August 5, 2014

Can Keurig Stop You from Buying Knockoff K-Cups?

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Over at The Verge they’ve done a pretty good job summing up the answer to this articles headline. Will Keurig Green Mountain be able to stop you from buying knockoff K-Cups with the upcoming Keurig 2.0 DRM?Given the rise of aftermarket knockoff K-Cups the Keurig 2.0 DRM better work. In the second half of last year alone, private-label cups went from 7 percent of the market to 14 percent. A report from Credit Suisse published in June found that sales of private-label cups grew by 203 percent over the last year, while Keurig’s Green Mountain cups grew by only 12 percent. Ouch.

How does the DRM work in the new Keurig 2.0 brewer? An infrared light shines on the ink marking and registers the wavelength of the light reflected back on the top of Keurig Brewed K-Cups. If the Keurig 2.0 maker likes what it sees then the brewer will brew. We’re betting this DRM in Keurig 2.0 won’t last long but it will probably last long enough to launch the brewer and have Keurig Green Mountain grant licenses to the major knockoff K-Cup makers.

Read the rest over at The Verge. It’s nice to see the larger press starting to pick up on single serve coffee.

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August 4, 2014

Instant Coffee Is Taking Over the World

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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

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August 1, 2014

Chefman My Barista Single Serve Coffee Maker - Use K-Cups or Ground Coffee

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Chefman My Barista is quicker than most other single serve coffee brewers. The Chefman My Barista is compatible with K-Cups and ground coffee. There’s a cartridge that holds both K-Cups and a filter for ground coffee. Chefman My Barista will fit up to 16oz travel mugs, and brews in just 6 seconds. It’s also very compact - the Chefman My Barista is coffee your way and on demand.

Availability is limited right now, but expect it to roll out to Amazon and others. You should be able to find it at a Tuesday Morning store as well soon.

Video after the jump.

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July 31, 2014

Single Coffee and Single Chocolate Meet In a Bar

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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

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July 30, 2014

Madrone River Table by Greg Klassen Furniture

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The Madrone River Table by Greg Klassen Furniture is simply a work of art in a table. The middle of the split pieces of wood is a blue water glass top that makes it seem like a river is flowing through the table. It’s an amazing design, and we simply couldn’t wait to share it with our Single Serve Coffee readers. We can imagine having a cup of coffee and reading some Flipboard with a river flowing through our coffee table nearby. Amazing.

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July 29, 2014

Keurig Releases 2014 Seasonal K-Cups

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Keurig Green Mountain has released their seasonal coffee K-Cups along with two CBTL single serve teas, and a new spicy tea. We love a good cup of hot cider, and we also can’t wait to get our bellies full of some pumpkin spice coffee. Which of these K-Cups are going to be your favorite this Fall?

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July 28, 2014

Nespresso VertuoLine Diavolitto Capsules Review

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We continue our VertuoLine capsule reviews today by checking out one of their strongest intensity espressos, the Nespresso VertuoLine Diavolitto Capsules. The name was the first thing that piqued our interest and while we don’t know how to read or speak Italian, we got a basic connotation of what was inferred. A quick bit of experimentation on Google Translate quickly proved us right… uh… well, sort of. While Diavolitto is itself not an Italian word (as far as we’re aware) it is derived from diavol, which is apparently the Italian Romanian word for devil. 

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July 25, 2014

Cortiça Cork Coffee Mug

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Originally a Kickstarter project, the Cortica Cork Coffee Mug was successfully funded and is now available for sale. The Cortiça Cork Coffee Mug is a porcelain travel mug wrapped and insulated with cork. It's 12 oz in size, sustainable, and eco friendly.

We love the simplicity of the design, and the double insulation of cork and porcelin. Also, cork and porcelain are two very natural products: bark and clay. Should your mug ever need to be thrown out, it will decompose and turn into fill, unlike metal or plastic that stay in the waste stream.

All orders will be shipping in October 2014, so we recommend you order a mug now and make it a holiday gift.

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July 24, 2014

Recycle A Cup - Recycle the Plastic from K-Cups

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There’s been a bunch of different efforts to make recycling K-Cups much easier than just opening them up and composting the coffee grounds. Recycle A Cup cuts and separates used Keurig K-Cups for recycling and composting. The big trick for any product claiming do help you recycle K-Cups is to separate the foil lid and filter that contains coffee cleanly. 

We had great success using the Recycle A Cup with both Keurig Brewed K-Cups and non-licensed K-Cups from Martinson and others. The bottom of the K-Cup was cleanly cut, and we had no problem composting the coffee grounds. The Recycle A Cup also comes with extra blades you can put in the sides of it to ensure your Recycle A Cup can help you recycle many K-Cups after the first blades wear out.

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The Recycle A Cup cuts the plastic bottom off of the K-Cup allowing you to recycle the plastic bottom, and then compost the coffee grounds from K-Cups. 

Full video after the jump with a step by step how to use the Recycle A Cup.

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July 23, 2014

Keurig Brewed Seal Now on Target Archer Farms K-Cups and Others

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Looks like KGM have decided to grant "Keurig Brewed" licensing to most (if not all) of the previously unlicensed store brands from various grocery stores around USA & Canada as well as various department stores.

The latest is Target's Archer Farms K-Cups... they even have new flavors as well. We’re expecting to see most unlicensed K-Cups obtain a Keurig Brewed logo/license. What does this mean for the Keurig Brewed seal meaning - Keurig Brewed? We’re not sure. The Keurig Brewed seal means quality and safety according to Keurig. We also though it meant they packed and manufactured the K-Cups.

Time will tell if the Keurig Brewed seal continues to mean quality and excellent hot and cold beverages produced from K-Cups.

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