July 31, 2014

Single Coffee and Single Chocolate Meet In a Bar

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Maybe we should have called this article “Two Great Tastes that Come Together”, but we’re pretty sure that’s for another chocolate bar / cup creation. High-end chocolatier Christopher Elbow Chocolates and Topeka, Kansas-based PT’s Coffee Roasting are partnering to bring to market a packaged coffee bar tasting experience based on singularity — coffee origin and chocolate varietal.

The three-bar line, with 3.5-ounce bars that are currently available at both companies’ retail stores for $8.50, and the bars will soon be distributed to specialty food shops and coffee shops throughout the United States.

The bars are available in the following flavor combinations:

  • 64 percent Dark Madagascar Cacao blended with Ethiopian Deri Kochoha Coffee with flavor notes of raspberry, butterscotch and lemon verbena.
  • 72 percent Venezuelan Cacao blended with Colombia Finca Santa Maria Coffee with flavor notes of honey, key lime and white grape.
  • 46 percent Milk Chocolate from the Dominican Republic blended with Sumatra Karo Highlands Coffee with flavor notes of cola, tobacco and dark chocolate."

Via Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine

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July 30, 2014

Madrone River Table by Greg Klassen Furniture

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The Madrone River Table by Greg Klassen Furniture is simply a work of art in a table. The middle of the split pieces of wood is a blue water glass top that makes it seem like a river is flowing through the table. It’s an amazing design, and we simply couldn’t wait to share it with our Single Serve Coffee readers. We can imagine having a cup of coffee and reading some Flipboard with a river flowing through our coffee table nearby. Amazing.

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July 29, 2014

Keurig Releases 2014 Seasonal K-Cups

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Keurig Green Mountain has released their seasonal coffee K-Cups along with two CBTL single serve teas, and a new spicy tea. We love a good cup of hot cider, and we also can’t wait to get our bellies full of some pumpkin spice coffee. Which of these K-Cups are going to be your favorite this Fall?

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July 28, 2014

Nespresso VertuoLine Diavolitto Capsules Review

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We continue our VertuoLine capsule reviews today by checking out one of their strongest intensity espressos, the Nespresso VertuoLine Diavolitto Capsules. The name was the first thing that piqued our interest and while we don’t know how to read or speak Italian, we got a basic connotation of what was inferred. A quick bit of experimentation on Google Translate quickly proved us right… uh… well, sort of. While Diavolitto is itself not an Italian word (as far as we’re aware) it is derived from diavol, which is apparently the Italian Romanian word for devil. 

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July 25, 2014

Cortiça Cork Coffee Mug

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Originally a Kickstarter project, the Cortica Cork Coffee Mug was successfully funded and is now available for sale. The Cortiça Cork Coffee Mug is a porcelain travel mug wrapped and insulated with cork. It's 12 oz in size, sustainable, and eco friendly.

We love the simplicity of the design, and the double insulation of cork and porcelin. Also, cork and porcelain are two very natural products: bark and clay. Should your mug ever need to be thrown out, it will decompose and turn into fill, unlike metal or plastic that stay in the waste stream.

All orders will be shipping in October 2014, so we recommend you order a mug now and make it a holiday gift.

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July 24, 2014

Recycle A Cup - Recycle the Plastic from K-Cups

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There’s been a bunch of different efforts to make recycling K-Cups much easier than just opening them up and composting the coffee grounds. Recycle A Cup cuts and separates used Keurig K-Cups for recycling and composting. The big trick for any product claiming do help you recycle K-Cups is to separate the foil lid and filter that contains coffee cleanly. 

We had great success using the Recycle A Cup with both Keurig Brewed K-Cups and non-licensed K-Cups from Martinson and others. The bottom of the K-Cup was cleanly cut, and we had no problem composting the coffee grounds. The Recycle A Cup also comes with extra blades you can put in the sides of it to ensure your Recycle A Cup can help you recycle many K-Cups after the first blades wear out.

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The Recycle A Cup cuts the plastic bottom off of the K-Cup allowing you to recycle the plastic bottom, and then compost the coffee grounds from K-Cups. 

Full video after the jump with a step by step how to use the Recycle A Cup.

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July 23, 2014

Keurig Brewed Seal Now on Target Archer Farms K-Cups and Others

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Looks like KGM have decided to grant "Keurig Brewed" licensing to most (if not all) of the previously unlicensed store brands from various grocery stores around USA & Canada as well as various department stores.

The latest is Target's Archer Farms K-Cups... they even have new flavors as well. We’re expecting to see most unlicensed K-Cups obtain a Keurig Brewed logo/license. What does this mean for the Keurig Brewed seal meaning - Keurig Brewed? We’re not sure. The Keurig Brewed seal means quality and safety according to Keurig. We also though it meant they packed and manufactured the K-Cups.

Time will tell if the Keurig Brewed seal continues to mean quality and excellent hot and cold beverages produced from K-Cups.

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July 22, 2014

Nature Valley Creates First Single Serve Oatmeal Product for Keurig Brewers

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Nevermind Campbell Soup... looks like Nature Valley just one-upped Keurig at their own game and created the world's first unlicensed "single serve oatmeal" for Keurig brewers which they are dubbing "Nature Valley Bistro Cups". Apparently each box comes with 8 servings which are comprised of an oatmeal pouch, a mix-ins pouch of fruits/nuts, and a single cup which contains brown sugar & other flavorings. How does it work? You dump the oatmeal & mix-ins in a cup, then brew the sugar/flavoring over the top, and Nature Valley claims you get 80% more oatmeal in this new product vs. traditional oatmeal packets from competitors (i.e. Quaker).

We found 2 flavors on Walmart.com:

There's even videos at the bottom of each listing showing you how the process works, which we have included after the jump.

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July 21, 2014

Nespresso VertuoLine Vanizio Capsules Review

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When we reviewed our first VertuoLine capsules a while back (the hazelnut flavored Hazelino), we noted how the flavoring tasted different and a bit off from what we’re used to seeing in a conventional flavored coffee produced from the likes of a Keurig or Tassimo system. Since we ALWAYS take our coffee black during reviews in order to notice any subtle flavor notes which might be hiding in the cup, we pretty much ignored Nespresso’s recommendations to also try their VertuoLine capsules with added creamer. 

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That was apparently a big mistake. Once we followed their suggestions, we noticed that the strange almost chemical hazelnut taste was replaced by a more subdued hazelnut flavor and that the harsher oily notes in the coffee became greatly reduced to more normal levels. It completely transformed the entire tasting experience to a degree we weren’t expecting. In hindsight, we’d like to offer an apology of sorts to Nespresso and would like to point out that while our original score of 91 - Exceptional still stands for the Hazelino capsules when taken black, we’d have to give a slightly higher score of 94 - Exceptional once you add creamer into the mix (sorry, we still can’t get used to the odd foreign hazelnut flavor).

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July 18, 2014

San Francisco Bay Coffee Breakfast Blend - 80 OneCup Single Serve Cups

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If you’re looking for a Central and South American coffees perfectly blended to yield a delicious, satisfying coffee then look no further. This mild yet interesting breakfast blend will get your day started. San Francisco Bay Coffee Breakfast Blend OneCup Single Serve Cups are 97% biodegradable so you can protect the planet while enjoying delicious coffee. Also these K-Cups are grown responsibly and Fairly Traded.

San Francisco Bay Coffee Breakfast Blend OneCup Single Serve Cups work with all K-Cup Brewers.

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