March 25, 2011
Today we review something which has been long awaited in the single-serve coffee market, not to mention something which is the first of its kind: Green Mountain Naturals Hot Apple Cider K-Cups. Ah yes, apple cider... we recall fond moments in our childhood sitting around the fireplace drinking cups of hot mulled apple cider on a cold Winter night or enjoying a nice warm cup after a day outside playing in the snow. While these days, we're recalling not-so-fond moments of shoveling said snow (for what seems like the bazillionth time in a row), we still enjoy a good cup of cider every once in a while. Could this K-Cup live-up to our expectations? Time to find out...
Brewing the Green Mountain Naturals Hot Apple Cider K-Cups result in sweet notes of apples & cinnamon, just like we remembered as kids and seeing as how the only other single-serve alternatives on the market are Motts instant-mix apple cider powder packets, we'd say this smells just as good, if not better than those. Flavor was on-par with aroma and blew our taste buds through the roof with lush sweet notes of apple and just the right hint of cinnamon in the background. Wow... just, wow. This was pretty darn close to the real deal! Amazing!
Continue reading: "Review: Green Mountain Naturals Hot Apple Cider K-Cups"
March 18, 2011
The Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG1 Single Serve Brewing System was released this past Fall, and we've just spent the last 3 weeks using it as our main K-Cup brewer. Like the Keurig Mini Plus, this is a pourover model allowing you to get one single serve coffee mug's worth of water and then brewing one cup of coffee using a K-Cup. Having a reservoir might be a concern for those who want to brew multiple cups of coffee one after the other, but for most coffee drinkers having one cup of perfect coffee in the morning is the priority and the Mr. Coffee single serve brewing system delivers cup after single serve coffee cup.
Continue reading: "Review: Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG1 K-Cup Single Serve Brewing System"
March 16, 2011
March 10, 2011
The wait is finally over in the single serve coffee K-Cup world - Starbucks and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. today announced a strategic relationship for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Starbucks and Tazo tea branded K-Cup portion packs for use in GMCR's Keurig Single-Cup brewing system. The new relationship will provide owners of Keurig Single-Cup Brewers with the additional choice afforded by having Starbucks branded super-premium coffees available for their brewers, and furthers Starbucks stated goals of expanding its presence in premium single-cup coffee, making its premium coffees conveniently available to consumers whenever, wherever and however they want it.
Starbucks is the exclusive, licensed super-premium coffee brand produced by GMCR for the Keurig Single-Cup brewing system. Starbucks and GMCR plan to make Starbucks K-Cup portion packs available through food, drug, mass, club, specialty and department store retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada beginning in the fall of 2011. The companies expect to expand Starbucks K-Cup portion pack and Keurig Single-Cup Brewing system distribution to Starbucks stores and to make Starbucks K-Cup portion packs available through GMCR's consumer-direct websites: www.greenmountaincoffee.com and www.keurig.com, and Starbucks consumer-direct website: www.starbucks.com beginning in 2012.
We'll let you know as soon as we can get some of these new K-Cups coming out this Fall to review. Congrats to all involved and here's to a Starbucks K-Cup single serve coffee filled future.
Continue reading: "Starbucks and Green Mountain to Make Starbucks K-Cup Coffees"
February 28, 2011
Since our review last month we've been drinking more and more of the Wolfgang Puck Hawaiian Hazelnut K-Cups. A hazelnut-flavored coffee blend that hits the spot. It features light aromas of hazelnut with faint notes of vanilla hiding underneath. We think you'll really enjoy this coffee, so check it out.
At Wolfgang Puck Hawaiian Hazelnut K-Cups
February 24, 2011
Besides our own article on the news Dunkin' Donuts will be making K-Cups of their famous coffee, the entire news world thought it was big news. Besides just blogs even the Wall Street Journal and FOX news picked up the story along with our initial mention the Boston Globe was running a story.
This is indeed big news, and we're glad that after 7 years of blogging about single serve coffee other news sources are starting to wake up to the tidal wave that is the K-Cup and single serve coffee market. We are also really excited to just try these K-Cups and review. Thanks again to all of our readers who sent in the tip this deal was happening.
Via The Shoffee Blog
February 22, 2011
Big news everyone - Dunkin Donuts and Green Mountain have teamed up to produce Dunkin Donut K-Cups. Given the recent Starbucks rumblings, we're glad one of the last 2 big roasters have come to their senses and finally decided to go the single serve coffee route and be clear on their product offering.
The Boston Globe has some insights.
Beginning this summer, Dunkin' will offer boxes of authentic Dunkin' Donuts coffee in single-serve K-Cup portion packs exclusively at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the US and Canada, the two companies said in a press release.
And this makes sense on the exclusivity at Dunkin Donuts restaurants. Since all Dunkin Donut restaurants are franchises, this won't take away the ability for them to sell the coffee and the K-Cups. In the past when Dunkin went national in grocery with their ground coffee, the franchises were no longer able to sell a product exclusive to them. Our hats are off to Dunkin Donuts and Green Mountain for keeping the franchises in mind.
What we do know about the pack counts is the Dunkin Donut K-Cups will come in 14 count boxes, and the coffee flavors will include:
- Dunkin Donuts Coffee Original Blend K-Cups
- Dunkin' Decaf Coffee K-Cups
- Dunkin Donuts Coffee French Vanilla K-Cups
- Dunkin Donuts Coffee Hazelnut K-Cups
- Dunkin' Dark Coffee K-Cups
In addition, participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants will, on occasion, offer Keurig Single-Cup Brewers for sale.
We have the full release after the jump and we couldn't be more excited.
Continue reading: "Dunkin Donuts and Green Mountain Team Up for Dunkin Donuts K-Cups"
Bummer. According to a letter received from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters over at Shoffee.com, all Kona Coffees and Kona coffee blends from Green Mountain Coffee, Timothy's World Coffee, Coffee People and Tully's Coffee on the (below) list have been discontinued.
Here is the full list of Keurig K-Cups affected by these changes:
- Green Mountain 10% Kona Blend Keurig K-Cups
- Tully's Kona Blend Keurig K-Cups
- Coffee People Kona Blend Island Style Keurig K-Cups
- Timothy's Kona Blend Keurig K-Cups
Why discontinue? Well the price of Kona coffee is going up up up and the Kona coffee crop yields are down 50% due to natural crop cycles and and unusually dry weather. We'll keep you posted on any updates on Kona K-Cup coffees and if they'll reappear next year.
Via The Shoffee Blog
February 21, 2011
We really like this space saving two-tier carousel that holds up to 18 Keurig K-Cups. It features a black powder-coat finish, and looks great on any counter-top. The Lazy-Susan style base rotates for easy access of your favorite K-Cup coffees, and no the K-cups are not included but you can add your own in minutes.
At K-cup 5571 Mini 18-cup Carousel
February 16, 2011
We decided to look back at some recent holiday K-Cups this past season and although it's a few months late, today we're reviewing Green Mountain's Spicy Eggnog Fair Trade K-Cups. This is a seasonal flavor which is usually available in late November/early December but Amazon.com still has some 24-pack boxes in stock at the time of this review. Our readers in Canada will have to wait until December 15, 2011 when SingleCup.ca is slated to get new stock on this flavor.
Brewing these K-Cups yield aromas of sweet eggnog spiced with dashes of nutmeg. Spot-on scents abound here and are the next best thing to warming up a pot of eggnog on the stove at Christmas time. Outstanding proof that the... uh... roasting aroma-therapists? (yeah, sure... let's call them that) at Green Mountain haven't lost their touch.
Continue reading: "Review: Green Mountain Spicy Eggnog Fair Trade K-Cups for Keurig Brewers"