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Product Talk: Expanding K cup choices


When those single-serve coffeemakers first came out, everybody loved their convenience and the fact that you could brew a single, gourmet, coffeehouse-quality cup in just seconds. The only drawback?  A somewhat limited selection of flavors available in the K-Cup capsules made for these systems.

But that has changed. We now carry nearly 20 different kinds of K-Cups that work in your single-serve system. And we don’t just have coffee – now you can also get tea and cocoa, in those same convenient little pods.

This has changed because Keurig, the company behind the popular single-serve brewing systems, has begun licensing that technology to other manufacturers. That has opened the door to other companies,  including Folger’s and Starbucks, both of which now create their own K-Cups.

The selection is likely to grow even more in the near future, because the patent on the K-Cups is due to expire later this year.

In the meantime, I totally understand why these systems have gotten so popular. No beans to grind or scoop; no mess to clean up. You don’t end up with more coffee than you’ll drink, or have to settle for warmed-over coffee that was left in the pot. You get one, perfect, fresh cup every time. One more thing: Because you’re brewing it yourself at home or in the office, it’s just a fraction of what you’d pay for a similar quality cup in a restaurant or a coffee shop.

If you’ve been on the fence about investing in a single-serve brewer, the new, wider selection of beverages may just win you over. For instance, we stock both black tea and green tea pods,  Green Mountain Coffee chai latte, Newman’s Own special blend coffee, and Folger’s Gourmet Caramel Drizzle.  Recently, we started carrying three new K-Cups from Starbucks – Sumatra, House Blend, and French roast.

All of these work exactly the same as the K-Cups you’ve been using: Put in a pod, push a button, and seconds later, enjoy your personal hot beverage. It’s a sure way to start – or end – a day on a good note.

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