With all the rave reviews I was excited to finally try this one, what a huge disappointment. I like strong black coffee, no cream or sugar, and have been having a heck of a time getting a decent cup out of my v500. When this one showed up, I was pleasantly surprised to see it has the larger vue cup, like the travel mug type, containing more grounds. I thought this was a good sign, but unfortunately the beans are just of a mild/medium roast and require more for a small cup of coffee to have any flavor. It does make an ok medium roast 8oz cup of coffee though. Not a dark roast at all, but pretty well balanced even though still a little light for me. Tullys French roast is still the best one I've tried, and it's not a great cup of coffee either.