July 21, 2011

Mass Governor Likes Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee


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.

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July 12, 2011

500 Million Iced Coffee Drinks Ordered Every Year


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 NescafĂ© 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.
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June 29, 2011

Everything About Coffee Can Be Learned in Less than 5 Minutes


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.

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June 16, 2011

Starbucks Brings Mobile Payments to Android Users


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.

Via Engadget

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June 8, 2011

K-Cup Coffee Price Increases to 60 Cents a K-Cup


Due to increasing green coffee prices and coffee being at an all time high, K-Cup prices from Green Mountain Coffee have increased to $.60 a K-Cup up from the $.53-$.55 prices for K-Cups we've been seeing over the past year. The price increase makes a 24 count box of K-Cups cost $14.40. Still - we're happy to pay $.60 for amazing coffee and for the choice to have one perfect cup. We're unsure when the price will decrease, but perhaps as the coffee market adjust the price will come back down to the $.55 range.

But don't just blame Green Mountain or K-Cup producers, Starbucks, Peets, and others are all raising prices based on how high coffee has been trading. And coffee has been trading HIGH - just over 99% (yikes) from last year's prices. That means if they can't control it then this price increase will not last as long as the former price increase about 2 years ago.

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May 11, 2011

Dunkin' Donuts plans $400 million Summer IPO


Over at MSN Money and other financial sites there is news of Dunkin' Donuts filing paperwork for a proposed $400 million dollar IPO. Given the recent news Dunkin' Donuts would be entering the single serve coffee world just like competitor Starbucks using the Keurig K-Cup platform we think this is welcome news.

Potential investors in Dunkin' Donuts should look at it just like a Starbucks given the brick and mortar presence, along with grocery and now and even larger penetration into retail with their K-Cups hopefully next year. What does it all mean? We think in the short term more money to fuel Dunkin' Donuts expansion, and hopefully more money to push their single serve coffee offerings.

Also you have to hope that the housing, job, and other markets continue to improve so IPOs like this don't start strong only to tank on bad consumer spending news.

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May 4, 2011

Happy 7th Birthday Single Serve Coffee


Happy Birthday Single Serve Coffee! We want to thank all of our readers who've been enjoying all the Single Serve Coffee news and reviews over the past 7 years since May 2004. We also want to thank all of our sponsors who have kept the lights on.

We never would have imagined back in May 2004 after buying and reviewing the Senseo single serve coffee maker that we'd be here 7 years later bringing you even more news and reviews of K-Cups, T-Discs, Coffee Pods, and even portable and instant single serve coffees. We enjoy every morning we get to be here and we really enjoy sharing single serve coffee with all of you.

So raise your coffee mug and cheer - Happy 7th Birthday Single Serve Coffee!

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April 20, 2011

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We hope you enjoy the variety of ways you can get our Single Serve Coffee news, and we also encourage you to visit us right here every day as well.

Thanks again for being a loyal reader, and we look forward to sharing lots of Single Serve Coffee news in whatever format you desire.

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March 17, 2011

How Do You Make Your Irish Single Serve Coffee?

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It's St. Patrick's day around the world, and we always like to kick it off wearing a little green and having a cup of Irish Single Serve Coffee. Today we're mixing a little Tully's French Roast K-Cups with some Bushmill's Irish Whiskey, sugar, and of course some heavy cream. Delicious. How do you make your Irish Single Serve Coffee? Do you use heavy cream in your Irish coffee or have to resort to half and half? What type of whiskey do you prefer?

Have a safe and great St. Patrick's day!

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March 9, 2011

Clover Precision Pourover Robotic Single Serve Coffee Maker


We've been covering a bit of the pourover madness in the coffee world that includes a barista slowly whirls hot water from a kettle over a Hario V60 cone or a Chemex filter cone into a single cup of perfect coffee. If you've ever had a pourover - some can be good and some can be well - awful. Thus - Starbucks needed to summon the robotic coffee gods and fix this problem.

Right now in New York there is one - yes one Clover Precision Pourover Robotic Single Serve Coffee Maker. It's at Roy St. Coffee & Tea in Seattle, which is actually a Starbucks coffee lab hidden in plain sight. This robotic pourover machine makes a consistent cup of pourover coffee and it's amazing to watch. You'll need to pop over to Gizmodo for the video, but in a nut shell - the cup and cone sit on a spinning disc while the robotic arm does the whirl hot water magic.

At Gizmodo at Roy St. Coffee and Tea, Starbucks

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