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Without Fail, Perfect Technique to Make K-Cup Packs with Caps

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[This was sent to us by Cheryl Hall recently]

I love my these caps. I have been using them for years. I finally found the without fail,perfect technique to using these successfully. It's a few steps but you can do them in stages as you have time. They are very easy to store. It takes me about an hour to make 30 completed cups. I have saved hundreds and hundreds of dollars with this product.

This is how:

1) Empty cup and round filter

2) Fill coffee

3) Cut up cheep basket filter to make cover between coffee and cap. This helps keep grounds in the cup during brewing and helps with clean up

4) Put cheep filter then cap on coffee cup 

5) Trim excess filter from edge

6) Use press 'n seal square to seal top of completed Kcup

7) enjoy!!!

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Try My-Cap Caps with San Francisco Bay Coffee One Cup Packs

Try My-Cap Caps with San Francisco Bay Coffee One Cup Packs
 
We have had a number of you comment on using our My-Cap Caps for Keurig Brewers using the San Francisco Bay Coffee brand packs.  They really work well and have a built in filter that lasts a very long time. The picture below shows a new pack, a used pack, and a refilled pack with a cap on it.
 

 

Thank you!
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Rogers Family Files Antitrust and Unfair Competition Lawsuit Against Keurig Green Mountain

 | March 17, 2014 

  

The Keurig 2.0 has “lock out” technology that would prevent it from working with competing pod-makers.

Lincoln, Calif.-based Rogers Family Coffee Company has filed a lawsuit against Keurig Green Mountain Inc. alleging violations of federal and California antitrust and unfair competition laws related to the distribution and sales of single-serve coffee products.

(more: After Starbucks Cease and Desist, Micro Brewer Not Giving Up Without a Laugh)

The Eastern District of California suit follows a Court of Appeals Ruing in Massachusetts District Court earlier this year in which Rogers was absolved of any wrongdoing related to patent infringements for its OneCup single-serve product, as claimed by KGM’s former wholly owned subsidiary, Keurig Inc.

In the latest suit, Rogers Family is arguing that Keurig Green Mountain is using “monopoly power in the single-serve coffee brewer and coffee pod markets to require its distribution partners to enter into exclusive anticompetitive agreements designed to maintain Keurig’s monopoly power by excluding competition.” The company is also seeking to prevent Keurig Green Mountain from moving forward with “lock out” technology for its newest brewers — the Keurig 2.0 — which are designed only to function with Keurig-approved products.

(more: Starbucks vs. Charbucks: So Much More than a Boring Trademark Violation Case)

“Our goal is to ensure that consumers in the single-serve coffee market have access to a free and open marketplace, in which they are provided the opportunity to select a wide range of products based upon whatever factors are most important to them such as price, quality, and commitment to social and environmental responsibility,” Rogers Family President Jon B. Rogers said in an announcement late last week.

For its part, Keurig Green Mountain has leveraged the popularity of its brewing units for partnerships with some of the biggest names in North American specialty coffee. The company last week announced a multi-year partnership deal with Peet’s for Keurig pods, and it is currently renewing a long-term deal with Starbucks. With its new corporate website, the company is making a concerted effort to promote its vision for brand partnerships. From KGM:

We know that offering a wide selection of quality, beloved brands is critical to the success of the Keurig® system.  We take pride in our unique ability to forge partner relationships with those some may consider to be our biggest competition.  But that’s the idea: we endeavor to satisfy everyone’s taste, even if that taste is not our own.  With an ever expanding portfolio of Keurig Brewed® brands on the shelves, we look to expand consumer choice, fuel new excitement for existing Keurig® users, raise system awareness, and attract new consumers to the system.  Collaboration that creates mutual success is at our core.

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Keurig Coffee Maker Problems

Keurig Coffee Maker Problems

Using a Keurig ® Coffee Brewer is wonderful, easy, convienient, fast, and clean.  But, it is wasteful.  A K-Cup ® Pack is composed of plastic, filter paper, coffee and aluminum foil. The K-Cup is not recyclable, compostable or reusable. Most K-Cup ® Packs wind up in landfills — and that is a serious problem.

As you can see from the table to the left, Keurig has sold almost 6 billion K-cups the last few years and about 3 billion in 2009 alone. If you put all of these K-Cup ® Packs end to end you would have a string of them 166,000 miles long. Thats over 6 times around the earth.

A simple solution to this problem is to "Reuse your Keurig K-Cup ® Packs".  This is our mantra.  We keep shouting it out everywhere we can and to anyone who will listen.  By reusing your K-Cup ® Packs you can decrease the impact of using the Keurig ®  Coffee Brewer by almost 95%.  Yes, you still have to buy K-Cup ® Packs periodically, but you dramatically reduce the number of them you have to buy while still maintaining a product that is easy, convienient, fast, and clean to use.

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Interesting Coffee Facts

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Shepherds discovered coffee in Ethiopia circa 800 A.D.

Legend has it that 9th century goat herders noticed the effect caffeine had on their goats, who appeared to "dance" after eating coffee berries. A local monk then made a drink with coffee berries and found that it kept him awake at night, thus the original cup of coffee was born.

In Italian espresso means "when something is forced out."

This refers to the way espresso is made — forcing boiling water through pressed coffee grounds. And, although espresso has more caffeine per volume than coffee, because it's consumed in smaller quantities, it actually has about a third of the amount of caffeine as a regular cup of coffee.

Coffee was the first food to be freeze-dried.

The process of freeze drying — when fresh foods are placed in a dryer where temperatures drop to negative 40 degrees F — first started during World War II to preserve foods.

There are two types of coffee beans: Arabica and Robusta.

Seventy percent of coffee beans are Arabica. Although less popular, Robusta is slightly more bitter and has twice as much caffeine.

Coffee was originally a food.

Coffee berries were mixed with fat to create an energy-rich snack ball. It was also consumed as a wine when made from the pulp of coffee berries.

Coffee is actually a fruit.

Coffee beans as we know them are actually the pits of a cherry-like berry that are grown on bushes. Even though coffee is actually a seed, it's called a bean because of its resemblance to actual beans.

The world's most expensive coffee is $600 a pound.

And it comes from the feces of a Sumatran wild cat. The animal — called a Luwak — is unable to digest coffee beans. In the process of digesting the beans, they are fermented in the stomach. When the beans are excreted, they produce a smooth, chocolaty coffee.

You can overdose on coffee.

However, you would need to drink over 100 cups to consume the lethal dose of caffeine.

New Yorkers drink almost seven times as much coffee as the rest of the U.S.

However, Finland is the most caffeinated country, where the average adult consumes the equivalent of four or five cups of coffee a day.

Brazil produces close to half of the worlds coffee.

Twice as much as 2nd and 3rd place holders, Colombia and Vietnam.

Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that commercially grows coffee.

Kona coffee is the United States' gift to the coffee world. Because coffee grows best in climates along the equator, Hawaii's weather is optimal for harvesting coffee beans.

Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers found that older patients with high levels of caffeine in their blood were more likely to avoid Alzheimer's. Studies have also shown that caffeine has positive effects on type 2 diabetes and Parkinson's disease. It has also been shown to protect against skin cancer in women.

But when you add milk, it weakens the effects of caffeine.

Our bodies absorb coffee much slower when it has added fat milk content, which decreases the stimulants.

The largest cup of coffee ever was brewed in July 2014 in South Korea.

It was over 3,700 gallons. The largest iced coffee was brewed in Las Vegas in 2010, and was 1,500 gallons — ice not included.

Coffee was brought to New Amsterdam (present day New York City) in the mid-1600s.

However, it didn't become very popular until after the Boston Tea Party in 1773. The Civil War and other conflicts helped boost the popularity of coffee.

George Washington invented instant coffee.

Not President Washington. Chemist George Constant Washington experimented with dried coffee before he created Red E Coffee — the first brand name instant coffee.

Just smelling coffee can wake you up.

Simply inhaling the aroma of coffee can alter the activity of some genes in the brain, reducing the effects of sleep deprivation. And when you do drink that cup of coffee, caffeine reaches your blood fast, like 10 minutes fast.

Dark roast coffees have less caffeine than lighter roasts.

Even though the flavor is often stronger, roasting actually burns off some of the caffeine.

Coffee stays warmer when you add cream.

Coffee with added cream cools about 20% slower than plain black coffee.

Decaf does not mean caffeine-free.

An eight ounce brewed cup of decaf coffee actually has two-to-12 milligrams of caffeine. In comparison, a regular cup of coffee has anywhere from 95 to 200 milligrams. (Twelve ounces of coke only has 23-35 milligrams of caffeine.)

80% of American adults consume caffeine every day. 

The average intake is 200 milligrams, or about two five-ounce cups of coffee.

Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day.

This is the equivalent to 146 billion cups each year, making the U.S. the leading consumer of coffee.

The average person spends $20 a week on coffee.

That totals nearly $1,100 annually.

The original definition of coffee means "wine."

Coffee's original name, qahwah, came from the Yemen term for wine. In Turkey it was called kahveh, until the Dutch referred to it as koffie, where we get the English coffee.

Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth.

There are approximately 25 million farmers in over 50 countries involved in producing coffee. What is the  number one commodity? Oil.

There have been five attempts to ban coffee throughout history.

Coffee was first banned in Mecca in 1511 because leaders believed it stimulated radical thinking. And, 16th century Italian clergymen tried to ban coffee because they believed it to be "satanic." However, Pope Clement VII loved coffee so much that he lifted the ban and had coffee baptized in 1600. But Ottoman leader Murad IV took it even further when he ascended the throne in 1623 by creating the first punishments for drinking coffee, which included beatings and being thrown into the sea.

In 1746, the Swedish government made it illegal to even have coffee paraphenalia, including cups and dishes. And finally, in 1777, Frederick the Great of Prussia issued a manifesto declaring beer's superiority over coffee because he believed it interfered with the country's beer consumption.

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