April 28, 2014

ECS Coffee Maple Cinnamon French Toast Decaf Single Cups Review

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We all know that folks who enjoy decaf coffees (or those who are required to drink it due to caffeine sensitivity/headaches) are unfortunately a target demographic which has been ignored for far too long. Just because you can drink regular coffee doesn't mean you should have to suffer with bland offerings and unflavored choices. Well, our friends at ECS Coffee Inc. thought so as well and decided to fix the problem with the first specialty flavored DECAF Single Cup on the market. They even created their own cheeky commercial for the flavor (check the video at the bottom of the product page on their site, link at end of review)

Sure, there may be a few flavored decafs on the market, but they're mostly staple flavors like French Vanilla or Hazelnut... they're ok, but... well, kind of meh. Where's the sense of adventure? Where's the innovative combination of various flavors? Why aren't limited edition K-Cups also sold in decaf versions? How about Maple Cinnamon French Toast? Is that adventurous enough of a decaf flavor for ya? Now that we've got your attention, let's put this flavor through its paces and see if ECS have created something worthy of celebration for decaf fans.

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April 25, 2014

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Single-Serve Coffeemaker - Use K-Cups or Ground Coffee

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The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Single-Serve Coffeemaker can brew coffee using single-serve packs, coffee grounds or soft pods. It’s also compatible with K-cup packs, and other single serve coffee packs you use with use with your Keurig K-Cup brewer.

Featuring better coffee extraction than the leading competitor, the brewer also has an adjustable cup rest that allows for standard-size cups or travel mugs. All removable parts are dishwasher safe.

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April 24, 2014

Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker

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We often don’t associate ground coffee you scoop with single serve coffee makers, but the Hamilton Beach 49981A Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker makes coffee right after you scoop. You can brew your own ground coffee with single-serve scoop filter, and brew up to a 14oz cup of coffee into a travel mug or coffee cup. The brewer is made of stainless steel, and has a built in coffee stand for travel mugs.

We’ve always enjoyed the various coffee makers from Hamilton Beach, and there’s always their Brew Station coffee maker if you want a more on demand option.

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April 23, 2014

Contigo Autoseal West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug

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The Contigo Autoseal West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug continues to be our travel mug of choice, and we use it daily. Featuring vacuum-insulated technology that keeps beverages hot for 4 hours, and cold for 12 hours the Contigo is also easy to use and carry. It’s also backed by the Contigo Lifetime Guarantee against any manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship.

An the AUTOSEAL lid automatically seals between sips to ensure no spills. You simply pull the button by gripping your hand around the mug top and drinking. Though hand washing is recommended, we have 3 of these and wash the lid and main mug in the dishwasher all the time with no issues. You can also purchase the Contigo Travel Mug in 16 or 24 ounce versions. The 24 ounce version is shown above.

At Contigo Autoseal West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug

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April 22, 2014

Folgers Gourmet Selections French Roast K-Cups Review

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen any new K-Cups from Folgers, so we were caught a bit off guard recently when when stumbled across this new flavor on Keurig’s site a few days ago. While it may not be a flavored variety this time around and while it may seem a bit redundant given their Black Silk flavor is already a pretty strong dark roast coffee, we were curious to see what these new Folgers Gourmet Selections French Roast K-Cups would be like. Let’s find out.

Brewing these K-Cups resulted in strong smoky hickory notes with some very mild peppery notes lurking underneath. Oddly enough though, aroma didn’t seem as strong as what we’re used to with typical French Roast coffees. This carried through in the flavor as we also got smoky notes up front blended with dark cocoa and some faint citrus notes as things faded into a peppery finish near the end of each sip. It’s been a while since we had the Black Silk K-Cups but we’re a bit surprised that this flavor is turning out to be a bit lighter than that. Definitely not what we were expecting. Give us a second while we check the packaging again… nope, it says French Roast. Hmmm… strange.

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April 21, 2014

AeroPress Inventor's Q&A

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Over at Fast Company Alan Adler inventor of the Aeropress has a really extensive Q&A on the Aeropress. It’s no doubt the Aeropress is one of the most popular single serve coffee makers, and also one of the best. We reviewed the Aeropress back in 2006, and it’s still one of our go-to single serve coffee makers. Why? It makes an amazing cup of coffee, and it only requires minimal interaction to get a perfect cup of coffee every time.

The Q&A also has some info on Alan Adler’s earlier days as a toy designer. If you didn’t know he invented the Aerobie frisbee, and other toys. Head over to Fast Company for the full read, and yes those are male enhancing devices with the Aeropress in the middle. Choose your coffee press wisely...

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April 18, 2014

Cups - How Much Would You Pay a Month for Unlimited Coffee?

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CUPS is an app for IOS and Android that allows you to pay for coffee at independent coffee shops. CUPS allows you to subscribe and get discounted or even unlimited coffee from independent coffee shops for a discounted price. Right now in the US it’s only available in New York where you can pay a per month or discount rate at many coffee shops.

Is it a deal? A participating shop needs to be convenient to your home, work, or some point in between, and one drawback is a participating shop can withdraw from CUPS at any time. Still paying and saving 20-30% off the price of your coffee or even getting unlimited coffee for $45 to $85 bucks a month might work out in the long run. 

We like the idea and would love to know if you’re using CUPS in NYC. We’ll be visiting NYC next week and will try and check it out.

Via Consumerist at CUPS

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April 17, 2014

Two Strangers Can Connect Over Coffee

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Can a coffee machine connect 2 strangers? After a year in the making, you can watch the Coffee Connector - an interactive coffee maker requiring two people to function. The Coffee Connector debuted at  a conference at the Time Warner Center in New York. If you’re looking for what people thought of the Coffee Connector - check out #sgcoffeeconnect. Video is after the jump, and sure it’s a promotion piece but we really love an interactive coffee contraption every time.

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April 16, 2014

Tassimo Europe Gives Machines Proper Names

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Tassimo Europe is into changing not only the names of their Tassimo beverage systems, but also the model numbers. They've taken to giving the T20 to T65 names such as Amia, Fidelia, Charmy, Joy, etc. The new T12 is called the “Vivy”. The model #s are also a bit "off" as the T45 is called the T42 & T40, etc. 

We like owning our Tassimo T65, but would we also like calling it Amia? Maybe naming it ourself to something like “Bobby - the amazing thing that makes us coffee.” would be a better name.

Seriously this is a great way to add a little personality to your single serve coffee maker, and we’d like to see a little more fun on this side of the pond.

More at Tassimo

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April 15, 2014

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf K-Cups

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf K-Cups have been spotted in the wild by AB at Walmart recently in Bangor, Maine. We've been waiting for the CBTL K-Cups to become widely available and it looks like it's happening. Right now there's 4 blends to choose from, and all of them will work in all K-Cup Brewers. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf K-Cups are also Keurig brewed and will work in Keurig 2.0 brewers this fall as well.

  • Costa Rica Blend: Medium Roast. Our Costa Rica coffee comes from the finest high-altitude farms, where the unique climate and rich soils produce coffees that exhibit a bright, clean taste. With its balanced, crisp flavor and fragrant aroma, this medium-bodied coffee is a customer favorite in our cafés.
  • Toasted Amaretto: Medium Roast. Make your day even better with this Toasted Amaretto flavored coffee. Rich and fragrant with almond and a creamy liqueur flavor, it is sure to make for a special cup of coffee, day or night.
  • Viennesse Blend: Dark Roast. Vienna-style roasting creates a deep brown, medium dark roast. Mellow, smooth and delicately nuanced with hints of chocolate, our Viennese Blend draws on a unique Vienna-style of roasting that dates back to 1683 when the country’s first coffee house opened.
  • Café 63 Roast: Light Roast. Our Café ’63 Roast presents the smooth, light-bodied taste and fruity aroma which we’ve been known for since we opened our first café in 1963. Hand-selected for the quality of their brightness and flavor, the beans are roasted to perfection to bring you a deliciously cheerful and refreshing cup. For a box of 18 it will run you $9.98."

More at Coffee Bean Tea & Leaf

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