April 18, 2013

The Unstoppable Rise of the K-Cup

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The Wall Street Journal gives us their take on the success of the K-Cup. With Americans now getting more than 25% of their coffee from K-Cups, it's no wonder Green Mountain Coffee and their associated roasters also continue to grow and dominate the ground coffee market.

But there is a cost - an environmental one. Green Mountain hoped to change this with the VUE system, and it's recyclable VUE cups. It seems now like it may never happen given all the after market K-Cup knock offs adding to the problem of more Americans drinking K-Cup knockoffs along with the real deal. 

Total K-Cup brewers are in the 12.5 million range with Green Mountain expecting to make that number 16-17 million K-Cup brewers by the end of 2013. More brewers = more K-Cups sold and that means more coffee market share and more environmental impact. We'd really like to see some solution to the K-Cup in the land fill problem, but with the after market doing their own thing along with no real solution from Green Mountain - we believe we're on a one way streak to throwaway-ville.

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April 10, 2013

Hamilton Mills Single Serve Coffee Cups

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We just got word that Hamilton Mills is making their own line of K-Cup compatible coffee packs. They call them single serve coffee cups and they'll work with any Keurig K-Cup brewers. We'll try and get a set to review soon.

Flavors include:

  • Hamilton Mills Cape Cod Roast Single Serve Coffee Cups
  • Hamilton Mills Morning Roast Decaf Single Serve Coffee Cups
  • Hamilton Mills Mocha Swirl Single Serve Coffee Cups
  • Hamilton Mills Toasted Cinnamon Single Serve Coffee Cups
  • Hamilton Mills Vanilla Bean Single Serve Coffee Cups
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April 3, 2013

Gloria Jean's Carmel Almond Torte and Snapple Lemon Ice Tea K-Cups

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AB from Maine came across Gloria Jean's Carmel Almond Torte K-Cups and Snapple Lemon Ice tea K-Cups on a resent visit to Bed Bath & Beyond in Bangor. We're excited by all of the Snapple offerings, and the Caramel Almond Torte also looks pretty darn yummy. These K-Cups will work with all Keurig K-Cup brewers.

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April 2, 2013

Community Coffee Single Serve Cups

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Community Coffee is now offering Single Serve Cups for Keurig K-Cup brewers. We enjoyed their coffee pods so long ago, and it's nice to see them in a K-Cup format.

Flavors include:

  • Dark Roast Single Serve Cups 12 count $7.99
  • Cafe Special Single Serve Cups 12 count $7.99
  • Breakfast Blend Single Serve Cups 12 count $7.99

A special thanks to Cory for sending this in.

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March 29, 2013

Melitta E-Filter Reusable Coffee Filters for K-Cup Brewers

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The Melitta E-Filter Reusable Coffee Filters for K-Cup brewers allow you to use any kind of ground coffee you want. The Melitta E-Filter Reusable Coffee Filters package contains 5 reusable filters each designed to last up to 20 uses per filter. Each E-Filter is also recyclable unlike outer reusable filters.

  • Simple to use. Ready in seconds
  • Reusable. Reduces environmental impact
  • BPA free
  • Recyclable

Check out the informative video after the jump.

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March 27, 2013

Review: GMCR Special Reserve Colombia Geisha K-Cups

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Once Marley Coffee decided to release a rare single-origin coffee with their Jamaican Blue Mountain Real Cups, Green Mountain realized they had missed their chance at being the first company/brand to release a rare single-origin coffee in Keurig K-Cup compatible format. It didn't take them long to fix that oversight as they decided to start releasing their Special Reserve series in K-Cup format soon afterwards. The first flavor in the series is what we're reviewing today... GMCR Special Reserve Colombia Geisha K-Cups.


Hailing from the Cerro Azul region in Valle del Cauca, Colombia Geisha coffee is considered to be amongst the rarest varietals in the World due to it being difficult to grow which makes it produced in specially crafted small batches. It is renowned for its complex flavors which have been described as changing with every sip and it's such a highly-regarded crop that pickers must endure 4 to 12 months of training just to be certified to pick Geisha cherries as such requires a fine touch to preserve all the flavor's subtle notes during the cultivation process. This varietal is also considered to be one of the most sought-after coffees as was evidenced last year by Starbucks when they decided to start selling it in limited runs at an astronomical price of $7 per cup. Thankfully, if you calculate the price per serving of these K-Cups, it works out to a much more reasonable $1.77 instead.

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March 26, 2013

Melitta 100% Colombian Single Serve Coffee Cups

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Melitta has entered the compatible K-Cup market with their Melitta 100% Colombian Single Serve Coffee Cups. This coffee is from the mountains and is smooth and rich with a hint of sun. Melitta coffee cups have been developed for best results when brewing an 8 oz (250ml) cup of coffee. 

Will work with most K-Cup Brewers using Keurig Incorporated Brewing Systems. Melitta coffee cups are not affiliated with nor approved by Keurig Incorporated.

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March 19, 2013

Green Mountain Coffee Expands Offerings

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AB from Maine was out and about and happened upon some new offerings from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. for their VUE single serve coffee brewer along with some K-Cups.

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While out with my wife today we stopped by our local Bed Bath & Beyond in Bangor. We found for the Vue Starbucks Decaf House Blend, Bigelow English Breakfast Tea, Hawaiian Blend, Island Coconut, and peach Snapple in K-cups.

I am glad to see they are offering more variety for the Vue.

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It's really nice to see an expansion of the VUE line, along with Peach Snapple K-Cups making us excited for some Spring weather to drink them in.

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March 18, 2013

Review: Starbucks Tribute Blend K-Cups

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Each year, one of the fan favorite coffees from Starbucks which most people look forward to would have to be Starbucks Tribute Blend. It was originally released as a limited edition but there was so much demand that Starbucks decided to add it as a regular yearly seasonal coffee much to everyone's delight. Culled from a blend of coffees from several different growing regions, Tribute Blend is a blend of Ethiopian, Sumatran, Colombian & Papua New Guinea coffees which come together to form a balance of fruity, spicy, nutty & herbal notes paired with Starbucks signature smoky taste & aroma. 

Unlike previous seasonal K-Cup flavors, Starbucks decided to move away from flashy foil designs and have gone back to plain painted designs instead. We get the usual silver Starbucks logo paired with this year's angular abstract background design. As with some of their recent seasonal K-Cups, they've also decided to include the "vintage year" of 2013 on the packaging & lid. Something which sort of ads collectability if you're someone who prefers to stockpile your K-Cup stash vs. blowing through them all at once. To be honest, we didn't even think we'd see Tribute Blend K-Cups this year since our local shop only had small half-pound bags of whole beans available for the first week of March and these K-Cups only appeared within the past few days. Needless to say we're glad Starbucks decided to continue releasing their seasonal coffees in K-Cup format and look forward to more releases over the coming month.

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March 14, 2013

Review: Martinson House Blend Real Cups

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We forge ahead in our Martinson Real Cup review series today with a flavor that most coffee companies refer to as their staple flavor, so it’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out. Today we take a look at the Martinson House Blend Real Cups.

Brewing these Real Cups resulted in mild aromas of smoke with a faint earthiness touched by hints of chocolate and the very faintest tinges of molasses underneath. Flavor was a mix of dark chocolate with smoky notes throughout followed by hints of molasses and a bit of an oily taste near the end. Acidity was definitely present as we got some sour notes near the middle of each sip and while it was leaning on the stronger side, it wasn’t off the charts like some of the other flavors we’ve tried in the line-up so far. It wasn’t enough to wash-out the flavors but it could have been slightly toned-down a bit for our liking.

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