June 16, 2011
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.
June 8, 2011
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.
May 11, 2011
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.
May 4, 2011
Happy Birthday Single Serve Coffee! We want to thank all of our readers who've been enjoying all the Single Serve Coffee news and reviews over the past 7 years since May 2004. We also want to thank all of our sponsors who have kept the lights on.
We never would have imagined back in May 2004 after buying and reviewing the Senseo single serve coffee maker that we'd be here 7 years later bringing you even more news and reviews of K-Cups, T-Discs, Coffee Pods, and even portable and instant single serve coffees. We enjoy every morning we get to be here and we really enjoy sharing single serve coffee with all of you.
So raise your coffee mug and cheer - Happy 7th Birthday Single Serve Coffee!
April 20, 2011
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March 17, 2011
It's St. Patrick's day around the world, and we always like to kick it off wearing a little green and having a cup of Irish Single Serve Coffee. Today we're mixing a little Tully's French Roast K-Cups with some Bushmill's Irish Whiskey, sugar, and of course some heavy cream. Delicious. How do you make your Irish Single Serve Coffee? Do you use heavy cream in your Irish coffee or have to resort to half and half? What type of whiskey do you prefer?
Have a safe and great St. Patrick's day!
March 9, 2011
We've been covering a bit of the pourover madness in the coffee world that includes a barista slowly whirls hot water from a kettle over a Hario V60 cone or a Chemex filter cone into a single cup of perfect coffee. If you've ever had a pourover - some can be good and some can be well - awful. Thus - Starbucks needed to summon the robotic coffee gods and fix this problem.
Right now in New York there is one - yes one Clover Precision Pourover Robotic Single Serve Coffee Maker. It's at Roy St. Coffee & Tea in Seattle, which is actually a Starbucks coffee lab hidden in plain sight. This robotic pourover machine makes a consistent cup of pourover coffee and it's amazing to watch. You'll need to pop over to Gizmodo for the video, but in a nut shell - the cup and cone sit on a spinning disc while the robotic arm does the whirl hot water magic.
At Gizmodo at Roy St. Coffee and Tea, Starbucks
March 2, 2011
Brad over at CoffeeWiz.com has just given us the heads up on their annual art contest. He's drawn Dr. Seuss on a K-Cup (hey - today is Dr. Seuss' birthday) to get things started. Contest details below...
Grab your sharpies and show us your art skills on a k-cup. Best one wins. A winner announced Mondays for the month of March. We will have 4 lucky winners of a $100 American Express Gift Card!!! Email me your art to email@example.com and we will also post all pics on facebook. Good Luck Everyone!!
Check it out at their Facebook page and send in your art inspired K-Cup to win to firstname.lastname@example.org
February 15, 2011
Starbucks Corp on Sunday said it plans to announce a new product for the single-serve market "in the near future." We've long expected Starbucks, which also sells Via instant coffee packets, to make a more aggressive move into the small, but fast-growing single-cup brewing segment.
Why now? Starbucks and Kraft are breaking up on March 1, with a termination of an agreement by which it provides coffee discs for Kraft Foods Inc's Tassimo one-cup home brewer. We think Starbucks will begin providing coffee for the Keurig system, but you never know. Could they be creating their own new single serve coffee format that isn't VIA? We think that's unlikely given they won't want to cannibalize their own sales of VIA which has been doing better in recent months.
And what's the opportunity for Starbucks? Most Starbucks customers do not now have a single-serve machine and the company intends to transform the market the way Apple Inc's iPhone rocked the cell phone business. We hope that means a single serve coffee machine sold through Starbucks stores, and many options for coffee flavors or "coffee apps" to choose from. Whatever they do they better do it fast before they're left behind the single serve coffee future.
February 10, 2011
We've seen some pretty interesting ads for coffee and tea over the years, but this touchscreen display at Starbucks is one of the most interesting and beautiful. Starbucks locations in Toronto and Vancouver are promoting Tazo Tea via interactive window displays that allows pedestrians to guide a hummingbird, butterfly or dragon to discover the teas’ ingredients. Passerby’s can touch and interact with the display – before they even enter the store – and be educated on the teas’ origins in a more visual, engaging and fun format.
This idea would make an amazing interactive browser to promote the 100s of K-Cups or other single serve coffees available at a location to show consumers how much of a variety there is.