July 23, 2013
We've gotten another unique sighting of Seattle's Best Coffee K-Cups spotted in the wild today from AB:
"I went to lunch today with my wife and son at Subway in Carmel Maine. Subway is now offering Keurig Brewed coffee for $1.68 per cup. While there, I noticed that, they offered Seattle’s Best Coffee in K-Cups. They had in stock: Level 1 – Smooth Roast Level 3 – Medium & Balanced After checking SBC’s website I was unable to locate these. I do not know what else they offer or the price."
He then posted on their Facebook page and asked where he could buy their K-Cups. This is their response:
“Seattle's Best Coffee Hi Andrew - Thanks for asking! K-Cups are in the works but we don’t have details just yet. Stay tuned to our Facebook page – we’ll make sure that our fans are among the first to know when we have more information.”
So what did AB buy from Subway? We're thinking they're doing sampling of the K-Cups across various stores and other locations. In the days when Starbucks and Seattle's Best was on the Tassimo Brewer platform, they did all the experimenting with Seattle's Best and then Starbucks came to Tassimo. This time it looks like Seattle's Best is coming later and going to be the more commercial coffee brand. The K-Cups pictured above also have the Keurig brewed label so they must be official Seattle's Best K-Cups.
July 19, 2013
Not much is know about the Hell's Kitchen K-Cups, but it looks like Fox is putting a package of Hell's Kitchen K-Cups in a promotional bundle sent out to TV reviewers. The show Hell's Kitchen is one of our favorite, and the Hell's Kitchen better live up to Chef Ramsey's expectations. We're not sure if these K-Cups will ever be available outside of the promotional bundle, but we'd love to try them even if we had to travel to Hell and back.
- Hell's Roast - Dark roast Rich, smoky and fiery
- Executive Chef's Blend - Dark roast Deep and flavorful
- Three Star Blend - Medium roast Bold and smooth
On their website, they offer a two pack of ground coffee for $17.98. No mention of Hell's Kitchen K-cups.
However they do offer the following K-cups:
French Roast, Hazelnut, Mexican High Grown, French Vanilla, Peruvian, Sea Salt Carmel, Rainforest Blend, Chocolate Morsel, Breakfast Blend, and Full City Roast.
They come 10 to a box and use a recyclable filter. I could not find a price for ordering the kcups. It appears they are only available for retailers.
July 18, 2013
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end and so, we finish our Snapple K-Cup review series today with their Snapple Raspberry Iced Tea K-Cups. We really enjoyed the other 2 flavors in the line-up but this particular flavor caught us off guard as Keurig & Snapple kept it a secret right up until launch date. We can't recall hearing anything about a 3rd flavor in the Snapple K-Cup series, so imagine our surprise when we saw 3 listings pop up on Keurig's site instead of 2.
The ingredients are much the same again with green & black tea leaves/extracts being present along with natural flavors plus the combination of sugar & aspartame. As we noted in our last 2 Snapple K-Cup reviews, aspartame is being used as an artificial sweetener here and thus it brings about a warning for people who are sensitive to phenylalanine (one of aspartame's ingredients) and more importantly, we'd like to warn people who have a genetic condition known as PKU since consuming phenylalanine can cause severe side effects for them. This essential amino acid doesn't pose any risk to people who don't have this condition or who aren't allergic to phenylalanine. We know there's only a small percentage of people who have this condition, but we owe it to them to post some form of advisory anyway just in case they happen to miss the warnings on the labeling/packaging.
Continue reading: "Snapple Raspberry Iced Tea K-Cups Review"
July 17, 2013
We continue our Snapple K-Cup reviews today with their Snapple Peach Iced Tea K-Cups. We quite enjoyed the results from their lemon flavor and thought it was a pretty good substitute for the bottled ready to drink version, so we're anxious to see if this peach flavor will be more of the same.
The ingredients show that again, green & black tea leaves/extracts are being used here along with natural flavors plus the combination of sugar & aspartame. As we noted in our last Snapple K-Cup review, these are the first K-Cups we've seen that use aspartame as an artificial sweetener and thus it brings about a warning for people who are sensitive tophenylalanine (one of aspartame's ingredients) and more importantly, we'd like to warn people who have a genetic condition known as PKU since consuming phenylalanine can cause severe side effects for them. This essential amino acid doesn't pose any risk to people who don't have this condition or who aren't allergic to phenylalanine. We know there's only a small percentage of people who have this condition, but we owe it to them to post some form of advisory anyway just in case they happen to miss the warnings on the labeling/packaging.
Continue reading: "Snapple Peach Iced Tea K-Cups Review"
July 16, 2013
We’ve seen dozens of coffee brands fall under Keurig & GMCR’s ownership before and that’s nothing new, however, for an already-established ready to drink beverage manufacturer to enter into a partnership to produce their own licensed K-Cups? THAT is most definitely something new! We were shocked when Dr. Pepper Snapple Group announced several months ago that they would be releasing, in partnership with Keurig, new Snapple Iced Tea K-Cups during spring/summer 2013. The time has come and indeed, we’re seeing Snapple K-Cups popping up everywhere. We decided to kick things off today by checking out a classic iced tea flavor with their Snapple Lemon Iced Tea K-Cups.
Continue reading: "Snapple Lemon Iced Tea K-Cups Review"
July 15, 2013
We often ponder why using K-Cups is better than brewing an entire pot of coffee, and we come up with the usual list of suspects. We love the variety of each cup of single serve coffee cup after cup, and we love the fact the K-Cup supports households easily that want decaf and regular coffee in the same morning. We do know it costs us more for the privilege of using K-Cups every morning, but at .55 it's worth it. Imagine if you had to pay $2 a cup over at that crazy cafe - that would really add up after 2-3 cups. The time to brew is also amazing - with less than 1 minute to brew for K-Cups and over 5-10 minutes for a pot of coffee. We think we're pretty happy with single serve coffee, and we're going to stick with it. Why do you drink single serve coffee over brewing a pot?
June 28, 2013
Looks like Kraft Foods is expanding their K-Cup line to include Yuban. Walmart is carrying Yuban Gold, and it runs 18 cups for $9.99. A quick search over at Amazon.com for Yuban Gold K-Cups produced some results as well. We'll keep our eye out for more Kraft offerings as they appear. Thanks to AB.
June 27, 2013
We're brewing yet another cup this morning of the French Roast Dark Roast
We are simply loving the French Market Coffee Single Cups for Keurig K-Cup brewers. We recently received both the Dark Roast and Chicory Single Cups that will work in any Keurig K-Cup Brewers, and we have to say the French Market Dark Roast is one of our favorite single serve coffees right now. We love the richness, and it's paired with an almost blow your mind chocolate top note. Thanks again to French Market for sending us samples to review.
June 26, 2013
GMCR Naturals is a line-up of K-Cups that take 1 thing in mind: Using 100% all-natural ingredients & derivatives. Their Apple Cider was outstanding as a hot drink and over the past several months, the folks at Green Mountain decided they'd try their hand at making an iced drink which was every bit as good. So what could be easily made as an iced drink with natural ingredients? Lemonade, of course! That (plus the recent warm weather) brings us to today's long overdue review of GMCR Naturals Lemonade K-Cups.
A quick look at the ingredients list reveals that they are indeed all-natural as we find Sugar, Lemon Juice Powder, Citric Acid, Reb A (Stevia Extract), Natural Flavor, Lemon Peel Powder & Lemon Fruit Powder. While we're wondering why BOTH sugar & stevia are being used here, we suppose the added sweetness of the stevia was used as a form of natural additive to offset the sour notes of the lemon ingredients while the sugar is what provides the natural background sweetness to the final drink and probably makes up the bulk of the sweetener ingredients.
Continue reading: "GMCR Naturals Lemonade K-Cups Review"
June 20, 2013
Peet's Coffee & Tea sent us over a sampler pack to try out of their new Peet's Single Cups that will work in any Keurig K-Cup Brewers. We only had one single cup of each to try out over the past few days and tried to savor each one to make sure we got our thoughts and impressions right. Overall these single cups taste like Peet's from whole ground coffee. The resulting coffee in your single serve coffee cup is rich, intense, and delicious. It's nice to see Peet's join the single serve coffee craze, and these are a welcome addition to the the single serve coffee world.
- Major Dickason's Blend - this is an everyday medium roast coffee for just about anyone. Yum.
- Cafe Domingo - Medium roast blend with subtle richer notes. We love the aftertaste that lingers with a little bite on this one.
- House Blend - Lighter and really good for mornings.
- Decaf House Blend - Lighter and for a decaf - yes please.
- French Roast - their darkest roast and our favorite. It's on par with Tully's French roast coffee.