Bad news for coffee drinkers! You won’t like what’s happening to price of K-Cup single-serve packets

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — More bad news for coffee drinkers. First it was Starbucks and grocery store brands. Now, even single-serve packets are getting more expensive.

Keurig Green Mountain said Thursday it plans to hike prices by 9% for the K-Cup packets used in its signature brewing system, as well as bulk coffee and other products beginning in November.

It’s the latest in a string of price hikes this year as coffee producers pass along higher costs. Coffee prices have soared 58% over the past 12 months, after a drought in Brazil dried up this year’s harvest of Arabica beans, the most popular bean in coffee production.

Starbucks said in June that prices would go up between 5 and 20 cents on average, depending on the order and where the purchase is made. J.M. Smucker also hiked prices by 9% for Folgers and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee that it makes for sale in grocery stores.

Keurig Green Mountain said the decision to increase prices is in “direct response” to the higher cost of coffee, which includes a nearly 55% rise in “green coffee prices.”

The company said it buys much of its coffee from organic and free trade producers.


  • Shark Biscuits

    Not a big deal that Green Mountain is raising their prices, there’s plenty of others making K-cups if the price gets too high compared to the rest of the market. Their patent on the K-cup format expired in 2012, allowing anyone who wants to make K-cups without licensing headaches. So what does Green Mountain do? They create a “new and improved” system (the Vue cup) in the attempt to again lock everyone into licensing. That didn’t work. So next up, is the “version 2.0” system, which packages DRM into the K-cup format, so again only licensed K-cups can be brewed in your Keurig brew system. Problem there again, is the market already has alternatives.

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