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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November 5, 2012

Daily Chef K-Cups at Sam's Club

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We've had several readers write in regarding Daily Chef K-Cups at Sam's Club popping up.

I found this at my local Sam’s Club in Bangor Maine. It runs $24.99 for 54 cups. I wonder if it is any good seeing how cheaply it is priced.

We've yet to try them as we're more of a Costco family here at Single Serve Coffee. The SSC Forums do however have several reviews of these after market K-Cups that are in no-way endorsed by Keurig or Green Mountain.

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October 23, 2012

K-Cup Cocktails for the Holidays

 

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It's that time of the year - the Holidays. If you need a little pick me up or celebratory drink might we suggest a single serve cocktail? With the invention of hot beverage K-Cups, along with all the Cafe Escape chocolate K-Cups - the time is perfect to make a K-Cup inspired cocktail. Cool Material has a good list and one that caught our eye is loosely based on an Apple Rye Punch.

This drink ditches any hard cider and gets supercharged with some applejack.

  • Apple Cider K-Cup
  • Laird’s Apple Jack Brandy
  • Maker’s Mark
  • Orange Bitters

Whatever you decide to make from the rather long list of options - let us know. And if you have your own K-Cup Cocktail recipe we'd love to hear about it.

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October 18, 2012

Kraft to Sell and Create Maxwell House and Gevalia K-cups for Keurig

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With most patents expiring Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig are facing competition from companies creating and selling their own Keurig K-Cup compatible coffees, and now Kraft has entered the game. Kraft Foods Group Inc plans to sell Maxwell House and Gevalia K-cup single-serve coffee pods compatible with Keurig brewing systems.

The pods are not licensed by Keurig or affiliated in any way, and that means that Green Mountain will not receive any royalties from their sale. The move by Kraft, which also owns the rival Tassimo one-cup brewer, represents the first time a big-name coffee brand had gone around Green Mountain in making K-Cups for its the Keurig system.

We have no details on what coffee blends or other hot or cold beverages Kraft intends to make for the Keurig K-Cup brewers, but we'll provide details as soon as we find out.

Via Chicago Tribune

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October 9, 2012

Snapple Brew Over Ice K-Cups and Vue Packs

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group have reached an agreement to offer Snapple premium iced teas in K-Cup and Vue packs for Keurig single cup brewing systems. We're really impressed by the number of non-coffee drinks Green Mountain is going to over for both the VUE and K-Cup systems - but this one really impresses.

Snapple K-Cup pack iced teas will be offered in a variety of at home and away from home channels for Keurig brewer consumers in the United States and Canada in Spring 2013, with Vue packs to follow. The new beverages will join the current Brew Over Ice collection, a line specially crafted to brew iced beverages with any Keurig brewing system.

Founded in 1972 by three childhood friends, the Snapple brand got its start in Greenwich Village, New York and is now available throughout the United States. Snapple prides itself on developing, producing and marketing a wide variety of premium beverages, including ready-to-drink iced teas, juice drinks, 100% juices, and water.

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October 8, 2012

Review: Café Escapes Café Vanilla K-Cups

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We kick things off today by reviewing a recent K-Cup addition to the Café Escapes line-up... Café Escapes Café Vanilla K-Cups. We’ve come to expect pretty decent results from Café Escapes over the years and their hot cocoas remain some of our favorites to date. We were intrigued when we noticed some new flavors pop up on Green Mountain’s site as web-exclusives, so we decided to give this one a try.

Brewing these K-Cups resulted in delicate notes of sweet vanilla filling the room with hints of coffee in the background. The main notes were vanilla with coffee aromas being pushed to the back, something you might see in a vanilla latte. Flavor was pretty much the same with sweet notes of vanilla flowing through at first sip with faint notes of coffee in the background. We were wondering why we weren’t getting more of a coffee flavor until we remembered that Café Escapes use instant coffee in their K-Cups/Vue Packs. While we’re not exactly fans of instant coffee, we can put up with it in this case since it didn’t seem to be impacting the main flavor of vanilla. Instead, things seemed a bit lighter than what we were expecting.

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