February 4, 2013

Review: Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa K-Cups

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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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January 31, 2013

Newman's Own Organics Café Almond Biscotti K-Cups

 

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We've long been a fan of any of the Newman's Own Organics coffees, and this blend looks like it will make us a fan as well. Newman's Own Organics Café Almond Biscotti K-Cups has the taste of that biscotti you just dipped in your coffee without the biscotti. We're pretty sure these are limited so get them while you can. These K-Cups will work in any Keurig K-Cup brewer.

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January 30, 2013

Second Cup Premium Arabica Real Cup Single Serve Cups

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Mother Parkers Coffee sent us these Second Cup Premium Arabica Real Cup Single Serve Cups that will work in your Keurig K-Cup brewer. We aren't sure where you can get these stateside yet, but if you can get them in Canada - pick some up. This medium roast with brilliant chocolate overtones is one of the best morning cups of coffee we've had in a long time. The red in the design on the single cup also gets our mouths watering. The Second Cup Real Cups aren't listed on the Real Cup site yet, but we do know some retailers are carrying them already.

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January 28, 2013

Taste of Inspirations Single Serve Cups

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AB ran across Taste of Inspirations Single Serve Cups (K-Cups) while at Hannaford food in Bangor Maine. From what we understand, it is the private label brand for Hannaford Foods and Food Lion.

They offer the following:

  • Breakfast Blend
  • Breakfast Blend Decaf
  • Columbian Blend
  • Coastal Blend
  • Dark Roast
  • Original Blend
  • Hazel Nut
  • French Vanilla

They run $6.99 for a box of 12.

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January 23, 2013

Wawa Single Cup Coffee for Keurig K-Cup Brewers

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Pennsylvania-based Wawa is joining the growing list of retailers offering single-serve K-cup store brand coffee. The convenience store chain, known for its fresh-brewed private label coffee, has introduced Wawa Single Cup Coffee compatible with the Keurig brewing system. The coffee cups are now available in Original and 100% Colombian.They run $9.99 for a box of 12. They can be purchased in store or online. A special thanks to AB for sending this in.

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January 22, 2013

Review: Starbucks Guatemala Casi Cielo K-Cups

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When Starbucks started releasing some of their seasonal coffees in K-Cup format last year, it got our hopes up that they’d eventually release ALL of their seasonal coffees as K-Cups. First came the excellent Anniversary Blend K-Cups quickly followed a few months later by the equally magnificent Christmas Blend K-Cups and our recent discovery during an in-shop visit proves that Starbucks Seasonals are going to be a common occurrence in the land of Keurig. This past week (Jan 14-18, 2013) saw the release of what we’re reviewing today: Starbucks Guatemala Casi Cielo K-Cups.

This is great news for Starbucks K-Cups fans and we couldn’t be happier. With a total of 3 seasonals within the past 4 or 5 months, it truly appears that Starbucks have decided to make their entire seasonal series in K-Cup format which means we’re in for some cups of awesome in the coming months ahead. Spanish for almost heaven, Casi Cielo has remained a favorite amongst fans and is a premium coffee harvested from the Antigua region of Guatemala. Billed by Starbucks as a medium roast & having hints of lemon with satisfying dark cocoa notes, we couldn’t wait to give this one a try. Lemon & dark cocoa? Not exactly 2 flavors you’d expect would pair well together, but Starbucks claims it’ll work for virtually any dish from the main meal to desserts.

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January 17, 2013

Van Houtte Costa Rica Coffee Keurig K-Cups

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These Van Houtte Costa Rica Coffee Keurig K-Cups look to be straight from the tropical paradise of Costa Rica, and with an origin coming from a warm and sunny lands comes a subtle honey taste and an excellent acidity. This is a great early morning coffee, and also one that's only available at Amazon and Bed Bath and Beyond from our research. Van Houtte Costa Rica Coffee Keurig K-Cups will work in any Keurig K-Cup brewer.

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January 14, 2013

Do You Have Trouble with Non-Licensed K-Cups When Brewing?

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We've gotten a bunch of write ins and this picture from AB regarding the Walmart Great Value K-Cups exploding in a K-Cup brewer when used. Have you had these issues? When you see pictures like above it makes us think the Keurig brewed seal is probably a bit more important than you thought.

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January 11, 2013

Gevalia and Maxwell House Portion Packs Appearing on Store Shelves

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AB from Bangor, Maine has spotted some new Maxwell House and Gevalia branded Portion Packs AKA K-Cups on store shelves at Walmart. Both of these K-Cups are made by Kraft and not licensed by Keurig. We first heard tale of these fabled K-Cups in 2012.

Maxwell House - 7.99 per 12 K-Cups.

  • French Roast
  • Breakfast Blend
  • House Blend

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Gevalia - 8.49 for 12 K-Cups

  • Signature Blend
  • Dark Royal Blend
  • Columbia

We've not tried these, but they should work in any Keurig K-Cup brewing system.

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January 7, 2013

Review: Folgers Gourmet Selections Morning Cafe K-Cups

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Every once in a while, we stumble across something unexpected and discover rarities in the world of Single Serve Coffee like the Folgers Gourmet Selections Morning Cafe K-Cups we found recently at our local Target.

Brewing the Folgers Gourmet Selections Morning Cafe K-Cups  resulted in very mild woodsy notes with faint hints of chocolate throughout. Compared to their Lively Colombian K-Cups, aroma was considerably weaker overall. Flavor yielded more notes of chocolate with slight notes of berries buried underneath. We were expecting some of the usual smoky or hickory notes, but we suppose we shouldn't have looked for them since there weren't any in the aroma. We can't help but feel things seemed rather flat and could have been perked up a bit by slightly stronger acidity.

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