Consumer Complaints and Reviews
I have been a customer for about 20 years and loved the product, as well as the accuracy of the auto delivery and easiness of navigating the website. All of a sudden, the website has changed and became impossible to navigate. My membership stated as started this June, despite my last order was sent in April. The next order supposed to be processed in the beginning of July which's never happened. Ever since I tried to communicate with the company via the website - it didn't work; then phone call - got the message that they are too busy and disconnect; next phone call - 4 hours hold (!) with no result; managed to send email - received auto response stating they are working diligently to solve my problem - and that all! 3 more emails - same result. No coffee and no customer service! Totally devastated! There is no matching product on the market while my favorite one became unattainable!!!
Exact same problem as Andrew of Lake Forest, IL described on July 25, 2017. Very long term customer. On automatic delivery. Got an email that told me our credit card had been declined (probably because I need to update the expiration date). Website will not let me edit anything. Sent email for advice. Got unrelated reply about how to change my password. Placed phone call. Apparently their system is overwhelmed. Told to expect 30 minute wait. Waited on hold until the system hung up on me. Sent an 3rd request email. Waiting for reply.
As a 10+ year customer of auto delivery, my latest shipment was cancelled because "your credit card expired," It did not. Called several times; after going through a ridiculous voice-mail tree I was put on hold and then told to "press 1 to received a call back. You will not lose your place in line." Right. Well, I was called back with a message that their volume was too heavy to call me! Tried several times, all with the same result. Today I tried to call and they won't even let you stay on hold or ask for a call back. Also, several "support tickets" that I submitted (per their automated request) were never responded to. I tried to cancel my account on line but can't even do that!
I attempted to start up an auto shipment for their cold brew coffee since my local store is prone to run out. The order went through, but the website never asked me to create an account from my order. Bad design. This meant that my order was not linked to any method that I could change it or ever cancel it! I attempted to immediately get them to cancel the order so that I could resubmit it *after* authenticating into my new account. Nearly a week later, this still hasn't happened and the first order has shipped.
I've sent them a request daily and updated my ticket daily basically pleading with them to cancel the order. I got one reply that told me to log into my account and edit it, despite me clearly stating that this cannot be done! Other than that, there has been no response. I want to get this canceled before my next shipment. If I haven't heard anything back in a couple more days, I will contact my credit card and ask them to deny payment. I hope this is an option. I've never had to do this before.
Gevalia just changed over from payments by check to payment by credit card only. I got the notice and since I have an account with periodic shipments I went to their website and created a "new" account. Then found out that the coffee we have been buying for years (Light Roast) has been discontinued, so settled for the House Blend. My original account was with Free Shipping.
After completing my order using my credit card, I noticed I had been charged shipping on my order. I called the Gevalia 800 number to try to get my free shipping back. Of course I had to listen to the 4-5 options before making a selection, but finally selected #1. After several rings a recording came online telling me that they were experiencing an unusually high call volume and advised I could either continue to hold or go their website where most answers could be found. I decided to hold.
After staying on hold for 38 minutes another recording came on advising again of the "high call volume" and then promptly disconnected me. I called back again, and again (to make a long story shorter) each time making a different telephone menu selection, get put on hold and then summarily disconnected after less than a minute on hold. Finally I tried menu selection #5, I think it was, and after an 8-10 minute hold time got a live person on the line. Told her my story about wanting to get back on free shipping. The Rep told me that she couldn't handle that and would transfer me to the billing dept.
Again, after a long hold... by now I had close to, if not more than an hour invested... I got disconnected. I called back again, using the menu selection #5 and after another long time on hold got a rep. I told her my story up to that point. She said she would put me on hold on her line while she called the billing dept. and once they answered she would connect me. I agreed. She even gave me her name. After about 20-25 minutes a different female rep picked up the line and asked if she could help me. I told her I was on hold waiting on Sally and as I was telling her why, I was disconnected again. Called back again, using menu #5 and got another rep named Justin. Went through the whole thing with him and asked to speak to a manager. Justin said he'd try to get me one.
After about 5-6 minutes Justin came back and said there weren't any supervisors available at this time. I'm wondering to myself "what the heck kind of company is this? I can't even talk to a supervisor." Justin said the best he could do, would be to give me a reference case number and a supervisor would be calling me back. I asked if the call back would be today, tomorrow, next year... Justin said he didn't know. I spent about an hour and a half trying to get to billing to no avail.
That was 2 days ago and still no call back and no way to talk to a supervisor. Somebody needs to clean house on the management in their call center(s) and fix the phone on hold system. This kind of lack of service is ridiculous. Makes me wonder if Gevalia is trying to get rid of online sales by pissing off their customers to point they will leave?
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I have been a Gevalia auto delivery customer for at least 15 years. They had been a great company to deal with. I diligently paid by check on time for all these years. I recently received a letter stating they would no longer accept check payments and I would receive my coffee until 9-1-17 then if I had not gone onto their site to input my credit card information my account would be cancelled. When I first subscribed to this auto delivery I was promised I would have free shipping forever until I cancelled my subscription. I went on the site with intentions of entering my credit card information so that I could continue with the agreed upon order with free shipping. I discovered that I no longer could obtain the free shipping, so I refrained from entering the credit card info.
I finally spoke to someone tonight and asked whether the free shipping would still be extended. Justin could not answer that and transferred me to a "specialist". I stayed on hold 15 minutes, gave up and tried to call several more times. Finally spoke to Justin again. Justin said he would forward my concerns to a supervisor and have them call me. I have to wait 3 to 5 business days for that call. Meanwhile I can't get back onto my Gevalia account after just resetting my password last night. Now it won't let me even reset my password again. The big question is... Will they blame the Russians??? This is ridiculous, and this company has gone DOWNHILL. I no longer will do business with them considering my experience and the nightmares others have experienced.
I placed my first order with Gevalia for 3 bags of the Gevalia Signature Blend Decaf T-Discs. Pricing was expected, but I was unable to find this in the stores in town, so I clicked on the 2 day shipping. WOW! The shipping was almost as much as the whole order of the coffee. The order was immediately processed, I received a confirmation number, and my credit card was charged without the option to cancel or change the shipping to regular ground shipping. I tried to call the company numerous times, but was disconnected each time after listening to a robo menu telling me to go to the Help menu on their website. There was still no help from that menu, so I'm still calling and being disconnected.
I responded to the confirmation email, but got a rejected reply from my server. I finally found a "special request" email and sent a cancellation notification, but nothing from them so far. I contacted my credit card company and they said they had many complaints about Gevalia's customer service and their no reply to their customers. I will order my coffee from Amazon, but would NEVER use Gevalia's direct ordering again. HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE. Beware of giving your credit card information!!! They are banned from using my credit card again!
Our children gave us a 12 cup programmable automatic coffeemaker as a gift... model #CM500W. We never used it as we had a working coffeemaker but we kept it packed in the original box in reserve for when we needed it. Well, the time came and we took it out of the box and used it 3 days ago. It worked like a charm and we loved it... Then this morning it just wouldn't work. The lights came on so we know it was connected but it would NOT brew. I called the "help" 800 number and explained the problem but since I did not have a purchase receipt and I told them that I think it was probably over a year old they would do nothing except replace it for about $90.00.
We are very senior citizens... My husband is over 90 years old and a World War II veteran. We followed the directions exactly. It did work the first and second time and then just stopped. I can't understand that I had it in the original box why it would be our fault for it not working??? You would assume that the coffeemaker would last much longer than that length of time. And it is hard for me to understand how the gentleman I spoke to told me since it was over a year old nothing will be done. It had NEVER been used before... NEVER. It is a Gevalia coffeemaker... How can this be?
After years of buying Keurig brewers and having each one break down within 6 months, I finally decided to try something different. Purchased Bosch Tassimo brewer. Salesperson said that brewer comes with free coffee much in the same way as Keurig does. Once the brewer was unpacked, I quickly learned that free coffee wasn't included. However unique to Tassimo, they want you to register your product online at www.tassimo.com, and with registration, Tassimo will mail me 2 boxes of pods for the brewer. When going to Tassimo.com, you are rerouted to gevalia.com. That's not a good start. Next you register providing serial numbers, etc. When you check the box for your free gift, their software application/form crashes! They suggest you call them. I did.
After a rather long hold, a very disrespectful woman takes the call and confirms that Gevalia has the reservation including all information. She enters the order and you are promised that within 24 hours you will receive 3 emails. One congratulating you on your purchase. Another providing you with a 15% discount on your first order. And the last email with a secret code used to redeem your gift. Within minutes I received the first 2 emails, and as of 30 hours haven't yet received the secret code.
So after 30 hours I called again. This time "Amy" takes the call claiming to accept complaints on behalf of Kraft, Tassimo and Gevalia. Learned that really isn't the case. She is in customer service for Gevalia and defended Gevalia's program wholeheartedly. She was able to confirm my brewer registration, however wasn't in position to override the secret code needed to release gift. After keeping me on hold for about 35 minutes, she transferred me to her supervisor, "Jason."
After another 20 minutes with Jason, I'm told that he can't figure out what went wrong, is unable to correct problem, can't provide gift and promises that within 48 hours an "administrator" will call to fix the problem. Your guess is as good as mine whether we ever hear from the administrator. My guess is that Gevalia does everything they can do to delay redeeming until you forget about it. Waiting another 48 hours is a good example that strategy. I'm curious if Tassimo, Bosch or Kraft is aware of the questionable business practices of Gevalia.
I enjoy this product. I have purchased this product at Walmart. The contents have been short in 2 boxes. The froth packages were short by 2 in 2 boxes. I have 1 other box which I has been opened yet. I will continue to buy this product. Thanks.
Placed an order on a special "buy 3/get 1 free" Tassimo coffee promotion. One product (purchased at $7.99) was available. Other product (purchased at $11.99) was on back order. Gevalia did ship first order. Maybe for internal billing on their end - they charge for all 4 but discount each as if only paying for 3. No problem - I dont mind - costs the same whether discounted 25% each or 4th free. HOWEVER, on 2nd order (the more expensive item) - they cheated me. They just reduce the cost of the each item from 1st order by another 25%, rather than off the $11.99.
So essentially - Gevalia cheated me $4. Not a big deal but its my right to not get cheated. When I called customer service - they were indifferent. Customer service supervisor was even worse. She said "I will speak with my team and call you back tomorrow." Who has customer service resolution - after being on hold for 32 min - that needs to speak to team to see where they went wrong on their end? I am such a loyal customer - now the $4 cheat is made worse by inability to credit me $4 - even on next purchase - locking me back in. How insane?
Product is fine; Customer Service is terrible. Unpleasant and NOT helpful: They read from a script, super slow, rude, don't answer questions but ramble about stuff not asked, give false information.
I recently tried to find out if my Gevalia bags were recyclable. First operator had no clue but said she'd connect me to "product dept." No answer. I called again and 2nd operator said all paper is recyclable. I informed her Gevalia uses metal bags since paper would not hold a vacuum. She switched to Operator 3 who promised to find out while I was on the line. Her answer: "All glass, paper and cardboard products are recyclable." What about the bags? (She also had no idea how they were shipped.) "Call your recycling center." I had and they needed the bags' composition. "Hmm, I think recycled paper and stuff." I then tried to write from their website but got an error message "Illegal characters in comment section" even when blank. You can't make this stuff up!
After reading the other reviews of Gevalia Coffee it looks like I'm not alone in my dealings with the company. When they stopped sending whole bean coffee I tried multiple times to cancel my subscriptions. The multiple account numbers they used made it difficult to keep track of what I owed for what items. I finally started returning all their shipments and only then did they stop sending them. I called to find out what my final balance was and was assured that the amount they gave me was my FINAL FINAL balance. I promptly paid that amount and now I received a collection notice from them for a higher amount. When I called and asked for a list of shipments and payments they told me that unfortunately they couldn't give me that information. That's ridiculous. I will never do business with Gevalia again and will tell everyone I know not to.
Had been a customer for over 20 years. Then all of a sudden, incorrect orders, shorted orders, substituted orders, and even things I did not order came in. Coffee and product quality hit bottom. Then no products except a few types of coffee that I could purchase from local store and even at a lower price than online. After I found out Kraft had purchased company I understood. Profit above customer had come into play. So no more Gevalia, there are many other quality and much better selections online than Gevalia ever had even thought of having. Too bad.
When Gevalia was going through its changes, we received 2 separate shipments. We returned both of them because the shipping was like paying double for the coffee. We could have got the coffee from our local supermarket. We did not know that we had to call them to tell them that we were returning the shipments. When I received the first bill, I called and was told that our account was clear of any required payments. We received a second bill. I called again. One rude associate said to me, “so you received the shipments and now you don't want to pay?” I say to anyone thinking about using this company to get their coffee from -- do not do it. They will rip you off. I hope they enjoy the 23 dollars because that is the last they will receive from us. We have been loyal customers for over 10 years. Good riddance to a trashy, crooked, company.
I love the Gevalia brand of coffee, that is until the trusted company after 23 years of impeccable service and coffee, sold their business to Kraft Foods. My morning love affair has been cut off. Kraft has dropped Kona coffee from the product line...I suppose too expensive to carry now that the company has been restructured. Gone, are the higher standards of coffee, once offered to loyal customers. Thank you Kraft for turning Gevalia into Gubment Cheese. How utterly American...
All the coffee makers that I had owned stop working without any warning. I made a pot of coffee and 20 minutes later decided to make more and all of a sudden it just stopped. Have experienced that with three pots, two I ordered and the other one was a gift. I enjoy the various types of coffee but the coffee makers has no longevity.
Bought two bags of House Blend from Walmart on 10/30/2014 paid $6.78 per bag plus tax. The coffee was stale and tasted like crap which ruined my mornings since opening both bags to find they both tasted awful when brewed. I called Kraft Foods who owns Gevalia to complain. The nice lady took down my information and told me how sorry they were. She said I will receive a coupon to replace them. What I received was one (1) $3.00 coupon to replace the two bags of sour coffee that I trashed. Unfortunately, I will not buy another bag of Gevalia because this has happened before and occurring too frequently. Hate to waste money on bad coffee.
After several years of receiving a recurrent order the coffee was replaced by a different/darker/roast without a prior notification. I contacted Gevalia on the phone and was given a credit. When I asked about the return instructions I was told not to ship the coffee back but to give it to someone. So I happily proceeded with giving the shipment to my neighbor who liked darker coffee. To my amazement my credit card was still billed and despite a lengthy dispute I still had to pay for the product that I never intended to purchase and was told not to return by their own employees.
I have attempted to cancel my auto-ship orders at least three times through their web site. They say that the shipments may be canceled by request with an email. I receive a letter in the mail that I can call (which is hard due to my schedule - they only have daytime call hours) or cancel via the web site. The consequence is nothing happens! The product is great - the service is bad.
I purchased 6 boxes of K cups with one dollar coupon in box and K cups are empty!!! I was a Folgers coffee drinker but enjoy your coffee better. I thought my Kuriq maker was at fault and took it to a dealer. What is going on with empty K cups. Please advise. The store will not refund my money and said write to the company. Very disappointed! Numbers on Box 2015 Apr 27 J850525 AE1. I expect to hear from you Please.
Terrible customer service for online consumers!!! BEWARE. I have tried to purchase a large order on the Gevalia online site. After completing a detailed profile asking for billing and shipping addresses, I am NOT able to place my large order. Apparently, the website (template) asks you to enter your address asking if shipping and billing are different (which they were). Then they request you complete each separately asking for: 1) Country; 2) State/Province; 3) City; 4) Zip/Postal Code.... After you complete all the way down, the system rejects the postal code for Canada even though it asked for it!!!
The frustrating thing is after completing all this and spending over 2 hours on the phone with customer service, product support and technical support, no one can help!!! They even transferred me to Tassimo when I own a Keurig coffee brewer! Talk about poor customer service! Don't try and order anything online if you live anywhere in Canada - even if your shipping address is in the United States at a UPS store (which they also accepted in the set up stage of the order.) Bottom line is Canadian credit cards are not allowed!!! Imagine in this day and age!
My Coffee Maker AN# 6370070m494 Model Number #bcm4c 6-94 has been through hell and back... still perking away through 50,000 miles of travel, roadside picnics, from dust storms to storage lockers. It was given to me "Used" at that as a gift on a $2.00 free table. Keep up the good work and product line. Is there a replacement model # or model "JUST IN CASE"??
I just received my first order of Gevalia coffee. I ordered 2 8-oz. bags but received 2 7-oz. bags. When I called customer service, the young man that answered was surprised and put me on hold. He came back and I was told this was due to fuel cost and coffee supply, etc... I asked if he was serious and wanted me to accept this. He nervously said he understood and would refund my money. I said, "No, have someone call me." Heard nothing yet. Unbelievable...
I have an automated delivery for a specific coffee set up for years, continuously upset with their timing of deliveries as well as their "I don't care attitude". In August, after the scheduled delivery date has gone by, Gevalia sent me an e-mail with a cancellation notice. Customer service tells me that it was cancelled due to a problem with my CC or bank. That it b. s., because there is plenty of money... I made a phone order with customer service that day. At least two weeks are needed for processing the order she says. Four days later (today), I received a cancellation notice.
My phone call to customer service explains why: product is not available. Lady is unfriendly and cuts me short when I complain about Gevalia's service and snippy in her answer about availability. I should check out their website - which I do. The product I want is available (their website says). Customer service disagrees. Both times they cancelled my order, blaming my insufficient funds. The truth is, they don't have the merchandise (which happened before!!! She connects me to their complaints department. That's another company, servicing 18 different businesses. After waiting for quite a while I can talk to a lady who sounds fed-up and bored. I start my conversation and she hangs up. All I have is a busy signal. GEVALIA does not deserve loyal customers, should not be in business, they simply don't care... bad business, horrible manners!
One of the worst most inconsiderate and incomprehensible customer service. As soon as you have an automatic order which is impossible to stop and your recorded credit card which is not updated backfires, they send you to a sleazy North Shore Agency collection center. This agency has no idea what you owe or why just that Gevalia has immediately, without attempting to collect anything, sent it to them. When you call Gevalia, you are told it is in collections and “we can no longer speak to you about it. Bye.” What a nightmare.
For a number of years, my wife and I subscribed to Gevalia. We enjoyed the coffee. UPS delivered on time to our front door with never a problem. Last year, Gevalia began to send the coffee by UPS to the city and then have UPS drop it off at the post office. We received three shipments with the boxes ripped wide open and shoved in our mail box. The packages were in our city for five days according to UPS tracking before being "crammed" in our mail box. Gevalia said the problem was with the post office sorting equipment, but made no effort to ameliorate the situation. We cancelled our membership!
I made the mistake of not reading reviews before ordering my first shipment of coffee and tea with a promise of a "free" coffee pot. It has been almost two and a half months and two emails and still no coffee pot. It is "back-ordered". At this point, I would not recommend doing business with them, going off with my personal experience and from what I have read.
I was a customer of Gevalia for many years until 6 months ago. I have been receiving bills from Gevalia for 6 months now and I returned the items 6 months ago. Every month, on or around the 5th, I get a bill from them. This shipment was sent out at the same time I cancelled my membership. I was told all I had to do was return the item and I would get a credit. I returned the item and was sent an email thanking me for returning it and that I owed them no money. That was after I complained that they wanted me to pay for the shipping. No place makes you pay shipping if you return something unopened! I had to go around and around with customer service for hours to get that back!
I finally was told the balance on my account was $0. Well, nobody told the billing department! So I got billed for the shipment. I called again and was told that the person was putting a "note" on my account and that I owed nothing. A month rolled by and another bill for that shipment. Six months of this! Today, I got a letter from a collection agency. I called Gevalia customer service today and said why did I receive an email from them saying that they got the return when they are billing me for it?! The customer service person (Yoshena) then told me that they don't send emails for returns. I asked if she was calling me a liar and she said no, that I was just mistaken. I was reading the email to her as she said this! So I got a Louisa, who then got me her supervisor, Lawrence.
Lawrence told me he would make a note on my account that I owed nothing. I told him that there were several "notes" on my account and that wouldn't help. He then hung up on me! Yoshena told me that I could fax them a copy of the return email so she could make sure it was true. I got the fax number and I went to my place of employment and did just that. But I also included the three bills from last 3 months and the name of the person and date when I called them. And I copied off Internet complaints that said the same thing I am saying right now. I wish there was a class action suit against them for unfair billing, so I could join it. I have wasted over 8 hours or so of my life and have gotten nowhere with this company! Beware of Gevalia! Do not do business with them!
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