November 24, 2011
We want to wish everyone a safe Thanksgiving. We also want to thank our readers, advertisers, and everyone who has made Single Serve Coffee a success this year - we're very thankful to all of you.
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Again - have a safe and thankful holiday.
-- Jay Brewer
-- Editor, Single Serve Coffee
November 17, 2011
We're pretty big Star Wars fans here at Single Serve Coffee. We've been scouring the internet for some latte art fun and found this pretty amazing Darth Vader. We've yet to dabble in latte art, but now we're thinking of firing up the Tassimo and making our own Star Wars themed latte.
For a look at how to make a simple design, check out this tutorial or go to YouTube and search on "latte art." We'll let you know how our efforts go over the next few weeks.
November 8, 2011
Green Mountain Coffee Roaster's Keurig unit sued a Rogers Gourmet Coffee and Tea. Rogers is accused of infringing three patents related to single-serving coffee cartridges, after releasing an after market K-Cup called "OneCup".
According to the complaint filed this week in federal court in Boston, Rogers offers single-serving beverage cartridges that infringe the Keurig patents. Additionally, Reading, Massachusetts-based Keurig complains that the Rogers website states that the company’s "One Cup" product can be used in a Keurig single-serving coffee brewer. Keurig asked the court to bar Rogers from further infringement, and for awards of money damages, Rogers’ profits attributable to the alleged infringement, attorney fees and litigation costs.
We expected a case given how close the OneCup is to a K-Cup. Given Keurig has a variety of patents, we're pretty sure they'll have many options to discuss when this case goes to court or if it's settled.
October 26, 2011
Rogers Gourmet Coffee and Tea Market has released a set of four OneCup Keurig compatible coffee packs. Simply called OneCup they have also been called in the press - compatible coffee packs or pods. This is the second aftermarket K-Cup like coffee offering, but unlike the Grove Square compatible K-Cups which uses instant coffee, the OneCup Keurig compatible coffee packs have a mesh bottom so they get around the puncture patent Keurg currently has on K-Cups until September 2012 as the coffee passes right through them with no puncture needed.
We're not sure how good or bad these new OneCup coffee pods are from Rogers, but we've put in an order to get a set and try out the four flavors - OneCup Organic Rainforest, Fogchaser, OneCup French Roast, and OneCup French Roast Decaf. We have info and shots of each flavor after the jump.
Continue reading: "OneCup Keurig Compatible Coffee Packs from Rogers Gourmet Coffee and Tea"
September 16, 2011
It's Friday here at Single Serve Coffee, and even the double stuffed K-Cups aren't hitting the mark. We need to just get some motivation to get through the day and a little inspiration. When we are feeling the need we like to watch a little K-Cup tossing.
Continue reading: "K-Cup Shot Toss - Nailed IT!"
September 9, 2011
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has opened its doors in NYC and New Yorkers don't have to travel to the west coast for some CBTL coffee. Referred to as "The Bean" by in-the-know customers and publications alike, Coffee Bean's NYC location is in the heart of the Fashion District at 39th and Broadway. We've never ourselves been to a CBTL store, and we're also wondering if they have any of the new CBTL single serve coffee machines to sell in store. If you're in New York and can stop by - please send along some pictures - we'd love to see what Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has in store.
July 21, 2011
On a recent visit to Keurig Inc. in Reading, MA Governor Deval Patrick said he was impressed with Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee for their social resposibility.
"Keurig is a wonderful example of a company dedicated to improving the lives not only of its employees but its local communities and beyond."
On his visit Governor Patrick sampled some K-Cup brewed beverages, and said, "Keurig's commitment to corporate giving and strong focus on innovation has proven fruitful for both the company and the Commonwealth," said Governor Patrick. "Keurig is a wonderful example of a company dedicated to improving the lives not only of its employees but its local communities and beyond."
We applaud them as well, and being Single Serve Coffee world headquarters are in Boston, MA - we're pretty proud.
Full release after the jump.
Continue reading: "Mass Governor Likes Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee"
July 12, 2011
The NYTimes.com states that in 2010, Americans ordered 500 million iced coffee drinks in restaurants and cafes, up from 400 million in 2006, according to data from the market research firm NPD Group. And you know who's leading the way in the single serve coffee world? Keurig. They currently have 2 different iced varieties and plan to make more over the coming year.
There's a ton of other interesting tidbits in this article on the iced coffee world including:
- On July 12, Starbucks will introduce Iced Coffee Blend, whole-bean coffee available in its stores for $13 for a pound. The blend, which is the same that Starbucks has used for years to brew iced coffee in its stores, has never been sold as a whole bean blend.
- Seattle's Best Coffee, a subsidiary of Starbucks, also has a whole-bean blend for ice coffee, Summer Brew, for $13 a pound, which is beginning to appear in its shops.
- Stumptown Coffee Roasters, meanwhile, recently began bottling cold-brewed coffee in squat 10.5-ounce amber bottles, which it calls Stubbies. The bottles are sold for $3.50 in the company's coffee shops both in Portland, Ore., where the company is based, and in New York.
And how big is the single serve coffee market and Keurig/Green Moutain Coffee getting?
- Single-cup coffee systems like Keurig, which was developed in 1998, and newer ones including the Nescafé Dolce Gusto, Senseo and Flavia, are now in 7 percent of households and have been growing at an average annual rate of 1 percentage point since 2005, according to the National Coffee Association.
- In 2010, total revenue for Keurig brewers and accessories was $330.8 million, a gain of 67 percent over 2009, while revenue from the portion packs reached $834.4 million, 103 percent more than in 2009.
June 29, 2011
Everyday the world consumes 300 tons of coffee, and we're happy to say we hope we're making that number grow. This video truly does tell you everything you need to know about coffee in 5 minutes, so we hope you enjoy it's madness.
Continue reading: "Everything About Coffee Can Be Learned in Less than 5 Minutes"
June 16, 2011
Starbucks has released their mobile app for payment in the Android Market. There's already an iOS version, but it's nice to see them round our their mobile offerings. 6800 now support the mobile payments, and the app can locate all outlets within your immediate vicinity to make sure you know where to buy that mocha latte. The company is planning to add an additional 1,000 locations, this July.
Key features include:
- Pay with your phone: Enjoy the fastest, more convenient way to pay at nearly 6,800 company-operated stores as well as more than 1,000 Target stores and coming this summer to nearly 1,000 Starbucks locations in Safeway stores. Just download the app, enter your Starbucks Card number, scan and go.
- Manage your card account: Access your Starbucks Card balance directly from your phone.
- Reload your card balance: Use your smartphone to reload your Starbucks Card using any major credit card.
- Check your My Starbucks Rewards status: Find out how close you are to earning your next free drink.
- Find nearby Starbucks stores: Save time by finding a Starbucks store near you.