Category Archives: K-cups

How to Clean Your Keurig Brewer

We’ve posted tips before on how to clean your coffee machine, which you should do at least once a year, and your Keurig Brewer deserves the exact same treatment.

However, the Keurig is a slightly more complicated beast, and it’s not as simple to clean as is your regular, run-of-the-mill coffee machine. Keurig themselves posted a YouTube video on how to clean your K-cup machine, breaking down the process as simply as possible. All you need is a paperclip, a few minutes of your time, and a keen awareness so you don’t stab yourself with that puncture needle. Trust us, it hurts to scrape your finger on that thing. Continue reading

K-cups and Brew Over Ice K-cups: What’s the Difference?

free-brew-over-ice-k-cup-sampler-fsfYou can use K-cups to brew iced coffee easily, but there are also Brew Over Ice K-cups that seem to be only be used for brewing iced coffee or iced tea. With these two different types of K-cups, what is the difference?

You can use either K-cup to brew hot or over ice, but the Brew Over Ice K-cups have one key difference that makes them a bit more suitable for brewing a single serving of iced coffee: more coffee packed within. Continue reading

About Keurig 2.0

Keurig’s next big thing for single-serve coffee, the Keurig 2.0, hasn’t gotten some of the best attention due to their “brand sensing” for K-Cups. In case you missed it, the Keurig 2.0 will not brew any non-K-Cup brands, so any copycat K-Cups you purchase or the reusable use-your-own-coffee pods will not work with the machine. Despite how it appears on the surface, there is a good reason for why Keurig has chosen to restrict which K-Cups can be used with the new machine.

For starters, the Keurig 2.0 can brew both a single cup of coffee and a carafe (about 4 cups of coffee). The machine instantly knows which to brew by scanning the lid of the K-Cup or K-Carafe pack inserted. Obviously, it can’t do this with non-Keurig K-Cups or the reusable cups.

Secondly, many of the new K-Carafe packs have little numbers on their lids, which corresponds to the proper brewing process for the Keurig 2.0 machine.

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The idea behind it is to brew different roasts of coffee differently to produce the best tasting coffee possible. This isn’t possible either with copycat or reusable K-Cups.

If you like a particular brand of K-Cup, don’t fret that it won’t be available for the Keurig 2.0. Keurig has announced that over 40 brands have committed over 250 flavors of K-Cups for the 2.0. You won’t have to give up your favorite brand or even blend of K-Cup coffee. Whether you want a single cup or a carafe, you will be able to find your preferred selection.  Rest assured, our entire K-Cup inventory is compatible with Keurig 2.0.

We will be selling Keurig 2.0 machines very soon! Look for our big announcement this Spring, but until then, stock up on K-cups for your current machine. You don’t want to run out before purchasing the next big thing in coffee.

Single-serve Coffee Brews a Revolution in the Coffee Industry

kcupsSingle-serve coffee options, such as the Keurig K-cups and coffee pods, have been around since the 1990s, but it’s only been in the last decade that the little marvel has really taken over how people brew coffee. The Seattle Times noted that single-serve brewed coffee now accounts for over a quarter of every dollar Americans use to spend on coffee to drink at home.

Why has it become so popular? It’s extremely convenient and easy to use.

“The convenience is amazing,” said John Berger, a 77-year-old Bellevue resident who was recently buying two boxes of Tully’s decaf K-cups at his local Fred Meyer. “You can get a fresh cup each time,” he said, adding that he owns two Keurig machines — one at home, and one at his vacation place in Montana.

The boom has even surprised experts. “If you’d had asked coffee specialists that this was going to happen, they would have told you, ‘That’s ridiculous,’ ” said Mark Pendergrast, coffee expert and author of Uncommon Grounds.

Pendergrast prefers to grind his own beans.  He said single-serve coffee is “not as good as your old French press or pour over, but it’s good.”

Of course, if you compare K-cups or coffee pods economically to buying beans, single-serve is a bit more expensive. On the flip side, it’s still far cheaper than running to your local coffee shop, even for a simple cup of coffee.

Cost concerns aside, the biggest downside to K cups is its inability for recycling. Some manufacturers are looking into creating recyclable cups, but they have a ways to go. For those looking for a greener option to K cups, then coffee pods are a great way to go.

Curious what the rave is all about with single-serve coffee? Check out our single-serve options, Keurig K cups and White Bear Coffee Pods. If you’re looking for something fancier, a new brewer provides single-serve options for coffee house-style drinks, the Nescafé Alegria A510.

Brewing coffee by the cup is no longer a novelty. It is the fastest growing segment of the coffee business. As the consumer, you need to find the option that best fits your preference for your daily brew.

New Keurig Brewers Will Block Copycat K-Cups

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It’s a no-brainer that the Keurig K-Cup brewer has revolutionized how people brew coffee at home and in the office. The director of the National Coffee Association called the invention “the biggest change in coffee-brewing technology since Mr. Coffee was introduced in the 1970s.”  It’s no shocker since the Keurig has been readily adopted in consumers’ homes, copycat K-Cups and K-Cup brewers have popped up everywhere.

In order to protect its brand, Keurig has created a new brewer that will scan the K-Cups for Keurig’s markings and lock out any unapproved pods. These markings use ink inspired by the US Mint’s own technology to combat counterfeit currency.

Keurig recently showed off the new brewer at a tasting event, and when they tried to use an old-model pod without the new markings, the machine would not operate. The touchscreen displays a message explaining that this machine only uses specific pods, and then it conveniently directs the user to Keurig’s website and customer service phone number. Continue reading

Flavored K-Cups

Think that the only flavored K-cups you can buy from MyCoffeeSupply are hazelnut and pecan with the seasonal pumpkin spice? That may seem to be the case, but we actually have several unique flavored coffees you can brew by the cup with your Keurig brewer.

Breakfast-Inspired Flavored K-Cups

Our favorite sweet breakfast foods are delicious, but eating them often comes at a cost to your waistline. Instead of grabbing that donut, why not try Donut House’s Chocolate Glazed Donut K-Cup? Or try one of these other tasty breakfast-flavored K-Cups:

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What’s the Difference Between Black, Green, and White Tea?

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All tea, no matter the type, comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. How the tea differs is from how it is processed.

Black Tea

Black teas undergo the longest processing of any other tea. Once the leaves are harvested, they are left out in the sun to slightly wilt. The leaves are then rolled to break open, which causes them to ferment. As the leaves ferment, they turn from green to black. After the leaves reach their optimal color, they are then dried and packaged.

Black teas can be divided into 3 different categories based on where they are grown and harvested. Assam teas are grown in the Assam Valley of India, Darjeeling is grown in the Darjeeling Province of India, Ceylon teas are from Sri Lanka, and China Blacks are from, well, you can probably deduce that one. Continue reading

Tea by K-cup!

cup_of_teaYou already know that Keurig k-cups brew tasty coffee by the cup instead of the pot. But did you know that’s not all they’re good for? There are hot chocolate k-cups as well, and several different types of tea k-cups for whatever type of tea you enjoy.

Green Tea

Green tea is celebrated as a healthy tea due to its large quantity of anti-oxidants and the fact that it helps enhance dental health. While many people enjoy drinking a whole pot of green tea at once, sometimes it’s nice to just have one cup, particularly in the morning.

Twinings makes a delicious green tea k-cup for your Keurig brewer so you can do just that. For something slightly different, brew the k-cup over a glass filled with ice and add a sprig of fresh mint. Continue reading

How do K-Cups Work?

How K-cups workKeurig brewers are perhaps one of the most ingenious creations in the last few years. These coffee machines can quickly brew a single cup of coffee or tea in about a minute with very little mess or fuss. As such, they have become quite popular in both households and offices.

So how do these tiny miracle-makers work?

Even though the Keurig brewer produces a hot cup of coffee in a matter of seconds, it’s not instant coffee. Each K-cup contains ground coffee with a paper filter in an air-sealed cup. It’s very similar to brewing a whole pot of coffee with ground coffee and a filter, just on a tenth (or twelfth) of the scale.

When the K-cup is inserted into the brewer, the machine punches holes in the top and bottom of the sealed K-cup. The machine then runs hot, pressurized water through the hole in the top of the K-cup, and the brewed coffee dispenses through the filter in the cup, out the hole in the bottom of the K-cup, and into your coffee mug that eagerly awaits the beverage below.

Once your drink is complete, all that is left to do is remove the used K-cup and throw it away. That’s it; that’s all the mess you have to worry about when brewing with a K-cup (aside from washing your coffee mug, of course).

Keurig brewers and K-cups have become so popular due to their ease of use and the fact that each user can brew what they specifically want to drink. There’s no arguing in the office over coffee being too weak or too strong, because everyone can brew their coffee how they prefer. As a bonus, the Keurig machines can also brew hot tea just as easily.

Are you looking for a Keurig brewer? We carry two models as well as a wide variety of K-cups, including K-cups from Green Mountain, Starbucks, Wolfgang Puck, and Coffee People.