September 30, 2004 Sends Pods to Review

Arie at was kind enough to send us a set of coffee pods from all over Europe! We have received Senseo Mocca Gourmet, C1000 Spicy, and others to try out. We will be reviewing these over the next few weeks but we can tell you so far...C1000 Spicy is SPICY!!! And the pods came packed FRESH.

In the mean time - check out

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September 30, 2004

Yes, You Really Do Need That Coffee

images.jpgIn case you didn't already know...:-)

"Caffeine is the world's most commonly used stimulant, and it's cheap and readily available so people can maintain their use of caffeine quite easily," said Roland Griffiths, a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience who led a review of 170 years' worth of studies on caffeine."

Full article: Yes, You Really Do Need That Coffee

Thanks to Richard Cook for sending this in.

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September 28, 2004

The Future Of Coffee?


"Single-serve pod machines and coffee pods have just hit the Canadian market. There's a battle brewing for control of your morning coffee. Millions have been spent, PR salvos have been fired, yet one question remains: Are Canadians ready for the pod?" - The future of coffee?

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September 27, 2004

Pod Depot Debuts

Pod Depot is carrying Melitta, Senseo, and Home Cafe compatible pods. They come in a variety of flavors: Columbian, French Roast, Hazelnut, and Espresso Roast Pods. The folks at Pod Depot were kind enough to send us out a set. We will be reviewing their Senseo compatible pods in the next few weeks.

Coffee Pods from Pod Depot

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September 24, 2004

Senseo in The Pawtucket Times

pawtucket_pods.jpgRiddle me this...I can't really tell what's going on in this article/ramble from a bunch of women in the Pawtucket Times - but it's funny and informative. I think they pick a product and just talk about it as if they were on a radio show? Wild.

The Pawtucket Times: "Bonnie: Something's brewing in coffee making that's as revolutionary as the Mr. Coffee drip coffeemaker was in the '70s. I'm talking about the new machines that use single-cup filters (aka pods) to take the guesswork out of preparing coffee one or two cups at a time."

Senseo in The Pawtucket Times

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Clash of the Coffee Table Fridays!!!!

The Medusa M6 Series has it all including the best name for a coffee table series yet! Snob it up with your mini-half chairs and drink down a nice cup of single serve coffee. out for the snakes!

Medusa M6 Series

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September 23, 2004

Double Serve Coffee? Cuisinart Two To Go

Maybe we should open a sister site? :-) Nah. This could be a killer travel mug idea if you used pods and not ground coffee. I can smell a new "single serve" double serve maker yet! cover

"The Cuisinart® Two to Go® brews directly into two travel mugs that hold 14 ounces of coffee each. The attractive black housing and high quality stainless steel mugs look great in any kitchen. Convenient, travel-ready mugs have tight fitting lids and are ergonomically designed for a comfortable, slip-free grip. They fit most car cup holders, and their extra-deep sipping wells prevents spills."

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Review: Melitta One:One Coffee Pod Brewer

Review from Single Serve - Coffee Pod Reviewsredmelitta.jpgThe folks at Melitta sent us a red (we called it the Ferrari for the two weeks we tested it) One:One. I have to admit - even though my first single serve machine was a Senseo, the Melitta was in the US market before it.

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Coffee Break: Now, Java in a Pod

coffee.jpgThe New York Times has a killer article on the single serve craze. They cover not ony Senseo - but Nespresso and others. A special thanks to Emmy Abram for sending this in.

"Before leaving for work from her home in the Maryland suburbs, Elisa Diehl likes to have a cup of espresso. But she doesn't have the patience to grind and measure beans for her Nespresso machine, so she uses "pods" — single doses of premeasured coffee in thimble-shape capsules, which she orders by phone or on the Web."

The New York Times > Home & Garden > Coffee Break: Now, Java in a Pod

Jay Brewer Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking looks like yet another European company selling pods directly from Holland. Has anyone tried these guys? Write in and let us know what you find out.


Frances writes in:

"Hi. I'm a big fan too of the Senseo coffeemachine..I purchase my coffeepods for great prices at ... they sell all sorts of pods from Holland. I recommend this (dutch) company..! frances"

UPDATE: This just in from the folks at

"We're an all-Dutch company located here in Florida. I have another import business which has been importing music CDs from Holland and elsewhere for more than 15 years.

We have a direct supply source in Holland and we offer Senseo pods at
the lowest prices anywhere. We ship from stock via 1st Class US Mail
so our customers enjoy their Senseo coffee within 2-3 days after
having placed an order. In addition, we also offer a number of other Dutch brands/flavors for the Senseo machine."


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September 21, 2004

Senseo City Sensations - Why Dutch Only?

i_packshot_sydney.gifWe want more flavors Senseo! These City Sensations in the Netherlands look amazing. Bring them here!!!! :-)

"Because you always what differently wants, Douwe Egberts surprising alternatives now four coffee have developedpath, inspired on world cities and their taste. Thus the sumptuous and gentle Senseo® Vienna on the city Vienna havebeen inspired. Also are the warm and excited Senseo® Rio the Janeiro and are therethe spicy and spirited Senseo® Milano, inspired on the city milaan. NEW: discover the fresh and zonnige Senseo Sydney, inspired on the world city Sydney. Buy as from august."

Welkom bij Senseo®! Revolutie in koffiegenieten

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September 17, 2004

It's Coffee Table Friday Velocity Style!!!

maxsf1010_s.jpgVelocity Art&Design has a huge selection of ultra-groovy coffee tables! Imagine setting that perfect cup of coffee on one of these!

Velocity Art And Design: Tables Coffee

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September 16, 2004

Jura-Capresso IMPRESSA E8 Arrives for Review

image_jura_logo_grey2.jpgThe folks at Capresso have provided us with a Jura-Capresso IMPRESSA E8 to review! WOO HOOO! We can already tell you - YES - it does cost $1000 bucks - but man...the coffee is well...amazing! Stay tuned for our multi-week look at the E8.

A little about the E8:

"The IMPRESSA E8 is equipped with all the necessary hi-tech features for brewing superb espressos, cappuccinos, lattes and long crema coffees. The easy to read LED display will show you if you brew mild, regular or strong coffee and displays the cup size while the machine is brewing."

Read more at CAPRESSO

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September 14, 2004

Amazon Carrying Senseo Extra Large Water Tank

241377-L.jpgAmazon has started to carry the Extra Large Water Tank for Senseo. WOOO HOOO! It's only $19.99 and looks to be available for orders.

The Extra Large Tank makes:

• Holds 40 ounces of water - twice as much as standard tank
• Makes 10 cups of coffee
• Specially contoured design for easy grip
• Extra wide opening makes filling tank convenient
• Splash guard flap helps prevent spills

Read More at Senseo HD7982 Extra Large Water Tank for Single Serve Pod Coffee Machines

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The Mac Gourmet Reviews Senseo

"I recently acquired a Senseo from my friend Jay. He runs, and I had been hearing about these new single or double cup coffeemakers from him for a while. Single serve coffeemakers have been big in Europe, but have now started showing up here in the US too. Rather than buying and grinding coffee beans, or using pre-ground coffee in a canister and measuring it out scoop by scoop, single serve makers use "pods" or "k-cups" that contain vaccuum packed pre-ground coffee. Brewing a cup is as easy as popping in a pod or k-cup, filling the maker with water and pressing your one or two cup selection.

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September 11, 2004

Melitta One:One Arrives for Review

B0001MXU7C.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg The folks at Melitta have sent us a Melitta One:One in Red to review. Will this machine be the Ferrari of the single serve coffee and tea category? Who knows? Us. We'll be using this machine over the next few weeks to find out. Stay tuned! VROOOM!!!!!

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September 10, 2004

It's Coffee Table Friday!!! WOO HOO!

Okay. I have to admit my favorite post of the week is Coffee Table Friday. There's just no pressure and a million cool coffee tables. Check out these groovy dalmatians and also click the picture for a bigger view of one under a coffee table.

Brightspot Dalmatians

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September 8, 2004

September 7, 2004

Single Serve Coffee Review System - How We Rate Coffee and Hot Beverages

We rate our coffee reviews based on Aroma, Acidity, Body, Flavor, Mouth Feel, and an overall impression of the coffee or single serve hot beverage. We use a rating of 0-100 and in each of the categories assign points points to each. We don't separate out Roast in our reviews for coffee, but assign the overall profile of a coffee drinker we think would like this coffee and match it to the roast impression we receive.

Note:This is an updated coffee review system we have put in place for Fall 2007 moving forward. Many of our older reviews use a 1-5 star rating or "pod rating" system. At the time we felt this was a good indicator of the overall quality of the coffee or hot beverage delivered, but it missed the nuances and degree of differences in those drinks.

We also consider how good of a single serve product the coffee is - does it work well in the single serve coffee machine? Does it deliver on the promise of being an extra-bold coffee? All of this plays out into what we think the overall score should be and is up to the discretion of the reviewer.

We then assign 0-10 points to each of the categories below, and then use the remaining 50 points to assign the overall impression of the coffee or hot beverage.

Aroma - How great does the coffee smell? Does it have sweet notes? Rich notes? Fruity or flavorful notes? Does the single serve coffee drink have a pleasant or not so pleasant nose?

Acidity - Acidity is both the creator of flavor and the destroyer if too strong of a great cup of coffee. We like our acidity to be on the lower side, and the coffee to have a more round. That being said, some coffees taste great with a very high acid content - bringing an almost wine-like flavor profile. We try and make sure the acidity doesn't overpower the coffee here.

Body - How big is that coffee? Is it light or dark or medium? Is it too heavy? These are all things to consider when tasting different roasts of coffee.

Flavor - What's the overall impressions of the coffee and how does it taste? Does it hit the mark on being a French Roast? Does it remind you of something else? Does it seem to be darker than expected and have a very odd finish? All of this along with how the coffee seems to be playing out is the flavor for us.

Mouth Feel - Though some consider this to be in the "Aftertaste" camp, we consider how rich, thick, and how the coffee plays in your mouth a very big part of the experience. Aftertaste is great for lingering flavors, but mouth feel is how the coffee goes in and rolls around.

Coffee Drinker - We don't assign points here, but we do tell you the type of coffee drinker we think the coffee is for. Is it for a dark coffee drinker? Is the roast very light and perfect for anyone?

Overall Rating

Ratings run from 0-100 and as we score each of the above. The reviewer can also ignore many of the above factors if not reviewing a coffee, and assign an overall score to a hot chocolate, tea, or other hot beverage.

  • 95-100 Excellent
  • 90-94 Exceptional
  • 85-89 Good
  • 80-84 Average
  • 75-79 Fair
  • 70-74 Poor
  • 70 or less Don't Drink

We want to acknowledge as a starting point to our coffee ratings system. We have put our own spin on the coffee rating system for single serve coffee and the other hot beverages single serve coffee systems can make like tea, hot cocoa, lattes, and other hot drinks.

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September 5, 2004

Review: Black & Decker Home Café from Single Serve Coffee

Review from Single Serve - Coffee Pod Reviewshomecafe_thumb.jpgThe Home Café Brewer from Black&Decker is an interesting addition to the Single Serve Coffee craze. The Home Café has partnered itself with Folger's Coffee - not what you would expect for a "Premium" grade coffee, but I guess when the maker of the machine is Black&Decker it's a good place to start.

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September 4, 2004

100% Kona Coffee Pod Review from Single Serve Coffee

Review from Single Serve - Coffee Pod Reviewskonapodreview.jpgThe folks at Aloha Island Coffee were kind enough to send me a sampler pack of their new 100% Kona Dark Roast Pods for Senseo single serve coffee machines.

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September 3, 2004

Pod Guide for Single Serve Machines at has a rather impresssive list of coffee pod machines and what size coffee pods work with different Single Serve Coffee machines and One Cup coffee makers.

'"Our guide to espresso coffee machines and single serve coffee makers that can use pods or require an adaptor to use pods." Coffee Pod Guide

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It's Coffee Table Friday Milano Style!

She's a beauty! Check out this kidney shaped gem of a coffee table!

Contemporary Furniture - Modern Coffee Tables - Milano Kidney Modern Coffee table #69

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September 2, 2004

Eva Solo milk and sugar set

sugar_foto1.jpgWant to impress your friends with a slick set of milk and sugar bottles? I do. The Eva Sola milk and sugar set is really beautiful. I look at it this way - I create my scientifically perfect Single Serve cup of coffee and use my Eva Sola milk and sugar set to mix in the perfect blend of milk and sugar. Brilliant!

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September 1, 2004

I have a new coffee machine...

Steve Garfield of Off On a Tangent fame - writes in that his 79 year old mother - Mildred Garfield has in fact received a Senseo from her son Steve. She loves it!!! She claims that she is the oldest person blogging on the web, if that holds true - she may in fact be able to add that she is the oldest Senseo reviewer on the web as well.

Here I am writing about coffee again. I had a birthday last week and my son and daughter in-law gave me a Senseo Coffee Machine. With this product you can have a perfect cup of coffee every time. You can make one cup, two cups or one mug in just a few seconds. Another great feature about this coffemaker is there's no pot to wash, you just have to rinse the coffee pod holder. "

My Mom's Blog by Thoroughly Modern Millie

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