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We visited a coffee roasting plant to see how K-Cups are made, and it's way more scientific than we expected

K cup test

  • Keurig K-Cups are a popular and convenient option for coffee drinkers.
  • We toured a coffee roasting facility to see how K-Cups are made. 
  • We learned that not all K-Cups are made the same — the amount of coffee grounds and packaging all affect how your favorite K-Cups taste.


From the Starbucks drive-thru to homemade cold brew, there are seemingly endless options when it comes to your morning cup of coffee. However, Keurig single serve brewing systems remain one of the most popular means of caffeination, largely because of their convenience (even if they've been criticized for being bad for the environment). 

Here at INSIDER, we've tried plenty of flavors of  K-Cups, so we were curious to see how they were made.

Barrie House Coffee Company invited us to visit their roasting plant and packaging facility to get an inside look at how K-Cups are produced. From the coffee itself to the packaging process, we learned about the nuances of single-serve pod production and what factors influence how your coffee tastes. 

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We arrived at Barrie House Coffee Company in Elmsford, New York, ready to learn and very ready to drink coffee.

We started with a tour of their roasting facility, including where they package their K-Cups.

Barrie House produces fair trade coffee, which arrives at the facility in giant bags like the ones behind us. 

Shay Zohar, Director of Sales and Marketing of Barrie House, showed us around the facility. He explained that while your favorite K-Cup starts with good ground coffee, the packaging process also has a huge effect on flavor.

K-Cups are filled with ground coffee, but there are a few major differences between the contents of the capsules and the ground coffee you'd buy at the store.

The "roasting and grinding is a very different process in order to achieve the same style brewed cup," Zohar said. For K-Cups, coffee grounds should be smaller and more granular for the best, most even brew. 

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