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.
January 7, 2015
From the company that does Brooklyn Beans Roastery coffee K-Cups comes Prospect Tea. These single serve tea K-Cups come in a variety of flavors, and we’ve been sampling many of them over the past few days. Prospect teas feature gourmet blends not found in other single serve cups like Darjeeling, Chai, White tea, Oolong, and more.
There are a ton of familiar and not so familiar flavors for any single serve tea situation:
- Brooklyn Breakfast - Type: Black Ceylon
- Duke of Earl Grey - Type: Earl Grey
- Golden Dragon - Type: Yunnan Gold
- Graffiti Burst - Type: Pomegranate Infused White Tea
- Himalayan Spring - Type: Oolong
- White Bengal - Type: Black
- Chamomile Chill - Type: Chamomile
- Lemon Taxi - Type: Lemon
- Peppermint Heights - Type: Peppermint
- Vanilla Chai - Type: Black
- Green Power - Type: Green
- Prospect Park Decaf - Type: Green
- Variety - Type: Choose your adventure
Prospect Tea Single Serve Tea K-Cups will work in all K-Cup Brewers but NOT Keurig 2.0. All flavors are also available now.
At Prospect Tea
January 6, 2015
AB on a recent trip to Wal-Mart in Bangor, Maine found: Donut House Collection Boston Cream Donut K-Cups. Boston Cream and coffee is an interesting mix, and we are interested in seeing what this K-Cup fresh-from-the-minds of Keurig Green Mountain is all about. Donut House Collection serves up a smooth, medium roast coffee paired with the rich taste of overflowing custard and a glaze of sweet chocolate. We can imagine eating at least a dozen - we mean drinking at least a dozen of these K-Cups.
Made with 100% Arabica coffee, the Donut House Collection Boston Cream Donut K-Cups retail for $11.99 for a box of 18, and will work in all K-Cup brewers.
January 5, 2015
Lipton has been steadily forging ahead with new varieties of teas lately & the same can be said about their single serve offerings as well. 2014 saw a slow but continued growth of new flavors with the latest one being the Lipton Lemon Ginseng Green Tea K-Cups. We were curious to have a go at these but should have paid closer attention to the ingredients list since, for whatever reason, we thought these K-Cups had honey included as part of the initial flavor. We could not have been more wrong.
While panax ginseng is known as a form of natural energy supplement, it’s not exactly the best tasting ingredient in the world and despite its various health benefits, it has a very unique and somewhat off-putting taste which can only be described as chemical-like. That’s why most teas which feature this ingredient usually add honey as a sweetener to help mask the taste. This time around, Lipton opted not to do that and only left natural lemon flavoring (which is apparently soy-based… wait, what?) & lemon grass as the main flavor ingredients. So, what are the final brewed results like? Let’s have a look & find out. As noted above, there’s soy in this product (and even an allergen warning right on the K-Cup lids), so be forewarned if you’ve got any soy allergies.
Continue reading: "Lipton Lemon Ginseng Green Tea K-Cups Review"
January 2, 2015
This is one of the first offering from Starbucks for 2015, and one of our favorite K-Cup coffees. The Starbucks Guatemala Casi Cielo K-Cup Packs use only the best beans to make Casi Cielo. Spanish for “almost heaven.”, we do think this is heaven in a coffee cup. This coffee is both smooth, and has a rich set of flavors to produce what we think is also a great cup of coffee for the morning or late afternoon.
The Starbucks Guatemala Casi Cielo K-Cup Packs will work in all Keurig K-Cup brewers. You’re best bet to get the Starbucks Guatemala Casi Cielo K-Cup Packs is to walk down to a local Starbucks Cafe and pick some up.
December 26, 2014
Peet’s Coffee has introduced a light coffee to it’s lineup of K-Cups - Colombia Luminosa K-Cup® Packs. This coffee is a light roast with exceptional flavor that has a pleasantly mild, smooth flavor with delicately sweet aromas. It’s also for use Keurig K-Cup brewers.
December 24, 2014
Keurig Green Mountain is recalling more than 7 million Keurig Mini Plus brewers after 90 reported burn-related injuries. The coffee produced by these brewers is too hot and can overheat during the brewing process, spraying out and burning coffee drinkers. Keurig has received about 200 reports of hot liquid escaping from the brewer, including 90 of those that said they suffered burn-related injuries.
This is how you find the serial number in your affected brewer.
More details on the CPSC site.
The company is recalling about 6.6 million units sold in the U.S. and 564,000 sold in Canada. The recalled units were produced between the end of 2009 and July 2014 and were sold at a handful of national retailers, as well as online on Keurig’s website.
We think you should stop using your brewer immediately and call today for a repair on the brewer.
Via Keurig's too-hot coffee and details on the CPSC site.
December 23, 2014
The RealCup brand is going to grow really big in 2015, and part of it is making more and more partnerships happen. Also RealCups will be compatible moving forward with all Keurig K-Cup brewers including 2.0. Beginning in January, Corporate Essentials will be expanding its offering to include more than 60 different products from the RealCup portfolio. This includes Martinson coffees, cocoas and cappuccinos, Tim Hortons coffee, Marley Coffee, Higgins & Burke teas and Brown Gold coffees.
Corporate Essentials will offer new and existing clients the RC400 RealCup brewer from Mother Parkers. The dependable, commercial grade office brewer delivers maximum flexibility and performance with both a water reservoir AND plumbed-in capabilities, as well as brew sizes from 4–16 oz. Beginning in 2015, coffee brands in the RealCup portfolio will be available in the more environmentally friendly EcoCup format, which makes it easy for users to dissemble the capsule components for recycling.
Corporate Essentials also reaches beyond their extensive client list in the OCS Channel, with more than 50,000 individual online shoppers in the U.S. who have connected with the company’s at-home ordering website at Shoffee.com. Individual buyers will have the opportunity to purchase RealCup brand offerings with more than 60 SKUs soon to be available for on-line purchase.
This means that Corporate Essentials is essentially shedding any ties to Keurig Green Mountain, and will be using RealCup and their coffees and brewers exclusively next year. Pretty exciting times in the single serve coffee world, and we can’t wait to check out all the coffee offerings that will grow out of these partnerships and brewers as well.
More at Corporate Essentials Offers Keurig Compatible RealCups
December 18, 2014
AB on a recent trip to Shaw’s in Bangor, Maine was surprised to see McCafe coffee in K-Cup form. Shaw’s offered both ground coffee and K-cups, and the K-cups come in the following varieties:
- Medium Roast
- Dark Roast
They are produced by Kraft foods and are fully licensed with Keurig. They run $7.99 for a box of 12, and since they are fully licensed the McCafe K-Cups will work in all K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.