January 7, 2009

Review: Emeril's Vanilla Bean BAM! K-Cups for Keurig

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Distributed by Timothy's World Coffees, Emeril's Vanilla Bean BAM! is one of 2 new Emeril's K-Cup flavors recently introduced to the single serve coffee market (we'll be reviewing Emeril's Organic French Quarter Roast in the coming weeks). Known mostly for his cooking shows on the Food Network and various food products available at most grocery stores, the coffee scene is a relatively new one for Emeril and his goal was to introduce a coffee which stood out among the rest as having a richer, heartier taste & character. This new vanilla flavor marks the first time he's gone with a medium roast vs. his usually darker varieties.

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We chose the 5.25oz brew size on our Keurig one cup coffee maker to extract the full flavors, and were greeted with a strong French vanilla scent which seemed stronger than any other vanilla K-Cup we'd tried before. As a result, we were expecting a stronger vanilla flavor from this smaller brew size but were surprised at how subdued & mild it was. The sweet taste of vanilla was present but was struggling to balance the sour nature of the acidity. We thought there would have been more "BAM!" (so to speak) in the flavoring overall and it left us wanting to throw in a few dashes of vanilla extract. We understand some people will likely prefer less flavorings in their coffee, but when a product is marketed as "having enough BAM! for Emeril himself", the final result is rather disappointing.

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January 5, 2009

Review: Keurig Milk Frother for Single Serve and One Cup Coffee Makers

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Up until recently the only other automatic milk frothers were from Nespresso - the Aeroccino and Aeroccino Plus. We love our Aeroccino, but we're also ready to have some more alternatives to milk frothing companions for our single serve coffee. The Keurig Milk Frother is another stand alone frother that you can use with any single serve coffee system, but will make an amazing companion for your Keurig Mini B30, Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer, and any other Keurig brewer.

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We've been using the Keurig Milk Frother over the past two weeks, and have to say it's easy to use, clean up, and makes great frothed milk. You'll need only one essential ingredient - great skim milk for frothing. If you want to use other milk fat levels - you won't get great froth, but you will get whipped hot milk. There are two levels as well 150 ml for froth using skim milk, and 250 ml for hot milk. Both of these measure levels are marked inside the frother.

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December 30, 2008

Keurig Countertop Tower K-Cup Holder - Holds 30 K-Cups

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Looking for a great way to showcase all of those K-Cup flavors you have for your Keurig singles serve coffee maker? We have been using the Keurig Tower K-Cup Holder for over a month, and we love it. Instead of reaching into the cupboard for a K-Cup we can load up the tower with as many varieties of K-Cup coffees, teas, and even white or hot chocolate. We've found this to be a much better design than the earlier K-Cup Carousel because the footprint of the tower is much less. The lazy susan design is also really fluid, and the tower can hold up to 30 K-Cups.

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December 10, 2008

Keurig OfficePro K-Cup Brewing System for At Work

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Keurig has introduced an at work brewer available now to directly purchase from their web site, instead of having to purchase the brewer from a Keurig sales person or authorized reseller. This gives small to medium sized companies an option to buy a Keurig system that isn't as large as the B3000 or other Keurig systems and direct from Keurig.

The Office PRO or OfficePro includes a drainable internal water reservoir for transport or storage (a feature not available on home brewers) and comes with an 18-pack of K-Cups. Keurig Commercial Grade brewers are engineered to stand up to the toughest demands of commercial/office use. Commercial Keurig brewers are UL Approved for Commercial Use, and include special construction/materials required for such approval.

  • Brew Sizes: 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz*
  • Drainable Internal Water Reservoir
  • Travel Mug Friendly with
  • Removable Drip Tray
  • Removable Reservoir
  • Auto Off Feature

We'll have one of these brewers to review soon here at the Single Serve Coffee offices, and we'll give you our first impressions as well.

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December 2, 2008

Keurig B30 Mini Coffee Brewer on Wired's Wishlist

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We like the Keurig B30 Mini K-cup coffee brewer and apparently so does Wired Magazine, as they have slapped the mighty mini on their Holiday Wish List for 2008. They saw the fast brewing and ease of use as a big plus for time strapped caffeine junkies everywhere. The beauty of the K-Cup is that it's fast, easy, and makes a darn good cup. The 200 varieties of K-cups don't hurt either - there has to be a blend for everyone there.

The Keurig Mini B30 single serve K Cup coffee brewer is available now for $79.

At Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig Mini B30

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November 20, 2008

Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig In Grocery Stores Nationwide - 12 Count Pack of K Cups Debuts

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Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig have debuted the Keurig Classic Brewer and 12 count packs of K-Cups at grocery stores nationwide here in the US. The “Keurig Classic” Brewer is only sold at grocery stores. It looks a lot like the original B40, but has 6/8oz brew sizes, improved water injection needle, H2O filter compatible, and some visual differences. The 12-count box of K-Cups®, will be available in ten different varieties of coffee, including Fair Trade Certified™ and organic offerings. The 12-count packaging is specifically designed to fit on supermarket shelves.

All of this is great news for anyone looking to pick up a few K-Cups at their local grocer, and we think this will really help to explode the growth of single serve coffee nationwide.

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November 14, 2008

Keurig B70 - Single Serve Coffee Evolution Commercial

We just found out about this 30 second commercial from Keurig that you'll be seeing this holiday season on TV. In just 30 seconds the commercial really wraps up the single serve coffee experience. You might also want to share the video with non-single serve coffee drinkers to show them what they're missing.

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November 6, 2008

Gloria Jean's Sleigh Ride K-Cup Coffee

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The season is almost upon us, and if you're looking for a coffee with a breath of fresh air - you're going to love the Gloria Jean's Sleigh Ride K Cup Coffee. Each cup has the taste of white chocolate mint, and the result is a very crisp coffee flavor. Each box of Gloria Jean's Sleigh Ride K Cup Coffee comes has 25 K-Cups.

The Gloria Jean's Sleigh Ride K Cup Coffee will work in your Keurig Mini B30, Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer, and any other Keurig brewer.

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October 30, 2008

Review: Timothy's Perfectly Pumpkin K-Cups for Keurig

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S.H. continues his quest to find the perfect K Cup. Will he enjoy the pumpkin spice K Cups from Timothy's World Coffee?

With the opening of their first store in 1975, Timothy's World Coffee set out to become one of Canada's premier coffee houses. The company operates over 100 coffee/bakery restaurants across Canada under 3 distinct brands: Timothy's World Coffee, Mmmarvellous Mmmuffins & Michel's Baguette. In addition, the company operates a 35000 sq. ft. coffee roasting facility in the Toronto region and a bakery commissary; these guarantee the superior quality and freshness of all the coffee and bakery products served both in their retail stores and by co-branded partners.

Timothy's source pure origin coffee from countries around the world that grow specialty grade Arabica beans and only the top 5% of any harvest will meet their strict standards for quality. Over the years, the company has developed over 35 blends, various flavored coffees, teas and decaffeinated coffees. To ensure freshness, all coffee beans are brewed or sold in their retail locations within 20 days of roasting. They also service & supply offices, hotels, theatres and hospitals.

With Halloween just around the corner, I decided to review Timothy's Perfectly Pumpkin limited-edition K-Cups. These K-Cups will only be available during the Fall season, so now's the time to grab some if you want to try them out. When brewing, familiar scents of pumpkin pie start to emerge… all-spice, nutmeg & hints of pumpkin are all present. The body is medium with a usual brown/amber color.

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October 29, 2008

Tassimo and Keurig Single Serve Coffee Makers at Target Stores Nationwide

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The $99 Bosch Tassimo, $99 Keurig B40, and $79.99 Keurig Mini B30.

We decided to do a little pop in at our local Target, and see what's new in the single serve coffee aisle. Target is offering a pretty decent selection of single serve coffee machines and one cup coffee wonders this holiday season. New to Target is both the Bosch Tassimo priced at $99. This model doesn't include the water filter, but it makes the same amazing single serve coffee and other hot beverages.

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The Tassimo $99 model seems to be available only at brick and mortar with no
places to purchase this model of the brewer online.

Also new to Target is the Keurig Mini B30. We love this little Keurig, and are really excited it's available nationwide at Target. They also offer the Keurig B40, which is a bit bigger, and more for household use if you're a daily coffee drinker. Target also had a selection Senseo single serve coffee pod brewers, and of course K Cups, T Discs, and Coffee Pods to choose from for all the options above.

You can find a Target in your area by using their store finder, and if you're looking for a review of the $169.99 Tassimo Suprema available online you can read it here.

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