October 25, 2010

Hot Apple Cider K-Cups from Green Mountain Naturals

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Hot Apple Cider from Green Mountain Naturals helps to bring Fall into your living room with the smell of fresh apple cider. After you pop these into your Keurig brewer within seconds, you get a warm, comforting mug of cider with a hint of brown sugar and just a touch of cinnamon.

Now check out the ingredient list for Green Mountain Naturals Hot Apple Cider K-Cups. No artificial flavors or preservatives. Nothing unpronounceable. Just a new way to enjoy an old favorite, and a crisp clean flavor your whole family will love. Ingredients: Dried Apples, Brown Sugar, Natural Flavors, Organic Malic Acid, Reb A (Stevia Extract)

Green Mountain Naturals Hot Apple Cider K-Cups will work in your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig Platinum B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL/BKC700XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer, and other Keurig K Cup brewers including the Keurig Mini Plus and Keurig Mini B30.

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October 22, 2010

Review: Wolfgang Puck Breakfast In Bed K-Cups for Keurig

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Next up in our series of Wolfgang Puck K-Cup reviews are the Wolfgang Puck Breakfast In Bed K-Cups for today's review. Labeled as a medium roast, we wondered if Van Houtte decided to name this flavor based on the comforting qualities one finds in their own bed when they wake up each morning. While that remains to be seen, let's just hope this flavor doesn't make us want to hit the snooze button and go back to sleep like their Colombian Decaf did recently.

Upon brewing, typical aromas of Arabica were present, but appeared to border on a light dark roast in regards to earthiness. Flavor was surprisingly the same... which led us to believe this was more of a medium-bold blend than a lighter medium. Will be interesting to see how some of the other K-Cups in the Wolfgang Puck line-up turn out as there's some which are in fact listed as medium-bolds. We detected faint nutty notes in the background along with some mild earthy notes found in the regular Chef's Reserve Colombian we reviewed a while back.

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October 21, 2010

Van Houtte and Wofgang Puck K-Cups 25% Off at Amazon Grocery

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We've got an amazing single serve coffee deal for you today - you can save save up to 25% on Wolfgang Puck and Van Houtte K-Cups at Amazon through October 31. Save 10% when you enter code KCUP2525 at checkout. Plus, save an additional 15% when you combine the instant rebate with your Subscribe & Save order--bringing your total savings to 25%.

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October 19, 2010

Boston Market to Use K-Cup Brewers at Locations Nationwide


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Keurig, Incorporated, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. and the fast casual chain Boston Market have announced the new distribution of Keurig's gourmet single-cup coffee brewing systems in more than 400 Boston Market locations nationwide. The restaurant-wide roll-out, featuring the Keurig B140 Brewer and premium Green Mountain Coffee selections, begins this October and will be completed in early 2011.

The decision was made after a successful test pilot in 10 restaurant locations in Florida over three months. The Keurig test proved so successful that some Boston Market locations increased coffee sales by 200 percent. Boston Market's coffee program is part of the company's new branding and service format and will be communicated via menu boards and point-of-sale creative in the upcoming months.

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October 14, 2010

Mr. Coffee Single Serve K-Cup Brewing System

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The Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG1 Single Serve Brewing System is powered by Keurig brewing technology for coffee house quality at home. We've been waiting a long time for this brewer to debut, and the $79.99 price point is a welcome addition to the Keurig lineup of single serve and one cup coffee brewers.


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The Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG1 Single Serve Brewing System is compatible with Keurig K-Cup portion packs, and features a single cup 8-Ounce brewing capacity much like the Keurig Mini Plus. To make a cup of coffee with the Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG1 Single Serve Brewing System you simply pour over from your coffee mug the 8 oz of water into the back, close the water area, and put a K-Cup in the brewing slot. Next push the button, and the brewer will heat the water and brew you a cup of single serve coffee.



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Other features of the Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG1 Single Serve Brewing System include a removable drip tray, and a on and off indicator light. We'll get one of these brewers to review very soon, and we want to welcome Mr. Coffee to the world of K-Cup single serve coffee.

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October 6, 2010

Review: Celestial Seasonings Half & Half Perfect Iced Tea K-Cups

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We continue our iced beverage reviews with one of the latest “Brew Over Ice” K-Cups to hit the market… Celestial Seasonings Half and Half Perfect Iced Tea K-Cups. Their “half & half” consists of half lemonade (made with real lemon, or “true lemon” as they claim on the packaging) along with half black tea. As is now common with the entire Brew Over Ice lineup, these K-Cups are designed to be used with either the 6oz or 8oz settings on your Keurig brewer (which makes us wonder if the 4oz iced beverage setting on certain models will ever be used again)

Upon brewing, strong aromas of lemon quickly emerged and became the primary scent. At least now we know what the whole “true lemon” signage on the packaging was about since the aroma really is that of real fresh-cut lemons & not something artificial. Taste was what surprised us the most. We kept thinking of our less than ideal experience with Celestial Seasonings Unsweetened Black Iced Tea K-Cups and were afraid that this would just be that K-Cup with “more lemon” dumped-in.

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September 30, 2010

Recyclable K-Cup Packaging - The Anatomy of a Paper K-Cup

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Printed on recyclable cardboard, the Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea Paper K-Cups packaging is recyclable, but the K-Cups are not just yet.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has released a new green tea in a K-Cup portion pack made with paper. Celestial Seasonings Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea Paper K-Cups are the first beverage to be offered in the new paper-based K-Cup, which is designed for use in the Keurig Single-Cup Brewing System. We thought we'd take apart one of these K-Cups, and also show you the new packaging and just how recyclable it is.

We wanted to let you know the tea produced from the Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea Paper K-Cups is really yummy. Sweet hints of lemon mix with the green tea producing a very hot and relaxing cup of tea.

This K-Cup portion-pack is 90% paper. The rest of the portion-pack is polyethylene, which is necessary to both protect the tea and help the package withstand the intense heat that is applied during the brewing process - currently, no biopolymers (including polylactic acid or PLA) can live up to the demands of the brewing system. Unfortunately, the added polyethylene means the K-Cup is not yet fully recyclable or compostable but Green Mountain believes it is still a big step forward, and so do we.


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The entire package is recyclable making it a "step towards
sustainability"
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September 27, 2010

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Debuts Paper-Based K-Cups

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is pleased to announce it will package and distribute a new green tea in a K-Cup portion pack made with paper. Celestial Seasonings Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea Paper K-Cups are the first beverages to be offered in the new paper-based K-Cup, which is designed for use in the Keurig Single-Cup Brewing System. The K-Cup contains authentic green tea and delicate Bai Mu Dan white tea - one of the rarest and youngest of teas - creating a smooth, balanced cup with a pleasantly mild flavor.

We can't be more excited to try out the new paper K-Cups, and also being a big Green Tea drinkers here at Single Serve Coffee (hmmm... maybe we need to say Single Serve Tea) makes this announcement even more special. What we really like here is the commitment shown by Green Mountain to get recyclable K-Cups in their product mix, and this should lead the way for recyclable coffee K-Cups in the future.

The announcement also states they are looking at even more ways to reduce the materials needed in all of their portion pack materials, which we believe will result in innovative packaging for on shelf, and more K-Cups shipped in bulk. All of these eco-friendly ideas are great steps in making Green Mountain even greener in the future.

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September 22, 2010

Review: Wolfgang Puck Chef’s Reserve Colombian K-Cups for Keurig

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Many of you know Wolfgang Puck as a World-famous chef with his own line of restaurants and retail food items, so when a chef of his stature decided to enter the K-Cup scene, we got really interested, really fast (after all, some of Emeril’s K-Cups weren’t too shabby). Distributed by Van Houtte (a recent acquisition which was the final card in GMCR’s royal flush poker hand of K-Cup manufacturers), we attended different events surrounding the launch of these K-Cups and decided it was about time we started reviewing the line-up. As a result, we kick things off today with the Wolfgang Puck Chef’s Reserve Colombian K-Cups.

Upon brewing, strong aromas of earthiness & dark chocolate fill the room although that’s no surprise since this is billed as a dark roast. We’ll admit the scent was a bit more balanced than what we’ve seen in other dark roasts since we got the earthy notes of the beans but no overbearing burnt notes of the actual roasting process or any hickory smoke characteristics seen in a few other dark roast varieties on the market.

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September 15, 2010

Review: Celestial Seasonings Southern Sweet Perfect Iced Tea K-Cups

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Our quest to try every new “Brew Over Ice” K-Cup continues today with our review of Celestial Seasonings Southern Sweet Perfect Iced Tea K-Cups. These K-Cups combine traditional black tea and dump on a generous serving of cane sugar to add a touch of the South to this drink since after all; sweet tea did originate from the Southern states (as is described via this interesting Wikipedia entry). As a matter of fact, the first thing you’ll probably notice is the weight of these K-Cups… they are PACKED with cane sugar and weigh a few grams more than some other flavors in the lineup.

Upon brewing, mild aromas of black tea appear for a few minutes although overall, there’s not much of a scent present in the finished cup once all is said and done. We were expecting a bit more of a traditional orange pekoe scent but it’s always hard to get the same aromas as the hot version when you’re making iced tea. As a result, we’ll score this as average.

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