Dunkin’ Donuts to sell K-cups for Keurig brewers

By Emily Bryson York
Posted Feb. 22 at 8:20 a.m.

Dunkin’ Donuts and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters are hooking up to make Dunkin’s coffee available in K-cups for Keurig machines.

Beginning this summer, at participating Dunkin’ cafes in the U.S. and Canada, the K-cups will be sold in 14-packs, available in original, decaf, French vanilla, hazelnut, and Dunkin’ dark. Some cafes will also be selling Keurig brewers.

This news comes on the heels of a Chicago Tribune report that Starbucks was looking at a variety of single-serve coffee partners coming out of the coffee-chain’s relationship with Northfield-based Kraft Foods Inc. Starbucks expects to take over its packaged coffee business March 1.

The chain, which has been tied to an exclusive deal with Kraft’s Tassimo machine, has said it will partner with Courtesy Products to provide Starbucks coffee in single-serve format for a number of hotels. However, the company as promised more announcements are to come.

Waterbury, Vt.-based Green Mountain owns Keurig, and holds patents on the K-cups. Keurig owns the vast majority of the single-serve coffee market in the United States. Canton, Mass-based Dunkin,’ citing NPD/Crest data, says it is the nation’s largest seller of hot coffee and tea.

“[Green Mountain’s] agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts is part of our strategy of aligning with the strongest coffee brands to support a range of consumer choice and taste profiles in our innovative Keurig Single-Cup Brewing system,” Green Mountain CEO Lawrence J. Blanford, said in a statement.

Financial terms of the agreement were no disclosed.

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  1. 007 Feb. 22 at 9:30 a.m.

    Why? If I’m home and I want DD coffee, I can dip some dishwater out of the sink. Bleagh!

  2. Mary Feb. 22 at 11:05 a.m.

    007, you must have flavorful dishwater. Ever think of bottling it? ;)

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  4. Chad Feb. 22 at 4:17 pm

    About time DD! If you are looking for good deals on k-cups, the following firefox add-on easily lets you see all k-cups currently on sale. Very useful:


  5. Roosevelt Franklin Feb. 22 at 4:17 pm

    I agree with 007. I much prefer that hot, liquid body odor from Starbucks. Yum!

  6. Don Feb. 24 at 3:26 pm

    007: The problem is not with DD’s coffee beans. It’s not even with they way they brew it. It’s with the way they keep it. They keep the brewed coffee on hot plates, which make the coffee taste bitter and rancid. Then when it’s been sitting there for a while, they pour the dregs into the next pot to save a few pennies, and probably lose a lot of customers at the same time.

    Roosevelt: Besides terrible coffee that’s not locally roasted and is always almost a blend, I’ll never go to Starbucks, because I’ll never forgive them for getting rid of gourmet coffee in Boston. Once we had the best coffee in the country from a local chain called the Coffee Connection. Starbucks bought them just to shut them down, because they know they can’t compete on quality.

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