October 6, 2010
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
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
September 27, 2010
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.
September 22, 2010
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
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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September 7, 2010
With Summer drawing to an end and Fall settling-in within the next few months, we decided to try beating yet another heat wave recently by reviewing one of this year's new "Brew Over Iced Coffee K-Cups". What's so new, you ask? Why this first official iced coffee K-Cup, that's what. More specifically, Green Mountain's French Vanilla Iced Coffee K-Cups.
Conceived especially for iced beverages, this K-Cup is a bit different than the previous generation of iced K-Cups since instead of using your Keurig's 4oz iced beverage setting (if it has one), you just brew the default 6oz size over ice (just remember to use a larger cup/mug accordingly). Aroma was as expected, light notes of French vanilla with a standard base of Arabica coffee in the background. So far, so good.
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August 27, 2010
We're going to feature a bunch of the brew over iced K-Cups over the next week, and we kick things off with the Celestial Seasonings Sweet Peach Iced Tea K-Cups and notice a light peach aroma filling our nose as the hot liquid melts over the ice. This aroma quickly becomes muted after the drink cools down a bit.
We didn't really notice much acidity as the ice cuts down on it somewhat. Things were smooth overall and there was barely any aftertaste. The thing which threw us off a bit was the initial punch to the face of bitter flavoring... we couldn't quite figure out what caused it. The peach flavoring? The cane sugar? (unlikely) or perhaps it was the hibiscus? Once we got accustomed, we started noticing more of the natural peach flavoring hiding below the light sweetness of the cane sugar. The longer we sipped on the drink, the more peach notes started coming through. A flavor score of 5 thankfully got changed to an 8 as a result.
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August 5, 2010
Packed in eco-friendly frustration free packaging, the dark roast extra bold Kona blend are even certified Kosher. Made from 100% Arabica coffee and blended with Kona coffee, we really enjoy this Kona blend each time we brew a cup.
The Kona Blend Coffee People 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 B32 and Keurig Mini B30.
At Coffee People Kona Blend, Extra Bold K-Cups for Keurig Brewers
July 28, 2010
The Keurig MINI Plus Personal Brewer is ideal for gourmet coffee, tea and hot cocoa drinkers who want a brewer that is compact and easy-to-use in the home or even home office. The Mini Plus allows you to brew 6, 8 or 10 ounces to get the strength you desire in your cup of single serve coffee in under 2 minutes with no water left in the reservoir. You can read our full review of the Keurig MINI Plus B32 brewer here.
- Offered in Three Colors: Red, Black, Platinum
- 3 Brew Sizes: 6 oz, 8 oz. & 10 oz.*
- Brews in under 2 minutes
- Removable drip tray
- Cord storage
If you want a larger Keurig brewer you may want to look at the Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig Platinum B70 Brewer, and the Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer .
At Keurig and Keurig Mini Plus Brewer
July 26, 2010
Straight from the Single Serve Coffee Forums (thanks JBViau) we've gotten news of these new K-Cups from Caribou Coffee called Obsidian. Obsidian K-Cups have floral nuances and fruit sweetness that can be obscured in many dark roasts. This coffee is smooth to the finish, and heavy with flavors of juicy, luscious wild berries. It finishes with a decadent, bittersweet chocolate flourish.
- Dark roast drinker's delight
- Chocolatey, velvety characteristics
- Lush, heavy berry flavors
- Smooth finish
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/BKC700XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer, and other Keurig K Cup brewers including the Keurig Mini Plus and Keurig Mini B30.
Member JBViau should have a full set of impressions of this new K-Cup soon.
Via SingleServeCoffee.com Forums