Posted on Wed, Feb 14, 2018

Some like their coffee tall, dark, and rich (just like their men as the joke goes). Tall and rich I agree with but, I am all about the blondes, blonde latte that is. Starbucks® has introduced a new take on their entire line of espresso-based drinks, blonde roast. I have been drinking Starbucks® Veranda K-Cup® coffee pods, and although not an espresso, I have been pleased to discover, it is a blonde roast!

Blonde roast means that it is a medium and mellow blend as Starbucks® describes it. Veranda fills both requirements and is even labelled as such on the box. Espresso, however, is a method of brewing that a Keurig® is not capable of doing. A higher pressure espresso brewer is required to extract all of the delicious oils and nuances of a coffee bean in the concentrated format of espresso. But, if you prepare K-Cup® pods using the lowest water setting of your coffee machine it will be darn close to an authentic espresso. Using the "strong" setting on Keurig® 2.0 helps too!

My Keurig® brewer has been cranking out my copycat version of Starbucks® Blonde Roast Caffe Latte since the day I walked by their banner reading "Blondes have more fun!"

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Topics: Recipes


Posted on Fri, Jan 19, 2018

Keurig® brewers are a very polite group of kitchen appliances. When they are out of water they ask for more with a tactful “please” and when they experience an operational error an apologetic “sorry” softens the blow. Although I appreciate the gentility, it does not make the occurrence any less frustrating. Kind words on the computer screens of our coffee makers are not the answer to cure our Keurig® woes; it is knowledge. Knowing what to do when your Keurig® faces a troubling event is the key to reduced coffee stress.

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Topics: Keurig K-cup FAQ's


Posted on Wed, Dec 27, 2017

Proper maintenance of your Keurig® K-Cup® coffee brewer is essential to keep your morning BFF around for as long as possible. With tricky things like water and coffee grinds, cleanliness is critical. Most recent models of Keurig® brewers will alert you when it is time to descale. This is an excellent opportunity to clean the brew needles as well.  When you maintain a consistent schedule (every 8-12 weeks, depending on your usage) you are less likely to run into issues like a half cup, an overflowing cup or nothing happening at all. If these problems do occur, a needle cleaning is in order. Pairing these steps with a descaling will take care of nearly all Keurig® brewer hiccups.

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Posted on Tue, Dec 19, 2017

I have never awoken Christmas morning to a sparkling new Mercedes in my driveway, wrapped in a gigantic red bow. No, the gifts I have received and given tend to fall into the practical yet thoughtful realm. I have a pair of noise-canceling headphones that my snoring husband gave me to prove it. My kitchen holds a high-end blender and two all clad skillets that once sat beneath our tree. I own a funky pair of recycled socks and a homemade rosary both from our kids.

I love these notions because it means someone knows me enough to pick out treats that I will use in my daily life. Here is the kicker, they are not expensive. The average American spends around $1000 every year on this one day. Often for presents that will sit unused or get returned. I used to work in retail, our busiest day of the year was the day AFTER Christmas. These were not deal seekers entering our doors; they were bringing back the 69% of holiday presents that get returned (according to

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Posted on Thu, Nov 30, 2017

Hosting family and friends for the holidays can be stressful, to say the least. Whether they are visiting for a few hours or a few days, the experience may leave you looking at Canadian real estate. You have already heard all of the cliche advice, live in the moment, appreciate the time you have with the loved ones, blah, blah, and more blah.

No matter how true the cliches are at the core, they are hard to follow and may leave you feeling guilty about the natural tension that occurs with holiday guests. What you need my friend is tangible advice, and to that end, I would like to offer three words: keep it simple. You do not need to wow your visitors with extravagant holiday decor nor do you need to do everything yourself.

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Topics: Lifestyle


Posted on Fri, Nov 17, 2017

The shopping season is upon us, and if you are anything like me, that means spending hours on end searching for just the right gift for my loved ones. I am obsessed with finding a gift that is not only thoughtful but also very useable. As in no regifting. I like to observe the habits of my friends and family and tie in a simple gift that speaks to their routines. If you do the same and notice a returning theme of coffee, you have come to the right place. Our Keurig® holiday shopping guide will provide you with a quick and easy solution to finding the perfect gift.

Did someone say unique? How about a membership to our K-Cup® pod of the month club?

Useful? How about a reusable filter for Keurig® 2.0 brewers?

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Topics: holiday shopping