Keurig & K-Cups
December 5, 2013
We finish off our Brown Gold Real Cup review series today by checking out the 5th & final flavor in their line-up that is compatible with all K-Cup Brewers… Brown Gold 100% Brazilian Real Cups. Much like their 100% Costa Rican & 100% Peruvian coffees, we can’t say we’ve ever had a 100% Brazilian coffee before and just the name alone would be enough to make anyone snicker or giggle given what it’s normally associated with, but all joking aside, we can’t recall having coffee that even used Brazilian coffee beans in a blend before, so this should be interesting (or so we hope).
Brewing these Real Cups resulted in a mild woodsy aroma blended with subtle notes of cocoa and very faint smoky hints in the background. There was also something else we couldn’t quite place which gave a bit of an odd musty scent off the top of the nose. Overall, things were a lot more muted than what we were expecting for Brown Gold’s self-proclaimedstrongest flavor.
Continue reading: "Brown Gold 100% Brazilian Real Cups Review"
December 3, 2013
Panera Bread Co. is extending its branded retail grocery products to include single-serve brewing cups, or K-Cups. Panera will sell K-Cups in four varieties: dark roast, light roast, Colombia and Hazelnut Crème. The suggested retail price for a 12-pack of cups is $8.99 and they will be sold at such supermarkets as Supervalue, Hy-Vee and Winn-Dixie, and are produced by Distant Lands Coffee, which has roasting plants in Seattle and Tyler, Texas.
Panera Bread Co. has 1,736 bakery-cafés in 45 states and Canada under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Café brands. We do find it interesting they don’t seem to be saying they’ll sell them at their retail locations.
We’ll try and get some of these as soon as they are available to review, and if you see some pick them up and send them our way.
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November 25, 2013
We continue our Brown Gold Real Cup review series today by checking out the 4th flavor in their line-up… Brown Gold 100% Ethiopian Real Cups.
Brewing these Real Cups resulted in rich earthy notes tinged with mild oily notes that revealed aromas of dark chocolate, smoke & some very faint hints of cinnamon & floral notes buried underneath. Billed as a dark roast, flavor yielded more robust notes that kicked off with some mild smoke up front followed by bursts of dark chocolate, molasses, bread notes in the background, some faint oily notes from the roasting process and a very mild (i.e. lightly sour) citrus flavor throughout. A very well-rounded performance so far which made for a pleasing experience.
Continue reading: "Brown Gold 100% Ethiopian Real Cups Review"
November 21, 2013
Caribou Coffee is offering for the first time ever their holiday seasonal blend, Reindeer Blend in Keurig K-cups. It’s available for a limited time only in 16 single K-Cup packs, and is not for use in Vue brewing systems, but will work great in any Keurig K-Cup Brewers.
Caribou Coffee Reindeer Blend is 100% Rainforest Alliance certified. Reindeer Blend brings together coffees from Central America combined with heavy-bodied and rich flavors from Indonesia - including a rare, aged Sumatra that gives a hint of caramel and a dash of spice.
November 19, 2013
Dunkin’ Donuts has added Pumpkin coffee and Peppermint Mocha K-Cups to it’s stores in K-Cups this holiday season. We’re not sure why they are just calling the Pumpkin Coffee - Pumpkin, but rest assured the pumpkin coffee has nutmeg and cinnamon to spice it up. The Peppermint Mocha K-Cups are more for the sweet tooth in your family, and make a perfect after dinner cup of coffee with your giant piece of pie.
- Pumpkin Coffee Dunkin’ K-Cup Packs - Pumpkin K-Cups are now available for you to brew at home! Savor Dunkin’ Donuts’ unique blend of 100% Arabica beans with the taste and aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon.
- Dunkin' Donuts' Peppermint Mocha K-Cup packs make this favorite holiday flavored coffee available at home for use with the Keurig K-Cup Brewing System. Guests can also enjoy Peppermint Mocha packaged coffee in a special, limited time only 8-oz size. They run $8.99 for a box of 14.
Pumpkin and Peppermint Mocha Perfect K-Cups are perfect for holiday parties or gatherings, and sold exclusively at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants,
November 18, 2013
Back in the early 1950s, a term emerged to describe groups of socialites that travelled the World by jet… this term was dubbed Jetsetter and is the basis of the Jetsetter Coffee Company. Taking a classic aerial theme of that era, Jetsetter have named their flavors after aerial terminology and have created a rather unique branding overall. We have to admit we really like this approach as its attention to detail makes things all the more memorable.
Continue reading: "Jetsetter Red Eye Cups for Keurig K-Cup Brewers Review"
November 15, 2013
Peet’s is offering an Ultimate Holiday Convenience Package. The package includes includes the one-touch Cuisinart single serve brewer and an array of Peet’s Single Cups including the 2013 Holiday Blend, Café Domingo and Major Dickason’s Blend, as well as two limited edition holiday mugs.
Peet’s sent us over their Holiday Blend 2013 Coffee Single Cups and we are impressed as always. It’s very spicy with a crisp upper note of citrus and it’s really good. We’ve been sampling it all week long and thanks to Peet’s again for sending. You’re also going to need to get it soon as with every Peet’s Holiday Blend Coffee it’s limited and only available for a short time.
November 14, 2013
Keurig has a new unique marketing program aimed at colleges - custom labeled Keurig Minis with custom college logos. If you love your school and you love coffee, Keurig’s K10 MINI Plus college brewers combine the best of everything you enjoy.
How does it work? You can purchase the K10 MINI Plus brewer and get your college decal set for FREE. Already have a MINI Plus? You can purchase the college decal separately. Either way, it's easy. You simply select a school and add a brewer and decal to cart to purchase bundle or click the links on the pages to purchase the decal separately. We’re not sure how many of these are in the wild of college dorms, but we may be getting a decal set for our alma mater soon.
Schools currently include:
- University of Arizona
- University of Arkansas
- University of Florida
- University of Georgia
- University of Miami
- University of Mississippi
- University of Nebraska
- Rutgers University
- University of Texas
- Washington State
More at Keurig
November 11, 2013
Last year, we reviewed a K-Cup that had the most ridiculously long name we've seen to date and at that time, we only had 1 flavor to review. Since then, Green Mountain Coffee has supplied us with the 2nd flavor in the line-up which is what we're checking out today. These K-Cups also have a ridiculously long name, so we'll simply refer to them as "Sweet & Creamy Nutty Hazelnut Iced Coffee K-Cups" for the remainder of this review. Most Brew Over Ice K-Cups recommend 6oz or 8oz settings but as with the 1st flavor, this one used actual real ground coffee beans, so we figured we'd use the larger 8oz setting to fill our iced beverage tumbler.
Continue reading: "Original Donut Shop Coffee - Sweet & Creamy Nutty Hazelnut Iced Coffee K-Cups Review"
November 8, 2013
We had the pleasure to attend the launch of the first Keurig single serve coffee boutique last night in Burlington, MA. The Keurig Store features all of the Keurig single serve coffee offerings - Keurig K-Cups, Keurig VUE Packs, and the Keurig RIVO espresso system. There's a section in the store dedicated to each.
Our impression of the store is that it's a Nespresso Boutique level design with the lighting and flair of a great Apple store. You will simply be amazing at how many products Keurig has to offer and the selection of coffee and tea and other hot drinks is vast. If you were on the fence about single serve coffee you won't be after visiting the store.
At the opening event we also got to talk with various members of the Keurig team from marketing, to R&D, to sales and consumer packaging. There was an entire area which showed all of the various Keurig prototypes over the years. Many questions were asked about Keurig 2.0 - coming in the next year or so with few answers.
It's amazing to us that in the 10 years we've been blogging (coming up next May) about single serve coffee, that in the end Keurig would reach retail with it's own store. Pictures after the bump with our thoughts and impressions on the store and event.
Continue reading: "Keurig Launches First Retail Store in Burlington Massachusetts"
November 6, 2013
It's nice to see even more local offerings in the single cup format for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, and now we have word Stephens has a Mint Truffle Single Cup that has our mouth watering. Stephens Mint Truffle Hot Cocoa Single Cups are smooth and buttery with a hint of mint and truffle for your K-Cup brewer.
At my local QFC, I picked these up today. They had them on sale for 9.99. Haven't had a chance to try them yet but it's good to see another hot cocoa offering.
We've yet to try anything at a QFC in single cup format, but we expect they're pretty good given truffle is in the name.
November 5, 2013
McDonalds have entered into a partnership with Kraft & will start testing retail sales of whole bean, ground and K-Cup varieties of their McCafé coffee next year in US supermarkets. Canadians can currently buy whole bean versions of the McCafé coffee at local McDonalds locations, so this evolution and tested strategy should be welcomed by US customers. We've never been a huge fan of McCafe coffee, but given the McDonald's brand we think regardless of the quality of the coffee McDonald's and Kraft are going to have some success.
November 4, 2013
Rich, creamy, buttery--this caramel coffee has everything you could want in a cup of giddyup.
We like how this coffee compares to other Folgers Gourmet Selection K-Cups like our earlier review of their Mocha Swirl K-Cups
. It's definitely buttery and delicious. These K-Cups are also Keurig Brewed making them a perfect fit for your K-Cup brewer.
More at Folgers Gourmet Selections
November 1, 2013
AB spotted at a local Tim Horton's T-Discs and K-Cups in store. Tim Horton's is now carrying both and they had K-Cups Regular Decaf $8.99 for a box of 14, and Tassimo Regular Decaf Latte $10.99 for a pack of 10. Both the Tassimo and Keurig single serve coffees are non-flavored coffees. We're hoping over time they do start to carry the full line of various coffees in single serve coffee formats.
Have you tried the Tim Horton's T-Discs or K-Cups? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or check out the Single Serve Coffee Forums and start a discussion.