August 10, 2011
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.
August 4, 2011
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
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
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
July 25, 2011
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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July 18, 2011
Today we review Green Mountain's first coffee they introduced to the market: GMCR's Our Blend Fair Trade K-Cups. This coffee was the first blend produced by the company and is currently in use at various dining establishments across the East Coast of USA.
Brewing these K-Cups result in rich notes of dark chocolate and hints of earthiness in the background. Further investigation of GMCR's website reveal that they've blended beans from 6 different regions of Guatemala to create this particular blend.
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July 6, 2011
Today we continue reviewing recent seasonal K-Cups from this past holiday season with Green Mountain’s Gingerbread Fair Trade K-Cups. This is, as noted, a seasonal flavor which is usually available in late November/early December but Amazon.com still has some 24-pack boxes in stock at the time of this review.
Brewing these K-Cups reveal strong aromas of gingerbread plus hints of vanilla hiding underneath. It reminded us of baking gingerbread cookies during the holidays. Perfect aroma so far.
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July 5, 2011
The Shoffee.com K-Cup Retirement Home is probably one of the best ideas we've seen in the single serve coffee world. If you ever wonder what happened to that beloved flavor you've been missing you should check here. Currently there are 20+ different K-Cups resting over at the retirement page, and maybe some of them will even make it out of retirement some day. It's really nice to have a page we can point readers to so they can check to see if they're particular K-Cup has been benched. One of our favorite coffees - Wake Up Call is there and at the end. We'll have to stop by and have a chat with old Wake Up Call, and maybe bring a nice apple pie.
June 30, 2011
Summer is quickly approaching, so we decided to start reviewing some Brew-Over-Ice K-Cups we didn’t get a chance to check out last time around. Today, we’re reviewing one of last year’s new flavors: Celestial Seasonings Sweet Tropical Breeze White Iced Tea K-Cups. We love the subtle nuances & light flavor of white tea, so we were really interested to see how well this paired with tropical flavors in an iced tea format.
Brewing these K-Cups resulted in rich tropical scents of passion fruit & papaya along with faint hints of pineapple & mango lurking in the background which had us dreaming of a nice tropical beach (somewhere we wish we could have been a few months ago).
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June 23, 2011
We continue our series of Brew-Over-Ice reviews with a bit of an oddity. As some of you may recall, Caribou Coffee introduced a K-Cup version of their Obsidian coffee a few years ago which ended up being a Target exclusive which was only available in-store. You couldn’t find any listing posted anywhere on the GMCR or Caribou sites. Well, we have uncovered yet another in-store exclusive K-Cup during a trip to a Bed Bath & Beyond in NH last year. Although it’s a year late, today we review GMCR’s Donut House Vanilla Iced Coffee K-Cups.
Brewing these K-Cups resulted in strong scents of vanilla which quickly filled the room and even though there was no indication on the packaging to state if this was a medium or dark roast, we thought it seemed more like a medium.
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