See the Keurig B100 In Action

If you’re a regular customer at Timothy’s in Charlottetown, you may have seen the imposing-looking Keurig B100 on the roof of the cold drinks cooler. This is one of those “sealed pod” coffee and tea makers, where you take a manufactured, sealed “pod” of coffee or tea, pop it into the machine, and second later you have a single serving of your favourite hot beverage.

This is the same general approach taken by the Senseo from Philips that Adam Curry promotes regularly on his Daily Source Code podcast.

Timothy’s is selling a branded version of the B100, and that’s why you see a demo model in the store.

If you want to see a B100-like machine, and taste the results, drop by City Cinema for a cup of coffee or tea: Derek has the smaller cousin, the B50 in action there at the concession counter.

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paul on November 14, 2005 - 00:04

I’ve never understood the point of these. If I want coffee that was ground goodness knows when, there are plenty of other ways to get that. Add to that dubious convenience, the notion that I am forced to only use coffee packaged by the manufacturer, and it has zero appeal.

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DerekMac on November 14, 2005 - 19:29

I, too, fail to see the point. It’s $18 for 30 cups of coffee! I buy a kilo of “caf

Derek Martin's picture
Derek Martin on November 14, 2005 - 20:39

We actually have the slightly smaller B50 at the cinema, without any Timothy’s branding (but we did buy it there). It’s great for our situation — no more throwing unsold coffee down the drain, and we can offer a variety of coffees instead of just one. And the coffee is always fresh. It’s more expensive than beans, but that is somewhat balanced by the lack of waste. One drawback — pods could be more eco-friendly (recyclable), apparently they are working on this.

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Peter Rukavina on November 14, 2005 - 21:52

Derek [Martin], thanks for the update — I’ve updated the post accordingly.

Derek [Mac], thanks for the pointer to DIY pods; note, however, that these appear to be designed for the Senseo; the Keurig “pods” are more “coffee creamer” like.

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Kevin O'Brien on November 17, 2005 - 01:42

The POD absolutely destroys tea. I had a sip of one made with the little cup’o-tea-stuff and it sucked, and the second made with the machine’s hot water but made with a (proven) teabag and it sucked too. Reason: the water is simply not heated anywhere nearly high enough to make a passable cup of tea. Sucks, sucks, sucks!

BTW, any coffee expert will tell you that coffee is even more sensitive than tea to brewing temperature (at the very start of the brewing). I think they are wrong about that but I might be susceptible to a strong argument, if it was being made while I supped a good cup of tea.

And fer frigsakes, people who want tea made with boiling water (as opposed to just hot) are not a) being difficult, b) wanting strong tea (necessarily), or c) digging for something about which to complain. What they want is tea made the way the RECIPE says to make it — y’know, the one printed on nearly every box.

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