December 15, 2017

MEGA Review: Nespresso Variations 2017 for OriginalLine & VertuoLine

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Well, it's that time of the year again, where we survived the latest round of #PumpkinSpiceEverything and just about every store in visible sight started popping up Christmas trees the day after Halloween. We're a bit old fashioned and think that Christmas season shouldn't start until December 1st, but apparently not everyone thinks the way we do. One thing we can however ALL agree upon... we love that this time of year also brings about Nespresso's Variations line-up of flavored espressos & coffees. 

Always willing to try something different, this year's theme for 2017 has been dubbed the Confetto series and revolves around various confectionary candy & flavors. Since now both the OriginalLine AND the VertuoLine have their own Variations, we've decided to do yet another MEGA Review of both all in one shot (pun intended). 

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October 20, 2017

Gerber BabyNes Baby Formula Dispenser

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You know the analogy here - the Keurig / Nespresso of baby formula? WHAT??? Crazy. It’s time has come.

  • Borks exclusively with BabyNes formula capsules: 4 age-specific formulas for 0-12 months designed to meet babies nutritional needs at each stage of development.
  • Prepares your baby's bottle in less than a min, perfectly mixed, precisely measured, at the desired temperature.
  • No pre-heating time, works with any bottle size, includes removable water tank (27 oz.), no BPA.
  • Superior hygiene with formula flowing directly from capsule to bottle.
  • Built-in-capsule water filter to ensure water quality.
  • Hermetically sealed capsules protect the formula from the environment (made without BPA) Includes a voucher for your first box of formulas and the ‘on-the-go' capsule opener.
  • We ensure that all ingredients used in BabyNes are coming from Non-GM crops.


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October 15, 2017

Cups Coffee Pods - Fresh Coffee for Your Keurig

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Cups Coffee, a service that sends fresh roasted coffee pods right to your door for just  a dollar a day. If you aren’t sure you won’t to commit to a membership, you can try a sample for $5. If you sign up, you’ll receive coffee that was roasted just days ago, all packaged in recyclable coffee pod single cups. Don’t want to go grind your own beans, use a Chemex, or put in more legwork? Cups Coffee brings quality to your Keurig.

At Kickstarter via Cool Material

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September 25, 2017

K-Select Keurig K-Cup Coffee Brewer Features Stronger Coffee Setting

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Keurig has unveiled the new Keurig K-Select coffee maker - the K-Select coffee maker features a strong brew with a removable water reservoir and an intuitive interface to help coffee lovers brew the perfect cup every time.

‘Consumers know that with Keurig they can savor a consistent cup of high-quality coffee at the touch of a button, but we’ve heard that some of our users are seeking a stronger cup,’ said Scott Moffitt, Chief Brand and Beverage Officer at Keurig. ‘With the launch of our K-Select coffee maker we’re addressing that need by giving consumers the option to personalize their coffee even further by introducing an enhanced Strong Brew feature in a stylish, easy-to-use coffee maker.’

  • Strong Brew. For coffee lovers that enjoy a bold brew, the Strong button increases coffee strength and intensity. Multiple Brew Sizes. Consumers can select from a choice of four cup sizes of 6 oz., 8 oz., 10 oz. and 12 oz.
  • Simple Button Controls. Insert a K-Cup® pod, select a desired cup size, and brew a great-tasting cup in under a minute. Large 52 oz.
  • Water Reservoir. Allows consumers to brew five cups before having to refill, saving time and simplifying the morning routine.
  • Color Options. Made with fingerprint resistant materials, the K-Select™ coffee maker is available in two colors at launch: matte black and vintage red. Look for additional, exclusive trend colors available for sale at select retailers. Energy Savings. Programmable auto-off feature automatically turns the brewer off two hours after the last brew for energy savings.
  • Smart Start. The coffee maker heats and then brews in one simple process. No need to wait for it to heat before selecting the cup size.
  • Quiet Brew Technology. Minimizes noise during use. Removable Drip Tray. Accommodates travel mugs up to 7.4 in. tall and holds a full accidental brew for easy cleanup.

The suggested retail price for the Keurig® K-Select™ coffee maker is $129.99. The K-Select™ coffee maker, like all Keurig® coffee makers, allows users to brew hundreds of delicious varieties of K-Cup® pods (link is external), or brew their own ground coffee with the My-K-Cup® Universal Reusable Coffee Filter (link is external) (sold separately).

Via Vermont Business Magazine at Keurig

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September 8, 2017

Star Wars Mesh Coffee Table

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Pottery Barn has just launched a Star Wars Pottery Barn Teen collection, and let’s face it as an adult I just want all of it. Who doesn’t want to put their feet up on this mesh coffee table sipping a nice hot cup of joe with some Stormtrooper helmets lighting the way?

Crafted with iron, this Mesh Coffee Table's sturdy construction will last a lifetime or so they say - but if this coffee table is on the Death Star - we know it’s not going to last forever or at least until they fish out of space and put it on the next Death Star the imperials build. 

At PBteen

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July 18, 2017

Archer Farms Pecan Pie RealCups Review

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We finish off our review series of Target’s limited edition single serve coffee flavors today by checking out their Archer Farms Pecan Pie RealCups. While not as inspired as their 2 previous limited edition flavors, Archer Farms are facing more competition with this flavor as just about every major coffee company on the market has come out with their own version of a southern pecan or pecan pie coffee in the past. How does this version hold up compared to those versions? Let’s find out.

Upon brewing, we get a nicely complex mix of aromas that kick off with strong notes of pecans up front blended with scents of caramelized brown sugar, hints of cinnamon and a faint butterscotch tinge hiding in the background which becomes a bit more pronounced as the coffee cools off in the cup. It made for an overall sweet & inviting aroma. Pretty spot-on so far. Flavor yielded more strong notes of pecans in the foreground mixed with some buttery notes in the background. 

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May 16, 2017

Millennium Falcon Asteroid Coffee Table

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Sure at over $6k it’s going to set you back a bit - but what are the odds you won’t buy it because it’s so awesome? Never tell me the odds…never!

At Millennium Falcon Asteroid Coffee Table

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April 14, 2017

Archer Farms Hot Buttered Rum RealCups Review

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We continue our look at Target’s latest limited edition single serve flavors today with their Archer Farms Hot Buttered Rum RealCups. More common around the holidays, hot buttered rum isn’t a flavor we were expecting to see in a single serve coffee format. Sure, companies such as Marley Coffee have come out with rum-flavored RealCups before, but this is a slightly different take on that and is more in the vein of a dessert-style drink if the packaging is anything to be believed.  

Upon brewing, we get a strong aroma of sweet rum which quickly fills the room. As a matter of fact, the smell is so strong that you even get a whiff of it as soon as you pierce the RealCup in the machine. The aroma was more reminiscent of those old foil-wrapped buttered rum candies your grandparents always seemed to have lying around in their candy dish no matter what time of year you’d visit vs. the traditional liquor-based drink you see pictured on the packaging. It has a much more pleasant candied scent than Marley Coffee’s Spiced Root version. 

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March 13, 2017

Bad Larry's Cold Hard Coffee

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Bad Larry’s Cold Hard Coffee, a canned alcohol infused product is expected to hit shelves first in Minnesota and Wisconsin and then other states throughout the Midwest. Bad Larry’s combines malted grain alcohol with cold brew supplied by St. Paul, Minn.-based Blackeye Roasting Co., along with sugar sweetener. The beverage is composed of a Brazilian blend that is roasted to a medium profile to accentuate smoothness and nuttiness.

I recently made the mistake of having a Starbucks creamed espresso shot before a marathon only to burp that beverage for 10-15 miles. I think having one of these pre-race is also a bad idea. :-)

Via Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine at Bad Larry's

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February 7, 2017

Peet's Coffee Brazil Minas Naturais K-Cups Review


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As we continue to explore new flavors we found during a recent visit to the Keurig Retail Store, we decided to take a look at another new single origin coffee with Peet's Coffee Brazil Minas Naturais K-Cups. Billed as a medium roast that has natural flavors of fresh roasted hazelnuts, this coffee was harvested from the Minas Gerais region of Brazil. Naturally sun-dried on patios and even on the branch, the cherries are dried by the Brazilian sun all the way through the pulp to the beans inside. Peet's claims this imparts a sweet, smooth and full-bodied characteristic to the final cup. 

Brewing this coffee resulted in rich, earthy notes which yielded hints of dark cocoa, some faint nuances of cherries along with very subtle spicy notes hiding underneath much akin to gingerbread. Upon first sip, you get a strong hit of sour acidity which quickly gives way to more chocolate notes mixed with some faint tinges of hazelnut with a mild earthy aftertaste. We wouldn't exactly call it sweet, but it did seem full-bodied. 

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January 15, 2017

Laughing Man Ethiopia Sidama K-Cups Review

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During a recent trip to shop for single K-Cups at the Keurig Retail Store, we noticed some new offerings from Laughing Man and today we’re checking out another one of their new single origin coffees… Laughing Man Ethiopia Sidama K-Cups. Billed as a mix of heirloom variety beans found on various coffee farms from the land known as “the birthplace of coffee”, this light roast promises to yield a delicate floral aroma with citrus flavors of bergamot and lime. The lid topper claims this coffee is aromatic, complex & elegant. Let’s have at it and find out. 

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December 23, 2016

Laughing Man Colombia Huila K-Cups Review

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As some of you may know, there's a fairly interesting story about the creation of Laughing Man coffee. The company was founded in 2011 by Hugh Jackman (yes, Wolverine himself) after he travelled to Ethiopia and met a young coffee farmer named Dukale. He learned about the struggles that Dukale was facing towards earning a living harvesting coffee and decided to help the young man by creating a coffee company that sources & distributes Fair Trade Certified coffee from struggling coffee farmers so that they can lead better, sustainable lifestyles which might not have been available to them otherwise.

Wolver... uh... Mr. Jackman even helped further the cause by creating Laughing Man Cafe in NYC to sell the farmers' coffees, releasing a documentary film in 2015 (Dukale's Dream) about Dukale's & other farmers' struggles and he often promotes the coffee & cafe during talk show appearances. Hugh even donates 100% of the proceeds towards his Laughing Man Foundation which supports education programs, community development and fostering of social entrepreneurs around the world.

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December 6, 2016

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte K-Cups Review

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You knew it was bound to happen sooner or later, with Starbucks focusing on introducing new flavored K-Cups it was only a matter of time before they’d introduce the drink style they’re known for and they spared no expense. From the new larger cube-style packaging to a new Starbucks At Home website, the siren’s song is announcing Starbucks is getting into the at home latte game. If you’re going to create Starbucks Latte K-Cups, you can’t forget to include their famous signature latte and that’s what’s we’re checking out today… Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte K-Cups

Known by Starbucks fans simply as the PSL and what can arguably be noted as the impetus for all things pumpkin spice which flood our lives each Fall, Starbucks have decided to make this at home PSL a 2 step process by including a creamer/flavoring packet along with a coffee K-Cup. Billed as a smooth & balanced Caffè Blend, the coffee K-Cup is 3/4 full of ground coffee instead of half full like some espresso blends we’ve seen before. The flavoring packet is comprised of real pumpkin flavoring & spices along with creamer comprised of both powdered milk & cream. Unlike some of the Gevalia Latte K-Cups we’ve seen in the past, the packet does NOTcontain any foaming/frothing agents so don’t expect a foamy froth on the top of the final cup as there is most definitely none to be found. You don’t even get the dark orange hue typically found in a real PSL, just a typical beige of a normal latte.

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November 21, 2016

MEGA Review: Nespresso Variations 2016 for OriginalLine & VertuoLine

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A quick foreword before we begin… while we’ve been sticking to the new “Quickview” format lately for most of our reviews, there were so many things in this lineup that we opted to write a bit of a misnomer… a long quickview… a MEGA Review, if you will. Rest assured we’ll be returning to the Quickview format in the coming weeks. Without further delay, let’s move on to the review below. 

As the holidays are quickly approaching, we decided to check out what has become a yearly tradition… Nespresso’s Variations flavored espressos. Each November, the company creates a theme and derives flavors based on it. While the themes seem mostly to revolve around desserts, nuts, candied items or natural flavors (cherry, vanilla bean, etc) there has only been one instance since Nespresso started introducing flavored espressos where they decided to add the flavors to their permanent lineup instead of making them limited editions only available for a few months (Ciocatino, Caramelito & Vanilio were the winners). 

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November 14, 2016

Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai K-Cups Review

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Ah, Fall... that time of year where everything edible bows down to our pumpkin overlords as stores and coffee shops quickly fill with everything from pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin cream muffins and just about every form of pumpkin-flavored drink/food you could imagine in between. We're half expecting Burger King to come out with pumpkin spice hotdogs soon given their weird current obsession with everything Cheetos. One thing we weren't expecting, however, was the fusion of pumpkin spice with another popular flavor... chai. Today we check out the brilliant British combination which has resulted in Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai K-Cups.

Brewing these K-Cups result in a rather odd aroma that almost smelled like a cider (Gasp! Hey GMCR, Pumpkin Spice Cider. Y'all get on it, for reals... do it NOW). You could definitely tell there was the typical pumpkin spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves but the chai notes seemed buried underneath as we only got the faintest note of cardamon but damn... no kidding, this seriously smells like an apple cider! Checking the box now... hmm... nope, no apple ingredients.

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