July 24, 2014
There’s been a bunch of different efforts to make recycling K-Cups much easier than just opening them up and composting the coffee grounds. Recycle A Cup cuts and separates used Keurig K-Cups for recycling and composting. The big trick for any product claiming do help you recycle K-Cups is to separate the foil lid and filter that contains coffee cleanly.
We had great success using the Recycle A Cup with both Keurig Brewed K-Cups and non-licensed K-Cups from Martinson and others. The bottom of the K-Cup was cleanly cut, and we had no problem composting the coffee grounds. The Recycle A Cup also comes with extra blades you can put in the sides of it to ensure your Recycle A Cup can help you recycle many K-Cups after the first blades wear out.
The Recycle A Cup cuts the plastic bottom off of the K-Cup allowing you to recycle the plastic bottom, and then compost the coffee grounds from K-Cups.
Full video after the jump with a step by step how to use the Recycle A Cup.
Continue reading: "Recycle A Cup - Recycle the Plastic from K-Cups"
July 23, 2014
Looks like KGM have decided to grant "Keurig Brewed" licensing to most (if not all) of the previously unlicensed store brands from various grocery stores around USA & Canada as well as various department stores.
The latest is Target's Archer Farms K-Cups... they even have new flavors as well. We’re expecting to see most unlicensed K-Cups obtain a Keurig Brewed logo/license. What does this mean for the Keurig Brewed seal meaning - Keurig Brewed? We’re not sure. The Keurig Brewed seal means quality and safety according to Keurig. We also though it meant they packed and manufactured the K-Cups.
Time will tell if the Keurig Brewed seal continues to mean quality and excellent hot and cold beverages produced from K-Cups.
July 22, 2014
Nevermind Campbell Soup... looks like Nature Valley just one-upped Keurig at their own game and created the world's first unlicensed "single serve oatmeal" for Keurig brewers which they are dubbing "Nature Valley Bistro Cups". Apparently each box comes with 8 servings which are comprised of an oatmeal pouch, a mix-ins pouch of fruits/nuts, and a single cup which contains brown sugar & other flavorings. How does it work? You dump the oatmeal & mix-ins in a cup, then brew the sugar/flavoring over the top, and Nature Valley claims you get 80% more oatmeal in this new product vs. traditional oatmeal packets from competitors (i.e. Quaker).
We found 2 flavors on Walmart.com:
There's even videos at the bottom of each listing showing you how the process works, which we have included after the jump.
Continue reading: "Nature Valley Creates First Single Serve Oatmeal Product for Keurig Brewers"
July 18, 2014
If you’re looking for a Central and South American coffees perfectly blended to yield a delicious, satisfying coffee then look no further. This mild yet interesting breakfast blend will get your day started. San Francisco Bay Coffee Breakfast Blend OneCup Single Serve Cups are 97% biodegradable so you can protect the planet while enjoying delicious coffee. Also these K-Cups are grown responsibly and Fairly Traded.
San Francisco Bay Coffee Breakfast Blend OneCup Single Serve Cups work with all K-Cup Brewers.
July 9, 2014
Harris Teeter K-Cups are now going to be Keurig Brewed and officially licensed K-Cups. What does this mean? If you’ve been following the entire Keurig 2.0 DRM discussion (Keurig 2.0 brewers will only allow Keurig Brewed packs to make coffee in Keurig 2.0 brewers) then you know what this means. Keurig Green Mountain is now licensing even smaller players in the aftermarket K-Cup group and getting them officially on board. This could mean various other unlicensed K-Cups that appear at Walgreens and other food and pharmacy marts will also soon be Keurig licensed.
"We're happy to welcome Harris Teeter into the Keurig system," said John Whoriskey, President of U.S. Sales and Marketing at Keurig. "The combination of Harris Teeter's reputation for offering an excellent selection of high quality products at a good value, and our unparalleled expertise for delivering superior products for our Keurig system is a clear win for Keurig brewer users around the region."
The new, licensed Harris Teeter coffee K-Cup packs are now available exclusively at Harris Teeter and HarrisTeeter.com. All Harris Teeter 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. It also means they’ll work this fall in your new Keurig 2.0 brewer.
We’re also wondering if Harris Teeter will continue to carry unlicensed K-Cups that don’t bear the Keurig Brewed seal. Let us know if you see these new Harris Teeter Keurig Brewed packs and what you think of the various K-Cups.
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July 8, 2014
You can brew big or small with the Keurig K500 AKA the Keurig 2.0 coffee maker. CNET has a good video showcasing the various brewing options for K-Cups and Large K-Carafe Packs. There's even brewing choices on Keurig 2.0 coming this Fall. If you want stronger coffee you can pick that option via the LCD menu, and the Keurig K500 will take a longer time to brew.
Continue reading: "Keurig K500 Coffee Maker - Keurig 2.0 Has Lots of Options"
July 2, 2014
Community Coffee K-Cups are available and in many different roasts. Just last year we had but a few choices in the Community Coffee line but now the single serve coffee choices are endless. Community Coffee K-Cups include:
- Cafe Special Decaffeinated
- Breakfast Blend
- Special Medium-Dark Roast
- Pecan Praline Medium-Dark Roast
- Dark Roast Signature Blend
- Colombia Classico Blend
- French Roast
- French Vanilla
All Community Coffee K-Cups will work in Keurig K-Cup Brewers.
July 1, 2014
Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., and Nestlé USA have announced a multiyear agreement to bring NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE branded coffee with creamer to K-Cup packs for the Keurig brewing system. Nestle Coffee-mate is the first brand to offer a 2 in 1 K-Cup pack for hot coffee - combining roast and ground coffee with branded creamer in a K-Cup.
The companies plan to launch the new Nestlé Coffee-mate 2 in 1 K-Cup packs in Original and French Vanilla flavors on Keurig.com in fall 2014 and in stores in spring 2015. A reinvention of the coffee routine, Nestlé Coffee-mate 2 in 1 K-Cup packs contain a special combination of coffee and creamer for an even more convenient way to create a rich, creamy, delicious cup of coffee. The Nestlé Coffee-mate 2 in 1 K-Cup packs will be available to grocery, mass and specialty retail channels throughout the United States, as well as at Keurig.com.
"Coffee-mate's partnership with Keurig is a natural fit since one-fourth of all Keurig users cream their coffee with Coffee-mate¹," said Rob Case, President of the Nestlé Beverage Division, Nestlé USA. "We're always looking at new, innovative ways to deliver convenience and enjoyment - by combining signature Coffee-mate creamer and roast & ground coffee into one single serve K-Cup pack, Keurig consumers can have their perfect cup at the touch of a button."
This is big news given Nestle owns Nespresso, but Nestle Coffee-Mate is a different kind of coffee experience. We can safely say we didn’t see this one coming, and it’s the first K-Cup of it’s kind to offer a 2-1 solution. We’ll let you know when we get some to try.
June 30, 2014
It’s bold and it’s always exciting - Café Bustelo coffee is now available in 18 count boxes for $10.99 at Target. The Cafe Bustelo K-Cups are Keurig brewed and come in two flavors:
- 100% Columbian
- Estilo Espresso
It’s been quite awhile since we’ve had Cafe Bustelo anything, but our memories of coffee at friends in Tucson makes our mouth water. Let us know how good they are after you pick them up and brew a few cups.
June 23, 2014
When we first got into the world of single serve coffee over 10 years ago, we knew that as time progressed, we’d eventually start seeing more and more brands of coffee become available for various single serve coffee brewers such as the Keurig & Tassimo platforms. It would seem that when Keurig’s copyright patents expired a few years ago, the floodgates opened and along came a surge of unlicensed knock-offs and competing 3rd-party products.
We knew Kraft had locked-up their T-Disc patents and that the Tassimo would be shielded from knock-off T-Discs but never did we think we’d see Kraft making K-Cup knock-offs. That was the first major shockwave to spread across the unlicensed K-Cup universe and was the first snowflake to fall in K-Cup hell. Over the months that followed, we saw a tidal wave of products which were outstanding to the point of rivalling licensed K-Cup quality while inevitably, we also saw products that performed and tasted like total junk (a quick look through our review archives will clearly point them out).
Continue reading: "TV Show Single Cups - When Fiction Meets Reality"