Keurig – the company that made us all single cup of coffee addicts – has announced a new product that will bring some of the biggest names in carbonated beverage to its brewing system. The new Keurig KOLD operates and looks much like its traditional coffee brewer, but instead delivers ice cold glasses of soda. Aside from some intriguing carbonation technology, it’s the price tag of each individual drink that has caught our attention.
Keurig’s new KOLD personal beverage system uses a similar physical design to its existing popular single cup coffee brewers. But it’s the individual drink pods that have undergone a makeover. Each plastic container has an aluminum “freshness” seal, once it is removed the pod goes into the lid as normal. Inside you’ll find Keurig’s proprietary Karbonator beads that provide the fizz-factor that we’re all familiar with in our sodas.
The water is chilled for 44-degrees before it is pushed through the pod and into your cup. Flavoring is mixed in throughout the process and the drink is ready for consumption immediately. This is one of the key differences that Keurig is touting between its new system and the popular Soda Stream Kit that was released a few years ago. Keurig’s KOLD pods supply the carbonation and the drink comes out at a chilled temperature. Unlike its coffee brewers, KOLD is only capable of putting out eight ounce drinks. While this is the first go round outside of the warm beverage realm for Keurig, we have already detailed other personal beverage machines that create alcohol drinks from SodaStream and on Kickstarter.
There are two additional noteworthy pieces to the puzzle: flavors and cost. Keurig has already gathered commitments from some big names in the beverage industry including Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper. A four-pack of pods will cost between $4.49 and $4.99 each. By comparison, a twelve pack of 12-oz. Coke cans sells for $4.68 on Amazon. The Keurig KOLD system itself has a list price of $369.99, so there is some significant upfront costs and recurring expenses with this system in comparison to just buying the drinks in pre-bottled form. It is available for purchase today direct from Keurig and from select retailers online.
In other news, Keurig also recently announced that it has partnered with Campbell’s soup to create chicken broth K-Cups. These pods are for use in traditional Keurig brewers and include a separate pack of noodles to complete the cup of soup. Reviews are somewhat mixed at this point, but it’s no surprise that Keurig has gone down this road. I can’t say that I’d want someone brewing chicken broth in the breakroom Keurig here at 9to5Toys, but to each their own. A six-pack of pods retails for just over $13.
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