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"
June 20, 2014
Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. is going to open Its first-ever cold pod dedicated manufacturing facility in Douglas County, Georgia. Keurig has closed on the purchase of a 585,000 square foot building for renovation in Douglasville, and anticipates creating 550 new jobs and investing $337 million into the facility over the next five years.
The new Douglas County manufacturing center will support the production of pods for the company's new Keurig Cold platform, an in-home cold beverage system that will give consumers a convenient way to quickly produce their favorite cold beverage brands with the same one-touch simplicity, quality, and variety that consumers enjoy from the Keurig brand. are collaborating on the development and introduction of The Coca-Cola Company's global brand portfolio for use in the Keurig Cold beverage system.
We’re excited that Keurig and Coca Cola are making such an investment and in the home state of Coca Cola. We can’t wait to brew an ice cold coke in our own kitchen in the future.
June 19, 2014
The Original Donut Shop K-Cup Packs are some of our favorite K-Cups here at Single Serve Coffee. Why do we like them so much? We like them because everyone can get themselves around a cup of Donut Sho coffee and enjoy it. You can get light to dark roast coffee drinkers satisfied with this smooth and mild cup of coffee every time.
You can also get the Original Donut Shop K-Cup Packs packed in 50 count boxes which are more eco-friendly and frustration free. The Original Donut Shop K-Cup Packs will work in any Keurig K-Cup Brewers.
June 17, 2014
Over at Engadget TreeHouse Foods is estimating it will only take a couple of months to crack the DRM protection making brewing non-licensed K-Cups in the Keurig 2.0 impossible. The upcoming Keurig 2.0 will have cameras that read tags and limit what you brew to official brews only.The discovery should keep TreeHouse selling and others selling unofficial pods that cost less than Keurig's, and it could lead to making other brewers copy protection useless as well.
Our analysis indicates that under any circumstance that it will be a matter of months, not years, before we replicate the technology for the cups or the pods. And we expect that of the five new single-serve coffee brand-name appliances that are coming to the market in the fourth quarter, at least some of those will replicate the technology as well.
Quartz also has some more details regarding the lawsuit from TreeHouse Foods, and their take on cracking the DRM.
June 12, 2014
The CBTL Variety Pack K-Cups By The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf features 16 K-Cups for your Keurig K-Cup brewer. You'll get 4 flavors, 4 K-Cups per flavor from the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf including: Costa Rica, Viennese, Cafe 63 Roast, Toasted Amaretto. We love variety packs because they let you try before you buy.
June 11, 2014
The Keurig Mini Banana Yellow K-Cup Brewer is the perfect accent to your kitchen. Not only can it make a great cup of single serve coffee, but the color will make a splash amongst your not so interesting appliances. The brewer includes a 6 count K-Cup variety pack, and can make a 6, 8, or 10 ounce cup of tea or coffee. Brews in under two minutes, and since there’s no reservoir the coffee is fresh every time you pour new water into the brewer. You can read our full review of the Keurig Mini K-Cup brewer here.
June 9, 2014
In a move that only serves to reinforce the idea that they’re after just about every coffee chain & coffee manufacturer on the market, KGM decided to form a partnership with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) chain of coffee shops to introduce some of their signature coffees into the K-Cup format several months ago. Now that those flavors are starting to trickle through the retail market, we decided to try their first flavored variety: CBTL Toasted Ameretto K-Cups.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (for brevity sake, we’ll just call them CBTL) got their start in 1963 when they opened their first coffee shop/cafe in Brentwood, California. Billing themselves as the oldest & largest privately held specialty coffee and tea retailer in the United States, the company has since opened stores in many different states and internationally as well. While they may not be that well known on the East Coast, they’re popular on the West Coast and have gained quite the fan following over the years.
Continue reading: "The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Toasted Amaretto K-Cups"
June 5, 2014
Barnie's CoffeeKitchen Santa's White Christmas Single Serve Coffee Cups are just want Santa ordered for the Summer. No seriously if you want to have a shot of Christmas right into your coffee these K-Cups will do the trick. Having Christmas 365 days a year can now be had with this coffee blend. This coffee combines the flavors of coconut, nuts, sweet caramel and vanilla to satisfy your craving for something smooth, rich and wonderful.
Barnie's CoffeeKitchen Santa's White Christmas Single Serve Coffee Cups will work in all K-Cup Brewers.
June 4, 2014
We were pretty sure K-Cup hell had frozen over when we found out about the Guy Fieri's K-Cups, but now it looks like Winter is coming yet again. The popular TLC show Cake Boss now has it’s own entire line of K-Cups for your Keurig K-Cup brewer. Cake Boss Coffee K-Cups come in a variety of cake inspired flavors, and we're thinking some of them look a bit too yummy.
- Buddys Blend
- Italian Rum cake
- Vanilla Buttercream
- Chocolate Cannoli
- Chocolate Fudge Cake
- Dulce De Leche in regular and decaf,
- Hazelnut Biscotti
- Raspberry Truffle
Pretty amazing line up and we’ll just have to see if we can scare up some samples.
June 3, 2014
Coffee Blenders is going to change the way you think about K-Cups. Coffee Blenders has several coffee blends that provide different benefits from weight loss to stress relief.
For example their Coffee Blenders Escape comes with L-Tea Active which is more commonly know as L-Theanine, a predominant amino acid found in green tea leaves. L-Tea Active is clinically proven to induce relaxation without drowsiness while improving mental clarity.
So if you’re looking for a great way to combine coffee and other benefits Coffee Blenders has the K-Cups for you and your Keurig K-Cup Brewer.
Coffee Blenders sent us over a set of samples to try and we did really love the blends. We can’t attest to the various benefits, but given we wrote this post drinking a cup of FOCUS, and we felt very focused is probably a good indication these coffees work.