Sunday, September 22, 2013

Tim Horton's Single Serve Coffee Cups - A Review

I live in the South.

...the DEEP South.  Do you know what that means?

It means we don't have Tim Hortons coffee and doughnut shops.

...and as a coffee lover and owner of, "The Coffee Blog," I have always felt a bit "left out."  What is this TIM HORTONS coffee lovers everywhere keep raving about?  What exactly am I missing out on?

I surfed around a bit and found review sites, like ifood.  Apparently, this awesome coffee house chain was started in 1964 by Tim Horton, a famous Canadian hockey player, and Jim Charade.  In 1967, they collaborated with Ron Joyce and turned their humble beginnings into the multi-million dollar franchise operation it is today.

But while this new-found, background information helped me figure out WHO Tim Horton was and what the coffee chain is today, I still never had a chance to TASTE their famous brew.

Like I said, I live in the South.

The DEEP South...

...Georgia to be precise.

Then, one day, Lady Luck knocked on my virtual door.  Guess who was knocking?  Yes!  Could it be?  It was the famous Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop!  Tim Hortons had approached us here at The Coffee Blog, asking if we'd like to (GASP) try their new single serve coffee cups! 

*Cue the choir*

We replied with a hearty, "Of course!" and waited eagerly for our package to arrive.

Finally, the Golden Ticket -- okay, not so dramatic -- our box of single serve, Tim Hortons coffee arrived.  I couldn't wait until morning to try it!

Morning?  Hey, why wait?  I opened the box and popped one of these neat and tidy little k-cups right into my Keurig and waited...and hoped...

The brewing began.

I want to say here.  Publicly.  Everything you have heard about the famous Tim Hortons is...true!

I have brewed k-cups before. 

...A LOT of k-cups.

...and none of them have filled my home with the sweet aroma of brewed coffee like these small, but apparently powerful, Tim Hortons k-cups did.  The aroma of these Tim Hortons k-cups is so aromatic it must only be a small sampling of what it is like to actually walk into a brick-and-mortar Tim Hortons store up North.

I will tell you that waiting for that first cup of coffee was hard.  The smell from these k-cups draws you in immediately.

Luckily, after brewing and getting my first taste, I found I was not disappointed in the taste of this coffee.  I've gotten a little picky over the years about my coffee, so it was nice to find that the Tim Hortons single serve coffee cups live up to their famous coffee shop brothers' and sisters' reputation.

The single serve coffee cups contain coffee that has been blended and roasted in Canada specifically for Tim Hortons, and the coffee is 100% Arabica. The coffee is aromatic, smooth, and undeniably delicious.  I promise you will not be disappointed in this k-cup.

The k-cups are available in regular and decaffeinated and, right now, are only available in Tim Hortons stores or on-line.  You may visit the Tim Hortons website to find out more about them or to order.

One last comment, and something I just read on the Tim Hortons About Us page,

"In 1995, Tim Hortons merged with Wendy's International, Inc., giving new focus and impetus to the expansion of the Tim Hortons concept in the United States.  Tim Hortons locations can presently be found in Michigan, Maine, Connecticut, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York, with responsible expansion continuing in these core markets.  The Canadian operation is 95% franchise owned and operated, and plans in the U.S. call for the same key strategy to be implemented as expansion progresses. Currently, there are more than 3,000 restaurants across Canada, and over 600 locations in the United States."

...maybe there is hope for those of us in the South...

...The DEEP South!

Keep moving Southward Tim Hortons, keep moving South...


  1. Only problem is that the K-Cups have a defect. The Keurig machines cannot punch the cups due to a too soft plastic bottom of the cups! The bottom just pushes in. One has to punch the cup with a sharp knife or something.

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