More great finds at Target from our Maine correspondent AB. Looks like more Vue packs from Folgers and others are showing up at Target. You can use these in any Vue brewing system. We have tried the K-Cup versions of these Vue packs and they're quite good. Have you seen any interesting Vue packs appearing at your local retailers?
Say what you want about Starbucks and their dark roast charbucks coffees - at least they're trying to not completely destroy the planet. This past week Starbucks introduced a $1 plastic cup that can be reused for drink purchases at a discount of 10 cents. The cups also have fill lines inside of tall, grande, and venti sized drinks. Baristas at Starbucks will also wash out the cups so you're not drinking a little bit of that last latte you ordered.
With so much consumer criticism over waste, it's nice to see a big company like Starbucks actually do something. Starbucks has also introduced a portion of their web site on the growing trend of recycling in their stores.
Tassimo users have been making their own for ages via using Suchards & various espresso T-Discs, but now there’s finally a dedicated mocha flavor in the Tassimo line-up. Today we review the Gevalia Mocha T-Discs. Have they found caffeinated chocolaty bliss or created something similar to soaking a Hershey bar in a glass of instant coffee? Let’s find out.
Brewing these T-Discs resulted in mild cocoa aromas when brewing the syrup followed by smoky aromas with hints of molasses when brewing the espresso. The combined aroma of both was mostly light cocoa with very faint oily notes of the espresso. A neat aroma morphing effect occurred as we got to the bottom of the cup as we started with light cocoa, then stronger espresso notes, then stronger cocoa notes again.
We've gotten a bunch of write ins and this picture from AB regarding the Walmart Great Value K-Cups exploding in a K-Cup brewer when used. Have you had these issues? When you see pictures like above it makes us think the Keurig brewed seal is probably a bit more important than you thought.
AB from Bangor, Maine has spotted some new Maxwell House and Gevalia branded Portion Packs AKA K-Cups on store shelves at Walmart. Both of these K-Cups are made by Kraft and not licensed by Keurig. We first heard tale of these fabled K-Cups in 2012.
Maxwell House - 7.99 per 12 K-Cups.
Gevalia - 8.49 for 12 K-Cups
Dark Royal Blend
We've not tried these, but they should work in any Keurig K-Cup brewing system.
Designed by Sardi Innovation, the single serve coffee cookie cup is a coffee cup you can eat. The cookie cup is made of pastry that is covered with a special icing sugar that works as an insulator making the cup waterproof and sweetening at the same time. The icing in the center is going to melt away in your espresso or single serve cup of coffee, and when you're done drinking you can eat the cup. This makes the single serve coffee cup the bread bowl of coffee cups and mugs. Imagine pairing the coffee cup cookie and the coffee together - french toast cookie with french toast coffee etc. We want one or two or ten of these right now.
Let’s step back a few years ago, when there were many K-Cup flavors that fans had been begging for over and over again. As the years passed and as contracts/agreements between manufacturers & brand owners were made, we slowly started seeing fan demand being answered. Several years ago, nobody would have ever dreamed that Dunkin Donuts coffee would be available in K-Cup format, but now not only do we have that, we have limited edition Dunkins flavors that are exclusivelybeing released in K-Cup format (i.e. Dunkins Mocha). Well, another item that was sorely missed & much demanded in K-Cup format was apple cider.
We’ve seen many companies release a multitude of flavors in instant powder mix format, but we had never seen an apple cider K-Cup before. Again, Green Mountain listened and decided “You know what? If we’re going to make an apple cider K-Cup, screw this powdered artificial stuff… let’s make REAL cider with REAL natural ingredients!” and so, thus was born the new Green Mountain Naturals brand and the world’s first single serve apple cider K-Cup. It became a massive hit, selling-out so quickly & regularly that Green Mountain were forced to change it from a seasonal product to a permanent product and it’s remained a fan favorite ever since.
Lenovo - a China-based PC maker has unveiled the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC. This multi-user, multi-touch, multi-mode consumer device has 27" of screen space, and the table PC, which lies flat, is designed to enable users to make computing a shared experience. Priced at $1699, we expect devices like this to replace your old static coffee table, and transform the coffee table into a board gaming paradise. Who knows if they'll take off, but the price is getting there and the games are already available on tablets like Risk and Monopoly.
Brewing the Folgers Gourmet Selections Morning Cafe K-Cups resulted in very mild woodsy notes with faint hints of chocolate throughout. Compared to their Lively Colombian K-Cups, aroma was considerably weaker overall. Flavor yielded more notes of chocolate with slight notes of berries buried underneath. We were expecting some of the usual smoky or hickory notes, but we suppose we shouldn't have looked for them since there weren't any in the aroma. We can't help but feel things seemed rather flat and could have been perked up a bit by slightly stronger acidity.
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