April 14, 2015
We continue our look at some recent Stash tea single cups by checking out the Stash Mango Passionfruit Herbal Tea Single Cups. We rather enjoyed their Pomegranate Raspberry Green Tea Single Cups and are hoping that this flavor will be on par with that experience. Let’s find out.
Brewing these Single Cups resulted in tropical aromas of sweet mangos and exotic passionfruit filling the room with a rather pleasant, almost floral scent which reminded us (oddly enough) of a Glade Hawaiian Breeze Plug-In. Flavor was pretty much identical as we detected some mildly tart passionfruit notes up front quickly followed by sweeter mango notes on the back end. We suspect that since this is billed as an herbal tea that it’s likely a tisane of the primary ingredients mixed into a brew without the inclusion of any actual teas since we didn’t detect any green or black tea notes whatsoever. If we had to declare a primary flavor in the mix, we’d give the upper hand to the passionfruit notes as they emerge as the stronger of the 2 compared to the mango. Again, much like last time, there’s no mistaking the primary ingredients as you get a strong flavor vs. something weak or watery.
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April 9, 2015
AB on a recent trip to Shaw's in Bangor Maine came across Joey Kramer Rockin' & Roastin' single cups.
Shaw's had in stock:
- Ethiopia Organic Medium-Dark Roast - the taste of this coffee as a strong, earthy woodiness with hints of clove, chocolate and a great variety of fruit and citrus notes.
- The Guatemala Organic Medium Roast - the taste of this coffee as a mix of bright citrus with dark chocolate and dark char that has a pleasant woodiness, free of any bitterness.
- Sumatra Whole Bean - the taste of this coffee as earthy at the start, then evoking tones of chocolate, citrus and sweetness.
They run $7.99 for a box of 12.
At Rockin' and Roastin' single cups
April 7, 2015
Stash is a brand of tea we’ve seen slowly yet steadily expand with its retail presence over the past few years. It seems that every few weeks when we do a grocery run, we notice a new Stash flavor or packaging redesign. A quick look on their website shows that Stash got their start in Tigard, Oregon (a suburb of Portland) back in 1972 and were even operated out of a Portland Victorian style house supplying loose herbals teas and bulk herbs to local natural food stores in their early years.
This privately-held company then broadened their offerings in 1975 to include bagged teas as well as a full offering of traditional, specialty blend and herbal teas directly to restaurants and through mail order catalogues to consumers. We’ll allow anyone 20 or younger to Google the term mail order catalog for a minute. Stash tea products can now be found in many countries around the world and they’ve entered the single serve market recently with the introduction of Keurig-compatible (1.0 only, not 2.0) single cups. Today we take a look at 1 of their newer flavors to pop up on store shelves… Stash Pomegranate Raspberry Green Tea Single Cups.
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April 3, 2015
On a recent trip to Shaw’s in Bangor Maine AB came across Harmony Bay K-Cups. These are the same great flavors and options you're used to with Harmony Bay, but conveniently packaged in a Single Serving Cup. Compatible for use with most K-Cup Brewers BUT NOT Keurig 2.0.
Shaw’s had in stock of the following coffee blends:
- French Vanilla
- Decaf Hazelnut
They run $6.99 for a box of 12.
March 31, 2015
Panera K-Cups are starting to show up at store shelves including Shaw’s grocery stores and other places according to AB. We haven’t tried their coffee yet, but we do know a few people who say Panera’s coffee is pretty solid.
- Hazelnut Crème - A nutty, creamy and rich flavored coffee with a light hazelnut aroma.
- Colombia - A rich, nutty flavor with a smooth finish.
- Dark Roast - Rich, bold and full-bodied with balanced layers of flavor.
- Light Roast - Lightly roasted for a bright, smooth and lively flavor.
Panera K-Cups run $6.99 for a box of 12, and will work in all K-Cup Brewers BUT NOT Keurig 2.0.
March 30, 2015
Robin’s Donuts may not be a brand many of you are familiar with and given the fact that the brand is a privately-owned corporation which is sparsely located throughout Canada, many of our readers up north may not be too familiar with them either. Despite this fact, a quick look on their website shows that Robin’s got their start in Thunder Bay, Ontario back in 1975 and have since expanded to over 130 locations across Canada. The chain is in direct competition with Canada’s coffee juggernaut, Tim Hortons and to a lesser extent, Starbucks. Their locations offer a variety of breakfast/lunch sandwich items and the obvious fare such as donuts and regular/iced coffee drinks as well as a variety of other menu items. They recently entered the single serve market and today we’re checking out their Robin’s Coffee Real Cups.
Continue reading: "Robin’s Coffee Real Cups Review"
March 27, 2015
Peet's Coffee & Tea Anniversary Blend 2015 K-Cup Packs are out at your local retailers including Target according to DH. For every box you buy 25¢ goes to Las Nubes School in Guatemala. Flavor notes for the Anniversary blend include: Full-bodied and intriguingly savory with bright, exotic layers of tropical fruits. The Peet's Coffee & Tea Anniversary Blend 2015 K-Cup Packs will work in all K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.
March 25, 2015
AB on a recent trip to Target found a new offering from Caribou Coffee - Real Inspiration Blend. It's supposed to be a sweet & thought-provoking coffee, but we'll have to wait and see until we try it. Caribou Coffee Real Inspiration Blend K-Cups run $11.99 for 18 cups, and will work in all K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0. You can order them online at the Keurig.com site but they are a little higher priced. You can also get these K-Cups as part of a multi-pack at Amazon.com.
March 24, 2015
Keurig Green Mountain has announced the addition of Keurig K-Mug pods: pods that brew a large travel mug-size of your favorite beverage, offering even more brewing options within the Keurig 2.0 brewing system. Available exclusively on Keurig.com, the new K-Mug pods are specially formulated to deliver the quality and strength of flavor that Keurig 2.0 brewer users expect when brewing 12, 14, and 16-ounce coffee and other beverages.
Similar to K-Carafe and Vue pods, K-Mug pods are recyclable. The pod's plastic cup is made from polypropylene (#5) plastic, and can be quickly and easily separated from the lid and filter for recycling. As a recyclable pod, the K-Mug pod is another important step that shows Keurig's continued progress to reduce the environmental footprint of the Keurig brewing system and its progress toward achieving its broader 2020 sustainability targets.
K-Mug pods join the current line-up of over 400 different beverage varieties from 60+ brands available in the Keurig 2.0 system, including all of the top ten best-selling coffee brands in the U.S. K-Mug pods will launch with the following hot beverage favorites:
- Green Mountain Coffee Breakfast Blend
- Green Mountain Coffee Dark Magic
- Green Mountain Coffee French Vanilla
- The Original Donut Shop Regular
- Donut House Collection Donut House Coffee
With the introduction of the K-Mug travel-size pod, Keurig 2.0 users now have nine brew settings to choose from, ranging in size from four ounces to four-cup carafe. K-Mug pods, which are also compatible with Keurig Vue brewing systems, include the Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology.
March 23, 2015
On a recent trip to Target AB found a new offering from Green Mountain Coffee - Summer Sunrise Blend. Summer Sunrise Blend is a limited edition K-Cup, and if drinking just one of these brings a little more warmth to the Northeast we’ll do it. A bright and cheerful blend whose light floral and citrus notes and sweet, clean finish lend a sunny start to your day. They are priced at $10.99 for 18 K-Cups and will work in all K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0