Green Mountain Coffee Roaster's Keurig unit sued a Rogers Gourmet Coffee and Tea. Rogers is accused of infringing three patents related to single-serving coffee cartridges, after releasing an after market K-Cup called "OneCup".
According to the complaint filed this week in federal court in Boston, Rogers offers single-serving beverage cartridges that infringe the Keurig patents. Additionally, Reading, Massachusetts-based Keurig complains that the Rogers website states that the company’s "One Cup" product can be used in a Keurig single-serving coffee brewer. Keurig asked the court to bar Rogers from further infringement, and for awards of money damages, Rogers’ profits attributable to the alleged infringement, attorney fees and litigation costs.
We expected a case given how close the OneCup is to a K-Cup. Given Keurig has a variety of patents, we're pretty sure they'll have many options to discuss when this case goes to court or if it's settled.
Rogers Gourmet Coffee and Tea Market has released a set of four OneCup Keurig compatible coffee packs. Simply called OneCup they have also been called in the press - compatible coffee packs or pods. This is the second aftermarket K-Cup like coffee offering, but unlike the Grove Square compatible K-Cups which uses instant coffee, the OneCup Keurig compatible coffee packs have a mesh bottom so they get around the puncture patent Keurg currently has on K-Cups until September 2012 as the coffee passes right through them with no puncture needed.
We're not sure how good or bad these new OneCup coffee pods are from Rogers, but we've put in an order to get a set and try out the four flavors - OneCup Organic Rainforest, Fogchaser, OneCup French Roast, and OneCup French Roast Decaf. We have info and shots of each flavor after the jump.
It's Friday here at Single Serve Coffee, and even the double stuffed K-Cups aren't hitting the mark. We need to just get some motivation to get through the day and a little inspiration. When we are feeling the need we like to watch a little K-Cup tossing.
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has opened its doors in NYC and New Yorkers don't have to travel to the west coast for some CBTL coffee. Referred to as "The Bean" by in-the-know customers and publications alike, Coffee Bean's NYC location is in the heart of the Fashion District at 39th and Broadway. We've never ourselves been to a CBTL store, and we're also wondering if they have any of the new CBTL single serve coffee machines to sell in store. If you're in New York and can stop by - please send along some pictures - we'd love to see what Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has in store.
On a recent visit to Keurig Inc. in Reading, MA Governor Deval Patrick said he was impressed with Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee for their social resposibility.
"Keurig is a wonderful example of a company dedicated to improving the lives not only of its employees but its local communities and beyond."
On his visit Governor Patrick sampled some K-Cup brewed beverages, and said, "Keurig's commitment to corporate giving and strong focus on innovation has proven fruitful for both the company and the Commonwealth," said Governor Patrick. "Keurig is a wonderful example of a company dedicated to improving the lives not only of its employees but its local communities and beyond."
We applaud them as well, and being Single Serve Coffee world headquarters are in Boston, MA - we're pretty proud.
The NYTimes.com states that in 2010, Americans ordered 500 million iced coffee drinks in restaurants and cafes, up from 400 million in 2006, according to data from the market research firm NPD Group. And you know who's leading the way in the single serve coffee world? Keurig. They currently have 2 different iced varieties and plan to make more over the coming year.
There's a ton of other interesting tidbits in this article on the iced coffee world including:
On July 12, Starbucks will introduce Iced Coffee Blend, whole-bean coffee available in its stores for $13 for a pound. The blend, which is the same that Starbucks has used for years to brew iced coffee in its stores, has never been sold as a whole bean blend.
Seattle's Best Coffee, a subsidiary of Starbucks, also has a whole-bean blend for ice coffee, Summer Brew, for $13 a pound, which is beginning to appear in its shops.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters, meanwhile, recently began bottling cold-brewed coffee in squat 10.5-ounce amber bottles, which it calls Stubbies. The bottles are sold for $3.50 in the company's coffee shops both in Portland, Ore., where the company is based, and in New York.
And how big is the single serve coffee market and Keurig/Green Moutain Coffee getting?
Single-cup coffee systems like Keurig, which was developed in 1998, and newer ones including the Nescafé Dolce Gusto, Senseo and Flavia, are now in 7 percent of households and have been growing at an average annual rate of 1 percentage point since 2005, according to the National Coffee Association.
In 2010, total revenue for Keurig brewers and accessories was $330.8 million, a gain of 67 percent over 2009, while revenue from the portion packs reached $834.4 million, 103 percent more than in 2009.
Everyday the world consumes 300 tons of coffee, and we're happy to say we hope we're making that number grow. This video truly does tell you everything you need to know about coffee in 5 minutes, so we hope you enjoy it's madness.
Starbucks has released their mobile app for payment in the Android Market. There's already an iOS version, but it's nice to see them round our their mobile offerings. 6800 now support the mobile payments, and the app can locate all outlets within your immediate vicinity to make sure you know where to buy that mocha latte. The company is planning to add an additional 1,000 locations, this July.
Key features include:
Pay with your phone: Enjoy the fastest, more convenient way to pay at nearly 6,800 company-operated stores as well as more than 1,000 Target stores and coming this summer to nearly 1,000 Starbucks locations in Safeway stores. Just download the app, enter your Starbucks Card number, scan and go.
Manage your card account: Access your Starbucks Card balance directly from your phone.
Reload your card balance: Use your smartphone to reload your Starbucks Card using any major credit card.
Check your My Starbucks Rewards status: Find out how close you are to earning your next free drink.
Find nearby Starbucks stores: Save time by finding a Starbucks store near you.
Due to increasing green coffee prices and coffee being at an all time high, K-Cup prices from Green Mountain Coffee have increased to $.60 a K-Cup up from the $.53-$.55 prices for K-Cups we've been seeing over the past year. The price increase makes a 24 count box of K-Cups cost $14.40. Still - we're happy to pay $.60 for amazing coffee and for the choice to have one perfect cup. We're unsure when the price will decrease, but perhaps as the coffee market adjust the price will come back down to the $.55 range.
But don't just blame Green Mountain or K-Cup producers, Starbucks, Peets, and others are all raising prices based on how high coffee has been trading. And coffee has been trading HIGH - just over 99% (yikes) from last year's prices. That means if they can't control it then this price increase will not last as long as the former price increase about 2 years ago.
Over at MSN Money and other financial sites there is news of Dunkin' Donuts filing paperwork for a proposed $400 million dollar IPO. Given the recent news Dunkin' Donuts would be entering the single serve coffee world just like competitor Starbucks using the Keurig K-Cup platform we think this is welcome news.
Potential investors in Dunkin' Donuts should look at it just like a Starbucks given the brick and mortar presence, along with grocery and now and even larger penetration into retail with their K-Cups hopefully next year. What does it all mean? We think in the short term more money to fuel Dunkin' Donuts expansion, and hopefully more money to push their single serve coffee offerings.
Also you have to hope that the housing, job, and other markets continue to improve so IPOs like this don't start strong only to tank on bad consumer spending news.
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