January 11, 2007
In a nut shell, Keurig has filed a lawsuit seeking to halt infringing sales of Tassimo T DISCS by Kraft. From what we know, Keurig has held a patent on "puncturing" coffee like capsules for quite some time (2001), and has vigorously defended it. What's odd is the fact Tassimo has been out in Europe for more than a couple of years, so perhaps this lawsuit is more for US based sales of the Tassimo T Discs. If you'd like to read more about the patent yourself you can find the full patent here. We also know the patent being defended may or may not be the K Cup patents, but may have more to do with how the Keurig system "pierces" the K Cups.
Here's what the patent says:
A beverage filter cartridge comprises an outer container with an access opening. A filter element is received in and configured and arranged to subdivide the interior of the container into first and second chambers. A beverage medium is stored in the first chamber. A lid closes the access opening. The lid has a first section overlying the first chamber and a second section overlying the second chamber. The first section of the lid is yieldably piercable to accommodate an inflow of liquid into the first chamber for infusion with the beverage medium to produce a beverage. The filter element is permeable to accommodate a flow of the beverage from the first chamber into the second chamber, and the second section of the lid is yieldably piercable to accommodate an outflow of the beverage from the second chamber to the exterior of the cartridge.
We're not going to speculate too much, but getting the piercable part of the patent approved - oucher. This really gives Keurig something to stand on.
From the Press Release:
Keurig, Incorporated, a pioneer and leader in gourmet single cup brewing in the United States, and a subsidiary of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), today announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Kraft Foods Inc., Kraft Foods Global, Inc. and Tassimo Corporation in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. Keurig asserts that Kraft's T DISC single-serve beverage cartridges infringe upon Keurig's United States Patent Number 6,607,762. Keurig is seeking injunctive relief preventing further Kraft Foods T DISC sales as well as damages for past infringement. Keurig's patent family which covers its K-Cup® line of single serve beverage filter cartridges is not involved in the lawsuit.
We'll keep you posted on how things are turning out. But not to worry too much - these things always take a ton of time and we would imagine they'll settle before you see Tassimo disappear. Heck - we might even see a countersuit. Our best advice? SIt back, relax and enjoy your cup of coffee.
Full release after the jump...
Continue reading: "Keurig Sues Kraft Foods Inc. For Patent Infringement"
January 6, 2007
Now that's art! Coffee with a "drop" of milk is quite breathtaking to the staff here at Single Serve Coffee. We've been gazing at this perfect moment for over and hour now and want our next cup of single serve coffee to be so well preserved and special.
Via Core77 Design Blog
January 5, 2007
It's been a while, so let's check out what's up over at SingleServeEspresso.com. The Holiday madness is over, but did you need some ESE Espresso Pods, check out the post below for some places to get some fun Espresso pods for that new espresso machine. Also we posted a couple of reviews one on the Superautomatic Delonghi that will make a latte at the push of a button, and the very affordable Lello Ariete espresso machine. We also reviewed the Tully's French Roast K-cups and noticed that Starbucks has brought back the Caramel Dulce Latte, a lower calorie alternative to the Starbucks Venti Eggnog Latte that had more calories and fat than a McDonald's Quarter Pounder!
Reviews Review: Delonghi Magnifica EAM 3500 Review
Review: Lello Ariete 45900 Prestige Espresso Machine
Espresso and Coffee News ESE Pods for the New Espresso Machine
Tully's French Roast K-Cups and Variety Pack
How Many Calories in that Holiday Latte?
Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte is Back - 90 Calories
Starbucks to cut Trans Fats
Cooler Weather; Warm up with the JavaLog
Valrhona Dark Chocolate with Coffee
Frey Supreme Cafe & Cacao Chocolate Bar
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December 30, 2006
What can we say? It's been an amazing 2006 here at Single Serve Coffee. We've reviewed more single serve coffee stuff than we could have possibly imagined, and the year has introduced new single serve coffee brewers, coffee flavors, and coffee experiences. We look forward to more k-cup reviews, more single serve coffee machine reviews, more coffee pod reviews, and yes - just more singles serve coffee stuff. So raise your mug and may 2007 have all the same single serve coffee wonder as 2006 has.
CHEERS!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
December 26, 2006
We hope everyone is having a great holiday season and enjoying some single serve coffee with friends and family. We've started a poll in the forums to see what single serve coffee maker you received this holiday season.
Share your thoughts on becoming the proud owner of more single serve coffee schwag or sign up and tell everyone in the forums about your new single serve coffee maker.
- Senseo Single Serve Coffee Maker
- Tassimo Hot Beverage System
- Keurig Single Serve Coffee Maker
- Simplehuman Coffee Pod Brewer
- Grindmaster Single Serve Coffee Maker
- Nespresso Coffee Maker
- Flavia Fusion
- Keurig K Cups
- Coffee Pods
At SingleServeCoffee.com Forums
December 19, 2006
Want to microwave up a cup of single serve coffee? Look no further than JavaVoo. It's microwaved - micro-brew coffee that makes your microwave oven your personal barista. Utilizing patented innovative Micro-Brew technology the Micro-Brew Personal Barista replicates the same pressure brewing process as a more expensive Espresso machine, producing the same rich and full-bodied tasting cup of coffee, complete with rich cream. Well - we're not sure if it's the same but we're anxious to try. Click on the graphic below to see how it works.
At JavaVoo, L.L.C.
We're still in awe at the need to make toast, coffee, and eggs at the same time and have it fit in such a tiny space. It takes only 10 minutes to get all three cooked and brewed, and we're pretty sure this would make some bacon as well. The problem is the coffee pot, we'd prefer perhaps a nice Nespresso or Mico-Keurig brewer instead.
Via Gizmodo at Tokoyo Mango
December 7, 2006
The big thing in New York this week? The new Nespresso Boutique Bar. The big bummer? We got invited but couldn't attend. Oh well, we will be visiting New York soon enough and will have to stop by. The Nespresso Boutique Bar is located in New York City at 761 Madison Avenue, between 65th and 66th Streets, the Nespresso Boutique Bar will serve a discerning clientele in one of the city’s most prestigious residential and shopping areas, which is home to the world’s most fashionable brands.
Lot's of pictures after the jump...
Continue reading: "Nespresso Boutique Coffee Bar Opens in New York"
December 1, 2006
November 30, 2006
Want to purchase an organic coffee from a company that pays its growers more than Fair Trade does? Meet Simple Coffee. Steve, Josh, and Mike from Simple Coffee have pledged to provide consumers with the freshest, more organic, and socially conscious coffee on the planet.
We've received a set of the coffees fresh from the Simple roasting facility to try with our Keurig reuseable Filter and also with our T-Sacs in the Bunn My Cafe. We'll have a full review soon.
From Simple Coffee: Some of the best coffee in the world is grown by small growers in third world countries who need the help of organizations like Fair Trade, but Fair Trade isn’t for everyone. “Why can’t Simple Coffee be Fair Trade?” We think a better question is, “How can we help growers who can’t be Fair Trade?”
In order to be Fair Trade, these growers would have to sign contracts pledging to produce a certain volume of coffee each year. Small, family-owned farms simply can’t afford to produce this much coffee and still grow food to eat. Other growers live in countries where it is illegal to sign Fair Trade contracts. Does this mean that these growers don’t deserve fair pay? Simple Coffee doesn’t think so. That’s why we pay better than the Fair Trade price per pound for all of our coffee. It’s just the right thing to do.
At Simple Coffee