January 5, 2015
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
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.
December 26, 2014
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.
December 24, 2014
Keurig Green Mountain is recalling more than 7 million Keurig Mini Plus brewers after 90 reported burn-related injuries. The coffee produced by these brewers is too hot and can overheat during the brewing process, spraying out and burning coffee drinkers. Keurig has received about 200 reports of hot liquid escaping from the brewer, including 90 of those that said they suffered burn-related injuries.
This is how you find the serial number in your affected brewer.
More details on the CPSC site.
The company is recalling about 6.6 million units sold in the U.S. and 564,000 sold in Canada. The recalled units were produced between the end of 2009 and July 2014 and were sold at a handful of national retailers, as well as online on Keurig’s website.
We think you should stop using your brewer immediately and call today for a repair on the brewer.
Via Keurig's too-hot coffee and details on the CPSC site.
December 23, 2014
The RealCup brand is going to grow really big in 2015, and part of it is making more and more partnerships happen. Also RealCups will be compatible moving forward with all Keurig K-Cup brewers including 2.0. Beginning in January, Corporate Essentials will be expanding its offering to include more than 60 different products from the RealCup portfolio. This includes Martinson coffees, cocoas and cappuccinos, Tim Hortons coffee, Marley Coffee, Higgins & Burke teas and Brown Gold coffees.
Corporate Essentials will offer new and existing clients the RC400 RealCup brewer from Mother Parkers. The dependable, commercial grade office brewer delivers maximum flexibility and performance with both a water reservoir AND plumbed-in capabilities, as well as brew sizes from 4–16 oz. Beginning in 2015, coffee brands in the RealCup portfolio will be available in the more environmentally friendly EcoCup format, which makes it easy for users to dissemble the capsule components for recycling.
Corporate Essentials also reaches beyond their extensive client list in the OCS Channel, with more than 50,000 individual online shoppers in the U.S. who have connected with the company’s at-home ordering website at Shoffee.com. Individual buyers will have the opportunity to purchase RealCup brand offerings with more than 60 SKUs soon to be available for on-line purchase.
This means that Corporate Essentials is essentially shedding any ties to Keurig Green Mountain, and will be using RealCup and their coffees and brewers exclusively next year. Pretty exciting times in the single serve coffee world, and we can’t wait to check out all the coffee offerings that will grow out of these partnerships and brewers as well.
More at Corporate Essentials Offers Keurig Compatible RealCups
December 18, 2014
AB on a recent trip to Shaw’s in Bangor, Maine was surprised to see McCafe coffee in K-Cup form. Shaw’s offered both ground coffee and K-cups, and the K-cups come in the following varieties:
- Medium Roast
- Dark Roast
They are produced by Kraft foods and are fully licensed with Keurig. They run $7.99 for a box of 12, and since they are fully licensed the McCafe K-Cups will work in all K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.
December 16, 2014
It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything that truly piqued our interest in the single serve market and when we noticed the recent appearance of various chocolate candy inspired hot cocoas from brands such as Sugar Babies, Charleston Chew, Tootsie Roll & Junior Mints, we at first thought this was a severely early April Fools joke. That is until we started noticing more and more online retailers starting to carry them. Holy cow… these were actually REAL products! We immediately set about trying to procure various flavors only to find out that they were sold out almost everywhere (argh! why didn’t we believe these were real when they were announced?!?). We did however manage to secure a few samples of the Tootsie Roll & Junior Mint Hot Cocoa Single Cups and that’s what we’ll be checking out today.
Continue reading: "Tootsie Roll & Junior Mints Hot Cocoa Single Cups Review"
December 15, 2014
The Eco Fill Max Single Serve Coffee Filter allows you to pack 2x the amount of coffee to brew a perfect 6-8 oz cup of coffee. The Eco-Fill Max holds almost twice as much coffee as a single serve capsule allowing you to make, big, bold, full flavored, tumbler sized beverages in your single serve Keurig Brewer. Just replace the standard- K-cup holder with the Eco Fill max holder.
Eco Fill-Max Single Serve Coffee Filter Deluxe Features:
- 2 X capacity of a K cup with your own ground coffee
- Replaces standard k-cup holder
- Accepts all standard K-cups
The Eco Fill Max Single Serve Coffee Filter works with all Keurig 1.0 K-Cup Brewers.
December 12, 2014
You can get a Freedom Clip to hack your Keurig 2.0 and use any K-Cups you want. We’ve put together a quick video showing how easy it is to use it, and that it works flawlessly. Make sure and sign up and get a Freedom Clip sent to you. Video is after the jump.
Continue reading: "Use Any K-Cups in Keurig 2.0 with the Freedom Clip"
December 10, 2014
The HiLine Coffee Company sent us a entire set of their coffee packs and pods (K-Cups) this past week, and we've been enjoying the various roasts with a huge smile on our face. You can choose the packs which are 15 ounces of ground coffee and use it with a reusable filter such as the Eco-Fill, or you can buy the pods (K-Cups) and use them with any Keurig K-Cup brewer but not Keurig 2.0 unless you have you lucky hands on a Freedom clip.
HiLine Coffee Pods for K-Cup brewers include:
- DONUT TRUCK MEDIUM - Nutty, chocolate, citrus
- STOCK EXCHANGE DARK - Raspberry, nutty, bold
- FIFTH AVE MEDIUM- Honey, creamy, radiant
HiLine Coffee Packs for use in French Press, AeroPress or Reusable Filters for K-Cup brewers (learn more here):
- TRIBECA MEDIUM- Fruity, creamy, balanced
- PARK AVE DARK - Chocolate, caramel, robust
- EMPIRE STATE MEDIUM- Blueberry, nectar, full-bodied