Portland Is known across the country for our exception local coffee roasters. Our job at Percasso is to make it simple for you to brew great coffee in your office, and it really is simple! But every once in a while we get asked if we offer the Keurig single cup brewers – in short the answer is no, and there are three key reasons why:
The coffee in K-cups is roasted in commercial batches over 3000 miles from Portland at factories on the east coast. The cups are made of non-biodegradable plastic (yeah for hot plastic!), a paper filter, and a foil top. Once filled, these cups sit at a warehouse waiting to be transferred across the country to distribution centers, then out to the retail store nearest you! Contrary to what you might hear, the cups are not recyclable! Every year there are over 3 billion K-cups purchased, so if you stacked those discarded cups end to end it would reach 83,000 miles!
With Percasso’s service, the coffee we deliver to your office is locally roasted in small batches here in Portland. Depending on your location in the city, the coffee might have a total travel distance of only 8 miles once it leaves the roasters. Both the coffee grounds and the coffee filters are compostable.
Keurig sources their coffee from “exotic coffee-producing regions throughout the world”, but you don’t know where the farm is or anything about the farmers and their communities. Once the coffee is roasted, it is allowed to de-gas and is then packaged. The box has a 12 month sell by date, which means by the time is finally gets to you, the coffee could be several months old. When you brew a cup, a needle punctures the pack and pressurized hot water is injected into the coffee, and with a short extraction time the finished cup fails in comparison to what we can offer you.
With Percasso’s service, the 5 coffee roasters we represent can all trace their coffee back to the farm of origin. Our roasters develop long term relationships with the farmers, their families and work with their communities to improve their lives by building water wells in East Africa, supplying construction supplies to build a primary school in Papua New Guinea and supporting the Cafe Femenino Foundation, a collective of women coffee farmers, some of whom have been abandoned or abused.
Every week we order the coffee that we bring to you, and it’s delivered to us the day after being roasted. The coffee brewing equipment we provide to you is professional and commercial grade quality. We insure the brewers reach the correct water temperature and are programmed for the correct infusion time so you’ll get an excellent cup of coffee every time.
Since most offices work within a budget for their coffee service, the $0.50 – $1.00 per cup pricing for K-cups might seem quite enticing, a bargain really… but this is one of those times when it seems too good to be true, and it is! Using only 8 grams of coffee per cup, k-cup coffee costs over $50 dollars per pound!
With Percasso’s service, your per cup cost can range anywhere from $0.23 – $0.35 per cup! This is a huge savings that comes with a much higher quality coffee.
Contact us and let us show you how easy it can be to brew the best coffee in Portland right in your office. From our digital Wilbur Curtis coffee brewers to our super automatic espresso machines, we have the right equipment for you.