I was so excited to be given the chance to review Brooklyn Beans k-cup variety pack! I received a 40 count variety box of their coffees in exchange for my honest opinion of their coffees. Check out what I think and then enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win your own Brooklyn Beans coffee!
Like many parents, I can’t fathom starting a day without my coffee. I don’t know about you, but I just don’t seem to function properly without my first morning cup. We’ve had a couple really warm weeks here in Florida, but I woke up one morning to an unexpected chill in the air. It was just about to break 50 degrees and I had to flip on the heat to take the chill out of the house. That same morning, just a couple hours after waking up, my box of coffees arrived. It was a two cup of coffee kind of day, so I eagerly broke into the box to decide what coffee I wanted to try.
See what Brooklyn Bean Roastery has to say about their coffees:
Brooklyn Bean uses the highest quality Arabica beans for each of our blends and we roast them right here in New York. Brooklyn itself is always diverse and interesting, never boring. That’s why we offer a variety of exciting roasts and flavors to suit every palate, not a one-size-fits-all product line.
Our goal has been to provide a great cup of coffee that reminds you of the sights and sounds of Brooklyn. Whether you prefer a crisp, mild blend that brings you back to that perfect corner shop coffee, a silky smooth flavored coffee to relax with, or a rich, dark roast that gets you ready for the daily hustle of the city, Brooklyn Bean Roastery has created the perfect blend- just for you.
You can get their variety pack (or your favorite single flavors) at several places, including Amazon. Currently, Amazon charges $22 for the 40-ct variety pack, and you can save more when you subscribe to regular delivery. Regardless of where you purchase, I say they’re about average priced.
What are Ivy’s thoughts? So glad you asked! Read on to find out …
As I suggested at the beginning of the post, the day that these arrived was a cool morning that I hadn’t anticipated and was thinking about a 2nd cup of coffee all morning long.
I had 16 varieties to choose from and selected the Maple Sleigh as my first. I’m not sure when I began to like syrup, but having gone gluten free, I find myself using Maple syrup regularly. The second I noticed Maple Sleigh, I knew all the other flavors/varieties had to wait. I was not at all disappointed! I put in my typical 1 teaspoon of sugar to 10 oz of coffee and I was thoroughly impressed! The coffee was perfect – not too bold and certainly not bitter. Even the maple flavor was just right. (I feel like I’m telling a caffeinated version of a children’s story … can you guess which one?)
My overall thoughts on this variety box was impressive!!! Seriously! I’m generally a medium roast coffee drinker when it comes to unflavored varieties, and typically the flavored varieties are light roasts, which require less sugar (or cream if you take it). There didn’t seem to be a single coffee that was too bold for me to handle. You know the kinds that are so bitter they almost dry out your mouth? None of that! This is a variety box I could see purchasing on a regular basis. After drinking Maple Sleigh, I decided to mostly try the k-cups going from medium to dark.
Brooklyn Bridge Blend. This was a medium roast coffee and I was pleased at the balance it had. A teaspoon of sugar as usual, and still didn’t require the use of a creamer to tone it down.
Corner Donut Shop. This was a medium roast extra bold. I was pleasantly surprised at how balanced this blend was. I was still able to drink it with only 1 teaspoon of sugar and no creamer.
The French Roast was a dark roast coffee. You’ll see I decided to test the roasts getting darker as I went. Typically I’m not a dark roast drinker, but this one was still suitable with a single teaspoon of sugar. Impressive!
Both Fuhgeddaboutit and Cyclone were dark roast extra bold blends and I loved them both. I hardly needed more than my usual amount of sugar. I couldn’t believe I didn’t need to add cream or much extra sugar to be able to drink them.
I won’t bore you with the details of every variety since I found each to be wonderful. So, I’ll tell you these facts about my experiences
* The espresso roast was surprisingly wonderful. I was timid about it at first, but found it about as pleasing as the rest of the coffees.
* The flavored varieties were all great. I found that Oh Fudge was the most aromatic (hubby didn’t realize he was smelling coffee when he asked why he was smelling chocolate one evening). My favorite flavored variety remains Maple Sleigh, though all the flavors were great.
Have you ever gotten a variety box of coffee and had to give any away because there were some you couldn’t handle? Well, I have plenty of times. THIS BOX was not like that for me. None of the blends were too strong or bitter, so none of the coffee will be wasted or given away (which may be bad news for friends or family hoping for it, but good news for me).
Oh, but the wonderful people over at Brooklyn Bean Roastery ARE giving away a 40 count box (ARV $22) so YOU can try it out too. Isn’t that nice? Enter to win in this giveaway and please be sure to follow the rules for eligibility and prize redemption. There will be ONE lucky winner in this giveaway! Giveaway begins 4/29/14 at 12 a.m. EST and ends 5/11/14 at 12 a.m. EST.
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Ivy’s Variety was not compensated for this review or giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. The sponsor, Brooklyn Beans Roastery, has provided me with the box for my review and is responsible for prize fulfillment.
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