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Single Serve Coffee Is Here To Stay

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In this episode, Kenneth sits down with Mark Modenbach who is the VP of manufacturing at Pod Pack. Pod Pack is a leading co-producer of single-serve coffee and tea pods. Mark provides an insider view on what the single-serve coffee market looks like, where it is likely to go in the future and explains how roasters can enter this market.


  • People are prepared to pay for convenience. 
  • Espresso pods are becoming increasingly popular.
  • The roaster is in total control when they ask Pod Pack to make a single-serve version of their product.
  • Fully recyclable pods are now available.
  • Single serve pods are a very good way for a roaster to up their profile and get their product into more hands.

‘If we're going to push coffee to more people, we've got to find different ways to reach them. ´

‘We do a Toddy also, but with pods.’

‘Coffee as a whole from the farm to the barista employs a billion people around the world.’


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Coffee 101 is an educational show on all things coffee.  Join Kenneth and Katie as they start with the most basic questions about coffee and build your knowledge from there.  If you love coffee, are curious about coffee, or you’re a business just looking for a resource to train your team, Coffee 101 is without question the show for you!

Season 1 is all about coffee’s journey from ‘seed to shelf’.

Season 2 is all about coffee’s journey from ‘shelf to sip’.

ABOUT THE HOST: Kenneth Thomas is also an instructor with Stanford Continuing Studies for an all-in-one coffee class.  He owns and is head roaster at Umble Coffee Co.  He and Umble Coffee have been consistently ranked one of the best specialty coffee roasters in the United States.  Kenneth is very passionate about coffee and coffee education.

ABOUT THE CO-HOST: Katie Thomas is Kenneth’s oldest daughter and brings an entertaining flair to the podcast.  She’s still learning about coffee and thus makes the perfect co-host.  She, like the listeners, would claim to be a ‘101-er’ - like you - coffee curious.  She’ll be the future of the coffee industry, and the future looks very bright!

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