April 1, 2014
Pronto delivers a personal cup of coffee via a single serve brewstick. Each brewstick contains coffee concentrate you add to hot water. Each Pronto brewstick features 100% coffee concentrate made from 100% Arabica beans.
They're available in seven all-natural, unsweetened flavors:
- Barnie's Blend
- Cool Café Blues
- French Roast
- Hawaiian Hazelnut
- Southern Pecan
- Crème Brûlée
- Seasonal Santa's White Christmas
Pronto brewsticks come packed 6 to a box for a price of $5.99. We haven’t seen coffee concentrate in such a small format much like the VIA in size. It’s an interesting take on a small format for single serve coffee, and we hope to try a cup of Pronto coffee soon.
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March 31, 2014
While some folks would argue that Tassimo machines seem to be more popular north of the border in Canada, that wasn’t always the case. For the longest time, the T-Disc brands/flavors on shelves up there was a pathetic smattering at best. While American Tassimo users got to enjoy the ability to import select European T-Discs via the TassimoDirect.com website, the ability to do this on the Tassimo.ca site was greatly reduced. It appears Kraft has tried to even things out over the past few years, but they’ve unfortunately done so by removing most of the European T-Disc flavors from both sites and geoblocking them within their own respective countries instead while opting to let a few cross the pond only when they feel like doing so. Fans complained and while Kraft decided they’d keep enforcing their geoblocking policies, they did push out a compromise which (while not ideal) seemed acceptable: release new flavors within each country. Continue reading: "Nabob Bold Gastown Grind T-Discs Review"
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March 28, 2014
Over at FlowingData.com there’s some high res versions of the map above that shows where various coffee houses like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts are located and concentrated in the US. I have to say my expectation was that Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts would dominate, with 10,000-plus and 7,000-plus locations nationwide, but the fact that Tim Hortons and other chains have a rich concentration was surprising.
Starbucks is all over, but Dunkin' Donuts clearly dominates on the east coast. Flowing Data also has a pretty amazing pizza map to give you some perspective on how many more pizza joints there are compared to coffee.
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March 27, 2014
Peet’s Anniversary Blend 2014 is now available for a limited time in single cups that will work with any Keurig K-Cup Brewer. A portion of proceeds from Anniversary Blend 2014 will support Peet's coffee-growing communities.
The Anniversary Blend is the same Anniversary Blend, roasted by the same roasters, and treated with the same craft and care as the rest of their coffees in their Single Cups format. Tasting notes for Peet’s Anniversary Blend 2014 include:
- Full-bodied and intriguingly savory with bright, exotic layers of tropical fruits.
Get them while you can, and these are non-licensed K-Cups as Peet’s deal with Keurig Green Mountain doesn’t kick in until later this year.
At Anniversary Blend Single Cups
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March 26, 2014
ECSCoffee has a really great article on Keurig 2.0. Why listen to them? As one of the largest retailers of single serve coffee products in North America they have a lot to lose if Keurig 2.0 isn’t the next big thing.
If you aren’t familiar with the controversy around the new Keurig 2.0 brewers coming out this year then you may want to catch up. In a nut shell Keurig 2.0 brewers will only brew Keurig licensed K-Cups using some DRM/anti-non licensed detection method built into each brewer. We see the debate coming from many sides - Keurig wants to continue to offer top notch products and doesn’t want unlicensed K-Cups clogging up their machines. The general Keurig customer who buys K-Cups just wants to buy whatever K-Cup they want whether or not it’s licensed and make a cup of coffee?
So who’s right? We think both sides. Unlike most DRM situations - you can keep using the current K-Cup brewer you have. It will still work with Keurig 2.0 K-Cups and the unlicensed K-Cups, or you can get a Keurig 2.0 brewer and use the licensed K-Cups and the new K-Carafe packs.
We think ECS Coffee sums it up pretty well.
So in the end, while innovation, marketing, quality and price will be strategies employed by all in this market, the final say will be with the customer. Certain models of the original Keurig® brewers (lets call them 1.0) will continue to be sold through 2015 and we are yet to hear if Cuisinart®, Mr. Coffee etc. will be making the change to Keurig® 2.0 or sticking with the 1.0 platform. And there are already 20 Million or so original brewers in homes across North America. So as mentioned before, there is no need to panic. You can continue to brew your favourite beverage just the way you like."
Full read at ECSCoffee
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