February 7, 2017

Peet's Coffee Brazil Minas Naturais K-Cups Review

 

Peets Brazil Naturais Kcup

As we continue to explore new flavors we found during a recent visit to the Keurig Retail Store, we decided to take a look at another new single origin coffee with Peet's Coffee Brazil Minas Naturais K-Cups. Billed as a medium roast that has natural flavors of fresh roasted hazelnuts, this coffee was harvested from the Minas Gerais region of Brazil. Naturally sun-dried on patios and even on the branch, the cherries are dried by the Brazilian sun all the way through the pulp to the beans inside. Peet's claims this imparts a sweet, smooth and full-bodied characteristic to the final cup. 

Brewing this coffee resulted in rich, earthy notes which yielded hints of dark cocoa, some faint nuances of cherries along with very subtle spicy notes hiding underneath much akin to gingerbread. Upon first sip, you get a strong hit of sour acidity which quickly gives way to more chocolate notes mixed with some faint tinges of hazelnut with a mild earthy aftertaste. We wouldn't exactly call it sweet, but it did seem full-bodied. 

ArrowContinue reading: "Peet's Coffee Brazil Minas Naturais K-Cups Review"

Read More in: K Cup Reviews | Keurig & K-Cups | Reviews

Jay Brewer Permalink | Comments (0) social bookmarking

January 15, 2017

Laughing Man Ethiopia Sidama K-Cups Review

LM EthSidama KCup

During a recent trip to shop for single K-Cups at the Keurig Retail Store, we noticed some new offerings from Laughing Man and today we’re checking out another one of their new single origin coffees… Laughing Man Ethiopia Sidama K-Cups. Billed as a mix of heirloom variety beans found on various coffee farms from the land known as “the birthplace of coffee”, this light roast promises to yield a delicate floral aroma with citrus flavors of bergamot and lime. The lid topper claims this coffee is aromatic, complex & elegant. Let’s have at it and find out. 

ArrowContinue reading: "Laughing Man Ethiopia Sidama K-Cups Review"

Read More in: Keurig & K-Cups | Reviews

Jay Brewer Permalink | Comments (0) social bookmarking

December 23, 2016

Laughing Man Colombia Huila K-Cups Review

LM ColHuila KCup

As some of you may know, there's a fairly interesting story about the creation of Laughing Man coffee. The company was founded in 2011 by Hugh Jackman (yes, Wolverine himself) after he travelled to Ethiopia and met a young coffee farmer named Dukale. He learned about the struggles that Dukale was facing towards earning a living harvesting coffee and decided to help the young man by creating a coffee company that sources & distributes Fair Trade Certified coffee from struggling coffee farmers so that they can lead better, sustainable lifestyles which might not have been available to them otherwise.

Wolver... uh... Mr. Jackman even helped further the cause by creating Laughing Man Cafe in NYC to sell the farmers' coffees, releasing a documentary film in 2015 (Dukale's Dream) about Dukale's & other farmers' struggles and he often promotes the coffee & cafe during talk show appearances. Hugh even donates 100% of the proceeds towards his Laughing Man Foundation which supports education programs, community development and fostering of social entrepreneurs around the world.

ArrowContinue reading: "Laughing Man Colombia Huila K-Cups Review"

Read More in: K Cup Reviews | Keurig & K-Cups | Reviews

Jay Brewer Permalink | Comments (0) social bookmarking

December 6, 2016

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte K-Cups Review

Sbux PSL KCup

You knew it was bound to happen sooner or later, with Starbucks focusing on introducing new flavored K-Cups it was only a matter of time before they’d introduce the drink style they’re known for and they spared no expense. From the new larger cube-style packaging to a new Starbucks At Home website, the siren’s song is announcing Starbucks is getting into the at home latte game. If you’re going to create Starbucks Latte K-Cups, you can’t forget to include their famous signature latte and that’s what’s we’re checking out today… Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte K-Cups

Known by Starbucks fans simply as the PSL and what can arguably be noted as the impetus for all things pumpkin spice which flood our lives each Fall, Starbucks have decided to make this at home PSL a 2 step process by including a creamer/flavoring packet along with a coffee K-Cup. Billed as a smooth & balanced Caffè Blend, the coffee K-Cup is 3/4 full of ground coffee instead of half full like some espresso blends we’ve seen before. The flavoring packet is comprised of real pumpkin flavoring & spices along with creamer comprised of both powdered milk & cream. Unlike some of the Gevalia Latte K-Cups we’ve seen in the past, the packet does NOTcontain any foaming/frothing agents so don’t expect a foamy froth on the top of the final cup as there is most definitely none to be found. You don’t even get the dark orange hue typically found in a real PSL, just a typical beige of a normal latte.

ArrowContinue reading: "Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte K-Cups Review"

Read More in: K Cup Reviews | Keurig & K-Cups | Reviews

Jay Brewer Permalink | Comments (0) social bookmarking

November 21, 2016

MEGA Review: Nespresso Variations 2016 for OriginalLine & VertuoLine

VertuoLine Artwork

A quick foreword before we begin… while we’ve been sticking to the new “Quickview” format lately for most of our reviews, there were so many things in this lineup that we opted to write a bit of a misnomer… a long quickview… a MEGA Review, if you will. Rest assured we’ll be returning to the Quickview format in the coming weeks. Without further delay, let’s move on to the review below. 

As the holidays are quickly approaching, we decided to check out what has become a yearly tradition… Nespresso’s Variations flavored espressos. Each November, the company creates a theme and derives flavors based on it. While the themes seem mostly to revolve around desserts, nuts, candied items or natural flavors (cherry, vanilla bean, etc) there has only been one instance since Nespresso started introducing flavored espressos where they decided to add the flavors to their permanent lineup instead of making them limited editions only available for a few months (Ciocatino, Caramelito & Vanilio were the winners). 

ArrowContinue reading: "MEGA Review: Nespresso Variations 2016 for OriginalLine & VertuoLine"

Read More in: Nespresso | Reviews

Jay Brewer Permalink | Comments (0) social bookmarking

November 14, 2016

Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai K-Cups Review

PSChai KCup

Ah, Fall... that time of year where everything edible bows down to our pumpkin overlords as stores and coffee shops quickly fill with everything from pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin cream muffins and just about every form of pumpkin-flavored drink/food you could imagine in between. We're half expecting Burger King to come out with pumpkin spice hotdogs soon given their weird current obsession with everything Cheetos. One thing we weren't expecting, however, was the fusion of pumpkin spice with another popular flavor... chai. Today we check out the brilliant British combination which has resulted in Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai K-Cups.

Brewing these K-Cups result in a rather odd aroma that almost smelled like a cider (Gasp! Hey GMCR, Pumpkin Spice Cider. Y'all get on it, for reals... do it NOW). You could definitely tell there was the typical pumpkin spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves but the chai notes seemed buried underneath as we only got the faintest note of cardamon but damn... no kidding, this seriously smells like an apple cider! Checking the box now... hmm... nope, no apple ingredients.

ArrowContinue reading: "Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai K-Cups Review"

Read More in: K Cup Reviews | Keurig & K-Cups | Reviews

Jay Brewer Permalink | Comments (0) social bookmarking

November 4, 2016

Nespresso's Creatista Machine Textures Milk For Better Tasting Coffee

Nespresso2 lifehacker

Nespresso is launching a new range of 'barista style' coffee machines with brushed stainless steel exteriors. The design comes from Breville - who for the staff at Single Serve Coffee also designed one of the best working and looking K-Cup machines. The machine will be available in Australia first with a range of machines that allow users to choose their preferred milk texture and temperature via multiple milk foam textures. You can select these different milk textures and temperatures via an LCD panel and use an automatic want developed by Breville. 

Here are the key features:

  • 7 customisable coffee settings including Espresso, Lungo, Ristretto, Flat White, Latte, Cappuccino and Macchiato
  • Adjustable automatic milk texturing to make a Flat White, Cappuccino, or Latte creating ‘micro foam’ which is essential for latte art (8 textures for Creatista Plus, 4 textures for Creatista) 
  • Adjustable milk temperature (11 temperatures for Creatista Plus, 5 temperatures for Creatista)
  • Cool touch steam wand with auto purge for fast and easy cleaning Intuitive TFT display offering step-by-step assistance for coffee personalisation and maintenance
  • Fast heat up (3 seconds for Creatista Plus, 10 seconds for Creatista)
  • Automatic power off after 10 minutes of non-use 

The Nespresso Creatista Plus and Creatista will be available in Australia from October 31 for an RRP of $799 and $699, respectively. You can check out more details at Nespresso's website.

Via Lifehacker

Read More in: Nespresso | Single Serve Coffee Machines

Jay Brewer Permalink | Comments (0) social bookmarking

October 19, 2016

STARESSO - Portable Espresso and Coffee Maker

71WGagSaHQL SL1000

The STARESSO - Portable Espresso and Coffee Maker is great for camping, the office, and even picnics. 

615kRbzq1 L SL1000

With a handheld Staresso machine, you can prepare amazing espresso anywhere. Staresso doesn't need any special maintenance, and the open design makes the regular cleaning simple and quick. You can also make latte foam with the Staresso so portable lattes and cappuccinos are yours to have as well.

Read More in: Portable Single Serve Coffee

Jay Brewer Permalink | Comments (0) social bookmarking

October 17, 2016

Starbucks Crème Brulée K-Cups Review

 

Sbux CB KCup

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Starbucks come out with a new flavored coffee, so we were surprised to find these new Starbucks Crème Brulée K-Cups a few weeks ago (we’ll ignore the glaring spelling error on the packaging). We also noticed a new line-up of Starbucks Lattes using K-Cups plus powdered creamer packets while we were shopping but more on those in future reviews. For now, lets see if Starbucks has succeeded in creating a new flavored coffee that actually tastes like the namesake or if we’ll be getting another weak-flavored miss.

Brewing these K-Cups result in an aroma which was spot-on with the real deal. The smoky notes of the coffee helped create subtle burnt sugar notes of the caramelized sugar crackle on top while the vanilla custard aroma was the primary focus and quickly filled the room. Aroma-wise, this is one of the best smelling coffees we’ve seen Starbucks produce to date. Upon first sip, you get the strong burnt sugar flavor up front which gives a caramelized tone and this quickly gives way to subtle vanilla custard flavors hiding underneath. As you work your way through the cup, these 2 flavors blend together to form a fairly close representation of the real thing.

ArrowContinue reading: "Starbucks Crème Brulée K-Cups Review"

Read More in: K Cup Reviews | Keurig & K-Cups | Reviews

Jay Brewer Permalink | Comments (0) social bookmarking

October 12, 2016

Canadians Drink More Coffee Than Most People in the World

Tim hortons coffee

According to the CBC News out of 80 countries, Canada ranked No. 1 in 2015 when tallying up how many litres of coffee per capita we gulped down at food service joints like cafes. Canada also scored third highest for the total amount of brewed coffee they consumed both inside and outside their homes. That equates to an average of 152 litres per person.The only two countries that drank more java were the Netherlands, which took the No. 1 spot, and Finland, which came in second.

Read More in: Caffeine and Coffee

Jay Brewer Permalink | Comments (0) social bookmarking

October 7, 2016

Original Donut Shop Sweet & Creamy Maple Cream K-Cups Review

MapleCream KCup

After our recent reviews of Christmas/Holiday-themed K-Cups which appeared on store shelves in… um… August… we shook our heads, decided to switch gears and thought it was time to review something more seasonally appropriate. Today we’re looking at a flavor which was introduced last year but we’ve only managed to finally track down this year… the “Autumn Release” seasonal (and ridiculously long named) The Original Donut Shop Sweet & Creamy Maple Cream K-Cups.

As with previous releases in ODS’ Sweet & Creamy series, these are “all-in-one” K-Cups which feature the coffee, creamer & sweetener all included within the same K-Cup. If there is one thing on this planet we love even more than coconut, it’s anything maple and we’re pleased to say that these K-Cups were well worth the hunt. (Note to Keurig: If you want to field test a Maple Candied Coconut K-Cup in the future, we’re more than willing to assist ASAP)

ArrowContinue reading: "Original Donut Shop Sweet & Creamy Maple Cream K-Cups Review"

Read More in: K Cup Reviews | Keurig & K-Cups | Reviews

Jay Brewer Permalink | Comments (0) social bookmarking

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!

ArrowContinue reading: "Swiss Miss Peppermint Hot Cocoa K-Cups Review"

Read More in: K Cup Reviews | Keurig & K-Cups | Reviews

Jay Brewer Permalink | Comments (0) social bookmarking

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.

ArrowContinue reading: "GMCR Cinnamon Sugar Cookie K-Cups Review"

Read More in: K Cup Reviews | Keurig & K-Cups | Reviews

Jay Brewer Permalink | Comments (0) social bookmarking

September 15, 2016

This Coffee Can Keep You Up for 18 Hours

160906223909 viscous coffee adelaide asskicker exlarge 169

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

Read More in: Caffeine and Coffee

Jay Brewer Permalink | Comments (0) social bookmarking

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.

Read More in: Single Cups

Jay Brewer Permalink | Comments (0) social bookmarking

Last 100+ Entries

next >>

Complete list in the News Archives...

Welcome
Single Serve Coffee is dedicated to single serve and one cup coffee machines, coffee pods, K-Cups, VUE Packs, and accessories.

Send us
Join the Mailing List Mailing List
Enter your Email

Subscribe - RSS

facebook_badge.jpg twitter_badge.jpg

Recent Reviews
Recent Comments
Bill Hawkins: I purchased a SS700 that was refurbished and it stopped read more
Bruce M: I've had a Keurig K75 Platinum for more than three read more
Jim: I purchased a opus coffee maker and liked the sample read more
Stephanie: I would like to know why grocery stores do not read more
craig: Video by using link above shows the accessory in detail. read more
SSC Forums

FoodPire

This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Visit our other properties at Blogpire.com!

All items Copyright © 1999-2017 Blogpire Productions. Please read our Disclaimer and Privacy Policy