November 23, 2009
Van Houtte recently decided to promote breast cancer research & awareness by releasing their new Pink Ribbon K-Cups. Billed as a medium roast "with good acidity, slight floral flavor & no bitterness", Van Houtte goes on to note that all funds raised through the purchase of these K-Cups will go towards their goal of donating $50,000 per year to breast cancer research. Logos in promotional material have even been redesigned to replace Van Houtte's white ribbon with a flowing pink ribbon design.
We decided to support the cause & purchase a box for the purpose of this review from a local Van Houtte supplier and although we're sure most coffee roasters have some sort of charity donation program in place, this is the first time in recent memory we've noticed a K-Cup dedicated solely for this purpose. Hats off to Van Houtte for taking this initiative.
Continue reading: "Review: Van Houtte Pink Ribbon K-Cups for Keurig"
November 19, 2009
Green Mountain Coffee has sent us a few boxes of their Spicy Eggnog K-Cups and we couldn't be happier. Rich cinnamon and nutmeg scents abound, mixed with warm flavors of the holiday season when you drink a cup of the Fair Trade Spicy Eggnog coffee. We look forward to this coffee each year along with the Fair Trade Gingerbread and Holiday K-Cups. We find if you add even a touch more eggnog to the Spicy Eggnog K-Cups it's almost overwhelming.
November 13, 2009
Wowser - we did not see this coming but it appears as if Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has acquired Timothy's World Coffees. Some key highlights from the release and news are:
- Acquisition of Canadian Coffee Company to Strengthen GMCR's Leadership in Specialty Coffee throughout North America
- Company Raises Sales and Earnings Estimates to Reflect Acquisition -
The acquisition includes the Timothy's World Coffee® brand and wholesale business (but does not include retail operations), and will be maintained as a wholly owned Canadian subsidiary, with operations integrated into GMCR's Specialty Coffee Business Unit. GMCR anticipates the acquisition will be accretive to its earnings per share in fiscal year 2010.
Full release after the jump.
At Green Mountain Coffee
Continue reading: "Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Acquires Timothy's World Coffees"
November 11, 2009
We recently dug through our K-Cup stash and decided to revisit some Pumpkin Spice K-Cups we had left-over from a previous season, so we figured why not review another seasonal K-Cup which has been hiding in our ever-growing repertoire? This time around, it's Timothy's Winter Carnival K-Cups which grabbed our attention. We purchased these K-Cups for our own review purposes last season during a trip to Tweed & Hickory, and since Timothy's has yet to officially announce this flavor's re-launch this year, we decided to review what we had on-hand.
Upon brewing, you're greeted with a refreshing aroma of maple syrup and butter toffee which lingers in the room. Tasting notes yielded hints of caramel as well and had us wishing we hadn't ravaged our Spring supply of maple candies earlier this year. We can only imagine this coffee + a slice of maple butter pie would be nothing short of pure bliss. Please pardon us as our minds wander for a bit... mmm, maple butter pie (insert Homer Simpson drooling sound here). Timothy's also notes some "custard notes" in the flavoring, but we didn't really notice any during our tests.
Continue reading: "Review: Timothy's Winter Carnival K-Cups for Keurig"
November 3, 2009
Green Mountain has introduced two new Cafe Escapes flavors - Chai Latte (a web exclusive), and Cafe Mocha. We have sampled both of these K-Cups as a result of Green Mountain sending us a few boxes to try out and have the following thoughts:
- Cafe Escapes Chai Latte K-Cups - Very sweet, so if you're going to get the most Chai flavor we found making it on the smaller setting and then using a milk frother to get some balance. We did find several of the staff also liked it on the larger setting in a travel mug to sip and enjoy.
- Cafe Escapes Cafe Mocha K-Cups - Solid. It's a nice chocolate meets coffee experience with a bit more chocolate than coffee. We think this is one of the best of the Cafe Escapes so far.
There's a mini-site for Cafe Escapes as well, and it's very pleasant with ethereal background music. It's nice to see Green Mountain Coffee continue to expand the Cafe Escapes line - now where is my Caramel Macchiato?
These K-Cups will work in your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig Platinum B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer , and other Keurig K Cup brewers including the Keurig Mini B30.
At Cafe Escapes
October 29, 2009
To promote their new Donut House K-Cups, Green Mountain Coffee is running a "Drop A Donut House" promotion. Have fun uploading an image of a friend or family member. Then "drop a donut house" on them, which looks like a fun virtual break for both you and your friend. Plus, both of you will receive a code to save $1 per box off of their new Donut House k-cups.
Check out the whacky Donut House K-Cups site at Donut House Collection
October 28, 2009
Breville has updated their K-Cup brewer with the ultra quiet brew technology. This has to be our only complaint about the previous model - it was loud. The Breville Gourmet Single Serve Coffee Maker also features a powerful 1,500-watt heating element brews coffee efficiently fast to five different brew sizes. It has a Sleek stainless-steel design. Also new is the iced beverage function which dispenses a concentrated 3-1/2-ounce shot of tea or coffee. Dilute with ice and add water, milk or sweeteners for an iced tea or coffee.
Accessories include charcoal water filter, My K-CUP for your own roast, measuring scoop, 18 K-Cup variety pack. One of the best features about the Breville Gourmet Single Serve Coffee maker is the integrated My K-Cup and spoon - it's just too cool to pop open the top and store it away.
At Breville BKC700XL Gourmet Single Serve Coffee Maker with Iced Beverage Function
October 23, 2009
A new brand of k-cups, The Donut House Collection, is now available from Green Mountain Coffee. Four new k-cups are being offered, fresh from the roaster, and you can buy them directly from Green Mountain Coffee by clicking here. Green Mountain Coffee was kind enough send us a set of K-Cups of each of the new types - here's our thoughts on these new coffees from Green Mountain Coffee:
- Cinnamon Roll K-Cups - yummy and not too much cinnamon
- Chocolate Glazed Donut K-Cups - our favorite of the bunch. Lots of chocolate and lots of flavor.
- Donut House Coffee K-Cups - what you'd expect yet a little more bold in flavor. We like it - especially with some cream and sugar
- Donut House Decaf K-Cups - This is a good decaf if ever there was a good decaf.
October 19, 2009
Fall is upon us and so is a ton of different Pumpkin Spice single serve coffees to pick from. Each year we kick back and sample in the best, and make sure to stock up on a few extra boxes for the winter months as well. If you're looking for some advice on what's good for pumpkin spice k-cups or coffee pods then look no further then this review and news round-up.
Now - where is that whipped cream for my pumpkin spice single serve coffee latte...hmmm...
October 15, 2009
The weather is cold and frightful - wonderfully delightful here in Boston, and it makes us think about the upcoming holidays post Halloween. Gloria Jean has a very tasty Holiday Traditions K-Cup, and we think we're ready for it despite it being October. The Holiday Traditions K-Cups will produce a flavorful coffee with undertones of milk chocolate fudge and caramel. Now - these aren't available yet - but will be released around October 21st, so pre-order and then kick back for the holidays.
Gloria Jean's Holiday Traditions K-Cups for Keurig will work in any Keurig models.
At Gloria Jean's Holiday Traditions K-Cups for Keurig