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ap1994 Feb 6, 2008 10:12 AM

Can anyone please list what is in the 18 k-cup variety pack that comes with Keurig brewers? Specifically I'm wondering what brand the Kona cup is. I went through the box and made the mistake of not writing down the brands/types before trying them. Thanks a million!

  1. Candy Feb 6, 2008 12:17 PM

    How about checking out www.keurig.com ? I have a 27 cup variety pack on the shelf and there are about 7 different coffees in there.

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      CrazyOne Feb 6, 2008 04:43 PM

      Heh, I got it in my head that it would be easy because only one or two of the companies make a Kona, but I was wrong. Green Mountain, Tully's, Timothy's and Coffee People all package Kona blends into K-cups. Argh! I can tell you though, our coffee drinker here had the Tully's in the house recently and wasn't impressed. If I had to choose from those based on past 2nd hand experiences with other varieties from all those brands, I would get the Coffee People. :-) But that isn't a direct answer to your question. They don't seem to advertise the varieties and indeed may change them out every so often. Might not even be the same box to box!

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        ap1994 Feb 6, 2008 07:58 PM

        Thanks! You're probably right about them swapping them out from box to box because I have looked everywhere for a list (even ebay, where folks will usually detail out to that level) and can't find it. I suspect the Kona was Timothy's, but I'm hesitant to order that because I've got three other varieties of Timothy's at home (decaf Colombien, Cinnamon Pastry, and decaf Hazelnut) at home right now and don't care for any of them.

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          CrazyOne Feb 7, 2008 09:13 AM

          One thing I discovered on the Keurig site is that you can order 5-packs of many (all?) of the coffees, so that could be one way to try them without committing to a full box. I don't know how much they rip you for shipping on those, but 5-packs are $2.95, and it looks like they offer these trial boxes of most every K-cup variety there is. May help in sorting out favorites if you don't want to spring for a whole box. Although, whole boxes of 25 go for right around $10 at various sites; we use coffeewiz.com

          I can only offer 2nd hand help with coffee suggestions since I don't drink it. (And even then, everyone's taste is different.) The Green Mountain seasonal Wicked Winter Blend was a recent hit in the house, though, that I know for sure. Also, we have a B60, and the brew size used for just about everything is the medium one 7.25oz (the smaller one on the newer B50). Having the 5.25oz size is nice; we rarely seem to use the 9.25oz and trying this will probably make your coffee too weak, even the "extra bold" cups. (Extra bold says nothing about the coffee style; this is K-cup terminology for "We put more of the coffee in there.")

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            ap1994 Feb 8, 2008 08:20 AM

            THe trial packs on keurig.com aren't so bad - there's free shipping after $50, and I wanted a carousel, so I almost went that route. I ended up ordering from Big Cat Coffee though - they have a lot more of the decaf varieties and flavors than keurig, which is surprising because I thought keurig would carry all of the varieties. What I ended up doing is about the least cost effective possible - I spent almost $40 with shipping which is 1/3 higher than buying boxes. But, like I said, I haven't found a coffee I love yet, so it will be worth it to try everything out. I did get the Wicked Winter Blend, so hopefully that'll be great - it has fantastic reviews on Amazon. I have a B60 as well and only use the medium setting. I just had a baby, so i have been limited to decafs all this time - haven't found a single one with decent flavor - Emeril is the best so far, but I've ordered Newman's which has good ratings. The Kona I'm seeking is the only truly excellent cup I have had and that was of course not decaf.

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              CrazyOne Feb 9, 2008 06:31 AM

              Thanks for the Big Cat rec, might have to try that one. Like that build your own box feature. Pretty much same price as 5-packs at Keurig (build your own costs $14.95, which I couldn't seem to find out until creating an account, making a box and putting it into my cart) but way better prices on full boxes.

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        Mother of four Feb 8, 2008 04:04 PM

        I just opened mine and have tried, Colombian La Vereda (Timony's), French Roast (Diebrich) which I really liked and ordered two box's from Amazon (free shipping if you spend $25, but of course two box's are only $20, but that's OK as I always manage to find something else that I want), and the third was Italian (Timony's). They were all good, but I really liked the dark roast. I wish they came as a variety pack with all coffee instead of tea,etc.

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          TonyO Feb 8, 2008 04:27 PM

          If you like a robust coffee, try the Kenya AA from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (they actually own Keurig).

        2. sweet100s Feb 8, 2008 10:05 PM

          ap1994, try the Newman's Own! (extra bold)

          The decaf is by far the best tasting decaf coffee I've ever tried, and the regular is good too.

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            ap1994 Feb 10, 2008 07:50 PM

            Thanks - just ordered that Newman's - should be here tomorrow!

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              sweet100s Feb 12, 2008 03:10 PM

              Let me know how you like it!

              It has the unique combination of
              - being "Extra Bold" tasting with a lot of depth,
              - NOT tasting burnt at all, which I hate in coffee
              - plus not having any weird flavoring added (hazelnut)

              It just tastes like really rich good oily coffee.

              Of the 3 coffeemakers I have:
              Technivorm MoccaMaster KBTS 741 (regular)
              Keurig B-70 (k-cup)
              Bunn MyCafe (pod)

              My fave is the Newman's Own Extra bold from the Keurig.

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                ap1994 Feb 15, 2008 06:47 AM

                Ok, so I bought 15 new varieties, so I haven't made it over to the Newman's yet. I have changed my settings so now I brew all of my cups on the smallest instead of the medium, and the coffees have been better (not sure if that's because of size/strength or if I'm starting to pick coffees closer to my taste). today I'm having the Winter Wicked Blend - I'm a big fan. I've also tried GJ's Winter (not so good) GJ's Holiday Cheer (pretty good) and GJ's decaf butter toffee (very good). So, definitely making some progress. I have two Konas and the Newmans lined up next. Can't wait. Wish I could have more than one cup a day right now to try them all!!

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                  ap1994 Feb 18, 2008 05:03 AM

                  LOVE the newman's - thanks for the rec. Also got Gloria Jean's special blend decaf and butter toffee decaf - both are good. I'm brewing everything on the smallest setting now, that seems to help as well.

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              coffeephd Feb 10, 2008 09:47 PM

              It depends of from who you'll buy this brewer. If you'll buy from Green Mountain, they will include GMCR regular variety. If you'll buy from Keurig, they will include different variety. If you buy from Caribou, they will include caribou.
              I think here you can find very detail description of veriety K-Cups. http://aromacup.com/directory/k-cups/...
              About Kona. Keep in mind here's no %100 Kona K-Cups. It's only %10 no matter which brand. But it still great blends. I love them/

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                btyndall Feb 11, 2008 06:39 AM

                One thing I see that no one seems to be doing. Not using the k-cup filter.
                I have a B-50 and a B-60. I started out using the k-cups but stopped for two reasons. First, it's difficult to get the stength of coffee I like from a k-cup. And the cost per cup with a k-cup is a bit to high for my liking.
                I switched to the "my k-cup" and now buy my coffee from a micro roaster that has a good selection of coffees I like. One in particular is a Dutch blend they have. Also, their prices per pound is excellent. I order 5 pounds at a time and with shipping it costs me a bout $10 to $11 a pound, depending on what I buy.
                I can adjust the amount of coffee I use in the filter to get the right brew. It takes little more time to make a second cup as it does to switch out the k-cup.
                Also, the B60 only has the 2 sizes. I like a large cup first thing in the morning. What I do is put a little more coffee in the filter and run the small cup thru twice. Gives me a 12 oz cup just the way I like it.

                One thing I believe when it comes to variety. You can't tell from drinking one cup whether you like a particular country or blend.
                In order to get a true taste your pallete needs time to adjust to the different characteristics of each coffee.
                If I want to try a new coffee, I buy a pound which usually lasts me about 1 1/2 weeks. At the end of that time I know whether I will buy it again or not.
                I don't believe you can make that decision with one or 2 cups.

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                  ap1994 Feb 11, 2008 07:00 AM

                  Thanks - I actually use the My K-Cup as well - I think I said in one of my earlier posts, I was pregnant when I bought the Keurig and didn't have much in the way of decaf varieties, so I use the My K-Cup for my Dunkin Decaf and Starbucks Decaf. Now that I don't have to I like the convenience, ease, and variety of the cups themselves - no grinding, no cleaning!

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                    coffeephd Feb 11, 2008 12:32 PM

                    My K-Cup is awesome option. This great add on for Keurig Coffeemakers. My wife don't drink coffee. So I make my coffee and she makes her tea with "My K-Cup". it makes good tea from loose leaves. Plus you can adjust temperature for you Coffee or Tea.

                    Green Teas: 180-185 degrees
                    Semi-Fermented teas: 195-200 degrees (just off boil)
                    Black Teas: 210-215 degrees (just off boil)

                    It's really make difference :)

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                      ap1994 Feb 11, 2008 03:46 PM

                      How do you adjust temp???? GREAT info, thanks! I have some loose tea i'd love to use.

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                        CrazyOne Feb 11, 2008 05:20 PM

                        You can adjust the temp on a B60 (and above, I'm sure, but dunno about the B50, probably not, and definitely not the B40 as it's done via the LCD screen), but I've never heard of it going up to 200 or more. Standard setting is 192, and you can adjust *down* to 187 (in increments, but the range is only 187-192).

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                        coffeephd Feb 11, 2008 08:05 PM

                        Yaep I don't think B40 have temp. control. Before we make Tea I brew just water, then make Tea in hot Mug. Here's info from Keurig...
                        ....
                        "Please note that stream temperature of the first brew after turn-on or after an extended idle period can be a couple degrees cooler. To maximize initial in-cup temperature at home, we recommend running a 6 oz cleansing brew prior to brewing a k-cup, which warms both the mug and the brewer."
                        .....

                        Sometime I buy prepackaged whole leaf tea's (for example http://aromacup.com/directory/tea/jas...) and after it brewed just trow back into the mug if I want stronger flavor and color.
                        I think you need to play with it to find your way :).

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                          sweet100s Feb 12, 2008 03:12 PM

                          Hi coffeephd,

                          At what temp do you brew your coffee?

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                      watkins4jesus Dec 14, 2008 07:29 AM

                      This is an old post I know but I am in the same predicement. I need to know what decaf variety was in the same 18 pack as there was only one and I can't remember what it was? FYI My kona variety was Tully's.

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                        ap1994 Feb 10, 2009 05:13 AM

                        Timothy's Columbian Decaf.

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