Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
“Shipments of Keurig brewers will continue decelerating,”said Astrachan, who advises selling the shares. In turn,“slowing household penetration of brewers will increasingly pressure K-Cup shipments,” he said.Even more damagingly, Green Mountain's patents for K-Cups are expiring, opening up competition and taking a large chunk away from Green Mountain
Next year, Waterbury, Vermont-based Green Mountain will lose the main patents on K-Cups, allowing competitors to make less-expensive versions. The company has sought to boost sales and discourage competition by partnering with brands such as Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) and Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc.It appears as though the free ride is over for Green Mountain. The company does deserve credit for bringing a new product to an old industry and giving convenient access of single cup coffees to millions of people. Only time will tell however, just how prepared they are for a competitive market once their patents expire. It's good news for consumers, who can expect lower prices, more availability in the Canadian market and more innovation in 2012.
Friday, December 16, 2011
While we're not big into instant coffee, we do want our coffee instantly. This can be easily seen by the rise in individual coffee makers, that can prepare a coffee in under a minute. With our lives becoming quicker and more hectic, the pressure is on to get your cup of coffee quick. This hustle has spilled over into our lives a bit though, with instant coffee starting to make it's way into Starbucks and other coffee shops. Know you won't have time to stop by and wait in line for 5 minutes for a coffee? Grab a pack of instant coffee and off you go.
While today's equipment and availability of coffee almost eliminates the need for instant coffee, there is still a market. Single cup, on-demand coffee makers allow you to pop in a pod or "k-cup" and move onto something else, then come back less than a minute later to a freshly brewed cup of coffee. While not "instant", it is "in the blink of an eye". The single cup, nearly-instantaneous coffee makers let you get coffee fast, without resorting to instant coffee.
There are a couple brands of individual cup coffee brewers, and the biggest are Tassimo and Keurig.
Tassimo's machines are the most automated solution of all, with a digital barcode reader that determines what kind of coffee disc (known as a "T-Disc") you put into it and automatically selects the best setting for it. It's capable of making multi-cup coffees like Lattes or Cappuccinos with it's software.
Keurig's machines require you to select the type of coffee pod you put in, but are simple and intuitive to use - and just as fast as the Tassimo coffee makers. Their pods are known as "K-Cups" and are used by a wide variety of machines that have licensed the Keurig technology. Many brands have jumped on board with their own flavours and blends of coffee, as well as teas. Among them, you can find Emeril's K-Cups, Timothy's K-Cups, Green Mountain's K-Cups, Van Houette K-Cups, Celestial Tea K-Cups and many more. The wide variety of K-Cups makes it easier to find than Tassimo's, though the Canadian market is odd at times.
With individual coffee makers popping up everywhere, it won't be long until nearly every business or home has the ability to make a single cup of freshly brewed coffee just for you.
Friday, December 2, 2011
- 1.5 oz Torani Sugar Free Peppermint Syrup
- 1 cup brewed tea, chilled
This generic recipe makes use Torani Sugar Free Peppermint Syrup and straight tea. Combine chilled tea and syrup in a tall glass (or pitcher if making larger quantities) filled with ice and stir well.
Note: for party size, use 1 cup Torani Sugar Free Peppermint Syrup per 8 cups brewed tea (making sure to chill).
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The "Blue Freezie Cocktail" is similar to an "Electric Lemonade Cocktail", and is made with Torani syrups. Find more at Torani Syrups Canada
- 1 1/2 oz Belvedere vodka or Gin
- 1 oz Torani Sugar Free French Vanilla Syrup
Pour ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon or lime. Enjoy your French Vanilla Flavoured Martini (Sugar Free)!