It's been awhile since SToK came out with their caffeine coffee shots, but now we're finding them all over the place. Packed with 40 Mg of caffeine per serving which is equivalent to a shot of espresso, these coffee shots put more caffeine in your coffee. The SToK coffee shot comes in a creamer-like container for portion control, and these are not for use by children under age 18, pregnant women or the caffeine-sensitive. We've recently had the pleasure of adding a SToK coffee shot to a few of our cups of single serve coffee, and can safely say they do pack a punch.
Starbucks working with Bodum has debuted the Starbucks Via Ready Single Serve Instant Hot Beverage Machine. The VIA instant coffee machine comes with a travel coffee mug, and makes instant coffee in 3 steps.
Add water to the machine in the amount you want
Pour in your favorite packet of Starbucks VIA coffee
Put the mug under the water spout and press the button for hot water used to brew up the VIA
This is really nothing more than a hot water dispenser with travel mug, and if you wanted to use it for tea or other purposes it will work just fine. It's interesting Starbucks didn't make another VIA format to match the brewer, but then again why complicate matters. We'll pick one of these machines up soon to have the at home VIA single serve coffee experience. We also couldn't find any references to the machine at Bodum or the main Starbucks site and found this just sitting in the store window.
Upon a recent stop at our local Starbucks, we decided to try-out 2 of the new flavored VIA varieties which had piqued our interest the most... their Caramel & Mocha flavors. Here's a quick review of both touching on a few key points.
By now, anyone who's tried previous incarnations of VIA realize what it's "known for"... the residual microgrit of the undiluted coffee grounds left at the bottom of your cup. We were expecting more of the same and yes, such was the case but not as bad as before. We think Starbucks might be listening to customer complaints and are likely working on reducing the amount of undiluted solids in their mixes since we experienced far less than with their previous unflavored varieties.
We just walked into our local Starbucks only to find a new option in the VIA line of instant microground coffees - Starbucks VIA Iced Coffee. The VIA Iced Coffee is cold brewed and comes lightly sweetened with cane sugar. Each VIA Iced Coffee packet brews up 16 fl. oz. of 100% natural instant and microground coffee.
It's meant to be served over ice, and though we've yet to try it - sounds good to us given the heat wave here in the northeast. You can read our review of the Starbucks VIA Tumblr and coffees here. We'll pick some of these up and have a full review soon.
With the recent arrival of some new Nescafé Taster's Choice Single Serve Instant Coffee Packs, it can only mean it's time for another one of our "mega reviews". Apologies in advance to our readers if this article seems rather long, but we're reviewing over 6 different flavors at once, so keep that in mind.
As we had previously noted, we always thought of Taster's Choice coffees as being something along the lines of our parents' bland freeze-dried crystals and the brand itself has been around since forever, but it appears they've taken a new competitive approach towards Starbucks' VIA instant coffees as they claim the samples they sent us were made from 100% pure coffee beans and their marketing is obviously aimed against Starbucks.
In our mind here at Single Serve Coffee, Taster's Choice represents the original instant coffee in a packet. Starbuck's VIA is the new kid on the block, but is Taster's Choice as good as this new kid? We'll let you know as we sample Taster's Choice this week and also some more Starbuck's VIA. We were also never sure what exactly Taster's Choice was growing up besides something instant, but according to the web site it's 100% pure coffee.
The big factor here is price - with Starbuck's VIA at around $.83-1.00 a cup, Taster's Choice single serve packet's will only set you back $.25 per cup of single serve coffee. There's also more variety with Original, Decaffeinated, 100% Colombian, Gourmet Roast, Vanilla, and Hazelnut, but like we always say - it's going to depend on if the flavor and taste is there. We'll have a full review soon.
It's been a while since we've done a "mega review", so we apologize in advance to our readers if this article seems excessively long. Just keep in mind that we're reviewing over FIVE different products at once. So if you're ok with that, grab a cup (or 2) of your favorite single-serve coffee and read along.
A quick look on Trung Nguyen's website reveals that the company has been around since 1996 (possibly longer) and started off as a small business processing coffee in Ban Me Thuoc city, Vietnam. What was unique at the time was that Vietnam was one of the world's leading coffee producers but only of green, unroasted coffee beans that were sold primarily on the commodity market. This would result in no control over the final coffee quality or overall prices.
Soon afterwards, the company's owners realized the best way to be independent of the world commodity markets was to control every aspect of the growing & processing techniques and follow-through all the way to the final packaged product. They later launched Vietnamese coffee houses throughout Vietnam and a number of other countries. Today, Trung Nguyen is one of the most established, respected and successful producers of branded coffee in Vietnam.
Did you like Pixie Sticks as a kid? We know we did, and now you can get caffeinated Pixie Sticks called Nixie Sticks. Each tube has 100mg of caffeine, which is about 20% more caffeine than your average cup of single serve coffee coffee. You can purchase them in packs of five tubes for $9, and we think for the really adventurous - mixing this with your cup of single serve coffee could lead to caffeine madness.
We know some of you may not consider powdered mix pouches to be something fitting of the single-serve coffee market, but as was proven in the past by Keurig with Ghirardelli pouches, the fact that you can get pre-measured cups of hot water instantly from any of their machines allowed them to sell such items amongst their usual K-Cup varieties.
Timothy's also offers their own varieties of powdered mixes and have decided to further improve these offerings by making them 100% trans fat free. In today's health-conscious World, it's nice to see we can now enjoy Timothy's Creamy Hot Chocolate, White Hot Chocolate and Chai Latte without any of the guilt.
As noted above, you can use your Keurig machine to mix the contents of these pouches with hot water, but Timothy's recommends using hot milk (or any similar substitute) for better results. Trust us, go with the milk... more on that in a bit.
With a typical cup of single serve coffee only providing you a modest 90-150 mg boost of caffeine in the morning, it's no wonder STOK has invented the black coffee shot. Pronounced "STOKE", these coffee shots add another 40 Mg of caffeine per serving, which is equivalent to a shot of espresso. It comes in a creamer-like container for portion control, and they recommend a limit of 2 servings per day. They are also not for use by children under age 18, pregnant women or the caffeine-sensitive.
Apparently these are available at several of our local grocers, and we'll see if we can drum a few up. They also have "SWEET" shot besides the black coffee shot (pictured above).
N.O. Brew claims to be the country's first, fresh cold-dripped bottled iced coffee. We're not sure if that's true, but we've been following coffee concentrates for quite awhile here at Single Serve Coffee, and we've heard of many other concentrates before N.O. Brew. The iced coffee concentrate is made with N.O. Brew's blend of Arabica beans and their proprietary cold-drip process. Best of all - N.O. Brew contains no artificial flavors or preservatives. Each 64 oz. bottle makes up to 24 fresh iced coffees at home, and you can also purchase 32 oz bottles direct from the N.O. Brew site.
RK Express Coffee is both a coffee extract and perhaps a way for you to earn extra money. We tend to stay away from places that want you to buy and become a business associate and drink their coffee, but RK Express coffee does look interesting.
RK Express Coffee is 100% gourmet coffee made from the worlds finest beans. Made by the cup, you can now forget the hassle of grinding beans, waiting for the coffee to brew, or having to clean up the mess. It's revolutionary, and will change the way you think about your morning cup.No special equipment is needed. Simply pour some RK Express Coffee into your favorite mug or cup, add hot water, and enjoy! Try some today!
We have only had Toddy coffee at Seattle's Best called the Naughty Toddy. It's nice to see the original Toddy can be purchased for your home instead of having to go to your local coffee shop. The Toddy system was created in 1964 by Todd Simpson. He developed and patented a cold brew system that, using regular Arabica coffee beans, creates a cup of steaming HOT coffee with 67% LESS ACID. It doesn't produce it steaming actually, because the end result is a coffee concentrate you mix with hot water or hot milk.
We like the single serving size (as you can use the Toddy coffee concentrate that you make for one cup at time), and we also like the fact you can store the leftover coffee in the fridge cold Toddy coffee later in the day. The part we don't like is making the coffee 12 hours in advance to enjoy the next day. You can read more about the entire Toddy brew process, but we would imagine using the Toddy System for iced coffee and not for hot coffee due to the prep.
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