February 15, 2012
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 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.
January 17, 2012
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.
December 14, 2011
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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December 6, 2011
Powered by Keurig brewing technology, the Mr. Coffee KG2 K-Cup Single Serve Coffee Maker is compatible with Keurig K-Cup portion packs. It features a removable drip tray, and has an On/Off Indicator Light.
Other features include:
- Personal Brewer Choice of 1 cup size (9 oz.)
- Single-use water reservoir
- Energy Savings Mode – Auto Off after 90 seconds
We like the look of the KG2 over the KG1 model. It just feels a bit less Star Trek and more from the future of single serve coffee. Like the KG1, this brewer is also perfect for on the go and the single-use water reservoir keeps each cup of coffee fresh the first time. Read our review of the KG1 from Mr. Coffee to get an idea of how this brewer works.
December 5, 2011
We continue our Millstone reviews today by checking out their Millstone Hazelnut Cream K-Cups.
Brewing the Millstone Hazelnut Cream K-Cups resulted in creamy hazelnut notes with hints of vanilla when smelled from up close, yet when we brewed one of these K-Cups at work recently, some of our co-workers complained that the nearby corridor smelled as if someone had smoked a cigarette. Wait... what?!? We thought they needed to get their olfactory senses checked since we didn't notice this ourselves and certainly couldn't reproduce the effect at the Single Serve Coffee kitchens here today. Just to be sure, we had a few other staff members walk by the room afterwards and they did not notice anything out of the ordinary either. Jim Morrison was right when he said "People Are Strange".
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November 22, 2011
With all the news about Barista Prima K-Cups back at the time and the recent news about Starbucks K-Cups finally hitting select retail stores recently, it's easy to overlook a K-Cup brand that slipped "under the radar" a while back. Today we address that oversight by reviewing Millstone's Breakfast Blend Fair Trade K-Cups.
According to the wiki article, Millstone was founded in Everett, Washington in 1981. Founder Phil Johnson sold 100lb sacks of Arabica beans to high-end coffee shops in the greater Seattle area & pioneered the idea of selling whole-beaned coffees to supermarkets. Johnson sold Millstone to Procter & Gamble in 1996 which closed down most of the operation in Everett and now run the company out of Ohio.
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November 16, 2011
Dunkin' Donuts has unwrapped holiday offers that make it easy and affordable to enjoy the perfect cup of America's Favorite Coffee at home this holiday season:
- Participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants will sell now the Keurig Elite Brewing System -- one of the most popular single-cup brewing models -- making it easy for guests to purchase a Keurig brewer as a gift.
- Dunkin' Donuts launched the "Great HoliDDay Giveaway" on Facebook, a daily sweepstakes with the chance to win a Dunkin' Donuts home brewing package. Each day through December 14, Dunkin' Donuts will select one fan to receive a Keurig Brewing System, two pounds of Dunkin' Donuts packaged coffee, two boxes of Dunkin' Donuts K-Cup Portion Packs, and two Dunkin' Donuts ceramic mugs.
- As part of Dunkin' Donuts' Sims Social brand integration campaign, players of the game who visit the Dunkin' Donuts Facebook page can receive two exclusive special bonus items: a pound of Dunkin' Donuts packaged coffee and a home brewer machine called the Dunkin'-Matic 5000 so they can brew the Dunkin' coffee in their Sim's home.
November 15, 2011
Keurig sent us over the K-Cup Storage Dispenser two pack which keeps a total of 48 portion packs right on our countertops. You can even showcase which K-Cup is in each bin, and the the generous opening and slanted interior allows for easy filling and selection.
Each dispenser holds 24 portion packs, and we found them to work great in our area right next to the fridge.
November 14, 2011
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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