My wife tells me I'm overly critical about "her" coffees. She says I'm an "espresso snob" as that's normally all I drink. She says this because I am completely absorbed in the hobby (i.e., passion) of brewing my own from our professional grade espresso machine that I imported from Italy. I counter that the espresso snob label doesn't entirely fit, as I will from time to time have a pod-cup out of her Keurig brewer. (Truth be told, the extreme ease of getting a quick caffeine fix from her brewer compared to the time-consuming process of drawing a cup of espresso from my machine is quite compelling at times.) While some of the cups I've sampled are indeed pleasing, none that I've yet tried are quite in the same class as this one. My first cup caught me completely by surprise. It gracefully treads that fine line between smoky and dark. The teeter-tottering that it does in this realm creates a great deal of interest for the senses. The flavor notes are superb and moderately complex. All in all, it makes for a very satisfying cup. All that said, I do have to say that this coffee is a bit "picky" about the water and brew cycle used to make it. (As a quality coffee, this is to be expected.) I've found that it's always best to start with fresh, cold, filtered water. And, like my espresso machine, I've found that if our Keurig Platinum brewer has been on and sitting idle for awhile (like, overnight) that it is best to pull a blank shot (i.e., run a cup of water with no pod in the slot) before brewing the first cup.