April 12, 2012

Review: Starbucks House Blend K-Cups

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We continue our Starbucks K-Cup reviews today with their Starbucks House Blend K-Cups.

Brewing these K-Cups resulted once again in the signature Starbucks aroma filling the room (we've been seriously considering installing a neon Starbucks logo sign in the Single Serve test kitchens lately). A closer look at the final cup reveals woodsy notes with faint hints of cocoa & hickory hiding underneath.

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April 3, 2012

Review: Starbucks Veranda Blend K-Cups

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Long before there were Folgers K-Cups & ages before there were Dunkin Donuts K-Cups, the one coffee brand most people wanted in single serve format was Starbucks. The company went through quite a bit over the past few years. They tried creating pods which were sold primarily in limited quantities within their own stores but that failed to take off as most people weren’t even aware Starbucks pods existed. Then many a wish was answered when they announced they’d be partnering with Kraft to release Starbucks Tassimo T-Discs.

Fans rejoiced as the various T-Discs hit the market, however, not all was perfect… many complained that the coffee was way too strong/intense while others complained that it was more than living up to the Charbucks reputation by tasting extremely “burnt”. Before things could be fixed, both Starbucks & Kraft stopped seeing eye to eye and the partnership was dissolved. Those who loved the T-Discs bemoaned the loss while others panicked at the prospect of not having Starbucks in single serve format anymore. So, fresh off being burned (pun intended) by Kraft, Starbucks decided to give the single serve market another try with the largest entity in the business… GMCR. Starbuck & GMCR announced with typical fanfare that Starbucks K-Cups would be sold not only in their own retail stores but also in various grocery stores & online (something which Dunkins fans are still wishing for to this day). The announcement also revealed that Tazo Teas would also be returning to the K-Cup format with the new addition of their Zen green tea blend.

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March 29, 2012

Review: Donut Shop Coconut Mocha Coffee K-Cups for Keurig Brewers

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When chocolate meets coconut we stand up and pay attention, and the soon to be released Donut Shop Coconut Mocha coffee K-Cups warrant such attention. The artificially flavored coffee doesn't have the calories, but it sure does have the taste of that favorite chocolate bar you know, and the packaging it came in as a promotion was quite fetching as well.

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March 14, 2012

MySoloPad Automatic K-Cup Dispenser

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The MySoloPad automatically dispenses up to 42 K-Cups, and is designed to save space because just about any single serve coffee maker can conveniently be placed on top. The elegant slim pad design allows it to be put in tight corner placements, and you can even hang it on a pantry door.

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March 7, 2012

Review: Keurig VUE V700 Single Cup Brewing System Makes Amazing Coffee, Tea, and Café Style Drinks

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The Keurig Vue V700 Single Cup Brewing System uses Keurig's Vue Packs, and is a single cup brewing system capable of making coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and even lattes and cappuccinos. The Keurig VUE brewer can only use Keurig Vue Packs, and not K-Cups, which are meant for older Keurig systems. Also unlike the older K-Cups, pulling off the top of the foil lid with the filter attached to a VUE Pack one can recycle the cup part of a VUE pack.

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February 22, 2012

We're In Love with Dunkin' Donuts Dark and Original Blend K-Cups

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We're got a confession - we're in love with Dunkin' Donuts Dark and Original blend K-Cups and it's not even Valentine's day. Sure we've had them around for quite some time, but recently they've taken over our morning cups of single serve coffee and we haven't looked back.

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February 15, 2012

Keurig VUE Brewer V700 and V-Cups Announced

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Keurig has officially announced the new Keurig VUE Brewing System and V-Cups. The Vue system supports stronger bolder coffee, and the V-Cups are able to be recycled unlike the older K-Cup format. As of today there are over 33 V-Cups available for the VUE brewer which retails at $249. Also, the Keurig Vue can brew "frothy" drinks including Barista Prima Coffeehouse Café Mochas, Barista Prima Coffeehouse Sweetened Cappuccinos, and Barista Prima Coffeehouse Vanilla Lattes. It appears there will be both a milk V-Cup and a coffee V-Cup to make such milk based coffee drinks possible.

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January 25, 2012

Swiss Miss K-Cups Now at Green Mountain Coffee

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Swiss Miss K-Cups are now available at Green Mountain Coffee. The Swiss Miss K-Cups produce a rich and creamy chocolate experience the whole family can enjoy. All you have to do is pop a Swiss Miss K-Cup portion pack into your Keurig brewer, and those after skiing moments will last even longer with your loved ones. Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate cocoa mix is made in a real dairy where milk from local farms is delivered daily, dried and then blended with premium, imported cocoa.

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January 17, 2012

Mr. Coffee Single Serve Coffee Maker Looks Great in White

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We've not seen the Mr. Coffee Single Serve Coffee Maker in white, and right off the bat we like it.  We think it has an almost ethereal quality - almost Tron like in it's look and feel. Powered by Keurig brewing technology for coffeehouse quality at home, the Mr. Coffee single serve coffee maker is compatible with Keurig K-Cup portion packs. It features a removable drip tray, On/Off Indicator Light, and brews a cup of coffee in just minutes. If you need more details on this coffee maker you can read our full review here.

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December 14, 2011

Review: Celestial Seasonings Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea K-Cups

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Here at the Single Serve Coffee kitchens, we're always keeping an eye open for the latest innovations in single serve products and a while back, Green Mountain decided to do something which had never been attempted before... they manufactured the World's first "all-paper' K-Cup. Made from a special combination of printed cardboard & paper lined with a special film (to prevent a soggy mess during brewing), this K-Cup marks a manufacturing milestone for Green Mountain and opens up the door to future innovations. Today we review Celestial Seasonings Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea K-Cups.

While we realize this review is LONG overdue (this product was introduced around Sept. 2010 and has since been discontinued) & apologize for the delay, we figured we would at least give our readers an idea of what the product was like. There's always a chance that another flavor may be introduced using this new paper K-Cup format sometime in the future. You can even read our earlier review of the packaging we did last year. As you can see in the photos, the things that stand out the most are the floral design & Celestial Seasonings logo printed on the side of the K-Cup (marks the first time print/artwork has been able to appear on a K-Cup) as well as the unique paper crimping process used underneath. You keep thinking the thing will blow apart inside your machine, but it's surprisingly well designed to withstand the water pressure. Did we mention this thing was made entirely of fricking PAPER? Amazing.

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