This is a very interesting coffee pod launch because of one major factor - they are not coupling it with a brewer. Dunkin' Donuts is relying on the installed base of single serve coffee pod brewers (one cup coffee pod brewers) to be their coffee delivery systems. Given the fact Senseo has not debuted a model or Home Cafe for over 2+ years - we wonder how successful this test will be. We do know if you're looking for a Senseo or other coffee pod brewer, you'll find them at Amazon and other online retailers for around $69.
There is both a counter promotion at the register, and a large
floor display for the Dunkin' Donut coffee pods.
We stopped over at our local Dunkin' Donuts and found people had purchased about 1/3 of the display of Dunkin' Donut coffee pods since it debuted on Saturday according to one of the employees. We were able to purchase the following Dunkin' Donut coffee pods from the displays:
Dunkin' Donuts Original Blend Coffee Pods
Dunkin' Donuts Dark Blend Coffee Pods
Dunkin Donuts French Vanilla Coffee Pods
Dunkin Donuts Decaf Coffee Pods
Dunkin Donuts Hazelnut Coffee Pods
Each of the coffee pod boxes come packed with 8 coffee pods in individual vacuum sealed sleeves priced at $3.99 a box making each coffee pod cost $.50. Not bad, and a standard price for most coffee pods is in the .34-55 range. We were able to purchase each of the above coffee pods from Dunkin' Donuts, and as far as we can tell for the time being the only place you can purchase Dunkin' Donut coffee pods will be at their retail locations.
We will have a full review soon with our impressions, final coffee pod weights, and more on this exciting development in the world of Single Serve Coffee.
Melitta has redesigned their entire line of coffee pods, and we've always been big fans of their Breakfast Blend coffee pods so we're glad they're still in the line up of coffees they offer. The coffee produced from the Melitta Breakfast Blend Coffee pods has a smooth flavor with a bright character, along with a classic sweet finish. We recommend using an 6 to 8oz setting when brewing these coffee pods in your single serve coffee maker.
We've been long time fans of Baronet Coffee based in CT, and they now have a redesigned site, line of coffees, and coffee pods to make our fandom even bigger. Baronet single serve coffee pods come packed individually or in bags, and we really love the variety and choice you can get from Baronet. We've reviewed Baronet coffees in the past, and can tell you their coffees are fresh, and make a great cup of single serve coffee every time.
The latest batch of Fratello pods arrived from Calgary recently, and they don't disappoint! Quite the contrary. You'll find a great new micro-lot from Guatemala, the Guatemala Montecristo, as well as their superb Tanzania Songea Peaberry, which recently became the highest-rated coffee ever to be offered in pod form when Kenneth Davids gave its whole-bean equivalent a 94, and this coffee in whole bean form a 90. And you'd certainly be missing out if you overlooked Fratello's Nicaraguan Los Placeres, perhaps our favorite of them all and our focus in today's review.
With this pod Fratello continues its tradition of offering fantastic single-serve Nicaraguan coffees. Part of their secret seems to be keeping it in the family, so to speak. The Los Placeres Estate is run by the award-winning Mierisch family, who own other estates such as Limoncillo, Mama Mina, and Los Milagros from which coffee for highly regarded pods has been harvested in the past. If you favor a more direct connection to where your morning cup has come from than the big chain roasters can offer, i.e. coffee with a story, look no further.
We've sampled a few already using our Bunn My Cafe coffee pod brewer, and have to say - really solid. Each Cafe Classics coffee pods come packed in an 18 count box with each coffee or tea pod being individually wrapped for freshness.
Breakfast Blend‐ MILD - Great Central Blend
Colombian Supremo‐ MILD - Rich and Full Body
Guatemala Antigua‐ MILD - Bright and Winey
Sumatra Mandheling‐ MILD - Heavy, Rich and Syrupy
Classic Blend‐MEDIUM - Delicate and Caramel‐esque
Donut Shop‐ MEDIUM - Better Than You Remember
Classic Bold‐ BOLD - Did we say Bold?
French Roast‐ BOLD - Smoky and Pungent
Espresso EXTRA BOLD ‐ Darkest Roast - Daring, Decadent, BOLD
Pacific Blend EXTRA BOLD ‐ Darkest Roast - Heady and Robust
Decaf Colombian‐ MEDIUM - Rich and Piquant
Decaf Hazelnut‐ MEDIUM - Rich, Nutty and Spicy
French Vanilla‐ MEDIUM - Full Flavor and Sweet Aroma
Hazelnut‐‐ MEDIUM - Rich, Nutty and Spicy
Jamaican Me Crazy ‐ MEDIUM - Caramel, Vanilla and Rum
English Breakfast ‐ Traditional Ceylon BOP and Darjeeling
Green Tea with Lemon ‐ China’s Finest Green with Lemon
Not only are the various coffees we've tried excellent, but the packaging is really fun with bright colors and interesting pictures. We love the Sumatra called Molten Lava Java, and it's because of the name each morning a little smile has come to our face. Check out the flavors below and make sure to give these Parks Coffee pods a try.
Flavored Variety Pack contains 24 pods; 3 of each 8 flavored coffees in our line-up:
Eiffel Power (French Vanilla)
Nutty Aunt Hazel (Hazelnut)
Bake Sale Supremo
Cobbler Cafe (Blueberry)
Everything Nice (Cinnamon)
Southern Belle Pecan
Regular Variety Pack contains 22 pods; 2 of each 11 regular coffees in our line-up:
When you think of Timothy's World Coffee you'll probably only think of single serve coffee from K-Cups, but did you know Timothy's also makes great coffee pods? Made from pre-measured portions of specialty grade, aromatic Costa Rican beans, this blend has a smoky Guatemalan flavor.
You can also be rest assured you can easily compost these coffee pods as they are made with two biodegradable paper sheets compressed together with the coffee in the middle. Each coffee pod is also individually heat-sealed in a wrapper to ensures freshness.
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