Kirkland Medium Roast Coffee Review
Fair Trade Certified
The Kirkland Medium Roast coffee is my daily source of caffeine. The coffee is a great value and is a full bodied brew. This is not the absolute best coffee that I have ever had but it is good enough for daily drinking.
The combination of flavor and value makes this coffee a regular purchase when I go to Costco.
Fair Trade Certified
Not the BEST coffee but still very nice.
My standard cup of coffee in the morning is from a Keurig pod of Kirkland Summit Medium Roast that I buy in bulk from Costco. I went through several different Kirkland roasts and other brands in K-Pods before I dialed in on the Medium Roast.
The coffee is good, but not great, but I stick with it because it fits my budget and brewing style.
Let’s take a closer look at what this coffee brings to the party so you can decide if it is right for you.
Features of Kirkland’s Summit Medium Roast K-Pods
There are several aspects about this product worth covering:
- Fair Trade Certified
Organic and Fair Trade Certified
This coffee is certified Organic by the USDA and Fair Trade Certified by Fair Trade USA. I do not get too excited about the Organic certification but the Fair Trade label is important to me.
In a nutshell, Fair Trade means that the coffee comes from farmers/brands that:
“promote sustainable livelihoods, safe working conditions, protection of the environment, and strong, transparent supply chains”
Sounds like the right thing to be doing.
I confess that I toss the used K-Pods in the trash.
That being said, apparently after you make the coffee you can:
- Wait for the pod to cool.
- Peel back the lid.
- Dump the used coffee into a compost bin.
- Place the plastic pod into your Recycle bin.
I didn’t realize that the pods were recyclable until I started writing this article so it looks like I need to change my habits!
The coffee is sold in a box with 120 individual K-pods at a cost of about $35. This works out to a “cost per cup” of around $0.30.
According to Coffee Detective, the average price to make a good cup of coffee from a pound of ground coffee in a regular percolator comes out to about $0.27 per cup. The same article also gives an average price for high quality coffee in K-pods of $0.67 per cup.
So, a cup of Kirkland Medium Roast costs just a little more than bulk coffee brewed in a percolator and a whole lot less than premium coffee in K-pods.
What I Like About the Coffee
The two main reasons that I keep buying this coffee are
- It’s a Good Cup of Joe
I drink coffee on and off throughout most of the day. I typically have my first cup around 6 a.m. and my last cup around 2:30 p.m.
The thing is, my schedule is pretty flexible and I hardly ever know what my day is going to look like. Some days I am sitting around the house all morning and other days I am running errands until noon.
The ability to make a single cup of coffee exactly when I want it really fits into my schedule and lifestyle. I am a K-Pod convert 🙂
Good Cup of Joe
The medium roast coffee is a full bodied brew that satisfies.
I found the Kirkland “Morning Blend” roast was too thin for my tastes and most of the “dark” or “French Roasts” were a on the bitter side and had a smaller caffeine punch.
The “Medium Roast” is not an incredible cup of coffee but is better than what you get served at most establishments. The coffee is plenty good enough for the 4-6 cups I drink per day.