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New Keurig Brewer Uses RFID Recipe Tag to Make the Perfect Cup

Based on a beverage pack tag ID number, the Vue V1200 adopts the optimal temperature, timing and airflow settings, according to that beverage pack's particular needs.
By Claire Swedberg
Sep 21, 2012With made-to-order single-cup brewing in mind, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' coffeemaker division, Keurig, has turned to radio frequency identification. The Office Vue V1200 brewer, which has a built-in RFID reader, enables a user to make a single cup of coffee or other hot beverage, based on data encoded to RFID tags attached to single-serve beverage packets.

For several years, Keurig has been working to develop a brewer that recognizes a specific beverage packet. The Vue V1200, using what the company calls My Brew RFID technology, became available for order on Sept. 20. The new smart coffeemaker is designed for use in an office place or waiting room, where individuals would select a packet of beverage mix, such as a flavored coffee or cocoa, and brew a single cup. Thanks to RFID, the Vue V1200 brewer can recognize the type of beverage being made, and adjust its own settings accordingly.

Keurig's Office Vue 1200 brewer has a built-in RFID reader to identify the type of coffee being brewed, and adjust settings accordingly.
With the My Brew RFID-based technology, single-serving Vue packs—sealed, prepackaged cups, made of recyclable polypropylene #5 plastic, containing a single serving's worth of tea leaves or ground coffee beans that the user inserts into the coffeemaker—come with a built-in "recipe" tag. The Vue pack varieties include Nantucket Blend coffee, Vanilla Latte or Dark Chocolate hot cocoa, and a variety of other flavors.

Each Vue pack has a built-in passive EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tag with a unique ID number (recipe code) that identifies its beverage type. When the packet is inserted into the brewer, the reader captures the ID that identifies the beverage type. The reader, designed by Keurig's engineering division, can then use its own built-in software to adjust water temperature, timing and airflow, according to that particular packet's recipe. The My Brew technology was engineered by Keurig to guide users who might not be familiar with the company's single-cup brewing system to get it right the first time, by enabling the brewer to default to optimum settings, based on the recipe tag.

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