Our review of Garden Isle K-Cups from Kauai Coffee.

Kauai K-Cup coffee in brewerA Kauai K-Cup in our single serve brewer.

Many thanks to the folks at Kauai Coffee for sending us some samples. And our apologies for being so slow to give them a try.

Here’s the story.

We were surprised to find they had sent us K-Cups, as we don’t usually review K-Cup coffee. Occasionally, but not often. The reason being, we don’t entirely trust our K-Cup brewer to bring out the best flavors in any quality coffee.

But recently we were sent a new iCoffee Opus single serve brewer to try, and discovered it made much better K-Cup coffee than we were used to.

So I immediately broke out the Kauai coffees and gave them a try.

And I’m glad I did.

The first coffee we tried was the Garden Isle. Naturally, we had to forego our usual ritual of grinding and brewing the coffee. In this case we just plonked the K-Cup into the brewer and pressed the start button.

It’s worth noting that these K-Cups – see the photo – use a lot less plastic than regular K-Cups. Good news for those of us who like the convenience of K-Cups, but hate the waste.

Box of Kauai Garden Isle K-Cups.K-Cups with less plastic waste.

And like I said, we were glad we tried this coffee.

The taste is bold and even. This is a medium roast coffee and has the acidity we enjoy in a coffee, but without too much bite or any sharp edges. I think the acidity is nicely balanced and evened out by a layer of dark chocolate sweetness.

And maybe a hint of nuts?

It’s a bold, full flavored coffee...and delivers its flavors with a light touch.

Very nice. 

If you can’t find it locally, you can buy Kauai Coffee Garden Isle Medium Roast at Amazon.com

About the author: Nick Usborne, aka Coffee Detective, is a writer and long-time coffee enthusiast. Read more…





Three boces of K-Cups from Kauai Coffee.The three boxes of K-Cup we were sent by Kauai Coffee.

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