June 9, 2010

Re-Review: Coffee People Original Donut Shop K-Cups

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According to Coffee People's website, they got their start at the Saturday Market in Eugene, Oregon back in the early '80s, selling small batches of roasted specialty coffee to market goers. Soon after in 1983, they opened their first coffeehouse in Portland, Oregon. Later in 1999, they were acquired by the Diedrich Coffee Family who in turn took over the roasting duties of their beans from them. The rest is history and has formed the Coffee People brand (now headquartered in Irvine, California) many people have come to know & love today.

We decided to revisit "the holy grail of K-Cups" which just about everyone & their grandma appear to adore (based on various forum comments & other site reviews): Coffee People Original Donut Shop K-Cups. Yes, before many competitors started releasing their own imitation versions, Coffee People were one of the 1st companies to release a donut shop coffee in K-Cup format, so they can be considered the pioneers in that sense and it's likely why their website shows "The Original" added to this K-Cup's name (the K-Cups we purchased didn't have this printed on them).

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June 4, 2010

Wolfgang Puck K-Cups for Keurig Brewers Arrive for Review

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Jim Evan's over at Coffeewiz has sent us an entire assortment of the Wolfgang K-Cups to review. We've anxiously been waiting for these Wolfgang Puck K-Cups and so far after a bit of sampling we like what we taste. We'll roll out reviews of these K-Cups as we brew them up over the coming weeks.

Wolfgang Puck K-Cup varieties include:

  • Breakfast in Bed K-Cups
  • Chef's Reserve K-Cups
  • Chef's Reserve Decaf K-Cups
  • Creme Caramel K-Cups
  • French Roast K-Cups
  • Hawaiian K-Cups
  • Hazelnut K-Cups
  • Jamaica Me Crazy K-Cups
  • Rodeo Drive Sorrento K-Cups
  • Sumatra Kopi Raya K-Cups
  • Vanilla Francaise K-Cups
  • Vienna Coffee House K-Cups

The Wolfgang Puck K-Cups will work in your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig Platinum B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer , and other Keurig K Cup brewers including the Keurig Mini B30.

At Coffeewiz Wolfgang Puck K-Cups

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June 2, 2010

Review: Green Mountain Donut House Chocolate Glazed Donut K-Cups

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We have to admit that when we first heard Green Mountain was introducing donut-flavored coffees in their recent Donut House series of K-Cups, the only thought that sprung to mind was "yeah, right". Could they really capture the taste experience of biting into the flavor's namesake donut? We set off to find out if this truly was the case and opted for their Donut House Blend Chocolate Glazed Donut K-Cups this time around.

As any Green Mountain K-Cup fan will know, they have a reputation for making some pretty spot-on flavorings when it comes to their flavored coffee K-Cups (Island Coconut, anyone?), so our hopes were set high right off the bat. Needless to say, we had nothing to worry about. Upon brewing, rich chocolate aromas filled the room and left us wondering just how the heck the flavor geniuses at GMCR managed to pull it off... the scent was exactly like fresh baked chocolate glazed donuts at our favorite local donut shop and it even had some of our staff fooled as they rushed the Single Serve Coffee kitchens looking for a box.

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May 27, 2010

Brew Over Ice Coffee and Tea K-Cups

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Brew over Iced Coffee K-Cups and Brew Over Iced Tea K-Cups are available for summer, and we're pretty excited they came with enough time to order them for the upcoming hot weather. Green Mountain Coffee Nantucket Blend and French Vanilla Iced Coffee in K-Cups are both available in this format. Both K-Cups are based on the popular hot versions of their namesakes, but are specially blended to provide full flavor when brewed into a cup of ice.

For iced tea lovers, two new Celestial Seasonings Perfect Iced Teas are debuting: Half and Half (part black tea, part lemonade) and Southern Sweet Tea. These new K-Cups join the four Perfect Iced Tea varieties introduced last summer: Sweet Lemon Black Tea, Sweet Peach Black Tea, Sweet Raspberry Black Tea and Black Tea Unsweetened.

These K-Cups will work in your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig Platinum B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer , and other Keurig K Cup brewers including the Keurig Mini B30.

At Brew Over Iced Tea K-Cups and Brew Over Iced Coffee K-Cups

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May 24, 2010

Review: Café Escapes Chai Latte K-Cups for Keurig

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It's been a while since we've reviewed anything in Green Mountain's Café Escapes lineup, so we decided to try one of their newer varieties... Café Escapes Chai Latte K-Cups. Although we briefly touched on these K-Cups several months ago, we wanted to give a more fleshed-out full review as we're sure some of you were waiting for us to do.

The Café Escapes Chai Latte K-Cups are billed as having "flavors of black tea and exotic spices, smoothed by a splash of milk and sugar", it should also be noted that traditional flavors of cinnamon, cloves & cardamom along with slight notes of honey are also present in this K-Cup. We were curious to see just how creamy this flavor was going to be since we're adding nothing but water here and unlike Tassimo's Twinings variety, there's no separate creamer disc/K-Cup. When comparing the two, they're pretty well even in terms of taste. Some may find that this K-Cup has a slightly stronger sucralose aftertaste than the T-Discs but we found it was about the same either way.

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May 12, 2010

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Acquires Diedrich Coffee

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Adding more K-Cup variety to an already impressive roster is a hard thing to do, but Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has added the Diedrich, Coffee People, and Gloria Jean's brands to it's long list of coffee brands that already include Timothy's World Coffee and others.

We're excited to see how this plays out, but expect lots of the same Diedrich K-Cups you've come to enjoy, and expect the Diedrich K-Cups and other single serve coffees to be added to the Green Mountain site over time given the recent addition of Timothy's to the Green Mountain site. Congrats on this deal finally going through, we can't wait to see the influence of these other K-Cup brands over the coffees made available to all of the brands Green Mountain owns.

At Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.

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May 11, 2010

Timothy's World Coffee K-Cups Now at Green Mountain Coffee

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has added a Timothy's World Coffee section to their growing set of different coffee roasters who make single cup kcups. Timothy's World Coffee own web site Timothys.com has been completely replaced by the new site design that is included at GreenMountainCoffee.com.

This also means the Green Mountain Coffee Cafe Express program is available to Timothy's coffees and K-Cups, allowing you to save $2.50 a box on any 24 packed set of Timothy's K-Cups.

Timothy's World Coffee K-Cups will work in your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig Platinum B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer , and other Keurig K Cup brewers including the Keurig Mini B30.

At Timothy's World Coffee and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.

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May 10, 2010

Review: Green Mountain Donut House Decaf K-Cups

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A while back, we announced that Green Mountain had introduced a new Donut House lineup of K-Cups but we never really got around to reviewing any of them. Now that we've finally gotten the chance to do so, we figured we'd start with something not many of us are accustomed to seeing in a decaf K-Cup... an extra bold version. Yep, we're kicking things off with Green Mountain's Donut House Decaf K-Cups and will eventually work our way through the entire lineup in coming months.

Now, we've got to admit, we don't usually grab decaf coffees when heading to donut houses (or as Coffee People would call them, donut shops). As a result, we don't really have much to compare this to other than some other decafs we've tried in the past. We figured the "extra bold" labeling on this K-Cup would mean a stronger flavor and while it does help prevent the coffee from becoming a totally bland mess, it can't be considered a true extra bold since there could have been a lot more room strength-wise for this K-Cup to expand.

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May 7, 2010

Review: Keurig MINI Plus Personal Single Serve Coffee Brewer


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The Keurig Mini Plus Personal single serve coffee brewer has all the features of a larger Keurig brewer packed into a mini form. In 2008 we saw the launch of the Keurig Mini B30 (read our full review here), and we were impressed, but even with a mini brewer there were some features missing.

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One feature missing was the ability to know exactly how much water you were using. There was one other complaint too - the brew temp seemed a bit cooler than we would like with at the brew head temp lower than the 190F range. Well, that's all been fixed with the Keurig Mini Plus Personal brewer, and the brewer look and feel is much improved as well.

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April 28, 2010

Review: Keurig B155 Single Cup Small Office Coffee Brewer


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It's no surprise we've had a B155 Small to Medium office brewer for over a month here at Single Serve Coffee (and it just got replaced by a Keurig Mini Plus which we'll review this week too). We have to say a 90oz reservoir, and the touchscreen LCD display are things every single serve coffee drinker would love, and we really love this brewer not just for a home office but also for any home.

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Take that K-cup! How about some 198F water?

The brewer footprint is also not as big as you would imagine, and yes unlike any home brewer you can crank the temperature up to 198 degrees F instead of a home brewer's limit of 192F. Other than that - it's a very well designed good looking brewer. Because of the LCD touch screen - you will also see various pictures flash by like coffee plantations etc. as it brews.

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Not as big s you'd think.

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