January 2, 2013

Review: Vitamin Burst Strawberry Pomegranate K-Cups

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We continue our Vitamin Burst review series today with the 2nd flavor in their lineup... Vitamin Burst Strawberry Pomegranate K-Cups. We were absolutely floored with their Acai Berry flavor last time, so we can't wait to see if these K-Cups are just as mind-blowing or not.

Brewing these K-Cups resulted in LOADS of strawberry aromas filling the room with hints of pomegranate slightly present in the background, but it was almost buried by the massive strawberry scent. Flavor was thankfully PACKED full of huge strawberry notes up front with a nice mild tartness of the pomegranate underneath. Again, the main notes were strawberries and we had to really search around a bit to find the mild pomegranate notes hiding in the cup. We were also detecting some other berry notes but couldn't quite put our finger on what it was until we checked the packaging and noticed dried black currant puree was listed in the ingredients. If we had to pick between these K-Cups and the Acai K-Cups, we'd say we probably enjoy the strawberry flavors a bit more than the acai, but just barely.

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December 17, 2012

Rogers Family Coffee - Organic Coffee and San Francisco Bay OneCup Additions

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Rogers Family Coffee has got a ton of new coffee flavors in their OneCup single serve coffee lines. They've introduced an organic set of coffees, along with a set of new flavored coffee and a Donut Shop and Espresso roast. Rogers Family Coffee was kind enough to send along samples of the organic line along with the San Francisco Bay brand additions and we have to tip our hats to how good these coffees are. We're sipping on the Breakfast Blend in the Organic coffee brand line and it's very very good. 

San Francisco Bay Brand

  • Hazelnut Crème
  • Donut Shop
  • Espresso Roast
  • And our current seasonal Pumpkin Spice

Organic Coffee Brand

  • Java Love
  • French Roast
  • Gorilla Decaf
  • Breakfast Blend

Thanks again to Rogers Family Coffee for sending us these new coffees to try. The OneCup single serve coffee pods will work in any Keurig K-Cup brewer. 

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December 6, 2012

Review: Club Coffee Imperial Blend Single Cup Capsules

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We continue our review series of Club Coffee Single Cup Capsules today with their Club Coffee Imperial Blend Single Cup Capsules.

Brewing these Single Cup Capsules resulted in faint notes of chocolate & molasses hiding underneath. We were starting to wonder if most of the Club Coffee lineup was using the same aroma or if our olfactory senses decided to go on vacation during the past few Club Coffee reviews.

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Body was medium reddish-brown in color with more shades of red when held in front of a light source. Acidity was slightly sour at first but disappeared shortly afterwards in to milder more citrusy notes throughout the cup. Flavor started off with faint notes of chocolate with more citrusy notes in the background. Very faint hints of smoke hiding underneath. Mouth feel seemed smooth with a slight oily feel in the finish but was borderline on the watery side. Aftertaste was rather dry with faint smoky notes.

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December 3, 2012

Red Rose Tea K-Cups at Grocery

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AB from Maine has spotted Red Rose Tea K-Cups at his local Shaw's in Bangor. These K-Cups are not licensed by Keurig, and we've had very few reader reports on how good they might be. After a little digging around it looks like there are a few varieties available which include:

  • Red Rose Cinnamon Bun Keurig K-Cup 12 Cups Premium Black Tea Blend
  • Red Rose Sweet Mint Keurig K-Cup 12 Cups Premium Black Tea
  • Red Rose Vanilla Biscotti Keurig K-Cup 12 Cups Premium Black Tea
  • Red Rose Spiced Chai Keurig K-Cup 12 Cups Premium Black Tea

There are some available on Ebay, but we've yet to see them online in many places. Let us know if you find them anywhere online in the comments.

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November 29, 2012

Tully's Coffee Hawaiian Blend K-Cup Packs for the Keurig Brewing System

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Tully's Coffee has launched its newest blend of coffee, Hawaiian Blend. Exhibiting a floral aroma and delicate flavor reminiscent of a tropical paradise, the blend is the latest addition to coffees available in K-Cup packs for the Keurig single cup brewing system. We're pretty excited to see Tully's offer this medium roast coffee which boasts hints of sweetness, and a smooth taste.

"Our master roasters have spent the last year working to develop and perfect the deliciously balanced taste of Tully's new Hawaiian Blend," said T.J. Whalen, VP of Marketing and Sales, GMCR's Specialty Coffee business unit. "We know Tully's Kona Blend was a beloved favorite of many, but due to low crop yields, it's been discontinued. We wanted to create an equally unique and smooth variety for people to enjoy, and are thrilled with this new offering."

Tully's Hawaiian Blend is available in 24-count K-Cup packs online at Tullys.com for a suggested retail price of $16.49. Boxes of 80-count K-Cup packs are currently available at select Costco stores, with availability expanding to more stores by early 2013. The new blend will be available in the continental U.S. at grocery chains, specialty retailers and mass merchandisers in 2013.

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November 26, 2012

Review: Starbucks Christmas Blend Single Serve Coffee K-Cups

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When we first reviewed their Anniversary Blend K-Cups a few months ago, we were cautiously optimistic that those would be the first in a line-up of seasonal K-Cups and it turns out that we were correct. We really liked that previous K-Cup, so we couldn't wait to see what Starbucks Christmas Blend K-Cups (the 2nd flavor in the series) would be like. Once again, Starbucks have gone all-out by creating nicely decorated packaging with festive artwork as well as a bright red reflective foil K-Cup lid (Ooh, shiny!) which proved quite the difficult item to photograph.

We also liked the addition of the year on the foil lid. They did this with their Anniversary Blend as well and we think it adds a certain collector's appeal much like you'd get when collecting wine vintages. We can already foresee asking guests if they'd like a 2012 vintage Christmas Blend K-Cup a few years from now (providing we have any left by then).

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November 21, 2012

Green Mountain Special Reserve Colombia Geisha K-Cups and Coffee

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Green Mountain Special Reserve Colombia Geisha K-Cups and Coffee are available for a limited time starting today on the Green Mountain web site. Colombia Geisha coffee is known for it's sweet, dynamic citrus-like flavor profile. A cup turns gently from honey to blood orange then dips into juicy cherry, lime and orange blossoms. 

We are drinking a cup of the K-Cup Colombia Geisha right now and it's very juicy and cherry like in flavor. It's also very mild but has almost a bold note that's being held in place to simply product a great flavor. These K-Cups will only be available for a limited time starting today so make sure and visit the Green Mountain web site to get yours. Thanks again to Green Mountain for sending us the Special Reserve Colombia Geisha K-Cups and coffee to try.

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Kirkland Signature K-Cup Packs for Keurig Single Cup Brewers

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has announced it is the exclusive manufacturer of Costco Kirkland Signature brand K-Cup packs for the Keurig single cup brewing system. GMCR has developed two blends exclusively for Costco with 100% Arabica coffees: Breakfast Blend, a smooth, balanced light roast; and Pacific Bold, a robust, extra bold dark roast. The varieties, packaged in 100-count boxes, will be available beginning in mid-November in Costco warehouses where K-Cup packs are currently sold, as well as on Costco.com.

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November 20, 2012

New England Single Serve Coffee Cups On Shelves

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New England Coffee has single serve coffee cups available now for your Keurig brewer. 

I found this at my local Hannaford Food Store in Bangor Maine. It looks like they have Breakfast Blend, Donut Shop Blend, and French Roast. Interesting to note that they are the same price as all of the other K-Cups.

It's interesting to note how New England coffee discloses their single serve coffee cups:

Does New England Coffee have K-Cups? 
Unfortunately no, but New England Coffee offers Single Serve Cups. The New England Single Serve Cups work in brewers that accept K-CUP® portion packs.* *K-CUP® is a registered trademark of Keurig, Incorporated. New England Coffee Single Serve Cups are not affiliated with nor approved by Keurig, Incorporated.

So even more after market K-Cup compatible packs are now available. If you've tried these K-Cups please sound off in the comments and let us know your thoughts.

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November 6, 2012

Great Value K-Cups at Walmart

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Reader Gregg has written in that Walmart is carrying their own brand of K-Cup compatible coffee packs dubbed Great Value. He's tried Donut Shop blend and so far so good.

I'm in Oklahoma City, this afternoon I was in my local walmart and they have Great Value k-cups.  Not the 'mesh' pouch k-cups like Cameron's, etc, but plastic k-cups like GMC.  Got a box of the Donut Shop blend and it's quite good.  Haven't found them on the walmart website yet, tho.

The Walmart Great Value K-Cups are not licensed and do not carry the Keurig Brewed seal. These K-Cups are meant to be used with Keurig K-Cup brewers only.

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