Coffee Kashrus Help- Archer Farms Flavored Coffee

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  • #619153

    Toi
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    Hi All,

    I just bought a keurig and received a bunch of coffee for free with it. I found a bunch of pods from archer farms, flavored, with no hechsher. Does anyone, who knows what they’re talking about, have info?

    Thanks

    #1213205

    Lightbrite
    Participant

    If it is kosher, then the label would be on the box of k-cups, not individual packages.

    The OU stopped labeling the individual cups because it could be misleading. If someone used a non-kosher k-cup right before the person comes in with his/her k-cup, then the Keurig machine would not be kosher; thus the coffee also wouldn’t be kosher anymore.

    #1213206

    iacisrmma
    Participant

    Flavored coffees need hashgacha. Archer Farms is basically Target’s house brand. Some of their ground coffees have the OU. I would suggest you contact the OU.

    #1213207

    Meno
    Participant

    “The OU stopped labeling the individual cups because it could be misleading. If someone used a non-kosher k-cup right before the person comes in with his/her k-cup, then the Keurig machine would not be kosher; thus the coffee also wouldn’t be kosher anymore.”

    That doesn’t sound like a good reason to stop labeling the cups. It’s like saying they shouldn’t put a hechsher on cheese because someone might put it on a hamburger and then it wouldn’t be kosher anymore. I know it’s not exactly the same, but it’s the same idea. When they label a package, they are certifying that the product itself is kosher. There are always other kashrus considerations, and it’s your responsibility as a Jew to be aware of them.

    #1213208

    feivel
    Participant

    do a google image search for archer farms k cup. the ou is on the lower front of the box. i just tried it. happened to notice that the caramel and pumpkin had a hechsher. probably they all do. i didnt look further.

    this is a useful technique for online food purchases

    #1213209

    Lightbrite
    Participant

    Meno: I think I am wrong about why they did it. I read a couple things and maybe misinterpreted it.

    From Kosher Today:

    “According to Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of the Orthodox Union (OU) Kashrus Division, certified kosher K-Cups used in the machines no longer have the OU symbol on the individual cups although they remain on the boxes that they come in.

    Thus, a kosher consumer who randomly finds a K-Cup without a box may inadvertently be using a non-certified K-Cup causing one rabbi to suggest that the user of such a Keurig machine might have to refrain from using the machine for 24 hours, run a kosher K-Cup through the machine and even kosher the two metal pins.” (Kosher Today)

    #1213210

    Meno
    Participant

    LB,

    I believe you did misinterpret it. The last paragraph that you quoted makes it pretty clear that Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. removed the symbol, not the OU. The article is explaining why the individual cups SHOULD have the OU symbol.

    EDIT: I now see that you edited your post before I wrote this 🙂

    #1213211

    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
    Participant

    Which flavors did you get?

    #1213212

    Lightbrite
    Participant

    Thanks Meno.

    Btw the OU has a Kosher Hotline.

    OU KOSHER HOTLINE

    212-613-8241

    #1213213

    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
    Participant

    Also, be aware that poskim disagree about whether tevilah is required and/or possible on the machines.

    #1213214

    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
    Participant

    this is a useful technique for online food purchases

    That’s fine if you’ll be receiving the item and can double-check, but I don’t have full confidence in it for past purchases where there’s no visible hechsher on the product you have.

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