August 01, 2013

Review: Brew Over Ice K-Cups

 I was recently sent samples of Keurig K-Cups, that are meant to be bewed over ice and served chilled rather than hot. They came in a little box, which contained two Celestial Seasonings teas and one Timothy's coffee.

This was defiantly one sample I was looking forward to trying, as I'm a lover of iced beverages in the warmer weather! It beats brewing and chilling the tea/coffee overnight and it is certainly more wallet friendly than going to the big chain coffee shops. 

 The instructions are simple enough.
1. Fill a tall (non-glass) cup with ice
2. Choose a K-Cup
3. Brew in Keurig
I did exactly as told with the Timothy's Sweet and Creamy K-Cup and the result? It was super watered down, not strong enough, had a funny "creamy" taste and was way too sweet for my liking. So I thought maybe my cup was too "tall" and that I had filled it up with too much ice. I tried it again with a smaller cup, which held less ice and sure, it was a little better, but still too sweet and I wasn't a fan of the creamer. This was a fail in my books. The instructions should have included the amount of water to brew with. Is it 8oz? 10oz, 12oz?  I think I'll stick to double brewed coffee poured on ice.

Next up were the two iced tea K-Cups. 
I brewed the lemonade variety first, with the least amount of water (8oz) possible in my machine and used a cold tumbler that was similar to the one in the picture filled with ice. The product that emerged was slightly sweet, with a good amount of (not so artificial) lemon and not that bad! Much better than the coffee brew. 

Then came the classic ice tea K-Cup, which was brewed just like the lemonade ice tea. Maybe it's just me, but sweetened black tea just isn't my...cup of tea! (ha, ha, haa) I can't really comment on it, other than that I didn't like it and would have preferred it black. This K-Cup was not for me. I felt like it was a waste of my daily sugar intake and calories.

The verdict? Skip the Timothy's Sweet & Creamy. It's definitely worth the wait in the fridge for something tastier. The other two were tolerable if you're looking for something quick. Otherwise, if you've got a moment, just shove some of your favourite black tea leaves in a reusable "K-Filter" and brew that over ice/sweetener of choice and some fresh lemon!

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