Have You Heard About Glorybrew Coffee?
Gourmesso Coffee is known for their Nespresso-compatible pods that are environmentally friendly. In today’s Gourmesso coffee review, we’re going to take a closer look at their Glorybrew coffee. While the K-Cups are not compatible with the Keurig 2.0 series, they will work in just about every other K-cup type of machine.
Glorybrew is made for K-Cup brewers. The same eco friendly and socially responsible attitude that went into making their Nespresso pods is found in Glorybrew K-Cups.
Gourmesso is an Environmentally Conscience Company
It’s no secret that something needs to be done about the wasteful impact K-Cups create on the environment. Compostable coffee pods can have a huge impact on lowering the waste created by single-serve coffee makers. More and more companies are now taking measures to ensure that their K-Cups are made of recyclable materials. We’d also like to take special note of coffee pod manufacturers that are willing to forego some profit in order to maintain a responsible role in society.
Rainforest Alliance Certification
Gourmesso’s Glorybrew coffees are certified by the Rainforest Alliance ™;. The Rainforest Alliance is a coalition of farmers, forest organizations, businesses, governments and consumers that are on a mission to grow produce responsibly. The end goal is a sustainable commerce chain that empowers farmers and communities while creating a sustainable rainforest, all while creating a profit for business owners. The coffees produced by this co-op are from the rainforests of Central and South America.
The certification is for composting that takes place in an industrial composting site. The pods have yet to be certified as compostable since there’s no certification for backyard composting.
There’s nothing that needs to be certified BPA free because there’s no plastic to be found here. Even the ring that holds the lid in place is biodegradable.
Gourmesso believes they’re in business with the planet. They source their coffee responsibly, they package their coffee in compostable cups – going a step beyond simple recycling – and they plant a tree when you place an order. While we don’t know how they can afford to keep doing that, rest assured that they’re the real deal.
Ordering From Gourmesso
Gourmesso does accept a variety of payment portals.
Our first purchase was the five box Glorybrew All Variety Pack. That’s 60 servings. The ordering process and checkout is as smooth as any online ordering system, complete with order confirmation, a tracking number, and a Thank You page complete with a note that a tree had been planted.
Somehow, that note about the tree made us feel better than it should have.
The coffee ships from Miami and for this shipment, they beat the estimated delivery date by several days.
The coffee arrived in a sturdy box that wasn’t oversized. How many of us have had an order arrive at our doorstep in a box that was simply too big for the item? Gourmesso’s box for the order had no extra packing, just an invoice.
All of the flavors are packed in light blocking, airtight bags that keep the coffee fresh. Air is a fresh coffee pod’s nightmare. These bags will ensure that you don’t have to binge drink your brews in order to enjoy a fresh cup.
How Does Glorybrew Coffee Taste?
The coffee is surprisingly rich for a coffee made for a Keurig-type brewer. As anyone who grabs a quick cup of coffee from their machine on the way to the rest of their life expects a thin tasting coffee since the grounds don’t have time to bloom. Gourmesso raises the bar, giving us a full tasting brew in just a few minutes.
This is the one that is being used the fastest in my household. It’s a very strong cup of coffee and one that has a lot of tones, including chocolate, that are comfortingly familiar to coffee beans from Central and South America. Not acidic, it’s edgy without going over the top.
The dark roast finishes smooth with no hint of bitterness. I usually don’t use the 10 ounce setting on my Keurig machine as it usually tastes too watered-down. (If K-cup machines were a bar, I’d be giving the bartender dirty looks). The Knight still tastes rich as a 10 ounce cup although I’d still choose the 8 ounce setting if I wanted to add milk or sweeteners.
The medium roast is a very satisfying, nutty flavor. It holds its flavor. If your mom just wants a cup of, “good, old fashioned coffee that came from a can,” this will be a couple of levels up while retaining some of that Mr. Coffee feeling.
The hazelnut is full-flavored. If you’re a fan of hazelnut, this will serve you well. Hazelnut is a polarizing flavor. If there are people in your home that can’t tolerate the aroma, it’s best if you brew yourself a cup after they’ve left for a while.
The vanilla flavor balances vanilla and a medium roast. The vanilla flavor is never lost in the mix. What was missing was that alcohol kickback you’ll sometimes get in vanilla flavored drinks and syrups. This finished off as smooth and as flavorful as it started.
If you’re looking for a vanilla flavor without the extra sweetness of a syrup or creamer, you need to give this a try.
You really can’t go wrong with any of these flavor profiles. It’s truly a matter of personal choice since the coffees are strong but not overwhelming or tasting burnt or bitter. There’s a profile to satisfy most family members and guests. That’s the real beauty of coffees sourced through the Rainforest Alliance. You can always count a very lovely coffee flavor.
If you run into problems with the filter holding up the brewing cycle, try these steps.
- Gently shake the pod to loosen the grounds
- Add a couple of drops from a drip faucet to the filter to dampen it.
As for the price, you’re not paying rock bottom prices here, but the cost per cup is still very affordable.
The taste of Gourmesso’s Glorybrew coffees, combined with the price and the compostability of the pods, makes this brand a winner.
Don’t Forget the Gourmesso’s Pods for Nespresso Machines
They’re cheaper than the pods you’ll buy at the Nespresso website and Gourmesso is always serving up deals. They also introduced a line of eco pods for Nespresso machines. Yes, they even have a line of compostable pods for Nespresso machines. This is certainly welcome news for anyone that loves their Nespresso machine but is in conflict with the added waste of the pods.
In addition to running sales on pods and K-cups, they have a referral program and a loyalty program.
Want to save even more? Sign up for their newsletter and you’ll get a unique promo code to redeem a pack of pods free with a purchase of $10.00 or more.
Extra FYI: Compostable vs Biodegradable Materials
Composting is a very specific way of breaking down organic materials compared to biodegradable products, which may be inorganic and break down over time without outside influence. Composting is usually accomplished by creating an enclosed environment, adding dirt and microbes to aid in the breakdown process. This creates a rich soil which is used as a natural fertilizer in gardens.
Industrial composting is a very specific process.There are three ways in which materials are broken down in a commercial composting plant: windrow, in-vessel, and aerated static pile. Most compostable coffee cups are broken down using aeration.
Where Can I Find an Industrial Composting Site?
Right on the box, it says that there are few industrial sites available. While that may be true, we found a site less than five miles from home, so getting our pods to a composter is only a bike ride away. We used the search engine at the Find a Composter website.
Approximately 21 million tons of usable compost material wind up in landfills. We’re shooting ourselves in our collective feet by not taking extra steps to ensure what can be composted is composted. Making small efforts on our part can make this a better planet with even better tasting coffee.