February 7, 2014

Peet's Coffee Brazil Minas Naturais Single Cups

 

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We love a good Brazilian coffee, and Brazil Minas Naturais Single Cups from Peet’s Coffee sounds smooth and yummy. Made from naturally processed coffee cherries from the Minas Gerais region, the coffee produced from these K-Cups is smooth, full bodied and sun-dried sweet with natural notes of hazelnut.

So what’s in the name - Minas Naturais? Naturais is Brazilian Portuguese for natural, because the preparation method to dry the coffee is done in the Brazilian sun. All of this care makes for a slow drying of the coffee producing a thoroughly sweet cup with mild fruit and caramel notes, unctuous hazelnut and smooth, full body. 

Peet’s is pretty proud to have found and sourced this coffee and now you can enjoy in all K-Cup Brewers.

At Peet's Coffee Brazil Minas Naturais Single Cups

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February 6, 2014

Keurig Cold Single Serve Soda - Coca-Cola and Green Mountain Coffee Partner

 

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The Coca-Cola Company and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. have announced the companies have signed a 10-year agreement to collaborate on the development and introduction of The Coca-Cola Company's global brand portfolio for use in GMCR's forthcoming Keurig Cold at-home beverage system. The companies also entered into a Common Stock Purchase Agreement whereby The Coca-Cola Company will purchase a 10% minority equity position in GMCR.

As part of the strategic collaboration, GMCR will be The Coca-Cola Company's exclusive partner for the production and sale of The Coca-Cola Company-branded single-serve, pod-based cold beverages. The two companies also will explore other future opportunities to collaborate on the Keurig platform.

Some key highlights from both parties regarding the Keurig Cold Single Serve Soda platform:

  • 'With The Coca-Cola Company as a global strategic partner in our multi-brand at-home Keurig Cold beverage system, we believe there is significant opportunity to premiumize and accelerate growth in the cold beverage category..."
  • "...The Coca-Cola Company's brand leadership and global footprint with GMCR's innovative technology, together we will be able to capitalize on the many exciting growth opportunities in the single-serve, pod-based segment of the cold beverage industry. 
  • GMCR's Keurig Cold single-serve beverage system is currently under development with expected availability in GMCR's fiscal year 2015. 
  • Keurig Cold will use precisely formulated single-serve pods to dispense freshly-made cold beverages including carbonated drinks, enhanced waters, juice drinks, sports drinks and teas in consumers' homes with the one-touch simplicity, quality and variety

Imagine being able to make Coke at home? Is this going to happen? You could make any Coca Cola product at your leisure? If this comes true the Keurig Cold could be amazing. If they don't let you make Coke at home - then it's going to be just a large disappointment.

It's also very interesting that Keurig Cold will be a single serve soda pod platform. SodaStream is not. It makes a larger bottle of soda, so this might be the angle that makes Keurig Cold stand out from other soda systems.

You can read about our earlier coverage of Keurig 2.0 and Keurig cold here. So far - the earlier rumors are becoming true.

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February 5, 2014

Starbucks Launches Two Light Roast Blend K-Cups

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AB has found two new light roast blend K-Cups from Starbucks. It looks like Starbucks is wasting little time on fulfilling their promise to expand their K-Cup line. While shopping at Target in Bangor earlier this week AB found two new offerings from Starbucks.

  • Blonde Bright Sky Blend Mild & Nutty - As mild and welcoming as a gentle sunrise, this blend’s inviting character is a pleasure to wake up to. We’ve roasted the Latin American beans just enough to reveal their nutty flavor and touch of acidity, culminating in a crisp and pleasant finish. This careful balance creates a well-rounded Blonde roast that’s bound to give your day an optimistic start.
  • Blonde Aria Blend Crisp & Citrus - We gently roasted this coffee, revealing a surprisingly intense and beautiful expressive blend. From the first sip, African beans sing with juicy, lemony notes, followed by the bright, lyrical finish of Latin American coffees. A layered, lively cup, resoundingly crisp. They will run $12.99 for a box of 16.

These two lighter offerings add to their Blonde line of coffees like the Veranda blend K-Cups. All of the Starbucks K-Cups are Keurig Brewed and will work in any K-Cup Brewer.

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February 4, 2014

Guy Fieri's Flavortown Roasts Single Cups - Bananas Foster Coffee Anyone?

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Flavortown has finally come to the world of single serve coffee with the launch of Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Roasts Single Cups. The Flavortown Roasts Single Cups will work in K-Cup Brewers, and from what we’ve read this is a clear indication of the flavorpocolypse. Yes - according to the Huffington Post, and other news sites these flavors represent everything wrong with America. We have to disagree.

Sure there’s a ton of flavored coffees out there, and sure Guy Fieri is over the top, but here in the single serve coffee world we’ve been having cinnamon bunn K-Cups, and Spicy Egg Nog K-Cups for quite some time. Didn’t they take step back and realize that Campbell’s Soup K-Cups are on their way soon too? 

We for one welcome our Bananas Foster Guy Fieri Flavortown Roasts Single Cups, and can’t wait to try a few. Indulgent? Yes. Single serve coffee? Yes. For coffee snobs? No. We’ve never really been for coffee snobs.

If you want to try all of the flavors below Amazon.com has a sampler of the entire line of Guy Fieri's Flavortown Roasts Single Cups.

  • Bananas Foster - 'Sweet banana, caramelized sugar and cinnamon flavors — brings me back to my days as a flambé captain!'
  • Caramel Apple Bread Pudding - 'All the flavor from my righteous Caramel Apple Bread Pudding stuffed into your mug.'
  • Chocolate Mint - 'The rich and creamy taste of chocolate and cool, fresh mint is perfect any time of year.'
  • Guy’s American Diner Blend - 'One thing you know about a diner is that they've got a great cup o' joe ... so here you go!'
  • Hazelnut Cinnamon Roll - 'Toasted hazelnut and big cinnamon flavors make this brew dessert in a mug.'
  • Hot Fudge Brownie - 'My chocolate on chocolate Hot Fudge Brownie coffee comes to you straight from Flavortown!'
  • Redwood Roast - 'Big, bold and strong like the mighty redwoods, this French roast will get your engine started.'
  • Unleaded Decaf - 'Full of rich medium roast flavor, just packin' a little less horsepower.'

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February 3, 2014

Brooklyn Beans Cinnamon Subway Single Cups Review

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When Keurig’s K-Cup patents expired a while back, we saw all sorts of third-party companies create various forms of K-Cup knock-offs and new formats of Keurig-compatible single serve options hit the market. Some were truly horrendous (freeze-dried coffee crystals in a K-Cup capsule) while others were outstanding (Marley’s Real Cups line-up). One of the first companies that came out with their own take on the K-Cup aftermarket was Brooklyn Bean Roastery back in 2010. Through a combination of proprietary tension-based filters and the familiar K-Cup capsule & lid format, they managed to achieve the look, feel & quality that most K-Cup consumers were already familiar with.

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January 31, 2014

The OneCup - An Environmentally Friendly Single Serving Coffee

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Rogers Family Coffee has produced a pretty compelling video that showcases one of our issues - that throwing away single serve coffee K-Cups and other formats into the trash is not great. The OneCup Single Serving Coffee - 97% Bio-Degradable video spells out all the details on how Rogers Family Coffee made a more recyclable and environmentally friendly single cup of coffee.

One of the best analogies is how tea bags can be environmentally friendly - then why not single cups? Also price is a factor for Rogers Family Coffee, and it's great to see that aspect teased out. Also - the single serve coffee format has always been a way to not throw out a pot of coffee you don't drink, but the solution isn't to add waste by throwing out 100s of K-Cups.

Video is after the jump.

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January 30, 2014

Seattle's Best Coffee Introducing K-Cups

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Over the Summer we found Seattle's Best was testing K-Cups at Subway restaurants indicating sometime in the future they would be selling them at retail. The future of Seattle's Best selling K-Cups at supermarkets is now. Seattle's Best Coffee is launching K-cups and instant-coffee packages to be sold in supermarkets, and this means Starbucks is adding even more to it's retail presence and how important single serve coffee is to Starbucks.

Seattle's Best is also launching two new roast blends - House Blend and Breakfast Blend. The packaging from this summer has changed to a red and white design to distinguish it a bit more from other single serve coffee offerings.

The entire line up of Seattle's Best coffee blends include:

  • Seattle's Best Breakfast Blend K-Cups
  • Seattle's BestSignature Blend 3 K-Cups
  • Seattle's BestToasted Hazelnut K-Cups
  • Seattle's BestHouse Blend K-Cups
  • Seattle's BestVery Vanilla K-Cups

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January 29, 2014

Keurig 2.0 - Home Brewing System to Brew a Single Cup and a Carafe of Coffee Using Keurig Brand Packs

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Keurig brewing technology, today detailed its new K-Carafe capability for its Keurig 2.0 Brewing System, available for sale in Fall 2014. Keurig 2.0 brewers will be the first system to brew both one cup using a single serve pack and a carafe of coffee using the new Keurig K-Carafe pack. We've anxiously been waiting to see if the Keurig 2.0 would be able to use VUE and K-Cup packs, but it looks like being able to meet the needs of a large pot of coffee is what Keurig 2.0 is all about. 

'Both current Keurig brewer owners and non-owners told us the brewer functionality they wanted most was the ability to brew both a single serving and a pot of coffee from one system with Keurig speed, convenience and brand choice. Our next generation Keurig 2.0 brewers will do just that,' said Brian P. Kelley, President and CEO of GMCR.

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Brooklyn Beans Variety Pack Coffee Single Cup Coffee for Keurig K-Cup Brewers

 

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The Brooklyn Beans Variety Pack Coffee Single Cup Coffee for Keurig K-Cup Brewers is a 40-count Brooklyn Bean Roastery sampler pack which includes four samples of the following light, medium, and dark-roast blends: Breakfast Blend, Boardwalk Blend, Brooklyn Bridge, Colombian, Cyclone, Donut Shop, Fugheddaboutit and French Roast.

We’ve been sampling various Brooklyn Beans Coffees over the past month or so and can safely say their Donut Shop and Breakfast Blends are two of our favorites. If you haven’t tried any of the Brooklyn Beans Coffee at just $22 bucks this is the way to get into the Brooklyn Beans Coffee game. 

Here’s a few reasons why you should check out Brooklyn Beans Coffees for your K-Cup Brewer:

  • Highest quality of coffee beans; 100% Arabica coffee beans available in 12 specialty blends. Revolutionary ‘Roast2Cup’ processing for extra freshness and premium flavor. You are guaranteed a fresh-brewed cup every time. Crafted with pride in the USA. Compatible with many popular single-serve coffee machines.
  • Brooklyn Beans Roastery is the first independently owned, single-serve coffee company using ‘Roast2Cup’ technology, a process that ensures the best cup of coffee every time you brew. Not your everyday cuppa Joe, see?
  • Unwavering Quality Five separate, important quality-control checks are performed with every batch we make:
  • Visual inspection – only the best coffee beans make the initial cut. Supervisor-monitored grinding – A little secret: if it’s too coarse, it won’t brew properly; if it’s too fine, the coffee gets bitter.
  • Portion quality control – precisely the right amount is packed to ensure the best brew every time. 

A special thanks to Brooklyn Beans for sending us a variety of their single cups to try.

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January 28, 2014

AWAKE Caffeinated Milk Chocolate Bar - Skip the Coffee

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The AWAKE Milk Chocolate Bar is a delicious caffeinated milk chocolate bar that might just replace a cup of coffee in your day. The caffeine content is comparable to a cup of coffee, and the bar is breakable into 4 segments. 

We love a good chocolate bar, and think if you’re looking for a way to double your caffeine in the afternoon, perhaps having a piece of chocolate and some coffee might do the trick. How much caffeine do you need to pick you up? Considering you can get up to 500 milligrams a day before things start to go south, then having  little chocolate and coffee is a good thing. Just don’t triple it up with an espresso if you don’t want to go over your daily limit.

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