Single Serve Espresso has some insightful thoughts about a recent WSJ article on the single serve coffee world. It's no surprise that companies are making a push for the holidays, but the WSJ reports that the single serve coffee and espresso marketers are starting to push hard this year after what appears to be a milestone 2010 for them.
The WSJ is reporting that single serve coffee sales are up 101% over year ago, which is partly why the makers are looking to make the 2010 holiday season a big one. Also sales of single serve coffee machines are mostly in the 4th quarter with over 60% of sales at that time, and the installed base at 7% according to research.
When it rains it pours coffee acquisitions, and this one doesn't really come as a surprise. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has been buying up most of the K-Cup makers over the past year, and now the circle is complete. Van Houtte was the last K-Cup roaster/licensee to not be part of the Green Mountain family, and now they are being acquired. The purchase price? Van Houtte will be acquired for $890 million US or $915 million Canadian dollars. With this acquisition Green Mountain Coffee now owns Tully's, Timothy's and Diedrich brands giving them a solid footing in Canada and across the Pacific north west. We'll let you know if there's any more to this transaction as the news rolls in.
The Wormhole, a coffee shop in Chicago, celebrates geek culture with a DeLorean parked right inside the shop. And coffee fiends looking for a sci-fi fix with their coffee can rejoice that's it's not just back to the future. The Wormhole has movie posters and memorabilia from films that are in heavy geek rotation: Star Wars, Ghostbusters, and everything else that happened in or around the 80's.
People are always asking us when do you think the single serve coffee market will go from fad to a reality all coffee drinkers must face? Well - how about when the toy coffee maker you get your kids is no longer a drip coffee maker, and is in fact a single serve coffee maker. This set has both a toaster and single serve coffee maker to help make your kids breakfast play a little more realistic.
Toaster includes two pieces of bread, plate, honey jar, and Velcro"sectioned stick of butter kids can "cut" with the play knife. Just like its reallife counterpart, the toaster actually"pops" out the toast when its done.
Coffee Maker includes cup, milk carton, sugar bowl and spoon, and features movable parts for realistic play.
There is a new article on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters that is more of a conundrum for us here at Single Serve Coffee, than insightful. We've seen several articles featuring the company with the pros and cons of single use K-Cups, coffee pods, T-Discs, and even Nespresso capsules with respect to the environment, and this one has nothing really new to offer.
We know that Green Mountain has built a reputation as an eco-friendly company since it was founded nearly 30 years ago, and we also strongly believe in the future more of the single-cup offerings will be even more recyclable and eco-friendly given all the research and development they are working on in the area. We also believe not wasting an entire pot of coffee, and also recycling the majority of the K-Cup is a great start. You can use the coffee grounds in compost along with the paper filter, and we peel off the top to put into our regular recycling which takes all comers.
There is one really interesting tidbit which is the all-paper K-Cup Green Mountain is working on with respect to tea brewing which would be fully recylable. A fully recyclable K-Cup option at least for teas would be a big step toward getting a 100% recycling option.
Not only has Cool Beans redesigned their web site, but the entire line of packaging for their single serve coffee pods has been updated as well. The new site design is super easy to navigate, and we really love the new Cool Beans logo. Peter from Cool Beans also wanted to let everyone know they will be introducing another 20 to 30 selections of coffee, and a line of Fair Trade / Organic coffee pods.
Japan is a magical place, and this cafe inside the Marunouichi Building in central Tokyo offers its guests one iPad for every table. It also seems all the iPads are left largely unattended and unsecured which just wouldn't work here in the US. If we ever get to Tokyo, we're pretty sure we'll find even more coffee meets tech wonders. Do you know of more?
Maybe it's too soon to stand up and cheer for joy, but as of yesterday it looks like BP has finally capped the oil well in the gulf. During the entire mess a comedy troop made one of the funnier rips on BP with a coffee twist. For your Friday viewing pleasure we give you the "BP Coffee Spill". Our 2 cents BP? Maybe you should brew into travel mugs using a single serve coffee brewer, and then put the top on your travel mug. Thanks to Jim for sending this in.
The Cafe Solo coffee-maker makes coffee brewed without steam or pushing and pulling, and without machinery and filters. You pour ground coffee beans and boiling water into the carafe, and then place the filter on the end after stirring. In about 4 minutes you have some coffee.
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