With K-Cups being so expensive, I have become more picky at finding deals. Most prices are over .60 per cup. That’s a lot of money a month for daily cup of coffee. Nothing is cheap, and neither are these at about .50 per cup. I remember the good ol’ days when the K-cups were not more than about .35 each, and it wasn’t that long ago.
I have been buying K-Cups at Costco when I lived in Arizona, and the Tully’s they carry are okay. Newman’s Own are just okay too. Those run .475 per cup, so that’s been a little better. I recently moved to NYC so started buying K-cups on Amazon. This Martinson coffee comes close to the same price as the ones at Costco, but the flavor is superior. This is the first cup of coffee I have in the morning. It’s got a richer flavor, fresher somehow, than the others I have tried.
It does make a nice, heart large cup of dark roast coffee, and $25 for 48 cups as the preorder price was outstanding. At that price, I don’t think I’ve ever really seen better, but at the same time the brew doesn’t seem quite as bold or earthy tasting as a cup of Green Mountain Dark Magic or Emeril’s Big Easy Bold. I prefer a robust large cup on almost every brew, and I’ve realized that even the Ice Brew K-Cups are basically the same thing; a cup of coffee with extra grounds for brewing a small amount stronger…so I brew iced coffee with my Extra Bold k-cups. I did the math on weight, and these weigh in at just under a cup of Dark Magic or Sumatran Reserve, but I’d still say my favorites (by taste,) are the brands I’ve listed above or Tully’s Italian or French Roast, Caribou Obsidian, Starbucks Dark Sumatra, or even Barista Prima French and Italian Roasts.
The only other thing I can note about these is that the construction of the pods is about perfect; I didn’t find any grinds in the box leaving me to believe there were no leaking pods. Almost all the pods had a little air puffing the foil out; which I’ve noticed a lot of the Keurig brands have flat foils, anyways, so I’m not even sure if it matters that much, although I’ve had grinds brew through on some of the flat pods. The only other difference I can mention is the material of the foil top is different than Keurig brand pods; these are slightly harder and smoother (almost like a plastic or polymer,) but it doesn’t seem to effect the brew process at all, and I didn’t seem to get any grinds in my cup, so all in all it just doesn’t matter to me. Still better than brewing through a regular coffee pot (even from fresh ground beans,) and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of my Keurig coffee maker.
My journey with personal monitoring devices/pedometers started with Nike Fuelband. I really liked the ability to track steps and also act as a cool clock/watch. After about a year I moved on to the Pebble watch. The pebble was a giant leap forward in having ability to connect to my iphone and also act as a watch. Unfortunately the constant connectivity issues plagued it and I returned it. I decided to give the Flex a try even though its not a watch/clock.
The Fitbit Flex does have visual feedback in the form of small white lights: They blink as you’re charging, they have a special blink if you put it into sleep mode. The fuelband has a very bright and easy to see LED bar.
I find myself fumbling a bit with the clip mechanism of the Flex like I do when I have to button my own shirt cuffs. After it was clipped though, it feels secure and I am not one to put on and remove devices like this. I want to set it and forget it which this does very well.
Fit & Feel
The Fitbit Flex feels very comfortable on the wrist. The pictures don’t do it justice. For me personally this is the one defining factor that really makes the Flex shine compared to Pebble and Fuelband. It feels super light weight, doesn’t grab, and doesn’t look nearly as big/thick as the pictures make it look.
When typing on at a keyboard, I prefer the feel of the Flex. The rubber is flat and thin so it adds very little against the edge of a keyboard.
The Flex does have replaceable bracelets and colors, which means the device is more convertible and flexible going forward. The fuelband wins on the look with the LED clock. The pebble was nice in that you could customize the face to whatever you could find to download.
I wear mine in the shower without issues.
Battery Life & Charging
The battery charging is my biggest gripe with the FLEX. You have to remove the little pebble from the band and plug into port on computer (dont recommend plugging into usb wall outlet). This means you would need to have computer hooked up with power going to this gadget. It does charge fast and mine would easily last 5-6 days if I dont have bluetooth constantly connected but rather sync once a day.
The Flex syncs wirelessly with Bluetooth 4.0 via the smartphone or via an adapter to a computer. For those without a smart phone or a locked down phone that work doesn’t allow you to install apps, this could be a deal maker for you. It’s not a constant sync but initiates as soon as you open the app on the smartphone. I haven’t noticed any significant battery life loss. Not all phones are supported with Bluetooth 4.0– most phones on the market don’t yet have Bluetooth 4.0. You’ll want to check Fitbit’s website to see if your phone is supported. On the upside, the Flex does come with a Bluetooth adapter you can plug into a PC or Mac to sync wirelessly via the computer. It really adds extra work and decreases the usefulness of wireless sync, but it’s do-able.
The software, to me, is the major differentiating factor between the two devices. The hardware looks entirely different, and there are some small differences in what the hardware can do, but the delivery through the app is what makes them clearly meant for different targets.
The Fitbit software is the same software in use for all current Fibit devices. As soon as you launch it, a sync begins and your latest data will be presented. While the UP presents more current data on the “HOME” page, Fitbit has other tabs where you can explore the data they present. UPDATE: I discovered that the Fitbit software does do single activity trending if you turn the phone sideways: Hours/days/weeks, etc. It doesn’t compare it to another statistic, but better than nothing.
Both devices sync your data to a website. The Flex presents a more insightful view of your data on the website.
I am going to keep this until Apple releases their smartwatch
Received compliment from young secretary 30 sec after walking in the door! Chick magnet shoes!
Johnston & Murphy deserve credit for the style and comfort. Style and colors are awesome without going overboard. I have 3 pairs of expensive Tod’s (Italian leather) shoes and these are even a little more comfortable ($500 vs $100). It’s a shoe that you can be creative with mixing colors but still be conservative.
I recommend going down a 1/2 size (I wear a 11 so I ordered 10 1/2). Half size smaller is definitely the way to go with this shoe.
I picked up the grey and red first because it was slightly cheaper to try on the size. I immediately ordered the light grey and orange once I knew fit was good. Mine came with grey and red laces for me to choose.
-Ladies love the look
-Super comfortable, can last all day
-Great value for the money ($100)
-Claims to filter the water which is a bonus but I can’t taste any different
-Handle has nice design and easy to carry even when full
-Very nice having cold water instead of sink water
-Really enjoy having the larger pitcher so I don’t have to refill after every drink
-Only negative, takes awhile to filter water so in order to fill the entire pitcher at one time you have to sit and wait because the top compartment does not hold enough to fill the bottom.
I think this is a better product than others out there (nature’s therapy, etc). This is my favorite product that I have now bought 5x on Amazon after trying them all.
They provide similar results, but this product just leaves my dyed and damaged hair a little bit softer. I find it easier to comb and tangle free. I use it as an everyday conditioner.
– I like the texture, it’s thick. This means I use have to use less product each time.
– I prefer the smell of this product over Nature’s Therapy, whose apple scent is a bit much. This one has a slight medicinal smell
– Packaged very nicely. The nature’s therapy jar is so big. Plus the nature’s therapy is hard to handle when wet as it is very slippery
Overall, the amazon price I paid was 30 for the larger version (16.9oz).
********Beware there are cheaper ones but some claim fake products so pay the premium for amazon version