K-cup coffee quality and waste

Quality of Coffee – While the coffee in a Kcup is superior to other mass produced grocery store ground coffees, it is less than fresh. K cups are airtight and fresh roasted coffee emits CO2 for 2 weeks after the roasting process. If the coffee in the Kcup was fresh, they would explode. The aging process of coffee is expedited when it is ground. Whole bean coffee can last for weeks, while ground coffee will only remain fresh for minutes.

Waste – Kcups are largely made of non-recyclable plastic. While developed by a company that prides itself on their ‘Green’ image, this isn’t a ‘green’ method of coffee brewing…unless you are talking ‘greenbacks’.
Source: coffeenate.com

Over 10 million Keurig machines in households today

Think About It...
It is estimated that there are over 10 million Keurig machines in households today, in addition to all of the other single-serving brew machines out there. These machines will brew over 5 billion cups of coffee a year.
That means there are potentially over 5 billion plastic K-cup filters going into landfills this year.

Coffee quote of the day:

An Army Veteran of over 21 years once stated: “Good coffee melts the spoon... great coffee pours like molasses.”


Patirck Dempsey wants to save Tully's

Not to throw petro on the fire, but Tully's coffee is rank. I am all for Mr. Dempsey’s valiant attempt to save them, however I hope he will look into changing the product line from the source of the beans down to the roaster.
Article from kimt.com
'Grey's' star wants to buy coffee company
Grey's Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey is attempting to buy a flagging coffee chain to rescue it from bankruptcy.
The actor wants to save more than 500 jobs by purchasing Tully's Coffee, a Seattle, Washington-based company facing closure.
According to the Associated Press, the potential sale will have to be approved by a judge.
In a post on Twitter Dempsey writes, "I hope we are successful in acquiring Tullys Coffee."
A bankruptcy court hearing is set for January 11th in Seattle - the same city where Dempsey's hit medical drama is set.


Coffee May Lower Risk of Death From Mouth Cancer: Study

Drinking more than 4 cups per day also lowered odds of dying from a type of throat cancer
Coffee May Lower Risk of Death From Mouth Cancer: Study
TUESDAY, Dec. 11 (HealthDay News) — People who drink more than four cups of caffeinated coffee daily could significantly reduce their risk of death from certain forms of cancer, according to a new study from the American Cancer Society.
Habitual coffee drinkers had about half the risk of dying from cancers of the mouth and pharynx (part of the throat) than others who never drank coffee or only had it occasionally, the researchers found.
"Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, and contains a variety of antioxidants, polyphenols, and other biologically active compounds that may help to protect against development or progression of cancers," the study's lead author, Janet Hildebrand, said in a society news release. "Although it is less common in the United States, oral/pharyngeal cancer is among the 10 most common cancers in the world. Our finding strengthens the evidence of a possible protective effect of caffeinated coffee in the etiology and/or progression of cancers of the mouth and pharynx."
In conducting the study, the researchers analyzed data on almost a million people from an American Cancer Society study on cancer prevention that began in 1982. Specifically, they examined the link between drinking caffeinated coffee, decaf, or tea with deadly forms of oral cancer.
The participants did not have cancer when the study began. Over the course of 26 years, however, 868 of them died of cancer of the mouth and pharynx.
The study found that drinking more than four cups of caffeinated coffee daily was linked to a 49 percent lower risk of death from oral cancer. Regardless of sex or whether or not the participants smoked or drank alcohol, the researchers pointed out that with each cup of coffee they consumed, their risk of death from this form of cancer dropped.
The study also suggests that drinking more than two cups of decaf coffee per day may have a similar benefit, but this finding only reached marginal statistical significance. No link was found between oral cancer and tea, they added.
The study authors noted that more research is needed to understand the reasons why coffee has a protective effect against oral cancers.
Read the rest of the article on lifelonghealth

Yummy, k-cup coffee!

As usual it just keeps better....

Thanks to coffeedetective for continuing to allow people to post their k-cup experiences! Scary man, scary indeed!

Dec 19, 2012too bad
by: Anonymous

its too bad they choose the worst plastic possible for the water reservoir. Why could they spent the extra money to manufacture the reservoir from a better plastic? This speaks volumes about the likelihood of the other plastics used in the machine. The other indication is that they do not mention what plastic is in the K-cup (and it is not labelled either). BPA was not something I was interested in ingesting but is it better than any form of PS in my book. (hormone disruptor versus cancer) I guess you have to pick your poison these days. I caved and buy one yesterday probably due to their BPA free claim which might suggest they were conscious about the health of the consumer. However, I am afraid I might have to give it away after reading this blog which confirmed what I suspected all along.

Dec 11, 2012Stomach pain and bloating
by: Disappointed

I'll start by saying that I am an avid coffee drinker and DO NOT experience discomfort of any kind when drinking it. Not until today that is. Had my first cup of coffee from my new Kuerig VUE and I was not even able to finish it. The discomfort I am feeling is very similar to that I have experienced after eating oysters. Severe stomach pain that comes in waves and bloating. I found that I have an allergy to oysters and have not touched them since. After reading that others are describing very similar symptoms, I have to believe there is something within the water reservoir or internal tubing that may be to blame. Goodbye VUE.


Ongoing Keurig K-Cup problems

Yeat another complaint from coffee detective website.

Mark my words, this will continue to get worse, not better.

Protect your health, DO NOT USE k-cups, ever!!!

Dec 08, 2012upset stomache from keurig
by: C.C.

I am too having horrible upset stomache and intestinal trouble. Even with plain water so I suspect the water reservoir. Thought maybe I had a plastic allergy. I will be returning this.

Keurig K-Cup brewer... um, no!

Hello Keurig loVers!

 Let me see, shall I spend $169 for a Keurig brewer then $16 plus for a pound of coffee or, or ...$.60 cents per cup for coloured water...

Or should I spend $15 for a B&D brewer where I can add liQuid heaVen, Starbucks, Dunkin, any coffee of your choice and get the cup of coffee I desire?

Hmm, let me see... decisions! decisions! decisions!



The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like

"What I tell patients is, if you like coffee, go ahead and drink as much as you want and can," says Dr. Peter Martin, director of the Institute for Coffee Studies at Vanderbilt University. He's even developed a metric for monitoring your dosage: If you are having trouble sleeping, cut back on your last cup of the day. From there, he says, "If you drink that much, it's not going to do you any harm, and it might actually help you. A lot."
Officially, the American Medical Association recommends conservatively that "moderate tea or coffee drinking likely has no negative effect on health, as long as you live an otherwise healthy lifestyle." That is a lackluster endorsement in light of so much recent glowing research. Not only have most of coffee's purported ill effects been disproven -- the most recent review fails to link it the development of hypertension -- but we have so, so much information about its benefits. We believe they extend from preventing Alzheimer's disease to protecting the liver. What we know goes beyond small-scale studies or limited observations. The past couple of years have seen findings, that, taken together, suggest that we should embrace coffee for reasons beyond the benefits of caffeine, and that we might go so far as to consider it a nutrient.
The most recent findings that support coffee as a panacea will make their premiere this December in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Coffee, researchers found, appears to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
"There have been many metabolic studies that have shown that caffeine, in the short term, increases your blood glucose levels and increases insulin resistance," Shilpa Bhupathiraju, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health's Department of Nutrition and the study's lead author, told me. But "those findings really didn't translate into an increased risk for diabetes long-term." During the over 20 years of follow-up, and controlling for all major lifestyle and dietary risk factors, coffee consumption, regardless of caffeine content, was associated with an 8 percent decrease in the risk of type 2 diabetes in women. In men, the reduction was 4 percent for regular coffee and 7 percent for decaf.
The findings were arrived at rigorously, relying on data from the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, two prospective studies that followed almost 80,000 women and over 40,000 men from the 1980s through 2008. Although self-reported, the data is believed to be extremely reliable because it comes from individuals who know more about health and disease than the average American (the downside, of course, is that results won't always apply to the general population -- but in this case, Bhupathuraju explained that there's no reason to believe that the biological effects seen in health professionals wouldn't be seen in everyone else).
That there were no major differences in risk reduction between regular and decaf coffee suggests there's something in it, aside from its caffeine content, that could be contributing to these observed benefits. It also demonstrates that caffeine was in no way mitigating coffee's therapeutic effects. Of course, what we choose to add to coffee can just as easily negate the benefits -- various sugar-sweetened beverages were all significantly associated with an increased risk of diabetes. A learned taste for cream and sugar (made all the more enticing when they're designed to smell like seasonal celebrations) is likely one of the reasons why we associate coffee more with decadence than prudence.
Read the rest of the article here on The Atlantic website

Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker will be the demise of the Keurig garbage coffee brewer

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Be sure to check out the post Love Keuring? Nope. on the "Dear Coffee I Love You" blog. Brilliant!


Coffee: A great source of antioxidants and an effective mood enhancer

It’s an upside down world. We used to hear that coffee, a common splash to kick-start a person’s morning, was a guilty pleasure during best and a health immorality during worst. Fast-forward to today, and we now know that coffee is a health elixir of a top magnitude, charity insurance to a heart, obscure a risk of several forms of cancer and shortening a risk of Parkinson’s disease.
Research into a healthy properties of coffee shows that a daily decoction is a manly protecting antioxidant potion. Plants furnish antioxidants to strengthen their cells from beforehand drop from bearing to heat, light, air, dampness and time. In a tellurian body, many of these substances are biologically active, and they assistance to strengthen a cells as well. Recent scholarship suggests that these compounds might means gene changes, that capacitate a physique to demonstrate a possess protecting agents.
To simplify, antioxidants stop a “rusting” of cells in a body. Just as metals decay due to bearing to oxygen, cells in a physique also turn shop-worn by bearing to certain “reactive oxygen species” – or ROS. These deleterious agents are caused by environmental toxins, smoking, bad eating habits, metabolism, practice and other factors. When unchecked, these ROS minister to degenerative diseases. Oxidative repairs is compared with diabetes, arthritis, cancer, degenerative mind disorders, and countless aspects of aging and degeneration.
Coffee is super-concentrated with antioxidants and is generally high in one organisation of antioxidant compounds called flavonoids. The flavonoids have garnered substantial systematic seductiveness given of their profitable effects on tellurian health. In several biography studies they have been reported to possess antioxidant, antiviral, anti-allergic, anti-platelet, anti-inflammatory, and antitumor activities.
Coffee’s antioxidant compounds embody caffeic acid, caffeine, a chlorogenic acids, eugenol, gamma-tocopherol, isoeugenol, p-coumaric acid, scopoletin and tannic acid. In fact, coffee is a primary source of beneficial, protecting antioxidants in a American diet. Most Americans do not eat adequate antioxidant-rich uninformed fruits and vegetables, though they do splash coffee. The bottom line? Coffee protects your body. This is a good thing.
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