November 21, 2014

Keurig 2.0 DRM Freedom Clip - Use Any K-Cup You Want in Keurig 2.0

Keurig 2 FREEDOM Clip DRM

It was just a matter of time before the Keurig 2.0 DRM was broken, and it looks like in the coming weeks you'll be able to purchase Rogers Family Company OneCups / San Francisco Bay OneCups and each pack will come with a Keurig 2.0 DRM Freedom Clip which allows you to choose any K-Cup type portion pack you want in your Keurig 2.0 brewer.

As you know the new Keurig 2.0 uses an ink technology to optically read if there is an "authorized K-Cup" present before it will brew. Many "non-authorized" companies are working to add this "special ink" to the lids of their current product (as well as OneCups), but OneCup has developed a clip that easily fits into the optical hole in a Keurig 2.0 and shows this "special ink" to the brewer so that it will brew "non-authorized" k-cup type pods. This includes pre-2.0 k-cups, other "non-authorized" companies cups and of course OneCups.

Since the folks at OneCup think that freedom is essential, they have named this clip the "Freedom Clip". They'll be including this clip in every box of OneCups AND will be offering it for free on their website to everyone who wants one (no purchase necessary). 

We should have one of these Freedom Clip to review soon, and we'll let you know how much freedom it gives us on our K-Cup choice.

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November 20, 2014

Gourmesso - Espresso and Lungo Nespresso Compatible Capsules

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We've received a large selection of Gourmesso Espresso and Lungo capsules to review. Gourmesso capsules are compatible with all Nespresso machines that use the 1.0 capsule format or OriginalLine Nespresso machines. They also come packaged in a two pack enclosures at 10 capsules per box.

Gourmesso espresso is available from only $0.45 per capsule, while other brands sell their alternative Nespresso capsules around $0.65 or more. Their coffee comes from some of the best regions of the world, and each espresso capsule is made up of beans that have been roasted, ground, measured and packaged with extreme care.

Some great features of Gourmesso include:

  • Free shipping on orders of $50 or more
  • Compatible with all OriginalLine Nespresso®* machines
  • Production of high quality coffee beans
  • A Nespresso alternative available in 20 different varieties
  • Great offers and deals every month!

We've sampled many of the Gourmesso varieties, and so far one of our favorite is the Hazelnut. We'll have a full review soon.

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November 19, 2014

Ez-Cup 2.0 - Use Any Coffee You Want with Keurig 2.0 Brewers

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The Ez-cup for Keurig 2.0 allows you to use any coffee you want in Keurig 2.0 single serve coffee makers. It’s uses paper filters to put your choice of ground coffee in, and they are then compostable or you can throw them away with ease.

If you want a reusable coffee filter then we suggest the Eco-Fill 2.0 which also allows you to use any coffee you want in Keurig 2.0 brewers. The EZ-Cup 2.0 works with all Keurig 2.0 brewers including K350, K450, K550, and with all K-Cup Brewers. We’ve received both products to review and they work great in 1.0 and 2.0 Keurig K-Cup brewers. We’ll have a full review soon.

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November 18, 2014

Philips SENSEO Up Single Serve Coffee Maker

 

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The Philips SENSEO Up coffee maker isn’t available in the US any longer, but world wide it’s still a phenomenon. The Philips Up uses more of recycled plastics than probably any other coffee machine on the market today, and keeps environment healthy by using compostable coffee pods.

The SENSEO Up features include:

  • Strength Select - Choose between Strong Short and Mild Long coffee
  • One cup is brewed in just 30 seconds.
  • Direct Start button -  turn it on and brew the coffee at one touch. 
  • SENSEO coffee machine switches off automatically right after brewing to save electricity.
  • SENSEO Up+ coffee maker with memory function - Program the coffee maker to brew the exact amount of coffee you prefer and adjust the coffee quantity up to 145 ml.

Via Appliancist at Philips SENSEO Up

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November 17, 2014

GanoD Coffee Tea BrewKups for K-Cup Brewers

 

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We received a set of BrewKups from GanoD Coffee Tea, and found the Toasted Hazelnut BrewKups quite good. The GanoD Coffee Tea BrewKups offer a single-serve, efficient, convenient and quality cup of freshly brewed coffee in under a minute, and each coffee BrewKup contains Organic Ganoderma Lucidum Powder.

What is  Organic Ganoderma Lucidum Powder? It’s a powder made from the spores of mushrooms that has claims of major health benefits. Some of those include:

  • Liver Protection & Detoxification
  • Effect on Cardiovascular
  • Aging Prevention

So far we’re not feeling any younger, but we can safely say the BrewKup coffee produced was quite good. So far they have 3 different options:

  • Black Gold
  • Chocolate Almond
  • Toasted Hazelnut

Thanks again for GanoD Coffee Tea for sending them. The GanoD Coffee Tea BrewKups will work in Keurig K-Cup Brewers but not Keurig 2.0.

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November 14, 2014

Caribou Coffee Caribou Blend K-Cup Packs

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The Caribou Coffee Caribou Blend K-Cup Packs are one of our favorite medium roast blend with a smooth & classic coffee taste. This blend is 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified and Kosher. The Caribou Coffee Caribou Blend K-Cup Packs will work in K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.

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November 13, 2014

Nespresso Variations 2014 Thoughts and Impressions

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We had high hopes and dreams for the Nespresso Variations 2014 flavors. It seems like most things that come to pass the 2014 Nespresso variations are a bit of a mixed bag. Have you tried them? What do you think of them?

From SH:

  • Apple Crumble = Meh... doesn't smell like apple, barely tastes like apple. Major disappointment. Why is it the unlikeliest of flavors are always the ones that fail to deliver? Barely smells or tastes anything apple.
  • Chocolate Mint = As expected, best of the bunch. It has a choco-mint aroma and choco-mint taste. This is the one of the bunch that MOST matches its description. Not sure why, but Nespresso seem to excel at making chocolate-flavored coffees.  
  • Hazelnut Cookie = I only ordered 1 sleeve, just to see what it'd be like. Surprise, surprise, it's identical to the past 3 or 4 hazelnut flavored Variations releases over the past several years. Same old chemical hazelnut flavor. 

So there ya have it... I didn't try any of these with cream yet, so who knows if that'll help, but I'm again left disappointed.

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November 12, 2014

Bodum Bistro Double-Wall Insulated Glass Espresso Mugs

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We drink out of these Bodum Bistro Double-Wall Insulated Glass Espresso Mugs daily, and love seeing the crema atop our yummy espresso each morning. This set of 2 double-wall glass espresso shot mugs with 4.7-ounce capacities, is made from mouth-blown, lab-quality borosilicate-glass construction. They are pretty durable and heat resistant, and the 2-layer design creates dramatic optical illusions and prevents condensation on the outside of the mug.

Safe for dishwasher and microwave use, but not safe for use with metal utensils. We recommend using a plastic spoon if you want to not break these mugs when you are adding a little sugar or creme.

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November 11, 2014

Eco-Fill 2.0 Deluxe - Use Any Coffee You Want in Keurig 2.0

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The Eco-Fill 2.0 Deluxe for Keurig 2.0 is compatible with Keurig 2.0 Brewers, and allows you to use any coffee in your Keurig Coffee Machines. Works with Keurig K350, K450, K550. The EZ-Cup 2.0 is not compatible with the Keurig VUE, but it is backwards compatible with all the other traditional K-Cup Brewers.

We haven't had the chance to try the Eco-Fill 2.0 Deluxe for Keurig 2.0 yet, but should have one to review soon. 

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November 10, 2014

GMCR Wellness Collection Coffee K-Cups Review

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A few years ago, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) decided to release a new line-up of products which they dubbed their Wellness Collection. The collection was made up of coffees, teas and Brew Over Ice drinks which had vitamins added in. We already reviewed the 2 Vitamin Burst K-Cup flavors and unfortunately, the 2 Celestial Seasonings teas which were part of the collection have now been discontinued. The 2 coffees are still being sold and have even been made Keurig 2.0-compatible, but we never really got a chance to review them until now. As a result, today we're checking out GMCR's Focus Blend K-Cups and their Defend Blend K-Cups.

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November 7, 2014

Keurig K2.0 Water Filter Starter Kit

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Keurig K2.0 Water Filter Starter Kit is designed to work with the new Keurig 2.0 brewer. The handle is designed exclusively for Keurig 2.0 brewers, and after installation you'll have better tasting water for all of your favorite Keurig beverages. It uses Keurig Replacement Water Filters, and includes one water filter and 2 replacement filters.

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November 6, 2014

MoonPie Single Serve Coffee K-Cups

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AB found MoonPie Single Serve Coffee K-Cups at Big Lots in Bangor, ME. They run $4.99 for 10, and come in classic MoonPie flavors of banana, chocolate, and vanilla. We typically think of MoonPIe as being chocolate, and had no idea the cookies ever came in other flavors.

We look forward to trying a MoonPie in any form, but our hopes are not that high they'll be amazing. Has anyone tried any of these? MoonPie Single Cups should work with any K-Cup Brewers but not Keurig 2.0 due to being non-Keurig brewed.

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November 5, 2014

Arist Café Smart Single Cup Coffee Maker

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The Arist Café is a smart single cup coffee maker that uses an app on your  Android or iOS device. The smart coffee maker connects to your phone via Wi-Fi networks, and you control the Arist with the an app. This type of single serve coffee maker that makes one cup of coffee using whole bean to ground seems to be a trend. We’ve seen at least 4 of these machines making their rounds on various funding sites and this one is already funded. 

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  • REMEMBERS YOUR FAVORITE RECIPES  - Just like your friendly neighborhood barista, Arist remembers your tastes, and makes sure you get the best cup of coffee.
  • FINE-TUNE YOUR DRINKS  - You can adjust the finer points of your daily cup with a simple swipe of your finger. A little more? A little less? You can tweak at will.
  • RECOMMAND DRINKS FOR YOU - Like any good barista, it recalls your preferences and your particular drinking habits and can make tailored recommendations."

You canThe Arist Coffee Machine is available for pre-order for $299 via the Arist Café web site, and they have a campaign on Kickstarter. Video after the jump...

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November 4, 2014

Get Your Aeropress On at Gregorys Coffee in New York City

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I just spent the weekend in New York City so I could run the 2014 New York City Marathon. I can safely say that the marathon was amazing, and finishing it was also amazing especially when you have so many coffee choices post race.

I had lots of different coffee options to choose from, but one of my favorite places to get single origin single Aeropressed coffee is Gregorys Coffee. The coffee choices are always interesting, and I decided on a nice Ethiopian Bourbon to have post race morning. Awesome. I am never disappointed in Gregorys Coffee when I’m in New York City and I think you should check one out the next time you visit.

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November 3, 2014

Prospect Tea Variety Pack Single Cup Tea for Keurig Brewers

Prospect Tea Single Cups

The Prospect Tea Variety Pack Single Cup Tea for Keurig Brewers is from the same people who brought you Brooklyn Bean Roastery single cups. The 40 single cup variety pack includes:

  • White Bengal
  • Chamomile Chill
  • Himalayan Spring
  • Vanilla Chai
  • Duke of Earl Grey 
  • Green Power
  • Lemon Taxi
  • Peppermint heights
  • Prospect Park Decaf
  • Golden Dragon

These teas are artisanal blends and they create the perfect brew with rich aromas. The Prospect Tea Variety Pack Single Cup Tea for Keurig Brewers and will work in K-Cup Brewers. These tea single cups are not Keurig 2.0 compatible. 

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