Most people stick their K-Cup, also called a single-serve coffee pod, into a coffee brewer, get their coffee, and go about their day. But, there may come a point in time when you are looking at the K-Cup and wondering what exactly it contains. If you are curious about how things work, learning the anatomy of a K-Cup may be of interest to you. Here is a little more information about the anatomy of a K-Cup.
Outside of the K-Cup
A K-Cup features a fairly straightforward design. It consists of an outer plastic shell that is made to resist heat and moisture, protecting moisture and environmental factors from affecting whatever type of powder or coffee is stored in the K-Cup. This helps to prolong the freshness of the coffee, tea or hot chocolate inside. The cup itself is made of plastic that is safe for food to be consumed in. The K-Cup also has a foil lid, and some have a foil upper that helps create a vacuum seal over and inside the upper portion of the cup. Once again, the foil and seal that is created helps to protect the material stored inside from moisture and environmental factors while the cup is being stored before use.
Inside of the K-Cup
The inside of a K-Cup contains a paper filter that helps to filter the coffee. Ultimately, this paper filter helps to prevent coffee grounds from making it into your cup of coffee, just like a filter used in a traditional coffee maker. You will also find a food-safe adhesive that keeps the foil and cup from separating before use, ensuring the coffee inside does not go bad. Once the coffee, tea or hot cocoa mix is placed inside the cup, all of the oxygen is removed during the processing stage to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria that may be trapped inside. During the final stage of the process, nitrogen gas is placed in the K-Cup. This is placed inside because it is an inert gas that helps keep the coffee from spoiling and helps it to maintain its flavor. While your K-Cup is free of oxygen and filled with nitrogen gas, this is not something that every user will ever notice during the brewing process.
As a business owner, K-Cups may be more appealing to your business compared to a traditional pot of coffee. A K-Cup comes in various flavors, including different types of coffee, tea and hot chocolate. K-Cups also allow your employees or your customers to brew their favorite drinks quickly, ensuring their drink is fresh and hot. You won’t ever have to worry about a pot of coffee going to waste or a pot of coffee being empty or cold when you go to grab a cup.
Here at Tyler Mountain Water, we are proud to be able to supply businesses with a huge array of K-Cups at competitive pricing. Interested in Our Coffee Offerings? Give us a Call!