LOUISVILLE, KY & WATERBURY, VT -- No matter how you prefer your cup of coffee, there's no denying the single-serve brewing trend is piping-hot. According to a 2014 National Coffee Association coffee drinking trends survey, 29 percent of respondents who drank coffee said they used a single-cup brewer, up nearly 50 percent from the previous year.1 Brewing at home is about to become even more appealing as GE (GE) introduces an industry first: the GE Cafe™ Series refrigerator with Keurig® K-Cup® Brewing System.
GE's new refrigerator technology, an evolution of its Cafe French door refrigerator's unique hot water dispenser, paired with a Keurig K-Cup single-cup brewer, meets the growing consumer interest. From leaders innovating to change the industry, this breakthrough evolution will take consumer convenience and versatility to a whole new level.
"Over the last couple years, GE surveyed Cafe French door refrigerator consumers who have the hot water feature; they asked us, 'When can we have a refrigerator that dispenses coffee or tea?' In fact, two-thirds said they'd be interested in a single-serve hot beverage dispenser," said Dan Goldstein, refrigeration marketing manager for GE Appliances. "This inspired GE and Keurig to pursue the development of the industry-first, built-in, single-serve brewing system from a refrigerator."
"With more than 60 brands that consumers love and over 400 beverage varieties in the system, Keurig is all about offering consumers the great-tasting, high-quality beverages they want, simply and conveniently," says Mark Wood, chief product officer, Keurig Hot Beverage Systems. "As an innovator in the personal beverage system industry, Keurig is excited to partner with GE and to be the first to offer hot single-cup technology right from a refrigerator."
Additional features include:
Fresh, filtered water every time with no need to refill.
The built-in system frees up counter space, something that's a premium in many kitchens, and the Keurig K-Cup brewer is dishwasher safe.
First-of-its-kind water filtration system, tested and verified by an independent third party to remove 98 percent of five trace pharmaceuticals from water.
GE connected technology, allowing consumers to preset the brew time via their mobile device so the water in the reservoir is ready and waiting.
Water-dispensing flow rate and temperature designed to make the optimal cup of coffee, tea or other single-serve beverages
ENERGY STAR® certification, meeting minimum efficiency standards for refrigerators and freezers and using as much energy as a cell phone does to charge overnight.
Made in Louisville, Ky., the Cafe French door refrigerator with single-serve Keurig K-Cup brewing system (CFE28USHSS/CYE22USHSS) will be available in stainless steel. With an MSRP of $3,300*, it will be available in the third quarter of 2015 wherever appliances are sold. For more information on availability, visit www.geappliances.com.