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!
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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.
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.
April 24, 2012
Starbucks will introduce instant dairy products worldwide, and bring its Verismo single-serve brewer to China next year as it triples stores there. Starbucks in March said it will start selling the Verismo, a machine to make brewed coffee and espresso-based beverages, in the U.S. this year, and it was only a matter of time before it announced it's worldwide intentions.
Continue reading: "Starbucks to Market Verismo Brewers in China"
April 19, 2012
French Roast. The first thing that comes to mind when coffee drinkers hear those words is "intense & smoky" and indeed, some of the coffees we've had over the years which employed this roast style have been quite intense and often smoky in nature. Billed as one of the strongest roasts in Starbucks' line-up, we continue our review series of Starbucks K-Cups today with their Starbucks French Roast K-Cups.
Brewing these K-Cups resulted in rather strong aromas of smoky hickory nuanced by tinges of molasses & dark chocolate. After trying a greater portion of the line-up, we're starting to suspect they all have very similar aromas and just about every one we've tried had the "signature" Starbucks coffee shop aroma (the scent you get when you walk into one of their retail shops). We also detected faint oily aromas hiding underneath but the thing that was the most present was definitely smoky hickory.
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April 18, 2012
The Sumatran region of Indonesia is famous for some of the dark roast coffees it produces and depending on how they're blended, the final results can be anywhere from earthy & herbal to sour & intense. We decided to see which route Starbucks decided to take and continue our Starbucks K-Cup reviews today with their Starbucks Sumatra K-Cups.
Brewing these K-Cups resulted in aforementioned earthy notes with subtle hints of herbal and even floral notes in background. Once again, cocoa is present but oddly enough, the smoky hickory notes seem subdued. Seeing as how this is a dark roast, we were expecting the exact opposite. Hmm... strange.
Continue reading: "Review: Starbucks Sumatra K-Cups"
April 16, 2012
Starbucks got their start back in 1971 in Seattle, Washington. Their first store opened on Western Ave. and was later relocated to Pike Place in 1976 where it remains to this day. Despite being the 2nd store to bear the name, many still consider this to be the 1st and longest-operating Starbucks location in the World. Today we continue our Starbucks K-Cups review series with a K-Cup which was named after this historic location: Starbucks Pike Place Roast K-Cups.
Something we've noticed with the Starbucks K-Cups is that the aroma during brewing seems fairly consistent with only intensity & some subtle nuances being the key differences. Such is the same here as brewing these K-Cups resulted in the signature Starbucks aroma filling the room once again. A closer inspection of the final brewed cup revealed smoky notes of hickory in the foreground with scents of cocoa underneath. We also detected a slight oily characteristic present in the aroma at times.
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April 12, 2012
We continue our Starbucks K-Cup reviews today with their Starbucks House Blend K-Cups.
Brewing these K-Cups resulted once again in the signature Starbucks aroma filling the room (we've been seriously considering installing a neon Starbucks logo sign in the Single Serve test kitchens lately). A closer look at the final cup reveals woodsy notes with faint hints of cocoa & hickory hiding underneath.
Continue reading: "Review: Starbucks House Blend K-Cups"