January 20, 2015

Barrie House Spicy Mistletoe Single Cups Review

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While we realize we’re about a month overdue with this review now that the holiday season has come and gone, we still had quite a few seasonal holiday items we didn’t get a chance to check out until now. We figured it was better late than never to start digging through some of these items and we’re reviewing one of the most recent single serve products which was introduced last year… Barrie House Spicy Mistletoe Single Cups.

As we may have noted in earlier reviews, Barrie House recently changed the design of their Single Cups so that they appear to be made out of a solid plastic shell vs. the old design which had a plastic shell but a foil bottom. We were a bit concerned that the plastic would be too thick for the Keurig’s piercing needle but this wasn’t the case. Other items such as their intensity scale and peel-away lid appear to have remained intact from the old designs. Let’s give these a try and see if they’re a worthwhile addition to our holiday coffee line-up.

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January 15, 2015

GE Cafe French Door Refrigerator with Integrated Keurig K-Cup Brewer

Keurig french cafe door single cup brewer

It was bound to happen, but we didn’t expect it to happen this way. Keurig and GE have teamed up to bring a Café French door refrigerator featuring a Keurig Hot Beverage System integrated into it. So if you’ve been looking for coffee, tea, and hot water to be dispensed right at the refrigerator this is going to be the refrigerator for you. Priced at $3300 it’s not going to be cheap, and we wonder what type of customer service you’ll get if the brewer ever fails or needs repair.

Additional features include:

  • Fresh, filtered water every time with no need to refill
  • The built-in system frees up counter space, something that's a premium in many kitchens, and the Keurig K-Cup brewer is dishwasher safe
  • First-of-its-kind water filtration system, tested and verified by an independent third party to remove 98 percent of five trace pharmaceuticals from water2
  • GE connected technology, allowing consumers to preset the brew time via their mobile device so the water in the reservoir is ready and waiting Water-dispensing flow rate and temperature designed to make the optimal cup of coffee, tea or other single-serve beverages
  • Opportunity to brew over 400 varieties of Keurig K-Cup beverages from 60+ major brands, including the top 10 best-selling coffee brands in America, including: Folgers, Maxwell House, Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Eight O'Clock, Community Coffee, and Peet's Coffee and Tea.
  • Made in Louisville, Ky., the Café French door refrigerator with single-serve Keurig K-Cup brewing system (CFE28USHSS/CYE22USHSS) will be available in stainless steel.
  • Iit will be available in the third quarter of 2015 wherever appliances are sold.

More at GE Appliances

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January 13, 2015

Kill The K-Cup Short Film

Kill the k cup before it kills the planet

Over at YouTube there’s a pretty interesting short film with lots of cool special effects and a message - Kill the K-Cup. We agree the waste K-Cups cause is high, but we’re hoping for increases in recycling them in the coming years. One thing comes to mind after watching the short film - perhaps we could recycle the K-Cups to use for high end coffee paint ball?

Here’s the premise:

"In 2014 the use of the K-Cup reached unparalleled levels. Output became so high that there was enough discarded K-Cups to circle the earth 10.5 times. The numbers continued to grow until the day of the invasion ..."

Video after the jump...

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January 12, 2015

Barrie House Hot Apple Cider Single Cups Review

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With the cold weather upon us, we decided to try out a cold weather-inspired drink which is usually served throughout fall & winter but especially around this time of year… hot apple cider. Apple cider is the unfiltered version of apple juice made from pressed apples. It can be prepared as-is and served chilled as a form of naturally unfiltered juice, it can be mulled with various seasonings and spices (cinnamon is usually the norm in this instance) and served hot or it can be fermented and and turned into an alcoholic hard cider. 

Apple cider is even the official state beverage of New Hampshire (a fact we were totally clueless about until doing research for this review which seems odd since we visit NH each summer). The fact that Keurig Green Mountain have since made 2 different versions of their apple cider K-Cups meant that competitors couldn’t be too far behind and today we’re checking out the latest addition to the single serve cider realm with Barrie House’s Hot Apple Cider Single Cups.

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January 8, 2015

TOUCH Brewer - K-Cup Compatible Single Serve Coffee Brewer

Touch Brewer - K-Cup Compatible Single Serve Coffee Brewer

The TOUCH Residential Brewer is a single serve coffee brewer that’s compatible with all K-Cup packs, the Touch XBold Cup and Super Cup. Seems like more and more compatible K-Cup brewers are being released, and many of them claim a ton of features the older K-Cup brewers didn’t have.

The Touch brewer brews stronger and bigger cups of coffee and has a brew strength control of: Mild, Medium or Bold 5 cup sizes: 6, 8, 10, 12 or 14 oz. The brewer starts brewing within about 30 seconds from a cold start, and brews a cup of coffee in about 1 minute. It also features an extra large removable water tank at 90oz. 

There are two models the Touch Brewer T314B, and the Touch Brewer T330S. The Touch Brewer T330S also features a Refill Cup allowing you to brew a 30oz pot of coffee. You can also use the Refill Cup in older Keurig K-Cup brewers, and more info and a video can be found here.

We’ll be reaching out to Touch brewing to see if we can get a review unit soon. You can also view videos of the brewers here for in depth info.

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January 7, 2015

Prospect Tea Single Serve Tea K-Cups

 

Prospect tea singles serve tea cups

From the company that does Brooklyn Beans Roastery coffee K-Cups comes Prospect Tea. These single serve tea K-Cups come in a variety of flavors, and we’ve been sampling many of them over the past few days. Prospect teas feature gourmet blends not found in other single serve cups like Darjeeling, Chai, White tea, Oolong, and more.

There are a ton of familiar and not so familiar flavors for any single serve tea situation:

  • Brooklyn Breakfast - Type: Black Ceylon
  • Duke of Earl Grey - Type: Earl Grey
  • Golden Dragon - Type: Yunnan Gold
  • Graffiti Burst - Type: Pomegranate Infused White Tea
  • Himalayan Spring - Type: Oolong
  • White Bengal - Type: Black
  • Chamomile Chill - Type: Chamomile
  • Lemon Taxi - Type: Lemon
  • Peppermint Heights - Type: Peppermint
  • Vanilla Chai - Type: Black
  • Green Power - Type: Green
  • Prospect Park Decaf - Type: Green
  • Variety - Type: Choose your adventure

Prospect Tea Single Serve Tea K-Cups will work in all K-Cup Brewers but NOT Keurig 2.0. All flavors are also available now.

At Prospect Tea

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January 6, 2015

Boston Cream Donut Coffee K-Cups

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AB on a recent trip to Wal-Mart in Bangor, Maine found:  Donut House Collection Boston Cream Donut K-Cups. Boston Cream and coffee is an interesting mix, and we are interested in seeing what this K-Cup fresh-from-the-minds of Keurig Green Mountain is all about. Donut House Collection serves up a smooth, medium roast coffee paired with the rich taste of overflowing custard and a glaze of sweet chocolate. We can imagine eating at least a dozen - we mean drinking at least a dozen of these K-Cups.

Made with 100% Arabica coffee, the Donut House Collection Boston Cream Donut K-Cups retail for $11.99 for a box of 18, and will work in all K-Cup brewers.

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January 5, 2015

Lipton Lemon Ginseng Green Tea K-Cups Review

  

Lemon ginsing lipton review kcup

Lipton has been steadily forging ahead with new varieties of teas lately & the same can be said about their single serve offerings as well. 2014 saw a slow but continued growth of new flavors with the latest one being the Lipton Lemon Ginseng Green Tea K-Cups. We were curious to have a go at these but should have paid closer attention to the ingredients list since, for whatever reason, we thought these K-Cups had honey included as part of the initial flavor. We could not have been more wrong. 

While panax ginseng is known as a form of natural energy supplement, it’s not exactly the best tasting ingredient in the world and despite its various health benefits, it has a very unique and somewhat off-putting taste which can only be described as chemical-like. That’s why most teas which feature this ingredient usually add honey as a sweetener to help mask the taste. This time around, Lipton opted not to do that and only left natural lemon flavoring (which is apparently soy-based… wait, what?) & lemon grass as the main flavor ingredients. So, what are the final brewed results like? Let’s have a look & find out. As noted above, there’s soy in this product (and even an allergen warning right on the K-Cup lids), so be forewarned if you’ve got any soy allergies.

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January 2, 2015

Starbucks Guatemala Casi Cielo K-Cup Packs

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This is one of the first offering from Starbucks for 2015, and one of our favorite K-Cup coffees. The Starbucks Guatemala Casi Cielo K-Cup Packs use only the best beans to make Casi Cielo.  Spanish for “almost heaven.”, we do think this is heaven in a coffee cup. This coffee is both smooth, and has a rich set of flavors to produce what we think is also a great cup of coffee for the morning or late afternoon.

The Starbucks Guatemala Casi Cielo K-Cup Packs will work in all Keurig K-Cup brewers. You’re best bet to get the Starbucks Guatemala Casi Cielo K-Cup Packs is to walk down to a local Starbucks Cafe and pick some up.

At Starbucks

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December 26, 2014

Peet's Coffee Colombia Luminosa K-Cup Packs

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Peet’s Coffee has introduced a light coffee to it’s lineup of K-Cups - Colombia Luminosa K-Cup® Packs. This coffee is a light roast with exceptional flavor that has a pleasantly mild, smooth flavor with delicately sweet aromas. It’s also for use Keurig K-Cup brewers.

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