September 7, 2011

Review: Van Houtte Cherry Chip Swirl K-Cups

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We continue our reviews of Van Houtte's recent seasonal K-Cups today with yet another new Summer seasonal: Van Houtte Cherry Chip Swirl K-Cups. Unfortunately, Van Houtte have since removed the listing from both their American & Canadian websites, so we're guessing the window for these K-Cups is very limited... likely June-July only when we received them. We did however manage to find them still listed on (USA only).

Brewing these K-Cups resulted in amazingly rich bursts of cherry aroma laced with chocolate throughout. We had our doubts that any scent of chocolate would be washed-away by foreboding cherry aromas, but our doubts were unfounded as this K-Cup nailed the aroma perfectly. This was absolutely spot-on. Definitely one of the best aromas we've experienced in a while and it immediately had us thinking of cherry cordials. Had there been hints of coconut present, we would have dared claim that this was a coffee'd (is that even a word?) version of Lowney's Cherry Blossom confectionaries.

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September 2, 2011

Starbucks K-Cups Coming November 2011


That's right the news is official, starting this November Starbucks will be offering it's coffees and teas (okay a small subset) in K-Cup portion pack format for the Keurig single serve coffee brewer. The retail giant will offer coffee in K cups across food, drug, mass, special and department stores in the U.S. Management has also revealed that the K cups will be available in retail outlets like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp.

This is very different than the current Dunkin' Donuts strategy which only allows for distribution of Dunkin' K-Cups in their Dunkin' Donuts coffee shops. We think Starbucks is going to really get the K-Cup given the wide availability.

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August 31, 2011

Fair Trade Pumpkin Spice K-Cup Coffee is Back for 2011


One of our favorite all time K-Cups is back and back a littler earlier than usual - Fair Trade Pumpkin Spice K-Cup Coffee. You can taste the notes of Fall, and with every cup a perfect Thanksgiving pumpkin pie seems to pass by our nose, and then slip right down our throat. The Fair Trade Pumpkin Spice K-Cup Coffee is Fair Trade, and we can only say you must buy this coffee while available every year and then try and stock up on it for the rest of the winter months. The warm spice notes along with a creamy yummy body makes this limited seasonal K-Cup hard to beat.

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August 26, 2011

Review: Folgers Gourmet Selections Lively Colombian K-Cups

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You’ve seen the TV commercials over the years, you’ve seen the old magazine ads and for most of us, our parents lived off of this brand and still do to this day. We’re sure you remember the iconic jingle too… “The best part of waking up… is Folgers in your cup”. Indeed, today we’re finally reviewing the new Folgers K-Cups and decided to kick things off with their Folgers Gourmet Selections Lively Colombian K-Cups.

According to the wiki article about the company, Folgers started out way back in 1850 as the Pioneer Steam Coffee and Spice Mills Company which was based out of San Francisco and was later acquired and renamed by James A. Folger in 1872.

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August 23, 2011

Timothy's Keurig K-Cups Discontinued in the United States at Wholesale


The Shoffee Blog has some sad news for those of us that love Timothy's World Coffee. After more than a year of speculation, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has stated Timothy's World Coffee Brand Keurig K-Cup Portion Packs will no longer be available in the United States, effective September 9, 2011 at wholesale.

They sent a letter with the following:

"Effective September 9, 2011 Timothy World Coffee K-Cup portion pack beverage varieties will no longer be available in the wholesale channel in the United States. This will enable us to offer yo a more consistent supply of products that best meet customer demand under the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR), Specialty Coffee Business Unite (SCBU) family of brands."

So this means at wholesale and not perhaps at retail? We think it's going to be both, and they'll leave Timothy's as the Canadian branded K-Cups? Speculation aside make sure and get your favorite Timothy's K-Cups while you can and hopefully they'll be other methods to get them in the future.

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August 10, 2011

The Inside Story of Keurig's Rise


The The Boston Globe has a really amazing in depth article on the rise of Keurig, and how it has turned into a billion dollar company. There's so many interesting tidbits from early machines that don't work in demos, to caffeine poisoning from drinking 30-40 cups of coffee a day, and even the amazing dollar amounts in 2010 rising to 2.5 billion in sales. Wowser. A great read on a great company and we're sure you'll enjoy a few of the juicy tidbits and find more in the article.

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August 4, 2011

Dunkin' Donuts K-Cups Now Available at Dunkin' Donuts Nationwide


Beginning this week, Dunkin’ Donuts’ K-Cup portion packs will be available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the U.S., making Dunkin’ coffee available for use with the Keurig Single-Cup Brewing System for the very first time. Dunkin’ Donuts first announced in February 2011 its agreement with Green Mountain to make Dunkin’ Donuts coffee available in single-serve K-Cup packs, but they are just now available exclusively at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants.

As an exciting part of the nationwide launch, Dunkin’ Donuts is introducing the “Dunkin’ Donuts’ $1K Giveaway.” Beginning today, Aug. 4, through Aug. 12, Dunkin’ Donuts will surprise a total of 12 Dunkin' Donuts guests as they’re ordering their favorite Dunkin’ food or beverage, presenting them on the spot with 1K ($1,000), a Keurig Single-Cup brewer and a year’s supply of Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup portion packs.

So our advice - get to a Dunkin Donuts near you and you might win!

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August 3, 2011

Review: GMCR Vermont Country Blend Fair Trade K-Cups

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Today we review one of the more popular flavors in Green Mountain’s line-up: GMCR’s Vermont Country Blend Fair Trade K-Cups. This coffee has been around for quite a while and is apparently a fan favorite. Let’s find out why.

Brewing these K-Cups result in strong smoky notes with a blend of chocolate & faint molasses tones underneath. It reminded us of setting up camp in a Vermont forest and brewing up a pot of coffee over an open campfire. A quick look on GMCR’s site reveals that this coffee is a blend of dark roast & light roast beans which would explain its strong scent yet light body.

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July 29, 2011

Keurig Flavored Coffee Variety Pack Let's You Sample K-Cup Coffees


We love a great variety pack, and this one bundles in over 60 different K-Cups and even 2 organic green tea bags. The set includes five each of Green Mountain Coffee Breakfast Blend, Green Mountain Coffee Nantucket Blend, Cafe Escapes Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa, Celestials Seasonings English Breakfast Black Tea, Newman's Own Organics Special Blend, Emeril's Big Easy Bold, Coffee People The Original Donut Shop Coffee, Caribou Coffee Caribou Blend, Timothy's World Coffee Decaffeinated Colombian, Tully's Kona Blend, Gloria Jean's Coffees® Hazelnut and Van Houtte French Vanilla.

We think you'll really love the Kona Blend, Coffee People, and one of our favorites - Green Mountain's Nantucket Blend. All of these K-Cups will work with any Keurig brewer.

At Keurig Flavored Coffee Variety Pack for Keurig Brewers

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July 25, 2011

Green Mountain Coffee Retires 23 Varieties of K-Cups


Over at the The Shoffee Blog we've gotten news Green Mountain will be discontinuing production on 23 varieties of Keurig K-Cups. Some of these K-Cups will be discontinued August 19th and the remainder will be discontinued on October 1st. With every growing business some products must be retired, but we'll really miss the Green Mountain Rainforest Nut, and really really miss Coffee People Wake Up Call. Yes - we know in an earlier post it was the larger pack of Wake Up Calls, but now it's well the blend. We can only hope this does mean more varieties from these roasters in the future as they've made some room in their line of K-Cups.

The full list of K-Cups is after the jump...

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