October 21, 2014
Campbell's Fresh Brewed Soup K-Cups Missing In Action
Just last year we had crazy news that Campbell’s Fresh Brewed Soup K-Cups were coming to a Keurig brewer near you. It’s been awhile and they were supposed to ship this Fall but so far nothing. We haven’t heard a peep about soup in a K-Cup.
The agreement last year was supposed to bring the number one single serve coffee maker and the number one soup maker together to bring you Campbell's Fresh-Brewed Soup. The convenient snack will be prepared at the touch of a button, and a mini-meal from a K-Cup will be produced.
We still want our Campbell’s Soup K-Cups - don’t you?
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Posted by Jay Brewer at October 21, 2014 7:37 AM
Here's why it's a good idea. I've got young children who like to be independent. In order for them to make a cup of soup, they would either have to boil water on the stovetop (no way) or use the microwave (not thrilled). Making a cup of soup in the Keurig is a safe way for them to make a warm snack without a whole lot of supervision. They love the taste of Poppy's Soups,and the fact that they can do it themselves is empowering!
Poppy's Soups for your single-serve brewer has been on the market for over a year now!
I just took apart the Keurig we have here at the office. There is old coffee remnants all around the inside of the cup holder and around the bottom of the nozzle. This tells me that at any given time throughout the brewing process the liquid coffee comes in contact with several parts of the cup holder in addition to the piercing pin.
Even though I don't recommend brewing hot chocolate and then coffee without rinsing in between, the flavor profiles of coffee and cocoa are similar enough to not detect much cross contamination. Especially for folks who drink coffee that is flavored.
Garlic flavored salty chicken broth is a whole other story. I'm sure there is some onion powder in there as well. Those are flavors that don't rinse out very well, especially if left unattended. Personally, I like coffee too much (which is why I stopped using Keurig to begin with) to chance any kind of cross contamination. Just nasty any way you look at it.
Plus, you don't need a Keurig cup to make instant soup. Having the flavored broth in the cup offers no advantage over having an instant soup packet. You would be better off (money wise and coffee wise) just buying instant soup packets and using your Keurig to dispense hot water.
Just another marketing scheme.
Perhaps because there is no need for this?
1) Rip open Lipton Cup o soup package and throw in cup
2) Add hot water and stir.
So they're separating the broth k-cup from the noodles; where is the innovation in that?
There won't be any issues with "flavor remnants" transferring between uses. Most people are forgetting that the only area where "remnants" could gather is at the output piercing needle on Keurig 1.0 machines and in the output spout/tray on Keurig 2.0 machines (which btw, is something you should be cleaning out monthly anyway).
The amount is so insignificant that whatever you brew next would be the dominant flavor in your final cup since you are covering up a trace amount of something with 8oz of whatever you're brewing next.
For example, a small trace amount of chicken soup stock would effectively get flushed out by coffee when brewing a coffee K-Cup and vice-versa. When you brew a hot cocoa K-Cup and then brew a coffee K-Cup afterwards, does your coffee taste like hot cocoa? Nope.
When you brew a hot cocoa K-Cup after brewing a coffee K-Cup, does your hot cocoa taste like coffee? Nope.
Hence why we don't have anything to be concerned about. I say bring it on... the more new flavors, products, innovations, etc. for Keurig, the better. My only gripe is that most things available in USA remain in USA and aren't made available in other countries.
I'm sure that the remnants/taste from the soup is the reason as well. It sounded like a great idea to them when you could put noodle mix in a cup/bowl, using the Keurig to dispense the broth into the mix. Then after the celebration, someone decided to have a cup of coffee...
Soup in a K Sup is just a dumb idea!!! Maybe we're not seeing them because someone realized that.
Ultimately it doesn't affect me since I stopped using my Keurig years ago. However, this seems like a horrible idea.You would have seasoned chicken broth coming out of a coffee machine. I wouldn't be worried about coffee flavor in my soup, that may actually add an new dimension to the flavor of the soup (unless you use a lot of flavored coffee, that would just be nasty). The worst part of it would be having remnants of the seasoned broth showing up in your next cup of coffee.
Now I understand that the whole reason people buy Keurig is because they are choosing convenience over quality. But if you have to rinse the machine after making soup before making coffee then that also removes the convince piece of the machine.