June 26, 2013

GMCR Naturals Lemonade K-Cups Review


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.

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June 20, 2013

Peet's Single Serve Coffee K-Cups Review

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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.
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June 19, 2013

Best Yet K-Cups Store Brand

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Another day and another single serve coffee K-Cup debuts at your local grocer. From AB: While at Danforth's in Bangor today, I happened to spot Best Yet k-cups. Best Yet is the store brand for Danforth's, IGA, Piggly Wiggly, and many other independent grocery stores. They run $7.99 for 12 K-Cups.

At our location they offer:

  • Breakfast Blend
  • Dark Roast
  • Coastal Blend

We're impressed with how many of these in house K-Cups are coming out and this means more selection for the single serve coffee drinker. Sound off in the comments if you'd tried these K-Cups and are they the Best Yet?

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June 18, 2013

SoloGrind 2 In 1 Automatic Single Serve Coffee Burr Grinder at Bed Bath and Beyond

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The SoloGrind 2 In 1 Automatic Single Serve Coffee Burr Grinder has snuck it's way into Bed Bath, and Beyond. AB spotted the Sologrind in his local BB&B and we think the packaging and general appearance is pretty interesting. 

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The SoloGrind 2 In 1 Automatic Single Serve Coffee Burr Grinder can make refilling your SoloFill resizable K-Cup a breeze, because the SoloGrind will put the coffee right into your reusable cup. We'll be getting one of these to review in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

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June 17, 2013

ECS Coffee release own brand of Single Cups for Keurig K-Cup brewers


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Our Canadian Correspondent, SH, has received word from Neil Madden (Founder of ECS Coffee Inc.) regarding the development and recent introduction of ECS’ own in-house brand of Single Cups for Keurig K-Cup brewers. 

Officially dubbed Single Cups, ECS Coffee Inc. have been working on developing these products for the past 8 months in order to fill demand from customers for specific flavor profiles & package sizes in Canada. As it stands, GMCR has strict channel controls on which flavors and package sizes they make available on the Canadian retail market and Neil decided it was time to give customers an alternative choice based on their feedback & requests. Let’s take a quick look at each individual flavor and go over a few other key differences between these products and what’s currently available on the market.

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June 12, 2013

French Market Coffee Single Cups for Keurig K-Cup Brewers

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French Market Coffee has introduced single cups for Keurig K-Cup brewers. French Market started roasting coffee over 120 years ago in New Orleans, and this might make it the oldest roaster to join the single serve coffee craze. Chicory and Dark Roast single cups will be available at Rouses supermarkets.

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June 11, 2013

Melitta 100% Recyclable Single Serve Cups for Keurig Brewers

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Using what appears to be the Upshot Solution - a recyclable K-Cup like single cup, Melitta now has several varieties of their single cups for Keurig brewers. Melitta up until recently was using the Rogers Family Co. solution to make Melitta single cups. Melitta Café de Europa single serve cups are made with 100% premium high-grown Arabica beans, batch-roasted and ground extra fine.

  • Each is enclosed in a thermal-sealed pack for freshness. 
  • The innovative cup design allows water to fully saturate the coffee, maximizing flavor extraction. The result is a bold and more flavorful coffee experience
  • 100% recyclable Individually sealed for that just opened bag of coffee aroma and flavor in each cup 
  • Made with a Melitta filter to provide the real coffee flavor we all remember 
  • 12 individual cups per package 

Flavors include:

  • Classique - Medium Roast
  • Blanc et Noir - Light and Dark Roast
  • Vienna Roast - Dark Roast
  • Espresso Toscana - Extra Dark Roast

Available on melitta.com and coming soon to a grocer near you.

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June 5, 2013

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Joins the Keurig Family


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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has joined the Keurig Family. That's right the same company that makes the CBTL Kaldi (check out our CBTL section for more info) and other single serve coffee and espresso machines will be adding K-Cups to their line up in Spring 2014. We're not sure if this affects CBTL's own line of single serve coffee makers and coffees, but the Keurig K-Cup line up just got stronger regardless. Green Mountain continues to be able to get premium roasters into the K-Cup line up, and we are a bit confused on why they can't sign up CBTL for VUE packs for the VUE brewer, but perhaps that news will follow in 2014. Full release after the jump.

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June 4, 2013

Archer Farms Single Cups for Keurig K-Cup Brewers

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Over at the Single Serve Coffee Forums we have report and pictures of Archer Farms Single Cups for Keurig K-Cup brewers. Archer Farms in the past has been all about coffee pods, but it makes sense that Target would use the coffee brand to make some Single Cups compatible with K-Cup brewers. 

From the Forums:

6 varieties, 4 of which were available in little 3-cup sample packs. The amount of coffee in these varies a bit but seems to be about at 'extra bold' level, on average. Labeled 'Product of Canada' and look like RealCups. 

We've yet to see these available at Target.com, but checking your local Target should produce some for you. The Archer Farms Single Cups will work in all Keurig K-Cup Brewers.

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May 30, 2013

Review: Brown Gold 100% Colombian Real Cups

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We continue our Brown Gold Real Cup review series today by checking out the 3rd flavor in their line-up... Brown Gold 100% Colombian Real Cups.

Brewing these Real Cups resulted in a pleasing aroma overall, comprised by lightly smoked notes of caramel with very faint hints of spices & raisin hiding underneath. Billed as a medium roast, flavor seemed more balanced overall compared to the previous flavors in the Brown Gold line-up as we noticed some slight sour notes at first which quickly gave way to notes of caramel, molasses, chocolate & more faint notes of spices in the background blended by a touch of smoke on the finish.

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