November 6, 2012
Great Value K-Cups at Walmart
Reader Gregg has written in that Walmart is carrying their own brand of K-Cup compatible coffee packs dubbed Great Value. He's tried Donut Shop blend and so far so good.
I'm in Oklahoma City, this afternoon I was in my local walmart and they have Great Value k-cups. Not the 'mesh' pouch k-cups like Cameron's, etc, but plastic k-cups like GMC. Got a box of the Donut Shop blend and it's quite good. Haven't found them on the walmart website yet, tho.
The Walmart Great Value K-Cups are not licensed and do not carry the Keurig Brewed seal. These K-Cups are meant to be used with Keurig K-Cup brewers only.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at November 6, 2012 6:57 AM
I have not had any problems w/ the Walmart k-cups in my Keurig 2.0. I found the coffee to be weak tasting, however, so experimented by using two k-cups per 12 oz cup of coffee by brewing each for 6 oz. at "strong" setting. This produces a nice cup of coffee reminiscent of Seattle's Best, but since you use two k cups per cup the savings are obviously lost and the time doubled. I'll probably stick w/ Seattle's Best Signature, which Walmart carries, too.
I bought a box of these but labeled as Walmart's "fancy" brand, Our Finest. So far I've tried the Canadian blend, which is a lot like Tim Hortons, and the dark roast blend. What I can say is that I don't intend to buy any more expensive brand name k-cups unless they discontinue these. The Canadian blend, as I said is a lot like Tim Hortons. It's a strong blend but fairly smooth. The dark roast is so far my favorite. A very strong, mellow brew that wakes you up by just smelling it. They also carry a "signature blend" that I have yet to try. These all come in at $6.95 CAD so not bad at all. Strongly recommend for anyone looking for a good brew on a budget to try these.
Thoughts: coffee is acceptable. No flavor but at least the body of the coffee isn't completely destroyed by a paper filter and canned grounds. It feels like coffee even if it doesn't taste like it.
Cups might be inferior, haven't had issues with mine...yet! It is an adequate coffee for mixing creamer (I loathe wasting gourmet coffee by mixing it with cream) which is what I bought it for. Walmart would do well to learn that a donut shop blend is more than just a medium coffee. Oh well, I bought it not expecting much and didn't get much. There's a reason it costs half of what a box of actual k cups costs.
I have a Hamilton beech brewer, and these kcups work great! A little stronger than the keurig brand, but never a problem!
I decided to try these in January... out of the 12 cups I brewed, only 1 got a little bit of coffee grounds in the brewed cup. There were no K-cup explosions, hardly an grounds in the machine (from the one that leaked grounds), and they did not slow my machine down. I've had Green Mountain cups explode - for the price of those, it is very disappointing. The flavour of the GV Donut Shop was good. It is a little stronger than some of the other brands I have tried, but I prefer strong flavours. I would buy these again. I hope to not have the problems most of the others have had!
We purchased three boxes of this, because we are on the go so much the kuerig is wonderful, but we were on vacation so I wanted extras for being at home more. Out of these three boxes we maybe actually got 8 cups of coffee... slowed my machine down so much that I thought I had lost it, but descaling it and never using another one of these cups again I think I am able to take it off of life support.
Of the 12 GV Donut Shop Blend, 10 of these exploded. Unfortunately, I gave 6 away later to learn that they had exploded in my co-workers's Keurigs. I am shocked that Walmart keeps selling these considering the hundreds of bad replies on this product.
1) filter hangs a bit lower in the cup (about 1/8 - 1/16 lower than all other Keurig Cups) AND
2) filter is cheaper bag type as opposed to a more formed and stiff "cup shape"
EVERY time I used these Great Value Donut Shop ones, the needle punctured the filter bag, and clogged spewing coffee and grounds.
Note I cut open 6 other brands of Keurig cups (e.g. Newman, Starbucks, etc. ) and ALL were alike; these "Great Value" really aren't.
Worst k-cups around. Even following the instructions I have had to throw several away. Waste of money
Every terrible thing that everyone else has said is true. These are poorly designed and don't function correctly. I've had two that worked so far and probably six that haven't. I've never had problems with any other brand of K-Cups. Great Value is garbage.
I bought these over the weekend and wasted two in the coffee maker before searching for instructions..what a mess. Reading the posts led me to tap the bottom of the cups with my fingernail before putting it in the maker. For some reason this works. I probably won't buy these again, but at least I can finish the dozens I bought :)
Why would Walmart continue to sell the great value K-cup they know they are just junk. Keep up the good work Walmart this is great for customer relations!
Just bought these Great Value K-Cups this weekend (1/5/2013). They still are not correct as I fell victim to the "great value" as well. I literally thought my maker was broken as it would clog up and I would get 1/2 a cup full of grounds. Glad to finally read that other have the same problem. I will throw the rest of mine away.
I bought a box of GV donut shop blend, and liked it be started having problems with my machine. Finally realized it was from the GV K-Cups expeling grounds into the outlet needle. I cut one open to see what was going on, and see the problem. The pouch containing the coffee grains extends too low and gets punctured by the outlet needle, which sends grounds through the needle and plugs it up. Hopefully they get this sorted out.
Glad I googled this product for reviews. I've had the same experience. The cups affect the flow, slowing it down, causing it to produce about 4 oz of coffee max with coffee grounds overflowing when you remove it. Glad to know its not my machine malfunctioning.
I googled these K cups so that I could complain to the company about them and found this site. These cups are terrible. Like the previous comments, I had coffee grounds in my coffee, then it backed up my needle on the bottom, creating a watery coffee ground mess!
never had a problem went thru 30 boxes and good coffee
Worst thing I ever bought from Wally World!! Got through three of them before pitching the box. Had all the same problems as described above. They had to rush these to market to get a share of the k-cup market, but, at the expense of angry customers.
Terrible K cups! I tried 2 out of the box and both didn't work right and got coffee grounds all in my mug. Not to mention I had to clean the inside of the k cup holder. Does "Great Value" even test these before going out in the market? Overall, I've had good experiences with Great Value products withe the exception of this and the toilet paper.
I had the same problem with the great value k-cups. They explode in my machine. I went thru the whole entire box. A few did not explode but still had a cup full of grounds with my coffee. I went thru two boxes with the same results.
I purchased two different boxes of the great Value K-cups today, the Donut Shop and the Breakfast Blend. I made a cup and had coffee grounds all in my coffee. I thought it was a fluke so I tried another one. Same results! I thought I was saving money but if I can't get a cup of coffee out of the entire box, then no money saved. I'm scared to try another K-cup in fear of messing up my machine. So now, I have lots of K-cups that I can't use.
Had same problem. Half cup of brew and coffee and coffee grounds all over. Purchased Cameron's Intense French blend at Walmart. Works great in my Keurig...great cup...cheaper than the Walmart product.
Had lots of trouble with these, and now my coffee maker's not working right. It may be ruined. Don't buy these!
I don't know... I bought a 12-pack and have drunk maybe half of it with no problems mentioned above. Now, the Donut Shop flavor tastes like dishwater to me but I have been drinking bold for over a year so that is to be expected. I did notice the cup felt lighter and cheaper than the full priced ones but the savings is startling. I will try bold if they make it.
I just started using these this week. I was concerned that I put in enough water for a full cup of coffe and was lucky to get 3/4 a cup of coffee, but I was going to live with it. This morning, the cup virtually exploded in my machine and coffee grounds were everywhere. I will not be using these anymore and will be contacting WalMart to register my complaint.
I also had the same problem with the cup tops ripping open and grinds in the coffee. I thought at first it was a fluke, but subsequent cups of coffee produce the same results. I will not jeopardize my Keurig with this product.
Same problem...great value k cups are seriously flawed using in the keurig machine! They don't "flow" correctly and you can not get a full cup of coffee using them.
I have now tried three different boxes and the issue with the flow out of the bottom is systemic with all three boxes, causing the liquid to overflow out of the top and deposit coffee ground throughout the machine.
At $4.95, you save money but is it really worth it.
I agree with all of the previously made comments. The first cup was great. after that I went through at least 5 and still wouldn't consider it drinkable. Now I have to clean the entire machine due to the coffee grounds overflowing everywhere. So, good price, but not a good deal when I have now thrown away 5 of the k cups.
Gave these Great Value K cups a try and found out they are not a great value. Coffee tastes good, if you get any. I've experienced all the issues below. I've brewed maybe 10 cups and only 2 worked correctly. No problem with my machine as it brews named labels perfectly.
I too have had a terrible experience with these K-cups. I've tried to find a website where I can write an official review so that others do not make the same mistake that I did. These things almost ruined my machine. I had to clean it out, unplug it, and I was so nervous that it would never work right again. I tried another brand right afterward and the machine started to act normally.
Lesson learned: don't save a few bucks on k-cups at the risk of destroying the entire Keurig machine.
im glad to see im not the only one having issues with these. i was happy to see a cheaper k cup but you only get about 2 drinkable cups out of the entire box they bust and make a big mess in the machine and it takes hours to clean it out
I was so excited to see these also but was terribly disappointed in the product. Not the coffee, which was pretty good but the cups. I had to try 5 different cups before one worked. And I know how to clean the machine and even tried another brand to see if that was the issue. It was. I called Walmart's hotline and left a complaint. I hope they get it fixed because the price and taste was good.
I wouldn't buy these if I were you. I got a box, and I have to say that the coffee isn't bad, but the cups are not well made -- the filters come loose, and it took about four hours to clean the Keurig machine and get it so that all the grounds that backed up into the spigot and tank came out.
It's strictly poor craftsmanship -- I took the top off a cup to see if I could figure out the problem and the filters themselves are not fastened to the cup securely. On the two that I looked at, there was at least a half inch or more of loose filter that allows the grounds to overflow and then clog the pour hole.
My first thought is don't get these if you don't want an early death for your machine.