March 31, 2016

Loblaw Grocery Stores of Canada Release Nespresso Compatible Capsules

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SH just noticed that Loblaw (a major Canadian grocery chain company) has introduced their own line-up of value-priced Nespresso compatible capsules via their President's Choice store brand. It would seem they're trying to emulate the base flavors from Nespresso's Grand Cru line with a few decafs, various intensity roasts and a lungo.
While we're used to seeing store brands for K-Cups, SH thinks this is the first time he's seen store brand Nespresso knock-offs.

From SH: President’s Choice bills itself as "premium-quality substitutions" to national brands and upon my first impressions of their Potente blend, it would seem this is a viable selection for those looking for a slightly cheaper alternative.

Taste was strong & robust with a nice kick overall while the crema produced seemed decent (although not as thick as a normal Nespresso capsule). The capsules themselves are made of a thick colored plastic and come boxed in two matte foil sleeve.

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March 29, 2016

Canadian Update: Starbucks Sulawesi K-Cups / Sweet and Creamy Donut House K-Cups

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SH has an update on some K-Cups and thoughts of what Canadian coffee drinkers want in a K-Cup.

Noticed these at my local Starbucks yesterday. Grabbed a box. To be honest, it tastes just like every other Starbucks dark roast I've had before... can't really determine anything of note. Maybe adding some cream might reveal some of the notes they're mentioning on the packaging, but I haven't tried that yet since I usually always drink coffee black.

As far as what's new for K-Cups in Canada, it seems Keurig Canada are trying to capitalize on a Canadian vice most Canucks are practically born with (myself excluded)... a Tim Horton's "double-double". Traditionally the most popular drink to order at a Tims in Canada, a double-double is a Tim Horton's regular roast with 2 creams & 2 sugars. It makes for a (what I find sickeningly) sweet coffee.

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Well now Keurig has introduced their Donut House Sweet & Creamy Double-Double K-Cups (as a direct response to Nescafe's 3-in-1 knock-off K-Cups). The K-Cups include ground coffee, sucralose as the sweetener and milk/soy-based creamer all in one K-Cup to produce a much more palatable version of a Tim's double-double. Is it creamy? Kind of. Is it sweet? Yep, but nowhere near as sickening as what Tim's usually does to it. 

It'll remain to be seen if Canadians adopt this as their new K-Cup of choice over a traditional Tim's run (and it makes me wonder if Tim Hortons will create their own "official" version).

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March 28, 2016

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Pods for Keurig Machines

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Later this Fall Starbucks will release release a new line of K-cups featuring the Pumpkin Spice Latte flavor. The new Keurig Green Mountain-friendly pods will include caramel, mocha and vanilla latte flavors. Starbucks released the Pumpkin Spice Latte on Sept. 8—just after Labor Day. The revamped recipe now includes real pumpkin.

Originally launched in 2003, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is flavored with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove and is widely credited with launching the ubiquitous pumpkin-spiced flavor craze. It continues to be a seasonal best-seller for the coffee giant.

Via Fox News

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March 20, 2016

The RAFINO - Coffee Grind Refining System

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The RAFINO - Coffee Grind Refining System is a coffee refining system that delivers the most consistent grind with micron level precision. They are currently looking to raise money on Kickstarter but we don’t expect this one to not get funded. It’s a brilliant idea to get a more consistent cup of coffee and be able to sort the grind level. 

Key features include:

  • The RAFINO gives you full control over your grind size. With the RAFINO, you can customize your coffee recipe down to a precise micron range. Use only the grinds you want! Nothing bigger, and nothing smaller, e.g. 400-800μm, 500-700μm.
  • The RAFINO offers eight interchangeable and easy-to-clean sieve sizes ranging from 300 to 1000 microns in 100 micron intervals.
  • The sieves give you full control over your grind and let you specify the appropriate grind size, down to the micron…

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March 17, 2016

Is Keurig KOLD Kaput?

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KOLD doesn’t seem to be getting met with warm feelings from potential buyers, and the latest ad from Bed Bath and Beyond has it at $170 off the list price. We think KOLD was overpriced and too large to begin with anyways, but it’s interesting to see how steep a discount the new machine is already getting.

Is this to make way for a better KOLD or have consumers with their wallets and interest told Keurig - KOLD is kaput and to not even bother. We should know in the coming months if KOLD continues, but we do expect Keurig to give it one more go with a smaller KOLD machine.

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March 15, 2016

Starbucks Pike Place Roast K-Cups for Keurig Brewers

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Starbucks Pike Place Roast K-Cups are one of our favorite medium roast K-Cups, and we always enjoy a cup in the morning and mid-afternoon. Pike Place is the market near the original Starbucks where the coffee giant started.

Starbucks Pike Place Roast K-Cups will work in all K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.

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March 11, 2016

Metamorphic Stone Cup

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Stone cups aren’t that easy to find and especially ones made from milled metamorphic rock. This cup comes from rock that bubbled up from the depths below the Earth’s surface and keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold especially if you put it in the freezer or prep it with some hot water to heat it up. Designed with an 8oz capacity and built to last a lifetime, Stone Cups are the perfect solution to the hold/cold beverage conundrum, and they’re dishwasher safe.

At Cool Material

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March 9, 2016

Go Cubes Chewable Single Serve Coffee

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Go Cubes Chewable Coffee allow you to keep your coffee in your pocket instead of a cup. You get four gummies per pack, and each gummy is half a cup of coffee. Go Cubes come in three delicious flavors - mocha, pure drip, and latte (each pack is assorted). They are also made for performance: 50mg caffeine, 100mg theanine, plus other supplements for focused energy on the go.

At Go Cubes Chewable Coffee and Go Cubes.

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March 8, 2016

Eight O'Clock Coffee Dark Italian Roast K-Cups

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Eight O'Clock Coffee Dark Italian Roast K-Cups are perfect for the coffee drinker in your life that needs a bold cup in the morning. This bold, chocolatey and full bodied coffee is one of Eight O’Clock’s best single serve coffees. These K-Cups are Kosher certified as well.

Eight O'Clock Coffee Dark Italian Roast K-Cups will work in K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.

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March 7, 2016

Life Size Lego Coffee Mug

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You can drink your single serve coffee every morning from this LEGO Iconic mug, made of plastic, stackable and upscaled to 10 times the size of a standard LEGO mug element. That’s right - 10x the scale of a LEGO mini-fig coffee mug. We love the simplicity of this coffee mug and it also comes in blue.

At Upscaled Mug

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