If there’s one extremely confusing thing about K-Cups for Keurig Machines, it has to be the distinction of K-Cups as Bold or Xtra-Bold.
As you know, from reading our helpful article about bold coffee, bold is not about the roast of the bean but about the flavor therein. There are mild bold coffees and dark roast bold coffees. Bold describes the robust flavor of a cup of joe.
Here’s where the confusion comes in: Xtra Bold K-Cups. Xtra bold k-cups simply refer to the weight in grams of coffee per k-cup. Remember the days of “Mr. Coffee” when if you wanted a stronger cup of coffee you’d put an excess of the ground coffee into the filter? This is the same situation. We aren’t quite sure why Green Mountain and Keurig decided to use the term “bold” to describe it, but we have a few photos to demonstrate what the difference really is:
Though it is still hard to tell in the pictures, the product labeled “Extra Bold” is heavier and has more grounds per k-cup than the bold coffee on the left. So now you know!