November 14, 2011

Dunkin' Donuts Hazelnut K-Cups for Keurig

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We continue our review of Dunkin Donuts’ series of K-Cups today with their Dunkin Donuts Hazelnut K-Cups.

Upon brewing these K-Cups, you get a hazelnut aroma but it just doesn’t seem… natural. Unlike some of the other hazelnut-flavored K-Cups we’ve had in the past from competitors (trust us, there’s many), we’d have to say this just doesn’t have a normal hazelnut aroma. Dunkins doesn’t hide the fact that they’re using artificial flavoring in this K-Cup, but unlike their French Vanilla, there’s just something off-putting by this scent. The best we can describe it is coffee that’s been spiked with a few shots of Torani hazelnut syrup. It just had us somewhat weirded-out. Not the best first impression to make, but we’ll still give this K-Cup a chance to redeem itself in other categories. Let’s push-forward & see how it holds up.

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November 10, 2011

Starbucks K-Cup Portion Packs Appearing on Store Shelves

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Starbucks K-Cup portion packs for Keurig brewers are showing up all over the US. We've got lots of reader write ins and a picture after the jump of Starbucks K-Cups on the shelves at a Belk store. Sound off in the comments if you've seen them in your region, and we'd also like to know what you think of the various coffee and tea flavors.

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November 9, 2011

Barista Prima Coffeehouse's Virtual Tasting

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Barista Prima Coffeehouse K-Cups are now the subject of a virtual tasting interview with italian Barista Francesco Sanapo. After the jump you can enjoy a question and answer session about the Barista Prima Coffeehouse K-Cups, and there's even shots of Francesco Sanapo in a barista competition.

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November 2, 2011

Barista Prima Coffeehouse K-Cups Still Top on Our List

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Barista Prima Coffeehouse K-Cups are still top on our list of the ultimate K-Cups. Green Mountain Coffee just sent us over a sample kit including a Barista Prima Coffeehouse mug, and the entire staff here at Single Serve Coffee is fighting over it and the K-Cups (which is no surprise). The flavors from any of the Barista Prima K-Cups are stunning.

Why are they so good? The flavors from Barista Prima Coffeehouse K-Cups are rich, intense, dark, and most of all the coffee produced feels as if you got it at a coffeehouse not out of a home brewer. These K-Cups are also a little more expensive than other K-Cups and we feel the price is worth it. Try some out and you will be pleasantly surprised how good a cup of single serve coffee can be.

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October 31, 2011

Review: Dunkin Donuts French Vanilla K-Cups for Keurig Brewers

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We continue our review of Dunkin Donuts’ series of K-Cups today with their Dunkin Donuts French Vanilla K-Cups.

Upon brewing these K-Cups, a sweet aroma of vanilla fills the room. It was more of a light scent and didn’t have any other aromas hiding underneath. Just straight-up vanilla & nothing else. Made for a bit of a change from the norm since most French vanilla coffees always end up having other scents mingled within. We wish the aroma would have been a bit stronger, but that’s a minor nitpick at most.

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October 21, 2011

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters K-Cup Finder App

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Made for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, theGMCR K-Cup App finder app let's you search over 100 varieties of Green Mountain Coffee, Tully's, Barista Prima, and others. K-Cup new varieties are added as they are released, and you can see reviews and ratings from other K-Cup fans, and share your reviews with other K-Cup Finder app users and on Twitter. Currently the app doesn't have direct purchase from within the app itself, but you can click out and login to your GMCR account and buy directly from their site.

Features include:

  • Sort and filter by brand, roast, and attributes (Fair Trade, Kosher, Organic, and more)
  • It's not just for coffee- find teas, hot cocoa, Brew Over Ice beverages, and other specialty and seasonal varieties
  • Create a favorites list of blends for future reference, with your rating and notes
  • Receive promotional offers and discounts from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
  • Links to buy varieties online direct from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
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October 19, 2011

Review: Dunkin Donuts Dunkin’ Dark Coffee K-Cups

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We continue our review of Dunkin Donuts’ series of K-Cups today with their Dunkin Donuts Dunkin’ Dark K-Cups.

Upon brewing these K-Cups, strong earthy notes fill the room and are much akin to the Dunkins Original Blend K-Cups we reviewed recently. Similar notes of molasses were hiding underneath but weren’t as prevalent as in the Original Blend. We also noted very faint hints of dark chocolate too. It was like a slightly stronger version of the Original Blend’s aroma and reminded us once again of stepping into our local Dunkins shop. Spot-on.

Acidity was much more pleasing this time around. It’s amazing to see how much of a difference a change in a roast profile can make. Say goodbye to the strong sour notes of the Original Blend and hello to the silky smooth, well-balanced notes of Dunkin’ Dark coffee. You won’t find anything getting in your way of enjoying the richer flavor this time around. We are very, VERY pleased at how this K-Cup turned out.

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October 14, 2011

Review: Dunkin Donuts Original Blend K-Cups

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We’ve all seen the commercials & the ads plastered everywhere from bus stops to taxi cabs and newspapers… America runs on Dunkins. Well, after years of waiting, you can now enjoy a “leisurely jog” to your kitchen since Dunkin Donuts K-Cups are finally being sold in most Dunkins shops across the country. Today we’re reviewing Dunkin Donuts Original Blend K-Cups.

What sets Dunkins K-Cups apart from others? Well, they come in 14-packs instead of your usual 12 or 24-pack varieties but the most obvious difference is that you can ONLY buy them in-person at a Dunkins coffee shop. They’re not being sold anywhere online (not even via Dunkins’ own online shop) and you won’t find them anywhere at a Wal-Mart or grocery store. Dunkins has effectively ensured that you’ll be tempted to buy their other in-store products by being forced to visit one of their shops in order to pick-up a box. Annoying? Yes. Clever sales approach? You bet’cha.

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October 4, 2011

Review: Folgers Gourmet Selections Black Silk K-Cups

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Today we decided to continue our review of the recent Folgers K-Cups with one of our favorites… Folgers Gourmet Selections Black Silk K-Cups. Now, it’s been a while since we had the regular grind version, but from what we can recall, this single serve variety seemed on-par with the regular version.

Brewing these K-Cups resulted in rich woodsy notes filling the room with a hint of dark chocolate & smoky hickory in the background. There were also faint notes of spices in the finish.

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September 28, 2011

Review: Folgers Gourmet Selections Vanilla Biscotti K-Cups

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Today we continue our series of Folgers K-Cup reviews with their first flavored variety… Folgers Gourmet Selections Vanilla Biscotti K-Cups. We have to admit that we missed this flavor when it came out in regular grind format, so we can’t really compare how accurate of a reproduction this is… however, if it’s anything like the previous Folgers K-Cups we reviewed, the contents of this K-Cup should be the same thing you get in the Gourmet Selections foil bags at your local grocery store. So how does the coffee itself stand up? Let’s have at it and see, shall we?

Brewing the Folgers Gourmet Selections Vanilla Biscotti K-Cups resulted in strong aromas of not only vanilla but caramel as well. The scent quickly filled the room and had us captivated from the start. While Folgers doesn’t list what kind of roast this is, they do note that it’s made from 100% Arabica, so if we had to guess, we’d bill this as a light roast. Flavor was spot-on with aroma as smooth waves of vanilla flowed through to notes of caramel in the finish. We’re thinking they should have named this K-Cup "Caramel-Vanilla Biscotti" instead.

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