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Beyond Single Serve: Making Sense of the Cold Brew Craze

Beyond Single Serve: Making Sense of the Cold Brew Craze   Cold brew coffee certainly isn’t new. In fact, the Japanese began brewing ‘Kyoto-style coffee’ using cold water in the 1600s. But since cold brew exploded onto the American coffee scene a few years ago, and especially as gourmet coffee brands have made it a … Continue reading Beyond Single Serve: Making Sense of the Cold Brew Craze

Hospitality: Wake up guests with custom coffee

Coffee in the hospitality industry is evolving and increasingly viewed as a differentiating amenity. A few years ago, small four-cup coffee makers with glass carafes were the norm. But glass presents problems in hotel rooms when it breaks and does not allow brewing flexibility for multiple flavors. Single-serve systems have changed how coffee is presented … Continue reading Hospitality: Wake up guests with custom coffee

In Office Coffee Service, Bigger is Better

In the 1950s and 1960s, coffee consumption in the United States peaked. Coffee was a lower grade robusta with a harsher flavor. People drank their coffee black. And the average coffee serving was six ounces. Things have changes since then. Today’s coffee is milder and made with the more nuanced Arabica bean. The majority of … Continue reading In Office Coffee Service, Bigger is Better

Waste Less. Demand More.

An interesting – and wonderful – trend has taken root over the past several years: everyday people are becoming increasingly concerned about the environment. Let’s face it, green is in. From recycling plastics to composting to minimizing water waste, consumers are always in search of a new way to minimize their consumption footprint and – … Continue reading Waste Less. Demand More.

Happy Anniversary

Walking out of the Washington Convention Center as the 2015 Specialty Coffee Association of America show ended marked a personal milestone. I had just attended my 25th consecutive SCAA trade show and conference. Twenty-five… wow. Over the years, I have attended the show in every possible capacity – retailer, manufacturer, supplier, speaker, exhibitor, and even … Continue reading Happy Anniversary

Mug-Sized Single Serve

Keurig just announced the new K-Mug, a larger capsule designed to work in a Keurig 2.0 brewer and make up to a 16 oz. mug of coffee. This is good news for coffee lovers who desire more coffee from a single capsule, which is not a small percentage of the coffee-drinking market. I recently introduced … Continue reading Mug-Sized Single Serve

Single Serve Recyclability

The ubiquity of K-Cups has caused many to question their environmental impact. Though millions enjoy using them daily for making a myriad of different beverages, what gets thrown away is a massive amount of plastic. The K-Cup itself is not recyclable because it is made from a blend of plastics. As a result, every day, … Continue reading Single Serve Recyclability

The Power of C

Single serve has taken the coffee world by storm. What began more than 20 years ago as a niche product has exploded, embraced by both consumers and businesses alike. As a part of this, much has been written about the industry leaders – the ubiquitous K-Cup – strengths and deficiencies. The findings: sales are immense, … Continue reading The Power of C

Go Big or Go Home - Larger Coffee Servings

In the United States, everything is big. Parking spaces are vast; cities sprawl; food portions are enormous; “grande” drinks are considered to be medium-sized. Growing with the trend, coffee drinks too have become increasingly larger as the café culture has been integrated into everyday life. Years ago, a cup of coffee was served in a … Continue reading Go Big or Go Home – Larger Coffee Servings

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