Keurig & K-Cups
November 24, 2014
While our friends up North got a chance to try these Starbucks Thanksgiving Blend K-Cups since early October, we thought it would be fitting to test things out ourselves now that Thanksgiving is only a few days away this side of the border. It would seem that Starbucks has a blend for just about every major seasonal holiday on the calendar and you have to wonder just how different each blend is considering that Starbucks keep using the same source regions & varietals for most of their coffees. You can only mix the same varietals around for so long before they all start tasting the same, right? Being familiar with their Christmas Blend, Anniversary Blend, Tribute Blend and so on, we figured we’d give this Thanksgiving Blend a try rather than a pass and see if we can detect any of the tasting notes Starbucks have advertised on their packaging.
Continue reading: " Starbucks Thanksgiving Blend K-Cups Review"
November 21, 2014
It was just a matter of time before the Keurig 2.0 DRM was broken, and it looks like in the coming weeks you'll be able to purchase Rogers Family Company OneCups / San Francisco Bay OneCups and each pack will come with a Keurig 2.0 DRM Freedom Clip which allows you to choose any K-Cup type portion pack you want in your Keurig 2.0 brewer.
As you know the new Keurig 2.0 uses an ink technology to optically read if there is an "authorized K-Cup" present before it will brew. Many "non-authorized" companies are working to add this "special ink" to the lids of their current product (as well as OneCups), but OneCup has developed a clip that easily fits into the optical hole in a Keurig 2.0 and shows this "special ink" to the brewer so that it will brew "non-authorized" k-cup type pods. This includes pre-2.0 k-cups, other "non-authorized" companies cups and of course OneCups.
Since the folks at OneCup think that freedom is essential, they have named this clip the "Freedom Clip". They'll be including this clip in every box of OneCups AND will be offering it for free on their website to everyone who wants one (no purchase necessary).
We should have one of these Freedom Clip to review soon, and we'll let you know how much freedom it gives us on our K-Cup choice.
November 19, 2014
The Ez-cup for Keurig 2.0 allows you to use any coffee you want in Keurig 2.0 single serve coffee makers. It’s uses paper filters to put your choice of ground coffee in, and they are then compostable or you can throw them away with ease.
If you want a reusable coffee filter then we suggest the Eco-Fill 2.0 which also allows you to use any coffee you want in Keurig 2.0 brewers. The EZ-Cup 2.0 works with all Keurig 2.0 brewers including K350, K450, K550, and with all K-Cup Brewers. We’ve received both products to review and they work great in 1.0 and 2.0 Keurig K-Cup brewers. We’ll have a full review soon.
November 17, 2014
We received a set of BrewKups from GanoD Coffee Tea, and found the Toasted Hazelnut BrewKups quite good. The GanoD Coffee Tea BrewKups offer a single-serve, efficient, convenient and quality cup of freshly brewed coffee in under a minute, and each coffee BrewKup contains Organic Ganoderma Lucidum Powder.
What is Organic Ganoderma Lucidum Powder? It’s a powder made from the spores of mushrooms that has claims of major health benefits. Some of those include:
- Liver Protection & Detoxification
- Effect on Cardiovascular
- Aging Prevention
So far we’re not feeling any younger, but we can safely say the BrewKup coffee produced was quite good. So far they have 3 different options:
- Black Gold
- Chocolate Almond
- Toasted Hazelnut
Thanks again for GanoD Coffee Tea for sending them. The GanoD Coffee Tea BrewKups will work in Keurig K-Cup Brewers but not Keurig 2.0.
November 14, 2014
The Caribou Coffee Caribou Blend K-Cup Packs are one of our favorite medium roast blend with a smooth & classic coffee taste. This blend is 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified and Kosher. The Caribou Coffee Caribou Blend K-Cup Packs will work in K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.
November 11, 2014
The Eco-Fill 2.0 Deluxe for Keurig 2.0 is compatible with Keurig 2.0 Brewers, and allows you to use any coffee in your Keurig Coffee Machines. Works with Keurig K350, K450, K550. The EZ-Cup 2.0 is not compatible with the Keurig VUE, but it is backwards compatible with all the other traditional K-Cup Brewers.
We haven't had the chance to try the Eco-Fill 2.0 Deluxe for Keurig 2.0 yet, but should have one to review soon.
November 10, 2014
A few years ago, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) decided to release a new line-up of products which they dubbed their Wellness Collection. The collection was made up of coffees, teas and Brew Over Ice drinks which had vitamins added in. We already reviewed the 2 Vitamin Burst K-Cup flavors and unfortunately, the 2 Celestial Seasonings teas which were part of the collection have now been discontinued. The 2 coffees are still being sold and have even been made Keurig 2.0-compatible, but we never really got a chance to review them until now. As a result, today we're checking out GMCR's Focus Blend K-Cups and their Defend Blend K-Cups.
Continue reading: "GMCR Wellness Collection Coffee K-Cups Review"
November 7, 2014
Keurig K2.0 Water Filter Starter Kit is designed to work with the new Keurig 2.0 brewer. The handle is designed exclusively for Keurig 2.0 brewers, and after installation you'll have better tasting water for all of your favorite Keurig beverages. It uses Keurig Replacement Water Filters, and includes one water filter and 2 replacement filters.
November 6, 2014
AB found MoonPie Single Serve Coffee K-Cups at Big Lots in Bangor, ME. They run $4.99 for 10, and come in classic MoonPie flavors of banana, chocolate, and vanilla. We typically think of MoonPIe as being chocolate, and had no idea the cookies ever came in other flavors.
We look forward to trying a MoonPie in any form, but our hopes are not that high they'll be amazing. Has anyone tried any of these? MoonPie Single Cups should work with any K-Cup Brewers but not Keurig 2.0 due to being non-Keurig brewed.
November 3, 2014
The Prospect Tea Variety Pack Single Cup Tea for Keurig Brewers is from the same people who brought you Brooklyn Bean Roastery single cups. The 40 single cup variety pack includes:
- White Bengal
- Chamomile Chill
- Himalayan Spring
- Vanilla Chai
- Duke of Earl Grey
- Green Power
- Lemon Taxi
- Peppermint heights
- Prospect Park Decaf
- Golden Dragon
These teas are artisanal blends and they create the perfect brew with rich aromas. The Prospect Tea Variety Pack Single Cup Tea for Keurig Brewers and will work in K-Cup Brewers. These tea single cups are not Keurig 2.0 compatible.
October 30, 2014
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
October 29, 2014
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.
Continue reading: "Cafe Bustelo Espresso Style K-Cups Review"
October 24, 2014
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?
October 22, 2014
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.