October 31, 2005

Tassimo, Fast Food & Coffee Pods

Bk JoeP2267635Reg-1The Macon Telegraph has a pretty good article on Tassimo, coffee pods, and fast food coffee. Now, we don't like to throw single serve coffee under the fast food bus, but the fact that fast food places are upgrading their coffee to be single brewed (like Dunkin Donuts and BK) makes me appreciate how much everyone on the go wants a perfect single cup of coffee.

The Tassimo machine aims to tap into that trend, along with the boom in demand for specialty coffees and teas. It promises coffeehouse-style beverages at home, on demand, in less than a minute. Buyers will be able to brew a variety of coffee and other hot beverages, including espresso, cappuccino and hot chocolate, with all except the Twinings tea coming from Kraft brands. The company rolled out the machine with its upscale Gevalia coffee line but plans to add Maxwell House Cafe Collection coffees, with 100 percent arabica coffee and espresso, in November.

Last fall, several coffee producers introduced pod-based machines that brewed a cup at a time, no measuring of grounds or water required. So far just one type of coffee made for the machines has cracked the Top 25 in ground coffee sales, with less than a half-percent of the market. Sales of other manufacturers' machines have been a bit slower than expected, says Howard Friedman of Tassimo. But the company is forging ahead with its product introduction because it believes that Americans are poised to accept on-demand machines, as Europeans have, says Lorraine Hansen, vice president of the company's North American division.

We're not surprised that just one machine has cracked the top 25 coffee machines. The word is just getting out after this past year's slow rise of the single serve coffee beverage. What we do know if more people see their coffee produced in a single serve coffee fashion then they'll expect to have the same great coffee at home.

At Macon Telegraph

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October 28, 2005

A Little Nip for Your Single Serve Coffee?

Starbuck-Jim-Beam-Liquer-742892We've been having a little nip or two with our single serve coffee since February of this year with our Starbucks Coffee Liqueur. We like the strong coffee flavor it adds but sometimes would like something a little creamier. Starbucks is now making a Cream Liqueur version we will have to pick up for just this desire. I can imagine making a nice cup of hazelnut creme from Green Mountain and putting a little Starbucks Cream Liqueur in for the perfect hot coffee drink.

New from Starbucks is "Starbucks Cream Liqueur", containing spirits from Jim Beam. Described as "an artful blend of delicious cream, premium spirits and a hint of Starbucks", the new offering comes after the success of Starbucks Coffee Liqueur last February. It will be available at restaurants, bars and retail outlets where premium distilled spirits are sold. $22.99 for a 750ml bottle.

Via Junk Food Blog

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October 28, 2005

Get a Free Senseo with Drop Your Drip

Homepage PictureLeave it up to Philips to continue to do innovative things to get Senseo into the thoughts and minds of coffee drinkers everywhere. Right now you can get a FREE Senseo coffee maker by two methods:

  • Visit one of the Drop the Drip Online Events and take your old coffee maker to the event and exchange it for a new Senseo single serve coffee pod brewer
  • Or...you can take a picture of you or your spouse or anyone for that matter doing something funny and different with your old coffee machine. You then upload the picture at Drop The Drip online. Once the picture is approved you'll get a code to redeem and then receive a free Senseo.

We think we might exchange our old Senseo for a new one. We haven't had an old drip coffee maker for quite some time. :-)

Thanks to everyone for writing in and telling us about this killer promotion.

At Phillips Senseo | Drop Your Drip Online

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October 27, 2005

Buy K-Cups and Help Katrina Hurricane Victims

Coffee Kcups LgSplash Timothys LogoTimothy's World Coffee is donating $3 dollars for every box of K-Cups you purchase to victims of the Katrina Hurricane. We can easily see buying a couple of boxes of the K-Cup Extra Bold Fair Trade Wiwili. We've been enjoying this coffee and are almost out. The coffee delivers a smooth body and comes across the back of your tongue with a rich thick taste. We love it and we think you'll love helping out the victims of Hurricane Katrina. We just ordered 4 boxes. :-)

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October 26, 2005

Better Water = Better Single Serve Coffee

Gallery 131 File1 Cleanwaterwoman 72Don't kid yourselves. The better quality water you use in making a cup of single serve coffee will make all the difference. We have recently been testing out this theory with both the Nespresso C90 Essenza and the Keurig B60. The difference in single serve coffee taste and quality when using filtered water is amazingly better.

When we visited Green Mountain in August, we had a very heart to heart talk with the master roaster about how much we put into using filtered or spring water when brewing and testing the coffees here at Single Serve Coffee.com. We're lucky enough to have both filtered water on the fridge, and filtered water at our sink using an instant hot/cold dispenser.

We recommend using filtered water however you can get it. The difference in taste is very noticeable and also using filtered water will prevent less build up and need to descale your single serve coffee machine. The last thing you want to have in the morning is a cup of somewhat chlorinated coffee from coffee pods, k-cup, or coffee capsules you spent a good amount of money on.

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October 25, 2005

Keurig Elite B40 & Special Edition B60 Impressions

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Thanks to the folks at Green Mountain, we received the new Keurig Elite B40 and Special Edition B60 to review. We've been furiously running mountains of K-Cups through the B40 and B60 to judge which new Keurig we like the best. We've also been running K-Cups through all of the Keurigs - B40, B50, and B60 to ensure they all make a consistent cup of coffee.

Here's how we did the testing:

  • We are currently doing some consulting work for the Fall at a local video game company so we took the Keurig Elite B40 there to get impressions and use the Keurig in a new setting
  • We replaced the B50 in our kitchen with the B60 and have made this our daily brewer besides the coffee's we've been testing on other machines
  • We used the B50 to compare the coffee flavors using Sumatra Extra Dark and Hazelnut Creme K-Cups prior to splitting up the triplets for comparison.
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October 24, 2005

Review: Nespresso Essenza C90 Espresso Machine from Single Serve Coffee

Review from Single Serve Coffee.com - Coffee Pod ReviewsB000B6N23A.01-Abd6L716Mazpn. Sclzzzzzzz -1We reviewed the Nespresso Romeo earlier this year and the great coffee and espresso it produced simply amazed us. The price however at $799 did not. We wanted to review a Nespresso system more in line with the Single Serve Coffee price range of $100-$200 for a typical machine. We called up Nespresso and said - send us a cheaper model but it had better make the same quality espresso!

Update:The Nespresso Essenza C90 has been replaced by the improved Nespresso Essenza C100T. We've tried this new model and love the new programmable cup features and auto off.

Nespresso has answered and sent us their new Nespresso C90-Essenza in orange to review. Coming in at $179.99 at Amazon.com and other online merchants, the C90-Essenza hits the mark we were looking for in price. The C90-Essenza is not a fully automatic machine like the Nespresso Romeo, it features a new handle system and is fitted with a backlit button to manually control the amount of coffee needed to make an espresso or a lungo.

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October 23, 2005

Senseo Holiday Edition Available at Amazon.com for $79.99 and FREE SHIPPING

B000Aanxfy.01. Sclzzzzzzz The new shorter spout Senseos are here! The holiday edition Senseo with shorter spout (though it doesn't mention it) is available at Amazon.com. It comes with all the things we said last month and is $79.99 with FREE super saver shipping.

When we first mentioned this deal they had the Senseo uder the 7890/80 title, this has now been changed to the 7810/80 as this new Senseo is replacing the older model completely.

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October 21, 2005

Thoughts of Nespresso All Through My Head

Library - 7640We will have a full review of the new Nespresso Essenza C-90 on Monday, but we had to just expound on how good the Nespresso espresso is and how cute this little C-90 wonder is as well.

We often review machines and just find them to not have that much magic. The thing about the new Nespresso Essenza is - it's magical. The machine is so small and makes such a great little cup of espresso it makes the Single Serve Coffee kitchen a different experience each morning.

What we love is the footprint and single focus of the machine. It's tiny - maybe a 1/4 of the size of a regular machine and it has 2 buttons - 1 for turning it on and one for starting and stopping your shot of espresso. I love single purpose things that are well designed and do what they do best.

Expect a full review on Monday.

Nespresso has answered and sent us their new Nespresso C90-Essenza in orange to review. Coming in at $179.99 at Amazon.com and other online merchants, the C90-Essenza hits the mark we were looking for in price. The C90-Essenza is not a fully automatic machine like the Nespresso Romeo, it features a new handle system and is fitted with a backlit button to manually control the amount of coffee needed to make an espresso or a lungo.

Related Articles: Nespresso Romeo Review

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October 20, 2005

Europe: 14 Gram Double-Cup Coffee Pods from CafePods

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We just got a note from our friends over at CafePods. Though they are no longer shipping to US customers, they do ship all over Europe. We tried some of their pods last year and loved them. Now we know we just covered 12 gram Monster pods from Baronet, but CafePods makes 14 gram - double-cup pods. We also know that Aloha Island Coffee makes 14 gram double-pods as well.

From CafePods:

"We have been selling 14g 62mm double pods as we call them for sometime. Enclosed is a picture, you'll see they are not deeper as on the baronet pods you have seen to get 12g. We make them higher also, so the trim is in the middle.

If using them in the senseo you must use the double holder ( single just wont fit 14g of coffee ) and you cant use in a dry machine. IE if you havent used it for some time. If you just run a cup of water through the machine, which is a good idea anyway to purge any old water from the machine, then insert the pod and press down slightly to fit the pod correct the extraction is improved incredibily!This also works for 7/8g pods anyway."

We've found the wetting of the Senseo pod holder to get the best extraction as well. Okay - who's going to make the 20 gram Godzilla pod?

More at Cafe Pods

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October 19, 2005

Review: Baronet Coffee's 12 Gram Dark Kenya AA Monster Coffee Pods

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Things are changing rapidly in the single serve coffee world and the coffee pod has been bearing the brunt of the changes. When the coffee pod first launched with the Senseo it was a nice simple 7 gram coffee pod. You simply used one 7 gram coffee pod for a single cup on the Senseo and then 2 - 7 oz pods for a double cup of coffee. Currently you can get 7, 9, 10, 10.5, 11 coffee pods, and now even 12 gram pods from Baronet Coffee. Are these new 12 gram pods really going to make a better cup of single serve coffee?

Library - 7560We spent the last week finding out if we really thought these new 12 gram coffee pods were better or just about the same as a 10 gram pods Baronet Coffee currently makes. We also wanted to find out whether a 12 gram coffee pod would hold up under the dreaded 10-12 oz travel mug coffee test.

We tested the new Baronet 12 Gram Monster Coffee Pods in our Krups Home Cafe, Philips Senseo, and Bunn My Cafe. We did get the pods to work in the Grindmaster pod brewer, but now without a bunch of trouble and "pop open" issues. The pods are a little big for the podmaster basket at 12 grams.

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October 18, 2005

Europe: Padini Coffee Pods Arrive for Review

Library - 7685Typical Dutch Stuff has sent us an entire set of Padini coffee pods to review. These coffee pods will work in your Senseo, Home Cafe, Bunn My Cafe, and other single serve coffee pod brewers. Typical Dutch Stuff has all the single serve coffee products they don't sell in the US and should including the Padini pods and even the new Senseo fruit flavored coffee pods.

Flavors Include:

  • Padini Coffee French Vanilla Pods Arabica coffee with vanilla.
  • Padini Light Coffee Pods Decaf Arabica coffee.
  • Padini Cafe Lacchino Pods Arabica coffee with milk cream.
  • Padini Arabica Classic Pods 100% Arabica coffee.
  • Padini Mocca Mountain Pods Arabica coffee with mocca.
  • Padinies Rooibos Vanilla Teapods Rooibos and Vanilla tea pods.

We'll be drinking some Padini brewed coffee over the next week and let you know our results soon.

At Typical Dutch Stuff

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October 17, 2005

Williams Sonoma & Single Serve Coffee

Img20LYesterday the Single Serve Coffee staff ventured out to our local Williams Sonoma to witness the demo of the new Keurig B60 Special Edition and to also see the Nespresso Essenza in a store environment. The Keurig B60 was right at the front counter where you check out and where the sales people can hand you a K-Cup or two so you can try out single serve coffee for yourself.

We were pleasantly surprised to be able to watch a potential customer ramble on with the sales person about buying a single serve coffee machine. All he wanted was confirmation that it would make great coffee, and that he could get the coffee somewhere, and he was right in thinking making an entire pot most of the time for just himself was a total waste. We can't say the sales person was all that knowledgeable of the selling points of a single serve coffee machine, but this guy had figured it out.

He popped in the K-Cup handed to him from over the counter, opened up the machine, said how amazing it was, and then brewed a cup. He quietly asked for cream and sugar and then proceeded to wander around the store trying to convince himself to just get the damn machine.

Now you might be surprised to know the staff of single serve coffee didn't interfere with the potential customer. It's not in our nature when out in the wilds of the coffee world to mess with evolution. We like to see people naturally evolve into single serve coffee drinkers. And we have to say - this was one of our better sitings. The evolution of coffee drinkers is happening. Just go to a store and see it in person. It's simply wonderful.

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October 14, 2005

Baronet 12 gram Coffee Pods Arrive for Review

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When we got the note from Joe Smalley at Baronet Coffee that we'd be receiving 12 gram coffee pods to review we immediately went out and bought a scientific scale to weigh them. It's not like we didn't believe Joe - but 12 grams is big. MONSTER BIG. And we wanted to make sure they were real.

Would 12 grams of coffee fit in our Bunn My Cafe or Senseo? Is this the amount of coffee we've been waiting for? How much better were these than 10 gram pods? Or two 7 gram pods? We'll be reviewing them this weekend. Expect a full run down of the 12 gram coffee pods next week!

At Baronet Coffee

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October 13, 2005

MyPod Refillable Coffee Holder for Senseo

Thumb-Mypod1Another day and another gadget to put regular coffee in your single serve coffee brewer. We reviewed the Cafe Filter or Ecopad as it's now called so long ago and rarely if ever use it, but the MyPod might work a bit better. Amy Maxwell wrote in about the MyPod refillable coffee holder for Senseo and we think as long as it doesn't plug up and cause a pressure explosion - it could be worth trying out for 10 bucks.

This morning I brewed a cup of freshly roasted coffee1 in my Senseo. Instead of using a plastic Ecopad, I used a Presto MyPod refillable coffee holder. The MyPod is designed to replace the Phillips Senseo pod holder. It comes with the refillable coffee holder, 100 coffee filters, a compacting cover and a coffee scoop. The EcoPad is a plastic ‘pod’ that you fill with coffee grounds then put in your Senseo two pod holder. The MyPod is different because it replaces the pod holder not the pod.

We haven't been able to find these for sale anywhere online, but Amy has an ebay auction or two up. Let us know if you've tried these or know where we could pick one up for review.

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October 12, 2005

Review: Hausbrandt USA Espresso Pods for ESE Machines by Single Serve Coffee

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Espresso. Yes - espresso. Over the past year each day more and more we love you espresso. When we first started this crazy single serve coffee gig we had no idea how much a part of our life you would become. We're amazed at the shear variety and quality of espresso pods. We shouldn't really be that amazed (the espresso pod came well before the coffee pod) but we continue to find top quality espresso pods like the ones from Hausbrandt USA.

Library - 7454These espresso pods that fit in most E.S.E. (easy serving espresso) machines are superb. The taste of all the espresso we had from them was nothing short of amazing. The coffees all have a rich unique flavor, and we especially liked their Brasil Santos espresso pods.

In order to use any espresso pod you'll need a Francis!Francis! X5 or some E.S.E. certified machine. We used the Grimac provided to us by Baronet Coffee for our tests.

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October 11, 2005

Cocomotion Hot Chocolate & Milk Maker

I love it when hot milk and hot coffee come together. I love it even more when it could be as easy as the Mr. Coffee Cocomotion Hot Chocolate Maker. I picked up this very cool suggestion from Leah in the Single Serve Coffee forums:

"I admit it: I like milk in my coffee. Perhaps some of you do as well? The only quibble I had with my Senseo when I acquired it was that the coffee cooled to almost room temperature once I added milk. What to do? No microwave. On one of my periodic recon missions to Bed, Bath & Beyond to check out the new gadgets, I noticed one that seemed perfect. Mr. Coffee produces an odd, seemingly silly machine - the Cocomotion. Its avowed purpose is to make make hot chocolate: add mix and milk, whir, and presto, hot chocolate. It was around twenty bucks, after using the BB&B coupon. It has now given me over eight months of devoted service. My coffee has nice, hot, frothy milk. Yum. It is not up to coffee bar frothed milk standards for lattes and the like, but it is pretty good and quite fast."

The Cocomotion sounds perfect for Senseo, Home Cafe, Keurig, and other Single Serve Coffee drinkers who don't have a milk frother for their machine. A special thanks to Leah for finding this great coffee gadget.

Get the Cocomotion here

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October 10, 2005

Review: Grindmaster OPOD001 Precision Pod Brewing System from Single Serve Coffee

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We received the Grindmaster Precision Pod Brewing System in mid-September and you may have been wondering - what have they been doing all that time? Why haven't we had a review sooner? Well, we like to put a machine through it's paces and reviewing machines of this caliber takes some time.

However, you may have noticed we've been mentioning and using the machine in several of the reviews over the past month. Some of the reviews included:

Starbucks Coffee Pod Review:

"We fired up the Grindmaster Pod Brewer we are currently testing. We stuck with a 6 oz setting on the Grindmaster with the darker setting (there's a dial where you can pick the level of coffee intensity you want). The Grindmaster pre-saturates the coffee pod for a better extraction, and then brews up a cup of 6 oz of coffee. We've found the 6 oz size to have the right amount of extraction to water ratio for our tasting habits. We then sampled the coffee with and without cream and sugar.
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October 8, 2005

Europe: Crazy Senseo Forbidden Fruits Web Site

Senseo Fruite Web Jay Halo We highly recommend this reader write in from Senseo. In what can only be called the first "single serve coffee acid trip" we've seen and taken for ourselves to date, the new Senseo Forbidden Fruits allows you to upload a picture of yourself or favorite coffee maker (I made my head a Grindmaster single serve coffee brewer) and then create a set of disco dance moves with an avatar you can customize as well. WE ARE NOT MAKING THIS UP! It's totally fun and you should try it out. You'll need to know a little dutch, french, or german but we had no problem just clicking buttons and having a good time.

At Senseo Forbidden Fruits

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October 7, 2005

Review: Starbucks Coffee Pods for Senseo & Home Cafe from Single Serve Coffee

Review from Single Serve Coffee.com - Coffee Pod ReviewsLibrary - 7621Premium Pods.com sent us their Starbucks House Blend coffee pods for Senseo, Home Cafe, and other 62 mm single serve coffee brewers to review. Premium Pods.com doesn't make coffee pods, but resells only the best coffee pods they can find.

Library - 7623We have to say we are still wondering where these pods come from given Starbucks itself doesn't sell coffee pods yet (except for espresso pods). All that being said, we were excited to finally try some Starbucks coffee packed into a coffee pod for our single serve coffee brewer.

Update: It looks like Premium Pods.com as either pulled the Starbucks Coffee pods or run out of them. They are no longer available on their web site. We'll keep you posted if we find out anything more

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October 6, 2005

Tassimo Available at Amazon.com for $144.99 & FREE SHIPPING

P2267635RegNow you can really be the first to own your very own Tassimo! Tassimo is in stock at Amazon.com and priced at $169.99 - $25 off in Bed & Bath for a total of $144.99! Shipping is also FREE for orders over $125 in Bed and bath. If you aren't familiar with Tassimo you should read our review and also check out the Tassimo news category.

From Amazon.com:

"Introducing TASSIMO, a revolution in home brewing. This state of the art system delivers the ultimate in hot drink variety - coffee, tea, espresso, hot chocolate, and even authentic cappuccino & latte with real milk, all at the touch of a button. The TASSIMO hot beverage system brews one perfect cup at a time using TASSIMO discs, called T-DISCS, that contain precisely measured amounts of the ingredients for each drink. Each T-DISC contains a barcode that tells the machine the optimal brewing conditions for your drink, expertly adjusting the brewing time, amount of water and temperature. With TASSIMO, you simply insert a T-DISC, press the button, and in about a minute you can enjoy a delicious hot drink, one perfect cup at a time. You are also able to customize the strength of each beverage to your taste. And, since all the brewing takes place in the T-DISC itself, there is virtually no cleanup! A system this extraordinary deserves partners of the same caliber. Select from world-class brands Gevalia, Suchard and Twinings? to find your favorite drink. Discover the Art of the Perfect Cup. Right on your kitchen counter."


Pre-order Tassimo at Amazon.com

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October 5, 2005

Nespresso C90-Essenza in Orange Arrives for Review

Nespresso C90 Arrives Review B000B6N23A.01-Abd6L716Mazpn. Sclzzzzzzz We reviewed the Nespresso Romeo
earlier this year and the great coffee and espresso it produced simply amazed us. The price however at $799 did not. We wanted to review a Nespresso system more in line with the Single Serve Coffee price range of $100-$200 for a typical machine.

Nespresso has answered and sent us their new Nespresso C90-Essenza in orange to review. Coming in at $179.99 at Amazon.com and other online merchants, the C90-Essenza hits the mark we were looking for in price. The C90-Essenza is not a fully automatic machine like the Nespresso Romeo, it features a new handle system and is fitted with a backlit button to manually control the amount of coffee needed to make an espresso or a lungo.

It is equipped with the same powerful 19 bar high pressure pump than all other Nespresso models. The functional handle allows for easy coffee preparation. Other features are the thermoblock heating element, manual volume control, collection container for used capsules and more. With the purchase of any Nespresso machines, you can become a member of the Nespresso club. Through the club, you are able to order your coffee 24 hours a day on the internet, over the phone, by fax or e-mail. Nespresso guarantees that your coffee order will arrive at the address of your choice within two business days.

We should have a full review soon.

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October 4, 2005

Review: Brugo Self Cooling Coffee Mug

Review from Single Serve Coffee.com - Coffee Pod ReviewsWhen we first heard about the Brugo Self-Cooling Coffee Mug we couldn't have been more excited. Our current crop of travel mugs are a mixture of success and failure. We often burn our mouth or tongue from a very hot cup of single serve coffee in the morning when we aren't patient. Also - we often spill our coffee using the travel mugs we have when we forget to close the top. The Brugo Self-Cooling Coffee Mug has none of these issues.

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Topofmug-1The promise of the Brugo Self-Cooling coffee mug is that you don't have to worry about burning your mouth or spilling coffee. The Brugo Self-Cooling Coffee Mug has a "Temperature Control Chamber" at the top which measures out a drinkable portion of coffee. It then cools it down to 150-170°F., which provides optimum taste at a comfortable temperature.

The lid has three settings:

  • "Tip and Cool", which allows you to drink using the Temperature Control Chamber
  • "Sip" which bypasses the Chamber allowing to drink like a normal cup
  • "Lock", which closes the cup.

We started off our experiment picking up a friend at the Airport yesterday morning at 6am. If you're like me, the ability to be rational and make good coffee drinking decisions at 6am is sparse. How did the Brugo Self-Cooling Coffee Mug hold up?

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Senseo Holiday Edition Available for Pre-Order at Amazon.com

B000Aanxfy.01. Sclzzzzzzz It's red and coming for the holidays! The holiday edition Senseo with shorter spout (though it doesn't mention it) is available at Amazon.com. It comes with all the things we said last month but is $79.99. It's still a good deal but too bad it's not $69.99.

Update:You can now purchase this new Senseo at Amazon.com

Features:

  • Stand by function enables brewing another fresh cup of coffee at any time and auto off ensures that the appliance automatically switches itself off after on hour
  • Holiday Gift Pack includes 2 additional bags of Senseo Pods, 2 Pod Canisters, and 1 Thermal Travel Mug
  • Makes one 4 oz cup of delicious coffee in 30 seconds or two 4 oz cups or one 8 oz mug in 60 seconds at the touch of a button
  • Using a unique patented brewing system from Philips and Senseo coffee pods from Douwe Egberts Senseo ensures the right balance of coffee and water for the perfect end result every time anytime
  • To suit individual tastes Senseo coffee pods from Sara Lee / DE are available in various flavors Mild Roast Medium Roast Dark Roast and Decaffeinated
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October 3, 2005

Tassimo Available at Tassimo.com

Machine 430It's finally happened! Tassimo is available for order on Tassimo.com. We reviewed the Tassimo earlier this year and really enjoyed it.

Update: You can now order Tassimo at Amazon.com.

"The Tassimo™ machine is a one-cup system that works with exclusive Tassimo DISCS (T-DISCS), a truly unique system that makes a wide variety of hot beverages incredibly quick and easy. You won’t find this technology anywhere else.Each T-DISC features a special barcode with unique information to tell the machine the size of the drink, the amount of water required, its optimal temperature, and how long to brew it. All the brewing happens inside the T-DISC, keeping the machine clean and ready to use.All you have to do is insert a T-DISC and press a button."


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Wooing The Starbucks Crowd with Single Serve Coffee

Images-6Images-1-1With gas prices rising and Starbucks coffee not getting any cheaper it's not a surprise people are cutting back. I used to indulge my coffee cravings at Pete's Coffee in Harvard Square now and again, but I too wait to come home and fire up the single serve coffee brewer and have a cup at 1/4 of the cost.

Update: The impossible has happened. Starbucks will release Tassimo T Discs in 4 different Starbucks blends. The new coffee blends for Tassimo will be available in December 2007. Read the entire article here.

"Robert Woolf, A 29-year-old ad writer in Parsippany, N.J., spends $40 a week on Starbucks lattes. Gas prices are climbing, though, and his salary isn't, so he's cutting back. Still, Woolf won't be turning to Maxwell House or Folgers for his fix. "I don't know anyone outside my Dad's Lions Club who drinks that stuff.""

So it's no wonder the companies like Kraft, Sara Lee, and others want to capture those dollars. With Tassimo, Senseo, Keurig, and others competing for those dollars I think once again we'll all benefit. Just last month we reviewed the new Krups, Nespresso, Tassimo, and there are now 2 new Keurigs. All of them want to sell us a 25-50 cent cup of perfect coffee for the home.

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October 2, 2005

Single Serve Coffee Monthly Round Up for September 2005

Csiro-09-Cowboy-2-1What month! We started September with a feature length article on our viisit to Green Mountain Coffee. September also featured the release of 2 new Keurig Brewers and we even got a New Keurig Elite B40 & Special Edition B60 for Review. We also found out that Williams Sonoma has a Keurig B60 Special Edition with Reusable Coffee Filter. A Reusable Coffee Filter for Keurig? Has the single serve coffee world changed?

Well - not completely. We did a review on Timothy's World Coffee Rainforest Espresso Extra Bold K-Cups, Baronet Coffee One Cup Pumpkin Spice Coffee Pods, the Lavazza Espresso Point, Baronet ESE Espresso Pods, and Green Mountain's Fair Trade Rain Forest Nut K-Cups for Keurig.

We've got a ton of new products to review (okay - some old and some new) on Single Serve Coffee. The Grindmaster Single Cup Precision Pod Brewing System is currently in the Single Serve Coffee testing area and we are continuing to sample Timothy's World Coffee K-Cups.

Senseo is trying to make some news with the Senseo Red Edition Coming in October with Shorter Spout & Free Travel Mug. We even found an article on Adjusting Brew Strength on the Senseo.

In Blogpire news we launched Our New Blog Liquor Snob and GPS Lodge continues to find the best GPS stuff.

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