August 27, 2012

Review: Vitamin Burst Acai Berry K-Cups

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We have seen a virtual explosion of new products coming out of Keurig’s HQ lately and it looks like they have no intention of slowing down anytime soon (which is a good thing for our taste buds, but a painful thing for our wallets). Today we take a look at the first-ever single serve fruit drink for Keurig machines with the new Vitamin Burst Acai Berry K-Cups.

Much like the Green Mountain Naturals brand, Vitamin Burst is a new brand that Keurig created in-house and marks the first time a vitamin-enriched fruit drink has been made available for a mainstream single serve coffee machine (ok, there are probably competitors out there, but they’re not necessarily mainstream or commonly known yet). We like the concept & think it’s a category that’s long overdue for Keurig. Let’s find out how well this flavor stacks up.

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August 16, 2012

Review: Club Coffee Swiss Water Decaf Single Cup Capsules

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We continue our review series of Club Coffee Single Cup Capsules today with their Club Coffee Swiss Water Decaf Single Cup Capsules.

Brewing these Single Cup Capsules resulted in very mild smoky notes with hints of chocolate underneath. We’re still holding out hope that Club Coffee’s darker roasts will have more pronounced aromas, but man… so far, we’re rather disappointed with what we’ve seen in the lineup’s lighter roasts. It’s almost as if you need to be standing directly over your Keurig during brewing in order to get any aromas. This shouldn’t need to be the case.

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August 7, 2012

Review: Club Coffee 100% Colombian Single Cup Capsules

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We continue our review series of Club Coffee Single Cup Capsules today with their Club Coffee 100% Colombian Single Cup Capsules.

Brewing these Single Cup Capsules resulted in faint notes of hickory blended with even fainter notes of mild spices underneath with a bit of earthiness in the background. Once again, the past few Club Coffee offerings we've tried have had rather weak aromas, so we hope such won't be the case with their darker roasts once we give those a try.

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August 2, 2012

Review: Club Coffee Breakfast Supreme Single Cup Capsules

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After seeing the simplicity & success other companies have had with pod/K-Cup hybrids (i.e. Rogers Family Coffee Company's San Fransisco Bay One Cups), other coffee roasters are taking note and starting to follow suit. Such is the case with a new Canadian product which recently started appearing online. Today we review a new coffee brand with the Club Coffee Breakfast Supreme Single Cup Capsules.

Club Coffee is based out of Toronto in Ontario Canada. They've been in the coffee roasting business for over 100 years and got their start in 1906. They were acquired by Standard Brands' Food Service division which added a few more coffee brands to their lineup before merging with Nabisco in 1985. They remained part of RJR-Nabisco until being sold to Nestle in 1987 at which point they became part of Nestle FoodServices and remained in that position until being sold to Morrison Lamothe Inc. in 2007.

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July 30, 2012

President's Choice West Coast Dark Roast Gourmet Single Serve Coffee Pods

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President's Choice is not content to offer it's own line of Tassimo T-Discs, and has entered the Keurig compatible coffee pod market in Canada. We do find the messaging confusing - are they K-Cup compatible or are they for coffee pod brewers. Well - the devil is in the details. These single serve coffee pods will fit most of the Keurig K-Cup brewers out there, and are very much like the Roger's Family OneCup line of Keurig compatible portion packs.

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July 17, 2012

Grove Square Hot Cocoa Cups Variety Pack

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Over at the forums there's word you can probably waste your hard earned dollar on some Grove Square Hot Cocoa Cups Variety Cups. These cups will work in your Keurig K-Cup brewer, but so far our impressions of Grove Square haven't been all that great. They mostly have been packaging instant coffees, and other hot drinks into K-Cups and the results have been pretty terrible. But if instant is what you want in your coffee cup, then perhaps their instant cocoas are for you. The variety pack features Dark Chocolate, Peppermint, and Milk Chocolate flavors.

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July 12, 2012

Vitamin Burst K-Cups and Sweet & Creamy Iced Coffee K-Cups Help Beat the Summer Heat

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Green Mountain is going full steam on their Brew Over Ice offerings this Summer. It's perfectly timed with the heat wave in the US we've been having, and there's two sets of K-Cups - Vitamin Burst K-Cup packs and Sweet & Creamy Iced Coffee K-Cup packs.

Vitamin Burst K-Cup packs contain fruit that is gently dried to retain its active ingredients, and the Keurig brewer unlocks the fruit's power when brewed over ice. Each 8-oz. serving of Vitamin Burst is naturally sweetened, caffeine-free, contains no artificial colors or flavors, and is high in antioxidant vitamin C.

Vitamin Burst is currently available in two fruit flavors:

  • Strawberry Pomegranate: Sun-warmed strawberries are paired with sweet pomegranates to create a delicious fruit brew.
  • Acai Berry: A tasty combination of powerful super-fruit and luscious berries creates a refreshing fruit brew.
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June 15, 2012

Starbucks K-Cups Available at Starbucks Retail Stores Nationwide

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Starbucks Coffee Company has announced that Starbucks K-Cup packs are available in participating Starbucks retail stores nationwide. Starbucks is the exclusive, licensed super-premium coffee brand produced by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. for its Keurig® K-Cup Single Cup Brewers.

We're pretty excited to see how crowded at retail stores Starbucks will be with VIA, K-Cups, VUE Packs, and eventually all things Verismo their new single serve espresso and coffee machine in the Fall. It's an amazing amount of commitment to the single serve coffee space, and if anyone can make it work we believe Starbucks will.

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June 5, 2012

Review: San Francisco Bay Organic Rainforest Blend OneCup Keurig Compatible Coffee Packs

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We continue our series of San Francisco Bay OneCup Keurig Compatible Coffee Packs (a.k.a. “OneCups”) today with their San Francisco Bay Organic Rainforest Blend OneCup Keurig Compatible Coffee Packs.

Brewing these OneCup Keurig Compatible Coffee Packs resulted in mild notes of cocoa which seemed to be the only scent we could determine in the final cup. We had been getting used to the smoky aromas in the previous OneCup offerings and were a bit disappointed that the aroma here wasn’t more complex. Billed as a medium to dark roast, flavor revealed more cocoa/milk chocolate taste throughout and an almost woodsy character overall which yielded faint oily flavors on the finish. Very mild nutty notes were also hiding underneath.

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May 25, 2012

Club Coffee K-Cup Compatible Coffee Pods


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Over in the Single Serve Coffee Forums there's word that a Canadian coffee roaster called Club Coffee has just released K-Cup compatible coffee pods. These coffee pods are much like the Rogers' Family Coffee OneCup coffee packs here in the United States. They do not require an adaptor, and have a foil top and coffee pod like pouch bottom.

Each coffee pod contains 10 grams of coffee and they seem to use the same packaged format as the Rogers' Family ones. We'll send our Canadian correspondent to investigate, and from our US intelligence these should be hitting shelves soon.

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