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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January 3, 2013

Review: Club Coffee Inca Trail Single Cup Capsules

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We continue our review series of Club Coffee Single Cup Capsules today with their Club Coffee Inca Trail Single Cup Capsules.

Brewing these Single Cup Capsules resulted in mild smoky notes at first gave way to mild earthy notes tinged with faint cocoa hiding underneath. Things were starting to slightly deviate from the norm with previous Club Coffee flavors we've tried to date, so we started hoping flavor would yield something slightly different as well.

Despite being billed as a medium roast, body was dark reddish-brown & almost wine-like in color with small hues of yellow & orange which had a hard time piercing through when held in front of a light source. Acidity was pleasantly balanced and was smooth overall with light spikes of sour notes in the middle.

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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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