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Russell Hobbs is a well known brand coming from the UK that has been manufacturing home appliances since the 1950s. While it’s been a loved brand in UK and Europe, it’s been making a good impression in the US, too.
In this post, we want to look at their nicely designed glass series 8-cup coffee maker. It looks great, no doubt there, but do the features match the design? Read on to find out…
Features of Russell Hobbs Glass Series 8-Cup Coffee Maker:
In older generation of coffee makers, the spout where the hot water comes down to saturate the coffee ground would be usually a really small spout. That usually resulted in coffee ground around the edges of the filter not getting wet at all, or not wet enough to extract fully. Showerhead technology was created to fix this issue. Now, the spout has more holes and sprays water evenly around the entire filter, leaving no coffee ground unsaturated. This type of water spraying evenly covers and wets all coffee ground, giving you full flavor extraction from your coffee ground.
The CM7000S model is the previous one to the Glass Series we reviewed above. It has a similar design with beautiful and sleek stainless steel finish. However, it lacks some features:
Of course, we prefer the Russell Hobbs Glass Series to the CM7000S model for the advanced features. Especially that the price difference between them is not big (as of the time of writing this post, at least). So we definitely believe you should go for the newer model instead of the CM7000S.
Like every Keurig owner, you probably love the convenience of your coffee maker. Whether you make just a single cup a day or a lot more, knowing that your favorite beverage is just a press of a button a way is always comforting.
But you also know that those pod costs can pile up. Although you’re still saving a lot of money by making your coffee using a Keurig machine, as opposed to visiting a coffee shop, it would still be great to save as much as possible on the cost of your K-Cup pods!
This is what we’re going to focus on in this post. We’ll show you the best options for cheap K-Cup pods, whether you’re looking for coffee packs, tea packs or variety pack. We’ll also answer common questions about K-Cup pods.
This is one of the most common questions about K-Cup pods. People love their K-Cup coffee, but they are also concerned about the environmental impact of plastic. Unfortunately, the majority of big brand K-cup pods are still not recyclable. But there are some smaller ethical brands that are offering recyclable as well as compostable K-Cup pods.
We’ve already talked about recyclable K-Cup pods in a previous post. And we’ve mentioned Intelligent Blends K-Cup pods as a great option to get recyclable as well as cheap K-Cup pods. Intelligent Blends uses fully recyclable pods. They offer different coffee roasts -some are Organic-, tea – also with organic options, flavored coffee and many variety packs. Their coffee is Kosher-certified. And since you’ll be shopping factory-direct, you can buy them for as low as $0.39 per pod. Intelligent Blends K-Cup pods are compatible with all Keurig brewers, including Classic Keurig, Keurig 2.0 and K-cup compatible coffee makers.
This is something we cannot guarantee for sure, as prices are changing constantly. But as of the time of writing this post, the cheapest pods we could find are as low as $0.25 per pod. Some of Victor Allen coffee K-Cup pods seem to be one of the cheapest available.
Maud’s Dark Roast Variety Pack includes three type of dark roast coffee:
This variety pack is available in 72 ct or 144 ct. You can buy it as a single-time purchase or subscribe to save even more on its price.
Bold and Dark Roast Variety Pack:
This pack includes Dark roast and Bold flavors from different brands. It has a total of 40 K-Cups.
Another great variety pack by Maud’s is their flavored pack. Their flavored pack includes a number of gourmet flavored coffee:
As most flavored coffee, the roast is medium. The pack is available in 100ct for $0.44 per pod.
Cappuccino K-Cup Variety Pack:
If you prefer your flavored coffee with milk, Maud’s Vanilla and Mocha Cappuccino pod
is something to consider. This pack contains:
These pods already contain powdered milk in them so you get nicely blended coffee, milk and your choice of vanilla or chocolate flavor.
Yes! Luckily, there are many brands that offer organic K-Cup pods.
Maud’s Organic Variety Pack K-Cups:
This premium K-Cup pack includes 4 single-origin, USDA organic coffee. They are also Fairtrade certified and they contain %30 more coffee!
This variety includes:
Colombian – Guatemala – Sumatran and Ethiopian. Total of 96 ct.
San Francisco Bay OneCup Organic Rainforest Blend:
This brand of K-Cup pods, known as OneCup, promises to give you French Press-like experience, thanks to its mesh filter pod. It contains USDA certified coffee, and this specific blend contains a mix of medium roasted coffees from Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, and Indonesia. Some parts of OneCup pods are compostable.
Green Mountain Single Origin Organic Sumatran Coffee:
This pack from Green Mountain features organic FairTrade single-origin coffee from Sumatra. The coffee is dark roasted with notes of spice and brown sugar. These pods, however, are not recyclable.
Prefer tea to coffee? We got you!
Maud’s Organic Tea Variety Pack:
This variety pack of gourmet tea will appeal to any tea lover. It has different blends of teas for you to discover and enjoy.
Celestial Seasonings Tea Sampler:
This pack includes a count of 22 K-Cup that include:
Two Rivers Assorted Tea Sampler:
Includes a 40 count of 29 different tea flavors. However, please note that this sampler is only compatible with Classic Keurig machines and not Keurig 2.0 machines.
We understand that you don’t want to buy a large count of pods of coffee you’ve never tried before. That totally makes sense! That’s why Maud’s made sampler packs available. These are cheap sample packs with a small count of pods that allows you to taste each pod before buying in large amounts. You can check out the coffee samplers here, and the tea samplers here.
By the way, Maud’s is Intelligent Blend’s in-house signature line. So when buying Maud’s, you’re buying recyclable pods, too!
K-Cup pods are often referred to simply as ‘coffee pods’. But for the longest time, that name was used to describe another type of coffee pod, which is also known as the soft pod. And that’s where the confusion comes from.
A soft coffee pod and a K-Cup Pod are entirely different things:
Keurig machines only brew K-Cup pods and you cannot use a soft pod with them.
If you’re an owner of a Keurig 2.0 coffee machine, then you already know that one of the new things about it is that it can brew a carafe. K-Carafe pods are just like K-Cup pods, but they’re made especially for brewing a carafe serving. K-Carafe pods are designed to contain more coffee ground so your brewed carafe serving is strong and delicious and not being watered down.
Each pod for Keurig 2.0 has an icon that identifies if it’s for a cup, mug or carafe. In the case of a K-Carafe, like pictured above, you’ll notice the icon of a carafe to indicate that it’s a K-Carafe pod.
K-Carafe pods are widely available in major stores (Walmart, Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Costco… ) or online. If you prefer to purchase online, you can buy them directly from Keurig’s website or Amazon.
This K-Carafe variety pack includes three different coffee blends: Donut House Coffee, Green Mountain’s French Roast and Green Mountain’s French Vanilla.
Newman’s Special Blend is a blend of Fairtrade certified and USDA Organic coffee. This blend is a mix of medium and dark roast coffee.
This variety pack contains a mix of 10 different coffee blends, including flavored coffee and no decaf.
This is what a K-Cup looks like. It looks the same as a K-Carafe for the most part. But a K-Cup contains enough coffee ground to brew only a cup of coffee. While a K-Carafe contains enough coffee ground to brew a carafe of 4 cups. That’s the only difference between them.
The maximum you can get out of a K-Carafe is 30 ounces. Keurig’s carafe has the capacity of 32 oz.
No, neither a K-carafe or K-cup pod are reusable.
Yes, absolutely! You can buy a refillable K-Carafe filter, and that can be reused as many times as you like!
If you’re familiar with Keurig’s Vue system, you might be wondering if their pods will work with a Keuirg 2.0 or vice versa, since they do look the same. According to Keurig’s website, Vue pods will work in Keurig 2.0 machines, however, they are not available in a carafe size. But they’ll work for brewing a single cup.
If you’re looking design, form and function in a coffee maker, Wilfa Svart is something to consider. Centered around Nordic coffee tradition, where coffee is almost a religious ritual, the design of Svart is beautiful, simple and gives you an experience that you will truly enjoy.
Svart mimics the method of pour-over for brewing coffee. And unlike other automatic pour over coffee makers, Svart actually gives you the ability to control the flow rate of the coffee brew, so you can either have it drip right away, or have the coffee steep for a little bit before dripping.
Features of Wilfa Svart Precision Coffee Maker:
Image Title Moccamaster KBG 741 10-Cup Coffee Brewer with Glass Carafe, Polished Silver Wilfa Coffee Maker Automatic / Svart Presisjon Model WSP-1A - NEW Feature Auto drip-stop brew-basket with glass carafe
Exclusive auto-adjusting dual-phase hot-plate element keeps holding temperature between 176 degree-185 degree, auto shut-off after 100 minutes
Brews full carafe in 6 minutes
Brews at consistent 196 degree-205 degree f with a pulse action that allows for the perfect coffee bloom during extraction process
Ecbc, SCAA, SCAE approved
5 year warranty
Produces the most flavorful results in a short time
Automatic filter brewer is engineered for extremely precise temperature and water control
Precise heating system delivers water at optimal brew temperature through entire cycle (197º-205ºF); Detachable water tank with measurement markings for correct coffee/water ratio
Die-cast aluminum with brushed finish and 110V power plug
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One of the most popular automatic pour over coffee makers is the Technivorm Moccamaster, which is an artful machine that is handmade and individually tested in the Netherlands. You can read our full article on the Moccamaster here.
The Wilfa Svart and Moccamaster do have some features in common, starting with the brewing method. Both machines do coffee pour-over style, with their showerhead water action and optimal temperature of 196 to 205 F. But let’s look more into the differences between these two machines:
Although both coffee makers can brew an exceptional cup of coffee, we do prefer the Technivorm Moccamaster for these reasons:
Review of Wilfa Precision Coffee Maker:
Review of Technivorm Moccamaster:
Bonavita has a line of many coffee brewers that are SCA Certified, which are tested and approved by the Specialty Coffee Association. This makes Bonavita a brand to be trusted to make a quality cup of coffee, without a question.
One of Bonavita’s releases is the Bonavita Metropolitan Coffee Brewer (BV1901PW). In this post, we will be looking at the features of this model and how it compares to other Bonavita models.
We’ve compared Bonavita models before, like the BV1900TS vs BV1800. So is the newer BV1901PW any different?
Well, internally, Bonavita brewers are the same and work the same way. Some of the differences come as slight different design, capacity or material of the carafe. For the Bonavita Metropolitan, it is different in design:
These two, again, are essentially the same in how they brew the coffee. They are also the same capacity and have almost the same glass carafe.
Here’s how they’re different:
This model is more similar to the BV1901GW than the BV1901PW. In fact, it is the same in all features except for you:
The BV1902DW is programmable. Which means it has a digital timer that allows for auto start, and it displays the time.
a Keurig 2.0 Brewer is the only Keurig that can brew both single cup servings as well a full carafe. The machine is available in a number of models that vary in sizes, so you can choose the right one for your needs.
Keurig K55 is an excellent choice for single cup brewing with a large 48 oz reservoir. Perfect for brewing many cups without the need to refill.
Keurig K15 is perfect for a single user who needs something compact. It has no water reservoir, instead you add a fresh cup of water for every brew. It's very small in size in comparison to other Keurigs.
KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker
This personal coffee maker by KitchenAid is compact in size and brews directly into your mug or travel mug. Use it with your favorite coffee ground and never worry about coffee pods.
Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker
This convenient coffee maker by Hamilton Beach allows you to brew a single cup in different sizes using your favorite coffee ground. It can also adjust the coffee brew from regular to bold. This, in addition to many great features.
Ninja Coffee Bar
The Ninja Coffee Bar gives you the best of all words. It is a single-serve (using coffee ground), it is also able to make a full carafe and specialty coffee drinks.
Keurig K55 Coffee Maker
The Keurig K55 allows you to brew a cup of coffee using a K-Cup pod, which is available from so many brands like Green Mountain, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and many more. It also has a refillable pod that allows you to use your own coffee ground.
Keurig 2.0 Coffee Maker
Keurig 2.0, like the K55, brews K-Cups from many different brands, which doesn't limit your options. The 2.0 model allows you to additionally brew a full carafe along side many different cup sizes.
The Nespresso CitiZ&Milk allows you to brew espresso, and thanks to its built-in frother, you can easily heat and froth milk for drinks like Cappuccino and Latte.
Nespresso Lattissima Pro
The Lattissima Pro takes it up to another level with its fully automated drink preparation. Using the LCD touch screen, choose the drink you want to brew and the Lattissima will do everything else.
Nespresso Evoluo VertuoLine Machine
The Evoluo is part of Nespresso's VertuoLine brewers which allow you to brew a full cup of coffee in addition to espresso and espresso-based drinks. So, if you enjoy your cup of coffee as well as a frothy cup of Cappuccino or Latte, this would be a nice option for you.