I received a sample of the new Gevalia Mocha Latte k-cup “foam at home” drink.I was intrigued by these because I am a fan of lattes, coffee and milk chocolate and this just seemed so interesting. The lattes are sold with k-cups and foam packets, so you add the foam packet to your coffee mug, put the k-cup in and brew.
The lattes are sold in three flavors: mocha latte (a creamy blend of cocoa and coffee topped with a velvety layer of froth), caramel macchiato (creamy and smooth with the indulgent flavor of caramel, made from real milk) and cappuccino (smooth, mildly sweet, with subtle roasted notes, made from real milk).
The mocha latte is truly as described – a delicious blend of coffee and cocoa. It tastes as if you brewed a cup of coffee and put half a packet of hot chocolate into it. It’s smooth, mildly sweet and a decadent late night treat or even early morning wake-me-up. I did not add any extra milk or sugar into my cup as I found it to be perfect. What I will note is that it was making this really strange crackling sound as the coffee was drizzling into the foam. Initially I thought some sort of glass was cracking in my kitchen until I realized it was coming from the cup that was brewing. After a few stirs once my keurig was done brewing, the crackling sufficed once the powder mixture was fully incorporated. I enjoyed this quite a bit and will be picking up a box next time I spot it in stores.
If you have a Keurig machine, you know the cost of k-cups. That little cup containing a single serving of coffee can get pretty pricey, especially if they’re not on a really good sale. I realize bags of coffee are far cheaper, but it’s the convenience factor that sucks me and possibly a large number of other folks in.So when I saw these Trader Joe’s Coffee Cups in Medium Roast I picked them up.
Each box contains 7 individually wrapped k-cups, which sell for $2.99 a box. The cups aren’t your standard plastic k-cup; they have a mesh bottom with a clear plastic lid. I have to say I really like this packaging because I was anticipating it to be similar to the New England coffee k-cups. The New England k-cups have a mesh bottom and a plastic top, but they’re all in a pouch together which doesn’t exactly keep the coffee in the freshest of forms. At least with the Trader Joe coffee it can sit in its box and each cup will be as fresh as the last because they’re sealed.Great thinking, Trader Joe’s!
After brewing my first cup I was a little apprehensive. I’m a light roast type-a-gal and I find some medium roasts are too much for me to handle. I gave it a sip when black and found it to be a bit strong, so I added a little extra water, my artificial sweetener and a splash of milk and I was quite surprised. It was really good.The next day I had one without the extra water and found it to be a very pleasant, smooth cup of coffee. I have to say, I’m a big fan of this product!
I already have this on my Trader Joe’s shopping list to pick up a box or two next time.
As an avid coffee drinker and Keurig owner I know how expensive K-cups can get, especially if you are having company over or are having more than 1 cup of coffee a day. I’ve found blends of coffee that are totally delicious and curb a particular food craving I may be having. My new favorite is Pistachio Ice Cream (which I have yet to find in store – but my local coffee house sells [its ground bean not liquid flavored]). Since I do enjoy coffee, I don’t mind experiencing different flavors although if you purchase a box of K-Cups for $7 and end up disliking it … it’s a waste of $7 if you know what I mean.
After seeing these Café Cups on sale at CVS and Walgreen’s for months, I finally decided to give them a shot because my boyfriend picked up the box and was also interested. I happened to have a 25% off coupon for CVS that day, so instead of the original $9.99 these are sold for we got them for $7.50.
Café Cups are essentially a reusable k-cup. It’s a plastic designed cup with a mesh outer side. You flip the top open, scoop in your flavored coffee (out of a bag – the cheapest way to purchase coffee), close the lid and insert it into your Keurig. You can make the coffee as strong or as light as you wish since it is a refillable unit; it’s catered to your taste.
The best part about this is that it fits in ALL Keurig machine units.Keurig sells their own version of a refillable coffee filter (which retails for I believe $24.99) but it only fits into the larger units, not the mini’s, etc.In my mind, who likes to save a penny when possible, why spend $25 on a unit, when you can spend $10 and get 4 of essentially the same thing that’s reusable, refillable and convenient?
I was invited to take part in a new BzzAgent BzzCampaign – this one centered around Green Mountain Coffee and Fair Trade.The moment I saw the invite flash onto my phone (I have my e-mail synced to my smartphone) I went onto the website and officially opted into it. I admit I was pretty excited to be part of this campaign because I am a HUGE coffee lover. Coffee and caffeine run through my veins all day, every day, so needless to say I was looking forward to receiving my campaign introduction.I received it the other day, took my photos of it, and went straight ahead to testing it out the next morning.
Fair Trade has started to get a big buzz as of late (and not just in this campaign) especially considering October is Fair Trade Month. It’s being suggested coffee consumers purchase from Fair Trade suppliers because that ensures you can enjoy your own coffee, while also making sure to take care of the farmer who cultivated those beans you’re drinking. By doing this Fair Trade ensures farmers get a fair price for their beans (meaning coffee manufactures aren’t nickel and diming the farmers), by doing this farmers working conditions can improve, there’s assistance in protecting the environment, while it also aids in supporting the community aiding in creating new schools, roads, drinking water, etc.Green Mountain is largely known for promoting this and pushing for it.
There have been two musicians – Grace Potterand Michael Franti who have taken part of the Fair Trade act and traveled over to Colombia and Sumatra to visit the farming communities and get a better understanding of how Fair Trade significantly impacts not only the farmers of coffee beans, but the world and the individual farms communities. The Green Mountain facebook page details the two performers trip, journey and the impact Fair Trade has on farming. Make sure you check out Green Mountains facebook page to see Grace Potter and Michael Franti Fair Trade source trip which also includes a live stream of their concert: https://www.facebook.com/GreenMountainCoffee. One other thing you can get over at the Green Mountain facebook page is coupons off Green Mountain Coffee k-cups and bagged coffee.
In my campaign box, I received a stack of $1 off manufacturer coupons, a BzzGuide which details Fair Trade centering around coffee and 3 boxes of K-Cups. The K-Cup boxes house 4 K-Cups in each box and the 3 boxes have the same four flavors in it.The four flavors provided were: Sumatran Reserve (Extra Bold), Colombian Fair Trade Select, Wild Mountain Blueberry, and Vermont Country Blend.