October 8, 2014

Green Mountain Coffee Autumn Harvest Blend K-Cups Now Available

Autumn harvest blend

Green Mountain has released their Autumn Harvest K-Cups and since picking up a box at Target we can’t stop drinking this coffee. The coffee uses a set of lighter and darker roasted coffees to produce a very mild medium roast coffee. The Autumn Harvest Blend offers the clean, bright flavors of exceptional Central American coffees, and the sweet smoke and caramel of our French Roast. 

We think you’ll enjoy this coffee all Fall and Winter long. Green Mountain Coffee Autumn Harvest Blend K-Cups are available in the US at Target and other online retailers like Amazon. Green Mountain Coffee Autumn Harvest Blend K-Cups will work in all K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.

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October 6, 2014

Lavazza Classico K-Cups Review

Lavazza classico kcups

We continue our series of Lavazza K-Cup reviews today with the next flavor in the line-up… Lavazza Classico K-Cups. This is billed as medium roast and is supposed to be suited as an everyday coffee which can be enjoyed at any time. Let’s see how this one turns out, shall we?

Brewing these K-Cups resulted in light aromas of smoky hickory tinged with very mild hints of dates & raisins as the coffee cools off. Keurig & Lavazza describe the coffee as having an aroma of dried fruits and while it may not have been evident at first, we did eventually start getting some mild notes after a while.

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October 1, 2014

Mystery Port in Keurig 2.0 Solved

Hidden Data Port

Did you know you had some type of data port in the bottom of your Keurig 2.0? We found it tucked away underneath the Keurig 2.0 (read our article here) waiting to be used at some later point. Is it going to connect to the Keurig Cold coming out soon? Is it going to be used to connect to AOL by dialing out using a modem? :-) Keurig Green Mountain had provided us the answer on what this mystery port is...

The “port" on the bottom of the system is similar to the port you would plug a landline phone into in your home. This was included in the new Keurig 2.0 brewers to give the future ability to connect an accessory to give the brewer internet connectivity, should consumers opt in and wish to do so. This port is not currently in use and any future uses are still in the early stages of innovation. 

So there you have it. It’s to future proof the Keurig 2.0 and perhaps give us recipes to download or to be able to connect to the Keurig 2.0 over our smartphone for smart home uses. Who knows? What do you think they’ll use the port for in the future? 

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September 29, 2014

Keurig 2.0 Likes, Dislikes, Nitpicks, Hidden Port & Conclusion

Keurig 20 final

We reach the end of a long journey today with Part 3 of our 3-part Keurig 2.0 Mega Review where we discuss our main likes, dislikes & nitpicks about the new 2.0 brewers, our discovery of a hidden port under the machine (do we have your attention now?) & our final conclusion about the new 2.0 brewer series. 

What did we like?

- Overall design/look of the new brewers. They seem to have a nicer, more modern look which appears to be a fusion of various design cues from the old Keurig 1.0 Series B70 brewers & the Keurig (1.5 Series?) Vue V700 brewers. 

- The designing ingenuity which went into creating the retractable K-Cup piercing needle mechanism. As we noted in Part 2 of our Mega Review, this level of design is something we’d be expecting to see come out of Apple’s Cupertino offices… not Keurig Green Mountain. The fact that Legos inspired it further shows that amazing things can come from the most simple of ideas.

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September 23, 2014

McCafé K-Cups and T-Discs - Bring Back the Break

Mcdonalds kcups

McDonalds.ca has announced McCafe K-Cups and T-Discs for your K-Cup Brewers (not Keurig 2.0) and Tassimo home brewing systems. You can now take home their Premium Roast coffee and it will be available at McDonald’s restaurants and most major grocery stores in four convenient formats.

  • McCafe K-Cup Portion Packs - Works in Keurig 1.0 brewers only
  • McCafe Tassimo T-Discs
  • McCafe Ground Coffee
  • McCafe Whole Bean Coffee
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September 22, 2014

Keurig 2.0 Menus, Brewing Various Packs & New Exclusive 2.0 Features

 

K450 Carafe

We continue today with Part 2 of our 3-part Keurig 2.0 Mega Review (you can read Part I here) by checking out the new menu system, discussing how to brew various packs in the new brewers and we also cover new features which you’ll only find on the new 2.0 brewers. One thing we’d like to tackle before we get started (and something we forgot to mention in Part 1) is how you can determine whether or not K-Cups & Vue Packs are 2.0 compatible before you even open the box. 

KCup2 Compatible Logo

We’re all familiar with the old Keurig Brewed logo and while most people will think this automatically means they’re getting 2.0 K-Cups or Vue Packs… this is NOT the case. Instead, you now need to look for even NEWER logos on the packaging. The new K-Cup compatibility logo is a colored rectangle with a circled checkmark on top which contains the words “For use in all Keurig K-Cup brewers”. While we’re not entirely 100% certain if boxes featuring this new logo might still contain older 1.0 K-Cups (since the use of the word all can be considered somewhat vague), we can however confirm that all the new boxes with this logo in our latest online orders & in-store purchases DID contain the newer 2.0 K-Cups which feature the Keurig Brewed grey/white ring around the lid. 

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September 18, 2014

Starbucks Guatemala Antigua Coffee K-Cups

 

Starbucks guatemala kcups

It looks like Starbucks is making good on their promise to expand their current line. AB has found Starbucks Guatemala Antigua Coffee K-Cups while at Starbucks on a recent visit. The Guatemala Antigua K-Cups are refined with layers of unfolding flavor— notes of lemon, chocolate and soft spice.  

  • Enjoy this with: A caramel-dipped apple and an early start to the weekend.  
  • Roast: Medium  
  • Region: Latin America 
  • $11.95 for a box of 12 

Starbucks Guatemala Antigua Coffee K-Cups will work in all K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.

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September 17, 2014

What K-Cups and Vue Packs Work in Keurig 2.0?

Keurig 20 What Packs Work

We’ve gotten a bunch of write ins regarding Keurig 2.0, and what K-Cups and packs work with the new brewer. Due to DRM that the brewer uses to tell non-licensed K-Cups not to brew you may have seen the OOPS warning on your Keurig 2.0. Many of your current K-Cups and older VUE Packs will not work with the Keurig 2.0.

Keurig has also noted that many K-Cups have had the Keurig brewed circle on them since earlier in the year but VUE packs are current transitioning so many if not all current VUE packs will not work. According to Keurig Vue packs are currently compatible only with Vue Brewers. Over the next few months, all Vue packs will be transitioned to also be compatible with the Keurig 2.0 Brewing System. You’ll need to check back regularly, and Keurig will let you know when Vue packs can be used in your Keurig 2.0 Brewer on their site.

So this is what we know will and won’t work in Keurig 2.0:

  • Doesn’t Work: Non-Keurig Pack with No Outside Brewed By Keurig circle or ring
  • Doesn’t Work: VUE Pack with no colored circle on it. Most Vue packs won’t work at all.
  • Doesn’t Work: Older K-Cup licensed pack with no Outside Brewed by Keurig circle or ring
  • Works: K-Cup pack with outside ring
  • Works: K-Carafe pack with colored dot

Let us know if you have any questions or find other K-Cup situations that don’t work with Keurig 2.0.

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September 16, 2014

Starbucks Fall Blend K-Cups 2014

Starbucks fall blend 2014 kcups

Starbucks in the US has released Starbucks Fall Blend K-Cups for 2014. You can now safely welcome the season with a harvest of flavors all wrapped up in a K-Cup. This coffee is layered and full-bodied. The three-region blend offers the best of all worlds:

  • Sumatran beans lend the warmth of fresh spice notes 
  • Beans from Kenya add citrusy brightness,
  • Beans from Peru provide balance and a subtle nuttiness.

$11.99 for a box of 16 K-Cups. Whole bean and ground are available as well.

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September 15, 2014

Keurig 2.0 Brewer Series Overview & First Impressions

K450 Brewer

When Keurig first announced earlier this year that it was working on a new brewer which could brew both K-Cups & full carafes of coffee, we were left scratching our head as we thought the whole point of a single serve coffee machine was to… well… serve single servings of coffee. Why would anyone want a single serve coffee machine to make an entire pot (or carafe as Keurig prefers to call it) of coffee? Single serve machines were built specifically to get rid of the old customs of brewing full pots only to have them go stale or burnt (if left on a hot plate) before anyone could finish drinking the entire pot. More often then not, we’d end up dumping more coffee down the sink drain than what would end up in our mugs throughout the course of a day. 

KCarafe vs KCup Side

When compared to K-Cups or Vue-Packs, the new K-Carafe Packs are considerably larger (think of an oversized Travel Mug Vue-Pack) and appear to contain much more coffee. When you first realize how oversized these things are, it comes as a bit of a surprise and makes sense why you only get 8 in a retail box. That wasn’t the only surprise that the new Keurig 2.0 brewer would hold in store for us. The very controversial decision to implement DRM and make the brewer only brew licensed/coded K-Cups caused much stir and vitriol from consumers & competitors alike. Companies which were already making several unlicensed K-Cups were angry that Keurig was effectively locking them out from being able to brew their products on the new machine. Anti-competitive lawsuits emerged and all sorts of issues arose around the matter.

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