April 28, 2014

ECS Coffee Maple Cinnamon French Toast Decaf Single Cups Review

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We all know that folks who enjoy decaf coffees (or those who are required to drink it due to caffeine sensitivity/headaches) are unfortunately a target demographic which has been ignored for far too long. Just because you can drink regular coffee doesn't mean you should have to suffer with bland offerings and unflavored choices. Well, our friends at ECS Coffee Inc. thought so as well and decided to fix the problem with the first specialty flavored DECAF Single Cup on the market. They even created their own cheeky commercial for the flavor (check the video at the bottom of the product page on their site, link at end of review)

Sure, there may be a few flavored decafs on the market, but they're mostly staple flavors like French Vanilla or Hazelnut... they're ok, but... well, kind of meh. Where's the sense of adventure? Where's the innovative combination of various flavors? Why aren't limited edition K-Cups also sold in decaf versions? How about Maple Cinnamon French Toast? Is that adventurous enough of a decaf flavor for ya? Now that we've got your attention, let's put this flavor through its paces and see if ECS have created something worthy of celebration for decaf fans.

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April 22, 2014

Folgers Gourmet Selections French Roast K-Cups Review

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen any new K-Cups from Folgers, so we were caught a bit off guard recently when when stumbled across this new flavor on Keurig’s site a few days ago. While it may not be a flavored variety this time around and while it may seem a bit redundant given their Black Silk flavor is already a pretty strong dark roast coffee, we were curious to see what these new Folgers Gourmet Selections French Roast K-Cups would be like. Let’s find out.

Brewing these K-Cups resulted in strong smoky hickory notes with some very mild peppery notes lurking underneath. Oddly enough though, aroma didn’t seem as strong as what we’re used to with typical French Roast coffees. This carried through in the flavor as we also got smoky notes up front blended with dark cocoa and some faint citrus notes as things faded into a peppery finish near the end of each sip. It’s been a while since we had the Black Silk K-Cups but we’re a bit surprised that this flavor is turning out to be a bit lighter than that. Definitely not what we were expecting. Give us a second while we check the packaging again… nope, it says French Roast. Hmmm… strange.

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April 15, 2014

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf K-Cups

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf K-Cups have been spotted in the wild by AB at Walmart recently in Bangor, Maine. We've been waiting for the CBTL K-Cups to become widely available and it looks like it's happening. Right now there's 4 blends to choose from, and all of them will work in all K-Cup Brewers. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf K-Cups are also Keurig brewed and will work in Keurig 2.0 brewers this fall as well.

  • Costa Rica Blend: Medium Roast. Our Costa Rica coffee comes from the finest high-altitude farms, where the unique climate and rich soils produce coffees that exhibit a bright, clean taste. With its balanced, crisp flavor and fragrant aroma, this medium-bodied coffee is a customer favorite in our cafés.
  • Toasted Amaretto: Medium Roast. Make your day even better with this Toasted Amaretto flavored coffee. Rich and fragrant with almond and a creamy liqueur flavor, it is sure to make for a special cup of coffee, day or night.
  • Viennesse Blend: Dark Roast. Vienna-style roasting creates a deep brown, medium dark roast. Mellow, smooth and delicately nuanced with hints of chocolate, our Viennese Blend draws on a unique Vienna-style of roasting that dates back to 1683 when the country’s first coffee house opened.
  • Café 63 Roast: Light Roast. Our Café ’63 Roast presents the smooth, light-bodied taste and fruity aroma which we’ve been known for since we opened our first café in 1963. Hand-selected for the quality of their brightness and flavor, the beans are roasted to perfection to bring you a deliciously cheerful and refreshing cup. For a box of 18 it will run you $9.98."

More at Coffee Bean Tea & Leaf

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April 14, 2014

EcoCup from Mother Parkers - Recyclable Single-Use Coffee and Tea Pods

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Mother Parkers Coffee has created the EcoCup - a recyclable single-use coffee and tea pod for Keurig K-Cup brewers. Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee says the EcoCup is available with various loose-leaf teas, including the Higgins & Burke brand, while pods containing coffee will be out in early 2015.

How does the EcoCup work? After brewing a beverage, the user can detach the filter from the pod, discard the tea leaves or coffee grounds in a compost, and throw the pod into the blue bin. It works much the same way as the Keurig VUE recyclable VUE packs. 

Mother Parkers has been on the pursuit of making a zero waste single serve coffee product for quite some time, and though the EcoCup is not zero waste they hope it will be in coming years. The environmental impact of the single-serve coffee habit is known to even Keurig Green Mountain. It’s surprising how many companies have beaten them to getting a greener K-Cup to market. We can only hope all K-Cups will be recyclable in the future.

Via CTV News

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April 9, 2014

San Francisco Bay Coffee Breakfast Blend One Cups

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Central and South American beans can be coffee to die for, and these beans are perfectly blended to yield a delicious, satisfying coffee with a morning set of notes. Compatible with Keurig K-Cup brewers and other single serve brewers, these single cups are not compatible with Keruig Vue or Rivo. OneCups are 97% biodegradable so you can compost or recycle these K-Cups instead of adding to the local land fill. These OneCups are also Fair Trade.

San Francisco Bay Coffee Breakfast Blend Single Cups come packed 80 to a box or you can even buy 120 or 160 single cups at a time. 

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March 27, 2014

Peet's Anniversary Blend 2014 Single Cups

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Peet’s Anniversary Blend 2014 is now available for a limited time in single cups that will work with any Keurig K-Cup Brewer. A portion of proceeds from Anniversary Blend 2014 will support Peet's coffee-growing communities.

The Anniversary Blend is the same Anniversary Blend, roasted by the same roasters, and treated with the same craft and care as the rest of their coffees in their Single Cups format. Tasting notes for Peet’s Anniversary Blend 2014 include:

  • Full-bodied and intriguingly savory with bright, exotic layers of tropical fruits.

Get them while you can, and these are non-licensed K-Cups as Peet’s deal with Keurig Green Mountain doesn’t kick in until later this year.

At Anniversary Blend Single Cups

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March 26, 2014

ECSCoffee Thoughts on Keurig 2.0

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ECSCoffee has a really great article on Keurig 2.0. Why listen to them? As one of the largest retailers of single serve coffee products in North America they have a lot to lose if Keurig 2.0 isn’t the next big thing.

If you aren’t familiar with the controversy around the new Keurig 2.0 brewers coming out this year then you may want to catch up. In a nut shell Keurig 2.0 brewers will only brew Keurig licensed K-Cups using some DRM/anti-non licensed detection method built into each brewer. We see the debate coming from many sides - Keurig wants to continue to offer top notch products and doesn’t want unlicensed K-Cups clogging up their machines. The general Keurig customer who buys K-Cups just wants to buy whatever K-Cup they want whether or not it’s licensed and make a cup of coffee?

So who’s right? We think both sides. Unlike most DRM situations - you can keep using the current K-Cup brewer you have. It will still work with Keurig 2.0 K-Cups and the unlicensed K-Cups, or you can get a Keurig 2.0 brewer and use the licensed K-Cups and the new K-Carafe packs.

We think ECS Coffee sums it up pretty well.

So in the end, while innovation, marketing, quality and price will be strategies employed by all in this market, the final say will be with the customer. Certain models of the original Keurig® brewers (lets call them 1.0) will continue to be sold through 2015 and we are yet to hear if Cuisinart®, Mr. Coffee etc. will be making the change to Keurig® 2.0 or sticking with the 1.0 platform.  And there are already 20 Million or so original brewers in homes across North America. So as mentioned before, there is no need to panic. You can continue to brew your favourite beverage just the way you like."

Full read at ECSCoffee

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March 25, 2014

Barnie's Coffee Kitchen K-Cups

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Barnie's Coffee Kitchen K-Cups are now available, and come in many of your favorite flavors. This 15 K-cup Single serve Barnie's Coffee Kitchen Sampler has 5 flavors including:

  • Barnie's Blend - Barnie's signature blend of prized South and Central American coffees.
  • Crème Brûlée - This coffee combines the flavors of cream and caramel to create a coffee reminiscent of the classic dessert.
  • French Roast - This Certified Rainforest Alliance coffee is our darkest roast and is an intense coffee delivering the smokiness and caramel flavors.
  • White Christmas - Flavored with coconut, nuts, sweet caramel and vanilla, it remains unforgettable.
  • Southern Pecan - Southern Pecan coffee delivers the unique sweet, nutty flavor of the famed southern pecan. 

Full boxes run $13.99 for a pack of 24 K-Cups.

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March 24, 2014

Dunkin Donuts Peppermint Mocha K-Cups Review

 

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With major donut shop chains such as Krispy Kreme entering the K-Cup scene in recent months, we decided we’d check in on America’s largest and one of the first to create licensed Keurig Brewed K-Cups… Dunkin Donuts. We haven’t seen too many new K-Cup flavors as they seem focused on creating new varieties mainly in their ground coffee format sold through various grocery stores across the nation, so when we saw they released their new Peppermint Mocha K-Cups a few months ago, we decided to grab a box and check things out. We thought their regular Mocha K-Cups weren’t too bad, so lets see what the addition of peppermint does to the mix.

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March 21, 2014

Numi Organic Tea Blends Coming to RealCup Single Serve Capsules

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Numi is a family owned and operated business that was founded in 1999 by siblings Ahmed and Reem Rahim, and is one the fastest growing tea companies in the United States. Numi chose RealCup due to the shared company values of innovation and quality.

Developed by Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee, RealCup single-serve capsules feature a FlavorMax filter that is designed to allow more of the essential oils into the cup, ensuring a more flavorful experience.

It's nice to see another premium Tea come to the single cup platform that Mother Parkers is building. We look forward to getting a sample set to review.

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