April 5, 2011
Companies are often forced to rethink packaging for products which either aren’t performing well or haven’t been grabbing enough attention on store shelves. Van Houtte recently decided to make a few such changes in their line-up, however, they went about it in a questionable way by renaming existing products (Hazelnut is now Vanilla Hazelnut) or putting existing products in new packaging (Old Kilimanjaro K-Cups are now in new packaging that simply says “Kenya” on the box). While this has annoyed us beyond all means, it has served to make us inadvertently purchase flavors we thought we had reviewed only to dig through our archives and realize that we hadn’t even tasted these flavors before. Such is the case with Van Houtte’s Butterscotch K-Cups.
Brewing these K-Cups result in rich notes of buttery caramel with hints of vanilla hiding in the background (at least the aroma was spot-on). Flavor was much the same as strong bursts of caramel & vanilla came forth with a touch of sweetness throughout. We can only assume that the caramel flavors would be further enhanced with a touch of cream.
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March 29, 2011
We embark upon this review with a "better late than never" attitude since yes; we forgot to review Green Mountain's Donut House Cinnamon Roll K-Cups back when they were first released. We really like their Donut House Extra Bold K-Cups and even found that they reminded us a bit of Denny's house blend coffee, so we were anxious to see what this flavored K-Cup would be like.
A sweet aroma of spicy cinnamon quickly fills the room upon brewing with faint buttery notes hiding underneath a complex layer of vanilla frosting. Not exactly as intense of a smell you'd find at a Cinnabon kiosk, but pretty damn close. We call this one spot-on.
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March 28, 2011
One of our favorite seasonal K-Cups is back from Green Mountain and available now for 2011 - Green Mountain Island Coconut Coffee K-Cups. We love the flavor, and feel as if we're eating a Almond Joy with every sip. These K-Cups taste as if coffee met coconut and they merged into an amazing new element - pure coffeenut. We think you'll enjoy these K-Cups and they're also only available for a short time so get cracking on those coconuts.
March 25, 2011
Today we review something which has been long awaited in the single-serve coffee market, not to mention something which is the first of its kind: Green Mountain Naturals Hot Apple Cider K-Cups. Ah yes, apple cider... we recall fond moments in our childhood sitting around the fireplace drinking cups of hot mulled apple cider on a cold Winter night or enjoying a nice warm cup after a day outside playing in the snow. While these days, we're recalling not-so-fond moments of shoveling said snow (for what seems like the bazillionth time in a row), we still enjoy a good cup of cider every once in a while. Could this K-Cup live-up to our expectations? Time to find out...
Brewing the Green Mountain Naturals Hot Apple Cider K-Cups result in sweet notes of apples & cinnamon, just like we remembered as kids and seeing as how the only other single-serve alternatives on the market are Motts instant-mix apple cider powder packets, we'd say this smells just as good, if not better than those. Flavor was on-par with aroma and blew our taste buds through the roof with lush sweet notes of apple and just the right hint of cinnamon in the background. Wow... just, wow. This was pretty darn close to the real deal! Amazing!
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March 18, 2011
The Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG1 Single Serve Brewing System was released this past Fall, and we've just spent the last 3 weeks using it as our main K-Cup brewer. Like the Keurig Mini Plus, this is a pourover model allowing you to get one single serve coffee mug's worth of water and then brewing one cup of coffee using a K-Cup. Having a reservoir might be a concern for those who want to brew multiple cups of coffee one after the other, but for most coffee drinkers having one cup of perfect coffee in the morning is the priority and the Mr. Coffee single serve brewing system delivers cup after single serve coffee cup.
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March 16, 2011
March 10, 2011
The wait is finally over in the single serve coffee K-Cup world - Starbucks and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. today announced a strategic relationship for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Starbucks and Tazo tea branded K-Cup portion packs for use in GMCR's Keurig Single-Cup brewing system. The new relationship will provide owners of Keurig Single-Cup Brewers with the additional choice afforded by having Starbucks branded super-premium coffees available for their brewers, and furthers Starbucks stated goals of expanding its presence in premium single-cup coffee, making its premium coffees conveniently available to consumers whenever, wherever and however they want it.
Starbucks is the exclusive, licensed super-premium coffee brand produced by GMCR for the Keurig Single-Cup brewing system. Starbucks and GMCR plan to make Starbucks K-Cup portion packs available through food, drug, mass, club, specialty and department store retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada beginning in the fall of 2011. The companies expect to expand Starbucks K-Cup portion pack and Keurig Single-Cup Brewing system distribution to Starbucks stores and to make Starbucks K-Cup portion packs available through GMCR's consumer-direct websites: www.greenmountaincoffee.com and www.keurig.com, and Starbucks consumer-direct website: www.starbucks.com beginning in 2012.
We'll let you know as soon as we can get some of these new K-Cups coming out this Fall to review. Congrats to all involved and here's to a Starbucks K-Cup single serve coffee filled future.
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February 28, 2011
Since our review last month we've been drinking more and more of the Wolfgang Puck Hawaiian Hazelnut K-Cups. A hazelnut-flavored coffee blend that hits the spot. It features light aromas of hazelnut with faint notes of vanilla hiding underneath. We think you'll really enjoy this coffee, so check it out.
At Wolfgang Puck Hawaiian Hazelnut K-Cups
February 24, 2011
Besides our own article on the news Dunkin' Donuts will be making K-Cups of their famous coffee, the entire news world thought it was big news. Besides just blogs even the Wall Street Journal and FOX news picked up the story along with our initial mention the Boston Globe was running a story.
This is indeed big news, and we're glad that after 7 years of blogging about single serve coffee other news sources are starting to wake up to the tidal wave that is the K-Cup and single serve coffee market. We are also really excited to just try these K-Cups and review. Thanks again to all of our readers who sent in the tip this deal was happening.
Via The Shoffee Blog
February 22, 2011
Big news everyone - Dunkin Donuts and Green Mountain have teamed up to produce Dunkin Donut K-Cups. Given the recent Starbucks rumblings, we're glad one of the last 2 big roasters have come to their senses and finally decided to go the single serve coffee route and be clear on their product offering.
The Boston Globe has some insights.
Beginning this summer, Dunkin' will offer boxes of authentic Dunkin' Donuts coffee in single-serve K-Cup portion packs exclusively at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the US and Canada, the two companies said in a press release.
And this makes sense on the exclusivity at Dunkin Donuts restaurants. Since all Dunkin Donut restaurants are franchises, this won't take away the ability for them to sell the coffee and the K-Cups. In the past when Dunkin went national in grocery with their ground coffee, the franchises were no longer able to sell a product exclusive to them. Our hats are off to Dunkin Donuts and Green Mountain for keeping the franchises in mind.
What we do know about the pack counts is the Dunkin Donut K-Cups will come in 14 count boxes, and the coffee flavors will include:
- Dunkin Donuts Coffee Original Blend K-Cups
- Dunkin' Decaf Coffee K-Cups
- Dunkin Donuts Coffee French Vanilla K-Cups
- Dunkin Donuts Coffee Hazelnut K-Cups
- Dunkin' Dark Coffee K-Cups
In addition, participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants will, on occasion, offer Keurig Single-Cup Brewers for sale.
We have the full release after the jump and we couldn't be more excited.
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