July 24, 2014

Recycle A Cup - Recycle the Plastic from K-Cups

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There’s been a bunch of different efforts to make recycling K-Cups much easier than just opening them up and composting the coffee grounds. Recycle A Cup cuts and separates used Keurig K-Cups for recycling and composting. The big trick for any product claiming do help you recycle K-Cups is to separate the foil lid and filter that contains coffee cleanly. 

We had great success using the Recycle A Cup with both Keurig Brewed K-Cups and non-licensed K-Cups from Martinson and others. The bottom of the K-Cup was cleanly cut, and we had no problem composting the coffee grounds. The Recycle A Cup also comes with extra blades you can put in the sides of it to ensure your Recycle A Cup can help you recycle many K-Cups after the first blades wear out.

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The Recycle A Cup cuts the plastic bottom off of the K-Cup allowing you to recycle the plastic bottom, and then compost the coffee grounds from K-Cups. 

Full video after the jump with a step by step how to use the Recycle A Cup.

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July 23, 2014

Keurig Brewed Seal Now on Target Archer Farms K-Cups and Others

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Looks like KGM have decided to grant "Keurig Brewed" licensing to most (if not all) of the previously unlicensed store brands from various grocery stores around USA & Canada as well as various department stores.

The latest is Target's Archer Farms K-Cups... they even have new flavors as well. We’re expecting to see most unlicensed K-Cups obtain a Keurig Brewed logo/license. What does this mean for the Keurig Brewed seal meaning - Keurig Brewed? We’re not sure. The Keurig Brewed seal means quality and safety according to Keurig. We also though it meant they packed and manufactured the K-Cups.

Time will tell if the Keurig Brewed seal continues to mean quality and excellent hot and cold beverages produced from K-Cups.

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July 22, 2014

Nature Valley Creates First Single Serve Oatmeal Product for Keurig Brewers

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Nevermind Campbell Soup... looks like Nature Valley just one-upped Keurig at their own game and created the world's first unlicensed "single serve oatmeal" for Keurig brewers which they are dubbing "Nature Valley Bistro Cups". Apparently each box comes with 8 servings which are comprised of an oatmeal pouch, a mix-ins pouch of fruits/nuts, and a single cup which contains brown sugar & other flavorings. How does it work? You dump the oatmeal & mix-ins in a cup, then brew the sugar/flavoring over the top, and Nature Valley claims you get 80% more oatmeal in this new product vs. traditional oatmeal packets from competitors (i.e. Quaker).

We found 2 flavors on Walmart.com:

There's even videos at the bottom of each listing showing you how the process works, which we have included after the jump.

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July 21, 2014

Nespresso VertuoLine Vanizio Capsules Review

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When we reviewed our first VertuoLine capsules a while back (the hazelnut flavored Hazelino), we noted how the flavoring tasted different and a bit off from what we’re used to seeing in a conventional flavored coffee produced from the likes of a Keurig or Tassimo system. Since we ALWAYS take our coffee black during reviews in order to notice any subtle flavor notes which might be hiding in the cup, we pretty much ignored Nespresso’s recommendations to also try their VertuoLine capsules with added creamer. 

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That was apparently a big mistake. Once we followed their suggestions, we noticed that the strange almost chemical hazelnut taste was replaced by a more subdued hazelnut flavor and that the harsher oily notes in the coffee became greatly reduced to more normal levels. It completely transformed the entire tasting experience to a degree we weren’t expecting. In hindsight, we’d like to offer an apology of sorts to Nespresso and would like to point out that while our original score of 91 - Exceptional still stands for the Hazelino capsules when taken black, we’d have to give a slightly higher score of 94 - Exceptional once you add creamer into the mix (sorry, we still can’t get used to the odd foreign hazelnut flavor).

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July 18, 2014

San Francisco Bay Coffee Breakfast Blend - 80 OneCup Single Serve Cups

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If you’re looking for a Central and South American coffees perfectly blended to yield a delicious, satisfying coffee then look no further. This mild yet interesting breakfast blend will get your day started. San Francisco Bay Coffee Breakfast Blend OneCup Single Serve Cups are 97% biodegradable so you can protect the planet while enjoying delicious coffee. Also these K-Cups are grown responsibly and Fairly Traded.

San Francisco Bay Coffee Breakfast Blend OneCup Single Serve Cups work with all K-Cup Brewers.

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July 17, 2014

How Baseball Put Better Coffee Into Our Homes

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If you're wondering why we have better and better coffee in our homes today then our parents had in the 50s and 60s then you needn't look any further than baseball. Yes - baseball is responsible for drip coffee in our homes and the resurgence of coffee being a favorite among the Americans who drink it.

Sales of coffee in the 1960s had plummeted because percolator coffee was terrible. It was bitter and people were drinking coffee much less. Along came the invention of the commercial drip brewer from Bunn, and then Mr. Coffee decided to get into the consumer game and they need a pitch person - Joe DiMaggio. The rest is history, and has led us to where we are in a single serve coffee world. Why? People want great coffee at home, and we’ll do just about anything for it.

Check out this amazing history lesson on how baseball put coffee makers into our homes after the jump.

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July 16, 2014

SMASH CUP - The Reusable Coffee Cup that Fits in Your Pocket

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The SMASH CUP is a leak-proof, collapsible and eco-friendly coffee cup that fits in your pocket and we want one. For starters, there’s so many times we just want to carry a cup cycling for coffee and not waste another tree, and then there’s using it for hiking, around the office, and just going out to get coffee at your local cafe.

As we stated, since it's reusable, it eliminates the waste of disposable coffee cups - At work, coffee drinkers throw away about 500 cups EVERY YEAR. Oucher. It’s already on it’s way to a successful funding, and the video after the jump should convince you it’s time to stop wasting cups and get a SMASH CUP.

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July 15, 2014

Nespresso VertuoLine Welcome Kit - Hidden offer for new VertuoLine Customers

 

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Did you recently buy & register a Nespresso VertuoLine machine using your Nespresso Club account on Nespresso’s website? If so, you might be interested to learn that you could have a special offer waiting for you at your closest Nespresso Boutique retail store. During a recent visit to the Nespresso Counter within The Bay department store in Quebec City, Quebec we were reminded that we were still eligible for a welcome offer which was showing up on our account. (We refuse to call it a Boutique since it’s literally a counter inside a department store).

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July 14, 2014

Single Serve Coffee Wine Is Here

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Miami-based Friends Fun Wine — the makers of the 6% ABV “Fun Wine in a Can is introducing the world to coffee wine. Cabernet Coffee Espresso and Chardonnay Coffee Cappuccino are “easy-to-drink” combinations of the world’s most popular day drink with the world’s most popular night drink.

The cabernet espresso has a “rich flavor of fresh cabernet grapes, espresso coffee and a hint of chocolate,” while the chardonnay cappuccino has a “sweet, refreshing Chardonnay grapes with vanilla cappuccino coffee and smooth hints of chocolate.”

We’ll have to watch and wait on this single serve coffee beverage. Perhaps the Keurig Cold will also bring some carbonated fun to coffee drinks in the future? We think sticking to a Jack and Coke might be better than coffee wine, but then again - we’ll have to try coffee wine to truly make the call.

Via Daily Coffee News

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July 11, 2014

Cafejo Helping to Create Jobs for the Developmentally Disabled

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Cafejo - a single serve cup and coffee maker is helping to create jobs in California for the developmentally disabled. These jobs are hard to come by with unemployment among the disabled hire than other workers. The video after the jump shows the story - workers hired are packing out single cup packs for your Keurig K-Cup brewers and loving it. Our hats are off to Cafejo for doing such great work and also making great coffee products for all of us to enjoy.

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July 10, 2014

Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker - Compact and Easy on the Wallet

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The Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker comes in 3 different colors, but is only sold at one low price - $99. This makes the Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker a very affordable way to get into Nespresso espresso and single serve coffee. The machine features easy insertion and ejection of capsules, and is made for use with Nespresso coffee capsules.

  • Compact brewing unit technology 
  • Fast preheating time: 25 seconds
  • 19 Bar high pressure pump 2 Programmable buttons for Espresso and lungo preparation 
  • Removable 24 ounce water tank
  • Folding cup tray accommodates tall recipe glasses
  • Used capsule container holds 9-11 used capsules 
  • Energy efficient; A Class energy rating
  • Automatic power off after 9 minutes of inactivity 

At Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker

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July 9, 2014

Harris Teeter K-Cups Become Keurig Brewed

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Harris Teeter K-Cups are now going to be Keurig Brewed and officially licensed K-Cups. What does this mean? If you’ve been following the entire Keurig 2.0 DRM discussion (Keurig 2.0 brewers will only allow Keurig Brewed packs to make coffee in Keurig 2.0 brewers) then you know what this means. Keurig Green Mountain is now licensing even smaller players in the aftermarket K-Cup group and getting them officially on board. This could mean various other unlicensed K-Cups that appear at Walgreens and other food and pharmacy marts will also soon be Keurig licensed.

"We're happy to welcome Harris Teeter into the Keurig system," said John Whoriskey, President of U.S. Sales and Marketing at Keurig. "The combination of Harris Teeter's reputation for offering an excellent selection of high quality products at a good value, and our unparalleled expertise for delivering superior products for our Keurig system is a clear win for Keurig brewer users around the region."

The new, licensed Harris Teeter coffee K-Cup packs are now available exclusively at Harris Teeter and HarrisTeeter.com. All Harris Teeter K-Cup packs will be marked with the Keurig Brewed seal indicating the product has passed rigorous testing, assuring the quality, taste, and integrity consumers expect from the Keurig brand. It also means they’ll work this fall in your new Keurig 2.0 brewer.

We’re also wondering if Harris Teeter will continue to carry unlicensed K-Cups that don’t bear the Keurig Brewed seal. Let us know if you see these new Harris Teeter Keurig Brewed packs and what you think of the various K-Cups.

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July 8, 2014

Keurig K500 Coffee Maker - Keurig 2.0 Has Lots of Options

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You can brew big or small with the Keurig K500 AKA the Keurig 2.0 coffee maker. CNET has a good video showcasing the various brewing options for K-Cups and Large K-Carafe Packs. There’s even brewing choices on Keurig 2.0 coming this Fall. If you want stronger coffee you can pick that option via the LCD menu, and the Keurig K500 will take a longer time to brew.

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July 7, 2014

Nespresso VertuoLine Hazelino Capsules Review

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When Nespresso first introduced the VertuoLine brewer to North America earlier this year, we were a bit caught by surprise as up until now, Nespresso was known primarily for their premium line of espresso machines which they’ve now dubbed OriginalLine. This marked the first time Nespresso had decided to focus on conventional coffee (while still retaining the ability to produce espressos from the same machine). 

An 8oz coffee from Nespresso? Given how superb some of their OriginalLine espresso capsules have been in the past, they certainly had our attention. Seeing as how coffee extraction is different than espresso extraction, Nespresso had to come up with a new way to extract brewed coffee from the capsules and they did so in a way which isn’t that common in the single serve coffee market… centrifugal force. Dubbed Centrifusion, the brewer has a laser which reads a barcode ring around the inner lip of the capsule and this code determines everything from water amounts to spin rate in order to deliver optimized results for each capsule. 

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July 3, 2014

One Cup a Day by Cunicode - 3D Printed Coffee Mugs

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If you’re looking for a unique and interesting coffee mug you might want to check out this site with tons of 3D Printed coffee mugs. We especially like the more alien looking coffee cups, and can see ourselves probably buying too many of these to fit into our cabinets.

All of the mugs are made of bright white ceramic with a glossy, smooth finish. The mugs are of course food-safe, and you can get them in black and white ceramic.

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