January 22, 2013
When Starbucks started releasing some of their seasonal coffees in K-Cup format last year, it got our hopes up that they’d eventually release ALL of their seasonal coffees as K-Cups. First came the excellent Anniversary Blend K-Cups quickly followed a few months later by the equally magnificent Christmas Blend K-Cups and our recent discovery during an in-shop visit proves that Starbucks Seasonals are going to be a common occurrence in the land of Keurig. This past week (Jan 14-18, 2013) saw the release of what we’re reviewing today: Starbucks Guatemala Casi Cielo K-Cups.
This is great news for Starbucks K-Cups fans and we couldn’t be happier. With a total of 3 seasonals within the past 4 or 5 months, it truly appears that Starbucks have decided to make their entire seasonal series in K-Cup format which means we’re in for some cups of awesome in the coming months ahead. Spanish for almost heaven, Casi Cielo has remained a favorite amongst fans and is a premium coffee harvested from the Antigua region of Guatemala. Billed by Starbucks as a medium roast & having hints of lemon with satisfying dark cocoa notes, we couldn’t wait to give this one a try. Lemon & dark cocoa? Not exactly 2 flavors you’d expect would pair well together, but Starbucks claims it’ll work for virtually any dish from the main meal to desserts.
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January 17, 2013
These Van Houtte Costa Rica Coffee Keurig K-Cups look to be straight from the tropical paradise of Costa Rica, and with an origin coming from a warm and sunny lands comes a subtle honey taste and an excellent acidity. This is a great early morning coffee, and also one that's only available at Amazon and Bed Bath and Beyond from our research. Van Houtte Costa Rica Coffee Keurig K-Cups will work in any Keurig K-Cup brewer.
January 14, 2013
We've gotten a bunch of write ins and this picture from AB regarding the Walmart Great Value K-Cups exploding in a K-Cup brewer when used. Have you had these issues? When you see pictures like above it makes us think the Keurig brewed seal is probably a bit more important than you thought.
January 11, 2013
AB from Bangor, Maine has spotted some new Maxwell House and Gevalia branded Portion Packs AKA K-Cups on store shelves at Walmart. Both of these K-Cups are made by Kraft and not licensed by Keurig. We first heard tale of these fabled K-Cups in 2012.
Maxwell House - 7.99 per 12 K-Cups.
- French Roast
- Breakfast Blend
- House Blend
Gevalia - 8.49 for 12 K-Cups
- Signature Blend
- Dark Royal Blend
We've not tried these, but they should work in any Keurig K-Cup brewing system.
January 7, 2013
Every once in a while, we stumble across something unexpected and discover rarities in the world of Single Serve Coffee like the Folgers Gourmet Selections Morning Cafe K-Cups we found recently at our local Target.
Brewing the Folgers Gourmet Selections Morning Cafe K-Cups resulted in very mild woodsy notes with faint hints of chocolate throughout. Compared to their Lively Colombian K-Cups, aroma was considerably weaker overall. Flavor yielded more notes of chocolate with slight notes of berries buried underneath. We were expecting some of the usual smoky or hickory notes, but we suppose we shouldn't have looked for them since there weren't any in the aroma. We can't help but feel things seemed rather flat and could have been perked up a bit by slightly stronger acidity.
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January 3, 2013
We continue our review series of Club Coffee Single Cup Capsules today with their Club Coffee Inca Trail Single Cup Capsules.
Brewing these Single Cup Capsules resulted in mild smoky notes at first gave way to mild earthy notes tinged with faint cocoa hiding underneath. Things were starting to slightly deviate from the norm with previous Club Coffee flavors we've tried to date, so we started hoping flavor would yield something slightly different as well.
Despite being billed as a medium roast, body was dark reddish-brown & almost wine-like in color with small hues of yellow & orange which had a hard time piercing through when held in front of a light source. Acidity was pleasantly balanced and was smooth overall with light spikes of sour notes in the middle.
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January 2, 2013
We continue our Vitamin Burst review series today with the 2nd flavor in their lineup... Vitamin Burst Strawberry Pomegranate K-Cups. We were absolutely floored with their Acai Berry flavor last time, so we can't wait to see if these K-Cups are just as mind-blowing or not.
Brewing these K-Cups resulted in LOADS of strawberry aromas filling the room with hints of pomegranate slightly present in the background, but it was almost buried by the massive strawberry scent. Flavor was thankfully PACKED full of huge strawberry notes up front with a nice mild tartness of the pomegranate underneath. Again, the main notes were strawberries and we had to really search around a bit to find the mild pomegranate notes hiding in the cup. We were also detecting some other berry notes but couldn't quite put our finger on what it was until we checked the packaging and noticed dried black currant puree was listed in the ingredients. If we had to pick between these K-Cups and the Acai K-Cups, we'd say we probably enjoy the strawberry flavors a bit more than the acai, but just barely.
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December 17, 2012
Rogers Family Coffee has got a ton of new coffee flavors in their OneCup single serve coffee lines. They've introduced an organic set of coffees, along with a set of new flavored coffee and a Donut Shop and Espresso roast. Rogers Family Coffee was kind enough to send along samples of the organic line along with the San Francisco Bay brand additions and we have to tip our hats to how good these coffees are. We're sipping on the Breakfast Blend in the Organic coffee brand line and it's very very good.
San Francisco Bay Brand
- Hazelnut Crème
- Donut Shop
- Espresso Roast
- And our current seasonal Pumpkin Spice
Organic Coffee Brand
- Java Love
- French Roast
- Gorilla Decaf
- Breakfast Blend
Thanks again to Rogers Family Coffee for sending us these new coffees to try. The OneCup single serve coffee pods will work in any Keurig K-Cup brewer.
December 6, 2012
We continue our review series of Club Coffee Single Cup Capsules today with their Club Coffee Imperial Blend Single Cup Capsules.
Brewing these Single Cup Capsules resulted in faint notes of chocolate & molasses hiding underneath. We were starting to wonder if most of the Club Coffee lineup was using the same aroma or if our olfactory senses decided to go on vacation during the past few Club Coffee reviews.
Body was medium reddish-brown in color with more shades of red when held in front of a light source. Acidity was slightly sour at first but disappeared shortly afterwards in to milder more citrusy notes throughout the cup. Flavor started off with faint notes of chocolate with more citrusy notes in the background. Very faint hints of smoke hiding underneath. Mouth feel seemed smooth with a slight oily feel in the finish but was borderline on the watery side. Aftertaste was rather dry with faint smoky notes.
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December 3, 2012
AB from Maine has spotted Red Rose Tea K-Cups at his local Shaw's in Bangor. These K-Cups are not licensed by Keurig, and we've had very few reader reports on how good they might be. After a little digging around it looks like there are a few varieties available which include:
- Red Rose Cinnamon Bun Keurig K-Cup 12 Cups Premium Black Tea Blend
- Red Rose Sweet Mint Keurig K-Cup 12 Cups Premium Black Tea
- Red Rose Vanilla Biscotti Keurig K-Cup 12 Cups Premium Black Tea
- Red Rose Spiced Chai Keurig K-Cup 12 Cups Premium Black Tea
There are some available on Ebay, but we've yet to see them online in many places. Let us know if you find them anywhere online in the comments.