September 3, 2014
Founded by Luigi Lavazza in Italy back in 1895, Lavazza coffee got its start as the founder’s culinary passion and evolved over the course of 4 family generations to become what is known today as Italy’s favorite coffee. While some may argue that Illy coffee is the epitome of Italian espresso coffees, we’ve actually come to prefer Lavazza as our espresso brand of choice and found that it always offered consistency in quality, strength and taste time and time again regardless if we prepared it at home using an old manual espresso machine or ordered a shot at a Lavazza counter/kiosk in a road side rest area plaza (we had to double-check our surroundings to make sure we were in a rest area & not an actual cafe given the espresso quality).
We’ve been enjoying Lavazza espresso for years, so we were a bit shocked to see them enter into the ground coffee market recently with 4 different varieties and were further surprised this past week when we stumbled upon the K-Cup versions of these coffees during a visit to the Keurig retail store (each variety is now available to order online directly off of Keurig.com & ShopLavazza.com). We kick things off today by reviewing the lightest of the flavors, Lavazza’s Gran Aroma K-Cups.
Continue reading: "Lavazza Gran Aroma K-Cups Review"
August 26, 2014
Those who adopt the new Keurig 2.0 series of brewers can rest assured that they'll still be able to enjoy the same Real Cup brands on the new brewers. All current Real Cup brands are being upgraded to the Eco Cup format (see through cup with filter you can peel off) and Mother Parkers have figured out a way to make Real Cups compatible with the 2.0 brewer WITHOUT getting them licensed through Keurig.
This should mean the current slightly cheaper pricing format of Real Cups will remain in place once the 2.0 brewers launch this fall. All your favorite brands will work with the 2.0... Marley Coffee, Martinson, Higgins & Burke, etc.
All of the new, K2.0-compatible capsule formats to be launched by Mother Parkers will feature the FlavorMax™ filter. The unique filter allows more of the essential oils into the cup to produce a new level of quality and authentic taste in single-serve capsule brewing, proven in scientific studies to deliver a more flavorful cup of coffee compared to the leading brand.
At Press Release
August 25, 2014
CNET has a feature on Keurig 2.0 and the K500 model brewer. The full photo slideshow is at: The K500 is Keurig 2.0's flagship brewer and you can see their video review here. The K500 AKA the Keurig 2.0 550 model left them feeling bitter. What made them feel bitter? For them the only reason to buy the Keurig 2.0 550 brewer is to get the ability to brew a carafe of coffee, and since the DRM prevents you from using unlicensed K-Cups the value is just not their for this new brewer.
For us the ability to brew with the carafe is interesting, and being able to use the recyclable VUE format along with K-Cups is a plus. We'll have to see whether it leaves a bitter taste for us. We're hoping the claims of it also being a better K-Cup brewer hold true, and that brewing K-Cups in Keurig 2.0 makes better coffee, tea, and other drinks.
August 21, 2014
You can pre-order Keurig 2.0 at Walmart.com and have it by 8/25 - the same day it releases nationwide to all Walmart stores.
- Coffee fans can pre-order the Keurig 2.0 system, which can brew both a single cup and a 4-cup carafe, online at Walmart.com with the guarantee of it being delivered to their home on 8/25 - the same time it will first arrive in stores. As always, Walmart will lead in price.
- And, because of Walmart's advanced logistics system, Walmart will have the Keurig 2.0 system in its stores nationwide faster than other major retailers. The Keurig 2.0 brewing system will be stocked on shelves beginning Aug. 25.
Keurig 2.0, Keurig's most advanced hot beverage system yet, is the first Keurig brewer to brew both a single cup and a four-cup carafe. The new Keurig 2.0 system delivers everything consumers know and love about Keurig - and more.
You can also find Keurig 2.0 here.
August 20, 2014
We recently visited the Burlington, MA Keurig retail store, and since they had a ton of Keurig 2.0 ads in the store we had many questions. Keurig Green Mountain has provided us answers to all of our questions, and with the release of Keurig 2.0 just weeks away we thought we'd share some of this information to get you ready and help you pick our your Keurig 2.0 brewer.
Does Keurig Green Mountain plan to release the 2.0 brewers in Canada or will the company make the 2.0 a USA-only item like the Vue brewers?
Yes. When the Keurig 2.0 system launches this fall, it will be offered in both the U.S. and Canada.
Continue reading: "Keurig 2.0 Questions and Answers from Keurig Green Mountain"
August 15, 2014
Krispy Kreme K-Cups - yes please.
We recently stopped by the Keurig Retail Store in Burlington, MA and found lots of new K-Cups for Summer 2014. From Krispy Creme to CBTL there was a variety of K-Cups we’d never seen anywhere else. We’ve got a whole set of shots and pictures of the K-Cups we found.
Continue reading: "Lots of New K-Cups at the Keurig Store Summer 2014"
August 14, 2014
Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. announced today a price increase of up to 9% on all portion packs sold by Keurig for use in its Keurig brewing systems and on all its traditional bagged, fractional packs, and bulk coffee products. This price increase will be effective beginning November 3, 2014.
Coffee prices have been on the rise over the past year, and this price increase reflects a sustained increase in the price of green coffee and cocoa, along with increases in packaging materials, energy, and transportation costs. Over the past year, green coffee prices, alone, have increased approximately fifty-five percent.
From Keurig Green Mountain:
"We have been closely monitoring increasing costs, including the cost of green coffee," said John Whoriskey, President of U.S. Sales and Marketing at Keurig. "Many of our competitors already have implemented price increases in light of the reality of sustained input cost increases. After careful review, we determined that it is necessary for us to adopt a small price increase in light of these higher costs. We understand that consumers have many beverage options, and we will continue to innovate and price competitively to win consumers' business."
Will this price increase effect your buying of single serve coffee K-Cups and other coffees from Green Mountain? Does this also mean all of it’s partners and Keurig brewed K-Cups are on the rise as well? We’ll just have to see on November 3rd.
August 13, 2014
Lavazza Perfetto Espresso Roast K-Cups are out, along with 3 other coffees from Lavazza. Perfetto coffee is bold with lingering caramel notes, and the coffee is roasted a bit longer to produce a ‘perfect’ and characteristically Italian dark flavor profile. If you like an espresso note in your cup of single serve coffee, Perfetto is perfect for you.
Other Lavazza K-Cups include:
- Classico - Medium Roast
- Gran Selezione - Medium Roast
- Gran Aroma - Dark Roast
A shot of the Lavazza K-Cups at the Keurig store.
We are drinking a cup right now as we sit here and share the news of Perfetto with you. We picked up a box to try yesterday at the Keurig store in Burlington, MA. It’s a a medium dark roast cup of coffee, and we added a bit of cream and sugar to make the caramel notes pop out a bit more. Perfetto is a really delicious cup of coffee.
Perfetto K-Cups will work in all Keurig K-Cup Brewers.
August 8, 2014
Storing all of you K-Cups within brewer reach can be daunting and messy. Home-It K-Cup storage drawers removes the mess and holds 42 K-Cup Pods. It’s easy to clean if you get coffee spills on top, and there are rubber mat feet to absorb nasty brewing vibrations.
At Home-it 42 K-Cup Holder Storage Drawer.
August 5, 2014
Over at The Verge they’ve done a pretty good job summing up the answer to this articles headline. Will Keurig Green Mountain be able to stop you from buying knockoff K-Cups with the upcoming Keurig 2.0 DRM?Given the rise of aftermarket knockoff K-Cups the Keurig 2.0 DRM better work. In the second half of last year alone, private-label cups went from 7 percent of the market to 14 percent. A report from Credit Suisse published in June found that sales of private-label cups grew by 203 percent over the last year, while Keurig’s Green Mountain cups grew by only 12 percent. Ouch.
How does the DRM work in the new Keurig 2.0 brewer? An infrared light shines on the ink marking and registers the wavelength of the light reflected back on the top of Keurig Brewed K-Cups. If the Keurig 2.0 maker likes what it sees then the brewer will brew. We’re betting this DRM in Keurig 2.0 won’t last long but it will probably last long enough to launch the brewer and have Keurig Green Mountain grant licenses to the major knockoff K-Cup makers.
Read the rest over at The Verge. It’s nice to see the larger press starting to pick up on single serve coffee.