December 10, 2014
The HiLine Coffee Company sent us a entire set of their coffee packs and pods (K-Cups) this past week, and we've been enjoying the various roasts with a huge smile on our face. You can choose the packs which are 15 ounces of ground coffee and use it with a reusable filter such as the Eco-Fill, or you can buy the pods (K-Cups) and use them with any Keurig K-Cup brewer but not Keurig 2.0 unless you have you lucky hands on a Freedom clip.
HiLine Coffee Pods for K-Cup brewers include:
- DONUT TRUCK MEDIUM - Nutty, chocolate, citrus
- STOCK EXCHANGE DARK - Raspberry, nutty, bold
- FIFTH AVE MEDIUM- Honey, creamy, radiant
HiLine Coffee Packs for use in French Press, AeroPress or Reusable Filters for K-Cup brewers (learn more here):
- TRIBECA MEDIUM- Fruity, creamy, balanced
- PARK AVE DARK - Chocolate, caramel, robust
- EMPIRE STATE MEDIUM- Blueberry, nectar, full-bodied
December 9, 2014
It's been an interesting year for the entire single serve coffee industry, and especially with the introduction of the Keurig 2.0. The problem has been with the Keurig 2.0 - it only brews compatible Keurig 2.0 Keurig brewed K-Cups. If you have an older K-Cup brewer you're in luck, but what if that older brewer has stopped working and you don't want a Keurig 2.0 with the DRM to lock you in to only what Keurig Green Mountain has to offer in K-Cups? We think you're going to be just fine with the iCoffee Opus K-Compatible single serve coffee brewer.
Continue reading: "iCoffee Opus Single Serve K-Compatible Cup Brewer Review"
December 8, 2014
As anyone North of the border knows, Tim Hortons is to Canada what Dunkin Donuts is to America. It’s the largest coffee chain in Canada started by a hockey player bearing the same name (how à-propos) and throughout the decades, they’ve forced out many competitors from Canada including, much to our Canadian Correspondent’s dismay, Dunkins themselves. While they’re not as popular in America, they’ve rebranded themselves Tim Hortons Bake Shop in USA and have a small presence mostly throughout a few States in New England. Tims (as most Canucks refer to it) is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary in Canada and they’ve decided to do something rather unique.
Continue reading: "Tim Hortons Dark Roast Real Cups"
December 5, 2014
The Green Mountain Coffee Wicked Winter Blend Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Pack is a new Holiday offering from Green Mountain Coffee. The Wicked Winter Blend is a limited edition and it’s bold, complex, and wicked good. Like a stormy Nor’easter, it features hearty spiced and dark chocolate notes, with a good kick in the pants.
AB found these at a local Shaw’s supermarket in Bangor, ME. Green Mountain Coffee Wicked Winter Blend Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Pack will work in K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0
December 4, 2014
Another great coffee has joined Keurig Green Mountain for licensed K-Cups and other portion packs. Community Coffee Company, the largest family owned and operated retail coffee brand in America, announced a multi-year licensing, manufacturing, and distribution agreement to bring Community coffee to Keurig portion pack formats for consumer and commercial Keurig hot brewing systems.
With this agreement consumers in the U.S. will soon enjoy their favorite Community coffee varieties with Keurig 2.0. The new, licensed Community coffee K-Cup packs plan to launch in spring 2015 for in home and away from home use, with extensions into K-Carafe packs for the Keurig 2.0 brewing system and Bolt packs for the Keurig BOLT Carafe Brewing System in the future. All Community coffee K-Cup packs will be marked with the Keurig Brewed seal indicating the product has passed rigorous testing, assuring the quality, taste, and integrity consumers expect from the Keurig brand.
That means in 2015 all of your Community Coffee will work in K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.
December 3, 2014
The Keurig 2.0 K350 Brewing System utilizes both licensed K-Cup packs, VUE packs, and the larger K-Carafe packs. The K350 Includes the Keurig Carafe, 6 K-Cup Packs, 4 K-Carafe Packs, and a Water Filter Handle and Cartridge. You can brew coffee, teas, and other hot beverages using the Keurig 2.0 brewing system.
This brewer also features a touch display and 60 oz reservoir. You may also want to check out other Keurig 2.0 Brewers like the Keurig 2.0 450, Keurig 2.0 550, or the Keurig 2.0 560 brewing bundle. Given the price of the Keurig 2.0 350 this is a great way to get into the larger brewing packs and also update your existing brewer. This brewer will only brew licensed K-Cup and other brewing packs.
December 2, 2014
Recently we covered the announcement of the Freedom Clip - an attachment you use on your Keurig 2.0 brewer to get around the DRM allowing you to use any K-Cup you want in your Keurig 2.0 brewer. We now have links to where to sign up and get a freedom clip sent to you, along with an article from the maker of the Freedom Clip. We've also finally gotten a picture of the Freedom Clip (see above), and we should also be getting one to review soon.
December 1, 2014
This holiday season New England Coffee has entered the market with three limited edition flavors. AB found these at his local Shaw’s in Bangor, ME. They run $5.99 for a box of 12.
- Eggnog – Rich, smooth and creamy with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Mocha Mint – Smooth, rich chocolate flavor with a hint of mint.
- Gingerbread Cookie – It’s like eating a homemade gingerbread cookie, baked in the holiday tradition.
New England Coffee Holiday K-Cups will work K-Cup Brewers, but not Keurig 2.0.
November 24, 2014
While our friends up North got a chance to try these Starbucks Thanksgiving Blend K-Cups since early October, we thought it would be fitting to test things out ourselves now that Thanksgiving is only a few days away this side of the border. It would seem that Starbucks has a blend for just about every major seasonal holiday on the calendar and you have to wonder just how different each blend is considering that Starbucks keep using the same source regions & varietals for most of their coffees. You can only mix the same varietals around for so long before they all start tasting the same, right? Being familiar with their Christmas Blend, Anniversary Blend, Tribute Blend and so on, we figured we’d give this Thanksgiving Blend a try rather than a pass and see if we can detect any of the tasting notes Starbucks have advertised on their packaging.
Continue reading: " Starbucks Thanksgiving Blend K-Cups Review"
November 21, 2014
It was just a matter of time before the Keurig 2.0 DRM was broken, and it looks like in the coming weeks you'll be able to purchase Rogers Family Company OneCups / San Francisco Bay OneCups and each pack will come with a Keurig 2.0 DRM Freedom Clip which allows you to choose any K-Cup type portion pack you want in your Keurig 2.0 brewer.
As you know the new Keurig 2.0 uses an ink technology to optically read if there is an "authorized K-Cup" present before it will brew. Many "non-authorized" companies are working to add this "special ink" to the lids of their current product (as well as OneCups), but OneCup has developed a clip that easily fits into the optical hole in a Keurig 2.0 and shows this "special ink" to the brewer so that it will brew "non-authorized" k-cup type pods. This includes pre-2.0 k-cups, other "non-authorized" companies cups and of course OneCups.
Since the folks at OneCup think that freedom is essential, they have named this clip the "Freedom Clip". They'll be including this clip in every box of OneCups AND will be offering it for free on their website to everyone who wants one (no purchase necessary).
We should have one of these Freedom Clip to review soon, and we'll let you know how much freedom it gives us on our K-Cup choice.