November 17, 2014
We received a set of BrewKups from GanoD Coffee Tea, and found the Toasted Hazelnut BrewKups quite good. The GanoD Coffee Tea BrewKups offer a single-serve, efficient, convenient and quality cup of freshly brewed coffee in under a minute, and each coffee BrewKup contains Organic Ganoderma Lucidum Powder.
What is Organic Ganoderma Lucidum Powder? It’s a powder made from the spores of mushrooms that has claims of major health benefits. Some of those include:
- Liver Protection & Detoxification
- Effect on Cardiovascular
- Aging Prevention
So far we’re not feeling any younger, but we can safely say the BrewKup coffee produced was quite good. So far they have 3 different options:
- Black Gold
- Chocolate Almond
- Toasted Hazelnut
Thanks again for GanoD Coffee Tea for sending them. The GanoD Coffee Tea BrewKups will work in Keurig K-Cup Brewers but not Keurig 2.0.
November 14, 2014
The Caribou Coffee Caribou Blend K-Cup Packs are one of our favorite medium roast blend with a smooth & classic coffee taste. This blend is 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified and Kosher. The Caribou Coffee Caribou Blend K-Cup Packs will work in K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.
November 11, 2014
The Eco-Fill 2.0 Deluxe for Keurig 2.0 is compatible with Keurig 2.0 Brewers, and allows you to use any coffee in your Keurig Coffee Machines. Works with Keurig K350, K450, K550. The EZ-Cup 2.0 is not compatible with the Keurig VUE, but it is backwards compatible with all the other traditional K-Cup Brewers.
We haven't had the chance to try the Eco-Fill 2.0 Deluxe for Keurig 2.0 yet, but should have one to review soon.
November 10, 2014
A few years ago, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) decided to release a new line-up of products which they dubbed their Wellness Collection. The collection was made up of coffees, teas and Brew Over Ice drinks which had vitamins added in. We already reviewed the 2 Vitamin Burst K-Cup flavors and unfortunately, the 2 Celestial Seasonings teas which were part of the collection have now been discontinued. The 2 coffees are still being sold and have even been made Keurig 2.0-compatible, but we never really got a chance to review them until now. As a result, today we're checking out GMCR's Focus Blend K-Cups and their Defend Blend K-Cups.
Continue reading: "GMCR Wellness Collection Coffee K-Cups Review"
November 7, 2014
Keurig K2.0 Water Filter Starter Kit is designed to work with the new Keurig 2.0 brewer. The handle is designed exclusively for Keurig 2.0 brewers, and after installation you'll have better tasting water for all of your favorite Keurig beverages. It uses Keurig Replacement Water Filters, and includes one water filter and 2 replacement filters.
November 6, 2014
AB found MoonPie Single Serve Coffee K-Cups at Big Lots in Bangor, ME. They run $4.99 for 10, and come in classic MoonPie flavors of banana, chocolate, and vanilla. We typically think of MoonPIe as being chocolate, and had no idea the cookies ever came in other flavors.
We look forward to trying a MoonPie in any form, but our hopes are not that high they'll be amazing. Has anyone tried any of these? MoonPie Single Cups should work with any K-Cup Brewers but not Keurig 2.0 due to being non-Keurig brewed.
November 3, 2014
The Prospect Tea Variety Pack Single Cup Tea for Keurig Brewers is from the same people who brought you Brooklyn Bean Roastery single cups. The 40 single cup variety pack includes:
- White Bengal
- Chamomile Chill
- Himalayan Spring
- Vanilla Chai
- Duke of Earl Grey
- Green Power
- Lemon Taxi
- Peppermint heights
- Prospect Park Decaf
- Golden Dragon
These teas are artisanal blends and they create the perfect brew with rich aromas. The Prospect Tea Variety Pack Single Cup Tea for Keurig Brewers and will work in K-Cup Brewers. These tea single cups are not Keurig 2.0 compatible.
October 30, 2014
AB On a recent trip to Target in Bangor, ME came across Starbucks Christmas Blend Blonde Roast - a new version of Christmas Blend. Lots of sweet and spicy flavor in a lighter roast.
- Tasting notes: soft spices with sweet, warm notes
- Enjoy this with: holiday brunch and a house filled with laughter
- Blonde roast, 100% Arabica coffee, whole bean
Starbucks Christmas Blend Blonde Roast K-Cups run $12.99 for a box of 16, and will work in K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0
October 29, 2014
Cafe Bustelo is a brand which, until recently, was a brand mainly known only to the latin community as it’s been a staple in bodegas for about the past 80 years or so. The brand had hit a slump until it underwent a rebranding a few years ago which aimed new products such as canned iced coffee (Bustelo Cool) as well as the brand itself towards a younger generation. Today the brand is popular amongst hipsters & those who simply enjoy a good, strong coffee. It’s also been gaining popularity in Hollywood with the brand appearing at various events from Coachella to the Oscars.
The brand got its start when its founder, Gregorio Bustelo moved from Spain to Cuba in the 1920s & got hooked on the coffee style popular in the region. He decided to take up the practice of coffee roasting and later moved to Puerto Rico. Once US Congress passed the Jones-Shafroth Act which granted people of Puerto Rico US citizenship, Gregorio moved his family to the East Harlem region of New York City and used the last of his savings to buy a coffee roaster after falling on hard times trying to find work. As luck would have it, his home was located near a theatre and he would start roasting coffee around the time patrons would be let out each night after the end of each show. The smell lured people to his home and he started selling coffee each night. By 1931, the first Bustelo Coffee Roasters shop opened up on 5th Avenue between 113th & 114th streets as the business took off. Today, the brand is owned by Rowland Coffee Roasters Inc. based out of Miami, Florida. The rest, as they say, is history.
Continue reading: "Cafe Bustelo Espresso Style K-Cups Review"
October 24, 2014
Over at NASDAQ.com they're thinking it's going to be a tough time for Keurig 2.0 if there's not compelling reason to upgrade. Do you think it's worth the upgrade to move to Keurig 2.0? Are you having a tough time thinking about an upgrade when the new brewers cost $129.99 or more and you have a working brewer? You're not alone, and to upgrade they'll need even more K-Cup options and K-Carafe options to entice current customers.
NASDAQ.com also lays 3 reasons Keurig 2.0 will have a tough time with consumers:
- Vue has been a failure - No one bought it and those who did can still use VUE packs and K-Cups with an adaptor - but it's over.
- There is no reason to upgrade - Besides the larger K-Carafe pack is there really anything the new brewers do that's revolutionary?
- Customers will be annoyed when they buy an unlicensed K-Cup and it does not work -when your old brewer will brew any K-Cup would you switch to a device that makes you only buy Keurig Brewed?
We think in the long run Keurig Green Mountain should be fine, but they'll need to ride these rough waters while the brewer an DRM debacle subsides. Are you upgrading and if you have do you like your new brewer and choices? Who do you think will crack the DRM first and make K-Cups for Keurig 2.0 that are unlicensed?