Friday, May 17, 2013

CoffeeCow Reviews Twinings Mixed Berries Iced Tea K-Cups

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Thomas Twinings
When you’re appointed “purveyor of teas” by a Queen, you know you’re doing something right. That was Thomas Twinings in 1711 and, over 300 years later, people still refer to him as the “purveyor of teas.”

So what makes Twinings still one of the finest teas on the market? We’re taste testing Twinings Mixed Berries Iced Tea K-Cups today to investigate.

General Information: Each box of Twinings Mixed Berries Iced Tea K-Cups contains 12 single serve cups for use in K-Cup brewers only. Brew over ice and experience a refreshing blend of fine black tea and berries.

The Test: Not that you need to wait for warmer weather to enjoy iced coffee or tea, but isn’t it that much more refreshing? We grab a glass, some ice, and a Twinings Mixed Berries Iced Tea K-Cup. Now, let the brewing commence!

As the tea flows into the glass, the room is filled with a fruity aroma. The first sip is glorious – is that strawberry? Raspberry? Twinings Mixed Berries Iced Tea actually mixes four different types of fruit: strawberry, raspberry, cherry and red currant – and it’s a perfect, slightly sweet mixture.

The Result: On a scale from 1-5, we rate Twinings Mixed Berries Iced Tea K-Cups a 5! This exceptional tea hits the spot any time of day and we think it could even be served for dessert. Fruity beverages can sometimes be too sugary and sweet, but Twinings Mixed Berries Iced Tea is just right.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

CoffeeCON: Where the Superhero is the Coffee

"Coffee makes me invincible. But when the cup is empty, I return to mere mortal." 
~ Terri Guillemets 

CoffeeCON: Where the Superhero is the Coffee
There’s a convention for everything and everyone, nowadays. Literally hundreds, and even thousands, of people attend conventions all around the world, one of the most popular being ComicCON. Fans of comic books flock to ComicCON conventions in hopes of seeing a celebrity and fellowshipping with like-minded comic book enthusiasts. Some fans even dress the part in extravagant costumes and layers of makeup, just to look like their favorite superhero!

Sure, ComicCON sounds like a fun time, but when we heard about CoffeeCON, a convention where coffee is the superhero – well, we were sold! CoffeeCON 2013 was just held on May 4th in Illinois, and its second year running was a success. Tickets sold for $15 per person and attendees were thoroughly entertained with live music, free food samples, and of course, the star of the show – coffee! People were also able to attend seminars, learn how to make every type of coffee imaginable, and even meet a coffee farmer.

You could tell Kevin Sinnott of CoffeeCON was excited about people meeting a coffee farmer and understanding where coffee starts when he posted in his blog just a few days before the event. “All coffee start[s] with farmers. Can you imagine the wine culture without constant attention being given to where wines are grown? Everything at the farm level affects everything from then on. It’s surprising to me how many people who love coffee have never met a coffee farmer. That will change for everyone who attends CoffeeCON 2013.”

Kevin is also excited about next year and wonders if they should take CoffeeCON 2014 on the road. What do our CoffeeCow Fans think? Please feel free to share your experiences at a past coffee event or announce an upcoming event that may interest your fellow CoffeeCow Fans.

To hold you over until next year’s CoffeeCON event, shop CoffeeCOW today!

Friday, May 3, 2013

A New & Improved Way to Make Coffee…in Space!

Coffee in Space_CoffeeCow
Would you believe that one of the biggest complaints astronauts have when they return to Earth is about the not-so-tasty coffee they had to drink while in space? Imagine not being able to choose how to make your coffee. Having plain, black coffee can be delicious, but not everyone prefers their coffee that way.

We have it pretty easy on Earth - we can make our coffee just the way we like it. We can even make every cup of coffee taste completely different from the last cup if we like. And with the brewing technology of single serve coffee machines, the possibilities are endless.

Making a custom cup of coffee in space was not a possibility…not until now! Students at the Rice University have discovered a way to make a delicious cup of coffee with as much cream and sugar as you like.

According to an article on, students at Rice University devised a plan to upgrade space coffee, allowing astronauts to mix their coffee however they like using a 3D printed roller and a couple of pouches. The students needed to make sure that the components of their plan stayed lightweight, had a long shelf life, and had zero liquid leaks. Their idea for new and improved space coffee met all the requirements/restrictions and (most importantly!) achieved the goal – a great cup, erhm, pouch of coffee.

“It’s kind of a dream, I mean, it’s not…not a lot of teams get to have the ability to make something that gets used by NASA,” said one Rice University student involved in making this coffee dream a reality.

Here’s an in-depth explanation of how the system works: 

Astronauts are just people, too! People in spacesuits who love a great-tasting cup of coffee, made their way.

Do you have coffee-related news to share? Please let us know in the comments below!