Keurig Kcup Coffee Recipe- Black Forest Coffee

If you have been around awhile you have come to know (and hopefully love) our Monday K-cup coffee recipes.  I love fun, easy to make coffee drinks. They are a simple indulgence that can usually be made with ingredients already in your kitchen. There will be no running to the local coffee shop around here, no sir, we have Keurig’s in our kitchen that make these recipes easy peasy.

Up this week…Black Forest Coffee.

Black Forest CoffeeI was on a mission to find a new and unique coffee recipe this week.  No latte, cappuccino or iced tea…something with an unexpected twist.  Enter…maraschino cherries.

Cherries and coffee?!  I will admit, that does not sound like a match made in heaven but, toss in a little dark chocolate and homemade whipped cream and now you have my interest.

You will need:

1 extra bold Kcup coffee (I chose Newman’s Own Special Blend).

1 T cocoa powder

1/8 cup room temperature maraschino cherry juice

whipped cream (preferably homemade, I used this recipe)

dark chocolate shavings

-Start by brewing your extra bold Kcup coffee on the lowest water setting of your brewer.  This is essential for this recipe.  You need that rich, dark coffee flavor to combine perfectly with the chocolate and cherry.

-Add the cocoa powder and stir until dissolved.

-Add the maraschino cherry juice.  At this point I popped mine in the microwave for 20 seconds simply because I was worried that the cherry juice would leave me with luke warm coffee.

-Top with plenty of whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

The combination of flavors in this little number will make you taste buds sing!  This is THE perfect dessert coffee.  And I do not mean to be served with dessert, it IS the dessert!

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Coffee Pairings

We have enjoyed sharing our Monday coffee recipes so much that we have decided to expand our horizons with a new once a month series of dessert and breakfast recipes! But, these aren’t just any old recipes. We have hand selected easy to prepare, simple treats that pair well with, you guessed it…Kcup coffee! Not only will we include a delicious recipe but, we will suggest a Keurig Kcup coffee to enjoy with it for optimal taste!

Up this week and oldie but a goodie…classic buttermilk pancakes.

Basic Buttermilk Pancake recipe

What goes better with coffee than pancakes…nothing that’s what!  Nothin’ fancy here just a good old fashioned buttermilk pancake…like grandma used to make!

You will need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup buttermilk powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons oil

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour and buttermilk powder. Add in the baking soda, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Add in the egg, water, and oil. Mix together with a whisk until all ingredients are incorporated. Do not overmix, some lumps are ok in the batter.

Warm up a griddle or a greased frying pan. Drop the mixture by 1/3 cup measurements onto the hot griddle. Flip to the other side when the mixture starts to bubble. Cook each side until golden brown.

I would like to recommend two Kcup coffees to enjoy with your delicious buttermilk pancakes.  First and foremost, Golden French Toast would provide an amazing taste combination but, unfortunately it is not always around (why Green Mountain why?!). Don’t worry Donut House Collection Cinnamon Roll will do the trick just as well!

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Keurig Kcup Coffee Review- Caribou Daybreak Morning Blend

Back by popular demand- Friday Kcup reviews! Every Friday at Cross Country Cafe we host a flavor review.  Let’s face it the selection of K-cups we have to choose from is huge,  how do you pick the right one?  Who wants to buy an entire box and not like it?! Our goal is to describe how the coffee or tea tastes in simple layman’s terms so that you can determine if it suits your preferences. Let’s get to the review, up this week…Caribou Daybreak Morning Blend.

Daybreak Morning Blend Blend Keurig Kcup coffee

Daybreak Morning Blend is a light roast Keurig Kcup coffee brought to us by the experts at Caribou.  Yep thats right, you can enjoy the famous coffee shop best right in your own home.  This is great news for Caribou patrons in my area, unfortunately, several locations have closed.  But, never fear Caribou Keurig Kcups are here!

Caribou Daybreak Morning Blend K-cups are made with a lightly roasted blend of Costa Rican, Guatemalan, Colombian, and just a hint of Ethiopian beans.

This is a  Rainforest Alliance certified coffee. Rainforest Alliance is an amazing organization that makes a positive difference in source farming, the rainforest and tourism through the power of the consumer. Choosing a product with Rainforest Certification ensures sustainability with product origins and practices as well as higher standard of living in those areas. I love products with a purpose and this Keurig Kcup is just one small step towards the hefty goals of the RFA but, every small step counts!

I brewed my Caribou Daybreak Morning Blend on the middle setting of my Keurig brewer.  Generally, with a light roast Kcup coffee I would choose the lowest water setting but, the Caribou coffee have a fairly heavy body, I knew it could stand up to a little extra water.

Caribou Daybreak Morning Blend keurig Kcup coffee in mug

It is slightly difficult to see in this photo but, there was some translucency in the cup.  Good news for the light roast drinkers out there!

The smell and taste are very reminiscent of Green Mountain Breakfast Blend with a bit more depth and body.  GM Breakfast Blend has been described as watery by some, for those that agree, this is a great alternative.

The word woodsy comes to mind when I drink this coffee. It has a surprising amount of character and a pleasant lingering, nutty flavor.

I would highly recommend this to light and medium roast lovers.  If dark roast and flavored coffees are your favorite, this is not the Kcup for you.

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Keurig in the Classroom- a Teacher’s Must Have

gifts for teachers classrooms

Yes, I am sad to say, summer is coming to a close in my neck of the woods. The days are getting shorter and the pools close next weekend : ( Time flies when the sun is shining in Cleveland.

As our beloved teachers head back to their classroom, they are decorating their rooms to inspire learning and creativity in their students.  Organizing cubbies so that their work is easily accessible and celebrating important holidays with themed decor.  But, what about them.  Dont teachers deserve something special in the one room they will be spending the majority of their time in for the next 8 months? Of course they do.  Enter Keurig Kcup coffee.

There are so many reasons that a Keurig is perfect for a teachers classroom…

1) There is no mess. Unless you are a science or art teacher your probably do not have a sink in your classroom.  Good news, with a Keurig brewer you don’t need one!

2) You don’t have to leave your room to get recharged.  No more rushing to the teacher’s lounge in between classes or skipping your beloved coffee altogether because you can’t step away from your responsibilities.

3) Certain models of Keurig  brewers are UL approved for commercial use.  Many teachers are not allowed to have coffee brewers in their classrooms because of the fire hazard.  The B145 Keurig brewer is not only UL approved but also has an automatic off feature.

4) Parents and the PTO will know what to buy you for holiday and end of year gifts- delicious Kcup coffee to go with your Keurig (sorry no more holiday ornaments!).

5) You can get the kids involved!  Your kids would love a Keurig hot cocoa party as a reward for good behavior.  Of course the cocoa must be brewed with adult supervision.  Click here to read about a 1st grade Keurig hot cocoa party that was a huge hit with students.

The bottom line is teachers deserve it.  They work long hard hours and get very few breaks.  Their classrooms are without a doubt home away from home.  Why not make it as comfortable as possible and give them a well deserved treat.

PTO’s and parents I hope you are reading and formulating a plan to buy one for your favorite teachers!

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Wacky Wednesday Coffee Sale

Wacky Wednesday Keurig Kcup sale

Yes today is Wednesday but,  at Cross Country Cafe its WACKY WEDNESDAY and this week we are doubly wacky! That means it is time for a sale on TWO delicious Keurig Kcup coffee as well as gourmet pods, ground and whole bean coffee!

This weeks Keurig Kcup sale items are…

Snapple Brew Over Ice Peach Tea is on sale today only for $11.99 per box of 22, this item is listed on Amazon for $19.95!!

Snapple Brew Over Ice Peach Tea Keurig Kcups


Brew you favorite Snapple tea any time of day with the push of a button! This refreshing iced Kcup offers green and black tea with delicious hints of peach.


Diedrich Rio Blend Keurig Kcup coffee is on sale today only for $9.99 per box of 24!

Diedrich Rio Blend Keurig Kcup coffee

This Kcup boasts a creamy body with hints of spice. A hearty medium roast coffee with a satisfying finish.

To view our entire line up of Wacky Wednesday sale items click here.

Sale ends at midnight tonight EST.


Keurig Kcup Coffee Recipe- Cranberry Green Tea Spritzer

If you have been around awhile you have come to know (and hopefully love) our Monday K-cup coffee recipes.  I love fun, easy to make coffee drinks. They are a simple indulgence that can usually be made with ingredients already in your kitchen. There will be no running to the local coffee shop around here, no sir, we have Keurig’s in our kitchen that make these recipes easy peasy.

Up this week…Cranberry Green Tea Spritzer.

Cranberry Green Tea Spritzer made with Keurig Kcup tea


There is no way around it, spritzers are pretty much the most refreshing drink you can imagine. With just the right amount of fizz, a bit of fruit flavor all wrapped up with healthy green tea…this delicious drink packs a powerful punch! The best part is, it only requires 3 simple ingredients and can be made in under a minute with your Keurig brewer.

You will need:

1- Green Tea with Pomegranate Keurig Kcup tea

1-can of your choice of clear fizzy soda

1 oz cranberry juice

-Start by brewing the Green Tea with Pomegranate Keurig Kcup on the lowest water setting of your Keurig directly over one cup of ice.

-Combine the brewed tea with half a can of clear fizzy soda and one ounce (a dash) of cranberry juice in a tall glass filled with ice.

Viola, done.  You now have a uber sophisticated treat to serve at a summer get together or keep all to yourself!

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