Keurig beverage varieties include hot and cold coffee, tea, cocoa, dairy beverages, lemonade, cider, and fruit beverages. Keurig carries more than 400 different varieties and more than 60 brands of coffee and other beverages through private labels and co-licensed brands. In addition to K-Cup pods, it also includes Vue, K-Carafe, and K-Mug pods.
The original single-serve coffee maker and pod manufacturing company, Keurig, Inc., was founded in Massachusetts in 1992. It launched its first coffee machine and K-Cup pods in 1998, targeting the office market. Homebrewers were added in 2004 as single-cup brewing systems became more popular. In 2006, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, a publicly-traded, Vermont-based specialty coffee company, acquired Keurig, and both companies experienced rapid growth. In 2012, the main patent for Keurig's K-Cup pods expired, leading to the introduction of new products, including a brew model that only accepts Keurig-branded pods.
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Keurig K-Cup brewing systems
The company's flagship Keurig K-Cup brewing system is designed to brew single-serve coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or other hot beverages. The coffee grounds are packaged in a single-serve coffee container called a "K-Cup" pod, which consists of a plastic cup, aluminum lid, and filter. Each K-Cup pod is filled with coffee grounds, fruit powder, cocoa powder, tea leaves, or other contents and is sealed for freshness, nitrogen flushed, and impermeable to light, oxygen, and moisture.
These machines brew K-Cup beverages by piercing the foil seal with a nozzle while simultaneously piercing the bottom of the plastic pod with a discharge nozzle. The coffee grounds inside the K-Cup pods are in a paper filter. Hot water passes under pressure through the K-Cup pod, through the ground, and a filter. The brew temperature of 89 °C (192 °F) is the default setting, and some models allow the user to adjust the temperature by 5 degrees.
The key original patent for K-Cup expired in 2012. Keurig has later patents, including filters for K-Cups, and has also introduced a number of new pods since early 2012.
Brewing system models
Keurig sells many models of brewing systems for home and commercial use. Licensed models for Breville, Cuisinart, and Mr. Coffee were launched in 2010.
Keurig's home brewing systems include single-cup brewers, as well as brewers that brew single-cup and carafe simultaneously. Many brewers are programmable for brew size and intensity.
Keurig also specializes in commercial brewing models for offices, food service, convenience stores, healthcare, hotels and hospitality, and college and university campuses.
Beverage varieties and brands
Through its own brands and through its partnerships and licensing, as of 2015, Keurig's K-Cups and other pods offered more than 400 beverage varieties from 60 brands, including the top ten best-selling coffee brands in the United States. Beverages include coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cocoa, dairy drinks, lemonade, cider, and fruit drinks. Keurig also offers Brew Over Ice pods for cold tea, juice drinks, and coffee.