August 30, 2013

Starbucks Discoveries Iced Beverages

Starbucks discoveries iced beverages

If you're looking to discover your favorite iced Starbucks beverage at your local grocer (AB spotted these at Target) conveniently packed into a 50.7 Fl Oz. bottle then look no further than Starbucks Discoveries. Your favorite Starbucks iced beverages have been thoughtfully crafted and freshly chilled for you to enjoy at home.

Starucks Disdoveries come in the following flavors:

  • Starbucks Discoveries-Caffe Mocha 
  • Starbucks Discoveries-Caramel Macchiato 
  • Starbucks Discoveries-Vanilla Latte   

Each serving is only 120 calories, and they run about $4.99 for 50.7 Fl Oz. - which if drank in one setting will most likely cause a major brain and kidney freeze.

Update: Check out the full review of Starbucks Discoveries at SSE.

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August 5, 2013

Starbucks Coffee Vanilla and Caramel K-Cups


AB has spotted some new K-Cup offerings at Target from Starbucks. Starbucks is offering Vanilla and Caramel K-Cups for Keurig K-Cup Brewers and they'll set you back $12.00 for 16 cups. We've seen Dunkin' Donuts also offer a Caramel flavored K-Cup, and we're not sure what to expect except sweetness. We have sampled the Green Mountain Caramel Vanilla Cream and thought it was okay, but not something we would want as a daily drinker.  

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July 31, 2013

Starbucks Iced Single Serve Coffee K-Cup Drinks

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Looking for a few iced coffee drink recipes to use with your Keurig K-Cup brewer? Look no further than Starbucks K-Cups a little bit of syrup and milk. Starbucks has provided two recipes - Vanilla Iced Coffee with Milk and Vietnamese-Style Iced Coffee and both recipes can be made using K-Cups.

  • Vanilla Iced Coffee with Milk
    • Pour ¼ cup of 2% milk into a large glass 
    • Mix in 2 tbsp. Starbucks® Vanilla Syrup 
    • Brew one Starbucks Pike Place Roast K-Cup® on the 4 oz. setting 
    • Add coffee to glass and stir Add 1½ cups of ice
  • Vietnamese-Style Iced Coffee
    • Add 2 tbsp. of sweetened condensed milk to a large glass 
    • Brew one Starbucks® Sumatra K-Cup on the 4 oz. setting 
    • Add coffee to glass and stir Add 1½ cups of ice"


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May 21, 2013

Starbucks and Green Mountain Coffee in Strategic Long Term Relationship

Green Mountain and Starbucks

It's nice to see that your coffee parents aren't getting divorced, and it looks like Starbucks and Green Mountain are going the distance with their single serve coffee business relationship. Starbucks hopes to triple the number of SKUs they have with single serve coffee packs - including K-Cups and VUE packs. So far the two of them have shipped 850 million Starbucks K-Cups, and they hope to do this for a minimum of another 5 years. Congrats Mom and Dad coffee and we hope you two continue to rock out the hits for all of us in the single serve coffee world. Full release after the jump.

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April 11, 2013

Starbucks Launches More Iced Coffee Beverages

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Over at Bevnet we'll see four new iced coffee drinks before the end of the month. The line of iced coffee beverages will be available at select grocery retailers in Boston, Hartford, New York and Philadelphia. The company will continue roll out the new iced coffees nationwide over the next three months, and the products will be available across the country by the end of April. Given how things are heating up already this Spring, these iced beverages should be a cooling force for the Summer months ahead.

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March 18, 2013

Review: Starbucks Tribute Blend K-Cups

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Each year, one of the fan favorite coffees from Starbucks which most people look forward to would have to be Starbucks Tribute Blend. It was originally released as a limited edition but there was so much demand that Starbucks decided to add it as a regular yearly seasonal coffee much to everyone's delight. Culled from a blend of coffees from several different growing regions, Tribute Blend is a blend of Ethiopian, Sumatran, Colombian & Papua New Guinea coffees which come together to form a balance of fruity, spicy, nutty & herbal notes paired with Starbucks signature smoky taste & aroma. 

Unlike previous seasonal K-Cup flavors, Starbucks decided to move away from flashy foil designs and have gone back to plain painted designs instead. We get the usual silver Starbucks logo paired with this year's angular abstract background design. As with some of their recent seasonal K-Cups, they've also decided to include the "vintage year" of 2013 on the packaging & lid. Something which sort of ads collectability if you're someone who prefers to stockpile your K-Cup stash vs. blowing through them all at once. To be honest, we didn't even think we'd see Tribute Blend K-Cups this year since our local shop only had small half-pound bags of whole beans available for the first week of March and these K-Cups only appeared within the past few days. Needless to say we're glad Starbucks decided to continue releasing their seasonal coffees in K-Cup format and look forward to more releases over the coming month.

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March 13, 2013

Starbucks Tribute K-Cups


Starbucks Tribute Blend is back and in K-Cup form. Created to celebrate Starbucks 40th anniversary, this coffee combines four of our all-time favorite coffees: Ethiopian sun-dried beans with an exotic flourish of dark cherry; Aged Sumatra, loved for its syrupy body and cedary spice notes; juicy herbal and complex coffees from Papua New Guinea; and our Colombia coffee, bright, balanced and nutty. It's one of our favorites here at Single Serve Coffee. Starbucks Tribute Blend K-Cups will work in all K-Cup Brewers.

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January 22, 2013

Review: Starbucks Guatemala Casi Cielo K-Cups


When Starbucks started releasing some of their seasonal coffees in K-Cup format last year, it got our hopes up that they’d eventually release ALL of their seasonal coffees as K-Cups. First came the excellent Anniversary Blend K-Cups quickly followed a few months later by the equally magnificent Christmas Blend K-Cups and our recent discovery during an in-shop visit proves that Starbucks Seasonals are going to be a common occurrence in the land of Keurig. This past week (Jan 14-18, 2013) saw the release of what we’re reviewing today: Starbucks Guatemala Casi Cielo K-Cups.

This is great news for Starbucks K-Cups fans and we couldn’t be happier. With a total of 3 seasonals within the past 4 or 5 months, it truly appears that Starbucks have decided to make their entire seasonal series in K-Cup format which means we’re in for some cups of awesome in the coming months ahead. Spanish for almost heaven, Casi Cielo has remained a favorite amongst fans and is a premium coffee harvested from the Antigua region of Guatemala. Billed by Starbucks as a medium roast & having hints of lemon with satisfying dark cocoa notes, we couldn’t wait to give this one a try. Lemon & dark cocoa? Not exactly 2 flavors you’d expect would pair well together, but Starbucks claims it’ll work for virtually any dish from the main meal to desserts.

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November 27, 2012

Review: Verismo Single Serve Coffee and Espresso System by Starbucks

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Starbucks recently sent over the Verismo Single Serve Coffee and Espresso System which besides VIA instant coffee is their first single serve coffee and espresso system. Currently there are two models of the Verismo - the 580 and the V-585 larger model. The Verismo will make a variety of cafe beverages by using a combination of espresso Verismo pods and milk pods. You can also brew fresh coffee by using a Verismo coffee pod that has a freshness foil on the bottom of it you need to remove to reduce the pressure in the pod while brewing a single serve cup of coffee.

Versimo system machine

We received the Verismo 580 machine and it's very sleek and not very heavy. We like the fit and finish of the machine, and the overall design on the machine for us is one of it's strengths. If you're going to spend $199 for the 580 and $399 V-585 Verismo the machine had better be appealing. The water reservoir was easy to fill, and the lever to insert the Verismo pods was also easy to use repeatedly. We like the catch basin and multi-tier design of the cup stand allowing you to use larger or smaller cups, and you can even rise the cup stand high enough to use a shot glass for espresso shots.

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November 26, 2012

Review: Starbucks Christmas Blend Single Serve Coffee K-Cups



When we first reviewed their Anniversary Blend K-Cups a few months ago, we were cautiously optimistic that those would be the first in a line-up of seasonal K-Cups and it turns out that we were correct. We really liked that previous K-Cup, so we couldn't wait to see what Starbucks Christmas Blend K-Cups (the 2nd flavor in the series) would be like. Once again, Starbucks have gone all-out by creating nicely decorated packaging with festive artwork as well as a bright red reflective foil K-Cup lid (Ooh, shiny!) which proved quite the difficult item to photograph.

We also liked the addition of the year on the foil lid. They did this with their Anniversary Blend as well and we think it adds a certain collector's appeal much like you'd get when collecting wine vintages. We can already foresee asking guests if they'd like a 2012 vintage Christmas Blend K-Cup a few years from now (providing we have any left by then).

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