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Red Rose is now offering French Vanilla and Hazelnut Energy Tea K-Cups for Keurig K-Cup Brewers. The energy/good for you hot drink craze continues with these two offerings and we'll see if we can get some to review. From AB: "While s...
Red Rose is now offering French Vanilla and Hazelnut Energy Tea K-Cups for Keurig K-Cup Brewers. The energy/good for you hot drink craze continues with these two offerings and we'll see if we can get some to review. From AB: "While shopping at Shaw’s today in Bangor Maine, I came across two new offering from Red Rose Tea. They are now offering two new KCups. French Vanilla Energy Tea and Hazelnut Energy Tea." These two premium black teas have an extra boost and are both naturally flavored. We've yet to find out what the energy part of the tea is. Maybe it's just really spunky? :-) Red Rose French Vanilla Energy Tea - Enjoy the essence of premium black tea combined with that extra boost energy you need any time of the day. Naturally flavored with a hint of French Vanilla, this Red Rose Energy Tea is just what you've been looking for.  The premium-blended quality that you've come to expect from Red Rose Tea, now has an extra boost of caffeine to help you ant time of the day! Enjoy these rich flavors that have been handcrafted by our Master Tea Blender morning, noon or night. ????  Red Rose Hazelnut Energy Tea - Enjoy the essence of premium black tea combined with that extra boost energy you need any time of the day. Naturally flavored with a hint of Hazelnut, this Red Rose Energy Tea is just what you've been looking for. The premium-blended quality that you've come to expect from Red Rose Tea, now has an extra boost of caffeine to help you any time of the day! Enjoy these rich flavors that have been handcrafted by our Master Tea Blender morning, noon or night." We've received a set of Red Rose coffee K-Cups using the Upshot Solution, and should have those reviewed shortly.     Related StoriesCafejo My French-Press with K-Cup Pod and Ground Coffee Adaptors ReviewMarley Coffee One Love Real Cups ReviewMarley Coffee Get Up, Stand Up Real Cups ReviewFolgers Gourmet Selections Mocha Swirl Coffee K-Cups 
about 2 hours ago
It has been said over and over again that an instant coffee drink tastes inferior compared to its brewed counterpart. This does not mean however that we cannot make it taste special. If the same product can be used by popular establishme...
It has been said over and over again that an instant coffee drink tastes inferior compared to its brewed counterpart. This does not mean however that we cannot make it taste special. If the same product can be used by popular establishments and get the approval of paying customers, then all is not lost with our own instant coffee drinking at home. Here are some ideas to do it. Image Source Choose Quality Instant Coffee Yes folks, there are better quality coffee among those categorized as instant. Instant coffee is soluble coffee powder that readily dissolves in hot water. Because of the process it has to go through, some of the flavor get lost even if it has been prepared from the same green coffee beans used for brewed coffee. The quality of the coffee will form the foundation of whatever special concoction instant coffee aficionados come up with. It may be impossible to completely mask what is clearly inferior to begin with. The best bet therefore is to choose the best among the available options. Put Special Attention on the Water Used Although tap water is generally fine to use, less chemically-enhanced water or filtered water works best. Instant coffee lovers swear by the secret of  perfect timing of adding water. The water is used before it begins to boil or during pre-nucleation of water. This is the time when bubbles start to appear on water. Instant coffee drinkers are advised to unplug the water heater before the water reaches its boiling point. Boiling water tends to scald the coffee granules and can also turn the added milk bitter. Reboiling water is not a good idea either since doing so results to an altered taste of the water itself. How Much Coffee Granules to Put One slightly rounded teaspoon of instant coffee granules is usually ideal for use in a cup but may be too watered-down when used in a mug. Another secret by which instant coffee lovers swear by is adding the coffee first in a teaspoon of water at the base of the cup or mug before filling up halfway with water. It is said that this would result to froth in the surface and the bonus aroma. Adding sugar, milk. or cream to the coffee is really a matter of personal preference. Instant coffee drinks can be made more special by adding flavorings such as cinnamon, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder. A shot of flavored syrup can also add zest to your instant coffee drink.
about 2 hours ago
The Cafejo My French-Press with K-Cup Pod and Ground Coffee Adaptors is the the only manual, French-press style, single-cup brewing system that brews cups, pods, caplets, and ground coffee. We've been using the Cafejo My French-Press exc...
The Cafejo My French-Press with K-Cup Pod and Ground Coffee Adaptors is the the only manual, French-press style, single-cup brewing system that brews cups, pods, caplets, and ground coffee. We've been using the Cafejo My French-Press exclusively over the past 2 weeks, and we're impressed. We've been brewing various cups of coffee using K-Cups, Pod Adaptors, and reusable coffee filters and all the single serve coffee produced has been excellent. Designed with turbulence and extraction of coffee in mind, you simply use hot water or microwave the microwave safe pitcher included to a brewing temperature of 195° to 205° Fahrenheit. You can even brew with hot milk and make lattes, cappuccinos and hot chocolate too. FEATURES: BPA Free Dishwasher Safe Microwavable pitcher  Brews up to 10 ounces Brews with Hot Water or Milk  Includes: Cup Holder, Pod Adaptor,  Ground Coffee Adaptor which can be used in Keurig machines We feel on average we got a much better extraction than using our Breville K-Cup brewer on a head to head comparison. The darker roasts were darker and the flavored coffees richer. Because you can push as slowly as you want, the extraction and brewing method is under your control.  Pour in some hot water after the K-Cup is inserted into the bottom brewing area.   Now you can put the pitcher which acts like a plunger in the top of the press. After about 30-40 seconds you have an amazingly dark cup of single serve coffee from the Cafejo My French Press. You pour it over into your coffee cup and amazing coffee awaits you. We tried brewing with hot milk using a coconut flavored coffee and the results were excellent. Very buttery and very rich coffee was produced and it was simply different and unexpected it would turn out so good. Clean up is also very easy. Taking out the K-Cup or reusable filter is quick with a snap and twist. We found washing up and rinsing the Cafejo My French Press single cup brewer was quick and the appearance after washing it over the course of several weeks is still bright and clear.  Also if you don't want to pay $80-150 for a K-Cup brewer and want to brew with K-Cups at just under $40 dollars, the My French Press from Cafejo is a really great deal. Since it also comes with a ground coffee adaptor, you can have the best of both the ground and single cup brewing worlds. It's also not going to fall apart, or the pump get clogged - etc. from brewing.  We highly recommend the Cafejo My French-Press with K-Cup Pod and Ground Coffee Adaptors. It just makes sense someone would invent a single cup brewer french press, and we're glad Cafejo did.  Video below features a complete step by step brewing for the Cafejo My French Press:   At Cafejo My French-Press with K-Cup Pod and Ground Coffee Adaptors     Related StoriesMarley Coffee One Love Real Cups ReviewMarley Coffee Get Up, Stand Up Real Cups ReviewFolgers Gourmet Selections Mocha Swirl Coffee K-CupsCleanCup Single Cup Brewer Cleaning Cups and Descaling Liquid 
1 day ago
It’s been reported that coffee first got its start in Ethiopia, Africa after farmers noticed their goats behaving strangely after they had eaten coffee berries. Intrigued by this, they soon discovered that the beans inside the cherries c...
It’s been reported that coffee first got its start in Ethiopia, Africa after farmers noticed their goats behaving strangely after they had eaten coffee berries. Intrigued by this, they soon discovered that the beans inside the cherries could be roasted and mixed with hot water to produce coffee. Once people started cultivating and consuming coffee in the 15th century, it didn’t take long for coffee plants to be exported to different regions by explorers who set out to discover new lands. Most of today’s coffee growing regions owe their start to the birthplace of coffee and it would appear Marley Coffee have decided to use their partnership with other regional coffee farms in Africa to introduce a 100% organic, single-origin Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee with what we’re reviewing today… Marley Coffee One Love Real Cups. Brewing these Real Cups resulted in strong floral aromas which were so prominent that they almost smelled like lilacs or maybe… we’re not sure… orange blossoms? Wow… that’s a first! We also noted some very mild earthy notes underneath blended with hints of cinnamon and cocoa. An outstandingly odd mix which actually worked out quite well. Billed as a medium roast, flavor was topped primarily by rich, sweet molasses flavors at first which gave way to dark chocolate notes which ended up being the primary flavor note of this coffee blended with subtle berry flavors hiding near the finish. Awesome. Closer inspection revealed even more complexities dancing around in the cup… after a while, cereal & grain notes started to emerge and we even started detecting some of the mild cinnamon notes hiding in the background. Acidity was superbly balanced sitting right at the medium level and was only noticeable mid-sip (yet another first). It wasn’t overbearingly strong like most dark roast African coffees but was instead nicely sharp & vibrant just making for a satisfying cup. Body was medium to dark brown in color with shades of orange tinged with yellow around the edges when held in front of a light source. Mouth feel was smooth and had an almost lighter feel to it overall it wasn’t too oily but wasn’t watery either. Finish was on the sweeter side with some smoky notes that blended into more dark chocolate in the aftertaste. Aroma – 10 – When we say floral aromas, we MEAN floral aromas! Amazingly strong floral notes which almost smelled like lilacs or maybe even orange blossoms (we were having trouble discerning) blended with very mild earthy notes underneath with hints of cinnamon and cocoa. A weird mix, but it works! Acidity – 10 – Superbly balanced right down the middle which resulted in a medium level which was only noticeable mid-sip (another first since we usually get the sour hit at the beginning or end of a sip). Nicely sharp & vibrant making for a pleasant cup. Body – 10 – Medium to dark brown in color with shades of mostly orange tinged with yellow on the edges. Flavor – 10 – An amazingly complex mix that kept revealing more and more as we went along. Dominated mostly by dark chocolate notes, we also detected sweet molasses flavors at the beginning which blended with cereal & grain notes, very mild cinnamon and subtle berry notes near the finish. Superbly delicious blend which had us jammin’ round the room. Mouth Feel – 9 – The only reason this didn’t score a perfect 10 was due to a lighter feel… we would have like it to be slightly more substantial, other than that things were smooth and not too oily. Coffee Drinker – Suited best for medium roast fans who like things a bit on the stronger side. The strong dark chocolate flavors throughout will have most chocolate fans enjoying this coffee as well and if you like complexities in aromas and flavors, this is the coffee for you. Overall Rating: 99 – Excellent Wow… simply amazing. We knew the Marley Coffee brand was billed as a premium coffee, but we had no idea results would be so consistently outstanding. If each coffee in the line-up was a song,
2 days ago
Subject: Path Coffee Roasters Coffees Mugged and Rating [see key]: - Crosshatch 5+ - Finca Potosi, Colombia 4+ Once a land full of mediocre coffee productions, the land north of New York City is now really beginning to blossom not ...
Subject: Path Coffee Roasters Coffees Mugged and Rating [see key]: - Crosshatch 5+ - Finca Potosi, Colombia 4+ Once a land full of mediocre coffee productions, the land north of New York City is now really beginning to blossom not only with good coffeehouses, but with good coffee roasters. One new entity to the area is Path Coffee Roasters, located in Port Chester, NY along the sea near the
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Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Serene Teaz Tea Description: A tea for the coffee lover in you. Chocolate chips and roasted coffee beans give this tea and enticing coffee aroma. Learn more about this tea here. Taster...
Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Serene Teaz Tea Description: A tea for the coffee lover in you. Chocolate chips and roasted coffee beans give this tea and enticing coffee aroma. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: If you’ve read many of my reviews, you probably already guessed that this Café Latte Tea from Serene Teaz gave me reason for hesitation because of the coffee beans.  I’ve told the story numerous times:  I used to drink coffee every morning until I realized that my eleven o’clock sick to my stomach feeling was caused by that morning cup of joe. So I switched to tea and haven’t had any problems.  So, when someone sent me a sampling of this tea, I was hesitant to try it … but, also curious.  Wondering if it would affect me adversely because the tea DOES have polyphenols in it, which act as the buffers to the effects of caffeine (which is why we get a slow, steady stream of alertness from tea rather than that coffee jolt.)  Maybe … this won’t affect me badly.  Here’s hoping. I like the flavor.  It is rich and well-rounded.  I definitely taste the coffee in addition to the flavorful black tea.  It tastes warm and roasty and a little bit bitter … coffee bitter.  Which reminds me of another thing that I like better about tea versus coffee:  for the most part, tea isn’t bitter unless it’s been steeped incorrectly.  With a cup of coffee, I always need a teaspoon of sugar … which is not the case with tea.  On occasion, I’ll add a pinch of sugar to a cup of tea to accentuate the flavors, or if it’s a spiced tea because the sugar enhances the spices nicely.  But my sugar consumption has definitely decreased as a result to switching to tea from coffee. I also taste the chocolate-y notes, which gives the tea sort of a mocha-y taste and makes me think that this would be really splendid with a splash of half & half … so why don’t I go get some?  I poured a little bit of half & half in the cup (about a teaspoon) and the flavor is enhanced significantly.  This tea definitely should be milked and sugared for best taste!  (of course, everyone’s tastes vary!) Not bad.  I like the chocolate-y notes.  I even enjoy the coffee flavor together with the black tea notes.  It’s an unusual and tasty blend.  I hope that it doesn’t make me sick in a couple of hours, but if it does, I’ll be sure to update the review! … A few hours have passed since I wrote the above review, and I didn’t experience any ill feelings from the coffee beans.  A tasty blend for those of us who can’t drink coffee anymore but occasionally miss the flavor of it.  Don’t get me wrong … I LOVE tea and I’d choose a cup of tea over a cup of coffee any day, even if coffee didn’t make me sick, but, every once in a while, I do miss it.  Just a little bit.  And this is the tea to drink on those occasions! The post Café Latte Tea from Serene Teaz appeared first on SororiTea Sisters.
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2 days ago
Bottom Line: Breaks down all the time.Read review...
Bottom Line: Breaks down all the time.Read review...
4 days ago
There’s more to enjoying coffee than just a brewer. Enjoy your gourmet coffee more with a range of coffee accessories like travel mugs, cups and more.
There’s more to enjoying coffee than just a brewer. Enjoy your gourmet coffee more with a range of coffee accessories like travel mugs, cups and more.
5 days ago
If you just want to make a decent cup of Joe, go ahead and measure the ground coffee with a spoon. But if you want to make a perfect cup of coffee, it’s time to take out the coffee scales.
If you just want to make a decent cup of Joe, go ahead and measure the ground coffee with a spoon. But if you want to make a perfect cup of coffee, it’s time to take out the coffee scales.
5 days ago
Marley Coffee company got its start in 2007 when Rohan Marley (son of the late reggae musician Bob Marley) co-founded the company with Shane Whittle, a Canadian stock tycoon and organic food advocate. Together they ensured the company wo...
Marley Coffee company got its start in 2007 when Rohan Marley (son of the late reggae musician Bob Marley) co-founded the company with Shane Whittle, a Canadian stock tycoon and organic food advocate. Together they ensured the company would remain sustainable, certified organic and practice safe environmentally-conscious practices to promote the coffee, the well-being of the land their coffee was being farmed on and the well-being of the coffee farmers themselves. Using the Rastafarian ITAL approach of ensuring their coffee is 100% organic & unaltered in any way during the entire growing & cultivating process, the company went to great lengths to make certain their farm was pesticide-free after seeing the negative impact it was having on the farmers’ health and how the run-off of pesticides was killing fish in nearby rivers or killing nearby crops. Fast forward to present day and the company is now thriving with their products appearing in most grocery stores and specialty markets around the world. Today we check out the first flavor in their Real Cup line-up… Marley Coffee Get Up, Stand Up Real Cups. Brewing these Real Cups resulted in bright floral notes blended with hints of grains, chocolate, molasses and a very faint hint of smoke hiding underneath. Billed as a light roast, flavor was mild & sweet with more floral notes mixed in with hints of molasses and a slightly sour lemon or citrus finish. Acidity was balanced and starting to slightly lean on the stronger side but wasn’t harsh enough to destroy any underlying flavors. Most of its vibrancy is noticed upon first sip with a slight sour bite but it quickly gives way to the main flavors and carries them through to the finish. Body was medium reddish-brown in color with sunburst shades of orange, red & yellow when held in front of a light source. Reminded us of a sunrise and fit well with the morning vibe of the coffee’s namesake. Mouth feel was smooth and substantial without any watery or oily notes whatsoever and made for a pleasant experience. Finish was on the sweeter side with a slight sour citrusy aftertaste. The company claims this finish is lemon grass & we’d be almost inclined to agree as it did seem a bit like that. Aroma – 10 – Bright floral notes blended with hints of grains, chocolate, molasses and a faint hint of smoke hiding underneath. Acidity – 9 – A bit on the stronger side but really well balanced overall. Wasn’t harsh and allowed flavors to carry through to the finish with a slight sour bite on first sip. Body – 10 – Medium reddish-brown with sunburst notes of orange, red & yellow when held to a light source. Reminded us of a morning sunrise and fit well with the morning vibe of the coffee’s namesake. Flavor – 9 – Mild and sweet with floral notes mixed with hints of molasses and a slight citrusy finish which the company dubs as lemon grass. Upon closer inspection, we’d tend to agree. Pretty good overall. Mouth Feel – 10 – Smooth and substantial, no watery or heavy oily notes whatsoever. Finish was on the sweeter side with a slight citrusy aftertaste. Coffee Drinker – Suited best for light roast fans who prefer a bit more punch to their average cup. This coffee is almost leaning towards the medium scale and is certainly vibrant enough to make you get up, stand up and start your morning off right. Overall Rating: 98 – Excellent When we first heard that Marley Coffee was coming to the Real Cup format, we were rather excited since we knew the coffee was produced in Jamaica and that Jamaican coffee is known for its excellent quality. The first thing that jumped to mind was whether or not we’d see 100% pure Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and we’re proud to confirm that yes… Marley Coffee has indeed introduced this to their Real Cup line-up and it’s 100% Blue Mountain coffee, not blended with any other type of coffee. We’ll be saving that flavor as the last one we review in the Marley Coffee series since we figured we’d save the best
5 days ago