Pooki's Mahi's Definition: Coffee Pods or Cups vs. Single Serve Pods

Pooki's Mahi's Definition:  Coffee Pods or Cups vs. Single Serve Pods

Cups for the Keurig brewing system are single serve coffee cups that brew one cup of coffee or any hot beverage is also known as single serves or single serves cups.  Keurig is a machine that brews single serve cups.  Customers have different definitions of “Single Serves” or "Single Serve Cups" depending on the use:

  1. Coffee pods - Prepackaged ground coffee in a very thin paper filter.  This form is usually used in hotels and timeshares.  The coffee is usually “fine ground” like an espresso grind.  Examples of brand producing coffee pods include Senseo, Espresso and ESE. As of 2016 "pods" is also used to describe single serve cups.
  2. Coffee capsule - Plastic cups that work in a specific system.  This form is usually sold online, in hotels and some times in grocery stores.  The coffee capsule will not work in other single serve brewing system.  Examples of brands producing coffee capsules working in their worn proprietary system include Nespresso, Starbucks Vue, Lavazza, Dolce Gusto, Illy, Tassimo T-Discs, etc.
  3. Sticks or Coffee bags - Freeze dried instant coffee.  The custom pours the freeze dried coffee into a cup of boiling water.  Folgers is the major coffee manufacture producing this form.


Pooki's Mahi is a single serve coffee maker using "Cups," "Pods," "Sustainable Pods" and "Single Serve Cups" to describe the 100% Kona coffee cups. Pooki's Mahi will not manufacture the black or white cups; white cups are known to kill the environment, non-recyclable and are not compostable.  The inventor of the black and white cups confessed the white cups will destroy the environment.  Governments have banned usage of the black or white cups.  The single serve coffee maker of non-environmentally friendly white or black plastic cups cyber-bullied Pooki's Mahi. Pooki's Mahi photos of 100 Kona coffee cups displays a higher quality coffee pods from the Silicon Valley based single serve coffee maker.


Cups Material, Environmental Impact, Compostability

Nespresso first sold coffee pods in 1986.  It was not recyclable.  According to BBC News single serve cups or coffee pods make up ⅓ of the Western European retail coffee market.  Some coffee pods or single serve cups have six grams of coffee and three grams of packaging.

Cups were originally available in #7, #5 cups with a foil lid.  Single serve cups made from #7 plastic are not recyclable.  #5 plastic claims to be recyclable; however environmental experts do not consider any plastic (in general) product as recyclable.  Some single serve cups made overseas (outside US) are lower in quality and will crack during the shipping process.  The sides of very low quality cups will melt. Customers are not able to smell the coffee through the plastic cup pod.

Cup lids are usually made from foil.  Foil is not compostable and unknown if it is recyclable.  Foil lids from overseas (outside US) might not be lead-free.  The foil does not allow the customer to see the coffee grind before brewing.

Several petitions (like http://killthekcup.org) and countries are banning plastic cups because it is not recyclable.  In Hamburg, Germany the government banned coffee black / white cups on February 22, 2016.

As of 2008, international company Ethical Coffee Company was the first to develop a 100% biodegradable coffee capsule.  


Environmentally Friendly Coffee Pods / Single Serve Cups

Cup manufactures have produced more environmentally friendly cups that is made out of mesh and very little #5 plastic cup.  Rogers Family of Lincoln, California was the first company to create a 97% mesh cup covered in a plastic imprinted lid.  Other US manufacturers like Treehouse and Canadian producer Mothers Parkers & Tea have also produced environmentally friendly cups.  


Number of Pods Single Serve Cups per Pound of Coffee

The total number of coffee pods single serve cups per pound of coffee is largely dependent on on how many grams per cup and the type of coffee grind used for the coffee bean. Single Serve cup manufacturers will quote 30 cups per 1 pound of coffee beans.  This means each cup contains .53 oz. of coffee beans.  

  • 16 oz. per 1 lb
  • 30 cups
  • 16 oz. / 30 cups = .53 oz.

The number of cups in per pound of coffee is an estimate because some machines will add or subtract from the functional spec.  For example, a functional spec that requires 11 grams of drip grind coffee might have +/- 2% more.


What makes Pooki’s Mahi’s 100 Percent Kona Coffee Pods different?

Pooki’s Mahi’s 100% Kona coffee pods single serve cups environmentally friendly and made from 99% mesh, 1% #5 clear plastic and have a clear lid.  A burnt orange color outlines the single serve cup’s lid making it compatible with Keurig 2.0 brewers. The side of the cup is 99% mesh and composed of 100% polypropylene (resin identification code #5) making it recyclable with other #5 plastics.  The clear lid allows the customer to view the coffee grind and smell the Kona coffee before brewing it.  The individual wrapper is thinner and protects the coffee from oxygen, moisture and UV light.  The lidding film used on the pod single serve cups locks in freshness.

Water flows into the cup filter and through the Kona coffee roast.  The single serve cups can hold up to 13 grams of Kona coffee.  The sidewall mesh offers multiple points of contact for water and grind.  Instead of coffee dripping into the cup via one hole coffee flows to the cup through the sidewall mesh.

Pooki’s Mahi has a universally standard template for all Kona coffee cups single serve pods.  Pooki’s Mahi single serve cups coffee pods holds +/- 11 grams of Kona coffee.  Each cup is individually wrapped with the required product information on the front and back of the wrapper:

  1. % of Kona coffee used (100% Kona coffee, 10% Kona coffee)
  2. Roast of the coffee (Medium, French)
  3. Kona coffee grade (Kona, Estate Extra Fancy)
  4. Kona coffee type (Peaberry)
  5. Net weight in ounces and in grams
  6. Nutrition label
  7. Pooki’s Mahi’s address, contact information and website
  8. Pooki’s Mahi’s social media icons for Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest
  9. Brewing instructions
  10. Ingredients list include the coffee plant varietal
  11. Trademark and disclaimers
  12. Expiration date
  13. Lot date
  14. Nutrition information
  15. Sourcing and roasting locations

Pooki’s Mahi’s Kona coffee pods single serve pods works in most 1.0 and 2.0 single serve brewing systems like Keurig, Bunn, Breville, Cuisinart and others.  It does not work in Starbucks Vue, Nespresso or ESE systems.  

Pooki’s Mahi’s Popular 100 Kona coffee pods single serve cups:

Resource Links:

  1. What is a single serve cup or coffee pod? 
  2. Cup manufacturer cyber bullies and slanders Pooki's Mahi

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About Pooki’s Mahi:
Pooki’s Mahi™ is a Silicon Valley-based private label coffee pods and custom promotional products manufacturer offering Hawaiian 100% Kona coffee and award-winning private label teas in sustainable single serve cups. Private label brands partner with Pooki’s Mahi for the efficient supply chain, go to market launch and new product introduction expertise. Since its online launch in 2013, Pooki’s Mahi products have been a favorite of customers, charities, celebrities and athletes and have been featured at red carpet events including Celebrity Gift Suites and athletes and seen on several television shows.  Pooki’s Mahi’s mission is to revolutionize the supply chain ecosystem to make it efficient by using technology in bringing the highest quality Kona coffees into the market in a sustainable, compostable cup. Hawaiian coffees are harvested/roasted in Hawaii, single serve cup manufactured in US and distributed to several fulfillment centers in the US.

For more information on Pooki’s Mahi custom private label coffee, single serve tea visit Pooki's Mahi Private Label Products platform.  Buy Kona coffee subscriptions at http://subscriptions.pookismahi.com. Follow Pooki’s Mahi on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to keep up with news insights to launching custom promotional products. Pooki’s Mahi has a zero tolerance for firms engaged in cyber-bullying, cyber-criminal, slander, negative reviews, or cultural discrimination.  A single serve coffee maker of black / white cups and aloha islands competitors cyber-bullied Pooki’s Mahi Founder/CEO since 2014. The relentless negative campaigns, slander and IP bullying resulted in irreparable harm.  Once a cyber-bully, always a bully.


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