June 8, 2009

Making Iced Coffee and Tea with the Keurig Platinum B70

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Whether it's gathering round the patio after a hearty BBQ or heading out for a drive on a lazy Summer week-end, those of you who purchased the new Keurig Platinum B70 this past year can cool off by taking advantage of a neat little feature which has yet to appear on other Keurig models: you can now make iced coffees/teas which you can customize to your own flavor preferences.

Why pay upwards of $2.50 for an iced coffee or iced tea at a coffee shop or fast food restaurant when you can make your own at home? Over the past few weeks, we've been testing various K-Cups to see which ones were best suited to be "iced" vs. prepared in their usual manner. Let's take a quick look at some of our favorite varieties along with flavoring suggestions for each.

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It should be noted that we used unflavored 10% blend cream and all-natural Stevia sugar substitute to achieve some of the sweeter iced latte drinks. We realize most of our readers may not have easy access to specialty coffee flavoring syrups, so we decided not to use any during our testing. Feel free to use half & half or 1% skim milk and whatever sweeteners/flavorings you prefer.

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May 27, 2009

Fair Trade Summer Safari and The Perfect Peach K-Cups

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Green Mountain has announced their Summer 2009 set of K-Cups - The Perfect Peach and Summer Safari. Both of these K-Cups use Fair Trade coffees, and we're pretty excited about a cup of iced peach coffee using our Platinum B70 Keurig Brewer.

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.

At Fair Trade Summer K-Cups

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May 14, 2009

Fair Trade Spring Revival Blend K-Cups

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It's Spring and time for some K-Cup revival. The Fair Trade Spring Revival Blend K-Cups are back, and with an amazing story. The origins of the Spring Revival Blend is the Unión Regional de Pequeños Productores de Café, in Huatusco, Mexico. The cooperative was formed in 1992 by a group of small-scale family farmers who decided to take responsibility for lifting their community out of the extreme poverty they faced. Their success has been remarkable, and today the coop boasts more than 1,908 small farmers among its members, including 600 women.

These K-Cups make a balanced and sweetly aromatic blend with a sparkling finish. The Fair Trade Spring Revival Blend 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.

At Fair Trade Spring Revival Blend K-Cups

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May 8, 2009

Review: Keurig Water Filter Kit - Filter Water for Keurig Single-Cup K-Cup Brewers

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Following up on our earlier article - Better Water = Better Single Serve Coffee, we wanted to let Keurig owners in on how they can make their water better. Did you know you can add a charcoal water filter to just about any Keurig single serve coffee maker K-Cup brewing system? We didn't until last month, when we saw you could order a filter pack and filter holder for any Keurig home model made after August 2007.

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We installed the water filter in our Keurig Platinum B70 in less than 2 minutes.

So how does it work? Well - for us it works great. We have town water that always has a tinge of treated taste to it, and after using the charcoal filter the coffee taste is much better. Now you combine this filter with filtered water - and bam - it's a double treat. The coffee is even crisper with more flavor. Whatever your situation is, it's probably a good idea to run a filter in your Keurig to reduce build up and the need to de-scale.

The kit comes with 1 water filter adapter and 2 filter cartridges, and is compatible with Keurig Single-Cup Brewers purchased after August 2007. Each filter lasts approx. 2 months, so you're going to need to eventually get Keurig Water Filter Cartridge Refills. Note that filter lifespan will vary depending on the hardness of your water, and we found ours lasted about 3 months instead of the two.

At Keurig Water Filter Starter Kit and Keurig Water Filter Cartridge Refills

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May 6, 2009

Tully's K-Cup Coffees for Keurig at Green Mountain Coffee

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It's official, and a pretty quick addition after the recent acquisition of Tully's Coffee by Green Mountain Coffee. Tully's Coffee K-Cups can be purchased at Green Mountain Coffee's web site, and if you're an existing Cafe Express Member, you can also add these to your K-Cup orders each month from Green Mountain Coffee. Given our obsession with the French Roast Tully's K-Cups, we'll just have to pick some up this week, and perhaps the Kona Blend as well.

Tully's K-Cup Coffees 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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May 4, 2009

Review: Green Mountain Fair Trade Golden French Toast K-Cups for Keurig

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This past Winter yielded the seasonal Fair Trade Golden French Toast K-Cup from Green Mountain and after several hectic weeks around the single serve coffee office, we finally got a chance to give this flavor a try. Green Mountain describes this K-Cup as having the flavors of “warm, buttered French Toast drizzled with sweet maple syrup”. After reading that, we couldn’t wait any longer to do a review.

We chose the 5.25oz brew size to extract the full flavors and were greeted with the pleasant scents of maple with an added hint of cinnamon lying underneath. First impressions when tasting this coffee are surprisingly enough quite the opposite of its scent… you taste the cinnamon first, then you taste the maple afterwards. The flavoring is right up there with the real thing and we’re sure this K-Cup would be great paired with it.

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April 30, 2009

Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig Brewers to Appear in Walmart Stores Nationwide

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Big news on the single serve coffee maker K-Cup front. Walmart and the Keurig business unit of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) have announced a new distribution of Keurig’s gourmet single-cup coffee brewers and patented K-Cup portion packs in over 3,000 Walmart stores, just in time for the gift-giving Mother’s Day holiday.

Walmart will carry Keurig’s Elite B40 Single-Cup Brewer and a variety of K-Cups® from Green Mountain Coffee, Gloria Jean’s, Timothy’s, Tully’s Coffee and Newman’s Own® Organics. This means lots of options for Walmart shoppers, and if your run out of K-Cups and can't wait for an order online, you can run down and pick up a few K-Cups to tide you over.

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April 29, 2009

Keurig Single Serve Coffee Machine Makes Appearances on Fringe and Southland

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Shawn writes in that he's noticed 2 occurrences of Keurig machines appearing in primetime TV series this past week. We've noticed them as well - Fringe and Southland. Even members in the Single Serve Coffee Forums have noticed one of our favorite single serve coffee makers making guest appearances on these shows.

  • Fringe - Walter Bishop tries using a Keurig at FBI headquarters and claims it's "broken" when he can't figure out how to close the brewing chamber. We think the model was the B60 or B70... couldn't quite tell.
  • Southland = When Dewey calls his ex asking for help after a night of boozing gone wrong at a movie star's house, we see a Keurig in the background while she's talking to him on the phone, although it's not in focus. Think it was the same model as Fringe was using.

We have also learned that Walter from Fringe in the episode above likes a little cinnamon in his coffee. We're not big fans of it in ours, but it's a nice touch and makes it seem like he's really drinking some coffee.

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April 23, 2009

Café EXPRESS Platinum from Green Mountain Coffee

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Green Mountain Coffee has a new level for any member of their Café EXPRESS program and it's called Platinum. After placing your tenth order with Green Mountain Coffee®, as a Café EXPRESS Member, members will automatically advance to their new “Café EXPRESS Platinum” level and receive even greater discounts on coffee every time they order as long as they are a member of Café EXPRESS.

Café EXPRESS Platinum Level Benefits

  • $2.50 off every box of K-Cups
  • $1.25 off every bag of coffee
  • Extended Warranty on Keurig Brewer
  • FREE STANDARD SHIPPING when you purchase 4 or more boxes of K-Cups (within Continental U.S.)
  • 10% off all non-coffee items

At Cafe Express Platinum

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April 14, 2009

Caribou Coffee K-Cups Available from Green Mountain Coffee

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It's official. Caribou Coffee K-Cups can be purchased at Green Mountain Coffee's web site. If you are an existing Cafe Express Member, you can also add these to your K-Cup orders each month from Green Mountain Coffee. We really like Caribou Coffee's French Roast and Sumatra K-Cups, and we noticed they now have a Mahogany blend. We'll have to try that soon.

Caribou Coffee 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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