Several of Starbucks® famous coffee roasts are available in the Keurig® K-Cup® pod format including French Roast, Pike Place, Breakfast Blend, Veranda, Cafe Verona, and Caramel. For my fellow Starbucks junkies, this has been a dream come true as we can now feed our habit right in our own home- any time of day. No more searching for a 24 hour Starbucks® or wishing they delivered! The only thing missing in the pod format is an espresso. Keurig® brewers are not capable of brewing a true espresso but, using the lowest water setting of the machine is close enough for me.
Coffee is without a doubt one of the best simple pleasures in life. Perhaps only second to a hot shower or binging a great show on Netflix. It is well worth any cost but, I am sure you have all asked, " Where is the best place to get cheap K-Cup® pods?" I would add, without sacrificing quality. After all, life is far too short for bad coffee and with a little know-how and online savvy, gourmet coffee pods can fit any budget.
After ten years in the industry, we have found the best place to get a good deal on Keurig® brewers and coffee is through online distributors. There are a variety of reasons that all add up to time and money saved.
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!"
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.
Topics: Keurig K-cup FAQ's
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.