Keurig & K-Cups
May 14, 2016
Everything old is 'new' again (sans DRM). SH has written in that ECS Coffee is starting to sell Keurig branded brewers with no DRM. That’s right - any K-Cups will work in this K-Cup brewer unlike the Keurig 2.0. Elite is now the K50 Classic, K10 Mini Plus is now the K15 Mini Classic.
From what we can tell, other than printing the new Keurig logo on the lids, nothing has changed from the old 1.0 versions. These are the same old non-DRM models we've had for ages. Also the Keurig 2.0 models are now called “Keurig PLUS”.
Pretty exciting news in what has become a not so exciting debacle of the Keurig 2.0 and KOLD.
Check them out Classic Line here and PLUS here.
May 2, 2016
Peet's Costa Rica Aurora Light Roast Coffee K-Cup Packs produce coffee with layers of dark, silken berry that meet a bright, clean citrus sweetness. The coffee is a blend of Costa Rican and Kenyan coffees and together they are brilliant. This new light roast is in addition to Colombia Luminosa light roast from Peet's Coffee.
Peet's Costa Rica Aurora Light Roast Coffee K-Cup Packs will work in K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.
April 29, 2016
AB on a recent trip to Target in Bangor Maine came across a new offering from Peet's Coffee called Big Bang. Big Bang is a brilliant blend created to celebrate Peet's 50th anniversary, featuring the exotic fruitiness of Ethiopian Super Natural.
They run $11.99 for a box of 16 and will work in K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.
March 29, 2016
SH has an update on some K-Cups and thoughts of what Canadian coffee drinkers want in a K-Cup.
Noticed these at my local Starbucks yesterday. Grabbed a box. To be honest, it tastes just like every other Starbucks dark roast I've had before... can't really determine anything of note. Maybe adding some cream might reveal some of the notes they're mentioning on the packaging, but I haven't tried that yet since I usually always drink coffee black.
As far as what's new for K-Cups in Canada, it seems Keurig Canada are trying to capitalize on a Canadian vice most Canucks are practically born with (myself excluded)... a Tim Horton's "double-double". Traditionally the most popular drink to order at a Tims in Canada, a double-double is a Tim Horton's regular roast with 2 creams & 2 sugars. It makes for a (what I find sickeningly) sweet coffee.
Well now Keurig has introduced their Donut House Sweet & Creamy Double-Double K-Cups (as a direct response to Nescafe's 3-in-1 knock-off K-Cups). The K-Cups include ground coffee, sucralose as the sweetener and milk/soy-based creamer all in one K-Cup to produce a much more palatable version of a Tim's double-double. Is it creamy? Kind of. Is it sweet? Yep, but nowhere near as sickening as what Tim's usually does to it.
It'll remain to be seen if Canadians adopt this as their new K-Cup of choice over a traditional Tim's run (and it makes me wonder if Tim Hortons will create their own "official" version).
March 28, 2016
Later this Fall Starbucks will release release a new line of K-cups featuring the Pumpkin Spice Latte flavor. The new Keurig Green Mountain-friendly pods will include caramel, mocha and vanilla latte flavors. Starbucks released the Pumpkin Spice Latte on Sept. 8—just after Labor Day. The revamped recipe now includes real pumpkin.
Originally launched in 2003, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is flavored with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove and is widely credited with launching the ubiquitous pumpkin-spiced flavor craze. It continues to be a seasonal best-seller for the coffee giant.
Via Fox News
March 17, 2016
KOLD doesn’t seem to be getting met with warm feelings from potential buyers, and the latest ad from Bed Bath and Beyond has it at $170 off the list price. We think KOLD was overpriced and too large to begin with anyways, but it’s interesting to see how steep a discount the new machine is already getting.
Is this to make way for a better KOLD or have consumers with their wallets and interest told Keurig - KOLD is kaput and to not even bother. We should know in the coming months if KOLD continues, but we do expect Keurig to give it one more go with a smaller KOLD machine.
March 15, 2016
Starbucks Pike Place Roast K-Cups are one of our favorite medium roast K-Cups, and we always enjoy a cup in the morning and mid-afternoon. Pike Place is the market near the original Starbucks where the coffee giant started.
Starbucks Pike Place Roast K-Cups will work in all K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.
March 8, 2016
Eight O'Clock Coffee Dark Italian Roast K-Cups are perfect for the coffee drinker in your life that needs a bold cup in the morning. This bold, chocolatey and full bodied coffee is one of Eight O’Clock’s best single serve coffees. These K-Cups are Kosher certified as well.
Eight O'Clock Coffee Dark Italian Roast K-Cups will work in K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.
February 9, 2016
The Green Mountain 72 Count K-Cup Variety Pack will save you on having to shop for the variety your guests or household members want. The variety pack includes:
- Green mountain coffee breakfast blend
- French vanilla cream
- Caribou blend
- The Original Donut Shop
- Newman's own organic
- Tully's French roast
Green Mountain 72 Count K-Cup Variety Pack K-Cups will work in all K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.
January 22, 2016
Guatemala Casi Cielo K-Cups are back for 2016 and continue to be one of the K-Cups we look forward to each and every year. AB from Maine also agrees, and has found them at his local Starbucks and we’ve seen them throughout the Boston area as well.
Casi Cielo, Spanish for ‘almost heaven,’ comes from the lush Antigua region of Guatemala—a coffee-growing paradise. This fertile valley, surrounded by volcanoes, provides exceptional conditions for showcasing subtle floral aromas, an alluring brightness and a smooth cocoa finish.
Guatemala Casi Cielo K-Cups will work in all K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.
January 14, 2016
New England Coffee had joined the Keurig family and is now producing K-Cups for K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0. We’ve had several of New England Coffee’s blends including their Donut Shop and Breakfast Blend coffees and always enjoyed them.
December 28, 2015
Café Escapes Chai Latte K-Cups for Keurig Brewers make a very rich yummy cup of chai tea goodness. The tempting flavors of black tea and exotic spices, smoothed by a splash of milk and sugar, make these K-Cups a must have for any chai tea drinker. This product contains milk, soy and tree nuts and highly refined coconut oil so if you have any of those food allergies these are not for yo.
Café Escapes Chai Latte K-Cups for Keurig Brewers will work in all K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.
December 22, 2015
Over at iFixit they’ve pulled together a post based on a post from a Washington-state coffee machine repairman, Joe Young. Joe has been making the rounds on Facebook—racking up nearly 30,000 shares in a few days about how unfixable Keurig single serve coffee makers are. Young posted a photo of a van stacked wall-to-wall with Keurig coffeemakers. All of them destined for the dump, because they cannot be repaired.
We do know however most of these coffee makers have lots of parts inside that can be recycled, so we don’t think you have to just throw a Keurig maker away. Our local elementary school recycles small appliances each spring and over the years we’ve donated many older single serve coffee makers to get recycled.
But it does beg the question of how sustainable the Keurig business model is with K-Cups that are not recyclable and machines that are impossible or nearly impossible to repair. We’ll just have to see if Keurig responds to Joe Young’s claim of unfixable. We also know that many of the office Keurig machines of old were repaired all the time - so maybe it’s just the newer more electronic models that are unfixable.
December 8, 2015
We have some surprising news - Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. and JAB Holding Company announced that the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which a JAB-led investor group will acquire Keurig Green Mountain for $92.00 per share in cash, or a total equity value of approximately $13.9 billion. The agreement, which has been unanimously approved by Keurig Green Mountain's Board of Directors, represents a premium of approximately 77.9% over Keurig Green Mountain's closing stock price on December 4, 2015.
JAB is acquiring Keurig Green Mountain in partnership with strategic minority investors who are already shareholders in Jacobs Douwe Egberts B.V., ('JDE'), including Mondelēz International and entities affiliated with BDT Capital Partners. At the close of the transaction, Keurig Green Mountain will be privately owned and will continue to be operated independently by the company's management team and employees. Keurig Green Mountain will remain headquartered in Waterbury, VT.
What can we say? Well - Coke is backing the deal and it’s not surprising. They have taken a bath on their investment with the Keurig Green Mountain stock trading well below their initial investment. With the stock buyout of $92 they’ll get back 2.5 billion on their investment. We do wonder how this will affect the Starbucks agreement, and also if KOLD continues to be developed moving forward.
Maybe this means we’ll get some ECO-FRIENDLY K-Cups? Maybe that’s just too much to ask.