How K-Cup Coffee Wastes Less Beans Than Drip

Cup of coffee and dollar sign from beanThere’s nothing as convenient as being able to brew up a single cup of hot java in a k-cup coffee maker. For those of us who work independently, machines like the Keurig have been blessings. If a single worker had to brew a full pot of coffee, it would be a black and rancid mess by the time he got to the third cup.

However, there have been a lot of questions regarding how efficient the k-cup coffee machines really are. And it turns out that they waste less coffee than a drip machine, believe it or not!

The Secret Behind the Less Wasteful K-Cup Coffee Makers

The trick is that k-cup coffee lovers only brew what they need, and nothing more; it really is that simple. Plus, the coffee is brewed to absolute perfection, which saves the time and effort required to maneuver a pour-over system, or other do-it-yourself solutions that can be rather clumsy and arcane. Once the single cup is brewed, the grounds are easy to dispose of, as all a coffee lover needs to do is to toss the self-contained container into the trash or recycle bin, depending on the variety.

The efficiency of a k-cup coffee maker is even greater, when you consider that it eliminates human error with over-filling the basket of coffee grounds. In fact, k-cup coffee makers make greater use of the beans. Where traditional drip-brew machines use 10 beans to brew an ounce of coffee, k-cup coffee makers need only 6 beans, or a 40% reduction. Despite the seemingly drastic reduction in the volume of raw materials for a cup of steaming Joe, the cup is just as satisfying as those from any other brewing system.

K-Cup Coffee Reduces the Amount of Beans, But Coffee Consumption Is Rising

In fact, overall coffee bean consumption has seen a decline, even as overall coffee consumption has risen. This seeming paradox is easily resolved when you consider the increased efficiency that coffee lovers employ when brewing the magical beverage with a k-cup coffee maker. Economists also note that this newfound efficiency is having an effect down in Brazil.

Brazil is in the midst of a drastic drought that would normally cause a supply shortage, together with an ensuing spike in coffee-bean prices. Since the k-cup machines blunt the overall demand for raw beans, the coffee market has a built-in leveling factor.

It would seem that k-cup coffee makers are here to stay. While they may seem like a fad, versions of the idea have been around since the mid-1980′s. Their rapid expansion in the market is changing the way Americans brew and enjoy coffee, while also having a worldwide economic impact. With increasing pressures to create technologies that emphasize sustainability, it seems that the coffee world already has a working example of how to be a better global citizen.

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SEE ALSO: K-Cups vs. Ground Coffee Cost

 

K-Cup’s New Recovery Project: Grounds to Grow On

There’s no doubt about it: the single-serving coffee trend is steaming hot. A survey conducted last year found that nearly thirty percent of java drinkers are now brewing their coffee one cup at a time. And the most popular purveyor of these single-serving coffee makers is undoubtedly Keurig, with their K-Cup coffee machines.

Keurig: the King of Single-Serving K-Cup Coffee

It’s easy to see why Keurig Green Mountain is edging out its competitors. The company has wide distribution, an extremely diverse selection of beverages, and Kleenex-like brand recognition in its market.

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The K-Cup coffee producer reportedly sold 9.8 billion of its small, plastic, single use K-Cups last year. That’s great news for the company and its investors, but environmental watchdogs have raised concerns about the sheer volume of material the company is indirectly producing.

K-Cup Waste: A Complex Issue

Taken separately, the components of a K-Cup coffee unit are all recyclable or compostable, at least in theory. But as a unit, they’re certainly not what you’d call environmentally
friendly. Individual users could take them apart and compost the grounds and recycle the foil lids, but how many of us would do that on a daily basis? After all, convenience is one of the main appeals of the K-Cups coffee system.

Keurig K-Cup Introduces Grounds to Grow On

Keurig is sensitive to its customers’ concerns, so they’ve launched a new initiative called “Grounds to Grow On.” Under this program, workplaces (and soon, consumers) can opt to send their used K-Cups of coffee back to the company, where they’re burned as fuel.

Company representatives admit that it’s a less than perfect solution, but it’s certainly better than all those coffee pods ending up in landfills.

2020 and Beyond: What Happens to the K-Cup Market?

So what does the future hold for Keurig Green Mountain, when it comes to sustainability for its k-cup coffee? The company has been working on coming up with a solution that will keep coffee fresh, without such a sizable environmental footprint.

Paper K-Cups were considered as a possible option, but the company’s R&D department found that they didn’t keep the coffee fresh long enough to make it to consumers’ mugs.

Keurig’s goal is to make all of its single-use beverage pods recyclable by 2020. Its Vue and K-Carafe pods are more environmentally friendly, and are accepted by its newer Keurig 2.0 machines, but the many owners of its older devices aren’t able to take advantage of these advances, which aren’t backwards-compatible.

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SEE ALSO: Easily Recycle Your K-Cups With Zero Waste Boxes From TerraCycle

 

Reduce Your Risk of Endometrial Cancer: Drinking Coffee Is Healthy

Coffee is often a woman’s best friend – for both stay at home moms, as well as working professionals. It helps to wake her up, it keeps her on her toes throughout the day, and it just plain tastes so good. Making coffee an even more attractive beverage, it has recently been found that coffee is also good for one’s health. It seems that the magical brew can reduce the risk of endometrial cancer.

Endometrial cancer is a disease specific to women who are generally over the age 45. The cancer that forms in the lining of the uterine wall will be diagnosed in over 50,000 middle-aged women in 2015, according to Cancer.org, making endometrial cancer the most common cancer of the female reproduction system.

The Link Between Coffee and Endometrial Cancer

Reduce Risk Of Endometrial Cancer By Drinking Coffee

A new study finds the risk of developing an endometrial cancer is reduced by 19% with only three cups of coffee per day.

It only takes three cups of coffee per day to reduce the risk of developing an endometrial cancer by 19%, according to a new study. The study was designed to determine the risk factors associated with 84 different foods and nutrients. Though the exact health implications were unknown, coffee was thought to correlate with cancer risk, alongside foods such as cheese, butter, monounsaturated fat, yogurt, and carbohydrates.

Then, the study group led by European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), created a new study group of 1,500 women who had been diagnosed with endometrial cancer. This group, called the Nurses Health Study (NHS), focused on nine foods that were found to affect cancer risk: total fat, monounsaturated fat, phosphorus, carbohydrates, yogurt, butter, potatoes, cheese, and coffee. NHS discovered the positive health effects of three cups of coffee, and also concluded that four cups can reduce risk by 18%.

What to Do With the Correlation Between Coffee and Women’s Health

Now that researchers have determined this strong, positive correlation between coffee and reduced cancer risk, scientists need to get to work to determine what it is about coffee that specifically bolstered the health of so many women. It could be affecting the hormonal system in a particular way, or there might be special antioxidants that stave off cancer cells.

It’s also important to note that not all types of coffee and health benefits are created equally. Some beans have higher caffeine content than others, and there are many other compounds that go into our daily brew that can vary from bean to bean. So some coffee varieties might end up being better for fighting endometrial cancer than others. For now, coffee lovers should continue to drink three cups of their favorite brew each day to help maintain optimal health.

Coffee is a great part of so many people’s days. Some people go to sleep so that they can wake up and have a cup. Now that we know the positive health effects that drinking three cups has on the body, there is even more reason to look forward to it. Make sure that middle-aged women know about this study so they keep the java flowing!

 

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How Do You Know if You’ve Had Too Much Coffee in a Day?

Some of you might scoff at the notion of there being such a thing as “too much coffee.” We get it completely, because we love coffee too, obviously. Not only that, but drinking coffee has been shown to have significant health benefits. In spite of this, there is such a thing as too much caffeine when you drink coffee. So how can you tell if you’ve overdone it?

Coffee and the Jitters

When you’re working, it’s easy to lose track of how many cups of coffee and caffeine you’ve had. If you start fidgeting or your hands are getting a little bit shaky, then it may be time to switch to water or herbal tea for the day. Ditto that for increased heartbeat and feelings of restlessness – you may have ingested too much caffeine from coffee if you’re exhibiting these signs.

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Getting the Heebie Jeebies From Caffeine?

Anyone who has ever experienced an anxiety attack knows that it’s not a pleasant experience, to say the least. And too much caffeine from coffee or other beverages can produce similar symptoms. If you’ve had so much coffee that you begin to sense impending doom for no apparent reason, or feel like spies might be following you around the office, then it’s probably a good idea to hold off on your 9th cup.

Be Still, My Beating Heart

Increased heartbeat is another sign that you may be drinking a bit too much java. You may also experience a feeling that could best be described as your heart “skipping a beat.” That’s not actually what it’s doing, and it’s probably not life threatening, but it can be rather unsettling. If you find the old ticker galloping away with nary a treadmill in sight, it could be the caffeine in your coffee. Oh, and we’re not doctors, so if you feel like something’s seriously wrong, you’d be wise to consider seeking medical attention.

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I Don’t Feel So Well. Is It the Coffee?

If you have a knot in your stomach, or start to feel like you just got off the Zipper at the State Fair, then you may have had too much caffeine. Heartburn can also be caused by excessive coffee intake, as coffee and caffeine relaxes the part of the esophagus that normally prevents stomach acid from making its way up the throat.

So Thirsty… Must Have Water

Caffeine is a diuretic, which basically means that it makes you have to urinate. If your urine is dark yellow or orange, then you might very well be dehydrated, and that’s not a healthy thing. Try alternating coffee with water throughout the day, or just cut down on your coffee intake so you’re ingesting less caffeine.

Counting Sheep

After a long day of hard work and an evening of socializing or hitting the gym, your body should be ready for dreamtime. If you have trouble drifting off to sleep on a regular basis, excessive caffeine from your daily coffee intake could be the culprit. Caffeine’s effect can last 5 hours or more, so try cutting out the coffee after lunchtime and see if that makes a difference, before you decide to reduce the amount you drink each day even further.

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Morning Coffee Not Hot Enough? Try Warming Up the Mug First

When you’ve just rolled out of bed and you’re still trying to shake the dreamy haze of sleep, there’s nothing quite like a hot cup of morning coffee to pry open those drowsy eyelids and put a spring in your step. But when your hot coffee turns tepid, it can really put a damper on your wake-up routine. Fortunately, there is a way to help your cup of coffee maintain its fresh-from-the-pot heat, and it starts by warming up the mug – here’s why.

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Your Mug Is a Heat Thief

When you first grab your favorite coffee mug from the cupboard, you may notice that it’s cold to the touch, especially so during the winter months. And that makes sense; your cupboards are basically sealed off from the rest of your home, so they don’t benefit from your central heating system.

Fast-forward to a few minutes after you’ve filled your cup with steaming coffee, and you’ll find that the cup itself has become nice and warm. If it’s especially chilly, you might even wrap your hands around it to keep them cozy.

It’s a nice feeling, but that heat had to come from somewhere. You guessed it: your coffee cup is stealing heat from your fresh-brewed get-up juice. When hot coffee meets cold mug, thermal energy is exchanged. It’s simply a basic principle of physics.

Warm Your Cup First To Keep Morning Coffee Steaming

By now, you might be feeling a bit betrayed by your favorite coffee mug. Surely it knows you love hot coffee. So how could it do this to you?

Fortunately, there’s a trick to keep it from stealing your coffee’s steam. Just get in the habit of heating up your morning coffee mug first. Get some hot water from the faucet or boil some water on the stove. Fill your mug with the water and let it sit until the mug is warm to the touch. If you’re in a hurry, just throw it in the microwave for a little bit.

This trick works best with mugs that maintain heat well, but even thinner cups will keep coffee hot longer when preheated. And while it may seem like one more thing that you have to do in the morning, trust us – you’ll be delighted with the results as you sit your morning cup of coffee, and it stays hot until you’re finished.

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Friday is National Wear Red Day in Honor of Women’s Heart Health

The American Heart Association has dedicated Friday, February 6, to National Wear Red Day to help raise awareness for heart disease – particularly in women. Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it’s 80% preventable.

Significant strides have been made over the last 10 years since the first National Wear Red Day as guidelines have educated millions of healthcare providers to recognize and treat heart disease and stroke in women. It’s no longer thought of as “just a man’s disease,” with nearly 90% of women making at least one behavior change.

Even making small adjustments to one’s diet can make a big impact — and naturally, we turn to coffee and its potential benefits. Here are 3 easy ways to make your favorite morning drink that much healthier:

  1. Cut down on the sugar. Skip the artificial sweeteners and other chemical additives. Use real cream (in small doses) or milk (skim, 1% or 2%), or try alternatives like almond milk and coconut milk. To add a little sweetness, nectar, honey or natural sugar (in the brown packet) will do the trick. For an extra Wear-Red-Day-IMAGEimmunity boost, try adding coconut oil, which can help stimulate your metabolism.
  2. Optimize what time you drink coffee. It might be best to wait just a little longer after waking to enjoy that first cup of coffee because your body is “naturally caffeinating,” meaning your cortisol levels are at their peak around 8-9am (under normal circumstances). So staggering your coffee breaks between 9:30-11:30am, and 1:30-5:30pm gives you the true caffeine boost your body can take advantage of.
  3. Drink water first thing in the morning. Before filling up your coffee pot, or preparing your K-Cup machine, drink a glass of water. A small glass of water first thing in the morning can go a long way and keep you hydrated.

Show your support for saving women’s lives through heart health by wearing red and spreading the message on Friday and all year long. On social media, use the hashtag #GoRed to show how you Go Red to support the cause on National Wear Red Day.

Learn About 10 Ways to Go Red in February at goredforwomen.org/get-involved/national-wear-red-day/10-ways-to-go-red/, and explore more surprising health benefits of coffee in the infographic below.

Interested in donating? Visit the American Heart Association’s Donate page to learn more: goredforwomen.org/wearredday/donate/.

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Easily Recycle Your K-Cups With Zero Waste Boxes From TerraCycle

Many of us know recycling K-Cups, pods and capsules is not always the easiest, and there’s some confusion around what part of the capsule is actually supposed to be thrown away or separated. We’ve seen all kinds of recommendations and clever ideas on how to recycle K-Cups and make use of leftover waste. Well, we have good news: recycling your coffee capsules just got much easier. CoffeeForLess.com has partnered with TerraCycle to turn your K-Cups, pods, and other capsules into recyclable materials — and all it takes is a box.

The best part about all of this? There’s no separation needed on your part. Simply collect all your K-Cups, capsules, or coffee pods, toss in the Zero Waste Box, and send it off. The label is already there for you.

So How Does it Work?

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The TerraCycle Coffee Capsule Zero Waste Box™ can hold 600 capsules

Use the Zero Waste Box to recycle any and all pre-packaged capsules used in capsule-specific machines, including K-Cups, Nespresso-compatible capsules, and coffee pods.

  1. Purchase the TerraCycle Zero Waste Box from CoffeeForLess.com. It will be
    shipped directly to your door.
  2. Fill the box with used coffee K-Cups, capsules or pods. TerraCycle estimates the small Zero Waste Box can hold about 600 capsules!
  3. When the box is completely full, hand it to any UPS delivery person (return shipping is included) and they will bring it to a TerraCycle Zero Waste facility.

The cost of the Zero Waste Box includes:

  • Color printed shipping box
  • Pre-paid UPS return shipping label
  • Processing of waste

Important tip to keep in mind: Please do not include used tea or coffee filters, loose coffee grounds, electronics (coffee makers) or any other coffee and tea accessories.

Coffee Capsules Get a Second Life

TerraCycle re-purposes the waste into sustainable, affordable building materials, and other consumer products by making every part of the K-Cup recyclable. From the TerraCycle website, the process is broken down:

“The collected waste is mechanically and/or manually separated into metals, organics and plastics. Metals are smelted so they may be recycled. The organics (such as the coffee grounds) are composted. The plastics undergo extrusion and pelletization to be molded into new recycled plastic products.”

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You can now recycle your Keurig K-Cups, capsules, and pods effortlessly with a Zero Waste Box from TerraCycle. As the popularity of K-Cups and capsules continues to climb, we’re glad to offer a revolutionary solution that helps reduce the environmental impact and product waste left behind by our favorite brewed beverages.

In the comment section below, let us know if you’ve had any experience reusing or recycling your K-Cups. We’d love to hear your feedback, or any questions about the Zero Waste Box program.

Cheers!

Warm Up With Golden French Toast & Wicked Winter Blend K-Cups

Baby, it’s cold outside. January is here and so are the chilly temperatures. Along with the arctic air, this time of year also ushers in some of our favorite K-Cups of the season: Green Mountain Golden French Toast and Wicked Winter Blend K-Cups. If you’re looking to cure your winter blues, it’s time to reach for these wintry hues — lids, that is. Look for the brown and blue colored K-Cup lids on our Seasonal K-Cups page next time you shop.

Golden French Toast, an Iconic Winter Blend

Fans of this blend know when we say that we receive a great deal of feedback about this flavor all year-round. It’s undeniably popular and a winter go-to. Golden French Toast is a mild coffee with a delightful cinnamon and butter flavor that will remind you of golden French toast breakfasts.

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Many customer reviews come back with a ‘5 Bean’ rating after they’ve had a cup, such as this one: “Golden French Toast is mild with a hint of maple flavor. It’s really nice on a cold, wintry day. No bitter after taste. Very satisfying!”

Make no mistake — the warm, buttery flavors with sweet maple syrup leave us all clamoring for more!

Wicked Winter Is Oh-So-Wintry

Before heading out in the bitter cold, brew Wicked Winter Blend K-Cups to sip at home or on the go. Wicked Winter Blend is one of our favorites because of its hearty spice and dark chocolate notes, but don’t just take our word for it.

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Writes reviewer KimLovesCoffee, “This one is a strong ‘5’ for me. It is a rich deep brew with lots of flavor and body. I ordered it by accident and have never looked back. I love this one!”

Just like Golden French Toast, Wicked Winter Blend is a seasonal blend, so it’ll only be available as we have it in stock over the winter. “I wish I could get this all year long. Very rich and bold without being bitter. It’s a family-fave,” says reviewer Dramagal. If this one is a family favorite in your household, you can stock up and enjoy all season long starting now.

The cure for the winter blues begins with Golden French Toast and Wicked Winter Blend K-Cups. Make these winter classics part your morning, or enjoy as a sweet snack on a cold night. Try these flavors and let us know which you think is best.

Keeping Up With Keurig 2.0 Is Easier Than You Think

By now, you’ve heard of — or may have purchased — Keurig’s new 2.0 brewing system, released late last year. The machine is touted as a first of its kind, and can brew both a single cup serving, and a four-cup carafe of coffee using a Keurig® K-Carafe Pack. There’s just one catch — the machine uses different K-Cups than the original Keurig K-Cup machines on the market.

While the previous Keurig brewers take coffee pods that work with many different brands, the Keurig 2.0 machine is RFID-limited, meaning only items with a Keurig-branded code will work. Perhaps you’ve already seen the restricted “Oops!” message if you’ve tried brewing a non-compatible pod:

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We’re here to help resolve any confusion around the compatibility of K-Cups sold on CoffeeForLess.com. Follow these quick tips so you can identify Keurig 2.0-compatible K-Cups.

How Do I Identify Keurig 2.o Compatible K-Cups?

To identify Keurig 2.0 compatible K-Cups, look for the “Keurig Brewed” seal printed on a ring around the outer edge of the K-Cup. Keurig first rolled these changes out in early 2014. For boxes, similarly, you’ll note the symbol designating “For Use in All Keurig K-Cup Brewers.”

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We’ve also labeled all of our compatible products on CoffeeForLess.com with a convenient “Keurig 2.0 Compatible” orange icon. Look for this image in the Description box when shopping.

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Do the New K-Cups Work in the Old Machines?

The short answer: Yes. All Keurig branded packs will work as usual in the older brewers. Packs that do not have the new “Keurig Brewed” lids (pictured above) will not work in the Keurig 2.0 machines. The best thing to keep in mind is to look for the “Keurig Brewed” seal. This seal ensures the K-Cup can be brewed in older brewers as well as the Keurig 2.0 machine.

Why Don’t the Old K-Cups Work in the New Machine?

The Keurig 2.0 machine reads each lid to identify 2.0-compatible brands to ensure the perfect cup of coffee each time. The Keurig 2.0 will only function with Keurig brand packs, which have been specifically designed to work with the Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology.

Keurig’s Family of Compatible Brands

From your favorites including Coffee People, Starbucks, and Green Mountain, we offer a wide range of best selling brands that are compatible with both the old Keurig brewers and new Keurig 2.0 machine. Regardless of the type of brewer you’re using, the taste and quality you have come to expect has not changed with the new technology.

For a list of 40+ Keurig 2.0-compatible brands, many of which we carry at CoffeeForLess.com, visit Keurig’s Family of Brands page. http://blog.keurig.com/blog/briana-keene/our-family-of-brands-2b-meet-some-new-members

Using Keurig 2.0? You can find full brewer support for Keurig 2.0 Technology here: http://www.keurig.com/support/K2.0-brewers

Keurig Recalls MINI Plus Brewing System

Keurig Green Mountain Inc. announced a voluntary recall today of its MINI Plus Brewing Systems. The affected model series sold through CoffeeForLess.com was known as the Keurig Mini Plus B31 K-Cup Brewer (the machine is now identified as the K10 series). The identification number for the affected brewers starts with “31” and is printed at the bottom of the machine. No additional brewing machines or models are affected.

Keurig is offering a free repair kit to fix the potential issue for anyone with a recalled brewer machine. It is best to check with Keurig to see if your machine is affected. Please visit Keurig’s Safety Recall Notice page for additional information, including the reason for the recall and action required for all end users. To arrange for a free repair kit, customers that purchased this machine with CoffeeForLess.com may contact Keurig directly at 1-844-255-7886.keurig-b31

As Keurig mentions in its statement, you may continue to use the B31 machine, but cautions against brewing two cups in rapid succession, and to maintain an arm’s length distance from the brewer during the brewing process.

If you’ve purchased the machine through CoffeeForLess.com as a gift, it is best to contact the recipient to let them know of the safety update.

The recall is for units produced prior to July 2014, and only includes the B31 model (now sold as K10).