June 9, 2015
According to a recent test performed by CBS stations in Pittsburgh, Dallas, and Chicago. The news outlets swabbed the various parts of 29 Keurig coffee makers and one swab from a machine in Pittsburgh contained 4.6 million colonies of bacteria and mold. E.coli showed up on a machine in Dallas. EWWW!
These findings are alarming but realize any machine that has standing water and other food items around it is going to have similar issues. Kitchen appliances in general have lots of bacteria and mold on them, and we all know the common kitchen sponge has more germs on it than your toilet seat.
So what do you do? Make sure you clean your Keurig coffee maker regularly, and that water reservoir is a great place to start. Wiping down the brew head area, and making sure the handles and other parts of the Keurig coffee maker are clean will cut down on mold and bacteria. In the end a clean coffee maker also makes better tasting coffee.
Via The Huffington Post
May 6, 2015
Dukale's Dream is a new documentary about fair trade coffee growers in Ethiopia from Hugh Jackman (yes, Wolverine himself). He recently travelled to Ethiopia and spent time with coffee farmers to see the hardships they have to endure. It appears by the end of the trailer that Jackman manages to get the farmer's coffee in USA retail coffee shops, new packaging and all.
This documentary should open a lot of eyes in regards to how coffee farmers/growers in poor countries are getting shafted by big coffee companies due to them undercutting costs, and not paying what the beans are actually worth.
Duke's Dream will be in select theaters next month and iTunes soon afterwards. Check the trailer after the jump.
Continue reading: "Hugh Jackman to release Fair Trade Coffee Documentary"
April 1, 2015
You knew it would only be a matter of time before someone invented a Keurig like machine to produce Jell-O shots. The Jevo makes it possible to get a single-serving of your favorite jello shot in minutes. The Jevo cranks out 20 Jell-O Shots in just 10 minutes using pods and the accompanying machine. The Jevo also has a variety of Jell-O pod flavors you can enjoy including Maragita, Strawberry, Pina Colada, and Mixed Berry.
The Jevo is mostly aimed at bars and parties, but we think it would sit right along side our current set of single serve coffee makers. That's provided we didn’t get too confused in the morning and start doing Jell-O shots instead of espresso shots. Maybe the two would go great together?
March 6, 2015
Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. has rebranded their two flagship brands of Keurig and Green Mountain with new logo treatments and statements.
For Keurig, the new brand represents simplicity, quality, possibility, and personalization, and expanded it into new occasions, platforms, and geographies.
- Keurig Brand Message: We believe there is joy to be found in the everyday.
Inspired by its birthplace in the Green Mountain state, the new branding updates the #1 brand in the Keurig system with a fresher, more contemporary look that honors its deep roots in responsibility, authenticity, quality, and variety.
- Green Mountain brand message: We believe there is more to great coffee than what’s in your cup.
We like the updates, and are surprised it happened again in such a short time.
March 4, 2015
Over at The Atlantic we find another article on a problem brewing for all of us in the single serve coffee world that use non-recyclable K-Cups - how bad is this for the environment? We do know Keurig Green Mountain has pledged to get the problem resolved by 2020, but that’s 5 years from now. We also know there are some K-Cups not from Keurig Green Mountain that are recyclable in part. We also know throwing things into landfills is not the best way to care for our planet.
The article also features the creator of the K-Cup and Keurig brewer - John Sylvan who always has something funny to say about single serve coffee:
"‘I don't have one. They're kind of expensive to use,’ John Sylvan told me frankly, of Keurig K-Cups, the single-serve brewing pods that have fundamentally changed the coffee experience in recent years. ‘Plus it’s not like drip coffee is tough to make.’ Which would seem like a pretty banal sentiment, were Sylvan not the inventor of the K-Cup."
We suggest you head over and get the full read at The Atlantic.
February 9, 2015
Given how much snow we’ve been having here in the Northeast, we’ve decided to not fight it any longer and just settle in this morning with A Film About Coffee. A Film About Coffee is a love letter to, and meditation on, specialty coffee and we do love our specialty coffee. It examines what it takes, and what it means, for coffee to be defined as ‘specialty.’
We’ll let you know what we think, but you can view it online at Vimeo for $4.99. We plan on watching it via AirPlay on our Apple TV streaming from our Macbook Pro. We really love coffee, and it’s a perfect day to learn more.
January 21, 2015
It’s Wednesday and we are always looking for something a little funny to get us over the hump. This coffee trip from Conan definitely get’s us in a better mood this morning, and should help you crack a well deserved single serve coffee smile.
In this video clip Conan’s assistant Jordan takes his caffeine very seriously, so Conan tests his espresso knowledge at LA's Intelligentsia Coffee. We love how awkward and downright ruthless Conan can be with Jordan, and when he pulls out some CoffeeMate at Intelligentsia the look on the barista’s faces is pretty amazing.
At Conan Takes Jordan Schlansky Coffee Tasting
January 14, 2015
If drinking a cold Coke from your Keurig Cold System in the future wasn't enough, Keurig has inked a deal to bring Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) flavor options for the new machine.
Dr Pepper also brings the brands and flavors of 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott's, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose's, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist sodas and beverages to Keurig Cold. That makes an impressive lineup for the launch of Keurig Cold later this year.
Keurig Cold is an innovative new beverage system that will offer consumers a convenient way to enjoy cold beverages made at home, including carbonated drinks, enhanced waters, juice drinks, sports drinks, and teas at home with the one-touch simplicity, quality, and variety that North American consumers love about the Keurig brand hot system platform.
January 9, 2015
Given the cold across the US and in the Northeast, we’ve not only been drinking coffee by day but lots of warm yummy tea by night. We recently got a set of Stash Tea K-Cups thanks to the folks at Two Rivers Coffee sent to us and have been enjoying a bunch of the various blends and flavors. Stash Tea comes in compatible K-Cup format pack, and makes a really perfect cup of tea.
Our favorite Stash Tea so far? We’re loving the Chai Spice Black Single Serve Cup, and we really love the Peppermint Herbal Single Serve Cups as well. Whatever you decide on from their long list below, we think you’ll find something to brew in your K-Cup Brewer but NOT Keurig 2.0.
- Double Bergamot Earl Grey Black Single Serve Cup
- Moroccan Mint Green Single Serve Cup
- Jasmine Blossom Green Single Serve Cup
- Lemon Ginger Herbal Single Serve Cup
- Chai Spice Black Single Serve Cup
- Chai Green Single Serve Cup
- English Breakfast Black Single Serve Cup
- Super Irish Breakfast Black Single Serve Cup
- Peppermint Herbal Single Serve Cup
- Pomegranate Raspberry Green Single Serve Cup
- Earl Grey Black Single Serve Cup
- Chamomile Herbal Single Serve Cup
- Premium Green Single Serve Cup
- Mango Passionfruit Herbal Single Serve Cup
December 30, 2014
We spent the day visiting old and new Montreal, and had to pay a visit to a Van Houte Cafe Bistro. The Cafe Mocha and Cafe Latte were both very tasty, and the staff super nice given our not so amazing french. The Van Houte Bistros serve sandwiches, coffee, and yes - pastries. Yummy yummy pastries like a chocolate croissant.
They also feature a wide selection of single serve coffees in K-Cup format, and ground coffees in larger locations. We’d love to have more options like Van Houtte Cafes in the US than just Starbucks and Dunkin' - but then again that’s why you travel to places to enjoy what they have to offer.
At Van Houtte