10.29.2014

My new favorite ceramic mugs: That's All mugs - funny sayings on a coffee mug that also benefit ovarian cancer research!




Yesterday I shopped at two local Hallmark stores near me to (try) to buy two specialty shirts and socks they sell.  Unfortunately I was out of luck on the shirts but wandering around the store I spied these "That's All" mugs and loved this one so much I almost (ALMOST) bought it;  

"You are the luckiest guy in the world.  I would love to be married to me."

I took a picture of it on my phone and sent it to the luckiest guy in the world;  the one that is married to me.
He loved it.  Said I should buy it for him.
I didn't.  But I'm tempted.  Oh, so tempted.

But wait, it got better than just being a funny mug. 

I noticed the blue ribbon on the label;  a portion of the proceeds of sales of these mugs are donated to the fight against ovarian cancer. 

The mug I liked the best was the one I snapped a photo of;  (That's All Mug - Luckiest Guy) but they had a bunch to choose from. 

  • That's All Ceramic mug - 16 oz.
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe 
  • Approx 4.5" tall
Curing Ovarian Cancer While Laughing-Out-Loud.  "That's All" donates 2.5% of its gross proceeds to The Debbie Kogan Lyda Ovarian Cancer "Road to Recovery" Research Fund benefiting the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
 
The mugs at my local Hallmark were $12.99 each.  I've seen them online from $12.99 - $19.99 depending on the source and whether or not they include shipping in that price.


THERE ARE MANY TO CHOOSE FROM and you can find different styles in different stores - Below is a list of the various sayings you can find on the mugs I saw during a quick search this morning on Amazon.  I added images from an assortment of 4 mugs to show you how some of them look.  Click on each saying to go to it's detail page for a photo of that particular phrase.


 





10.27.2014

Heat Changing Coffee Mugs - Mugs that change color when hot and cold liquids are added!

This is yet another accidental post!  I was actually updating a different website of mine and thought I'd find a coffee mug image to use with the post.  I saw a really cute 'face' mug that changed colors from sleepy to awake and happy when you added coffee and wanted to feature it here.

Unfortunately, the reviews for the mug weren't up to my standards here on Coffee Talking.  It had over 500 reviews but many said the image had faded after just 2 washings or the awake image was showing through the sleep image or vice-verse. 

I had the idea of 'color changing mugs' stuck in my head, so instead, I searched for mugs that were rated highly by the reviewers and this eclectic collection were all rated and reviewed well.  There is something for everyone on this list!   From bright smoke graphics, to camo, to dinosaurs (you gotta see that one!  From it's skeleton to a full color dinosaur) to Elvis... and more.  Some fun mugs!























10.24.2014

The 'trick' to use your Keurig k-cups in the new Keurig 2.0 brewer - (And: what's the 'new' 2.0 Keurig?)

This is a portion of my post on the Keurig 2.0 previously posted in September, 2014.  More people seem to be hearing about the larger 2.0 version now - (due to the upcoming holidays?) so I thought I would feature part of this post again.  The original 'question and answer facts can be found on the first post; here)


What's a new Keurig 2.0 and how is it different from my Keurig? Can I use my regular K-cups with the new Keurig 2.0 brewer?





The 2.0 is the most current generation of coffee brewer/makers from Keurig.  It features a carafe that can brew up to 4 cups on one side as well as the single serve we are used to on the other side.

I think for this post I'm going to keep to the facts.  Here is the product description they have for their new Keurig 2.0 K560 system for example;
 
Product Description

Say Hello to the Keurig® 2.0 K560 Brewing System - the first Keurig system that features revolutionary Keurig 2.0 Brewing TechnologyTM which is designed to read the lid of each K-CupTM or K-CarafeTM pack to brew the perfect beverage every time.

The K560 brewer allows you to brew a 4-cup carafe with the same ease and convenience of brewing a single-serve cup - all at the touch of a button. It's so smart, and so simple! The brewer has other great features including an extra large 80 ounce water reservoir, 2.8 inch color touch display, programmable clock, an auto brew option and a strength control setting for brewing bolder coffee. There's even a separate setting for hot cocoa and other specialty beverages like lattes and mochas. The K560 model also has a customizable night light in the water reservoir and offers hot water on demand.

They offer a 350, 40 and 550.  If you want to compare a couple of the versions (plus the K560 + pack) you can do so below - these are Amazon inks with information and real people reviews.



A HUGE complaint in the reviews is the fact that many people have bought large boxes of 80 or 100 count k-cups... that are not compatible with the newer Keurig.

Nor will your eco-friendly, reuseable cups work.  Not even the Keurig My K-cup brand.


The Keurig® 2.0 brewer will only function with Keurig® brand packs. That means the Keurig® 2.0 brewer will brew both K-Cup® and Vue® packs and the new K-Carafe™ packs only.

"The My K-Cup® accessory, due to the nature of its design, cannot be made with Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology™ and will therefore not operate with the new Keurig® 2.0 system."


YES THERE IS A WAY TO GET AROUND THIS:   Cut the top off the official 'new' K-Cups (that have the lid with the white ring on the top) and lay it on top of the older style K-cup you want to use. Some people tape it on the cup, but others have reported you can just lay it on top (like a poker chip).  This will 'trick' the new Keurig 2.0 into thinking it's a newer style cup and you can use up your older style K-cups.


Also, you will no longer be able to adjust the single cup size or temperature.

The Keurig® 2.0 brewing system adjusts the temperature for you based on whether you have inserted a K-Cup® pack or a K-Carafe™ pack.

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The new Keurig might be the perfect brewer for you!
And it may not.
Only you can decide what your needs are.

The important things to remember are that if you have 2 or 3 boxes of k-cups in your pantry, it will not use any of the older keurig k-cups. You can't use any adapter in order to use bagged coffee. This 2.0 version will NOT work with non Keurig K cups nor will it work with Ekobrew (or similar) reusable cups at this time.











Various coffee available in the special 2.0 Keurig sized k-cups:
Green Mountain Coffee Autumn Harvest Blend Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Pack, 18 Count
The Entertainer Variety Pack Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Pack, 48 Count
Green Mountain Naturals Caramel Apple Cider Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Pack, 16 Count







Various 2.0 Keurigs to view on Amazon;