Keurig & K-Cups
September 19, 2016
When you think of August and September, you think of the last month of Summer-like weather before the Fall season kicks off. As a result, you’d normally expect to see a proliferation of pumpkin-themed drinks flooding the market. What you DON’T expect to see are Christmas-themed drinks appearing on store shelves so early. Today we look at a coffee we think should have only appeared on store shelves around November but instead showed up a few weeks ago in early August. Yep, this is a Christmas-themed flavor… in August.
How do you know for sure that it’s a Christmas-themed flavor, you ask? Simple… it’s being marketed as the new 2016 Winter seasonal flavor on various online shops and the more obvious reason is that there’s a blurred image of a pine tree branch in the background on the packaging. Seriously, the only thing missing is Santa holding the mug. On the plus side, we get to review this several months ahead of time, so… uh… Happy Holidays? That’s right, we’re checking out the new for 2016 GMCR Cinnamon Sugar Cookie K-Cups.
Continue reading: "GMCR Cinnamon Sugar Cookie K-Cups Review"
September 2, 2016
We’re introducing something a little new today at Single Serve Coffee, it’s a new format of quick reviews we’re calling Quickviews. These mini reviews of sorts will be considerably shorter than our usual reviews and are more for the TLDR crowd and for those who just want to know What’s the coffee taste like? Is it any good?Is it worth buying?
There won’t be any scores, just a Worth It! or Leave It! recommendation at the end of the review. So without further delay, let’s get started shall we?
Continue reading: "New England Coffee Blueberry Cobbler K-Cups Review"
Today we decided to check out New England Coffee’s Blueberry Cobbler K-Cups. New England Coffee is one of GMCR’s most recent acquisitions and they converted NEC’s older One Cups into licensed K-Cups as a result. We appreciate this change since we don’t have to worry about a bunch of One Cups going stale after we open the foil bag anymore.
August 12, 2016
We’ve always wondered what we could make out of the 50+ single serve coffee makers we’ve received over the 12+ years Single Serve Coffee has been on the web. Evan Booth recently MacGyvered the crap out of a Keurig K350 Coffee Maker and transformed it into a bionic hand named Hedberg. It took him over 200+ hours and minus the adhesives the bionic hand is made entirely from the Keurig K350. You can watch the 5 minute time lapse video after the jump.
Continue reading: "Turn a Keurig K350 Coffee Maker into a Bionic Hand"
July 31, 2016
SH has uncovered that Keurig Canada is ahead of the rest of the K-Cup world in offering a recyclable K-Cup.
From SH: The first 100% recyclable K-Cup is now available, albeit via an online exclusive 24-pack, in Canada. The flavor for those wondering is Van Houtte's Original House Blend. While this is great news for those who were miffed about the ecological concerns of the old K-Cups, the method in which KGM went about it leaves me wondering what's so different than how people used to "recycle" their K-Cups in the past.
According to the info page on the Canadian website (http://www.keurig.ca/recyclable-kcup), you have to wait for the pod to cool off, then you need to push your finger through the lid where the brewing needle previously pierced it and then tear away the foil lid bit by bit, empty the coffee grinds, and I'm guessing rinse the cup and discard of the foil in the garbage and the filter + pod in the recycling bin.
Continue reading: "Keurig 100% Recyclable K-Cup Pods Are Available Now"
July 5, 2016
Our intrepid contact from the north SH has noticed Keurig is not including carafes with it’s 2.0 brewers now renamed the Keurig Plus line.
Take a look at the 'new' 2.0 machines which have had nothing more than a model # change. Notice something missing in the 'what's included' section? Well, the carafes are now no longer included on the Canadian site and the US site.
Guess they want people buying the $25 CAD stainless steel carafe separately instead of leaving the plastic freebie version in the box. Ironically, they are selling the 'new' carafe-less K525 for $199 CAD... $10 more than the original K500 (which comes w/carafe) used to sell for back in the day.
I guess there's even a supreme K575 model which allows you to now change temperature levels in the menu and that one doesn't even come with a carafe.
Find it very odd that one of the key selling points when the 2.0 was first released has now been totally ignored for this new round of brewer rehashings.
From key selling point to no selling point. Keurig 2.0 key selling feature is going the way of the DODO.
June 22, 2016
Europe appears to be winning the variety/selection war against North America
Do you speak a foreign language and can easily read foreign text? Have you ever taken the time to browse the different global sites which a manufacturer might have in place? If so, chances are you’ve discovered an ugly truth when it comes to what is being offered over there compared to here… the truth that some countries have a MUCH better selection of drinks and an even nicer selection of machines vs. what is offered this side of the pond here in the US and Canada.
Why is this? Is it because a manufacturer has one of those countries as its home base of operations? Is it because sales are more robust in those countries than elsewhere in the world? Is it due to regional preferences? Quite possibly, yes to all of the above but there are likely other factors at play of which we’re unaware.
While it can seem unfair and is quite infuriating at times, especially when you have a very minuscule selection in your country and another country has a selection which would take months to try out, we have a feeling most of our readers probably aren’t even aware of just how crazy of a difference there can be from one country to the next. As a result, consider this a form of PSA if you will… just don’t blame us when you feel like going all Office Space on your single serve machine with a baseball bat after reading this.
Let’s have a look at some of the more common manufacturers who offer their machines/pods in North America, the difference in drinks & machines in some countries and what tactics they are using in such regards (be they positive or negative). For brands that aren’t widely sold in Europe, we’ll compare the selection between USA & Canada instead.
Continue reading: "Geographical Differences Amongst Single Serve Coffee Manufacturers - What are we missing?"
June 17, 2016
With Keurig KOLD being discontinued it looks like Sodastream is having the last laugh and also the last company that might replace your Keurig KOLD. You don’t have to buy a Sodastream to replace the KOLD - you can simply need to email the photo of you and the machine along with your name, address, phone number and the Kold machine's serial number to firstname.lastname@example.org. In exchange, former KOLD owners get a promo code for a free SodaStream and SodaStream gets a new customer.
June 16, 2016
ˇKeurig has pulled the plug on Keurig KOLD and less than a year after it debuted at $370 bucks last fall. Discounting quickly ensued when it launched in Canada and other places, and consumers were not pleased with the price of the KOLD pods or the machine itself. We also noticed that most of the sodas we tried just weren’t that great given they would cost almost $1 a drink. Why pay a $1 when you can simply buy a case of Coke for much much less. The bad news is 130 people in Vermont will lose their job, but the glimmer of light is Keurig has supposedly learned for future beverage projects what to do and not do.
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.