October 11, 2010

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.

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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
Recent Comments

Will these pod fit the Nespresso machine ?

Posted by: David at June 24, 2013 8:31 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,

Posted by: Richard Burgess at June 30, 2011 4:42 PM

I would love for Dunkin Donuts to put out there coffee in the PODS.

I love Dunkin Donuts Coffee & have a single serve pot at home that uses the pods. I would rather not switch to another coffee because I can not find the Dunkin Donuts pods.

I do hope that you will Make your dunkin donuts coffee in the pods. If you do let me know where I can purchase them.

Thank you


Posted by: Ginny at January 22, 2011 11:01 AM

I have the Keurig also, I have been buying my coffee right from dunkindonuts.com, and bought a Kcup that I can use the Dunkin Donuts coffee in. I have been doing this for some time. If you buy your coffee right from dunkin donuts online and set up for regluar shipments you get a iscount and can have it sent when you need it. It is cheaper than buying it from wal-mart.

Posted by: Carolyn at January 13, 2011 5:43 PM

I have a Keurig, so I used my reusable filter and poured the single into that. A perfect cup of coffee!!! Better than any of the KCup choices on the market - by far! Of course, it'd be easier with a DD KCup, but this worked fine. Now, if only I didn't have to have my sister send them to me from Boston. Wish they were available everywhere.

Posted by: Dsaucey at January 8, 2011 10:20 PM

For those who have the Keurig and want the Dunkin Donuts pods you can purchase this http://www.as-seen-on-tv-products.ws/store/ezcup-perfect-keurig-coffee-machines-p-3221.html and use any pods! It's great!

Posted by: Colleen at December 17, 2010 9:16 AM

I would buy a Senseo TOMORROW if I knew I could buy Dunkin Donuts Decaf pods for it as well. I prefer the Senseo format - seems more eco-friendly than the plastick K-cups.

Posted by: donkos at December 4, 2010 5:59 PM

Love the pods! I don't have to have one of those bulky k-cup machines. I purchase a Hamilton Beach single pod machine for only $22 and it fits right into my cabinet when not being used. It is very small and works great with all the flavors of my DD pods. Husband loves the pods and I like the fact that I don't have a bulky machine taking up counter space just for a quick cup of coffee. Thank you DD.

Posted by: KATHLEEN SCHROTH at November 19, 2010 12:48 PM

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."

Posted by: Dave at October 26, 2010 11:43 AM

Just purchased, disappointed to find out now that they do not work with k-cup makers. There's $4 down the drain. The dunkin donuts website needs a link to the new dunkin one cup site. No mention at all at the main website.

Posted by: Rich at October 23, 2010 3:10 PM

OMG!!! WHAT ABOUT DUNKIN DONUTS KCUPS??!?!!?!? My husband will be having this EVERYDAY, since he loves DD besides colombian green mountain coffee. KCUPS!!

Posted by: Diana at October 16, 2010 3:02 AM

I'm guessing these pods will be hard to find. I tried three local DD's in my area already, and they all looked at me like I was insane.

Posted by: Dave at October 12, 2010 8:45 AM

"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. :\

Posted by: Patrick at October 11, 2010 11:28 PM
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