January 13, 2014

Archer Farms Caramel Macchiato Single Cups Review

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Archer Farms is Target's own in-house brand for food products and we decided to continue checking out their single serve coffee line-up today by reviewing their Archer Farms Caramel Macchiato Single Cups. As we've noted in previous reviews, there's no indication or branding anywhere on the packaging to indicate that Real Cups are being used for Archer Farms single serve products, but given the similarities, we wouldn't be surprised if that turned out to be the case.

Typically a milk-based frothy drink, a conventional caramel macchiato this is not. We were wondering just what goal Archer Farms were trying to aim for here and could only come to the conclusion that they wanted to produce a regular coffee that had a similar taste as a macchiato. This would seem rather difficult given the fact that there's no milk ingredients present in these Single Cups and for the sake of not altering the final flavor, we decided not to add any milk creamer for this review although we can see how that might help move things more in line with the actual flavor of a macchiato-style drink.

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January 6, 2014

Archer Farms Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee Single Cups Review

 

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Now that the patent is expired and we’ve been seeing just about every company imaginable get into the aftermarket knock-off K-Cup scene, it should come as no surprise that grocery stores and big box department stores would want their own in-house brand of coffee to be offered in Keurig-compatible single cup format as well. Such is the case this time around as Target decided to introduce the item we’re reviewing today… Archer Farms Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée Single Cups.

As noted above, Archer Farms is Target’s own primary in-house food brand and you can get anything from Archer Farms cereals to salsas. While their coffees have always been available in whole bean & ground format before, this marks the first time they’ve made the transition to a single serve format. Although we couldn’t find any indication on the packaging, we’re going to take a guess and say that Target is using the Real Cup format or something very similar but since there’s no official branding anywhere, we’ll continue referring to them as Single Cups.

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January 3, 2014

The Organic Coffee Company Java Love OneCup Single Serve Cups

 

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The Organic Coffee Company Java Love OneCup Single Serve Cups are compatible with Keurig K-Cup Brewers and other brands of single serve K-Cup brewers. Java Love OneCups produce an exotic and syrupy blend of Indonesian and Latin American coffee. All of the Organic Coffee Company coffees are grown responsibly without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides and Fairly Traded USDA certified 100% organic. 

OneCups are also 97% bio-degradable , and you can tear off the bottom of the OneCup and compost it.

Other coffee blends include:

  • Breakfast Blend
  • French Roast
  • Gorilla Decaf
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December 31, 2013

Gloria Jean's Brown Sugar Cake Coffee Keurig K-Cups

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The K-Cups keep getting sweeter and sweeter this year, and the king of sweet has to be Gloria Jean's Brown Sugar Cake Coffee Keurig K-Cups. Sweetly aromatic and well-balanced with a warm, lingering finish, Gloria Jean's Brown Sugar Cake is a gourmet coffee that invites you to indulge your dessert craving any time of day. Gloria Jean's Brown Sugar Cake blend, with its flavor reminiscent of a rich buttery slice of coffee cake.

We’re not sure how much coffee cake in a cup of coffee we need, but for those of you out there with a sweet tooth this K-Cup is for you. Gloria Jean's Brown Sugar Cake Coffee Keurig K-Cups will work in all K-Cup Brewers

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December 19, 2013

Chock Full O' Nuts and Hills Bros. K-Cups Debut

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Chock Full O' Nuts K-Cups have started to appear on US shelves for Keurig K-Cup brewers. Single Serve Coffee correspondent AB while shopping today at Shaw’s in Bangor came across Chock Full O’ Nuts K-Cups. As soon as he saw these he started to laugh and told his wife that they named a coffee in honor of her last family reunion. Hehehe. We think we’ve all got some relatives this coffee is a perfect match for.

They were priced $7.49 for a box and 12 and offered:

  • Midtown Manhattan Medium Roast 
  • SoHo Morning Light Roast 
  • Upper West Side Dark Roast 
  • Colombian Medium Roast 

The varieties above are not yet listed on their website and AB could not find a description of the different blends. He was able to locate there other brand Hills Bros. in K-Cups but only on a Japanese website. Not sure if they will be coming to the US anytime soon.

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December 13, 2013

Maxwell House Expands Flavored Coffee K-Cups in Cafe Collection Line

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Maxwell House has 2 new offerings for K-Cup Brewers in their Cafe Collection line - Maxwell House Café Collection Vanilla Hazelnut K-Cups and Maxwell House Café Collection Mocha K-Cups.

  • Maxwell House Café Collection Vanilla Hazelnut - A delicious blend of smooth vanilla flavor and nutty-sweet aroma, made from 100% Arabica beans. Roast: Mild Available in: 12 Single Serve Cup Package and 18 Single Serve Cup Package     
  • Maxwell House Café Collection Mocha - Lightly roasted with the perfect balance of coffee and chocolate flavor for a rich, flavorful experience made from 100% Arabica beans. Roast: Mild Available in: 12 Single Serve Cup Package and 18 Single Serve Cup Package

Thanks to AB for sending this in, and we hope to sample these in the future.

At Maxwell House Café Collection Vanilla Hazelnut K-Cups and Maxwell House Café Collection Mocha K-Cups

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December 12, 2013

Trader Joe's Single Serve Coffee Cups

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Long time reader SC has sent in word that Trader Joe’s has single cups that will work in any K-Cup Brewer.

From SC: Yesterday, visiting the Trader Joe's store in Hyannis, MA  I came across 'Trader Joe's single serve coffee cups' on their new product shelves. The box is marked medium roast 100% arabica coffee. A box of 7 individually foil wrapped units was $ 2.99. The unit itself is a thin, see through plastic film topped, plastic open framed basket lined with filter material. I have not yet tried the coffee but upon opening the foil wrapper I was rewarded with a nice, bright coffee aroma which got my mouth watering.

SC later tried the medium roast coffee and was not that impressed. Have you tried the Trader Joe’s single cups? What do you think?

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December 10, 2013

Death Cups by Death Wish Coffee Review

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After our trusted correspondent AB from Maine decided on buying some Death Wish Coffee, the Single Serve Coffee staff pleaded with him for a review of Death Cups by Death Wish Coffee - The World's Strongest Single Serve Coffee Capsules. If you're unfamiliar with Death Wish Coffee - it packs 20% more caffeine per cup. We think you’ll enjoy the results of his deadly pursuit of caffeine nirvana.

Last week for cyber Monday Death Wish coffee was running a deal free shipping and a free hat. Never being one to pass up a deal I decided it was time to try this coffee. Upon receiving my shipment, minus the hat, (GRRRRRR) I decided to try my first review for this website.

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December 5, 2013

Brown Gold 100% Brazilian Real Cups Review

 

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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.

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December 3, 2013

Panera to Offer K-Cups

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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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