We've had several readers alert us to the twitter account - Keurig Outlet (KeurigOutlet) on Twitter. We've also had several emails regarding Keurig opening an Outlet Store somewhere near the Keurig World headquarters in Massachusetts. Given the twitter account and the rumors we can only speculate at this point, but we would imagine the outlet store for all things Keurig probably will happen. From a PR point of view the store alone would be a great destination and also give Keurig a better idea of doing their own stores in the future with only Keurig licensed products. Sound off in the comments if you have any more details.
It's nice to see that your coffee parents aren't getting divorced, and it looks like Starbucks and Green Mountain are going the distance with their single serve coffee business relationship. Starbucks hopes to triple the number of SKUs they have with single serve coffee packs - including K-Cups and VUE packs. So far the two of them have shipped 850 million Starbucks K-Cups, and they hope to do this for a minimum of another 5 years. Congrats Mom and Dad coffee and we hope you two continue to rock out the hits for all of us in the single serve coffee world. Full release after the jump.
Everyone is waiting anxiously in the single serve coffee world for SoloGrind 2 In 1 Automatic Single Serve Coffee Burr Grinder. We recently ran a story on it, and we've been wonding what it comes with and the price. Our Canadian correspondent, SH, contacted Solofill's Customer Service Dept. and was able to confirm some details about the SoloGrind...
It's apparently available only in-store right now at Sears & Shopko retail locations within USA - nothing for Canada yet.
MSRP of $59.99 USD
Inclusion of Solofill K3 Chrome & 10-cup ground coffee container
We continue our review of President's Choice Tassimo products today with their Gourmet Medium Roast T-Discs. Unlike their Great Canadian T-Discs, these aren't supposed to be clones or knock-offs of anything, but rather just a regular everyday store-brand coffee.
Brewing these T-Discs resulted in a mix of chocolate & smoky aromas with some faint raisin notes hiding underneath. Flavor was substantially better than their Great Canadian as this time we got stronger notes of smoke & dark chocolate which gave way to stronger sour notes in the acidity while things finished off with some oily notes and hints of mild smoke buried at the bottom end of the cup. Acidity was as we just mentioned, notably stronger with more pronounced sour notes at first sip which lingered around for a while before giving way to the spicier notes in the finish. We're starting to think that President's Choice should have named this roast as their Great Canadian since things were turning out considerably better this time around.
Over at the The Verge there's talk of yet another competing standard being decided by yes - a coffee cup. Back in the day there was both RF and Wi-Fi on laptops - competing standards of wireless networking ultimately decided when Starbucks rolled out Wi-Fi nationwide to 2000+ coffee shops. Now there's another standard at war - wireless charging. We've seen this new wireless charging already being tested in Boston Starbucks, and we know if they roll it out nationwide yet again the PMA (Power Matters Alliance) will probably win over the other wireless charging formats. Right now you can use the Powermat at some Starbucks and it's presence alone made us curious about wireless charging for the first time.
Who do you think will win? We'd put our money on whoever Starbucks backs, and right now that looks like the Powermat.
We love coffee makers that look like they're from a future we thought would have arrived by now, and the Wilfa Svart Presisjon automatic coffee machine delivers on this ideal. The Wilfa Svart Presisjon automatic coffee machine is the result of a collaboration between the leading barista Tim Wendelboe and Denmark based Designit.
The Wilfa Svart Presisjon Automatic Coffee Machine features:
Advanced patented heating system that delivers optimal water temperature between 92°C and 96°C to get the most flavor from the coffee
Unique Italian pump that allots the right amount of water at the right time
2.2 kW coffee machine features detachable tank that ensures fresh water
Precise flow control valve that lets you regulate the amount and strength of the coffee
We recently received samples of the UpShot Solution - a single serve coffee cup compatible with Keurig K-Cup Brewers that features a recyclable filter, and makes a pretty amazing cup of coffee. The Upshot Solution actually solves the non-eco friendly current offerings in the K-Cup format with a K-Cup that consumers will not be upset about throwing away because it can be recycled.
Designed with smaller roasters in mind who can't get to market with their products due to cost and planet friendly desires on their mind, the UpShot Solution can come in a variety of formats in how the outer "fresh seal" is done. Each Upshot Cup can be individually packaged or can come packaged in a sleeve - etc.
President’s Choice is an in-store brand created by Loblaws grocery stores in Canada and they regularly release seasonal products which they’ve developed via their test kitchens, market research/focus groups as well as their team of chefs who travel the world to find source ingredients. They most recently rose to national fame when they introduced a new TV series/content via Food Network Canada called “Recipe To Riches” (currently within its 2nd season) where contestants from anywhere in Canada can submit their recipe to a panel of judges and compete to have their recipe/product featured on store shelves each week.
We expected President’s Choice to come out with a new kind of marinade sauce or snack product but they completely shocked the Canadian single serve world and took us by surprise this past Summer when they announced a partnership with Kraft’s Tassimo system and agreed to release their line of in-house coffees in T-Disc format. This would mark the beginning of Kraft branching-out more often and licensing T-Discs with many outside companies since their split with Starbucks. Unfortunately, Loblaws don’t have any stores in USA, so these T-Discs are uniquely a Canada-only product.
We finish off our review series of Club Coffee Single Cup Capsules today with their Club Coffee Venetian Reserve Single Cup Capsules.
Brewing these Single Cup Capsules resulted in mild oily notes with hints of chocolate underneath. We also detected faint woodsy characteristics as well. Not as strong or complex as we were hoping for but better than nothing. Body was very dark brown in color with deep shades of red when held in front of a light source. Acidity had a good balance and hit us with mild sour bite at first which leveled out afterwards.
Billed as a dark roast, flavor was made up mostly of bittersweet dark chocolate with very faint hickory notes in the background & a strong oily taste underneath if we let things sit too long. Mouth feel took on more of an oily feel but wasn't too overbearing. Aftertaste was sharp & slightly bitter at first with predominant notes of dark chocolate throughout and more oily notes on the finish.
There's really nothing quite like a cup of fresh roasted Cylon to get you up in the morning. We're a big fan of Battlestar Galatica and can't wait to get our grubby little hands on this mug, and we're quite jealous that SH has already beaten us to the punch.
In case you missed coffee week on NPR we'd like to bring it to your attention. Packed with interesting articles ranging from Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians Drinking Coffee to masterful Japanese mug art. Make sure and check it out - our favorite is probably the foam kitty crawling out of a coffee mug. We're suckers for cats and coffee.
Update:Our forums has a detailed post with all the details on each of the articles from Coffee Week on NPR.
PJ's Coffee is now offering their New Orleans coffee in single cups for Keurig K-Cup Brewers. A rival to Community Coffee, PJ's has a fierce following and we can't wait to compare the two single cups and see who comes out on top. PJ's Carnival Blend will be the first PJ's Coffee single cup available.
We hadn't noticed the Keurig Mini K-Cup Brewer being produced in so many colors, but AB from Maine has found there are a ton of colors available - even purple!
My wife and I stopped by Kohl’s today in Bangor and was a little shocked to see so many different Keurig Mini’s. They had Silver, Black, red, Blue, Purple, and White. I have seen the silver, red, and black before but not the other colors.
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