December 22, 2015

Are Unfixable Keurig Machines Adding to Keurig's Troubles?

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Over at iFixit they’ve pulled together a post based on a post from a Washington-state coffee machine repairman, Joe Young. Joe has been making the rounds on Facebook—racking up nearly 30,000 shares in a few days about how unfixable Keurig single serve coffee makers are. Young posted a photo of a van stacked wall-to-wall with Keurig coffeemakers. All of them destined for the dump, because they cannot be repaired.

We do know however most of these coffee makers have lots of parts inside that can be recycled, so we don’t think you have to just throw a Keurig maker away. Our local elementary school recycles small appliances each spring and over the years we’ve donated many older single serve coffee makers to get recycled. 

But it does beg the question of how sustainable the Keurig business model is with K-Cups that are not recyclable and machines that are impossible or nearly impossible to repair. We’ll just have to see if Keurig responds to Joe Young’s claim of unfixable. We also know that many of the office Keurig machines of old were repaired all the time - so maybe it’s just the newer more electronic models that are unfixable.

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December 21, 2015

Kylo Ren Mug from Star Wars The Force Awakens

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The Kylo Ren Mug from Star Wars The Force Awakens is a sculpted mug in the shape of the Lead Villain helmet from the new movie, Star Wars The Force Awakens. Having just seen the movie twice over the past weekend, I can safely say I want this mug. The mug is BPA-free, and safe for use in microwave but hand washing is recommended.

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December 16, 2015

Town Donut Shop Single Cups from Beantown Roasters

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Town Donut Shop Single Cups from Benton Roasters consist of Central and South American Beans for that produce a rich medium roast coffee. They come packed in a large 96 count box to save on the packaging. We’ve enjoyed many of their roasts over the years and this one is one of our house favorites.

Town Donut Shop Single Cups from Beantown Roasters will work in K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.

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December 15, 2015

Tea4k Black Tea Single Serve Cups

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Tea4k Black Tea Single Serve Cups are made from selective pure & natural grown Camellia Sinensis tea leaves, and produce delightful and rich flavored tea to start your day. Can be served according to your preference: sweetened or unsweetened, milk or without milk, hot or cold. The tea produced is high in antioxidants.

Tea4k Black Tea Single Serve Cups will work in K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.

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December 14, 2015

Tootsie Roll and Junior Mint Hot Cocoa Single Serve Cups

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On a recent trip to Wal-Mart in Bangor Maine AB came across some unique holiday offers. Wal-Mart is now carrying for the holidays the following hot cocoa in single cup formats based on candy classics:  

  • Tootsie Roll
  • Junior Mints
  • Sugar Babies
  • Charleston Chew  

They run $5.98 for a box of 12. These single cups will work in K-Cup Brewers but not Keurig 2.0. You can also read our review from last year to get our impressions of two of the varieties.

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December 10, 2015

Guardians of the Galaxy Groot Mug

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The Guardians of the Galaxy Groot Mug will make just about any Guardian’s fan happy for the holidays as a gift or just a statement of drinking coffee from the head of a wooden alien. I am mug! The mug holds 12 oz. and features the tree-like member of the Space-age superheroes as a ceramic mug. This mug is wash only, and not dishwasher safe. You’ll also need to keep Groot’s head out of the microwave.

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December 8, 2015

Keurig Green Mountain to be Acquired by JAB Holding Company

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We have some surprising news - Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. and JAB Holding Company announced that the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which a JAB-led investor group will acquire Keurig Green Mountain for $92.00 per share in cash, or a total equity value of approximately $13.9 billion. The agreement, which has been unanimously approved by Keurig Green Mountain's Board of Directors, represents a premium of approximately 77.9% over Keurig Green Mountain's closing stock price on December 4, 2015.

JAB is acquiring Keurig Green Mountain in partnership with strategic minority investors who are already shareholders in Jacobs Douwe Egberts B.V., ('JDE'), including Mondelēz International and entities affiliated with BDT Capital Partners. At the close of the transaction, Keurig Green Mountain will be privately owned and will continue to be operated independently by the company's management team and employees. Keurig Green Mountain will remain headquartered in Waterbury, VT.

What can we say? Well - Coke is backing the deal and it’s not surprising. They have taken a bath on their investment with the Keurig Green Mountain stock trading well below their initial investment. With the stock buyout of $92 they’ll get back 2.5 billion on their investment. We do wonder how this will affect the Starbucks agreement, and also if KOLD continues to be developed moving forward.

Maybe this means we’ll get some ECO-FRIENDLY K-Cups? Maybe that’s just too much to ask. 

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December 7, 2015

White Coffee Company Holiday Single Cups

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AB on a recent trip to The Christmas Tree Shop in Bangor Maine came across some unique holiday offers from White Coffee Company. They had in stock Buttered Rum, Gingerbread Man, Peppermint Bark, and Toffee Nut single cups.

They run $4.99 for a box of 10, and will work in your K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0. Also all White Coffe single cups come in the BioCup format which is compostable and biodegradable 90% after just 6 months.

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December 2, 2015

Laughing Man Coffee K-Cups from Keurig and Hugh Jackman

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AB on a recent trip to Shaw's in Bangor came across Laughing Man Coffee K-Cups by Keurig and Hugh Jackman. That's right Wolverine himself now has an entire line of K-Cups. They will not however require a reinforced Adamantium K-Cup brewer. Currently Shaw's has two blends - Duke's Blend and Colombia Huilu.They Run $9.99 for a box of 10, and will work in all K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0.

Here's a description of the entire Hugh Jackman Laughing Man Coffee Line of K-Cups:

  • 184 DUANE ST. BLEND - Balanced. Bright. Sweet. Hints of green appleand toasted graham cracker.
  • COLOMBIA HUILA - Dark. Smoky. Sweet. Black cherry and darkchocolate finish.
  • DUKALE'S BLEND - Rich. Fruity. Full-Bodied. Chocolatey body and notes of ripe plum.
  • ETHIOPIA SIDAMA - Aromatic. Complex. Elegant. Bright citrus notes of bergamot and lime.

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December 1, 2015

Star Wars Battle Scene Heat Changing Mug

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The Star Wars Battle Scene Heat Change Mug starts out as a black mug with starships printed on it at room temperature, but when you add coffee you get some major battle action. The Star Wars Battle Scene mug holds 10 oz. of coffee, or your beverage of choice. This mug is not dishwasher or microwave safe however, but a little hand washing for all this action will make you a stronger Jedi.

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