February 16, 2015
While we weren’t aware of the Numi brand before this review, we were a bit surprised to see how much popularity it had apparently gained in certain parts of USA & Canada over the past several years without our knowledge. It seems almost every week we’re hearing of a new brand making its way to the single serve world in one form or another, so we set about trying to find more info about the brand itself and these new Real Cups. While we couldn’t find much mention of the Real Cups except for this press release from early last year (the company’s own website makes no mention of them at all), we did find out that Numi got its start in Oakland California back in 1999 when brother (Ahmed Rahim) & sister (Reem Rahim) decided to start up their own tea company after noticing little difference in consistency & selection within competing tea brands already on the market.
Ahmed had already owned & operated tea houses abroad while Reem had been studying art in Northern California. They wanted to create a company that would encompass both their passions and so Numi Organic Tea was born. The hallmark of the company has since become known as super-premium, organic and Fair Trade Certified teas and herbal teas made with 100% real ingredients. They also make a point to ensure no natural flavorings or perfumes are used to flavor the teas… all the flavor comes from the natural ingredients themselves, nothing else.
Continue reading: "Numi Moroccan Mint Tea Real Cups Review"
February 12, 2015
We recently received Martinson French Vanilla, Martinson Wild Cherry Dark Cocoa and Martinson Cocoa powder single cups and have been enjoying them all over the past 4 snowstorms. We really love the Wild Cherry Dark Cocoa, and have found it our go to after shoveling and digging out single cup. All of the Martinson French Vanilla, Martinson Wild Cherry Dark Cocoa and Martinson Cocoa will work all K-Cup Brewers BUT NOT Keurig 2.0 just yet. We do know Martinson is working on getting 2.0 compatible single cups.
These single cups should be rolling out to retailers now, and you can currently get them at Coffee Icon. Also Martinson has a pretty nifty set of displays they are rolling out at retail to promote the new flavors.
February 10, 2015
We’ve been enjoying the Brooklyn Bean Roastery Red Velvet Single Cups over the past few snow storms, and can safely say they’re one of our favorite flavored K-Cups of 2015. Made from 100% Arabica coffee each single cup uses their revolutionary tension based filter system for an amazing cup of coffee. These are a Limited Edition Holiday Seasonal Flavor so get them while they last. The Brooklyn Bean Roastery Red Velvet Single Cups will work in all K-Cup Brewers but NOT Keurig 2.0.
January 29, 2015
Over at the Winnipeg Free Press there’s an interesting snippet on how Keurig Cold will work.
Unlike his competitor, Glorieux said Keurig Cold simplifies the process by cooling down the water as it pumps it through the machine, while it combines the syrup and carbonation that pour into the glass.
The process will be much more like a Nespresso or Tassimo that uses heat coils to instantly heat water as it's brewing. Keurig Cold will use cooling coils to instantly chill water as it's brewing. It’s like a pod-based single serve mini fridge of sorts. What’s interesting is the fact you’ll need to plug in Keurig Cold, and this makes us think Sodastream fans will likely object to doing so (even though the premium top of the line electronic Sodastream does in fact require a power source too).
Everything will become much more crystal clear (or Coke colored) this fall in 2015 when Keurig Cold finally launches.
January 26, 2015
If you’ve been looking for a something flavorful for you single serve cup of coffee in the morning, we think you’ll enjoy Brooklyn Beans Roastery Subway Cinnamon Single Cups. These single cups combine a delicious combination of rich coffee and toasted cinnamon. The coffee produced is spicy-sweet. The Brooklyn Beans Roastery Subway Cinnamon Single Cups will work in K-Cup Brewers BUT NOT Keurig 2.0.
January 20, 2015
While we realize we’re about a month overdue with this review now that the holiday season has come and gone, we still had quite a few seasonal holiday items we didn’t get a chance to check out until now. We figured it was better late than never to start digging through some of these items and we’re reviewing one of the most recent single serve products which was introduced last year… Barrie House Spicy Mistletoe Single Cups.
As we may have noted in earlier reviews, Barrie House recently changed the design of their Single Cups so that they appear to be made out of a solid plastic shell vs. the old design which had a plastic shell but a foil bottom. We were a bit concerned that the plastic would be too thick for the Keurig’s piercing needle but this wasn’t the case. Other items such as their intensity scale and peel-away lid appear to have remained intact from the old designs. Let’s give these a try and see if they’re a worthwhile addition to our holiday coffee line-up.
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January 15, 2015
It was bound to happen, but we didn’t expect it to happen this way. Keurig and GE have teamed up to bring a Café French door refrigerator featuring a Keurig Hot Beverage System integrated into it. So if you’ve been looking for coffee, tea, and hot water to be dispensed right at the refrigerator this is going to be the refrigerator for you. Priced at $3300 it’s not going to be cheap, and we wonder what type of customer service you’ll get if the brewer ever fails or needs repair.
Additional features include:
- Fresh, filtered water every time with no need to refill
- The built-in system frees up counter space, something that's a premium in many kitchens, and the Keurig K-Cup brewer is dishwasher safe
- First-of-its-kind water filtration system, tested and verified by an independent third party to remove 98 percent of five trace pharmaceuticals from water2
- GE connected technology, allowing consumers to preset the brew time via their mobile device so the water in the reservoir is ready and waiting Water-dispensing flow rate and temperature designed to make the optimal cup of coffee, tea or other single-serve beverages
- Opportunity to brew over 400 varieties of Keurig K-Cup beverages from 60+ major brands, including the top 10 best-selling coffee brands in America, including: Folgers, Maxwell House, Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Eight O'Clock, Community Coffee, and Peet's Coffee and Tea.
- Made in Louisville, Ky., the Café French door refrigerator with single-serve Keurig K-Cup brewing system (CFE28USHSS/CYE22USHSS) will be available in stainless steel.
- Iit will be available in the third quarter of 2015 wherever appliances are sold.
More at GE Appliances
January 13, 2015
Over at YouTube there’s a pretty interesting short film with lots of cool special effects and a message - Kill the K-Cup. We agree the waste K-Cups cause is high, but we’re hoping for increases in recycling them in the coming years. One thing comes to mind after watching the short film - perhaps we could recycle the K-Cups to use for high end coffee paint ball?
Here’s the premise:
"In 2014 the use of the K-Cup reached unparalleled levels. Output became so high that there was enough discarded K-Cups to circle the earth 10.5 times. The numbers continued to grow until the day of the invasion ..."
Video after the jump...
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January 12, 2015
With the cold weather upon us, we decided to try out a cold weather-inspired drink which is usually served throughout fall & winter but especially around this time of year… hot apple cider. Apple cider is the unfiltered version of apple juice made from pressed apples. It can be prepared as-is and served chilled as a form of naturally unfiltered juice, it can be mulled with various seasonings and spices (cinnamon is usually the norm in this instance) and served hot or it can be fermented and and turned into an alcoholic hard cider.
Apple cider is even the official state beverage of New Hampshire (a fact we were totally clueless about until doing research for this review which seems odd since we visit NH each summer). The fact that Keurig Green Mountain have since made 2 different versions of their apple cider K-Cups meant that competitors couldn’t be too far behind and today we’re checking out the latest addition to the single serve cider realm with Barrie House’s Hot Apple Cider Single Cups.
Continue reading: "Barrie House Hot Apple Cider Single Cups Review"
January 8, 2015
The TOUCH Residential Brewer is a single serve coffee brewer that’s compatible with all K-Cup packs, the Touch XBold Cup and Super Cup. Seems like more and more compatible K-Cup brewers are being released, and many of them claim a ton of features the older K-Cup brewers didn’t have.
The Touch brewer brews stronger and bigger cups of coffee and has a brew strength control of: Mild, Medium or Bold 5 cup sizes: 6, 8, 10, 12 or 14 oz. The brewer starts brewing within about 30 seconds from a cold start, and brews a cup of coffee in about 1 minute. It also features an extra large removable water tank at 90oz.
There are two models the Touch Brewer T314B, and the Touch Brewer T330S. The Touch Brewer T330S also features a Refill Cup allowing you to brew a 30oz pot of coffee. You can also use the Refill Cup in older Keurig K-Cup brewers, and more info and a video can be found here.
We’ll be reaching out to Touch brewing to see if we can get a review unit soon. You can also view videos of the brewers here for in depth info.