight away after you’ve finished brewing your coffee. If you leave the K Cup in there for a couple of hours before you make your next cuppa, it can build up a lot of dirt. Old, used coffee ground gets built up in the area that you’re extracting your coffee, which is not what we want.
You’ll end up with a bitter taste and it’s going to make cleaning your machine that little bit more awkward.
Two K Cups at a Time
If you find that one K Cup is just that little bit too weak for you, or if you want to maximise flavours, try using two K Cups with the same amount of water that you’d use for one. You’ll create a stronger, more aromatic coffee this way.
Shake it, Sh, Shake it…
Shake it like a polaroid picture. Honestly, try doing this next time you use your K Cups. Sometimes, what can happen is the ground coffee inside the cup can be uneven. It could be stuck to one side or be more compact in one place than the other. Giving it a little shake will create a more uniform spread, making the extraction more even, bringing out all those flavours in a more balanced way.
The Pros and Cons of K Cups
Using K Cups has a lot of positives about them, but there are a couple of drawbacks, let’s take a look.
The most convenient way to brew a coffee is by far a K Cup. There’s nothing to it, apart from putting your capsule in the slot, and pressing a button. You get a super fast, high quality coffee, with next to no maintenance but giving it a quick clean.
Not Much Equipment
Some of these coffee makers have a lot of stuff that comes with them, especially if you get a barista style espresso machine. A K Cup coffee maker comes as one whole machine, sometimes with a removable water reservoir, so it’s incredibly straight forward.
It’s true that nothing compares to freshly ground coffee beans, and a high pressure espresso machine. However, if you’re wanting to minimise the amount of equipment you have lying around, then 100% you can have a Keurig as a great replacement for making good coffee.
I write this in the pros list while biting my tongue. The reason being there are 2 equal sided arguments. Yes, you can save money when comparing costs to buying your coffee out. Cafes are expensive, especially if you’re buying a coffee on the way to work every morning, plus having that coffee date with your friends every saturday.
However, when you compare the costs of K Cups to buying yourself a bag of coffee beans, well, you’re spending a lot more money a week than you could be for a cuppa at home. Buying coffee beans, whole or ground, is a lot cheaper than buying K Cups.
Because you’re brewing one cup at a time, you’re not going to make too much coffee, that it needs to go down the sink. It’s awful to think this happens, I know. I’m guilty of it from time to time. You’ve made a little too much in your carafe, or filled the bottom of your percolator up a little too much, and now you have excess coffee. Keurig coffee makers don’t let this happen, because you make enough for one cup at a time.
The Environmental Impact
If you’re using K Cups, you should be aware of the effect that the combined use of K Cups have on the environment. Every year, Keurig reports how many they have sold, and in 2015, it was over 10 BILLION.
You’d hope that a lot of the K Cups get recycled, but they barely ever do. For that to happen, the lid and the cup have to be separated before going in the recycling, and people don’t often do that. Most of these cups will still be sitting on this planet in 800 years. There are some biodegradable K Cups out there, which work on reducing the amount that end up in landfill, but nowhere near enough.
The best thing you could do, is go for a reusable K Cup. Not only will you reduce your effect on the environment, but you’re also going to have a much wider choice on what coffees you can drink, which brings me on to my next point.
It’s true that there are 100’s of brands that make K Cups, but it’s often only the bigger ones that do this. Most of the smaller, more local coffee roasters don’t, they stick to ground or whole beans.
This means that if a Keurig machine is your only way of brewing coffee from home, you’re going to have to pick from the brands that produce K Cups. Unless, you get a reusable K Cup, where you can then brew whatever coffee you want.
The Reviews – Best K Cup Flavours
- Light roast
- Tastes of buttery caramel, toasty brown sugar and creamy vanilla
- Sustainably sourced
If you’re a fan of rich, full bodied coffees, then give this a try. It’s got a lot of flavour, but not overpoweringly sweet, and has a good balance between the caramel and vanilla flavours. If you’ve got a family dinner party organised, then this would go down a treat as a desert coffee for afterwards.
Not only is it a delicious coffee, Green Mountain is also a pretty ethical brand. They say they like to leave a place better than what they found it, so they support the communities that they buy their coffee from. For example, they increase the access to clean water, plant new trees for coffee farms, and make sure their farmers are paid well.
They select the highest grades of Arabica coffee, and you notice this in their coffee. Great brand, great coffee, what’s not to like.
- Light roast
- Creamy caramel, and Texan pecan nut
- Smooth finish
- Mild body
- Easily recyclable
This coffee is ideal for a morning brew, to sip slowly and awaken your senses. It’s pretty unique and has a lovely smooth finish to it. One thing that I noticed is that even when the coffee starts to cool down, you can begin to pick up the nutty flavours even more, they savour in your mouth.
They have an interesting history as a brand. The founder being a gentleman being called Joe Martinson, ironically. Over a hundred years ago he would go down to the dock and select only the finest beans that came in. Then he would fire roast them, and take his push cart to the streets to sell coffee and chat to folks. The high quality beans, and that good customer service has been a central pillar to the Martinson brand for all those years.
- Medium roast
- Smooth vanilla, hints of cinnamon spice
- Full bodied
- No bitterness
All Wolfgang’s coffee beans are grown at high altitudes, slowly ripening for a full flavour. You can really taste those sweet notes long after you’ve had a sip. Although the sweet flavours are strong, the coffee isn’t as present as i’d like it to be for a medium roast. It’s difficult to get that balance of the flavouring, and yet still let the coffee remain a key note.
Apart from the coffee being on the weaker side, this is a nice brew to have on a morning to wake you up, if you’re someone who likes it sweet.
The brand itself likes to promote sustainability, taking care of the planet and its resources is hgh up in their priority. They’re Fair Trade certified as well as USDA organic.
- Medium roast
- Sweet and creamy caramel
- Rich chocolate flavour
- Compostable packaging
Firstly, this coffee brand is cheap. There are a lot of brands that sell their K Cups for a pretty expensive price, and deliver mediocre coffee, not with Cameron’s Coffee. Considering the price, you get a very smooth and tasty cuppa, with no bitter aftertaste.
A lot of customers have bought this K Cup as a one off, and then came back to subscribe to a monthly order, it’s that good. Personally, I think for the price, you’re not going to get a better coffee. Yes you can spend a little bit extra and get a premium roast, but Cameron’s pick only Arabica coffee, chosen from the top 10% in the world and roasted by their experts to bring out a consistently smooth roast with very tasty flavours.
If you’re on a budget, this is definitely a coffee I recommend trying.
- Light roast
- Aroma and flavour of cinnamon sugar cookies
- Sustainably sourced
- Organic coffee beans
Another Green Mountain K Cup that brings amazing flavours to your palette. They do well at sourcing their coffee in a sustainable and organic way, and have produced this lovely light blend that’s not overly sweet and should be enjoyed at any time of the day. If you’re a fan of a dark roast, this probably isn’t the best coffee for you as it is quite light.
That being said, this flavour has all sorts of holiday season feels to it. The taste of that cinnamon, paired with the other sweet notes, makes you feel like you’ve just made it downstairs on christmas morning to see the presents Santa has left. Ideal for around christmas time, so make sure you have some in the pantry for then.
So many delicious K Cups to choose from. They are all worth a try if you get around to it. Personally, I’d give my top spot to Green Mountain Caramel Vanilla Cream. It has that well balanced flavour of coffee and the sweetness of the vanilla isn’t overpowering which is what I like.
If you’re wanting a selection of lots of tasty coffee flavours, check out this variety pack! It could be a great gift, or something to work through yourself.