January 5, 2015

Lipton Lemon Ginseng Green Tea K-Cups Review

  

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Lipton has been steadily forging ahead with new varieties of teas lately & the same can be said about their single serve offerings as well. 2014 saw a slow but continued growth of new flavors with the latest one being the Lipton Lemon Ginseng Green Tea K-Cups. We were curious to have a go at these but should have paid closer attention to the ingredients list since, for whatever reason, we thought these K-Cups had honey included as part of the initial flavor. We could not have been more wrong. 

While panax ginseng is known as a form of natural energy supplement, it’s not exactly the best tasting ingredient in the world and despite its various health benefits, it has a very unique and somewhat off-putting taste which can only be described as chemical-like. That’s why most teas which feature this ingredient usually add honey as a sweetener to help mask the taste. This time around, Lipton opted not to do that and only left natural lemon flavoring (which is apparently soy-based… wait, what?) & lemon grass as the main flavor ingredients. So, what are the final brewed results like? Let’s have a look & find out. As noted above, there’s soy in this product (and even an allergen warning right on the K-Cup lids), so be forewarned if you’ve got any soy allergies.

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January 2, 2015

Starbucks Guatemala Casi Cielo K-Cup Packs

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This is one of the first offering from Starbucks for 2015, and one of our favorite K-Cup coffees. The Starbucks Guatemala Casi Cielo K-Cup Packs use only the best beans to make Casi Cielo.  Spanish for “almost heaven.”, we do think this is heaven in a coffee cup. This coffee is both smooth, and has a rich set of flavors to produce what we think is also a great cup of coffee for the morning or late afternoon.

The Starbucks Guatemala Casi Cielo K-Cup Packs will work in all Keurig K-Cup brewers. You’re best bet to get the Starbucks Guatemala Casi Cielo K-Cup Packs is to walk down to a local Starbucks Cafe and pick some up.

At Starbucks

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December 30, 2014

Van Houtte Cafe Bistro Visit in Montreal 2014

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We spent the day visiting old and new Montreal, and had to pay a visit to a Van Houte Cafe Bistro. The Cafe Mocha and Cafe Latte were both very tasty, and the staff super nice given our not so amazing french. The Van Houte Bistros serve sandwiches, coffee, and yes - pastries. Yummy yummy pastries like a chocolate croissant.

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They also feature a wide selection of single serve coffees in K-Cup format, and ground coffees in larger locations. We’d love to have more options like Van Houtte Cafes in the US than just Starbucks and Dunkin' - but then again that’s why you travel to places to enjoy what they have to offer.

At Van Houtte

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December 29, 2014

Montreal Single Serve Coffee Trip 2014

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We’re on a trip through the New Year here at Single Serve Coffee. We just passed by Keurig Green Mountain's headquarters on the way up the Montreal for a few days. We happened upon above a little north of Burlington, VT in a gas station serving from what we could tell just about every blend of Green Mountain coffee available. That’s a lot of coffee and surely a great deal of work to get made every day. Crazy.

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After getting a cup ourselves, we arrived in Montreal later in the day to find Tassimo on sale. We’ve seen lots of Tassimo stuff in Canada, and we’ll be scouting around today for more coffee finds.

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December 26, 2014

Peet's Coffee Colombia Luminosa K-Cup Packs

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Peet’s Coffee has introduced a light coffee to it’s lineup of K-Cups - Colombia Luminosa K-Cup® Packs. This coffee is a light roast with exceptional flavor that has a pleasantly mild, smooth flavor with delicately sweet aromas. It’s also for use Keurig K-Cup brewers.

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December 24, 2014

Keurig Mini-Plus Brewers Recalled for Too-Hot Coffee

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Keurig Green Mountain is recalling more than 7 million Keurig Mini Plus brewers after 90 reported burn-related injuries. The coffee produced by these brewers is too hot and can overheat during the brewing process, spraying out and burning coffee drinkers. Keurig has received about 200 reports of hot liquid escaping from the brewer, including 90 of those that said they suffered burn-related injuries.

Keurig serial number on bottom of brewerThis is how you find the serial number in your affected brewer.
More details on the CPSC site.

The company is recalling about 6.6 million units sold in the U.S. and 564,000 sold in Canada. The recalled units were produced between the end of 2009 and July 2014 and were sold at a handful of national retailers, as well as online on Keurig’s website. 

We think you should stop using your brewer immediately and call today for a repair on the brewer. 

Via Keurig's too-hot coffee and details on the CPSC site.

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December 23, 2014

Corporate Essentials and Shoffee.com Offer Keurig Compatible RealCups in 2015

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The RealCup brand is going to grow really big in 2015, and part of it is making more and more partnerships happen. Also RealCups will be compatible moving forward with all Keurig K-Cup brewers including 2.0. Beginning in January, Corporate Essentials will be expanding its offering to include more than 60 different products from the RealCup portfolio. This includes Martinson coffees, cocoas and cappuccinos, Tim Hortons coffee, Marley Coffee, Higgins & Burke teas and Brown Gold coffees.

Corporate Essentials will offer new and existing clients the RC400 RealCup brewer from Mother Parkers. The dependable, commercial grade office brewer delivers maximum flexibility and performance with both a water reservoir AND plumbed-in capabilities, as well as brew sizes from 4–16 oz. Beginning in 2015, coffee brands in the RealCup portfolio will be available in the more environmentally friendly EcoCup format, which makes it easy for users to dissemble the capsule components for recycling.

Corporate Essentials also reaches beyond their extensive client list in the OCS Channel, with more than 50,000 individual online shoppers in the U.S. who have connected with the company’s at-home ordering website at Shoffee.com. Individual buyers will have the opportunity to purchase RealCup brand offerings with more than 60 SKUs soon to be available for on-line purchase.

This means that Corporate Essentials is essentially shedding any ties to Keurig Green Mountain, and will be using RealCup and their coffees and brewers exclusively next year. Pretty exciting times in the single serve coffee world, and we can’t wait to check out all the coffee offerings that will grow out of these partnerships and brewers as well.

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December 22, 2014

More Second Cup Coffees Come to Tassimo

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Founded in 1975, Second Cup is a proudly Canadian company that has been giving you an authentic Canadian café experience for years. And now Second Cup has even more coffees on TASSIMO. All Second Cup coffees are Rainforest Alliance approved, and work with a all Tassimo brewers.

New Flavors include:

  • MOCCACCINO: The perfect balance of rich velvety espresso combined with fine dark chocolate flavoured syrup.
  • CARAMELOA: Luxurious blend of buttery sweet aroma and velvety smooth richness. 
  • ESPRESSO FORTEA: Classic espresso with an assertive taste and smooth finish. 

At Second Cup

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December 19, 2014

R2-D2 Coffee Mug

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The R2-D2 Coffee Mug can finally be had allowing you to enjoy your favorite hot beverage in style. The mug features raised dimensional elements to make R2 seem real in our hands, and holds 16 ounces. The ceramic mug is dishwasher and microwave safe, and if you care is officially licensed by Disney. After seeing the trailer for Episode VII we’re pretty sure our wallet will be empty and buying more and more Star Wars stuff over the next year or so. Maybe we’ll kick off our buying spree with a little gift of R2 for ourselves.

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December 18, 2014

McCafe K-Cups from McDonald's Now in Stores

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AB on a recent trip to Shaw’s in Bangor, Maine was surprised to see McCafe coffee in K-Cup form. Shaw’s offered both ground coffee and K-cups, and the K-cups come in the following varieties:

  • Medium Roast
  • Dark Roast
  • Decaf

They are produced by Kraft foods and are fully licensed with Keurig. They run $7.99 for a box of 12, and since they are fully licensed the McCafe K-Cups will work in all K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.

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