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San Francisco Bay OneCup, Organic Rainforest Blend, 80 Single Serve Coffees
Flavor Name: Rainforest BlendSize Name: 80 CountChange
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325 of 329 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2013
Flavor Name: Rainforest BlendSize Name: 80 CountVerified Purchase
I guess I fat-fingered my order. I wanted to order the 80 count version of SFBC's "Fog Chaser", but wound up with 80 of these instead. I really liked the Fog Chaser more than any other k-cup I'd tred, but Organic Rainforest Blend (ORB) is even better! At first I was just going to send it back because the label was green, so I thought this meant it was decaf. I never drink decaf because I'm afraid I might get rickets or just drift off into a coma. But I decided to run one through the Kerug, and stockpile them for my health-freak friends if I didn't like em.

NOT DECAF!

Nope. This is high voltage +p pharmaceutics grade coffee. The weird part is how great it tastes.

I'm not a coffee nerd; just a guy who likes a rich cup of black coffee with a few extra amps in it. Amps it has. After a cup of ORB, I got into a conversation with my wife where I actually did most of the talking! But even if it didn't peg out the caffeine meter, I'd say it still has about the best flavor of any coffee I've ever tried. I think the roast is medium to dark. In the cup it has a LOT of oil. It actually gets that ring of light brown foam around the edge like good espresso. It's really sweet (for coffee), and I can't imagine putting any sweetener in it. Hearty, and yet refined; not exactly Old West, or Cafe de Paris, but I can imagine a cowboy and a mime fighting over the last cup. ... then again, maybe that's just the caffeine talking.

NB: There is a lot of cool stuff on the box about the great stuff the company does; you know, if you have time for that sort of thing.
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294 of 303 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2012
Flavor Name: French RoastSize Name: 36-CountVerified Purchase
I just received these 'k-cups' a few days ago. I ordered them on subscribe and save because of the value. I failed to read all reviews, just a few to make sure they were good. When I opened the package, I thought I was sent a wrong item...until I realized these are k-cups, but not the usual looking ones. They are foil sealed with a plastic ring around the top, and the rest of it is a filter. When placed in the brewer, just a hole gets punched on the top, not bottom. Something new perhaps? I tried a cup and I admit, it was very good coffee, full flavor. I will purchase these again and do recommend them. These do arrive in a shipping box, but the k-cups are sealed in plastic bags.
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334 of 352 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2012
Flavor Name: Fog ChaserSize Name: 36 CountVerified Purchase
As many other reviews have mentioned, these are not the normal K-Cups, but they work much the same. I generally drink the stronger K-cups (Emeril's, Jet Fuel, Kona, etc), and I find that these Fog Chaser pods compare very favorably. There is no bitter aftertaste, just smooth flavor. I have not had any sediment at the bottom of my cup (I've had sediment from other K-Cups). I think people are a bit thrown by the smell of the coffee bag when they get it, as it is a much stronger smell than you'll get from a box of K-Cups. It does smell like when you open a fresh bag/can of ground coffee, which is sort of refreshing after using K-Cups for 3 years. We've just finished the first bag of 12 (6 days), which we kept in a ziplock bag, and the last cup tasted as good as the first. I already placed a subscribe and save order for the French Roast to try out. I will be keeping my subscription for the Fog Chaser, as it is quite good.
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321 of 339 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2013
Flavor Name: Breakfast BlendSize Name: 80 CountVerified Purchase
Howdy! I've bought many orders of the San Fran Bay Breakfast Blend coffee and I must say that I have ZERO complaints. No bugs (as described by other ads) and I personally think the coffee is quite good. For the price, you really can't beat 80 k-cups for only $29 or $27.55 if you select the subscription option.

This particular blend is perfect as it's not weak, but its strong enough for me as I enjoy a bold flavor coffee without that burnt/French roast flavor. To give you an idea of their coffee flavor "strength", this Breakfast Blend is stronger than any of the Green Mountain offerings (except the French Roast) but slightly less bold than a Newman's Own "Medium Roast Coffee Extra Bold". Hopefully that will give you an idea of where this coffee stands on a strength scale.

As others have mentioned, the big difference is in the k-cups. They're not your standard completely-enveloped-in-plastic design, there is a top and the bottom is an open filter. Still, not a problem as each box includes a small container to keep your k-cups fresh. There are about 10 sealed bags per box, each bag contains 8 k-cups. Once I open a bag, I throw the other 7 unused k-cups in my plastic "stay fresh" container.

Work well and there's an AMAZINGLY enjoyable coffee aroma that fills my office whenever I open the stay fresh container. Tasty and perfect for coffee time. I like it and I think these less wasteful containers are a better deal than anything at Costco or other big warehouse stores.

I like it so much that my coworkers and regularly order (via the Amazon sub service) these k-cups every 2 months. Good stuff and even if you're not sure, it's a small cost to try something new. BTW, of all the coffee we've ordered from San Fran Bay, none of our orders have ever contains bugs or stale coffee.
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208 of 218 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2014
Flavor Name: French RoastSize Name: 80 CountVerified Purchase
I have been buying 10 - 80 count boxes of San Francisco Bay OneCup single serve coffee every month for over 2 years. For both my office use and home use. I LOVE the French roast, my wife loves the fog chaser. I have now stopped purchasing San Francisco Bay OneCup single serve coffees because of the new OneCup design. It seems that when the company decided to make their product 97% biodegradable, they compromised the integrity of the OneCup. Every time I make a cup of coffee I end up with coffee grinds spewing into my cup, into my Keurig and just making a mess. This takes time away from my mornings to clean up and also defeats the purpose of having a Keurig. It is so annoying. I understand the desire to be eco friendly and applaud the active role this company has taken, but when it effects the product and becomes a problem for the customer it should be reviewed. After talking to Warren from Rodgers Family Coffee the company that produces San Francisco Bay OneCup coffee I have decided to change my review from a one star back to what it is supposed to be 5 stars. The company is aware of the issues and is working to remedy it. The personal attention given to my concerns is a great testament to a good company. Until the issue is resolved I will be using a different brand, but when everything is worked out I will be buying my coffee again from this company. The flavors are wonderful, the aroma is delightful, and being a former coffee shop owner I can tell that they take pride in their roast. This is the quality roasts I would serve my customers.

Since the time I wrote this review, the company has corrected the problem and I continue to purchase a variety of their products for both my home and office machines. The coffee quality is great and I am happy that the "exploding" one cups has been fully addressed and fully corrected. I tried replying to all the questions and felt it best for me to just update my review. It is still a 5 star product and their customer service is unsurpassed.
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129 of 138 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2012
Flavor Name: Rainforest BlendSize Name: 36-Count
As the other reviewers have said, this is not a K-cup! I uploaded an image of one of these pods next to a K-cup for comparison. The difference is the filter is exposed in these pods as opposed to being fully sealed in a K-cup. Since the coffee is exposed to the air when you open the package, you will have to seal them with a clip or put them in an airtight bag or tupperware to prevent the rest of the pods from loosing freshness. Having said that, in my experience they are a great inexpensive alternative to use in your Keurig brewer. The 36 count boxes arrived as unmarked brown cardboard boxes, not the colorful retail packaging shown on amazon. Inside each cardboard box, there are three clear heavy duty plastic bags, each of which holds 12 of the pods. The bags are not resealable!
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2013
Flavor Name: French RoastSize Name: 80 CountVerified Purchase
The foil top to most of the cups in the last 2 cases that I received have not been attached very good. When you close the lid to the coffee maker the needle pokes the hole in the top, with the foil not attached well it get pushed up and the coffee comes out of the top of the cup. (I have a brand new coffee maker) This makes a very big mess when you are brewing your cup of coffee. When I first started to order this coffee the cups (a year ago) never had this problem. I don't understand what happened to them but I really hope the company will fix this. I posted a picture in the customer picture section to show what it looks like.
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133 of 146 people found the following review helpful
Flavor Name: Rainforest BlendSize Name: 80 CountVerified Purchase
I tried out this coffee because very few fair trade & organic subscribe and save options out there and it was almost half the price of Coffee People, Tree Hugger, K-Cup Portion Pack for Keurig K-Cup Brewers (Pack of 50) or Green Mountain Coffee, Colombian Fair Trade Select K-Cup Portion Pack for Keurig Brewers, 50 count when ordered through Subscribe & Save. That said, the truly price sensitive among us will point out that San Francisco Bay 100% Organic Coffee Rainforest Blend Whole Bean 3 Lbs allows you to make a whole pot of coffee for about the same price, or use a MyCup/eKobrew if you still are in love with the single cup thing. (I'm forbidden from using MyCups because I can't seem to use them without getting some coffee grounds all over the place and my wife considers coffee grounds on the floor to be grounds for divorce.)

First, the actual cups themselves are fascinating. I think they are able to get the lower price because they are using a K-Cup compatible packaging without actually having to pay a licensing fee to Green Mountain (which has a patent expiring in late 2012). Green Mountain is apparently suing them for infringement, so that may end up having an effect.

These alternate cups are smaller and I suspect a bit more environmentally friendly than K-Cups, but not by a huge amount. They have coffee filters holding the beans in, instead of plastic. The downside of this is that they can dry out, so they come in plastic bags holding a six or so each. The filters don't work quite as well as K-Cups, so I have ocassionally found some grounds in my coffee. It's not a huge deal to me, but might be for you.

They also advertise that it works in various non-Keurig systems, but I was a Keurig early adopter so I haven't tried any of the others.

Okay, for the coffee taste test, this stuff is STRONG. All the fair trade, organic, eco-friendly, hippiesh vibe (complete with a photo on the side of the box of the whole extended family smiling in front of rustic commune looking backdrop) does not prepare you for this. This is coffee that drinks you back. It's smooth without tasting burnt or overly bitter, but full-bodied doesn't really begin to describe it, unless that body was of a heavyweight boxer... and this coffee was a boxer, it would be Joe Frazier. If this coffee was a spaceship, it would be the Death Star. This isn't some coffee that gently wakes you up after being mixed with foamed milk and maybe a shot of flavored corn syrup, this is coffee that wakes you up by beating you over the head and shouting at you like the Drill Instructor from Full Metal Jacket.

Okay, so maybe I'm a bit jacked up from my two HUGE mugs this morning, but this stuff has the caffeine to back up that taste, and with a newborn and a toddler, it's the only thing that gets me moving at this-clock-has-to-be-broken-it-can't-really-be-that-early AM. And keeps me moving, because it leaves me with a mild case of the shakes. Three will have me wired all day.

So after singing the praises of this coffee, why would I rate it only four stars? As much as I'm a huge fan of this coffee, my wife won't even go near the stuff... for precisely the reasons I listed above. She'll stick to her sweet donut shop concoctions. So YMMV.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2012
Flavor Name: Rainforest BlendSize Name: 36-Count
I find this favor to be somewhat of a medium roast. For people who don't like a super dark coffee this is for you.

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379 of 431 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2012
Flavor Name: Breakfast BlendSize Name: 80 CountVerified Purchase
This alternative to the traditional plastic K-Cup caught my eye immediately because of the price. I have been buying the basic Ks from Amazon for years, always pretty much around the same price, and have been eager to see the drop in prices once Green Mountain's patent expires on the technology. This company found a unique way of getting around the patent with these filter-exposed cups. To our benefit, this brand sells more for less, and that to me was worth the try. I chose the Breakfast Blend because I normally drink the Coffee People Donut Shop, which I too love, and I thought this would be the closest match. This turned out to be true, both are smooth and not too strong or robust. Both have good flavor without being over the top. As for the style of the cup, as all others have said, it does not have the plastic canister look, but rather just the filter, which I personally like. Unlike the traditional cups, you get a whiff of coffee just before you put it in the machine, which is a nice tease. I just filled up a Ziplock bag to keep them fresh and it's easy enough. I'm also keeping the spent cups to use for fertilizer, just cut off the top, dry out the grounds and pour them around your garden.

Overall I'd highly recommend this, the price is great and the coffee is very good. If you are a Coffee People Donut Shop fan like me, you'll enjoy this Breakfast Blend. If you prefer jet fuel, this will not appeal to you.
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