January 5, 2011
Bloomberg has a very interesting take on the current agreement between Kraft and Starbucks. Starbucks Corp., the world’s largest coffee chain, will miss out on a surge in home-brewing unless it can break a 13-year-old deal that ties its fortunes to Kraft Foods Inc.’s slow-selling Tassimo machine. That's right - if it can't break away from Tassimo, then Starbucks will miss the Single Serve Coffee ride.
VIA is not selling that well at grocery according to the article, and how bad is it selling? For the 12 months ending in October, Via generated $16.8 million worth of sales in U.S. groceries, according to SymphonyIRI. During the same period, Green Mountain K-Cups alone did $72 million in U.S. grocery sales.
Here's some other highlights:
- Under the terms of the deal, Starbucks can’t put its coffee in the Keurig Home Brewer, according to a complaint from Kraft filed in federal court in White Plains, New York.
- Kraft’s brewing system has 2.6 percent of the grocery market; Keurig, which dominates the U.S. market for machines that make single cups of coffee in a minute or less and is owned by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc., has 71 percent.
- And the key one...“We are looking forward to providing Starbucks customers with more ways to enjoy Starbucks coffee, one cup at a time,” Hilowitz said via an e-mailed statement on Dec. 29.
So is Starbucks going to go to Green Mountain after they break up with Kraft? All signs point to a bigger maybe then ever before, and we'd really enjoy having some Starbucks K-Cups.
December 27, 2010
What single serve coffee goodness did you get this holiday season? Did you get that Keurig, Tassimo, Nespresso, or Senseo single serve coffee maker you've been wanting? Did you get new coffee flavors for your current brewer? Did you add another brewer to your lineup? How about a milk frother or other single serve coffee gadget? We'd love to find out.
Sound off in the comments, and you can also sound off in the Single Serve Coffee forums. We'll also post this on Twitter and Facebook so you can tell us what you got there as well.
December 24, 2010
We'll be back next week, but until then you'll just have to read our reviews and older news - and of course do it while enjoying a cup of amazing single serve coffee. Also make sure to sign up for our newsletter, and you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and also sign up and participate in the Single Serve Coffee Forums.
We want to thank to all our dedicated readers for your support and your trust during an exciting 2010 - our SEVENTH year on the web (we'll be 7 years in total this coming May 2011). And a special thanks to all of our advertisers over this past year - without them we wouldn't be able to bring you Single Serve Coffee each day.
Have a great holiday everyone and raise your coffee cups, and remember how fortunate you are to be drinking coffee one cup at a time.
- Jay Brewer
- Editor, SingleServeCoffee.com
December 22, 2010
There's a very interesting chat happening over in our forums on what you might spice up your coffee with. We're not big fans of tabasco, but we often do a little nutmeg or cardamon. How about salt or chocolate in that spicy egg nog? What do you add to your single serve coffee to spice it up? Sound off in the comments or join the discussion in our forums and let the one cup coffee world know.
Photo credit: veisto
At Spice up your coffee?
December 9, 2010
We've seen this little wonder in action around our house here at Single Serve Coffee, and the kids love it. This faux toy single serve coffee maker makes a perfect addition to your little one's kitchen, and our little ones have been using for over 2 years (plus they love a shot at the Keurig or other coffee maker to help out around the kitchen as well.)
Made from birch plywood, rubberwood, MDF and finished with water based paint, it has all the features and styling of a single serve coffee maker. It also comes with a creamer and sugar holder so you know your coffee will be made right the first time.
At Educo Educo Rise'N Shine Coffee Maker
November 18, 2010
Keurig has recently unveiled a new design for Keurig.com. It's fresh. It's clean, and most importantly it's really user friendly. We love the comparison wizard, and the store locator is also really well done. Congrats on the big relaunch of Keurig.com and check out the highlights below.
New Keurig.com highlights include:
- New look and feel that reflects the Keurig brand.
- Enhanced search allowing consumers to easily find their favorite K-Cup® portion packs by refining their search by options such as brand, roast and type highlighted visually through beautiful K-Cup artwork or by using the keyword search at the top of every page.
- New comparison tools: Use the new drag and drop brewer comparison wizard for a side-by-side comparison of brewer features and specifications to find the perfect fit.
- Store locator: Positioned within the site to make it as easy as possible to purchase Keurig products online or at thousands of retail locations in both the U.S. and Canada.
- Consumer engagement tools including product ratings and review, and a social media share bar integrated into the website to streamline sharing consumer product passion on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels.
- Fun and interactive experience: Visit the Explore area to review and print delicious recipes, view product demos, indulge in love letters from fans and learn about seasonal offerings (Note: Make sure you look for the “tree”!)
- Improved loyalty program: Keurig’s Coffee Club program awards 1 point for every K-Cup purchased on Keurig.com, starting with the first order. There are now expanded ways for the more than 1 million online members to redeem points and it is easy to trade in points for 50% off a selection of products.
Continue reading: "Keurig Unveils Re-Designed Keurig.com"
November 12, 2010
We've been following the public battle over the Starbucks coffee business at grocery and perhaps single serve coffee T-Discs for the past few weeks, and it doesn't look good. We're unsure if the agreement Starbucks wants to end - a $500 million dollar business Kraft and Starbucks have grown over the past 10 years will include Tassimo T-Discs for Seattle's Best and Starbucks brand coffees, or just focus on Kraft not being able to distribute Starbucks whole bean and ground coffees.
It would seem if Kraft and Starbucks break up the T-Discs would have to go as well, and is this because Starbucks is going to make some kind of single serve coffee brewer using VIA as a base? Who knows, but this potentially disappointing news for consumers of the Tassimo brewing system.
From the Chicago Tribune:
While Starbucks seems bent on breaking up with Kraft, which has distributed its coffee in grocery stores for 12 years, it's unlikely to affect consumers. But the move may cost Starbucks some big bucks. Behind-the-scenes discussions between the companies percolated into public dissonance during earnings calls by Kraft Foods Inc. and Starbucks Corp. on Thursday and culminated with a string of company announcements that seemed to be setting the stage for litigation.
Starbucks desire to break away from Kraft seems to mark a new era for the company. Over the past decade, the coffee chain's agreements with companies like Kraft (bagged coffee) and PepsiCo Inc. (bottled Frappuccino beverages) served as Starbucks' most visible advertising. For consumers who lived in areas without Starbucks cafes, the packaged and bottled versions of its coffee, ice cream and chocolates served as a regular reminder of the brand.
Whatever happens, we'll keep you posted on what we find out regarding Tassimo and the continued presence of Starbucks and Seattle's Best on the platform.
More at Starbucks-Kraft breakup is a bitter brew
November 5, 2010
If you haven't figured it out the future of coffee is Single Serve Coffee (okay well maybe more of the future), and the future of the desktop is well - mobile and convenient. The iPad and other are so popular that when you visit a Starbucks lately there's simply fewer and fewer laptops and lots of iPhones, Android, and iPad users and that's got to make Microsoft notice. There's a report that says the Starbucks CIO told a reporter that iDevices from Apple are used more in its stores than any others.
So in a nut shell what's our comparison? Well - the future of the web may be mobile, but we think the future of coffee is really single serve coffee. Over the past 6+ years since we started this site it's easy to see that not only do people want choice and convenience at home, but they want excellent choice and convenience. From K-Cups to T-Discs to Coffee Pods - the choice is there and some of the instant offerings from Starbucks VIA aren't bad either. People are accepting what they want not how they have to get it - so enjoy the ride because it's going to not be a car on a Sunday drive in the Single Serve Coffee and gadget world - it's going to be a flying car moving at the speed of light.
Full read at Shiny Shiny
November 2, 2010
When it rains it pours apps for your iPhone or iPod touch for anything Single Serve Coffee related. As you know we've launched our own Single Serve Coffee app, but we think you'll also enjoy K-Cupboard. K-Cupboard helps provide you with a database of cups for Keurig coffee makers along with ratings for each. If you have ever been in a store and felt overwhelmed when trying to pick out a new flavor but were afraid to take a chance, then this app is for you.
- Large database of cups
- Sort by brand or cup type
- Locally stored ratings for use when an internet connection is not available.
- Intuitive design
- Updates planned for additional features
At K-Cupboard for iPhone and iPod touch on the iTunes App Store
October 18, 2010
A non-licensed single cup cartridge from Sturm Foods, Inc.
It can be used in Keurig brewers.
Sturm Foods has debuted a single cup cartridge that can be used in a Keurig K-Cup brewer. The Sturm Foods single cup offering is not a licensed K-Cup or a Sturm Foods K-Cup, it's essentially a cartridge like K-Cup that doesn't contain ground coffee, but micro-ground coffee much like Starbuck's Via.
The Grove Square Medium Roast cup is not a real K-Cup and doesn't feature a filter.
It's filled with micro-grind instant coffee.
As we've been following in the news, Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig have sued Sturm Foods for patent infringement. Currently, there are no private label K-Cups, and we were surprised to see a company debut any private label K-Cup like product given the patents on K-Cups have not expired.
Continue reading: "Sturm Foods Private Label Single Cup Instant Coffee"