Ask the Coffee Lab: What goes into a K-Cup® Pod?

By Kristen Mercure

Keurig 2.0 Brewer

It’s time for another addition of Ask the Coffee Lab! We’ve received so many good questions about coffee and what goes into making your favorite K-Cup® pods it only made sense to delve a little deeper into ouringredients and the make-up of our pods. Let’s learn some more:

Are there calories in coffee?

For calorie crunchers out there, good news: unflavored and flavored brewed coffee (without added cream or sugar) have virtually no calories, fats, carbohydrates, sodium, or cholesterol.

What ingredients do you use for your flavored coffee?

We use high quality ingredients that are approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

What kind of coffee’s in a K-Cup® pod?

The majority of our K-Cup® coffee pods contain some of the finest Arabica and Robusta coffees from around the world.  One exception is our Café Escapes® Café Mocha variety, which does contain instant coffee.  Whether single origin, organic, Fair Trade, or a multi-varietal blend, each of our coffees is created from carefully selected coffee beans and roasted to perfection. Immediately after roasting, our coffee is packed into air tight pods. A special nitrogen-flush during packaging ensures there is little oxygen left in the pod and the K-Cup® pod protects the coffee from air, light and moisture – all things that overtime, can affect the taste of your cup of coffee.

How fresh is the coffee in a K-Cup® pod?

How a Keurig K-Cup Pod Works

K-Cup® pods are made of three elements – the cup, a filter and the aluminum foil top – which maintain the pod contents’ quality and freshness by preventing oxygen, light and moisture from degrading the coffee. All of our K-Cup® pods have a suggested Best Used By Date, which represents a time-frame recommendation we provide the consumer to help ensure the highest quality brewing experience possible. It is not a product expiration date. Through shelf-life testing we have been able to determine that our coffee products can be experienced at the highest standards of quality within a 24-month window.

What is the lid of a K-Cup® pod made of?

K-Cup® pod lids are constructed from a food-grade aluminum foil which is sealed to the cup portion of the pod during the production and filling process. All specifications for our products require that they be constructed using only industry standard materials that meet or exceed the FDA’s guidelines for product safety.

Is there a filter in K-Cup® pods? What is it made of?

While many of our pods do contain filters, some do not. Like most filters for drip coffee makers, K-Cup® pod filters are made with abaca fiber, which is the same material that is typically used in tea bags. The filter is welded to the cup portion of the pod during the production and filling process.

What plastic is used for your K-Cup® pods? Is it BPA free?

Most K-Cup® pods are classified as #7 plastic, which means they are made from a multi-layer blend of materials and plastics.  The inside layers are polyethylene, which is one of the most common plastic food packaging material used today. Our specifications require that K-Cup®, Vue®, K-Mug™, and K-Carafe™ pods be constructed from plastic which does not contain BPA.  All specifications for our products require that they be constructed using only industry standard materials that meet or exceed the Food & Drug Administration’s guidelines for product safety.

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