July 9, 2014

Harris Teeter K-Cups Become Keurig Brewed

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Harris Teeter K-Cups are now going to be Keurig Brewed and officially licensed K-Cups. What does this mean? If you’ve been following the entire Keurig 2.0 DRM discussion (Keurig 2.0 brewers will only allow Keurig Brewed packs to make coffee in Keurig 2.0 brewers) then you know what this means. Keurig Green Mountain is now licensing even smaller players in the aftermarket K-Cup group and getting them officially on board. This could mean various other unlicensed K-Cups that appear at Walgreens and other food and pharmacy marts will also soon be Keurig licensed.

"We're happy to welcome Harris Teeter into the Keurig system," said John Whoriskey, President of U.S. Sales and Marketing at Keurig. "The combination of Harris Teeter's reputation for offering an excellent selection of high quality products at a good value, and our unparalleled expertise for delivering superior products for our Keurig system is a clear win for Keurig brewer users around the region."

The new, licensed Harris Teeter coffee K-Cup packs are now available exclusively at Harris Teeter and HarrisTeeter.com. All Harris Teeter K-Cup packs will be marked with the Keurig Brewed seal indicating the product has passed rigorous testing, assuring the quality, taste, and integrity consumers expect from the Keurig brand. It also means they’ll work this fall in your new Keurig 2.0 brewer.

We’re also wondering if Harris Teeter will continue to carry unlicensed K-Cups that don’t bear the Keurig Brewed seal. Let us know if you see these new Harris Teeter Keurig Brewed packs and what you think of the various K-Cups.

At Harris Teeter

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July 8, 2014

Keurig K500 Coffee Maker - Keurig 2.0 Has Lots of Options

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You can brew big or small with the Keurig K500 AKA the Keurig 2.0 coffee maker. CNET has a good video showcasing the various brewing options for K-Cups and Large K-Carafe Packs. There’s even brewing choices on Keurig 2.0 coming this Fall. If you want stronger coffee you can pick that option via the LCD menu, and the Keurig K500 will take a longer time to brew.

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July 7, 2014

Nespresso VertuoLine Hazelino Capsules Review

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When Nespresso first introduced the VertuoLine brewer to North America earlier this year, we were a bit caught by surprise as up until now, Nespresso was known primarily for their premium line of espresso machines which they’ve now dubbed OriginalLine. This marked the first time Nespresso had decided to focus on conventional coffee (while still retaining the ability to produce espressos from the same machine). 

An 8oz coffee from Nespresso? Given how superb some of their OriginalLine espresso capsules have been in the past, they certainly had our attention. Seeing as how coffee extraction is different than espresso extraction, Nespresso had to come up with a new way to extract brewed coffee from the capsules and they did so in a way which isn’t that common in the single serve coffee market… centrifugal force. Dubbed Centrifusion, the brewer has a laser which reads a barcode ring around the inner lip of the capsule and this code determines everything from water amounts to spin rate in order to deliver optimized results for each capsule. 

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July 3, 2014

One Cup a Day by Cunicode - 3D Printed Coffee Mugs

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If you’re looking for a unique and interesting coffee mug you might want to check out this site with tons of 3D Printed coffee mugs. We especially like the more alien looking coffee cups, and can see ourselves probably buying too many of these to fit into our cabinets.

All of the mugs are made of bright white ceramic with a glossy, smooth finish. The mugs are of course food-safe, and you can get them in black and white ceramic.

More at One Cup a Day by cunicode on Shapeways

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July 2, 2014

Community Coffee K-Cups for Keurig Brewers

Community Coffee K-Cups

Community Coffee K-Cups are available and in many different roasts. Just last year we had but a few choices in the Community Coffee line but now the single serve coffee choices are endless. Community Coffee K-Cups include:

  • Cafe Special Decaffeinated
  • Breakfast Blend
  • Special Medium-Dark Roast
  • Pecan Praline Medium-Dark Roast
  • Dark Roast Signature Blend
  • Colombia Classico Blend
  • French Roast
  • French Vanilla
  • HazelNut

All Community Coffee K-Cups will work in Keurig K-Cup Brewers.

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July 1, 2014

Nestlé Coffee-mate 2 in 1 K-Cups - Coffee and Creamer in a K-Cup

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Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., and Nestlé USA have announced a multiyear agreement to bring NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE branded coffee with creamer to K-Cup packs for the Keurig brewing system. Nestle Coffee-mate is the first brand to offer a 2 in 1 K-Cup pack for hot coffee - combining roast and ground coffee with branded creamer in a K-Cup.

The companies plan to launch the new Nestlé Coffee-mate 2 in 1 K-Cup packs in Original and French Vanilla flavors on Keurig.com in fall 2014 and in stores in spring 2015. A reinvention of the coffee routine, Nestlé Coffee-mate 2 in 1 K-Cup packs contain a special combination of coffee and creamer for an even more convenient way to create a rich, creamy, delicious cup of coffee. The Nestlé Coffee-mate 2 in 1 K-Cup packs will be available to grocery, mass and specialty retail channels throughout the United States, as well as at Keurig.com.

"Coffee-mate's partnership with Keurig is a natural fit since one-fourth of all Keurig users cream their coffee with Coffee-mate¹," said Rob Case, President of the Nestlé Beverage Division, Nestlé USA. "We're always looking at new, innovative ways to deliver convenience and enjoyment - by combining signature Coffee-mate creamer and roast & ground coffee into one single serve K-Cup pack, Keurig consumers can have their perfect cup at the touch of a button."

This is big news given Nestle owns Nespresso, but Nestle Coffee-Mate is a different kind of coffee experience. We can safely say we didn’t see this one coming, and it’s the first K-Cup of it’s kind to offer a 2-1 solution. We’ll let you know when we get some to try.

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June 30, 2014

Café Bustelo Keurig Brewed K-Cups

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It’s bold and it’s always exciting - Café Bustelo coffee is now available in 18 count boxes for $10.99 at Target. The Cafe Bustelo K-Cups are Keurig brewed and come in two flavors:

  • 100% Columbian 
  • Estilo Espresso
It’s been quite awhile since we’ve had Cafe Bustelo anything, but our memories of coffee at friends in Tucson makes our mouth water. Let us know how good they are after you pick them up and brew a few cups.

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June 27, 2014

Cedarlooks Rustic Summer Coffee Table

Summer Cedar Coffee Table

The Cedarlooks Rustic Summer Coffee Table is 42 inches long, and made of solid cedar construction. If you’re looking for a rugged coffee table to enjoy outside this Summer we can recommend this coffee table highly. We’ve had one in our backyard setup for over 2 years now, and it’s going strong. Solid cedar construction ensures years of maintenance free use, and the coffee table can be painted, stained or left to wether to a natural silver grey. Ours is a natural silver grey now, and we love it.

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June 26, 2014

Cars Running on Single Serve Coffee Biodiesal Could Happen

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Throwing away all of those single serve coffee grounds might not be the thing to do in a gasified coffee future where biodiesal for cars is mixed with coffee grounds. The idea of creating biodiesel from coffee grounds goes back several years, and the process works by soaking the grounds in an organic solvent and then putting them through a process called transesterification.

Coffee ground-based biofuel could be revolutionary. By just using the coffee grounds in neighborhood coffee shops, you could get 22 pounds (10kg) of grounds a day could make about half a gallon of biofuel (2 liters). While that's a relatively small amount, it's from a source that would otherwise usually just be thrown away. Also, imagine just collecting all the used single serve coffee pods (Green Mountain is doing this today with several programs), and not just composting but using it to make fuel. You can read the abstract here.

Via Autoblog

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June 25, 2014

Vacuum Insulated Stainless-Steel Gourmet Coffee Press by Thermos

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The Vacuum Insulated Stainless-Steel Gourmet Coffee Press by Thermos is a coffee press you can be proud of and take everywhere. Thermos vacuum insulation technology locks in temperature to preserve flavor and freshness, and this coffee press has a thermal performance rating of 6 hours. The durable 18/8 stainless steel interior and exterior withstands the demands of everyday use, and the simple stainless steel brewing mechanism brews without electricity so you can make coffee anywhere in three simple steps.

It also features a contoured handle that is easy to grab and comfortable to hold. The thermos body stays cool to the touch with hot liquids, and has a  34 ounce capacity. 

If you’ve ever taken a french press on a camping trip only to have it break, then this french press is for you. It’s very durable and we’ve been using one off and on for many years. Thermos still makes great stuff, and this french press is truly great.

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