March 19, 2012
Graphic by Stephen Kroninger
It's a single serve coffee battle royale out there, and we're not sure who's going to win the fight. Rounds 1, 2,3, 4, 5, and 6 have been fought, and round 7 (last year) was mostly a stand off. 2012 is shaping up to be a doozy with Keurig and Starbucks going at it in the end of the year, and lots of old players returning to get a piece of the action.
The WSJ.com has an interesting take of the single serve coffee fights, and believes not only are coffee roasters trying to get you to use their products, but their also battling for both market share and raw materials as supplies of coveted handpicked beans dwindle. And to make matters even more interesting the big players like Starbucks, Maxwell House, Smuckers, and others will meet at a round table to talk coffee and what they can do to either work together or keep on punching.
Continue reading: "Who's Going to Win the Single Serve Coffee Fight"
February 24, 2012
We just checked out Over Coffee, a new social media site like Facebook about coffee, people, travels, and about the shared experiences that take place over a cup of coffee. It's interesting in a Facebook kind of way, but we still prefer the Single Serve Coffee Forums for our single serve coffee chit chat.
Here's Over Coffee's motto:
Continue reading: "Over Coffee - The Social Network for Coffee Drinkers"
"A lot can happen over a cup of coffee. You find out a friend is getting married. You end up face to face with an intimidating first date and hide behind your Cup of Joe. You disclose deep-rooted secrets. You find yourself in a new world with new people and new coffee cultures. Even when you are alone with a cup of coffee, something is happening."
February 20, 2012
Growing up in Northern Maine, we can safely tell you one of the best things was being able to cross the border into Canada and eat their wonderful candy. Sure stateside we had Willy Wonka, and other interesting chocolate bars to eat, but nothing compared to any chocolate bar with coffee like Coffee Crisp. Coffee Crisp bars and bites have wafers of chocolate held together with coffee flavor, and it just melts in your mouth along with the chocolate.
Coffee Crisp is impossible to get outside of Canada. We did for a short time from 2006-2009 have Coffee Crisp bars in our lives there stateside - but we squandered the time and only ever had a few bars. Now since our correspondent SH has sent us both Coffee Crisp bars and the small bites - this President's Day weekend has been candy filled.
Continue reading: "Coffee Crisp Chocolate Bars and Bites - So Good"
February 6, 2012
The Business Standard has a very exhaustive article Single-cup coffee sales seen growing and we've taken a bunch of the best bits out of it on the topic of single serve coffee growth.
- Sara Lee will discontinue Senseo in North America as of March 31, except on select websites. It is working to make the machine more appealing, especially for young people, to tap growth overseas.
- Wal-Mart Stores Inc will add the Esio Beverage System to its lineup of coffee machines.
- Green Mountain, which controls more than three-quarters of the US market, ranks fourth globally with less than eight per cent.
- Green Mountain is bound to maintain its grip on the United States, since its machines exclusively carry many of the nation's biggest coffee brands, including Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and Folgers.
- The vast majority of US households still use traditional ground or instant coffee, and about 36 per cent of people who do not use single-cup brewers said these machines were too expensive.
- Worldwide sales of coffee, including fresh and instant, reached $70.86 billion last year, according to Euromonitor, a rise of 17.5 per cent. Sales of single-serve packets accounted for $5.75 billion of that, or 8 per cent, but saw a jump of 31.3 per cent.
So single serve coffee as a category is only at 8% of the total coffee market and growing? Wow - we've come a long way and have a long way to go. It's also interesting to note the Esio Beverage System going to be featured at Walmart. Walmart and other retailers seem to feel that even though K-Cups have taken 75% of the US single serve coffee market there is room for more players.
February 2, 2012
We received news from our Canadian Correspondent, SH, that Canadian grocery chains have started to imitate a practice which recently popped-up this side of the border: knock-off imitation K-Cups. We’ve seen our fair share of good knock-offs (Rogers Family Company) to the downright awful (Grove Square), so let’s see what SH thought of the first Canadian Knock-off K-Cup to hit store shelves up North.
From SH: I was recently at my local Sobeys (major Canadian grocery chain store) last month and noticed they had come out with their own brand of knock-off K-Cups via their in-house "Our Compliments" brand. There were a total of 3 flavors: Light Roast, Medium Roast & Dark Roast (yes, those are the flavor "names"). Each are sold in 12-packs for $6.99 CAD and are a few dollars cheaper than the usual price of $8.49 for Folgers K-Cups or $8.99 for Van Houtte K-Cups. I snapped a quick pic from my cell phone & decided to try the dark roast.
Continue reading: "Canadian Grocery Chains Enter Knock-off K-Cup Scene"
January 23, 2012
Right now Keurig powered single serve coffee makers control
an entire aisle across from drip coffee makers in most Target stores.
We've been traveling around to various brick and mortar stores, and our goal is to look at the state of single serve coffee from a consumer point of view. First up on our look at single serve coffee is retail giant Target. If you're unfamiliar with Target as a massive retail store, then you probably live somewhere we've never heard of. Even in our home state of Maine, Target has made in roads as far north as Bangor, and from what we've seen Target has stores in almost every state in the nation.
Continue reading: "Single Serve Coffee at Retail Stores - Target 2012"
January 20, 2012
Starbucks' in-house architects have created a new cargo-tecture structure located in Tukwila, Washington. The 4 containers provide about 450 square feet of interior space, and three baristas in roughly the same area that they would occupy in a conventional coffee shop.
The LEED-certified storefront is part of Starbucks' efforts to increase the sustainability, while reducing environmental and operating costs. We really love pre-fab or using pre-made materials instead of wood, bricks, and steel. It also is a pretty stunning design.
December 30, 2011
The New Year is almost upon us, and we just want to look ahead and think of all the amazing single serve coffee we'll drink in 2012. Thanks again to all of our loyal readers, advertisers, and staff. We love you all, and hope you have an amazing New Years Eve this weekend. Stay safe and we'll see you in the New Year for more single serve coffee.
December 23, 2011
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 2011 - our SEVENTH year on the web (we'll be 8 years in total this coming May 2012). 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.
We also want to thank our staff writers (SH especially), and also our forum moderators Josh and Jolly. Thanks also to everyone who makes Single Serve Coffee such an amazing community of dedicated coffee drinkers.
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 & Staff
December 19, 2011
Dirceu Veiga is a Brazillian Designer living in Curitiba ( South of Brazil ) and he really loves coffee. Mixing illustration and coffee, he creates amazing paintings using coffee as ink. Coffee Art is a painting technique that use just 100% coffee instead ink to paint instead of traditional paint.
He only uses 100% coffee in his paintings. Understandably, as coffee is used as the as the primary material for the work, the colours are predominantly brown . . . and more brown. However, by adding a dab of water here and there he manages to create a variety of different shades from the coffee and some of his work is pretty amazing - like the Hendrix painting above.
We can't wait for him to discover the world of Single Serve Coffee and perhaps do a series on just the coffee produced from one single serve coffee pod or K-Cup.