My name is Seth, one of the newest members of the Boca Java Family and expert customer handler! What does that mean? It means, if you “Contact Us” there is a good chance you will speak with me. Being your direct connection here at Boca Java, I want to add a “newer-to-coffee” perspective to bloggers fuel. I will do my best to answer some of those questions that I hear, that maybe you never wanted to ask.
Having, to some extent, a limited experience in the coffee world-prior to joining the Boca Java family-I have started to submerge myself in this world of coffee culture. I have loved gleaning tid-bits of knowledge from the experts I am surrounded by. Learning the differences in the types of beans-from origins all over the world, in how roasting affects the beans, the reasoning for specific packaging, how different methods of brewing can change flavors, etc. As a self proclaimed “coffeephile,” I am on a mission to be a great “connoisseur” in the coffee industry. As my experience expands, I find that all of my friends have questions for me. One of the most common is what I wanted to address in today’s blog.
“Why don’t you guys offer K-Cups?”
What a loaded question… for so many coffee connoisseurs, aficionados, experts, and lovers out there the answer is simple. For those of us just learning to “tread the waters,” I would like to share some of what I have learned. Let’s start with what makes a great coffee experience…
- A Comfortable Spot
- Your Favorite Mug
- Balance (The way flavors blend together)
It would be super fun to expound on what each of those means… maybe in another blog. However, what is important to our discussion today is what I believe to be the most important part of a great coffee experience: Freshness. Right now, you may be thinking, “Seth, you’re rambling… stay focused. You’re supposed to be talking about K-Cups…” Seriously, if you knew me you would think that, but have patience, I am getting there.
Did you know that fresh roasted coffee releases carbon dioxide? Now, stay with me here… I do have a point. As you will notice on our packaging and on many coffee producers there is a one way valve. I always thought that was there to allow you to smell the coffee, nope. It turns out that valve/vent is there, because many companies package their coffees fresh and need that valve to release the carbon dioxide build up. Feeling smarter, right? Now, to connect the dots!
The K-Cup concept is great for convenience: Single packet coffee, specialty machine to produce the coffee quickly, no mess clean-up, no extra coffee wasted. These are all nice little benefits… but at what cost? As I am sure you are aware the K-Cup is a fully sealed package… now, if fresh coffee is releasing CO2… where does the CO2 go in a K-Cup? The truth is… there is hardly any carbon left in the K-Cup coffee. In order to package a K-Cup and avoid combustion, the coffee must be commercially “staled.” What do I mean by “staled?” There may be several ways to do this, but probably the most effective way is to grind the fresh roasted beans and have them put into a machine to agitate, or continually stir them. This causes the CO2 to release, meaning “not fresh” coffee.
In conclusion, Boca Java has always taken pride in delivering a “Fresh” experience to our customers. That being the case, we cannot-while maintaining our motto “Redefining the perfect cup”-offer our products “staled.” So, while we are looking at new ways and partnerships for single serve options of our coffee. I feel confident in saying; do not expect our products to be produced in the form of a K-Cup, at least for now… BUT stay tuned for future K-Cup updates as we are currently working on a solution. DO keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and our website: www.bocajava.com, so you know when the new products come out!
I hope this was as enjoyable for you all, as it was for me. Good luck in your journey towards your “perfect cup!”
Always at your service,