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

 

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

Inside Scoop: Black Friday K-Cup Deals at CoffeeForLess.com

What is it about Thanksgiving that has us excited? Yes, the turkey, stuffing, and all the fixings are tough to beat. Add in time spent with family & friends, a few hours of football, and a 4-day weekend — is there anything better? And when it comes to shopping and bargain hunting, the day after Turkey Day is second to none.

A Black Friday With All The Trimmings

That’s why we’re celebrating big at CoffeeForLess! All orders starting on Black Friday through December 1 are 10% off (terms do apply).

Find great deals on coffee machines, including our Black Friday special Keurig B145 Door Buster Bundle. Our best bundle of the year contains a Keurig B145 commercial grade brewer and 4 24 count boxes of K-Cup coffee. Enjoy Green Mountain Sumatran Reserve, Green Mountain Coffee Lake Lodge, The Original Donut Shop Coffee, and Emeril’s Big Easy Bold K-Cups.Keurig-Coffee-K-Cup-Door-Buster-Bundle

If you’re a fan of coffee pods, take note. The Suncana Multi Volume Brewer is now brewing at CoffeeForLess. One of our newest items is ready to ship this holiday season. With the Suncana Multi Volume Brewer, you can choose from a wide variety of coffee pods in various flavors, with features that include a patented brewing system that enhances coffee extraction.

‘Tis the Season (of Giving)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and also the season to give back. Our Coffee For Life Charitable Coffees help support three great causes. One Cup At A Time New York Pink Bag Coffees is our signature house blend we’ve dedicated to support the fight against breast cancer. Proceeds of this coffee are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
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Along with our Pink Bag New York Coffees, you can help support both the Fabretto School Grounds Coffee Program, which assists the educational and nutritional needs of underprivileged children in Nicaragua, and our Arts For All New York Coffee. Arts For All is a non-profit we’ve teamed up with in the New York City area that focuses on arts outreach for in-need children. You can learn more about all three of these great causes here.

Visit coffeeforless.com to take advantage of Black Friday coffee deals, and beginning on Friday, remember to use checkout code BFB2014 to save 10% on your next order!

Happy Thanksgiving!

K Cup Coffee Prices Rising This Year

Have you heard the news about K-Cup prices? Yes it’s true, prices will be rising and it’s not exclusive to K-Cups — coffee prices are going up across-the-board, from Starbucks’ announcement earlier this year to Keurig’s intention to increase prices on its K-Cups, the cost of your morning brew will be going up.

Why Are K-Cup Coffee Prices Rising This Year?

Blame it on the drought. A sustained drought and much-lower-than average harvests in Brazil, the world’s largest supplier of Arabica coffee, have played a large part in the price increase. Add to that, increases in packaging materials, energy and transportation costs, and we’ve got a recipe for higher prices that will impact every corner of the coffee-consuming world. You can expect to see an increase of around 9% for K-Cups, or close to a dollar more per box once the price increase starts.

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When Will the Keurig K-Cup Price Increase Begin?

K-Cup prices are set to increase in November. All K-Cup items on CoffeeForLess.com until then can be purchased at current pricing.

Despite the increase, we will do everything we can to provide your favorite selections of K-Cup coffee at the lowest possible price, and we’ll continue to honor our CoffeeForLess K-Cup Price Match Guarantee so you’ll always get the best price available.

And if you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter for special discounts and coupons, delivered directly to your inbox so you can take advantage and save on your favorite K-Cups storewide at CoffeeForLess.com.

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Iced Coffee with Green Mountain Coffee Brew Over Ice K-Cups

Green Mountain Coffee Nantucket Blend Iced Coffee K-CupAll signs say spring is here. Robins sing from the trees in bursts of song. Daffodils and tulips poke from gardens in bright flashes of color. The weather is the sort of uncannily comfortable that erases memories of snow storms and ice. Soon, though, summer will be here and with it heat, the same heat that can make many a coffee drinker decide to opt for iced coffee.

Green Mountain Coffee has heard the cry of Keurig K-Cup coffee system-owning iced coffee fans and answered with their line of Brew Over Ice K-Cups. These K-Cups are specifically calibrated for the type of strong brew that one wants for iced coffee. Green Mountain Coffee Brew Over Ice K-Cups can handle the watering down of melting ice, making them perfect for brewing right over ice in your 16 ounce cup of choice.

Let the heat come, and let the ice melt. Green Mountain Coffee Brew Over Ice K-Cups are here to keep us all caffeinated and cool.

Green Mountain Coffee Brew Over Ice K-Cup Varieties

CoffeeForLess currently carries three different Brew Over Ice K-Cups. Each provides an excellent iced coffee, two of them producing a lusciously flavored iced coffee that most coffee drink fans are sure to love.

French Vanilla Iced Coffee K CupsK-Cup coffee lovers, rejoice! Green Mountain Coffee decided to make one of its richest, most robust, and certainly most popular coffee blends available in the stronger Brew Over Ice variety. Green Mountain Coffee Nantucket Blend Iced Coffee K-Cups are the Brew Over Ice K-Cup for those who want a strong coffee flavor from their iced coffee. The delicious flavor of this K-Cup is probably quite familiar to most Keurig owners, but these K-Cups are calibrated for direct-to-ice brewing, making them a stronger brew than regular Nantucket Blend K-Cups.

Prefer your iced coffee flavored? Green Mountain Coffee has you covered with two different flavored Brew Over Ice K-Cups. Flavored iced coffee is as easy as filling a 16 ounce cup with ice and brewing a K-Cup. Green Mountain Coffee French Vanilla Iced Coffee brews a luscious vanilla-flavored iced coffee that could pass for dessert with sweetener and creamer. Green Mountain Coffee Hazelnut Iced Coffee has a roasty coffee flavor that is enhanced with a full, savory-sweet hazelnut flavor. Over ice, the hazelnut flavor is sweet and strong, making for a great flavored iced coffee.

So don’t sweat the hot days ahead. Enjoy a K-Cup iced coffee that you Brew Over Ice thanks to Green Mountain Coffee K-Cups.

What’s The Deal With Keurig Cup Sizes?

There were a ton of things to consider when I went on the market for a new coffee maker. Most importantly, I needed a machine that made delicious coffee fast. As I was doing research, my mom suggested I go with a Keurig. I found that the machine brews various Keurig cup sizes to which I wondered what the benefits would be to choosing one size over the other.

Size Does Matter

Keurig brewers feature sizes ranging anywhere from 2-5 cup sizes. For example, the Keurig Platinum K75 K-Cup Coffee Brewer holds 4 oz., 6 oz., 8 oz., 10 oz., and 12 oz. cup sizes. The amount of coffee I drink on a particular occasion matters to me, so having more choices is appealing. I don’t like to waste coffee on one hand, but I also dislike when I don’t make enough to quench my coffee thirst.

On those days that I’m looking for just a few sips to give me a little extra pep in my step, the smaller Keurig cup sizes come in handy. Rather than brew a full pot of coffee, I can plug a 4 oz. or 6 oz. k-cup into my Keurig.

Ever Heard of a Coffee Tasting Party?

Plenty of people have been to wine tastings. Now, with a variety of Keurig cup sizes at my disposal, I am able to throw coffee tasting parties. Instead of brewing a full pot of coffee in one flavor, I can offer cups of every size and in many flavors.

I am continuously looking around CoffeeForLess.com to find different flavors made by my favorite brands like Green Mountain Coffee, Starbucks, and Tully’s. My guests enjoy different flavors in large and small servings so they can sample new flavors and sip on old favorites.

With a variety of Keurig cup sizes, I can prepare them a small cup of coffee of their choice. And, if the person takes a liking to the new flavor, I can always pop in a larger 8 oz., 10 oz., or 12 oz. cup to quickly brew a larger serving.

Mom Is Always Right

One of the best aspects of owning a Keurig is convenience and the ability to choose from various Keurig cup sizes. With the ability to make the perfect up each time, I made sure to thank my mom for her advice. As the saying goes, “Mom is always right!”

Wake Up with a Fresh Cup of Eight O’Clock Coffee: Now in 24ct K-Cups

The deliciously rich Eight O’Clock Coffee brand has been providing a quality roast to Americans for the past century and a half. Acknowledged as one of one of America’s greatest java brands, Eight O’Clock is revered as a titan in the coffee industry. With its 150 year long history, this brand is certain to deliver the same consistent high-caliber product to its customers to meet and exceed your expectations. This excellent brew is now offered at Coffee For Less as a tasty beverage for your enjoyment, one cup at a time.eight-oclock-kcups

Many customers like the great taste this familiar coffee blend provides. Eight O’clock K-cups are able to strike the perfect balance between its sweet tang and the hardy coffee notes. The coffee tends to be non-acidic, and doesn’t leave behind the bitter taste that other breakfast coffee blends have. As the coffee is brewed, the beans release an aromatic coffee scent in the air for everyone to smell and appreciate. The coffee taste itself is complex and layered, and its light floral sweetness gives added character and a deep heaviness to the cup. Anyone who tries a cup will taste the full and attractive mouth body taste, and the hints of roasted mustiness.

Get Your Eight O’Clock 24ct Coffee K-Cups at CoffeeForLess.com

Perfect as a morning wake me up or as an evening warm me up, Eight O’Clock K-cups is just right for all occasions. The flavor is great for warming up the belly in the winter, and refreshing in the warmer months for fuel to jumpstart your day.

Taste an original cup of Eight O’Clock K-cups. It doesn’t leave a translucent film in the cup, and has a pleasant taste that isn’t too overwhelming to the taste buds. With slight hints of citrus, equally clean and crisp, try the mouth-watering taste of Eight O’Clock Hazelnut K-cups for a mild and nutty taste. The Dark Roast Coffee is made entirely from dark roast Arabica coffee with heavy espresso notes and infused with its caramel flavor. The blend is perfect to use in your kitchen as a cappuccino or a latte beverage. Eight O’Clock has a Colombian Medium Roast that stands out with its full body and rich medium roast flavor.

Try each flavor in a K-cup, engineered exactly for a great cup each and every time. Each cup allows you to enjoy a quality cup, proven over time for its freshness and delightful commitment to coffee.

Keurig Troubleshooting: 5 Simple Solutions to Common Problems

Save Time and Money with These Keurig K-Cup Brewer Solutions

Having problems with your Keurig K-Cup Brewer? Repeated usage can cause functional issues, disrupting your coffee drinking experience and the quality of your coffee and tea. The good news is there are a number of ways to fix these problems and get your machine to function as good as new.

Here are five common Keurig troubleshooting solutions and easy ways to correct these problems.

Common Problem 1: K-Cup Coffee and Tea Grounds Get into Your K-Cup Holder and Causes a Water Line Clog

Keurig Troubleshooting Solution:

Remove or clean the needle that punctures the K-Cup then do a small cup cleansing brew to clean out any residual. This will ensure any left-over debris is flushed out before you have you start your next brew.

Common Problem 2: K-Cup Brewer Shuts Off Unexpectedly Between Brews

Keurig Troubleshooting Solution:

Remove the water reservoir and insert it back into place. The magnet in the reservoir can become dislodged during brewing from the vibrations in the machine.

Common Problem 3: Not Ready Message on Your Keurig Machine Stays On

Keurig Troubleshooting Solution:

  • Turn off your machine and unplug it
  • Detach the water reservoir
  • Wait 5 seconds then repeat the steps 1 and 2
  • Insert the water reservoir then press the menu button and when the “Not Ready” message appears lower handle

Common Problem 4:  Blinking Blue Light in Water Reservoir

Keurig Troubleshooting Solution:

Simply add more water to the reservoir. All Keurig models need a minimum amount of water to activate the brewing process, so if you’re reservoir is low the machine will not start.

Common Problem 5: Installing Your Water Filter

Keurig Troubleshooting Solution:

This problem applies to only the models with the water filter feature. If you own one of these models, you can install the filter in three simple steps:

  • Soak the entire filter in cold water for five seconds
  • Place the filter at the bottom of the Water Handle Assembly
  • Set the timing dial two months from the day to ensure it is replaced at the appropriate time

Use these five Keurig troubleshooting solutions for your machine and you’ll ensure your coffee and tea always taste great and your brewer lasts a long time. As a result, you’ll save yourself time and money not having to replace your Keurig K-Cup Brewer.