June 6, 2011

Review: Caribou Coffee Obsidian K-Cups - The X-Files of K-Cups

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Today we decided to review something truly unique... an unofficial K-Cup which neither the roaster, distributor nor retail outlet which sells it want to acknowledge in any way. Why can't we find any info online about this flavor? Just what the heck is this dark & mysteriously secretive K-Cup anyway? To answer the 1st question: We have no frickin idea... and it kind of creeps us out. To answer the 2nd question: Caribou Coffee's Obsidian K-Cups (insert X-Files theme here).

Brewing these K-Cups result in deep, woodsy notes with almost floral characteristics. We'd have to say the most predominant aroma was that of smoky molasses tinged with licorice hiding underneath, but the aroma almost seemed as if it kept changing every time we took a sniff.

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June 2, 2011

Brew Over Ice Tea and Coffee K-Cups Perfect for Summer Drinks

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It's finally that time of year here in the wonderful Spring/Summer of 2011 for iced coffees and teas for your Keurig brewer. If you own any Keurig brewer you can choose from a variety of iced coffees and teas that will make your travel mug or plastic tumbler very happy, and in the end you refreshed. We are pretty partial to the Iced Coffee French Vanilla, but we are also a big fan of some of the iced teas.

How to brew iced coffee and tea with your Keurig Brewer:

  1. Fill a 16-oz. plastic cup with ice and place it under a Keurig Brewer
  2. Choose the 6-oz.or 8-oz. button
  3. Brew directly over ice
  4. he ice does the rest -- stir and enjoy!

The full list of Brew Over Ice Coffee K-Cups and Brew Over Ice Tea K-Cups include:

  • Nantucket Blend Iced Coffee
  • French Vanilla Iced Coffee
  • Half and Half (Black Tea and Lemonade)
  • Southern Sweet Tea
  • Sweet Berry Lime Green Tea
  • Sweet Lemon Black Tea
  • Sweet Peach Black Tea
  • Sweet Raspberry Black Tea
  • Sweet Tropical Breeze White Tea
  • Unsweetened Black Tea

We'll be enjoying some Half and Half later today at lunch, and make sure and give iced coffee or tea a chance this Summer. You will not regret the change.

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May 16, 2011

Review: Van Houtte Mocha Java K-Cups for Keurig Brewers

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As any Canadian who’s been out to a grocery store will notice lately, Van Houtte have been making a major push into the grocery retail market now that they’ve been acquired by Green Mountain. This is great news since new Van Houtte K-Cup flavors are popping up faster than we can keep track of them. While Americans are used to seeing K-Cup 12-packs everywhere from their grocery stores to Wal-Mart, this is a relatively new concept north of the border. We decided to review one of the last “new” flavors Van Houtte released prior to their acquisition, Van Houtte’s Mocha Java K-Cups.

Brewing these K-Cups result in rich earthy notes underlined with chocolate & faint notes of hickory. Billed as a medium roast, flavor was much on-par with the aroma as we detected faint smoky notes and dark chocolate lingering in the background.

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May 10, 2011

Review: Newman’s Own Organics Newman’s Special Blend Extra Bold K-Cups

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Today we decided to dig back in the archives and look at a K-Cup which has been LONG overdue of a proper review. How far back, you ask? Hmm… how about one of the first K-Cups that came out with the very first Keurig brewers? Yep, it’s finally time for us to review Newman’s Own Organics Newman’s Special Blend Extra Bold K-Cups. Not only does the Newman's Special Blend Extra Bold K-Cup hold a record as being one of the oldest/longest running K-Cup flavors in Keurig’s line-up, it probably also holds the record as having the longest K-Cup name.

Nell Newman decided to partner with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and ever since, they’ve been in charge of sourcing & roasting the coffee beans which go into this coffee. As most of you are probably aware, Newman’s Own coffee is so popular that McDonalds USA decided to make it their official coffee brand several years ago and some locations in the New England area even had a special blend created just for them a few years ago, but enough about history… let’s get on to the review.

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April 26, 2011

Review: Van Houtte Raspberry Chocolate Truffle K-Cups

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Van Houtte have been a Canadian grocery store staple when it came to whole bean & traditional grind coffee, but with the recent Green Mountain acquisition, they've literally exploded their available selections when it comes to the K-Cup format. One existing flavor that saw a resurgence in popularity lately would be the Van Houtte Raspberry Chocolate Truffle K-Cups. While we'll admit that this flavor has been around for a while, it recently saw some really nice new packaging & foil redesigns to further promote sales. We decided to giv'er a try and see what we've been missing.

Brewing Van Houtte Raspberry Chocolate Truffle K-Cups resulted in a HUGE burst of raspberry chocolate aroma even before we pressed the brew button! Whatever bit of air trapped in the K-Cup was released by the brew needle and the scent was so strong, we could smell it from that initial whiff. Hells yeah... this one's gonna be interesting! Sure enough, super strong aromas of ripe raspberries blended with milk chocolate quickly filled the room and had us hooked right off the bat. It was no surprise that several members of the Single Serve Coffee staff started appearing near the brewer only moments afterwards to see what yummy flavor we were making. Simply outstanding aroma here... Van Houtte completely NAILED IT. Bravo

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April 22, 2011

Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa K-Cups for Keurig Single Cup Brewers

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That's right coming this August 2011 Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa K-Cups will be available for your Keurig brewer. From Green Mountain: "We are excited to welcome Swiss Miss into the GMCR family and to offer Keurig users the leading hot cocoa brand in K-Cup portion packs."

The new Swiss Miss K-Cup portion pack will hold the perfect amount of Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa to create a delicious, sweet and classic beverage that will appeal to the entire family (we're sure our smaller staff here at Single Serve Coffee will love them). The new K-Cup portion pack will be offered alongside Café Escapes, a line of dairy-based beverages in K-Cup portion packs geared to adult consumers looking to treat themselves with a delicious, indulgent reward.

At GMCR and Conagra Foods - full release after the jump.

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April 21, 2011

Review: Green Mountain Coffee Revv Pulse K-Cups for Keurig

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We recently reviewed Green Mountain's Revv K-Cups, so it was only natural for us to follow-up today with the 2nd flavor in the series... Green Mountain Revv Pulse K-Cups. So what's different between Revv & Revv Pulse? Simple... the addition of natural caffeine sources in the form of ginseng & guarana to help boost things up a notch. Unlike manufactured caffeine additives such as the ever popular taurine, ginseng & guarana are entirely natural ingredients. Will this K-Cup get us buzzed like an energy drink or ultimately fall flat? Only one way to find out...

Brewing these K-Cups result in an aroma which is quite similar to the Revv K-Cups, consisting mostly of leathery & smoky notes but with added berry scents coming from the addition of ginseng & guarana.

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April 11, 2011

Review: Green Mountain Coffee Revv K-Cups for Keurig

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Today we decided to look at Green Mountain Coffee Revv K-Cups. These K-Cups are apparently aimed at the younger teen crowd as an alternative to sugary energy drinks and based on marketing campaigns at ski resorts and other trendy areas, it appears to have gained a positive response. Although it's not explained anywhere on the packaging, this coffee is supposed to pack in twice the amount of caffeine normally found in a K-Cup. Judging by their "More Coffee. More Kick" slogan, we're guessing this is done via making this an extra bold and cramming the K-Cup full of coffee.

Brewing these K-Cups result in strong, almost leathery notes which were hiding hints of earthy smoke underneath.

While not exactly billed as an extra bold, we're willing to bet that's exactly what we have here. This dark roast had seriously strong flavor (although nowhere near as crazy as Coffee People's Jet Fuel) while displaying faint hints of smoky dark chocolate. We wouldn't say things tasted overly "burnt", but be prepared for a punch to the tastebuds nonetheless.

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April 7, 2011

The Perfect Cup Sweepstakes - Win K-Cups for Life

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You can win FREE K-Cups for LIFE over at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. by entering your email, watching a video, and playing the game. You can also instantly win your very own Platinum Brewer or FREE K-Cup variety pack.

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(okay we didn't win today but we'll try back tomorrow)

If you don't win we do recommend the Green Mountain Coffee Cafe Express program so you'll never run out of K-Cups for your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig Platinum B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL/BKC700XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer, Cuisinart Keurig Single-Cup Brewer SS-700 and SS-780, and other Keurig K Cup brewers including the Keurig Mini Plus and Keurig Mini B30.

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April 5, 2011

Review: Van Houtte Butterscotch Coffee Flavored K-Cups for Keurig

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Companies are often forced to rethink packaging for products which either aren’t performing well or haven’t been grabbing enough attention on store shelves. Van Houtte recently decided to make a few such changes in their line-up, however, they went about it in a questionable way by renaming existing products (Hazelnut is now Vanilla Hazelnut) or putting existing products in new packaging (Old Kilimanjaro K-Cups are now in new packaging that simply says “Kenya” on the box). While this has annoyed us beyond all means, it has served to make us inadvertently purchase flavors we thought we had reviewed only to dig through our archives and realize that we hadn’t even tasted these flavors before. Such is the case with Van Houtte’s Butterscotch K-Cups.

Brewing these K-Cups result in rich notes of buttery caramel with hints of vanilla hiding in the background (at least the aroma was spot-on). Flavor was much the same as strong bursts of caramel & vanilla came forth with a touch of sweetness throughout. We can only assume that the caramel flavors would be further enhanced with a touch of cream.

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