September 26, 2016

Swiss Miss Peppermint Hot Cocoa K-Cups Review

SMPHC KCup

We recently reviewed a K-Cup flavor which seemed to have been put on store shelves a few months too early and today, we've found yet another Christmas-themed K-Cup on store shelves... in early August. Seriously, what the heck is going on? We're happy that we get to try things early, but at the same time seeing Christmas items a full MONTH before Halloween has even started just seems... wrong. Anyway, seasonal correctness aside, today we're checking out Swiss Miss Peppermint Hot Cocoa K-Cups. They're billed as a limited edition, so you might want to grab a box while you still can.

Yep... nothing screams Fall like... peppermint? Really? The Single Serve Coffee staff here are facepalming worse than that Captain Picard meme. Huh? What's that? Just get on with the darn review? Alrighty then!

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September 19, 2016

GMCR Cinnamon Sugar Cookie K-Cups Review

CSC KCup

When you think of August and September, you think of the last month of Summer-like weather before the Fall season kicks off. As a result, you'd normally expect to see a proliferation of pumpkin-themed drinks flooding the market. What you DON'T expect to see are Christmas-themed drinks appearing on store shelves so early. Today we look at a coffee we think should have only appeared on store shelves around November but instead showed up a few weeks ago in early August. Yep, this is a Christmas-themed flavor... in August.

How do you know for sure that it's a Christmas-themed flavor, you ask? Simple... it's being marketed as the new 2016 Winter seasonal flavor on various online shops and the more obvious reason is that there's a blurred image of a pine tree branch in the background on the packaging. Seriously, the only thing missing is Santa holding the mug. On the plus side, we get to review this several months ahead of time, so... uh... Happy Holidays? That's right, we're checking out the new for 2016 GMCR Cinnamon Sugar Cookie K-Cups.

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September 15, 2016

This Coffee Can Keep You Up for 18 Hours

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If you need to be particularly focused for 18 hours we’ve found a cup of super coffee for you. A cafe in Adelaide, Australia, is serving the 'Asskicker,' a concoction of four espresso shots, two different strengths of cold drip and milk that its inventor says contains 80 times the amount of caffeine of a standard shot. The drink, designed to be sipped slowly over three to four hours, promises to keep you awake for up to 18 hours.

Via CNN.com

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September 6, 2016

Loblaws introduces President's Choice Maple Coffee One Cups

Maple one cups presidents choice

SH has just found some Maple One Cups:

From SH: Just noticed the following new President's Choice item at my local Atlantic Superstore last night. Really wish they'd switch to RealCup format though... foil bags of One Cups pain in the neck to keep fresh for more than a week or 2 once the bag is opened.

Also, despite the mug image on packaging, this is NOT an 'all-in-one' One Cup... there aren't any creamer or sweetener ingredients here.

Billed as a 'mellow blend of Colombian & Kenyan coffees with a subtly sweet maple flavor', I found the maple aroma to definitely be present during brewing, but unfortunately, there's barely any maple flavor in the coffee itself. Adding creamer as hinted on the packaging did not bring forward any further maple notes. Timothy's Sugar Bush Maple K-Cups are more spot-on in my opinion.

These pods will work in K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0, but the biggest breakthrough is that these are the first BPI-certified 100% compostable pods on the market. The lid is made of a thick coated paper and I can only guess that the ring is made of starch-based plastics? Just the same, this is the first time I've see a true 'brew it & chuck it' pod where you throw the whole thing into a compost bin. That likely explains why they didn't go with RealCups.

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September 2, 2016

New England Coffee Blueberry Cobbler K-Cups Review

BBCobbler KCup

We’re introducing something a little new today at Single Serve Coffee, it’s a new format of quick reviews we’re calling Quickviews. These mini reviews of sorts will be considerably shorter than our usual reviews and are more for the TLDR crowd and for those who just want to know What’s the coffee taste like? Is it any good?Is it worth buying?

There won’t be any scores, just a Worth It! or Leave It! recommendation at the end of the review. So without further delay, let’s get started shall we? 
Today we decided to check out New England Coffee’s Blueberry Cobbler K-Cups. New England Coffee is one of GMCR’s most recent acquisitions and they converted NEC’s older One Cups into licensed K-Cups as a result. We appreciate this change since we don’t have to worry about a bunch of One Cups going stale after we open the foil bag anymore.

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August 22, 2016

Torani Single Serve Coffee Cups

Torani single cups

On a recent trip to Wal-Mart in Bangor Maine AB came across Torani single serve coffee cups. The company that is known for their syrups has now entered the single serve coffee market. They are compatible with the K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0 and run $9.98 for a box of 18.  

  • BREAKFAST BLEND Brighten your day with Torani's smooth and delicious Breakfast Blend. Expertly blended and lightly roasted to release fragrant aromatics and fresh citrus notes for a perfectly balanced morning cup.
  • COCONUT MACAROON Our house blend coffee is layered with flavors of the delightful cookie treat, with just the right amount of coconut and toasted cookie flavors.  
  • FRENCH VANILLA A rich treat, this coffee features the decadent creamy custard notes of the best French Vanilla ice cream for a taste that can't be beat.
  • ITALIAN ROAST The inspiration for this dark roasted coffee comes straight from Torani's Italian roots. One sip will reveal hints of toasted nut and dark chocolate underlying its full-bodied sweetness
  • SALTED CARAMEL The richness of buttery caramel flavor is brought to new heights with a pinch of salt in this delectable coffee that creates moments to savor.
  • TOASTED HAZELNUT This smooth coffee features the rich flavor of toasted hazelnuts that will delight your senses.

At Torani Single Serve Coffee Cups

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August 12, 2016

Turn a Keurig K350 Coffee Maker into a Bionic Hand

Bionic keurig hand

We’ve always wondered what we could make out of the 50+ single serve coffee makers we’ve received over the 12+ years Single Serve Coffee has been on the web. Evan Booth recently MacGyvered the crap out of a Keurig K350 Coffee Maker and transformed it into a bionic hand named Hedberg. It took him over 200+ hours and minus the adhesives the bionic hand is made entirely from the Keurig K350. You can watch the 5 minute time lapse video after the jump.

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August 8, 2016

Study Fuel Coffee Single Cups - 2x the Caffeine

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AB on a recent trip to Bed Bath & Beyond in Bangor came across Study Fuel Medium Roast Coffee. Study Fuel Coffee has 2X Caffeine to help you stay awake. Normal Coffee = 85 mg Caffeine but Study Fuel Coffee = 170mg Caffeine. They run $24.99 for a box of 42. 

The Study Fuel Single serve cups are compatible with K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.

Via Study Fuel Coffee

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July 31, 2016

Keurig 100% Recyclable K-Cup Pods Are Available Now

Keurig 100 percent recyclable kcup

SH has uncovered that Keurig Canada is ahead of the rest of the K-Cup world in offering a recyclable K-Cup.

From SH: The first 100% recyclable K-Cup is now available, albeit via an online exclusive 24-pack, in Canada. The flavor for those wondering is Van Houtte's Original House Blend. While this is great news for those who were miffed about the ecological concerns of the old K-Cups, the method in which KGM went about it leaves me wondering what's so different than how people used to "recycle" their K-Cups in the past.

According to the info page on the Canadian website (http://www.keurig.ca/recyclable-kcup), you have to wait for the pod to cool off, then you need to push your finger through the lid where the brewing needle previously pierced it and then tear away the foil lid bit by bit, empty the coffee grinds, and I'm guessing rinse the cup and discard of the foil in the garbage and the filter + pod in the recycling bin.

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July 18, 2016

Boxed Water - Our Water is Better

Boxed water no coffee

We’ve seen just about everything and now this - Boxed Water. Boxed wine - sure that made sense. But Boxed Water? Seems it’s ecologically friendly and somehow better. We can imagine it will make our single serve coffee taste even better but still - is boxed coffee on the horizon?

Thanks to SH for finding yet another amazing and absurd product in the wilds of Canada.

At Boxed Water | Our Water

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July 5, 2016

Keurig Stops Selling Carafes with 2.0 Brewers

Keurig brewers no carafe

Our intrepid contact from the north SH has noticed Keurig is not including carafes with it’s 2.0 brewers now renamed the Keurig Plus line.

From SH:

Take a look at the 'new' 2.0 machines which have had nothing more than a model # change. Notice something missing in the 'what's included' section? Well, the carafes are now no longer included on the Canadian site and the US site.

Guess they want people buying the $25 CAD stainless steel carafe separately instead of leaving the plastic freebie version in the box. Ironically, they are selling the 'new' carafe-less K525 for $199 CAD... $10 more than the original K500 (which comes w/carafe) used to sell for back in the day.

I guess there's even a supreme K575 model which allows you to now change temperature levels in the menu and that one doesn't even come with a carafe.

Find it very odd that one of the key selling points when the 2.0 was first released has now been totally ignored for this new round of brewer rehashings.

From key selling point to no selling point. Keurig 2.0 key selling feature is going the way of the DODO.

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June 28, 2016

Nespresso Is Bringing Cuban Coffee to the U.S.

Nespresso cuban coffee

Nespresso has announced it will sell Cuban coffee in the U.S. for the first time in half a century. Citing recent regulatory changes in the U.S. that now allow independent Cuban entrepreneurs to export their coffee to the U.S., Nespresso says it will make coffee made from the Granma and Santiago de Cuba available at Nespresso retailers starting in the fall of 2016. Importantly, the Nespresso Cuban coffee, which is being called Cafecito de Cuba, will only be available to make in the company’s specialized Nespresso OriginalLine machines.

Via Fortune

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June 22, 2016

Geographical Differences Amongst Single Serve Coffee Manufacturers - What are we missing?

Europe appears to be winning the variety/selection war against North America

Tassimo display

Do you speak a foreign language and can easily read foreign text? Have you ever taken the time to browse the different global sites which a manufacturer might have in place? If so, chances are you’ve discovered an ugly truth when it comes to what is being offered over there compared to here… the truth that some countries have a MUCH better selection of drinks and an even nicer selection of machines vs. what is offered this side of the pond here in the US and Canada.

Why is this? Is it because a manufacturer has one of those countries as its home base of operations? Is it because sales are more robust in those countries than elsewhere in the world? Is it due to regional preferences? Quite possibly, yes to all of the above but there are likely other factors at play of which we’re unaware.

While it can seem unfair and is quite infuriating at times, especially when you have a very minuscule selection in your country and another country has a selection which would take months to try out, we have a feeling most of our readers probably aren’t even aware of just how crazy of a difference there can be from one country to the next. As a result, consider this a form of PSA if you will… just don’t blame us when you feel like going all Office Space on your single serve machine with a baseball bat after reading this.

Let’s have a look at some of the more common manufacturers who offer their machines/pods in North America, the difference in drinks & machines in some countries and what tactics they are using in such regards (be they positive or negative). For brands that aren’t widely sold in Europe, we’ll compare the selection between USA & Canada instead.

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June 17, 2016

SodaStream Replaces Keurig KOLD for Free

Keurig KOLD is KAPUT

With Keurig KOLD being discontinued it looks like Sodastream is having the last laugh and also the last company that might replace your Keurig KOLD. You don’t have to buy a Sodastream to replace the KOLD - you can simply need to email the photo of you and the machine along with your name, address, phone number and the Kold machine's serial number to info@sodastreamsupport.com. In exchange, former KOLD owners get a promo code for a free SodaStream and SodaStream gets a new customer.

Via Engadget

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June 16, 2016

Keurig Kills Kold

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ˇKeurig has pulled the plug on Keurig KOLD and less than a year after it debuted at $370 bucks last fall. Discounting quickly ensued when it launched in Canada and other places, and consumers were not pleased with the price of the KOLD pods or the machine itself. We also noticed that most of the sodas we tried just weren’t that great given they would cost almost $1 a drink. Why pay a $1 when you can simply buy a case of Coke for much much less. The bad news is 130 people in Vermont will lose their job, but the glimmer of light is Keurig has supposedly learned for future beverage projects what to do and not do. 

Via Engadget

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