Examining the Anatomy of a K-Cup

In businesses and homes, for employees and clients, for parents and teens, there is a K-Cup for each person’s taste. From Tully’s Hawaiian Blend Coffee to Green Mountain’s Coffee, and not to forget Celestial Seasonings Green Tea and Swiss Miss’s Hot Cocoa, there are so many flavors that K-Cup’s selection for your Keurig seems endless. These single-serving coffee “pods” are the favorite of many because they provide a way to offer each person the option of hot beverage they are most fond of. Keurig K-Cups are trouble-free and leave your coffee area tidy. You may be asking yourself, “What is a coffee ‘pod’?” Read on while we examine the anatomy of a K-Cup.

On the Outside

Cups

  • K-Cups are approximately 1 ½ inches in height, 2 inches in diameter across the top, and 1 ½ inches in diameter across the bottom.
  • The cups themselves were first, and some may still be, made of polystyrene, a #7 plastic that is safe for food (see Things to Note).
  • They resist light, heat, and moisture, which provides surety of safety and freshness.

Lids

  • The lids are made of aluminum foil.
  • This also provides protection and freshness.

On the Inside

  • There are paper filters composed of abaca fiber inside. This is identical to the paper material used in most tea bags. A food-grade adhesive is used to adhere the filter to the pod.
  • Further steps taken to keep coffee fresh
    • The coffee beans are roasted and then degassed (allowed to desorb the gas they absorbed during the roasting process).
    • Next, the coffee beans are ground. The coffee grinds are then placed into the K-Cups and nitrogen, which is inert, is switched for the air inside.

These single-serving coffee “pods” are the favorite of many because they provide a way to offer each person the option of hot beverage they are most fond of. Keurig K-Cups are trouble-free and leave your coffee area tidy.

Things to Note

  • Keurig has stated that, by 2020, they will have made all K-Cup pods recyclable, of polypropylene, a thermoplastic polymer that is helping answer some serious environmental questions.
  • K-Cups are made using only FDA-approved food-grade materials and are BPA and phthalate-free.
  • Today, K-Cups made by some producers can also be biodegradable and even compostable.
  • K-Cups come in packs of all one flavor or variety packs and in counts of 12 up to 72.

K-Cups are the definition of convenience. If you have a continuous water supply, you don’t even have to put water in the Keurig coffee maker -just change the pod and throw away the old one. There is hardly any cleanup and hardly any waste. Plus, you can have a different coffee for each of your moods or each of your clients all day, every day. Would you like to know more about our coffee offerings? Contact us today at Tyler Mountain Water!

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