Many coffee brewer vendors are anxiously awaiting Keurig's K-Cup patents to expire,0,5161089.story this September. At the Home and Housewares show, Hamilton Beach's Hamilton Beach CustomCup Brewer was the first prototype we've seen that will use K-Cups at such a low price point ($49 MSRP). The company won't be releasing it until October, but still had it out on the show floor for us to take a look at.
The machine we saw on the floor likely was a pre-production model and there will likely be changes to it before it debuts in the fall. But the fact that companies are already gearing up to throw their hat in the K-Cup ring certainly gives us a preview of the type of vendor activity that will occur when the patent ends.