October 20, 2014

Lavazza Perfetto Coffee K-Cups Review

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We conclude our series of Lavazza K-Cup reviews today with the final flavor in their line-up… Lavazza Perfetto K-Cups. This is apparently the strongest roast & strongest tasting coffee of the line-up. Given how disappointed we were with their Gran Selezione K-Cups last time, we’re truly hoping for a return to form this time. Lets see if Lavazza strike out or knock it out of the park. 

Brewing the Lavazza Perfetto K-Cups resulted in aromas of smoky hickory tinged with notes of dark chocolate throughout with a very mild earthiness underneath. Billed as an espresso roast, flavor seemed more akin to a dark roast and wasn’t anywhere as strong as what we were expecting. We did however notice a nice blend of chocolate flavors with caramel notes hiding underneath near the end of each sip.

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October 17, 2014

Get a Starbucks Coffee Every Day for the Rest of Your Life

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If you love Starbucks coffee you may want to visit one of their cafes twice a day this fall for the opportunity to get free “Starbucks for Life.” Starbucks has announced several traffic-driving initiatives for the holiday season, and it’s offering 100 uniquely designed Starbucks cards that would give customers a chance to get their daily cup of joe for free at the coffee giant’s locations.

The promotion will begin in early December and customers will have the chance to win the promotion twice a day. The promotion is for one free beverage or food item every day for 30 years.
Starbucks said customers can potentially win the “Starbucks for Life” cards by swiping their Starbucks store card or paying with their mobile device.

Imagine the shear number of pumpkin spice lattes you could consume over 30 years of Falls. We go to Starbucks just about twice a week and then a few times on the weekend so our chances aren’t as good as you daily drinkers but knowing we could win will make our visits a little more exciting.

Via ‘Starbucks for Life’

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October 16, 2014

Pumpkin Spice with John Oliver

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Even though John Oliver is on hiatus until next weekend, he did decide to do a web exclusive video on our current trend in Fall coffee and food - Pumpkin Spice. Did you know an average American eats 5 pounds of pumpkin each year? That’s an awful lot of pumpkin spice products per person. We do love our pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks, but we could do without all the pumpkin spice pastries. Also - pumpkin pie isn’t one of our favorites and John Oliver sums it up pretty well on how much we aren’t a fan. Video after the jump.

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October 15, 2014

Keurig 2.0 Single Serve Coffee Maker Reviews and Guides

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Are you thinking about getting a Keurig 2.0 single serve coffee maker? If so we have a comprehensive set of reviews to give you all the details you need to make your decision to enter the world of Keurig 2.0 or stay put with your 1.0 Keurig brewer.

Do you currently own a Keurig 2.0 brewer? Our reviews provide an overview of the various features like K-Carafe packs and the larger brewing options, along with navigating the various menus. The reviews / guides below are very helpful for new owners of Keurig 2.0, and you may be surprised to find out about the hidden features of Keurig 2.0 as well.

  1. icon_latest_revies.gif Keurig 2.0 Brewer Series Overview & First Impressions
  2. icon_latest_revies.gif Keurig 2.0 Menus, Brewing Various Packs & New Exclusive 2.0 Features
  3. icon_latest_revies.gif Keurig 2.0 Likes, Dislikes, Nitpicks, Hidden Port & Conclusion

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October 14, 2014

Lavazza Gran Selezione Coffee K-Cups Review

 

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We continue our series of Lavazza K-Cup reviews today with the next flavor in the line-up… Lavazza Gran Selezione K-Cups. This is billed as dark roast and is supposed to be Rainforest Alliance Certified while having intense flavor and chocolate undertones. Let’s see how things go, shall we?

Brewing these K-Cups resulted in mild smoky & earthy aromas which weren’t anywhere as strong as what we were expecting given the fact that this is a dark roast. Flavor was a mix of astringent smoky notes up front followed by some hits of smoke, very mild hints of molasses and mild chocolate notes in the background. Things were rounded-off with some faint berry notes hiding underneath near the end of each sip.

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October 13, 2014

Nesting Measuring Coffee Cups

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The Kikkerland Nesting Measuring Cups aren’t just measuring cups - they're nested measuring coffee cups. These measuring cups look like a cup of joe to go, and have a unique 1 lid design fits all the different measuring cups. Made with food safe ABS plastic, these cups are easy to store. Measurements include: 1/4, 1/3, 1/2 and 1 cup.

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October 10, 2014

You Know It's Fall - Archer Farms Kettle Corn Coffee

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AB has found evidence it’s really Fall again in the US - Archer Farms Kettle Corn Coffee is available for a limited time at Target. We love a good handful of kettle corn, but we’re unsure the flavor was destined for coffee. Have you tried it? If you did - did it try you instead? Sound off in the comments if you know of other crazy Fall coffees we should know about.

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October 9, 2014

W.B. Mason SHAZAM Coffee K-Cups will be Keurig Brewed

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Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. announced a multi-year agreement to offer W.B. Mason's SHAZAM coffee in K-Cup packs for the Keurig hot brewing system in away from home channels. SHAZAM will be the first brand to come into the Keurig family from a Keurig Authorized Distributor. The name Shazam fills the entire staff with nostalgia about a certain superhero, and for some a music listening app, but for K-Cuppers it’s coffee that will come to mind.

The companies plan to launch the new SHAZAM coffee K-Cup packs later in the month of October 2014 with Light, Medium, and Dark Roast blends exclusively to W.B. Mason customers. SHAZAM coffee promotes that it will ‘Make Your Day Magical,’ at a competitive price. All SHAZAM coffee K-Cup packs will be marked with the Keurig Brewed seal indicating the product has passed rigorous testing, assuring the quality, taste and integrity consumers expect from the Keurig brand. It also means the SHAZAM coffee K-Cup packs will work in your Keurig 2.0.

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October 8, 2014

Green Mountain Coffee Autumn Harvest Blend K-Cups Now Available

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Green Mountain has released their Autumn Harvest K-Cups and since picking up a box at Target we can’t stop drinking this coffee. The coffee uses a set of lighter and darker roasted coffees to produce a very mild medium roast coffee. The Autumn Harvest Blend offers the clean, bright flavors of exceptional Central American coffees, and the sweet smoke and caramel of our French Roast. 

We think you’ll enjoy this coffee all Fall and Winter long. Green Mountain Coffee Autumn Harvest Blend K-Cups are available in the US at Target and other online retailers like Amazon. Green Mountain Coffee Autumn Harvest Blend K-Cups will work in all K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.

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October 7, 2014

Pink Octopus Coffee Mug with Tentacle Handle

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The Pink Octopus Ceramic 3D Coffee Mug with Tentacle Handle will drag you out of bed in the morning and fill your belly with single serve coffee. Though hand washing is recommended, and the tentacle mug is not for use in the microwave, we still think you’ll enjoy this beast of a mug. The mug measures 4.5' high x 5' deep and 2.50' in diameter, and is made of ceramic.

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October 6, 2014

Lavazza Classico K-Cups Review

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We continue our series of Lavazza K-Cup reviews today with the next flavor in the line-up… Lavazza Classico K-Cups. This is billed as medium roast and is supposed to be suited as an everyday coffee which can be enjoyed at any time. Let’s see how this one turns out, shall we?

Brewing these K-Cups resulted in light aromas of smoky hickory tinged with very mild hints of dates & raisins as the coffee cools off. Keurig & Lavazza describe the coffee as having an aroma of dried fruits and while it may not have been evident at first, we did eventually start getting some mild notes after a while.

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October 3, 2014

Starbucks Coffee Cup Makeover

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It’s time for a little Friday fun - how about a Starbucks coffee cup makeover? We quite like the superhero slant, and if you click through to Nerdalicious you can see even more.

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October 2, 2014

Keurig 2.0 - How to Make a Reusable Dot for Your Old Vue Packs

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If you've got some older Vue packs and a Keurig 2.0 brewer you will find there's something missing on those older Vue packs - a green dot. The green dot tells the Keurig 2.0 brewer you can use the Vue or K-Carafe pack with your new Keurig 2.0. SH had some fun recently getting the older Vue packs to work in the Keurig 2.0 brewer, and in the end had success when using a dot from the current K-Carafe cups to trick the brewer into thinking it was a new Vue pack.

From SH:

No matter what I tried, couldn't find tape or post-it notes in the correct shade of pastel green to match the dots on K-Carafe packs (the pics below might look like I found the right shade, but it was still darker than what appears in photo & didn't work).

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Decided to do like k-cups and cut as much of the dot as I could off a used K-Carafe pack. Stuck some masking tape underneath & aligned it in the same position on top of an old Vue Pack.

Popped everything in K2.0 and sure enough, it worked. Picked option 4, 8oz, strong. Perfect cup of Gloria Jean's Hazelnut. Was surprised it still worked despite left edge of dot missing. I'm also thinking that the laser reads reflectivity and since the tape wasn't shiny like foil dot, that's why it didn't work?

Anyway, now I've got a "reusable dot" for all my old Vue Packs

Currently Vue packs are being changed over to the Vue pack format with the green dot so all Vue packs will work with Keurig 2.0 in the future.

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October 1, 2014

Mystery Port in Keurig 2.0 Solved

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Did you know you had some type of data port in the bottom of your Keurig 2.0? We found it tucked away underneath the Keurig 2.0 (read our article here) waiting to be used at some later point. Is it going to connect to the Keurig Cold coming out soon? Is it going to be used to connect to AOL by dialing out using a modem? :-) Keurig Green Mountain had provided us the answer on what this mystery port is...

The “port" on the bottom of the system is similar to the port you would plug a landline phone into in your home. This was included in the new Keurig 2.0 brewers to give the future ability to connect an accessory to give the brewer internet connectivity, should consumers opt in and wish to do so. This port is not currently in use and any future uses are still in the early stages of innovation. 

So there you have it. It’s to future proof the Keurig 2.0 and perhaps give us recipes to download or to be able to connect to the Keurig 2.0 over our smartphone for smart home uses. Who knows? What do you think they’ll use the port for in the future? 

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September 30, 2014

Mighty Mug - The Mug That Won't Fall Over

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The Mighty Mug is just the travel mug you’ve been looking for if you’ve ever encountered the dreaded coffee mug spill. The Mighty Mug is the world's only mug powered by patented Smartgrip Technology. The base of the mug has a an airlock that when pushed from the side doesn’t release. If you lift Mighty Mug up the Smartgrip will release.

That’s what makes Mighty Mug so different.  Mighty Mug grips to your desk when knocked into, but lifts naturally like any other mug. There are no buttons to push or levers to pull to get Mighty Mug to work. Mighty Mug is not a suction cup nor is it a magnet, but rather something entirely new.

Mighty Mug has successfully been funded on Kickstarter so look for them this October and November at stores and online.

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