REVIEW: Maple Cream coffee from Reunion Island

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One of my favourite cookies when I was growing up was the Ultimate Maple Leaf from Dare.

As soon as I caught the scent of brewing Maple Cream coffee from Reunion Island, I was instantly transported back to snack time as a kid.

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The maple is subtle but instantly recognizable and so comforting. I’m not sure I would drink it every day – it tastes like a “special occasion” coffee, if that makes any sense 🙂 but I’m glad I finally tried it and I’d definitely have it again.

SALE ALERT!  Culture Coffee Bean in Toronto has the 18-pack boxes on sale for $5.90!

 

New Brews: Martinson Dark Roast & Grove Square Cappuccino

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Shaking things up in the kitchen again with 2 more brews I picked up at John Vince Foods last week.

martinson_darkMARTINSON DARK ROAST
I seem to have become a bit of a dark roast fan, so when I saw this dark roast from Martinson, I had to try it. The good news? It did not disapppoint!

I opted for a regular brew (i.e. not using the PULSE method on my Bunn) and it was the perfect brew. Dark, rich and velvety without being overpowering.

I added a splash of sugar-free Hazelnut Torani syrup and used coconut milk to lighten it and it was divine. I’ll definitely grab this one again.

The bad news? My 2nd new brew didn’t fare as well.

grovesquare_vanillacapFRENCH VANILLA CAPPUCCINO FROM GROVE SQUARE
Up to now, I’ve only tried the hot chocolate from Grove Square so I was looking forward to trying the French Vanilla Cappuccino. Unfortunately, I wasn’t impressed.

Maybe it’s because I had it as my morning brew, when I’m used to something with more kick, but I just wasn’t that into it.

I actually did opt to use the PULSE option on this one but it didn’t really make a difference. I went with 10-oz. Of water as I do for most of my brews when using the K-Cup drawer on my Bunn, but I’m thinking maybe this would have turned out better with just 8-oz.

The taste was more instant hot chocolate than cappuccino and although it did have a French Vanilla flavor, I just wasn’t sold. I also picked up the Hazelnut version of their cappuccino so I’ll try using less water when I brew it but I don’t know that I’ll be making this a repeat buy.

PRICING:

Martinson Dark Roast

Grove Square Cappuccino