April 15, 2015

Caramelizio - Coffee And Caramel Grand Crus for Nespresso VertuoLine

Caramelizio nespresso

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the innovative VertuoLine system, Nespresso has introduced Caramelizio – the first large-cup coffee addition to the VertuoLine Grands Crus range. Caramelizio joins two of the most popular coffee flavors, Vanilla and Hazelnut, in the Nespresso permanent range of VertuoLine Grands Crus.

The VertuoLine system brews both American style large-cup coffee and authentic espresso. With the launch of Caramelizio, Nespresso rounds out their flavored Grands Crus with another popular coffee flavor – Caramel – allowing American coffee lovers to indulge in a variety of delightfully sophisticated tastes.

Caramelizio is available in the U.S. starting March 2015 at Nespresso Flagship Boutiques (New York, Miami, Boston, San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Dallas, Newport Beach and Tysons Corner), Nespresso Boutique-in-Shop locations, through the Nespresso Club (1.877.964.6299) and at Nespresso. A sleeve of Caramelizio, which includes ten single-serve capsules, sells for $11.00.

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April 14, 2015

Stash Mango Passionfruit Herbal Tea Single Cups Review

Stash singlecup mango cupshot

We continue our look at some recent Stash tea single cups by checking out the Stash Mango Passionfruit Herbal Tea Single Cups. We rather enjoyed their Pomegranate Raspberry Green Tea Single Cups and are hoping that this flavor will be on par with that experience. Let’s find out.

Brewing these Single Cups resulted in tropical aromas of sweet mangos and exotic passionfruit filling the room with a rather pleasant, almost floral scent which reminded us (oddly enough) of a Glade Hawaiian Breeze Plug-In. Flavor was pretty much identical as we detected some mildly tart passionfruit notes up front quickly followed by sweeter mango notes on the back end. We suspect that since this is billed as an herbal tea that it’s likely a tisane of the primary ingredients mixed into a brew without the inclusion of any actual teas since we didn’t detect any green or black tea notes whatsoever. If we had to declare a primary flavor in the mix, we’d give the upper hand to the passionfruit notes as they emerge as the stronger of the 2 compared to the mango. Again, much like last time, there’s no mistaking the primary ingredients as you get a strong flavor vs. something weak or watery. 

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April 13, 2015

BELLA One Scoop One Cup Coffee Maker

Bella one scoop coffee maker

The BELLA One Scoop One Cup Coffee Maker adds vibrant personality and single serve coffee to any kitchen, dorm room, or home office. This single-serving coffee maker brews up to 14 ounces of coffee, and it can also be used to make tea and dispense hot water for oatmeal and instant soups. Its permanent filter means you'll never need disposable paper filters.

Bella single cup coffee maker

Features include:

  • Quickly brews up to 14 ounces of coffee, tea, or hot waterCompact design won't clutter your countertop
  • Permanent filter--no disposable filters needed
  • Sleek and colorful
  • The drip tray adjusts to accommodate various size mugs, such as the ceramic mug included with this coffee maker.
  • Included in the box: BELLA One Scoop One Cup Coffee Maker, permanent filter, filter holder, mug, and user manual.

At BELLA One Scoop One Cup Coffee Maker

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April 10, 2015

Contigo SnapSeal Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug

Contigo snap seal mug

The Contigo SnapSeal Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug can hold 20 ounces of your favorite single serve coffee. The SnapSeal lid features a 1-piece leak proof lid that allows for easy, one-handed use. The mug itself is a double-wall vacuum-insulated stainless steel wonder that keeps beverages hot for 6 hours or cold for 12 hours. The mug is also 100% BPA Free, and fits most single-serve brewers and car cup holders. The mug is top-rack dishwasher safe.

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April 9, 2015

Joey Kramer Rockin’ & Roastin’ K-Cups

Joey kramer roasting kcups

AB on a recent trip to Shaw’s in Bangor Maine came across Joey Kramer Rockin’ & Roastin’ K-Cups.

Shaw’s had in stock:

  • Ethiopia Organic Medium-Dark Roast - the taste of this coffee as a strong, earthy woodiness with hints of clove, chocolate and a great variety of fruit and citrus notes.
  • The Guatemala Organic Medium Roast -  the taste of this coffee as a mix of bright citrus with dark chocolate and dark char that has a pleasant woodiness, free of any bitterness.
  • Sumatra Whole Bean -  the taste of this coffee as earthy at the start, then evoking tones of chocolate, citrus and sweetness.

They run $7.99 for a box of 12. 

At Rockin’ and Roastin’ K-Cups

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April 8, 2015

MINIPRESSO - Hand Powered Portable Espresso Machine

Mini presso dual models

The MINIPRESSO is a compact hand powered portable espresso machine. It’s designed to allow you to take your espresso on the go, and is also reasonably priced at $49.

There are two models to choose from:

  • The MINIPRESSO GR - uses ground coffee and hot water
  • The MINIPRESSO CA - uses a variety of capsules based on the Caffitaly System and Tchibo Cafissimo.
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April 7, 2015

Stash Pomegranate Raspberry Green Tea Single Cups Review

 

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Stash is a brand of tea we’ve seen slowly yet steadily expand with its retail presence over the past few years. It seems that every few weeks when we do a grocery run, we notice a new Stash flavor or packaging redesign. A quick look on their website shows that Stash got their start in Tigard, Oregon (a suburb of Portland) back in 1972 and were even operated out of a Portland Victorian style house supplying loose herbals teas and bulk herbs to local natural food stores in their early years. 

This privately-held company then broadened their offerings in 1975 to include bagged teas as well as a full offering of traditional, specialty blend and herbal teas directly to restaurants and through mail order catalogues to consumers. We’ll allow anyone 20 or younger to Google the term mail order catalog for a minute. Stash tea products can now be found in many countries around the world and they’ve entered the single serve market recently with the introduction of Keurig-compatible (1.0 only, not 2.0) single cups.  Today we take a look at 1 of their newer flavors to pop up on store shelves… Stash Pomegranate Raspberry Green Tea Single Cups.

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April 6, 2015

Mysterious Keurig 2.0 550 Brewer Orange Disc - Solved

Mysterious keurig orange disk

Over the weekend we had a reader write in regarding a mysterious orange disk that they received in their Keurig 2.0 550 brewer. We think it looks like a shipping disk with some instructions on it showing how to set up the brewer. Are we correct?

From Steve:

I received a replacement Keurig 2.0 550 brewer and the attached disc was included. The code on the plastic bag is KPCS 500057121. Can you tell m what is is? Thanks

Update from Steve:

I found a video. It's the 2nd video under Keurig 2.0 Support. Titled - Keurig Brewer Maintenance Accessory.

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April 3, 2015

Harmony Bay Coffee K-Cups

Harmony bay k cups

On a recent trip to Shaw’s in Bangor Maine AB came across Harmony Bay K-Cups. These are the same great flavors and options you're used to with Harmony Bay, but conveniently packaged in a Single Serving Cup. Compatible for use with most K-Cup Brewers BUT NOT Keurig 2.0.

Shaw’s had in stock of the following coffee blends:

  • Hazelnut
  • French Vanilla
  • Decaf Hazelnut

They run $6.99 for a box of 12.

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April 2, 2015

Doctor Who Tardis Heat Reactive Travel Mug

Doctor who heat change mug

The Doctor Who Tardis Heat Reactive Travel Mug will allow your coffee to fly around in space and time, and of course this mug is bigger on the inside. The Doctor Who Tardis Heat Reactive Travel Mug is a durable 20oz mug that, when exposed to a warm beverage, will reveal the infamous call box. 

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