Keurig & K-Cups

October 30, 2014

Starbucks Christmas Blend Blonde Roast K-Cups

 

Starbucks holiday blonde roast kcups

AB On a recent trip to Target in Bangor, ME came across Starbucks Christmas Blend Blonde Roast - a new version of Christmas Blend. Lots of sweet and spicy flavor in a lighter roast.

  • Tasting notes: soft spices with sweet, warm notes
  • Enjoy this with: holiday brunch and a house filled with laughter
  • Blonde roast, 100% Arabica coffee, whole bean

Starbucks Christmas Blend Blonde Roast K-Cups run $12.99 for a box of 16, and will work in K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0

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October 29, 2014

Cafe Bustelo Espresso Style K-Cups Review

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Cafe Bustelo is a brand which, until recently, was a brand mainly known only to the latin community as it’s been a staple in bodegas for about the past 80 years or so. The brand had hit a slump until it underwent a rebranding a few years ago which aimed new products such as canned iced coffee (Bustelo Cool) as well as the brand itself towards a younger generation. Today the brand is popular amongst hipsters & those who simply enjoy a good, strong coffee. It’s also been gaining popularity in Hollywood with the brand appearing at various events from Coachella to the Oscars. 

The brand got its start when its founder, Gregorio Bustelo moved from Spain to Cuba in the 1920s & got hooked on the coffee style popular in the region. He decided to take up the practice of coffee roasting and later moved to Puerto Rico. Once US Congress passed the Jones-Shafroth Act which granted people of Puerto Rico US citizenship, Gregorio moved his family to the East Harlem region of New York City and used the last of his savings to buy a coffee roaster after falling on hard times trying to find work. As luck would have it, his home was located near a theatre and he would start roasting coffee around the time patrons would be let out each night after the end of each show. The smell lured people to his home and he started selling coffee each night. By 1931, the first Bustelo Coffee Roasters shop opened up on 5th Avenue between 113th & 114th streets as the business took off. Today, the brand is owned by Rowland Coffee Roasters Inc. based out of Miami, Florida. The rest, as they say, is history.

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October 24, 2014

Keurig 2.0 Brewer - Is It Worth the Upgrade?

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Over at NASDAQ.com they're thinking it's going to be a tough time for Keurig 2.0 if there's not compelling reason to upgrade. Do you think it's worth the upgrade to move to Keurig 2.0? Are you having a tough time thinking about an upgrade when the new brewers cost $129.99 or more and you have a working brewer? You're not alone, and to upgrade they'll need even more K-Cup options and K-Carafe options to entice current customers. 

NASDAQ.com also lays 3 reasons Keurig 2.0 will have a tough time with consumers:

  • Vue has been a failure - No one bought it and those who did can still use VUE packs and K-Cups with an adaptor - but it's over.
  • There is no reason to upgrade - Besides the larger K-Carafe pack is there really anything the new brewers do that's revolutionary?
  • Customers will be annoyed when they buy an unlicensed K-Cup and it does not work -when your old brewer will brew any K-Cup would you switch to a device that makes you only buy Keurig Brewed?

We think in the long run Keurig Green Mountain should be fine, but they'll need to ride these rough waters while the brewer an DRM debacle subsides. Are you upgrading and if you have do you like your new brewer and choices? Who do you think will crack the DRM first and make K-Cups for Keurig 2.0 that are unlicensed?

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October 22, 2014

TRU Single Serve K-Cup Coffee Machine

TRU Single Serve K-Cup Coffee Machine

The TRU Single Serve K-Cup Coffee Machine is an alternative single serve coffee maker for those of you who may want to spend less to just brew K-Cups. It features a patented Cup-Injection design, and has a  stainless steel boiler heating system. the TRU single serve K-Cup coffee machine also will Auto Shut-Off after 30 Minutes, and features a rather large given the footprint of the machine removable 1 Liter water tank  with removable drip tray.

The TRU Single Serve K-Cup Coffee Machine will brew only K-Cups, and not K-Carafe or Vue packs.

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October 21, 2014

Campbell's Fresh Brewed Soup K-Cups Missing In Action

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Just last year we had crazy news that Campbell’s Fresh Brewed Soup K-Cups were coming to a Keurig brewer near you. It’s been awhile and they were supposed to ship this Fall but so far nothing. We haven’t heard a peep about soup in a K-Cup.

The agreement last year was supposed to bring the number one single serve coffee maker and the number one soup maker together to bring you Campbell's Fresh-Brewed Soup. The convenient snack will be prepared at the touch of a button, and a mini-meal from a K-Cup will be produced.

We still want our Campbell’s Soup K-Cups - don’t you?

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October 20, 2014

Lavazza Perfetto Coffee K-Cups Review

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We conclude our series of Lavazza K-Cup reviews today with the final flavor in their line-up… Lavazza Perfetto K-Cups. This is apparently the strongest roast & strongest tasting coffee of the line-up. Given how disappointed we were with their Gran Selezione K-Cups last time, we’re truly hoping for a return to form this time. Lets see if Lavazza strike out or knock it out of the park. 

Brewing the Lavazza Perfetto K-Cups resulted in aromas of smoky hickory tinged with notes of dark chocolate throughout with a very mild earthiness underneath. Billed as an espresso roast, flavor seemed more akin to a dark roast and wasn’t anywhere as strong as what we were expecting. We did however notice a nice blend of chocolate flavors with caramel notes hiding underneath near the end of each sip.

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October 15, 2014

Keurig 2.0 Single Serve Coffee Maker Reviews and Guides

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Are you thinking about getting a Keurig 2.0 single serve coffee maker? If so we have a comprehensive set of reviews to give you all the details you need to make your decision to enter the world of Keurig 2.0 or stay put with your 1.0 Keurig brewer.

Do you currently own a Keurig 2.0 brewer? Our reviews provide an overview of the various features like K-Carafe packs and the larger brewing options, along with navigating the various menus. The reviews / guides below are very helpful for new owners of Keurig 2.0, and you may be surprised to find out about the hidden features of Keurig 2.0 as well.

  1. icon_latest_revies.gif Keurig 2.0 Brewer Series Overview & First Impressions
  2. icon_latest_revies.gif Keurig 2.0 Menus, Brewing Various Packs & New Exclusive 2.0 Features
  3. icon_latest_revies.gif Keurig 2.0 Likes, Dislikes, Nitpicks, Hidden Port & Conclusion
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October 14, 2014

Lavazza Gran Selezione Coffee K-Cups Review

 

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We continue our series of Lavazza K-Cup reviews today with the next flavor in the line-up… Lavazza Gran Selezione K-Cups. This is billed as dark roast and is supposed to be Rainforest Alliance Certified while having intense flavor and chocolate undertones. Let’s see how things go, shall we?

Brewing these K-Cups resulted in mild smoky & earthy aromas which weren’t anywhere as strong as what we were expecting given the fact that this is a dark roast. Flavor was a mix of astringent smoky notes up front followed by some hits of smoke, very mild hints of molasses and mild chocolate notes in the background. Things were rounded-off with some faint berry notes hiding underneath near the end of each sip.

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October 9, 2014

W.B. Mason SHAZAM Coffee K-Cups will be Keurig Brewed

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Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. announced a multi-year agreement to offer W.B. Mason's SHAZAM coffee in K-Cup packs for the Keurig hot brewing system in away from home channels. SHAZAM will be the first brand to come into the Keurig family from a Keurig Authorized Distributor. The name Shazam fills the entire staff with nostalgia about a certain superhero, and for some a music listening app, but for K-Cuppers it’s coffee that will come to mind.

The companies plan to launch the new SHAZAM coffee K-Cup packs later in the month of October 2014 with Light, Medium, and Dark Roast blends exclusively to W.B. Mason customers. SHAZAM coffee promotes that it will ‘Make Your Day Magical,’ at a competitive price. All SHAZAM coffee K-Cup packs will be marked with the Keurig Brewed seal indicating the product has passed rigorous testing, assuring the quality, taste and integrity consumers expect from the Keurig brand. It also means the SHAZAM coffee K-Cup packs will work in your Keurig 2.0.

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October 8, 2014

Green Mountain Coffee Autumn Harvest Blend K-Cups Now Available

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Green Mountain has released their Autumn Harvest K-Cups and since picking up a box at Target we can’t stop drinking this coffee. The coffee uses a set of lighter and darker roasted coffees to produce a very mild medium roast coffee. The Autumn Harvest Blend offers the clean, bright flavors of exceptional Central American coffees, and the sweet smoke and caramel of our French Roast. 

We think you’ll enjoy this coffee all Fall and Winter long. Green Mountain Coffee Autumn Harvest Blend K-Cups are available in the US at Target and other online retailers like Amazon. Green Mountain Coffee Autumn Harvest Blend K-Cups will work in all K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.

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October 6, 2014

Lavazza Classico K-Cups Review

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We continue our series of Lavazza K-Cup reviews today with the next flavor in the line-up… Lavazza Classico K-Cups. This is billed as medium roast and is supposed to be suited as an everyday coffee which can be enjoyed at any time. Let’s see how this one turns out, shall we?

Brewing these K-Cups resulted in light aromas of smoky hickory tinged with very mild hints of dates & raisins as the coffee cools off. Keurig & Lavazza describe the coffee as having an aroma of dried fruits and while it may not have been evident at first, we did eventually start getting some mild notes after a while.

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October 1, 2014

Mystery Port in Keurig 2.0 Solved

Hidden Data Port

Did you know you had some type of data port in the bottom of your Keurig 2.0? We found it tucked away underneath the Keurig 2.0 (read our article here) waiting to be used at some later point. Is it going to connect to the Keurig Cold coming out soon? Is it going to be used to connect to AOL by dialing out using a modem? :-) Keurig Green Mountain had provided us the answer on what this mystery port is...

The “port" on the bottom of the system is similar to the port you would plug a landline phone into in your home. This was included in the new Keurig 2.0 brewers to give the future ability to connect an accessory to give the brewer internet connectivity, should consumers opt in and wish to do so. This port is not currently in use and any future uses are still in the early stages of innovation. 

So there you have it. It’s to future proof the Keurig 2.0 and perhaps give us recipes to download or to be able to connect to the Keurig 2.0 over our smartphone for smart home uses. Who knows? What do you think they’ll use the port for in the future? 

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September 29, 2014

Keurig 2.0 Likes, Dislikes, Nitpicks, Hidden Port & Conclusion

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We reach the end of a long journey today with Part 3 of our 3-part Keurig 2.0 Mega Review where we discuss our main likes, dislikes & nitpicks about the new 2.0 brewers, our discovery of a hidden port under the machine (do we have your attention now?) & our final conclusion about the new 2.0 brewer series. 

What did we like?

- Overall design/look of the new brewers. They seem to have a nicer, more modern look which appears to be a fusion of various design cues from the old Keurig 1.0 Series B70 brewers & the Keurig (1.5 Series?) Vue V700 brewers. 

- The designing ingenuity which went into creating the retractable K-Cup piercing needle mechanism. As we noted in Part 2 of our Mega Review, this level of design is something we’d be expecting to see come out of Apple’s Cupertino offices… not Keurig Green Mountain. The fact that Legos inspired it further shows that amazing things can come from the most simple of ideas.

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September 23, 2014

McCafé K-Cups and T-Discs - Bring Back the Break

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McDonalds.ca has announced McCafe K-Cups and T-Discs for your K-Cup Brewers (not Keurig 2.0) and Tassimo home brewing systems. You can now take home their Premium Roast coffee and it will be available at McDonald’s restaurants and most major grocery stores in four convenient formats.

  • McCafe K-Cup Portion Packs - Works in Keurig 1.0 brewers only
  • McCafe Tassimo T-Discs
  • McCafe Ground Coffee
  • McCafe Whole Bean Coffee
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