The strong, unique flavor of the raw or roasted hazelnut filbert is commonly used in confectionery delights such as pralines and chocolate truffles. It's also a major ingredient in Nutella and specific liquors. Joining the list of consumables that take full advantage of the refined flavor of the Hazelnut is world's most popular beverage: coffee. Hazelnut K cups® and Coffee pods are easily some of the most sought after blends in the coffee industry. But which coffee pods are most worthy of consideration to grace your Keurig coffee machines? Below we've identified 4of the best Hazelnut K Cup brands that are sure to be fan favorites for a long time.
Martinson Joe's Hazelnut K cups®
Hazelnut is the fifth most popular coffee flavor, and Martinson is in our opinion one of the best coffee brands out there, especially at their price point. So Martinson Hazelnut K cups® are essentially a match made in Hazelnut heaven. Martinson's base tends to be purer and smoother than other blends so you won't get the “burned” taste that coffee drinkers both love and hate depending on their preferences. Personally, I think Hazelnut and burnt flavor should never be in the same sentence. These specific K cups® or Real Cups are they are officially called are milder than comparable options. The Martinson version of hazelnut flavoring is gentle with just a hint of flavor. The smell, on the other hand, is to die for. The aroma of the Martinson Hazelnut blend is potent and permeates the air with a soothing scent that's sure to make the coffee drinking experience all the richer.
Maud's Coffee Hazelnut K cups®
You can often gauge the quality of coffee by its smell. It's not always 100% accurate, but it's usually a good indicator of what you can expect. That being said, Maud's Coffee Hazelnut K cups® have an exquisite aroma. It's bold, strong, and rich. So fragrant is the scent that after I finished my cup, the smell of pleasant Hazelnut permeated the air. The fact that it was still emanating from an empty cup speaks volumes. Maud's Coffee Hazelnut K cups® is one of my personal favorites simply because it's a richer hazelnut roast than most. Hazelnut often comes in a light roast version which can be a little weak for my tastes. I found this particular blend to be a perfect balance of strength and smoothness. As an added bonus, these cups are 100% recyclable which is a rare quality in the single serve coffee pod industry nowadays.
HiLine Coffee Hazelnut K cups®
If you like boutique coffee, you'll probably love HiLine. As a New York staple, the company believes in providing the freshest coffee possible in multiple options while remaining environmentally sustainable. Fortunately for hazelnut lovers, they have two delectable delights in the form of Hazelnut Coffee Pods easily qualifying them as some of the best hazelnut K cups® on the market. Hazelnut Macaron K cups® are developed specifically for Keurig and Keurig 2.0 systems. This begins with a silky Brazilian coffee base. Caramel and hazelnut tones mingle playfully for a sweet and salty finish which is a combination that we've found isn't easy to find amidst of sea of Hazelnut options. The aroma is reminiscent of a fresh caramel macaron, and the taste is a treat you'll love to savor. Compared to Martinson Hazelnut, it's a richer and deeper taste treat that's still more coffee than confection.
Then there's Hazelnut Cupcake. Oh, my. Who knew you could drink desert right at home anytime during the day? This is specifically for artisan coffee lovers who own original line Nespresso machines. Beginning with an espresso base, a sweet combination of hazelnut and caramel combat the bitter tones to raise it to new and unexpected heights. This coffee is roasted just prior to shipment and is rated a full ten points for intensity. So expect to be wowed and floored at the same time. Those who want a taste explosion and need a sweet pick-me-up via their coffee may prefer this over the other hazelnut options.
Green Mountain Hazelnut K cups®
Those who enjoy a gentle touch of extra flavor to their coffee will certainly enjoy Green Mountain Hazelnut K cups® . Created specifically for Keurig coffee makers, these cups contain Green Mountain's light roast blend with a splash of buttery roasted hazelnut flavor to give it a boost. The smell is divine, and the taste is pleasant without being overwhelming. In our opinion, these aren't anywhere near as decadent as the HiLine dessert options. “Decadence” isn't always what coffee drinkers are in the mood for, and Green Mountain Hazelnut K cups® are a nice middle ground. They're really for home brewers who want a dash of flavor instead of being buried under a mountain of hazelnuts.
Regardless of your brand or taste preference, you can't go wrong with any of the Hazelnut K cups® and coffee pods listed above. If you have any recommendations or would like to leave a review for your favorite brand of Hazelnut K cups® , we'd love to hear from you.