November 5, 2010

What Starbucks and Single Serve Coffee can teach Microsoft


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

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November 2, 2010

K-Cupboard for iPhone and iPod touch - K-Cup Manager


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.

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  • 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

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October 18, 2010

Sturm Foods Private Label Single Cup Instant Coffee


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.

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October 15, 2010

Holiday Sales and Ad Push in the Single Serve Coffee World


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.

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October 8, 2010

Single Serve Coffee Mobile App for iPhone, Android, and Other Smart Phones

Our mobile app has been discontinued.

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September 14, 2010

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to Acquire Van Houtte K-Cup Roaster


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.

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September 3, 2010

Wormhole Coffee Shop has Portal to the Future of Coffee

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.

Viat Gizmodo

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September 2, 2010

Toy Wooden Single Serve Coffee Maker and Breakfast Set


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.
  • For ages 3 and up.

At Single Serve Coffee Wooden Coffeemaker

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August 19, 2010

Single-Use Coffee Pods and K-Cups a Conundrum


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.

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August 16, 2010

Cool Beans Pods Redesigns Web Store and More Coffees On the Way


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.

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