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K-cups and Brew Over Ice K-cups: What’s the Difference?

free-brew-over-ice-k-cup-sampler-fsfYou can use K-cups to brew iced coffee easily, but there are also Brew Over Ice K-cups that seem to be only be used for brewing iced coffee or iced tea. With these two different types of K-cups, what is the difference?

You can use either K-cup to brew hot or over ice, but the Brew Over Ice K-cups have one key difference that makes them a bit more suitable for brewing a single serving of iced coffee: more coffee packed within. Continue reading

New Keurig Brewers Will Block Copycat K-Cups

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It’s a no-brainer that the Keurig K-Cup brewer has revolutionized how people brew coffee at home and in the office. The director of the National Coffee Association called the invention “the biggest change in coffee-brewing technology since Mr. Coffee was introduced in the 1970s.”  It’s no shocker since the Keurig has been readily adopted in consumers’ homes, copycat K-Cups and K-Cup brewers have popped up everywhere.

In order to protect its brand, Keurig has created a new brewer that will scan the K-Cups for Keurig’s markings and lock out any unapproved pods. These markings use ink inspired by the US Mint’s own technology to combat counterfeit currency.

Keurig recently showed off the new brewer at a tasting event, and when they tried to use an old-model pod without the new markings, the machine would not operate. The touchscreen displays a message explaining that this machine only uses specific pods, and then it conveniently directs the user to Keurig’s website and customer service phone number. Continue reading

How do K-Cups Work?

How K-cups workKeurig brewers are perhaps one of the most ingenious creations in the last few years. These coffee machines can quickly brew a single cup of coffee or tea in about a minute with very little mess or fuss. As such, they have become quite popular in both households and offices.

So how do these tiny miracle-makers work?

Even though the Keurig brewer produces a hot cup of coffee in a matter of seconds, it’s not instant coffee. Each K-cup contains ground coffee with a paper filter in an air-sealed cup. It’s very similar to brewing a whole pot of coffee with ground coffee and a filter, just on a tenth (or twelfth) of the scale.

When the K-cup is inserted into the brewer, the machine punches holes in the top and bottom of the sealed K-cup. The machine then runs hot, pressurized water through the hole in the top of the K-cup, and the brewed coffee dispenses through the filter in the cup, out the hole in the bottom of the K-cup, and into your coffee mug that eagerly awaits the beverage below.

Once your drink is complete, all that is left to do is remove the used K-cup and throw it away. That’s it; that’s all the mess you have to worry about when brewing with a K-cup (aside from washing your coffee mug, of course).

Keurig brewers and K-cups have become so popular due to their ease of use and the fact that each user can brew what they specifically want to drink. There’s no arguing in the office over coffee being too weak or too strong, because everyone can brew their coffee how they prefer. As a bonus, the Keurig machines can also brew hot tea just as easily.

Are you looking for a Keurig brewer? We carry two models as well as a wide variety of K-cups, including K-cups from Green Mountain, Starbucks, Wolfgang Puck, and Coffee People.