January 25, 2010

Newman's Special Blend Extra Bold K-Cup

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We've not had the pleasure of sampling this hearty, full-bodied blend of medium and dark roasts from Newman's Own Organics, but we're anxious to. Supposedly bold yet refined. Strong, yet smooth. This coffee is Fair Trade Certified, organic coffee and now available in an 80-count box. If you don't want 80 K-Cups, there is also a 24 count box available. We'll see if we can drum up some of these K-Cups to review soon.

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.

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January 15, 2010

Review: EZ-Cup for Keurig Single-Cup Machines - Make Your Own K-Cups and Use Your Own Coffee

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The EZ-Cup and EZ-Cup Filters allow you to make refillable K-Cups with a filter sleeve that fits inside the EZ-Cup, and then fits into the brewing slot in your Keurig Brewer. Unlike the Perfect Pod Holster which allows you to use coffee pods in your Keurig brewer, the EZ-Cup allows you to use any ground coffee in your Keurig Brewer.

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The EZ-Cup filter paper.

Update: Many readers have written in asking if you could use your Perfect Pod Holster with the filters. We have tried this and the spring inside the two different products is well - different. The Perfect Pod Holster has a very strong longer spring and the EZ-Cups is shorter to make room for the filter sleeve. We recommend buying the EZ-Cup and not trying to make the Perfect Pod Holster work. We did not get good results if we used the Perfect Pod Holster - it's for coffee pods not for use with the new EZ-Cup filter sleeve.

It's different from the My K-Cup reuseable K-Cup because you don't have to wash out a filter basket, after you're done filling the EZ-Cup and brewing, you simple open the top and pop out the spent filter basket made of paper. This makes disposing of the coffee grounds really easy, and the entire popped out coffee filter and coffee are able to be composted.

We've had the EZ-Cup now for a few weeks thanks to the folks at As Seen on TV Products sending us one to review, and we have tried a variety of coffee grounds with various success - all of the coffee produced being really quite good. We find the darker finer ground roasts to be our favorites.

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January 6, 2010

Fair Trade Golden French Toast K-Cups - Breakfast in your Coffee Cup

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We love breakfast, and we really love breakfast in a coffee cup. Green Mountain Coffee has their mid-winter Seasonal K-Cups on sale right now which includes one of our yearly favorites - the Fair Trade Golden French Toast K-Cups (read our review here). With a fresh sparkle of maple syrups meets buttery coffee goodness, the Golden French Toast K-Cups will keep you coming back for more breakfast in your coffee cup each morning.

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December 30, 2009

Seasonal K-Cups and Cafe Express from Green Mountain Coffee

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For some of our readers new to the K-Cup world, we thought we'd let them in our two of our favorite single serve coffee offerings. One is the Seasonal K-Cups at Green Mountain Coffee. Each Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter Green Mountain offers special blends of K-cups to meet your seasonal needs. Right now Spicy Eggnog is our favorite, but soon in the seasonal K-Cups will change and we'll have to pick another

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The other great offering over at Green Mountain Coffee is their Cafe Express program. The program allows you to sign up and have K-Cups delivered each month, thus leaving you to worry about what K-Cups to drink and not to order.

So check them out and get all your K-Cups needs met in the coming New Year.

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December 28, 2009

Keurig Elite B40 Single Serve Coffee Brewer - The $99 K-Cup Brewer

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We simply think you can't beat the Keurig Elite B40 Brewer at $99. It has most of the features of the more expensive line, and it also has a water reservoir that the lower priced $89.99 Keurig Mini B30 doesn't. That means no trips to refill the water each time, and piping hot single serve coffee each time (read our thoughts and impressions on the Keurig B40 brewer here).

  • Brews a single cup with the press of a button
  • Brews a 7.25 or 9.25 ounce cup in seconds
  • Optional Auto-off feature shuts down brewer after 2 hours
  • Removable 48-oz. water reservoir

At Keurig Elite B40 Brewer

Check out the rest of the Keurig brewers including the Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig Platinum B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer , and the Keurig Mini B30.

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December 21, 2009

Review: Van Houtte Winter Blend K-Cups for Keurig

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Van Houtte decided to follow-up their Pink Ribbon K-Cups with another unflavored variety, this time it's their Winter Blend K-Cups which were recently released last month. Billed as a "rich and flavorful blend, with intense woodsy notes and subtle acidity", we decided to give this flavor a try and purchased a box during a recent trip to Tweed & Hickory for the purposes of this review.

Upon brewing, we noticed typical earthy Arabica aromas common with a medium roast & a quick glance at the packaging confirmed this was indeed a medium roast. As noted earlier, this is not a flavored coffee nor is it considered a single origin. Flavor was more on the smoky/hickory side (maybe that's what they meant by "woodsy"?) and we couldn't help but imagine brewing a pot of this stuff over a campfire.

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December 17, 2009

Review: Van Houtte Candy Cane K-Cups for Keurig

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Van Houtte is back in the flavored K-Cup market with a rather unique entry for the Holidays... candy cane. Yes, you read that correctly. On a recent trip to a local Tweed & Hickory store, we decided to purchase a box of Van Houtte Candy Cane K-Cups for the purpose of this review (although we have to admit, our curiosity was the main reason of purchase)

Upon brewing, you get a scent of peppermint and oddly enough, hints of chocolate. Flavor is definitely "minty" & even lingers throughout the finish while hints of chocolate are again present in the taste. We won't exactly call this a bold blend, but rather more like a medium roast which was left in the roaster a bit too long. We found the experience rather surprising as the minty sensation made it feel like we had just munched on some candy canes after each sip. Some people might be put off by this, but we found it was a rather cool feature, literally. Bonus points to Van Houtte for making this coffee somewhat "feel" like you're eating actual candy canes.

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December 15, 2009

EZ-Cup for Keurig Coffee Machines - Make Your Own K-Cups and Use Your Own Coffee

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The EZ-Cup and EZ-Cup Filters are now available allowing you to essentially make refillable K-Cups with a filter sleeve that fits inside the EZ-Cup, and then fits into the brewing slot in your Keurig Brewer. Unlike the Perfect Pod Holster which allows you to use coffee pods in your Keurig brewer, the EZ-Cup allows you to use any ground coffee in your Keurig Brewer.

It's different from the My K-Cup reuseable K-Cup because you don't have to wash out a filter basket, after you're done filling the EZ-Cup and brewing, you simple open the top and pop out the spent filter basket made of paper.

In a nutshell - you're making a coffee pod in the EZ-Cup but it's a perfect match for the Keurig brewer instead of a real coffee pod pitched up inside the Perfect Pod holster. Pricing is $12.95 for the EZ-Cup and $4.95 50 EZ-Cup filters. You'll need to order both of these to start using the EZ-Cup System.

The EZ-Cup 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.

At EZ-Cup and EZ-Cup Filters

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November 23, 2009

Review: Van Houtte Pink Ribbon K-Cups for Keurig

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Van Houtte recently decided to promote breast cancer research & awareness by releasing their new Pink Ribbon K-Cups. Billed as a medium roast "with good acidity, slight floral flavor & no bitterness", Van Houtte goes on to note that all funds raised through the purchase of these K-Cups will go towards their goal of donating $50,000 per year to breast cancer research. Logos in promotional material have even been redesigned to replace Van Houtte's white ribbon with a flowing pink ribbon design.

We decided to support the cause & purchase a box for the purpose of this review from a local Van Houtte supplier and although we're sure most coffee roasters have some sort of charity donation program in place, this is the first time in recent memory we've noticed a K-Cup dedicated solely for this purpose. Hats off to Van Houtte for taking this initiative.

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November 19, 2009

Fair Trade Spicy Eggnog K-Cups Return for the Holidays

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Green Mountain Coffee has sent us a few boxes of their Spicy Eggnog K-Cups and we couldn't be happier. Rich cinnamon and nutmeg scents abound, mixed with warm flavors of the holiday season when you drink a cup of the Fair Trade Spicy Eggnog coffee. We look forward to this coffee each year along with the Fair Trade Gingerbread and Holiday K-Cups. We find if you add even a touch more eggnog to the Spicy Eggnog K-Cups it's almost overwhelming.

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