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Single-serve Coffee Brews a Revolution in the Coffee Industry

kcupsSingle-serve coffee options, such as the Keurig K-cups and coffee pods, have been around since the 1990s, but it’s only been in the last decade that the little marvel has really taken over how people brew coffee. The Seattle Times noted that single-serve brewed coffee now accounts for over a quarter of every dollar Americans use to spend on coffee to drink at home.

Why has it become so popular? It’s extremely convenient and easy to use.

“The convenience is amazing,” said John Berger, a 77-year-old Bellevue resident who was recently buying two boxes of Tully’s decaf K-cups at his local Fred Meyer. “You can get a fresh cup each time,” he said, adding that he owns two Keurig machines — one at home, and one at his vacation place in Montana.

The boom has even surprised experts. “If you’d had asked coffee specialists that this was going to happen, they would have told you, ‘That’s ridiculous,’ ” said Mark Pendergrast, coffee expert and author of Uncommon Grounds.

Pendergrast prefers to grind his own beans.  He said single-serve coffee is “not as good as your old French press or pour over, but it’s good.”

Of course, if you compare K-cups or coffee pods economically to buying beans, single-serve is a bit more expensive. On the flip side, it’s still far cheaper than running to your local coffee shop, even for a simple cup of coffee.

Cost concerns aside, the biggest downside to K cups is its inability for recycling. Some manufacturers are looking into creating recyclable cups, but they have a ways to go. For those looking for a greener option to K cups, then coffee pods are a great way to go.

Curious what the rave is all about with single-serve coffee? Check out our single-serve options, Keurig K cups and White Bear Coffee Pods. If you’re looking for something fancier, a new brewer provides single-serve options for coffee house-style drinks, the Nescafé Alegria A510.

Brewing coffee by the cup is no longer a novelty. It is the fastest growing segment of the coffee business. As the consumer, you need to find the option that best fits your preference for your daily brew.

White Bear Coffee Pods – The 100% Biodegradable Option for Single Serve Coffee

White Bear coffee podsBy now, surely you’ve heard of the greatness of single-serve coffee brewers such as the Keurig K-Cup and coffee pod brewers. These miracle-makers are perfect for households or the office, especially since not everyone in a single home or office agrees on the strength of coffee, its flavor, or if it’s even caffeinated. K-Cups and coffee pods are also less messy than traditional coffee makers, which makes these brewers more appealing just with this simple fact.

That said, however, one problem many potential single-serve buyers have with K-Cups is how wasteful the cups seems to be. Yes, the K-Cup is tiny, but if you drink just one K-Cup a day, you’re adding 365 cups to a landfill a year. At this point in time, the K-Cups are not biodegradable, so they seem to be overly wasteful compared to traditional coffee makers. Coffee pods themselves, on the other hand, are 100% biodegradable, with the exception of their foil packaging. Maybe you won’t be sending as much to a landfill with coffee pod packages compared to K-Cups, but it can still add up if you’re an avid coffee drinker.

Fortunately, there is a 100% biodegradable answer to the single-serve coffee dilemma. White Bear’s coffee pods are completely biodegradable, including the packaging for the pods. All of the White Bear coffee pod will degrade in a landfill, and in fact, you can throw the entire pod into your compost pile.  The White Bear coffee pod wrapper will degrade fully in a landfill.

Feel a little more at ease about your single-serve coffee options? If you’re ready to take the next step, we sell coffee pod brewers as well as White Bear coffee pods. We also now carry White Bear coffee pods in smaller 50 count packs as well as 150 count packages.  White Bear coffee pods give you the opportunity to have a premium coffee program that is the cornerstone of friendly environmental choices.