January 9, 2013
Let’s step back a few years ago, when there were many K-Cup flavors that fans had been begging for over and over again. As the years passed and as contracts/agreements between manufacturers & brand owners were made, we slowly started seeing fan demand being answered. Several years ago, nobody would have ever dreamed that Dunkin Donuts coffee would be available in K-Cup format, but now not only do we have that, we have limited edition Dunkins flavors that are exclusivelybeing released in K-Cup format (i.e. Dunkins Mocha). Well, another item that was sorely missed & much demanded in K-Cup format was apple cider.
We’ve seen many companies release a multitude of flavors in instant powder mix format, but we had never seen an apple cider K-Cup before. Again, Green Mountain listened and decided “You know what? If we’re going to make an apple cider K-Cup, screw this powdered artificial stuff… let’s make REAL cider with REAL natural ingredients!” and so, thus was born the new Green Mountain Naturals brand and the world’s first single serve apple cider K-Cup. It became a massive hit, selling-out so quickly & regularly that Green Mountain were forced to change it from a seasonal product to a permanent product and it’s remained a fan favorite ever since.
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October 31, 2012
We've been seeing most of our favorite K-Cups make the transition over to the newer Vue Pack format since Keurig started rolling-out the Vue V700 several months ago and there's been a slow but steady increase of new Vue Packs appearing on Keurig.com during that time. Today we look at one of the most recent additions by checking out the Green Mountain Caramel Vanilla Cream Vue Packs. This was one of our favorite flavors in K-Cup format, so we were interested to see how things would turn out using the Vue Packs.
Brewing these Vue Packs at regular strength resulted in massive aromas of caramel blended together with sweet brown sugar tinges and hints of vanilla in the background with very slight touches of hazelnut hiding underneath. All the scents quickly filled the room and had us seriously impressed. We've witnessed strong aromas before, but wow... this was crazy. Things smelled so deliciously good that we could have just stood there all morning sniffing in the aroma without even taking a sip while being perfectly content (although that wouldn't have made for much of a review). An interesting side-note, aromas were so strong that they even lingered in the EMPTY cup afterwards... which we had positioned on the OTHER SIDE of our desk a good 2 feet away from us! What the heck is in this stuff? Concentrated "this is frickin total awesomesauce" extract? The heck with Glade plug-ins, we're just gonna leave the empty cup on our desk all week.
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October 29, 2012
We had a reader write in that Starbucks Vue Packs are now at Target.
I was in my local Target in Bangor Maine when I happen to see these. Very excited.
It's nice to see these Vue packs roll out, and we can't wait to try them. Check out the review of the V700 Vue Single Serve Coffee and hot beverage system here.
October 22, 2012
Today we decided to take a look at an addition to the Vue Pack lineup from earlier this year... Café Escapes Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Vue Packs. We've already tried their K-Cup version, so we were interested to see how this version would stack-up in comparison.
Brewing these Vue Packs resulted in medium aromas of dark chocolate but it wasn't as strong as what we were expecting. At first we thought that maybe some of the powder got stuck inside the Vue Pack but we made sure to shake it and tilt it backwards (to free up any remaining powder from the outlet spout) prior to brewing and sure enough... when we checked the Vue Pack afterwards, it was clean as could be... no left-over powder whatsoever. Odd... you'd think for a dark chocolate, it would have had a richer scent.
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October 9, 2012
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group have reached an agreement to offer Snapple premium iced teas in K-Cup and Vue packs for Keurig single cup brewing systems. We're really impressed by the number of non-coffee drinks Green Mountain is going to over for both the VUE and K-Cup systems - but this one really impresses.
Snapple K-Cup pack iced teas will be offered in a variety of at home and away from home channels for Keurig brewer consumers in the United States and Canada in Spring 2013, with Vue packs to follow. The new beverages will join the current Brew Over Ice collection, a line specially crafted to brew iced beverages with any Keurig brewing system.
Founded in 1972 by three childhood friends, the Snapple brand got its start in Greenwich Village, New York and is now available throughout the United States. Snapple prides itself on developing, producing and marketing a wide variety of premium beverages, including ready-to-drink iced teas, juice drinks, 100% juices, and water.
September 28, 2012
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has expanded of its Keurig Vue Brewing System with the addition of the Keurig Vue V600 brewer. Offering an interactive black and white touchscreen and a lower price point (SRP of $209.99). They've also reduced the price of the Keurig Vue V700 Single Cup Brewing System (read our full review here) to $229.99. The difference in price between the V600 and V700 of $20 means you'll be getting an interactive black and white touchscreen on the V600. The V700 and V600 will only work with Keurig Vue Packs.
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July 25, 2012
Up next in our line of Vue Pack reviews are the Café Escapes Café Caramel Vue Packs. These are billed in the specialty drink category and are the first powdered ingredient Vue Pack we've tried so far. On top of that, we're total suckers for anything caramel-flavored, so we grabbed a box of these as soon as we could. We were curious to see how the blending of 3 separate powdered ingredients would mesh together... powdered milk creamer, caramel flavoring and instant coffee (yes, you read that correctly... INSTANT coffee). For those of you who haven't run out of the room screaming in terror yet, we'll get started now.
Brewing these Vue Packs resulted in rich scents of caramel along with faint butterscotch notes hiding underneath. As for the coffee, we only got faint notes of it here. We were glad the predominant scent here was caramel instead of coffee since we feel this is a specialty drink with hints of coffee, not a coffee with hints of caramel.
Continue reading: "Review: Café Escapes Café Caramel Vue Packs for Keurig Vue Brewing Systems"
July 16, 2012
Our voyage through the wonderful world of Vue Packs brings us today to yet another flavored variety, Van Houtte French Vanilla Vue Packs. Van Houtte have been around in Canada for about as long as long as Marmite’s been around New Zealand and we’re sure if Kiwis had a chance to sample some (Van Houtte Coffee), they’d agree it tastes considerably better. We were again curious to see what kind of results we’d get with the strong button, so we forged ahead.
Brewing these Vue Packs resulted in warm aromas of vanilla blended with caramel throughout. Billed as a light roast, flavor revealed the same notes of vanilla & caramel with the caramel flavors almost outpacing the vanilla ones. Those were definitely the 2 predominant flavors here as we simply could not detect anything else.
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July 6, 2012
We continue our Vue Pack reviews today with our first flavored variety, Gloria Jean’s Hazelnut Vue Packs. We already know what the strong button can do for regular coffees, so we were rather anxious to see what results a flavored coffee would yield.
Brewing these Vue Packs resulted in strong hazelnut aromas filling the room along with notes of cocoa and vanilla. Billed as a medium roast, flavor revealed more abundant notes of hazelnut & vanilla along with tinges of dark chocolate in the background. Overall, a nice mix of flavors that complimented one another.
Body was light to medium brown in color with sunburst shades of orange & yellow when held in front of a light source. Acidity was balanced but a tad on the light side of things. It didn’t impede the coffee too much but we wished it had been a bit stronger. Mouth feel was smooth but almost on the watery side while finish yielded notes of vanilla quickly followed-up with a hazelnut aftertaste.
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June 25, 2012
We continue our Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System
review series today by taking a look at some of the new options which are now available when brewing café style drinks on this brewer. Unlike the older K-Cup brewers, you can now brew more elaborate milk-based drinks such as cappuccinos & lattes, so let's have a look at what's involved in this process.
NOTE: We are aware that the previously released Café Escapes K-Cups have a form of powdered milk in them, but we're talking about drinks that had the milk powder separate from the coffee, not all combined into one. That hasn't been done in K-Cup format yet.
Continue reading: "Review: Brewing Café Style Drinks with the Keurig Vue V700"