March 13, 2013
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.
January 22, 2013
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.
Continue reading: "Review: Starbucks Guatemala Casi Cielo K-Cups"
November 27, 2012
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.
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.
Continue reading: "Review: Verismo Single Serve Coffee and Espresso System by Starbucks"
November 26, 2012
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).
Continue reading: "Review: Starbucks Christmas Blend Single Serve Coffee K-Cups"
November 13, 2012
That's right we've gotten our hands on the Starbucks 580 Single Serve Coffee and Espresso maker to review. We've had it for just a few days drinking lattes, shots of espresso, and House blend brewed coffee. So far the Verismo is delivering on all it's promises. Also - if you're looking for one of the Verismo machines check out Starbucks stores or your local Sur La Table or Williams Sonoma. Williams Sonoma currently is selling the V-585 Machine only.
Here's some details on the Starbucks Verismo Single Serve Coffee and Espresso brewer:
- Starbucks quality lattes, espresso and brewed coffee, all from one machine
- Lattes are made to our café standard of caramelly, rich espresso and natural, creamy 2% milk
- Fresh, natural milk makes creamy, sweet, frothy 2% milk that is perfect for Starbucks Lattes
- Uses Swiss-engineered high-pressure technology (19 bars) to deliver a caramelly, rich Starbucks quality espresso shot
- Functions as both a high-pressure (espresso) and low-pressure (brewed coffee) machine with automatic temperature settings
- Pods are made using 100 percent arabica beans and roasted at the peak of freshness – the same coffee we serve and sell in our cafés
- Pods available in Espresso Roast, Decaf Espresso Roast, as well as the full Starbucks Coffee Roast Spectrum (Blonde, Medium, and Dark)
- Sleek design with small footprint that blends seamlessly on countertop, with a removable container for used pods
- Two machine models available – 580 (base) and V-585 (premium) will be sold at Verismo.com, Starbucks stores, and specialty retailers
A special thanks to Starbucks for sending us the machine to review. More at Starbucks Verismo.
November 7, 2012
Starbucks is celebrating Christmas even earlier than last year with holiday single serve coffee treats for the K-Cup and VIA lovers out there.
Nov 1 rolls around and BAM... it's suddenly Christmas at Starbucks. Normally I complain when companies jump the gun like this, but since I can get eggnog, creme brulé, gingerbread & peppermint mocha lattes a month in advance = 100% fine by me!
Continue reading: "Starbucks Starts Celebrating Christmas Early this Year"
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.
September 24, 2012
The Verismo 580 comes in Silver and Burgandy.
Over the weekend Single Serve Espresso has found the Starbucks Verismo 580 Single Serve Coffee and Espresso System at their local Starbucks, and the $199 Verismo 580 is also available for order online. The Verismo will make both espresso based drinks and also brewed coffee. There is a total of 8 different Starbucks Pods to choose from at launch for the Starbucks Verismo System, and various combinations of these pods will produce lattes, cappuccinos, and other brewed coffee beverages.
Continue reading: "Starbucks Verismo 580 System In Stores and Online"
September 17, 2012
Starbucks created their Anniversary Blend back in 1996 to celebrate their 25th anniversary and it was so popular that it remained a seasonal favorite which would be reintroduced each Fall. Starbucks claims the secret to the distinctive taste of this coffee is due to the use of aged Sumatran beans from Indonesia, but to the honest, the thing that had us jumping for joy was the recent introduction of what we're reviewing today: Starbucks Anniversary Blend K-Cups. We would like to note that we liked the artwork on the packaging & how the foil lid on the K-Cup gave a light gold appearance to the artwork as well. Since most K-Cups have pretty standardized artwork, this made for a nice difference.
Billed as one of the first seasonal Starbucks K-Cups (Hmm... could we be seeing Christmas Blend K-Cups in a few months?), brewing these K-Cups resulted in strong, almost wine-like aromas with smoky hickory tinged by mild notes of caramel in the background. Flavor was nicely presented with a huge amount of complex tastes swirling around in the cup. You start off with some of the smoky notes, but surprisingly, they're a lot smoother and not as intense as your typical Starbucks dark roast. You then notice some molasses flavors mingling around with more notes of sweet caramel and things are topped off by some dark chocolate flavors near the end with a light spicy kick in the finish. Outstanding & unlike anything we've seen before from Starbucks.
Continue reading: "Review: Starbucks Anniversary Blend K-Cups for Keurig"
September 13, 2012
Over at the Starbucks blog there's news Starbucks Anniversary Blend K-Cups are now available for a limited time in Stabucks stores. SH has sent in this shot from a find in New Brunswick, Canada and we do know they'll be available in the US as well. We like the the foil treatment on these K-Cups, and it's nice to see Starbucks offering a seasonal K-Cup for the first time.