Jun 11, 2014

Keurig Coffee Coming to Subway

Keurig Coffee Maker

Subway may specialize in sandwiches, but the popular chain also serves up a large breakfast menu and plenty of coffee each day. They’re not known for their coffee, however, especially after the breakfast hours when they make it available but don’t serve much of it to customers. Subway and Keurig have just reached an agreement to put Keurig single cup coffee makers into all of their US and Canada stores. More than half of Subway stores already use Keurig machines to make fresh coffee available at all times of the day. Individual k-cups may be more expensive than a cup of coffee brewed as part of a large batch, but since Subway shops are not typically where people go specifically to get coffee, it might be more cost effective for them because virtually no coffee will go to waste.

Jun 8, 2014

Pot Coffee Promises Unique Pot of Coffee

"Legal" Pot Coffee

Washington recently became the latest state to legalize marijuana, and with that legalization, many new pot-centric businesses are springing up to take advantage of the new market. This includes dispensaries, edible pot products and even drinks, such as a new pot coffee drink From Mirth Provisions. The “Legal” drink is made with clod-brewed coffee that is infused with THC to give drinkers a combination of the effects of pot and caffeine at the same time.

The beverage is expected to hit the market in a few weeks, when retail sales of marijuana and pot products becomes legal, and since coffee is already a very popular state beverage, there is definitely a market out there for pot coffee. That said, the drink appears to be marketed as a morning beverage, promising that you will “take on the day with a smooth buzz”
similar to that of “a nice IPA or glass of wine.” Since (most) people don’t usually start their day with an IPA for breakfast, this coffee drink might try to have to find its footing as an afterwork beverage, or they might have to come out with a decaf version for Washington residents who want to take theirs as a nightcap.

Jun 6, 2014

Lipton Soothe Green Tea K-Cups, reviewed

Lipton Soothe Green Tea K-Cups, reviewed

Everyone knows that k-cups are one of the most convenient ways to enjoy a cup of coffee, but there are plenty of k-cups out there that allow you to brew tea easily, as well. It is a bit faster than waiting for tea to steep and they give you an alternative to coffee in places like hotels and offices where Keurig machines are staples. That said, I primarily brew loose leaf or bagged tea at home and don’t usually buy too many tea k-cups. A friend of mine recently gave me a box of Lipton’s Soothe Green Tea K-Cups to try, saying that they were a new favorite in his house.

From the name, you might think that this tea is nothing more than a straightforward green tea, but the tea is actually quite complex and surprisingly delicious. These k-cups contain a blend of green tea, chamomile, lemon verbena, spearmint, peppermint, rosehips, orange peel, hibiscus, lemon grass, orange and chicory. Chamomile is fairly strong and it really works well with the green tea to give you a very balanced base that is not too heavily weighted towards the green or the chamomile. The green tea helps to mute the usually strong flavor of the chamomile and soften it. You get notes of orange, lemon, mint and  rose, for a tea that is extremely soothing and without any one flavor jumping out. It’s good on its own and it is delicious with a little bit of honey or sugar.

This tea is ideal for bedtime or those days when you might be feeling a little under the weather – and since those are two times when you probably don’t want to work too hard to make your tea, k-cups are a perfect solution.

Jun 3, 2014

Tea To Go Travel Cup

Tea To Go Travel Cup

Just as there are a variety of coffee mugs with french presses built into them, there are also many mugs that allow you to brew your favorite loose-leaf tea while on the to. The Tea to Go Travel Cup is just one of the many options out there. The travel mug is made of thick glass and has an unusual two-sided design that is intended to give tea-lovers a better drinking experience. You use the mug by filling the end compartment with the loose-leaf or bagged tea of your choice, then simply pour in hot water and shake the cup a bit to ensure that all your tea is moistened and starting to brew. The two ends of the cup are separated by a strainer that keeps loose leaves away from the drinking end, though water/tea can flow freely so every sip you take is well-infused but also completely free of tea leaves, spices or any other ingredients from your drink. In addition to tea, you can use this mug for a variety of infusions – cucumber and citrus for refreshing water, berries for a sweeter drink – in addition to hot tea. Since it is made of glass, you’ll never have any off flavors in your drink, either.

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