K-Cup Coffee Review: Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups

Today, we review a coffee that is certain to delight fans of dark roast K-Cup coffee. This brew is dark and mysteriously complex, and though we once had to trek to a Starbucks café to have a single cup of this dark coffee, Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee is a blend of Starbucks Yukon Blend and Starbucks Italian Roast that combines Indonesian and Latin American coffee beans. It is available for brewing at home, recently having been added to the Starbucks Coffee K-Cups line as well, much to the joy of Keurig K-Cup coffee maker owners who love dark coffee.

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups are a great way to enjoy an authentic Italian roast coffee at home or at the office. It’s a strong brew that is best brewed at the medium cup size setting on your K-Cup brewer to ensure a thick and satisfying extraction. If you fear the dark roast intensity of this brew, use the large cup setting on your machine for a slightly more watered down dark roast brew.

Overall, this thick and satisfying Italian roast coffee is a great addition to the Starbucks K-Cup Coffee options available to Keurig owners.

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups Cup Experience

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups are simply good fortune for dark coffee fanatics like myself. From the moment they brew, one is greeted with a very roasty aroma that hints at burnt sugar and smoke. It’s an earthy aroma that is complex and curious, a bit sweeter on the nose than your average espresso roast.

The resultant coffee is very dark with a light oily sheen that clings to the mug. Frankly, it’s lovely with its oily rainbow patterns and distinctive brown-black color. The aroma blooms in the cup, offering an olfactory mélange of wood smoke, deeply caramelized sugars, and hints of bitter cocoa.

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups brew a cup of coffee that follows through on its aromas, presenting an interesting and complex array of flavors to the tongue. For a brew as dark as this one, the flavor is surprisingly sweet, lacking the bitters associated with other full roasts. One cannot help but note strong hints of dark cocoa intermingled with the resultant Maillard reaction savory-sweetness from the roast. The aftertaste is very smooth with very little aftertaste but for a hint of sweetened smoke.

If you like your coffee extra bold, brew this one at lower cup volumes, but for a regular cup of dark coffee, your normal settings will work well also. The strong character of Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee from K-Cups stands up to the addition of cream, resulting in a more milk-chocolate character particularly with sweetening as well. A bit of sweetener alone accents the caramelized sugar flavors resulting in a complex, syrupy cup of coffee that is very easy to drink.

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups by the case are also available. Trust me, you’ll want a case if you love dark coffee.

Low Calorie Sweetener Options at CoffeeForLess

Low Calorie Sugar Alternative SweetenersEveryone enjoys the rich taste created by adding cream and sugar to their coffee, but not everyone enjoys the extra calories that are tacked on. No matter how you take your cup of joe in the morning whether it be with cream, sugar, flavored, whipped, or topped all of those extras could add somewhere from 250-600 calories to your daily diet. Black coffee may not taste as great to you, but it contains virtually no fat or calories whatsoever.

One of the best ways to combat these extra calories is to use low calorie sweeteners, because sugar substitutes provide avid coffee drinkers a sweet taste, without all of the extra calories and carbohydrates. Found in a variety of foods and beverages today, low calorie sweeteners are more than hundreds of times sweeter than regular sugar and contain essentially no calories.

Top Low Calorie Sweeteners

Splenda

One of the most popular low calorie sweeteners used to make coffee taste great is Splenda. Also known as sucralose, Splenda low calorie sweetener is actually manufactured from sugar, so it tastes just like sugar without a bad aftertaste. Another great benefit of adding Splenda to your coffee is that when it is consumed it passes through the body without being broken down for energy, which means the body does not recognize it as a carbohydrate. This low calorie sweetener is great tasting and can be used as part of a healthy diet to reduce calories and carbs in your morning java. 

Equal

Discovered accidentally in 1965 by Dr. James Schlatter as he was doing research with amino acids, Equal is a low calorie sweetener that revolutionized the sweetener industry. Also known as aspartame, Equal is the low calorie sweetener that has been trusted for over 30 years. Equal is the perfect way to add sweetness and flavor to your favorite iced and hot coffee.

Sweet’N Low

Created from the idea that sugar bowls were unsanitary, Sweet’N Low was one of the first low calorie sweeteners that were packaged in individual envelopes.  Sweet’N Low is chemically known as saccharin, which was discovered in the late 1800’s and has been used and consumed safely ever since. Known to be around 300 to 500 times sweeter than sugar, Sweet’N Low set its self apart from other low calorie sweeteners as it does not lose its sweetness when it is heated in a cup of coffee.

No matter which low calorie sweetener you decide to put in your cup of coffee all of them are a healthy and safe substitute for normal sugar in the morning. Coffee For Less carries all of the top low calorie sweeteners and helps you to keep your coffee healthy and great tasting.

Enjoy Starbucks Single Cup Coffee at Home

Starbucks K-Cups For Starbucks At HomeIn the aims to provide customers with a consistent, quality cup of coffee that is equal to what is severed in stores, Starbucks has been producing single cup coffee products. As customers call for the ability to craft rich and flavorful cups of their favorite coffee at home with just the press of a button, Starbucks has delivered with their limited selection of single cup coffee. In an attempt to build their brand, enter consumer’s homes, and be in their head morning through night, Starbucks is hoping to build a base of repeat customers with their single use product line. Although the quality is not exactly the same, Starbucks single cup coffee delivers reliable rich flavor that is convenient to make and won’t waste any coffee, all without having to leave your kitchen.

Starbucks Extends Contract with Green Mountain Coffee

Although in the past year Starbucks has produced their own coffee maker, the Verismo, they have extended their contract with Green Mountain Coffee to continue producing Starbucks coffee in the popular K-Cup format. Many K-cup customers thought they would never see their favorite Starbucks single cup coffee ever again since it seemed to pose a threat to Starbuck’s new machine. Yet Starbuck’s upper level management felt that extending their contract with Green Mountain would be a win-win-win for both companies, and for coffee consumers around the world. As part of this new agreement Starbucks will add more single cup coffee for Keurig machines including Seattle’s Best, Torrefazione, Teavana, and Starbucks Coca brands. In the past year, the single cup coffee segment has grown nine times faster than the overall coffee category during the past year, and Starbucks hopes to strengthen its leadership position in this industry.

Single Cup Starbucks Coffees Stick with Keurig

Keurig K-Cup coffee system owners across the country can breathe a sigh of relief. Green Mountain Coffee, makers of Keurig single cup coffee systems, have struck a deal with Starbucks to continue manufacturing Starbucks K-Cups and Tazo Tea K-Cups.

Starbucks released their own single cup coffee maker called the Verismo, prompting many Keurig system owners to worry about the loss of access to Starbucks coffees and Tazo Teas in K-Cups. The two companies struck a deal extending the business partnership, though neither will disclose exactly how long the deal will continue.

Perhaps the mocking the Verismo system received on Saturday Night Live had something to do with it:

 

SNL – Starbucks/Verismo from Imanol Atchet on Vimeo.

Starbucks K-Cups for Keurig Single Cup Coffee Makers

Starbucks Coffee K-Cups continue to be popular with Keurig K-Cup coffee maker system owners, and CoffeeForLess will continue to provide them for our community of coffee drinkers as long as Starbucks continues to put them on the market.

Starbucks K-Cups are consistently popular, selling well and receiving regularly excellent reviews from Keurig owners. The excellent coffee varieties and reliable roasts translate well to K-Cups, making for a consistent single cup of coffee that is of the quality that one expects from Starbucks coffee.

With the extension of the deal between Green Mountain Coffee and Starbucks Coffee, many are wondering if there might be more Starbucks K-Cups on the way. Many dream of the day when luscious caramel-flavored Starbucks coffee is available for their Keurig single cup coffee maker.

While the coffees available in K-Cups from Starbucks is limited, the diligent coffee fanatics at CoffeeForLess keep our eyes out for new releases. If Starbucks does ever release more Starbucks K-Cups, you, the CoffeeForLess community, will be some of the first to know, particularly if they ever release Starbucks Caramel Flavored Coffee in K-Cups.

In the meantime, we’ll just enjoy Wolfgang Puck’s Caramel Cream K-Cups.

Reuse K-Cups to Start Your Garden Seeds

Reuse K-Cups as Seed StartersK-Cups often receive the criticism that they are wasteful in terms of trash production, a claim that Keurig has refuted in terms of proportion of waste produced per capita. Certainly, Keurig has heard the criticism. Their new Vue single cup coffee maker uses #5 recyclable plastic, a plastic being recycled in more and more communities across North America every day, in its inserts.

However, many single cup coffee consumers still feel the need to find ways to reuse or repurpose spent K-Cups in order to reduce their impact. Recently, I stumbled across a great and timely use for spent K-Cups. This Instructables post teaches you how to turn used K-Cups into seed starters for your garden. Further, it even reminds us all that the contents of the K-Cup, the filter and grounds, are fully compostable.

Get Green With Single Cup Coffee

Single cup coffee consumers can reduce the carbon footprint of their favored single serving coffee or tea product.  By engaging in a few environmentally conscious practices, your favorite way of brewing coffee or tea can fit into a reasonably green lifestyle.

While neither K-Cups nor T-Discs are easy to recycle, Vue disks are in many ways. Further, the contents of all three types of plastic cartridge refill for single cup coffee makers is a combination of coffee filter and coffee grounds, both of which are compostable. By composting your K-Cup or T-Disc contents, you low the volume of mass contributed to landfills.

Coffee pods themselves are typically an enclosed filter containing coffee grounds. This makes the entire coffee pod likely to be compostable, returning the valuable nutrients gathered from the soil by the coffee plant to the soil in your gardens. Most coffee pods are packed in foil or plastic packaging that is unlikely to be compostable. However, the spent pod itself actually accounts for the majority of the mass disposed.

Upcycling K-Cups, T-Discs or Coffee Pods

Upcycling is the process of turning trash into treasure, not through alchemy but through reuse. By taking the plastics in our lives and putting them to further use, we extend their positive impact while their disposal mass remains the same.  By upcycling those plastics that would typically enter the waste cycle immediately, those plastics displace the need for other plastics.

Whatever type of single cup coffee or tea that you personally enjoy, finding ways to reuse spent single serving refills, whether through composting the contents or adapting spent cartridges for other purposes, is a great way to reduce the carbon footprint of your daily coffee consumption. A little upcycling effort seems like a fair trade for the lack of A.M. morning fog effort that single cup coffees and teas save us.

Let us know creative ways that you have upcycled spent K-Cups, T-Discs, or coffee pods personally; we would love to hear your creative ideas.

SEE ALSO: Easily Recycle Your K-Cups With Zero Waste Boxes From TerraCycle

K-Cup Coffee Review: Green Mountain Coffee Island Coconut K-Cups

Island Coconut K Cups

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Coconut-flavored coffee fanatics, the day has arrived! Green Mountain Coffee’s seasonal Island Coconut K-Cups are out! This day is a pretty big deal in some circles. This seasonal K-Cup is one that we’ve had many requests to carry year-round, but it just isn’t possible. Green Mountain Coffee continues to release it as a seasonal, so now is the time to stock up.

We regularly sell out of Green Mountain Coffee Island Coconut K-Cups, so while hoarding a stash might seem a bit absurd, it really isn’t. Our customers love this K-Cup, so without fail, we have a difficult time keeping it in stock.

If you’ve had it already, then you know how great it is, but if you have not had the joy of this spring seasonal coffee K-Cup, read on. Our review today highlights many of the reasons our customers have told us this is their favorite coconut flavored K-Cup.

Green Mountain Coffee Island Coconut K-Cups Cup Experience

This seasonal is truly a treat, one that has been reviewed before as “the best coffee I have ever had,” and while that may seem like hyperbole, the difficulty we have trying not to sell out of this seasonal is a testament to the truth in those reviews. Light roast coffee is enhanced with just the right amount of savory-sweet coconut flavor to ensure that this flavored coffee from Green Mountain Coffee seems to appeal to most any palate.

Upon brewing, Island Coconut K-Cups have a bright, exciting light roast aroma that has distinctly sweet undertones of coconut. The result is a very sumptuous yet not overbearing aroma that, once you are familiar with this brew, kicks the salivary glands into action like Pavlov’s bell. The mouth remembers, and the mouth loves this coffee.

In the cup, it is light roast in appearance with a very mild oil and cling. The aroma is intensified in concentration, and the lighter color does not belie the truly full flavor of this coffee.

Green Mountain Coffee Island Coconut Coffee has a very balanced acidity that highlights a mildly citric character balanced against the smoother coffee tastes highlighted by coconut flavoring. The coconut flavor in these K-Cups is not perfumed or at all like coconut candy. It is like coconut macaroons but less sweet. It draws out the savory flavors of this light roast and truly foregrounds them against the fruitier acids of the light roast.

Cases of Green Mountain Coffee Island Coconut Coffee are available, and you may want to consider buying it in such quantities. This one won’t last, and as a seasonal, it’s only around for a limited time.

The World’s Largest Coffee Cup or Strong K-Cup Coffee

World's Largest Coffee CupThe size of the American coffee cup has been growing over the last century, from the European-style demitasse into all varieties of large, even quart-size monstrosities at your average gas station. Amazon.com, however is selling a coffee mug that redefines the American definition of large.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present the World’s Largest Coffee Cup.

This mug can hold 20 cups of coffee, nearly enough to dunk your head in on those mornings when coffee by regular administration does not seem to be nearly enough. While I don’t advocate coffee consumption by personal immersion, this gag coffee cup makes a salient point about we coffee fanatics.

With time, one wants stronger coffee. Caffeine builds a tolerance in its consumers, and the tendency to increase coffee consumption over time is relatively common. Instead of upping your coffee cup size, may I recommend drinking stronger coffee? I’ve accumulated a list of some of my favorite strong coffee K-Cups below.

Strong Coffee K-Cups, Great Coffee Flavor

Most K-Cup coffee roasters carry an extra-bold or extra-strength coffee K-Cup, and I’ve searched through them all to find the best of the best: great, strong coffee that packs a punch without sacrificing flavor.

Emeril Lagasse is known for putting the BAM in his cooking, but his line of coffees also seeks to capture the intense flavors of his art. When it comes to intense coffee K-Cups, his Big Easy Bold K-Cups are worth a try. They have extra coffee in them to ensure a strong extraction as well as a rich French roast to the beans that ensures full flavor.

Green Mountain Coffee is a perennial favorite with Keurig K-Cup coffee maker owners, and two of their offerings belong on our list of strong K-Cups. Green Mountain Coffee Dark Magic K-Cups brew a truly dark cup of bold coffee that is robust without being bitter. For extraordinarily dark coffee with full-strength flavor, try Green Mountain Coffee Double Black Diamond K-Cups. Warning, though, Double Black Diamond is a full force coffee not recommended for those who cannot tolerate a truly intense brew.

Readers of this blog have heard me recommend the following K-Cups before, and this is because they hold a special place in the heart of myself and any other K-Cup coffee drinker who prefers coffee to resemble a kick in the head from a mule. Coffee People Jet Fuel K-Cups and Black Tiger K-Cups are intense. They pack seriously dark roast potency into a K-Cup that is only matched by the other K-Cups discussed today.

So skip the World’s Largest Coffee Cup and instead brew a truly intense cup of coffee from your Keurig. Lower the brew volume for greater intensity and let us know what super-bold K-Cups get your gears grooving.

K-Cup Coffee Review: Tully’s Hawaiian Blend K-Cups

Tully's Hawaiian Blend Coffee K-Cups ReviewKeurig K-Cup coffee maker owners are in for a treat this week. We are reviewing a recent line to the Tully’s Coffee line of K-Cup coffees, Tully’s Hawaiian Blend K-Cups. This Hawaiian coffee blend from Tully’s manages to capture some of the finer qualities of Hawaiian-grown coffee beans while enhancing those qualities with complexity resulting from the 100% Arabica coffee beans blended with them.

If you are looking for a great everyday-drinking coffee and are already a fan of Hawaiian coffees, then Tully’s Hawaiian Blend K-Cups provide the right brew for you. Each brew is a consistently pleasant, temptingly aromatic brew that is excellent for clearing groggy morning minds without being too strong.

Tully’s Hawaiian Blend Coffee K-Cups Cup Experience

Tully’s Coffee discontinued their Kona Blend K-Cups and then released Tully’s Hawaiian Blend K-Cups as a replacement. Comparing the two is difficult to avoid, but fans of Tully’s Kona Blend have typically found this alternative Hawaiian coffee blend to be an excellent as well. They contain 10% Hawaiian coffee blended with 100% Arabica coffee.

This blend creates a lovely aroma as it brews from the Keurig, a stronger, bolder aroma than one would expect from most Hawaiian coffees thanks to the Arabica beans used in the blend. The brew has a medium roast appearance and a relatively light oil content.

The taste of Tully’s Hawaiian Blend Coffee is quite good. It is mellow yet robust with a light mouthfeel but full flavor. The depth of the flavor profile is surprising, mostly thanks to the way the brighter acidity of the Hawaiian coffee plays off the robust character of the other beans in the blend. This provides a complex and interesting taste profile that is exciting to the tongue before diminishing to a relatively sweet aftertaste.

If you are looking for a replacement for Tully’s Kona Blend K-Cups, try Tully’s Hawaiian Blend K-Cups. I’m certain you will find this coffee blend’s artful composition is an excellent replacement.

European Coffee from Green Mountain Coffee Barista Prima K-Cups

Green Mountain Coffee Barista Prima K-CupsEuropean coffee is renowned for the heavy body and bold taste imparted by the dark roasts that are most popular across the continent. These roasts are even named for European countries, French Roast coffee being a popular roast the world over and Italian Roast agreed upon as the espresso extraction standard. Now, Keurig K-Cup coffee system owners can enjoy true European coffeehouse-style at home or at the office with Green Mountain Coffee Barista Prima K-Cups.

Barista Prima K-Cups from Green Mountain Coffee capture the essence of European roast coffee and provide an intense flavor and full body by packing more coffee into each K-Cup. The brew from these K-Cups is so full and bold that even the two-time Italian Barista Champion, Francesco Sanapo, sang its praise in the video below.

Flavors of Barista Prima K-Cups at CoffeeForLess

CoffeeForLess carries the full light of Green Mountain Coffee Barista Prima K-Cups. Give them a try and let us know what you think.

Green Mountain Barista Prima Colombia K-Cups – a high-altitude coffee selected for taste with a bold fruit flavor with hint of nutty flavors, brewing with a smooth, balanced body every time.

Green Mountain Barista Prima House Blend K-Cups – a blend of Arabica coffee beans selected for strong extraction with a bright taste and lighter body.

Green Mountain Barista Prima French Roast K-Cups – a bold and roasty brew with a full body and hints of wood smoke and a bitter-sweet taste that lingers with mild astringency.

Green Mountain Barista Prima Italian Roast K-Cups – 100% Arabica beans roasted deeply to produce a brew perfect for espresso-lovers, with balanced acidity and sweetness, hints of earth flavor, and a lusciously full body.

K-Cup Coffee Review: Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups

Caffe Verona Starbucks Coffee K-CupsToday, we review a coffee that is certain to delight fans of dark roast K-Cup coffee. This brew is dark and mysteriously complex, and though we once had to trek to a Starbucks café to have a single cup of this dark coffee, Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee is a blend of Starbucks Yukon Blend and Starbucks Italian Roast that combines Indonesian and Latin American coffee beans. It is available for brewing at home, recently having been added to the Starbucks Coffee K-Cups line as well, much to the joy of Keurig K-Cup coffee maker owners who love dark coffee.

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups are a great way to enjoy an authentic Italian roast coffee at home or at the office. It’s a strong brew that is best brewed at the medium cup size setting on your K-Cup brewer to ensure a thick and satisfying extraction. If you fear the dark roast intensity of this brew, use the large cup setting on your machine for a slightly more watered down dark roast brew.

Overall, this thick and satisfying Italian roast coffee is a great addition to the Starbucks K-Cup Coffee options available to Keurig owners.

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups Cup Experience

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups are simply good fortune for dark coffee fanatics like myself. From the moment they brew, one is greeted with a very roasty aroma that hints at burnt sugar and smoke. It’s an earthy aroma that is complex and curious, a bit sweeter on the nose than your average espresso roast.

The resultant coffee is very dark with a light oily sheen that clings to the mug. Frankly, it’s lovely with its oily rainbow patterns and distinctive brown-black color. The aroma blooms in the cup, offering an olfactory mélange of wood smoke, deeply caramelized sugars, and hints of bitter cocoa.

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups brew a cup of coffee that follows through on its aromas, presenting an interesting and complex array of flavors to the tongue. For a brew as dark as this one, the flavor is surprisingly sweet, lacking the bitters associated with other full roasts. One cannot help but note strong hints of dark cocoa intermingled with the resultant Maillard reaction savory-sweetness from the roast. The aftertaste is very smooth with very little aftertaste but for a hint of sweetened smoke.

If you like your coffee extra bold, brew this one at lower cup volumes, but for a regular cup of dark coffee, your normal settings will work well also. The strong character of Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee from K-Cups stands up to the addition of cream, resulting in a more milk-chocolate character particularly with sweetening as well. A bit of sweetener alone accents the caramelized sugar flavors resulting in a complex, syrupy cup of coffee that is very easy to drink.

Starbucks Verona Blend Coffee K-Cups by the case are also available. Trust me, you’ll want a case if you love dark coffee.