After receiving just north of 10 inches of snow last night, we had to get up extra-early to get rid of all that snow from the Single Serve Coffee headquarters. It takes just about 1.5 hours to dig out from a big snow storm, and it's really nice to have one of the staff bring me out a cup of Hot Cocoa instead of just coffee to warm up the heart and fingers.
We have grown pretty fond of the Hot Cocoa K-Cups from Green Mountain over this Fall and early winter as many of the staff have kids, and they always enjoy a cup or two of Hot Cocoa as do we. We highly recommend getting some to keep your hearts and minds fresh, and comfortable over the cold months to come.
Holiday K-Cups are upon us again from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. They've got three new holiday blends (and don't forget about Pumpkin Spice which is still available). One of our favorites is back - Fair Trade Spicy Egg Nog. What's not to love when smelling the aroma of eggnog rich with spices on the nose. There's also Fair Trade Gingerbread and the Fair Trade Holiday Blend. We like the Holiday Blend a little better than the Autumn Harvest blend - it tends to have a sweeter flavor and hits the spot with a pastry or two. Also - all of the Holiday Flavored K-Cups are Fair Trade certified.
Breville is widely known for making exceptional small kitchen appliances, and for producing very attractive small appliances. We were very excited to find out that indeed Keurig and Breville had teamed up this year to introduce a high end Keurig brewer designed by Breville. The results are exceptional - a very polished interesting staineless steel design, with Keurig K Cup brewing technology, and all the features you can get in any Keurig machine - including the reuseable My K Cup integrated into the machine allowing you to use your own ground coffee instead of K Cups, and a charcoal water filter in the tank reservoir.
Keurig has updated the brewing needle used to puncture and pass hot water into a K Cup. The older Keurig brewing needle looked more like a syringe - a very large scary syringe. The new Keurig brewing needle is more of a pointed hook with a hole on one side.
The older brewing needle seen in the Keurig B70 Brewer
and other Keurig systems. More like a giant syringe.
Shot of coffee anyone?
Updated puncture needle - more like a hook, with
space on the sides for water to pass through.
Is there any difference in taste of the coffee we brewed using K Cups? Not really. We think the coffee produced from both the older Keurig needle and the updated needle is about the same, with the updated machine doing a better job on the darker roasts (given our side by side tests today). We do know the needle change is for better extraction, and we're glad Keurig had updated the brewer with the change at no cost to the price in the system.
Perhaps the change is also for other types of hot beverages coming in the future? Perhaps to make sure it never clogs with said beverages? Only time will tell.
Update: We'd also like to add - this change has been in effect since the August/September time frame. Any B70 you purchase will have this new improved extraction needle.
We're not the biggest flavored coffee drinkers here at Single Serve Coffee, but every once in awhile a flavored coffee comes into our lives and can change our coffee drinking habits. Hazelnut Dark Roast Extra Bold is just such a flavored K Cup coffee.
We know everyone is really excited about the Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer, and is anxious for a review and first impressions. So - instead of making you wait for too long as we do our testing, the staff here at Single Serve Coffee thought you might enjoy this short film.
It's official! Green Mountain Coffee has four new K Cups for your Keurig K Cup single serve coffee maker. The best part? Three of the four are extra bold K Cups. We like our coffee rich and sweet and look forward to sampling these new K Cups - especially the Hazelnut Dark Roast Extra Bold. These K Cups will be in limited supply until the New Year - so get them while you can.
Hazelnut Dark Roast Extra Bold - The sweet, buttery flavors of toasted hazelnuts layered over the rich flavors and subtly smokey aromas of our darker-roasted coffee.
The Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer has arrived for review. We'll have a full unboxing and also first impressions soon. So far our initial impression is the Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer is heavy - and we think it's from all that glorious stainless steel. At $299 it had better be heavy, as this is the most expensive and feature laden Keurig single serve coffee maker that uses both K Cups and ground coffee to date.
You can read about all the features of the Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer in here.
The Keurig B70 at $119 after discounts at Sharper Image.
We recently spotted the Keurig B70 at a local Sharper Image store here in Massachusetts. They have a quite a deal on the Keurig B70 - $49 dollars off, and you can save an additional $30 on the in-store demo machine, bringing the price of the machine to $119. They look to be clearing these models for the new improved Keurig B70 - which has a better extraction and needle for puncturing K Cups. Whatever the reason, we love our current B70, and think this is a total steal.
The Cuisinart SS-1Single Serve Coffee Maker
You can also see the new Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-o-matic Single Serve Coffee maker at Williams-Sonoma. The price is $199.99 and the machine wasn't in the demo line up - though the sales person said they were scheduled to be demoing it soon. We were also told if we wanted, they would fire the machine up and give us a test drive. This is one of the reasons we like Williams-Sonoma - there is always over 10+ coffee machines to test out.
We'll have more in-store sightings as we see them.
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