Dunkin' Donuts Single Cup Coffee Pods - Company Tests Single Serve Coffee Waters
Photo: Wendy Maeda/ Globe Staff
Dunkin' Donuts is finally making single serve coffee pods, and though we're excited about their debut it's only a test. Right now Dunkin' has decided to see if the single serve coffee market is ready for Dunkin' by making single serve coffee pods that will work in your Senseo, Grindmaster GPOD or OPOD, Bunn My Cafe, Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic, Cafe Invento, Melitta One:One, simplehuman, Krups 1010, Home Cafe, Melitta MES5B Javapod, Kienna Sun Cafe, and other single-serve coffee pod brewers. They'll be seeing how the test sampling of coffee pods sells, and we expect also conducting interviews with the coffee pod users.
This is a very interesting coffee pod launch because of one major factor - they are not coupling it with a brewer. Dunkin' Donuts is relying on the installed base of single serve coffee pod brewers (one cup coffee pod brewers) to be their coffee delivery systems. Given the fact Senseo has not debuted a model or Home Cafe for over 2+ years - we wonder how successful this test will be. We do know if you're looking for a Senseo or other coffee pod brewer, you'll find them at Amazon and other online retailers for around $69.
There is both a counter promotion at the register, and a large
floor display for the Dunkin' Donut coffee pods.
We stopped over at our local Dunkin' Donuts and found people had purchased about 1/3 of the display of Dunkin' Donut coffee pods since it debuted on Saturday according to one of the employees. We were able to purchase the following Dunkin' Donut coffee pods from the displays:
- Dunkin' Donuts Original Blend Coffee Pods
- Dunkin' Donuts Dark Blend Coffee Pods
- Dunkin Donuts French Vanilla Coffee Pods
- Dunkin Donuts Decaf Coffee Pods
- Dunkin Donuts Hazelnut Coffee Pods
Each of the coffee pod boxes come packed with 8 coffee pods in individual vacuum sealed sleeves priced at $3.99 a box making each coffee pod cost $.50. Not bad, and a standard price for most coffee pods is in the .34-55 range. We were able to purchase each of the above coffee pods from Dunkin' Donuts, and as far as we can tell for the time being the only place you can purchase Dunkin' Donut coffee pods will be at their retail locations.
We will have a full review soon with our impressions, final coffee pod weights, and more on this exciting development in the world of Single Serve Coffee.
Via The Boston Globe and the Single Serve Coffee Forums
Update: The Dunkin' One Cup site is live. It features brewer tips and tricks, along with a FAQ and profiles of the Dunkin' Donut One Cup coffee pods available. They list the Black & Decker Home Cafe, Senseo Supreme, Mr. Coffee SL13, Cuisinart W1CM5, Wolfgang Puck, Cuisinart Cup-O-Matic, and Hamilton Beach coffee pod brewers as compatible. We recommend the above list of coffee pod brewers along with the list from Dunkin'.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at October 11, 2010 7:29 AM
The PODS coffee system is superior to the Keurig for the following reasons:
-Single cup brewers cost less (MUCH less)
- K Cups send a whole lot of plastic into the landfills each day (I mean A LOT).
- Pods are all filter/paper material - BIO-degradable.
- Coffee from Pods system taste as good as K Cups (not better, jsut as good, though).
- Pods cost less because packaging requires NO plastic.
However, the KCup units do have one advantage I found. In an emergency, you can rip open and old KCup unit, rinse it, put your own coffee in it and let it brew (can't do that with Pods). But that's it.
Thanks for your time,
Strange thing happened- I went to the Dunkin Donuts pod website from this article (dunkinonecup.com), filled out the "Comments" form, inquiring about availability of these pods in my state, and got an interesting reply in my email today:
"Thank you for contacting us regarding Dunkin' Donuts coffee. At this time, we do not offer our coffee in the form of pods or K Cups. Just so you know, we receive many suggestions from our friends outside the company, driven by a love and passion for our brands. Most of the time, the suggestions are things our teams have already thought of and may already be working on. Thanks again for letting us know about your interest in this product.
Thank you and have a great day."
"Given the fact Senseo has not debuted a model or Home Cafe for over 2+ years - we wonder how successful this test will be."
You're kidding right? Gee, regular ground coffee makers haven't changed in... how long again(?) and *gasp* companies keep selling coffee!
I suppose you would have preferred they come out in landfill-filling non-biodegradable K-Cups or T-Discs? After all, there are 'newer' machines out for them. :\