June 6, 2007

Single Serve Coffee Visits Flavia

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We recently took a trip to Philadelphia to visit the folks that make Flavia. We've enjoyed the Flavia line of single serve coffee products since it's launch in the US way back in 1996, and had our first Flavia single serve coffee in 1999 at an office we worked at.

Since then, Flavia has launched a line of single serve coffee makers for the home and office with the Flavia Fusion Drinks Station, Flavia Fusion Deluxe Drinks Station, and the Creation 400 for the office. On our trip we really wanted to get behind the scene and talk with Flavia about what they're doing, and how they see growing single serve coffee as a consumer offering, and see how they make the Flavia filter packs for the Flavia Drinks Station.

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The new Creation 400 from Flavia for the office.

Talking About Quality and Flavia

First and foremost the day started off with a cup of coffee and a stroll around the Flavia offices. The big thing you see around the office at Mars, Incorporated (parent company to Flavia) are principles of work behavior and work practice: Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency, and Freedom. There are signs everywhere and they really make you appreciate how motivated the Flavia team is to deliver a wide range of different single serve coffee products, and in the best possible way.

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Not just a reminder - it's the Flavia way of life.

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Because Flavia is part of Mars Incorporated - there's even a gym
featuring Big Red.

To get an idea of what they were offering moving forward, we reviewed the new office coffee maker from Flavia. The FLAVIA® Creation 400™ drinks station is pretty amazing (we have one in for review right now). The FLAVIA® Creation 400™ drinks station pulls out all the stops on interface and drink unity - if you want to drink a hot mocha coffee chocolate kind of drink, you can do it. Instead of telling you how many cups you want to push, you simply pick a drink you want to make. Much better.

Rest assured they are also committed to the consumer market with the Flavia Fusion Drinks Station and the Flavia Fusion Deluxe Drinks Station. Expect new things moving forward with the Flavia Fusion Drinks Station and the Flavia Fusion Deluxe Drinks Station, and how to make new coffee drinks and other items.

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The FLAVIA® Creation 400™ drinks station with a full
compliment of Flavia filter packs.

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It's not just about coffee, the FLAVIA® Creation 400™ drinks station can
improve your well being and naughty side.

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We're a little more indulgent, so we like this menu on the
FLAVIA® Creation 400™ drinks station the best.

After making a ton of different drinks with the FLAVIA® Creation 400™ drinks station, we moved on to see how they make the Flavia Filter Packs.

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Not only does the Flavia make coffee, it also makes tea.
These are the new peppermint cool, african red bush, and white tea and orange teas.

Making a Flavia Filter Pack

We had no idea how interesting and committed to quality a company could be until we saw the making of the Flavia Filter Packs. We got to see how the beans arrive, how they get moved into the machines for packing in the filter packs, and how they keep the entire process free of oxygen by keeping everything encased in a nitrogen environment. We can't go into details, but the entire process with the production manager was stunning. We now know why the Flavia coffee stays fresh and is so high in quality.

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Here's our one shot from the Flavia production floor.

Wrapping Up

We really enjoyed our visit. We got to see and interact with the people who make your Flavia coffee each day, and we can tell you they're they're committed to making great coffee and other coffee shop drinks for your home and office. We recommend you register on myflavia.com to get their newsletter and monthly drink specials. Make sure you also read our reviews of the Flavia Fusion Drinks Station and the Flavia Fusion Deluxe Drinks Station to get a better idea about Flavia.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at June 6, 2007 7:41 AM
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Have you found someone to sell the FLAVIA® Creation 400 outright? I am also looking to purchase this for my office, rather than rent.

Posted by: Brooke at June 18, 2008 11:55 AM

Does anyone know how a consumer can purchase a Flavia Creation 400? I have yet to find any company that will flat out sell this unit to someone in the US. I have a really small business, but I want to own, rather than rent or go thru a coffee service....please help if anyone has any solution to my problem....thx

Posted by: pjlillard at September 9, 2007 8:33 PM
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