Although we've reviewed it in the past, we decided to revisit what is normally a traditional flavor found around Thanksgiving and decided to try some leftover 2008 Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice K-Cups on a lazy Sunday afternoon while digging around our ever-growing coffee stash. We had second thoughts about drinking a decidedly non-Summer flavor but seeing as how there was nothing good on TV and nothing else to do around the Single Serve Coffee kitchens, we figured why the heck not? The fact that we noticed there was still a few months left before the expiry date also "helped" us in our decision.
Green Mountain will once again make these K-Cups available on September 1st of this year, so unless you've got a stockpile stash like we do, you'll have to wait until then to get some. As with the plethora of pumpkin-flavored coffees on the market each year, familiar scents of pumpkin pie started to emerge during brewing... all-spice, nutmeg & very faint hints of pumpkin were present. The body was medium with a usual brown/amber color.
There's a new giant box of K-Cups in town, and it's the 50 Count K-Cup package from Diedrich Coffee. A bunch of their coffees come packed in 50 count boxes and we really like the Donut Shop blend (read our full review here). The entire idea is more efficient resulting in both a lower cost and a green sensibility, given the reduced waste.
This week, we continue our tour of Van Houtte's flavored coffee line-up by trying their Crème Brûlé K-Cups. Crème Brûlée (as described via its Wikipedia entry) is "a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a layer of hard caramel, created by caramelizing sugar under a broiler, with a butane torch or other intense heat source, or by pouring sugar on top of the custard".
Visit any Canadian grocery store and you're bound to see a huge Van Houtte display full of various flavored coffees where you can select the whole beans and grind them yourself right there in the store. They even have flavors which have yet to appear in K-Cup format and our past experience has shown that their flavored coffees usually have a decent, strong flavoring to them. We were hoping this would follow through to their K-Cups (their Apple Crumble K-Cup was rather good) but such was not to be the case.
We chose the 5.25oz brew size to extract the full flavors on our Keurig B70 and were wondering if perhaps we had forgotten to hit the brew button. Hmm... nope, the coffee's dispensing. Maybe we put in one of their unflavored K-Cups by mistake? Nope... so what the heck was going on here? We tried again with another K-Cup and soon realized that there was barely any scent coming from this flavored variety. Weird indeed. Using the "wine swirl" technique, we tried to uncover any hidden scents in the bottom of the glass but all we could detect was a very faint hint of pecans.
There's another Donut Shop K-Cup in town - Timothys Original Donut Shop Blend Keurig K-Cups are coming mid-August, and we can only hope there as good as the Coffee People Donut Shop K-Cups. This coffee is expected to be smooth and mild - conjuring up images of donut shop goodness. We can't wait. Timothy's Original Donut Shop Blend K-Cups will work in any Keurig brewer.
VROOOM!!!! Attention ground control. This full-bodied XX bold coffee packs a punch, and we do mean a punch. We've been sipping Coffee People Jet Fuel K-Cup coffee over the past two days, and it's intense, bold, and gets your day moving. We love the punchy drive of this coffee, and find the dark roast to have sweet notes as well. We can't wait for some Rocket Fuel K-Cups from Coffee People. Perhaps we'll have lift off into low orbit with coffee in our hands.
Green Mountain Coffee is offering an 80 Count K-Cup Boxes, and shipping is free. You won't run out of your favorite blends as fast, and right now they're offering the 80 count box in three K-Cup Flavors:
Newman's Special Blend - 80 ct. - A hearty, full-bodied blend of medium and dark roasts. Bold yet refined. Strong, ...
Caribou Blend K-Cup - 80 ct. - This signature blend balances a big-bodied, syrupy taste with a clean, snappy finish...
Tullys French Roast - 80 ct. - Tully's most popular roast. Powerful and intense with a smoky, decadent finish. ...
There's a new giant single serve coffee maker in town that uses K-Cups - a giant Keurig Vending Machine. The Specialty Coffee Business Unit of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), is offering a new full-line vending machine designed for single-cup brewing in high-traffic commercial and manufacturing environments.
The Green Mountain Coffee branded vending machine dispenses K-Cup portion packs and is used in conjunction with a Keurig Single-Cup Brewer. The Green Mountain Coffee vending unit holds more than 1,000 K-Cup portion packs. Operators can choose to offer up to 12 product selections from more than 60 coffees, teas, and hot cocoa in K-Cups from GMCR’s family of brands, including Green Mountain Coffee, Tully’s Coffee, Newman’s Own® Organics Coffee, Caribou Coffee®, Celestial Seasonings Teas, and Café Escapes. The machines are paired with Keurig’s proprietary brewing system, which delivers the proper amount, temperature and pressure of water to ensure a perfect cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa, in under one minute.
We want one of these for the Single Serve Coffee headquarters - we're not sure where will put it, but we think we can work it out.
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