Kitchen 274

    Published on December 23rd, 2008 | by Greg


    Holiday Thanks, and Coffees for Christmas

    On this, the last day before Christmas, in the last week of 2008, we’d like to offer a TrulyObscure toast to all of our readers, sponsors, and partners. And an extra special “Happy Holidays!” to all of the companies that have been featured within our site in our third year. May 2009 bring ever more gadgets, gizmos and games into your life, and into ours as well. We have a host of great reviews to bring you in the New Year- from rechargeable batteries, puzzles, some health and beauty products, and even a nifty new keyboard. Stay tuned!

    Today though, we turn to our beloved Keurig K-cup brewer, and focus on the stuff that is keeping our family fueled through the holidays- a dozen or so coffees and teas from Timothy’s, Diedrich, and Caribou.

    Emeril’s Big Easy Bold and Caribou’s Mahogany take home our award for “Best Dark Roast” brews- the former a strong, rich, direct coffee; the latter, a bit sweeter and mellower, and great for the winter. Also perfect for the season is Timothy’s White Hot Chocolate, which don’t taste quite as good as some other powdered hot chocolates, but are convenient, inexpensive, and still yummy.

    And don’t forgot the flavored blends- Timothy’s Hazelnut was our choice, and is our overall favorite for a quick wake-up cup in the morning thanks to its great aroma. They also make our preferred Fair Trade Organic coffee, a Nicarauguan, which was a complicated medium-roast that seemed to work better later in the day, against less sweet foods. Diedrich makes a Sumatra blend that we felt similarly about- distinctive, with a nice aftertaste, that was another “later in the day” coffee. For those times where “late in the day” = “right before bedtime”, we suggest the Diedrich Colombian Decaf, strong and rich enough that you’ll forget that you are drinking decaf.

    Finally, don’t forget teas- also from Timothy’s are Chinese Green Tea and English Breakfast tea, both of them straightforward and not particularly impressive, but fresh and strong. All of the K-cups are priced around $10-$15 per box of 25, and are usable only in Keurig brewers. Available online, and in some stores (such as Macy’s).

    About the Author

    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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