As we look back on the highs and lows of 2016, one thing’s for sure: we needed A LOT of coffee to get through this year. We survived a chaotic election and some controversial political movements, we mourned the loss of musical icons, we worried our cell phones were going to explode, and we helped Dory find her parents. These K-Cup® pod flavors were there for us through it all, so let’s take a closer look at the top 10 most popular K-Cup® pods of 2016.
Not everyone likes a dark, in-your-face cup of coffee. For those that prefer something a little less heavy, or a brighter, more aromatic cup, a light roast is the perfect way to ease into the morning. Here are the most popular light roasts from 2016.
This medium-bodied light roast has an earthy aroma and low acidity, making it a great choice for your morning cup. It has a clean finish, with some spice and woody notes. Green Mountain Coffee® Breakfast Blend pairs great with a fresh cinnamon roll or warm cinnamon scone. It’s Orthodox Union Kosher, and fans say it’s easy on the stomach as well. A great way to wake up in the morning, and a nice cup for any time of day.
The name says it all: smooth. This light roast is balanced from start to finish, with bright fruity notes and a pleasantly sweet finish. Krispy Kreme Smooth is a good well-rounded flavor profile that pairs well with – you guessed it – a simple glazed donut, Krispy Kreme or otherwise.
If a light roast isn’t quite strong enough for you, but you’re not a fan of the super dark Italian and French roasts, then you need to be looking in the middle of the roast spectrum, also known as medium or “city” roasts. With more developed complexities than light roasts, and without the burnt and bitter qualities of darker roasts, medium is just that – a happy medium, middle-of-the-road roast.
This popular blend boasts a surprisingly smoky aroma and full body for such a middle-ground medium roast. With a medium acidity, notes of caramel sweetness, and a smoky finish, Donut Shop® Regular blend goes perfectly with a pear hazelnut muffin or fall fruit tart.
This Fair Trade Certified™ blend is a medium roast with a full body. With a chocolatey aroma, medium acidity, and balanced sweetness, Green Mountain Coffee® Nantucket Blend is the ideal companion to a warm, chewy brownie or chocolate chip cookie.
The Original from Eight O’Clock® is a smooth, full-bodied medium roast with a complex finish. It’s sweet and fruity, and very well balanced. Take your morning cup up a notch by pairing it with a fresh blueberry muffin or scone to start your day.
There are a lot of reasons that people don’t want (or can’t) have all the caffeine, and Green Mountain Coffee® Half-Caff is a full-flavored blend that doesn’t leave you feeling like you’re missing anything. With its aroma of spices and nuts and full-bodied notes of ginger, Half-Caff pairs great with a soft, chewy ginger molasses cookie.
Tully’s® Hawaiian Blend is 10 percent Hawaiian coffee beans, blended with other fine Arabica beans that start off with an aroma of cocoa. Even though it’s a medium roast, this blend is full-bodied and earthy with a strong finish, and pairs well with the nutty sweetness of a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie.
Some people think that a light, or even medium roast tastes too watered down, and they want something bolder with more in-your-face characteristics. While it’s not for everyone, if you’re looking for something that holds up to the addition of things like milk and sugar, or brewing over ice, a good bold, dark roast might be just what you’re looking for.
Green Mountain Coffee® Dark Magic® is definitely on the darker end of the roast spectrum, and many K- Cup® pod users choose Dark Magic for creating coffee-house style beverages at home because it’s so bold and holds up well to the addition of milk and other elements. Full bodied with a low acidity and chocolate finish, Dark Magic pairs great with a chocolate croissant, and tastes great hot or over ice.
Barista Prima Italian Roast is perfect for those complex, bold, full-bodied lovers. Rich and dark without the bitterness and burnt qualities that some dark roasts have, this Italian roast shows a heavy fruit and berry finish. This roast can be a bold way to start your day, but it also pairs well with decadent desserts like a chocolate torte or berry cheesecake.
Sumatran coffee is thought to be one of the more exotic coffees, and it’s definitely an acquired taste. Green Mountain Coffee® Sumatran Reserve is both organic and Fair Trade Certified™, and boasts a smoky, earthy bittersweet start that mellows out into a plum and chocolate finish. No matter what time of day you brew this reserve, Sumatra goes great with a nice oatmeal cookie with chocolate chips and walnuts.
We’ve come to the end of 2016, and our list of the most popular K-Cup® pods of the year, but it’s quite obvious that the flavor profiles that got us all through the year were as varied as the events we encountered throughout. Here’s to 2017 and all the many cups of coffee it brings.