March 6, 2013
Back when Keurig first introduced their K-Cup brewers, one of the first accessories to get introduced was the My K-Cup filter. It consisted of a steel mesh filter housed inside a plastic assembly that fit inside the brew chamber once you had removed the lower assembly that contained the bottom piercing needle and was created with the sole purpose of letting users use their own ground coffee instead of having to buy pre-packaged K-Cups should their favorite flavor not be available in K-Cup format. There were many issues that most users encountered with the first generation models which ranged from poor extraction to clogged filters and leaking coffee grinds being dumped into the bottom of their mugs.
We're not sure if the latest generation of My K-Cup filters have solved those issues since we were among the majority who decided to wait things out and see what the competition had to offer. Many 3rd-party companies tried various attempts and creating their own filters over the years but the one which stood out as being the best designed with best overall performance was the Solofill K-Cup filter. It was an all-in-one filter that had a rubber gasket around the lid which solved the coffee grind overflow problem (or so we thought) and the mesh filter was molded right into the outer plastic. The size was similar to a K-Cup which meant you didn't need to go through the extra hassle of taking apart your brewer's brew chamber... just fill the Solofill and pop it in like any other K-Cup. We've included a photo of this 1st-generation model for comparison.
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March 4, 2013
We continue our Martinson Real Cup review series today with their first flavored variety... Martinson Hazelnut Real Cups. It would appear that hazelnut is a staple flavor in the single serve coffee world as just about every company that gets into the market usually goes with either that particular flavor or vanilla as one of their initial flavored coffee varieties. It remains to be seen if this will be like most hazelnut coffees or if anything in particular will set it apart from the masses.
Brewing these Real Cups resulted in light hazelnut aromas with hints of vanilla floating around underneath. We also detected very faint smoky notes buried below as well. They were barely noticeable, but still present nonetheless. Flavor was a bit on the sour side as you first notice the acidity's sour bite then a mild blend of hazelnut & vanilla appears underneath. The main flavor was a lot weaker than what we were expecting. We also noticed some smoky notes that appeared near the finish, while you'd think smoky hazelnut would be a unique flavor, we didn't really care for it all that much.
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March 1, 2013
When we first heard of the Martinson Coffee brand, we were left scratching our heads since we hadn't even been aware of the brand to begin with. You can only imagine our surprise once we did our research and found out that the brand has been around since 1898. According to their company history page on their website, Martinson Coffee was the brainchild of Joe Martinson who came to New York City in the late 1800s. He would apparently select beans right from the docking ships and roast them himself in his mother's kitchen.
He would sell fresh roasted whole beans from a pushcart in his neighborhood and as news grew, his coffee became more and more popular amongst the locals to the point where people from all areas started seeking what he had to offer. As time went on, Joe eventually bought a small factory and sold his premium coffee to hotels and restaurants. What shocked us even more was that the term Cup of Joe is rumored to have evolved from Joe's reputation and popularity of his coffee (although we've also heard stories about how it evolved from military officers' consumption of coffee since they were often referred to as G.I. Joes back in the 50s & 60s).
Continue reading: "Review: Martinson Breakfast Blend Real Cups"
February 28, 2013
First there were One Cups, the soft-bottomed open filter style K-Cup knock-offs and now the latest trend that seems to be picking-up steam is yet another K-Cup knock-off which goes by the name of Real Cups. What are Real Cups you ask? Simple... they're similar to a One Cup that has the plastic K-Cup shell re-attached to the bottom. If you cut one open, you'll notice it uses the same filter style as a One Cup. As a result, you get a fusion of both a One Cup's soft-bottomed filter and a K-Cup's plastic shell all into one. We actually like this approach since this ensures the coffee won't go stale and can be stored for long periods of time in carousels or storage racks without any worries.
When our friends at ECS Coffee told us they'd be sending us samples of the Martinson Real Cups for review after they toured the manufacturing facilities, we thought ok... we'll just get the single Real Cups in a Ziploc bag when we open the shipping box. Well, color us pleasantly surprised when we got the shipment. Nothing could have prepared us for what we received once we opened everything.
Continue reading: "Review: Martinson Donut Shop Blend Real Cups"
February 25, 2013
The Marley Coffee Talkin Blues Coffee, 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain, Single Serve RealCup for Keurig K-cup Brewers is made from 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee. If you've never had Jamaican Blue Coffee before - well you've been missing out on some of the smoothest coffee around. Marley coffee only sources small batches of coffee, so expect the best when you have these in your single serve coffee brewer. The Marley Coffee Talkin Blues Coffee Single Serve RealCups will work in any K-Cup Brewer.
Thanks to JB for the tip.
February 22, 2013
There's even more coffee now for your Keurig brewer and it's from the same people who make T-Disc coffees - Gevalia. Coffee for Keurig by Gevalia will work in any K-Cup Brewer, and there's a good selection to start.
- Single Serve Variety Basket $29.99
- Signature Blend 12CT $8.49
- Colombia 12CT $8.49
- Dark Royal Roast 12CT $8.49
- Signature Blend 18CT $11.99
- Colombia 18CT $11.99
- Dark Royal Roast 18CT $11.99
Thanks to William for sending in this tip.
February 21, 2013
Looks like Safeway has entered into the knock off K-Cup market with their Safeway SELECT Coffee Pods. Designed to work in any K-Cup Brewer, these coffee pods feature real ground coffee and come in a variety of offerings.
Coffee varieties include:
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- French Roast 100% Arabica beans from Latin America that create a truly bold taste.
- Sumatra A complex brew with spicy undertones and hints of butterscotch.
- Costa Rica A well-balanced coffee, known for its excellent body and sparkling brightness.
- Breakfast Blend A bright and smooth cup of coffee that will awaken your senses.
- Hazelnut Sweet and nutty flavors paired with an intense hazelnut aroma.
February 13, 2013
AB has found Java Delight UnCups (AKA K-Cups) at Shaw's in Bangor, Maine. They sell for $6.99 for a box of 12, and apparently the Donut Shop Blend was not that bad. These will work in any Keurig K-Cup brewer. The Java Delight UnCups are available throughout the 4,000+ grocery stores owned by SUPERVALU including: ACME, ALBERTSONS, CUB Foods, FARM FRESH, HORNBACHER’S, JEWEL-OSCO, SHAW’S, STAR MARKET, SHOP ‘N SAVE and SHOPPERS. The Java Delight UnCup will also be available at independent stores who are supplied by SUPERVALU.
February 5, 2013
An SSC reader has written in that President's Choice in Canada is offering PC Medium Roast Decaffeinated Gourmet Coffee Pods. It makes our reader believe their K-Cup compatible coffee pods must be doing well to offer a decaf version and we believe he's right. These medium roast coffee pods are compatible with Keurig K-Cup brewers, and are an exclusive blend of some of the world's finest arabica beans, specially selected and roasted to deliver a smooth, mellow coffee with rich, medium-bodied flavour and a complex aroma. The decaf process used is a SWISS Water process, so no harsh chemicals used here.
February 4, 2013
For about as long as we can recall, Swiss Miss hot cocoas have been a staple in many American homes over the years and up until now, the most common format it came in was powder packets. Known for its smooth Swiss milk chocolate taste (think Milka), this has been one of our favorites for ages. A few months ago, Green Mountain decided they’d take a crack at things and introduced what we’re reviewing today: Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa K-Cups.
Brewing these K-Cups resulted in the distinct aroma of Swiss milk chocolate with sweet cocoa notes filling the room. Flavor was a bit more hit or miss though. When we tried our first K-Cup, about half the powder remained stuck in the bottom of the K-Cup after brewing (despite having shaken the K-Cup beforehand) which resulted in a horrible-tasting “hint of cocoa” flavored water. We had to dump the cup since it tasted so watery.
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