We've had several readers alert us to the twitter account - Keurig Outlet (KeurigOutlet) on Twitter. We've also had several emails regarding Keurig opening an Outlet Store somewhere near the Keurig World headquarters in Massachusetts. Given the twitter account and the rumors we can only speculate at this point, but we would imagine the outlet store for all things Keurig probably will happen. From a PR point of view the store alone would be a great destination and also give Keurig a better idea of doing their own stores in the future with only Keurig licensed products. Sound off in the comments if you have any more details.
Is this the Keurig Vue Brewer? We're not sure but you may like this web comic from Scott Kurtz called The Trenches.
We've been getting lots of reader send ins of information regarding the rumored Keurig Vue and new V-Cup format for the new VUE brewer. Over at New Keurig "Vue" brewer [B80V] in the Single Serve Coffee there's much discussion regarding the VUE brewer, and whether or not it's going to use an RFID reader for anything, and what this new keurig VUE brewer and V-Cup format could be.
Here's what we know so far, and all of this is just wild speculation until tomorrow February 15th when Keurig may or may not reveal the VUE brewer and V-Cup format at their event in New York.
We've been patiently following the entire RFID K-Cup/V-Cup brewer story at Single Serve Coffee Forums, and comments on earlier posts here at Single Serve Coffee. According to an FCC filing Keurig plans to release an RFID-enabled coffee brewer with the FCC ID YMSKAEFUHRVI1G200. This reveals vey little about the brewer itself, and we're unsure if this brewer(s) would be for consumer or business use.
On Twitter / @sweetmarias we've found what appears to be a picture of the home version of the Bunn Trifecta. We're pretty excited to see this machine debut in the coming months, and we're thinking the Housewares show in Chicago Bunn will unveil this machine for home. Maybe they'll debut the machine ever sooner. Not much is known right now, but from the picture above it has a built in grinder, flavor dial, and a portion dial. Thanks to everyone who sent this in and mad props to Josh.
Margins are tight in the food-service business, and in recent months Sara Lee has sold off a ton of their business units. Sara Lee is planning to split apart its Jimmy Dean international coffee and tea businesses and the Hillshire Farms brands and this spells trouble for the Senseo Brand in the US. Also - Smuckers / Sara Lee owns Folgers coffee, and they've probably seen the success of Folgers K-Cups and realize competing in the single serve coffee market with themselves is a bad idea for business.
The sale of the foodservice coffee and tea operations was accompanied by the decision of the packaged foods company to discontinue the Senseo coffee business in the North American markets. From March 31 next year, the Senseo coffee will cease to exist. The company will either sell or shut down the currently existent assets of Senseo, however the company did not announce any potential bidders for this business.
This is bad news for Senseo single serve coffee owners, but they shouldn't fret. Given the Senseo single serve coffee maker uses coffee pods, there is a ton of after market coffee pods they can use in their Senseo single serve coffee pod brewer.
It does however for the staff here at Single Serve Coffee a feeling of true change in the single serve coffee market. We started the site by reviewing the Senseo single serve coffee brewer, and it's always been one of our favorites. We love our blue single serve coffee pod brewer, and we'll just have to forgo the Senseo coffee pods, and repairs and run it until the light goes out.
Remember - this is a rumor/semi-reality for now until they either find a buyer for the business or shut it down in the 2012 time frame.
We first covered the above Grove Square K-Cups last October, and the result was bad coffee. Why? Well the Grove Square K-Cups are not official K-Cups and contain instant coffee. Yuck. We thought given how bad these aftermarket K-Cups were we'd never see them again, but it looks like the Grove Square name will live on. Rumor has it that on 10/15 they will put out several cappuccino and hot cocoa varieties which makes more sense in an instant format than not using real coffee. We'll just have to wait and see, and if you see these please send in a photo and tell us how good or bad they are.
There's a new K-Cup speculation in town - Peet's Coffee might be doing K-Cups soon. Shares of Emeryville, CA based Peet's Coffee & Tea jumped again last week when a Janney Capital analyst speculated Peet's would join Green Mountain's Keurig platform for sales of single-cup coffee and hot cocoa in their K-Cup format.
What do we think? We think it's very possible Peet's would join the K-Cup world and given Starbuck's reluctance to get into K-Cups, perhaps this is a great way for Peet's to leap frog over them? Who knows - it's all rumors but exciting none the less.
There's speculation that Swiss food giant Nestle might make a bid for Green Mountain Coffee. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' has a 75%-80% market share in the U.S. Nestle, which makes Nespresso brand coffee and a competing coffee machine, has said it wants to expand in N. America, but industry analysts said any deal would likely draw U.S. antitrust scrutiny.
We also think it would seem to be more rumor than truth, given Nespresso's recent announcement that it believes it's growth in North America will be store driven. Nespresso hopes to model the Apple Store phenomenon, and open more Nespresso boutiques from what we've read and heard.
Who know what will happen, but we know the Keurig brewer and Nespresso machines make for great coffee together or apart.
A picture from the FCC filing of a Keurig brewer with a
RFID chip reader in it.
Chris over at Engadget has sent word that Keurig may be planning to use RFID chips in their brewers given a recent FCC filing. While the FCC filing is just that - hey we're using RFID chips and just experimenting, it does make us think about the purpose of an RFID reader and RFID chips in a Keurig single serve coffee brewer that uses K-Cups.
If they're using it to read something about each K-Cup - they could use this for brew temperature, length of brew, amount of water etc. much like the Tassimo system uses bar codes to tell the brewer how to prepare each beverage.
An RFID reader might also mean making sure any K-Cup used with the brewer also has an RFID chip. This would make it very difficult to use after market devices that allow for use of your own coffee or even K-Cups not made and sold by Keurig partners. This seems more likely given the patents on K-Cups running out in the coming years, and Keurig would want to protect the K-Cup system.
An RFID reader and chip would also be great for the commercial brewers allowing for employees with a chip to use the Keurig brewer in their office.
An RFID reader and chip given to each household member might be able to remember the coffee preference of each coffee drinker if you could also program the RFID chips for each member of your coffee household.
Whatever the use the RFID reader is going to be used for in the future is unknown, but it does show Keurig is going to continually innovate and move forward into the single serve coffee future with new technology. We'll have more details as we find them on this story, but for now it's just a rumor on next gen use and a FCC filing mixed with speculation on the intended use as the filing omits the company secrets it doesn't want the filing to disclose.
There's speculation in the Single Serve Coffee Forums that a new Keurig Mini - the Keurig Mini Plus. It should be out sometime April, has a few pretty neat features including a display that shows you the kcup brewing. It also is said to feature a button on the brew tray that pops up if the brew tray is full and two different cup sizes. It is also a little bigger looking than the Mini.
No word on where it will be for sale, and the details of the cup sizes makes me think it's going to have a reservoir. We'll let you know as we find things out, and of course this is just a rumor for now.
We're big fans of the Senseo single serve coffee pod brewer here at Single Serve Coffee, and we recently found these rumored pictures of the next-generation Senseo at Engadget. Given the design of the current Senseo hasn't changed in shape since 2004 here in the US, it's not surprising Philips may be designing a new Senseo.
We're not sure that this design hits the mark, but it does seem modern in that 1960's sort of way. We'll keep you posted on what else we find out, but for now these pictures are just rumors. We also think it's nice to have some rumored pictures of something other than an Apple iPhone or next generation iPod.
We've been getting lots of reader write-ins and comments that the simplehuman coffee pod brewer has been discontinued due to a high failure rate. Bummer. The simplehuman brewer has performed well over the past year here at Single Serve Coffee. We loved the design of the brewer sans it not having a true double coffee pod holder.
From a comment:
My 8 month old unit stopped working. I called SimpleHuman Customer service (5/12/08) and was told that the product has been discontinued due to a high failure rate. Got a 100% refund since I bought direct from their website. I imagine purchases from other sources will not be as lucky. I see it still offered for sale at other web sites. Beware! They are re-engineering a unit for 2009.
At least with the bad news there is some good news as well. Simplehuman expects to have a redesigned brewer out in 2009 for all your coffee pod brewing needs. We'll try and confirm these rumors as we find out more direct from the source.
We've got what we believe is the first picture of the Bosch designed Tassimo single serve coffee maker. Now we can't be sure this picture is the final production model, but we hope it is. This picture shows a slimmer design for the Tassmo single serve coffee and hot beverage system. We've always loved Bosch designs, so it's not surprising they took a step in a new design direction with the Tassimo. Apparently the machine is also much quieter. We'll provide more details as we find out about the Bosch designed Tassimo single serve coffee maker.
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