Back when Keurig first introduced their K-Cup brewers, one of the first accessories to get introduced was the My K-Cup filter. It consisted of a steel mesh filter housed inside a plastic assembly that fit inside the brew chamber once you had removed the lower assembly that contained the bottom piercing needle and was created with the sole purpose of letting users use their own ground coffee instead of having to buy pre-packaged K-Cups should their favorite flavor not be available in K-Cup format. There were many issues that most users encountered with the first generation models which ranged from poor extraction to clogged filters and leaking coffee grinds being dumped into the bottom of their mugs.
We're not sure if the latest generation of My K-Cup filters have solved those issues since we were among the majority who decided to wait things out and see what the competition had to offer. Many 3rd-party companies tried various attempts and creating their own filters over the years but the one which stood out as being the best designed with best overall performance was the Solofill K-Cup filter. It was an all-in-one filter that had a rubber gasket around the lid which solved the coffee grind overflow problem (or so we thought) and the mesh filter was molded right into the outer plastic. The size was similar to a K-Cup which meant you didn't need to go through the extra hassle of taking apart your brewer's brew chamber... just fill the Solofill and pop it in like any other K-Cup. We've included a photo of this 1st-generation model for comparison.
Do you have what it takes to be the best single serve coffee barista using the Aeropress single serve coffee and espresso maker? The 6th annual World Aeropress Championships will be held in Melbourne during the World Barista Championships between the 23rd and 25th May, 2013. Sure you've got to win some other competitions at the World Barista Championships to qualify, but nothing is every easy except a perfect cup of single serve coffee right?
We continue our Martinson Real Cup review series today with their first flavored variety... Martinson Hazelnut Real Cups. It would appear that hazelnut is a staple flavor in the single serve coffee world as just about every company that gets into the market usually goes with either that particular flavor or vanilla as one of their initial flavored coffee varieties. It remains to be seen if this will be like most hazelnut coffees or if anything in particular will set it apart from the masses.
Brewing these Real Cups resulted in light hazelnut aromas with hints of vanilla floating around underneath. We also detected very faint smoky notes buried below as well. They were barely noticeable, but still present nonetheless. Flavor was a bit on the sour side as you first notice the acidity's sour bite then a mild blend of hazelnut & vanilla appears underneath. The main flavor was a lot weaker than what we were expecting. We also noticed some smoky notes that appeared near the finish, while you'd think smoky hazelnut would be a unique flavor, we didn't really care for it all that much.
When we first heard of the Martinson Coffee brand, we were left scratching our heads since we hadn't even been aware of the brand to begin with. You can only imagine our surprise once we did our research and found out that the brand has been around since 1898. According to their company history page on their website, Martinson Coffee was the brainchild of Joe Martinson who came to New York City in the late 1800s. He would apparently select beans right from the docking ships and roast them himself in his mother's kitchen.
He would sell fresh roasted whole beans from a pushcart in his neighborhood and as news grew, his coffee became more and more popular amongst the locals to the point where people from all areas started seeking what he had to offer. As time went on, Joe eventually bought a small factory and sold his premium coffee to hotels and restaurants. What shocked us even more was that the term Cup of Joe is rumored to have evolved from Joe's reputation and popularity of his coffee (although we've also heard stories about how it evolved from military officers' consumption of coffee since they were often referred to as G.I. Joes back in the 50s & 60s).
First there were One Cups, the soft-bottomed open filter style K-Cup knock-offs and now the latest trend that seems to be picking-up steam is yet another K-Cup knock-off which goes by the name of Real Cups. What are Real Cups you ask? Simple... they're similar to a One Cup that has the plastic K-Cup shell re-attached to the bottom. If you cut one open, you'll notice it uses the same filter style as a One Cup. As a result, you get a fusion of both a One Cup's soft-bottomed filter and a K-Cup's plastic shell all into one. We actually like this approach since this ensures the coffee won't go stale and can be stored for long periods of time in carousels or storage racks without any worries.
When our friends at ECS Coffee told us they'd be sending us samples of the Martinson Real Cups for review after they toured the manufacturing facilities, we thought ok... we'll just get the single Real Cups in a Ziploc bag when we open the shipping box. Well, color us pleasantly surprised when we got the shipment. Nothing could have prepared us for what we received once we opened everything.
The KM9000 from Krups dispenses piping hot coffee at the touch of a button, and best of all it's one cup at a time. The compact 12-cup coffee machine is factory programmed for a large or small cup. The Krups Cup On Request coffee maker features the dual heating system with positive temperature coefficient to ensure unvaried coffee temperature for constant taste from the moment coffee is brewed and up to 4 hours after.
Countdown timer to show how long its been since your coffee was brewed
Programmable angled control panel - aroma selection for more intense extraction
Front facing water window - 3 level removable drip tray for multiple size cups and travel mugs
There's even more coffee now for your Keurig brewer and it's from the same people who make T-Disc coffees - Gevalia. Coffee for Keurig by Gevalia will work in any K-Cup Brewer, and there's a good selection to start.
Looks like Safeway has entered into the knock off K-Cup market with their Safeway SELECT Coffee Pods. Designed to work in any K-Cup Brewer, these coffee pods feature real ground coffee and come in a variety of offerings.
Coffee varieties include:
French Roast 100% Arabica beans from Latin America that create a truly bold taste.
Sumatra A complex brew with spicy undertones and hints of butterscotch.
Costa Rica A well-balanced coffee, known for its excellent body and sparkling brightness.
Breakfast Blend A bright and smooth cup of coffee that will awaken your senses.
Hazelnut Sweet and nutty flavors paired with an intense hazelnut aroma.
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