August 4, 2014
Nescafé is taking over the cups and mugs of people all over the world with instant coffee. Keurig Green Mountain, accounted for just 5 percent of the global market in terms of value in 2014, Nescafé accounted for 44 percent of the instant coffee market in terms of value, and 40 percent of retail volume.
That’s an amazing number, and we are surprised the single serve coffee market isn’t bigger world wide, but it does show the opportunity Keurig Green Mountain has with “fresh” coffee.
Here are some other tidbits on instant coffee around the world:
- Britons consumption of instant coffee ‘continues to record strong growth in the UK. In fact, British consumers account for nearly a third of the instant coffee sold in all of Western Europe:
- Wholebean instant?A kind of instant coffee called Kenco Milicano, which is a mixture of actual coffee and soluble powder that the company oddly describes as the world’s first ‘wholebean instant.’
- Hybrid instant drinks like lattes and cappuccinos will lead the instant category’s market growth in the UK and beyond.
Via Daily Coffee News
July 31, 2014
Maybe we should have called this article “Two Great Tastes that Come Together”, but we’re pretty sure that’s for another chocolate bar / cup creation. High-end chocolatier Christopher Elbow Chocolates and Topeka, Kansas-based PT’s Coffee Roasting are partnering to bring to market a packaged coffee bar tasting experience based on singularity — coffee origin and chocolate varietal.
The three-bar line, with 3.5-ounce bars that are currently available at both companies’ retail stores for $8.50, and the bars will soon be distributed to specialty food shops and coffee shops throughout the United States.
The bars are available in the following flavor combinations:
- 64 percent Dark Madagascar Cacao blended with Ethiopian Deri Kochoha Coffee with flavor notes of raspberry, butterscotch and lemon verbena.
- 72 percent Venezuelan Cacao blended with Colombia Finca Santa Maria Coffee with flavor notes of honey, key lime and white grape.
- 46 percent Milk Chocolate from the Dominican Republic blended with Sumatra Karo Highlands Coffee with flavor notes of cola, tobacco and dark chocolate."
Via Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine
July 14, 2014
Miami-based Friends Fun Wine — the makers of the 6% ABV “Fun Wine in a Can is introducing the world to coffee wine. Cabernet Coffee Espresso and Chardonnay Coffee Cappuccino are “easy-to-drink” combinations of the world’s most popular day drink with the world’s most popular night drink.
The cabernet espresso has a “rich flavor of fresh cabernet grapes, espresso coffee and a hint of chocolate,” while the chardonnay cappuccino has a “sweet, refreshing Chardonnay grapes with vanilla cappuccino coffee and smooth hints of chocolate.”
We’ll have to watch and wait on this single serve coffee beverage. Perhaps the Keurig Cold will also bring some carbonated fun to coffee drinks in the future? We think sticking to a Jack and Coke might be better than coffee wine, but then again - we’ll have to try coffee wine to truly make the call.
Via Daily Coffee News
July 11, 2014
Cafejo - a single serve cup and coffee maker is helping to create jobs in California for the developmentally disabled. These jobs are hard to come by with unemployment among the disabled hire than other workers. The video after the jump shows the story - workers hired are packing out single cup packs for your Keurig K-Cup brewers and loving it. Our hats are off to Cafejo for doing such great work and also making great coffee products for all of us to enjoy.
Continue reading: "Cafejo Helping to Create Jobs for the Developmentally Disabled"
June 26, 2014
Throwing away all of those single serve coffee grounds might not be the thing to do in a gasified coffee future where biodiesal for cars is mixed with coffee grounds. The idea of creating biodiesel from coffee grounds goes back several years, and the process works by soaking the grounds in an organic solvent and then putting them through a process called transesterification.
Coffee ground-based biofuel could be revolutionary. By just using the coffee grounds in neighborhood coffee shops, you could get 22 pounds (10kg) of grounds a day could make about half a gallon of biofuel (2 liters). While that's a relatively small amount, it's from a source that would otherwise usually just be thrown away. Also, imagine just collecting all the used single serve coffee pods (Green Mountain is doing this today with several programs), and not just composting but using it to make fuel. You can read the abstract here.
June 24, 2014
Starbucks is adding single serve soda to it's cold beverage menu in over 3000 US stores. Starbucks will begin to sell three sodas this week--Spiced Root Beer, Golden Ginger Ale and Lemon Ale--in 16 states mostly located in the South and Southwest to start. The sodas are made by the retailer's baristas using a machine called Fizzio, which carbonates the sodas but can also add carbonation to ice teas and other drinks. It takes just a few minutes to make a single serve soda using the Fizzio.
Cold beverages are big business, and they can boost in store sales throughout the day. Starbucks sells more than 1/3 of the coffee by the cup in the United States and adding lucrative single serve soda sales won't hurt. Starbucks customers have been asking for soda for quite some time, and with Fizzio now able to make single serve soda drinks Starbucks customers will be answered.
Starbucks began testing various flavors across about 100 stores in Atlanta and Austin about a year ago. The sodas contain no artificial flavors, as well as no preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. You're also going to pay around $3 for a grande sized beverage. Also the ingredients of the sodas are all natural - cinnamon, ginger, lemon juice and brown sugar are a few of the ingredients.
And the calories are also less - a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola has 140 calories, and a 16-ounce serving of Starbucks' sodas has 100 calories or less.
We can imagine the success of the Fizzio in Starbucks cafes may lead to in a consumer version of the Fizzio machine. With Keurig Cold coming with single serve sodas from Coca Cola, Starbucks is poised to be ahead of Green Mountain in the soda market.
June 20, 2014
Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. is going to open Its first-ever cold pod dedicated manufacturing facility in Douglas County, Georgia. Keurig has closed on the purchase of a 585,000 square foot building for renovation in Douglasville, and anticipates creating 550 new jobs and investing $337 million into the facility over the next five years.
The new Douglas County manufacturing center will support the production of pods for the company's new Keurig Cold platform, an in-home cold beverage system that will give consumers a convenient way to quickly produce their favorite cold beverage brands with the same one-touch simplicity, quality, and variety that consumers enjoy from the Keurig brand. are collaborating on the development and introduction of The Coca-Cola Company's global brand portfolio for use in the Keurig Cold beverage system.
We’re excited that Keurig and Coca Cola are making such an investment and in the home state of Coca Cola. We can’t wait to brew an ice cold coke in our own kitchen in the future.
June 16, 2014
More single serve like products are coming out every day, and Flatev— short for ‘flatbread evolution’ has created a K-Cup-like pod that will make a flatbread tortilla in minutes. Tortillas are very popular throughout the world, and making them is time consuming. It’s no wonder someone came up with a method to make them easier and with a single serve machine.
Flatev operates much in the same way that a Keurig or Nespresso any single serve coffee maker does. You grab a Flatev tortilla pod, and then press a button and in less than a minute or so you have a fresh tortilla from the Flatev machine. Flatev pods currently have dough for flour and corn tortillas, and the ingredients for the flour tortillas consist of flour, water, baking soda, and salt; the corn tortillas are comprised solely of corn flour and water. The pods must be refrigerated at all times and can last up to two weeks.
Expect Flatev machines to be available for purchase in 2015.
May 8, 2014
Happy Birthday Single Serve Coffee! That’s right SingleServeCoffee.com is 10 years old, and it’s kinda unbelievable it’s been that long. We’ve written over 2700+ posts, and there’s more than 10,000 comments on our articles.
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May 6, 2014
There’s a lot of waste in single serve coffee, and we all know it. There’s a ton of trash and other waste being produced from the industry, and there’s only a few more eco-friendly options within the single serve coffee product offerings. Sure some of the K-Cups from non-licensed coffee roasters can be recycled, but it’s simply not enough.
The East Bay Express has a rather extensive article on the Dark Side of Single Serve Coffee, and many of the points about the waste within the single serve coffee category is hard to refute. So where does all this waste come from? 12 percent of US households now have a single-cup brewer, and for example Peet’s coffee just started making K-Cups. With just one roaster added like Peets it equals hundreds of millions of pounds of unrecyclable trash for the nation's landfills each year.
So what do we do? One thing we can do is use more reusable filters with our single serve coffee brewers. Another option is to try and only buy K-cups that are recyclable or biodegradable, or compostable.
What we really want is recyclable K-Cups from Green Mountain, and maybe with Keurig 2.0 and new offerings in the future this will happen and the waste will stop.