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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May 24, 2012

Review: San Francisco Bay Fog Chaser OneCup Keurig Compatible Coffee Packs

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We continue our series of San Francisco Bay K-Cup Pods (a.k.a. "OneCups") today with their San Francisco Bay Fog Chaser OneCup Keurig Compatible Coffee Packs

Brewing these K-Cup Pods resulted in some faint smoky aromas during brewing, but once we inspected the final cup, we honestly couldn’t smell anything discernible. It’s like the aroma completely disappeared. Billed as a dark roast on the box (yet a light roast on their website… huh?), flavor was thankfully more robust than the scent with mostly notes of dark chocolate, some smoke & very faint nutty notes hiding underneath as well as some bread notes lurking near the finish.

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May 22, 2012

Sweet & Creamy Nutty Hazelnut and Regular Iced Coffee K-Cup Packs

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Summer is coming and Green Mountain is offering new iced coffee K-Cups Sweet & Creamy Nutty Hazelnut Iced Coffee K-Cup Packs and Sweet & Creamy Regular Iced Coffee K-Cup Packs. Made with Donut Shop coffee, Green Mountain brings back the classic donut companion with this ideally balanced brew of the highest quality Arabica beans.

These coffees also run about 80 calories per K-Cup - so expect a little sweetness here right from the K-Cup portion pack. We do really love iced coffee with our Keurig, and not having to make a trip to our local cafe for a sweet iced coffee is going to save us money this summer.

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May 18, 2012

Review: San Francisco Bay French Roast OneCup Keurig Compatible Coffee Packs

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We continue our series of San Francisco Bay K-Cup Pods (a.k.a. "OneCups") today with their San Francisco Bay French Roast K-Cup Pods. Much like their decaf version, brewing these K-Cup Pods resulted in rich smoky aromas with notes of milk chocolate… yes, MILK chocolate. We were a bit surprised to see a deviation from the norm of dark chocolate aromas which seemed predominant in most dark roasts, so this was a nice & pleasant alternative. Billed as a dark roast, flavor was earthy & smoky with predominant dark chocolate notes up front with faint notes of molasses in the background. We also detected a slight oily taste near the finish, but it wasn’t distracting at all. We found it was kind of an odd pairing between aroma & flavor since we got scents of milk chocolate while having flavors of dark chocolate. Regardless, we liked this subtle nuance & found it make for an interesting cup.

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May 7, 2012

Review: Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System vs. Keurig B70 Platinum Single-Cup Brewer

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We recently started reviewing Keurig Vue-Cups and decided to take a step back and compare the new Keurig Vue V700 to one of our favorite K-Cup brewers which we've been using for years, the Keurig B70 Platinum. We thought it would be fun to do an informative comparison between the Keurig Brewers so that new users could get an idea of the major differences between both machines as well as some of our likes/dislikes between the two. We'll start things off with the Keurig B70 Platinum and follow-up with the Keurig Vue V700. Our apologies for the length of this article... you may want to grab a few cups of single serve coffee before reading this monster-sized "Mega Review" :-)

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May 3, 2012

Eight O'Clock Coffee, Tetley Tea, and Good Earth Tea Coming to Keurig Single Cup Brewing Systems

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The Eight O'Clock Coffee Company (a member of the Tata Global Beverages family of brands), have announced a multiyear agreement to make Eight O'Clock coffee, Tetley tea, and Good Earth tea available in K-Cup and Vue packs for Keurig Single Cup Brewing systems. This new relationship will provide Keurig brewer owners with additional choices by having Eight O'Clock coffee, Tetley tea, and Good Earth tea readily available for their brewers and we think more choices is a good thing.

Eight O'Clock Coffee Company and GMCR plan to make a select offering of Eight O'Clock coffee K-Cup packs available throughout the U.S. and Canada beginning in fall 2012. In the U.S, Tetley teas, and in the U.S. and Canada, Good Earth teas intend to join the K-Cup pack collection in 2013. There's no word on the exact dates for Vue Packs to be available for the Keurig Vue system for any of these brands.

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April 27, 2012

Review: San Francisco Bay Decaf French Roast OneCup Keurig Compatible Coffee Packs

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We continue our series of San Francisco Bay K-Cup Pods (a.k.a. "OneCups") today with their San Francisco Bay Decaf French Roast K-Cup Pods.

Ok, first things first… this is a decaf coffee. It says so right on the box, yet we were hit by a blast of smoky aromas the moment we tore open the bag that these things came packaged in. Um… what the heck… this is a decaf? We checked the box again… yep, decaf. Wow… if they smell this good right out of the box, then this could be epic.

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April 23, 2012

Review: San Francisco Bay Breakfast OneCup Keurig Compatible Coffee Packs

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Now that Keurig’s K-Cup patents are nearing ever so closer to their expiry date, we’ve been seeing more and more “knock-off” K-Cups hit the market. While we were a bit apprehensive at first due to the horrible quality of the first few products to hit the market (Freeze-dried instant coffee in a K-Cup? Blech!), we’ve been seeing an uptick in decent quality knock-offs over the past several months. One of the most popular knock-off products comes from Rogers Family Company Coffee Roasters.

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