May 14, 2016

Keurig Ditches 2.0 - Rebrands Old 1.0 Brewers as "Classic Line"

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Everything old is 'new' again (sans DRM). SH has written in that ECS Coffee is starting to sell Keurig branded brewers with no DRM. That’s right - any K-Cups will work in this K-Cup brewer unlike the Keurig 2.0. Elite is now the K50 Classic, K10 Mini Plus is now the K15 Mini Classic.

From what we can tell, other than printing the new Keurig logo on the lids, nothing has changed from the old 1.0 versions. These are the same old non-DRM models we've had for ages. Also the Keurig 2.0 models are now called “Keurig PLUS”.

Pretty exciting news in what has become a not so exciting debacle of the Keurig 2.0 and KOLD.

Check them out Classic Line here and PLUS here.

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May 2, 2016

Peet's Costa Rica Aurora Light Roast Coffee K-Cup Packs

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Peet's Costa Rica Aurora Light Roast Coffee K-Cup Packs produce coffee with layers of dark, silken berry that meet a bright, clean citrus sweetness. The coffee is a blend of  Costa Rican and Kenyan coffees and together they are brilliant. This new light roast is in addition to Colombia Luminosa light roast from Peet's Coffee. 

Peet's Costa Rica Aurora Light Roast Coffee K-Cup Packs will work in K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.

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April 29, 2016

Peet's Big Bang Coffee K-Cups

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AB on a recent trip to Target in Bangor Maine came across a new offering from Peet's Coffee called Big Bang.  Big Bang is a brilliant blend created to celebrate Peet's 50th anniversary, featuring the exotic fruitiness of Ethiopian Super Natural.

They run $11.99 for a box of 16 and will work in K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.

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April 26, 2016

Staresso Coffee Maker All in One - Espresso, Cappuccino, Quick Cold Brew

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The Staresso Coffee Maker allows you to make a variety of coffee drinks with just one small machine. With 15~20 bar pressure, the Staresso can produce coffee and espresso which has rich flavor, lower acidity or bitterness. It’s also simple & easy for using and cleaning. And it’s the only coffee maker with quick cold brew function we’ve seen in a portable format. There’s a great video review if you want to see it in action.

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April 25, 2016

MiniPresso GR Portable Espresso Maker

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The MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker is a micro espresso maker you can use on the go or at home. The MiniPresso is the most compact espresso machine, capable of making quality espresso that we’ve seen. MiniPresso is hand operated, and requires no batteries, and no electric power. You add the coffee of your choice, then add hot water, and press it out into a perfect shot of espresso by using the pump button on the side.

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April 13, 2016

Caza Trail Coffee Dark Roast Single Serve Cups

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Caza Trail Coffee Dark Roast Single Serve Cups are made from a blend of select coffees from Latin America, Africa and Indonesia. These single cups produce a full-bodied coffee with a hearty punch but mild acidity for a smooth finish. These single cups are Kosher certified, and will work in K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.

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April 11, 2016

Starbucks Lattes Are Underfilled Class Action Lawsuit

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Starbucks intentionally underfills its lattes by 25 percent, saving the coffee giant millions while ripping-off customers at the same time, a putative class action states.

‘Tall Lattes are not 12 fluid ounces, Grande Lattes are not 16 fluid ounces, and Venti Lattes are not 20 fluid ounces,’ the class action states. ‘Starbucks cheats purchasers by providing less fluid ounces in their Lattes than represented.’"

It seems the way Starbucks fills the lattes is by using lines in a foaming cup and that results in a margin of unfilled cup at the top in the finished latte. This lawsuit is interesting, and we’ll keep you posted as it develops.

More at Starbucks Class Action Says Lattes Are Intentionally Underfilled

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April 4, 2016

Nespresso Aeroccino 4 Titanium Milk Frother

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Aeroccino 4 Titanium milk frother makes 2 types of hot foam, hot milk and cold foam. With one single whisk you can now do all your preparations; just pour in the milk and select the desired button to obtain, in no time, a divine milk froth for your favourite recipes. On top, the Aeroccino4 is also dishwasher proof to ease cleaning.

We like the design of this Aeroccino as it comes with a handy base that has built in buttons. The design update is also really nice and will match your Nespresso machine with style.

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March 31, 2016

Loblaw Grocery Stores of Canada Release Nespresso Compatible Capsules

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SH just noticed that Loblaw (a major Canadian grocery chain company) has introduced their own line-up of value-priced Nespresso compatible capsules via their President's Choice store brand. It would seem they're trying to emulate the base flavors from Nespresso's Grand Cru line with a few decafs, various intensity roasts and a lungo.
While we're used to seeing store brands for K-Cups, SH thinks this is the first time he's seen store brand Nespresso knock-offs.

From SH: President’s Choice bills itself as "premium-quality substitutions" to national brands and upon my first impressions of their Potente blend, it would seem this is a viable selection for those looking for a slightly cheaper alternative.

Taste was strong & robust with a nice kick overall while the crema produced seemed decent (although not as thick as a normal Nespresso capsule). The capsules themselves are made of a thick colored plastic and come boxed in two matte foil sleeve.

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March 29, 2016

Canadian Update: Starbucks Sulawesi K-Cups / Sweet and Creamy Donut House K-Cups

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SH has an update on some K-Cups and thoughts of what Canadian coffee drinkers want in a K-Cup.

Noticed these at my local Starbucks yesterday. Grabbed a box. To be honest, it tastes just like every other Starbucks dark roast I've had before... can't really determine anything of note. Maybe adding some cream might reveal some of the notes they're mentioning on the packaging, but I haven't tried that yet since I usually always drink coffee black.

As far as what's new for K-Cups in Canada, it seems Keurig Canada are trying to capitalize on a Canadian vice most Canucks are practically born with (myself excluded)... a Tim Horton's "double-double". Traditionally the most popular drink to order at a Tims in Canada, a double-double is a Tim Horton's regular roast with 2 creams & 2 sugars. It makes for a (what I find sickeningly) sweet coffee.

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Well now Keurig has introduced their Donut House Sweet & Creamy Double-Double K-Cups (as a direct response to Nescafe's 3-in-1 knock-off K-Cups). The K-Cups include ground coffee, sucralose as the sweetener and milk/soy-based creamer all in one K-Cup to produce a much more palatable version of a Tim's double-double. Is it creamy? Kind of. Is it sweet? Yep, but nowhere near as sickening as what Tim's usually does to it. 

It'll remain to be seen if Canadians adopt this as their new K-Cup of choice over a traditional Tim's run (and it makes me wonder if Tim Hortons will create their own "official" version).

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