Sunday, February 19, 2012
I'd never done a coffee tasting or "cupping" before, so I was pretty intrigued. There are three varieties of Krispy Kreme coffee blends: the House Blend, the Dark Roast, and the House Decaf.
The House Blend is the most low-key of the bunch. It hits you with a burst of acidity before mellowing out. It's described as "a smooth, medium-bodied, Latin American blend with a balanced flavor profile for the everyday coffee drinker." If you're like me, you're wondering what the heck "body" is. Well, according to Wikipedia, "body can be compared to milk. A heavy body is comparable to whole milk while a light body can be comparable to skim milk."
Finally, there's the Signature House Decaf which despite the similar name does not taste like the House Blend. I tried this one last and it sits somewhere in between the House Blend and the Dark Roast in taste, leaning more towards the Dark Roast. It's described as "a decaffeinated blend of Columbian and Sumatran cofee with all the taste and none of the jitters."
As sampling and tasting the coffee, we were introduced to Krispy Kreme's Corporate Chef, Chef Ron:
My favorite donut sampled was the Glazed Blueberry Donut; it was a moist old fashioned cake donut with a definite blueberry flavor and a sweet glaze. I was pretty sad to find out that the nearest Krispy Kreme to my home does not carry this donut.