CLAIM TO FAME: A coffee capsule with a full-bodied flavor and a hint of fruit and nuts
FAST FACTS: Features a roast and strength level of 5; has a deep dark roasted aroma; sourced only from the worlds finest growing region; specially designed to ensure optimum flavor and a delicate aroma; suitable for your CBTL single-serve beverage system
PERFECT FOR: An energizing jolt
Excellent Alternative & Great Flavor!
April 23, 2016
Based upon other reviews, I decided I’d give these CBTL pods a try as an alternative to the Starbucks ones. Simply put, they’re a great alternative with only one small downside.
The flavor of the French Brew is strong, bold and a little on the smoky and chocolaty side. It’s a great every day coffee and provides a unique taste that is quite different than the Starbucks Sumatra and Caffe Verona roasts. This is a regular in my pod drawer.
As for the one downside, I’ve noticed that the coffee output is slightly lower with the CBTL pods than the Starbucks pods. If I had to estimate a figure, I’d say you get 5-8% less in your cup, but you wouldn’t notice unless you had them side by side. The problem with this is that your discarded pod bin in your Verismo starts to fill up with water. If you don’t clean out the bin regularly you’ll start to develop a funk in there. As a test, as soon as I finished brewing, I pulled the discarded pod out and it still had water being retained. When compared to a Starbucks cup, this isn’t the case. Either way, it’s a small issue and the cost easily wins out.
–PW (from amazon.com)
WHAT YOU GET: (1) French Brew Capsule
NET WEIGHT: 8g x 10 capsules
INGREDIENTS: 100% Ground Arabica Coffee
Put one capsule in CBTL Machine. Press the one touch setting. Enjoy your one perfect cup.
Born and brewed in Southern California since 1963, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is known for premium hand roasted coffees and hand blended teas, sourced from the best quality harvests of small artisan farms and exclusive private estates from around the world. Now, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® brings a taste of its carefully handcrafted products to its loyal customers in the convenience of their own homes.
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