The biggest news? How about Hot Chocolate K Cups from Green Mountain. They're coming and we're pretty excited. Thanks again for being such loyal readers, and make sure if you have any questions or news to use the contact button on the top of any page and send in your news and tips.
Always a big favorite of any Senseo coffee drinker, you can now purchase a set of 72 pods at a time by getting 4 - 18 packs at a time. The total for 72 coffee pods? Just $14.99, making these pods just about 20 cents a pop. These coffee pods will work in your Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, Melitta One:One, simplehuman, Krups Home Cafe, and other single serve coffee pod makers.
Need the latest news on all things Nespresso? Look no further than NESPRESSO Magazine. This month's issue features many very interesting tidbits on modern art and design, along with information on the new Le Cube colors coming out across the globe, and best of all - they're all available for FREE online and in PDF or web form. Since this is issue #6, you're sure to find a ton of things to read and learn about with NESPRESSO Magazine.
Maybe one of the most asked questions we get here at Single Serve Coffee: What types of upgrades can I get for my Senseo single serve coffee pod brewer? Well, one of the best is the extra large water tank for Senseo. It holds nearly twice as much water as the standard tank at 40 oz and has an easy grip contour plus an extra wide opening to make filling the tank easier. We have one and we think you will love not having to make 10 trips a week to the faucet to fil your Senseo water tank and it's only $20 bucks. Only for use with HD7810 Senseo models; not compatible with other coffeemakers, so don't start thinking this will work on your Melitta One:One.
If there was one thing we need in the morning that would help wake us up perfectly and without fuss? How about being wakened by the smell of freshly cooked bacon and the Keurig B70 ready to go with a fresh cup of single serve coffee. The bacon alarm clock wakes you up with the smell and sizzle of cooking bacon that you insert the night before. We simply need this contraption now, and perhaps even built into our fantasy bedside single serve coffee and bacon maker.
Want a square coffee cup with a bit of fresh design? Look no further than the new Hugo Danti design Veil. Veil is not just a coffee cup, but is a service set that consists of a coffee cup and saucer, a sugar bowl and a milk vessel. We like the merger of old design standards with new fresh lines and an eye towards the future portrayed in the 1950's.
We recently read a pretty amazing guide at Treehugger about greening up your coffee and tea consumption. Did you know that coffee is the world's most commonly traded commodity after crude oil, but what about single serve coffee? Well, the single serve coffee category is growing, and because of the packaging and other factors, single serve coffee might not be seen as green as drinking regular coffee, but it can be.
One of the big factors when using single serve coffee at work or home - get your own mug. Owning your own mug over the course of the year can be a huge contribution to using less paper. Recently we created a mark for every paper cup we would have used, had we not had a coffee mug at our desk - average weekly number? We would have used 47 paper cups every week for a total of 188 per month and a total of 2,256 per year. Ouch.
We've just gotten word of a new espresso pod from the people at Podhead.com. We love their coffee pods and have also tried many of their espresso pods. The new espresso pod concept - CAFresso. Podhead.com claims the espresso is a little more coffee than espresso - something in between. These 8 gram espresso pods won't work in your single serve coffee pod brewer, but they will work in any E.S.E. certified espresso maker like the FrancisFrancis!. E.S.E. Pods are typically 7 grams, but it looks like they've taken the design of their 44mm coffee pods that originally were designed for the Melitta One:One and added the 8th gram.
* Hot-beverage system brews drinks at the touch of a button in about a minute
* Patented T-Disc system with barcode technology; customizable strength settings
* Beverages pour directly from T-Disc into cup; no measuring, no fuss, and virtually no cleanup
* Measures approximately 10 by 15 by 16 inches; 2-year limited warranty
The new Flavia Fusion Drinks Station Deluxe has a slew of improvements over the Flavia Fusion Drinks Station we reviewed earlier last year. We've been testing the machine over the past few weeks and unlike other one cup coffee makers we've reviewed recently, it's managed to stay there for the entire time and have quite a bit of Flavia coffee run through it.
Flavia Fusion Drinks Station Deluxe Features:
Stainless Steel Accents
Separate Hot Water Button
Blue LED Lights
No Cleaning Between Drinks Required
Visible Water Level Indicator
Adjustable cup height
Water filter for purification
Large Capacity Water Tank
What do we think of this new Flavia? How is the Flavia coffee on a revisit? Do the new features make the new price of $169.99 a bit too high or too low?
We love a good travel press for a distinct cup of single serve coffee. Even so, one cup coffee can be tough to make on the go, but this Travel Coffee press has a 16 oz. capacity and you can brew and drink right from the travel press. It's also insulated with double walls and has a spill resistant lik.
it's always a good thing to cheer yourself up with a little coffee each and every morning. You can now add a bit of nostalgia to your room with the Cheer Up Coffee Clock. This 8" round clock has a 2" deep tin rusted base and takes one AA battery (not included). Priced at $39.50, it's quite a steal.
This might be the only segment on a morning news program we've seen in quite awhile to do single serve coffee justice. "Inspector Gadget" talks a bit fast and the woman is a bit annoying and "newsy", but the inspector knows his stuff. We like the coverage in the segment and the facts about coffee pods are spot on.
Okay - it's been really cold here in the Northeast. It's been so cold, we've been trying to find something that makes us forget how cold it is. Over the past few days, we've been sampling various roasts trying to either warm us up or make us smile and right now the Wild Mountain Blueberry K Cups are doing the later. The Wild Mountain Blueberry K Cups are very interesting as they have a very sweet quality to them and an amazing aroma of Spring that comes from the amazing blueberry flavor. We're hooked and these K Cups are bringing a smile to our cold existence.
It's nice to see many of the coffee pod etailers stepping up to the coffee pod plate this year by offering 100's of new coffee pods for your one cup single serve coffee brewer. There's an extensive thread in the Single Serve Coffee Forums detailing some of the new pods coming to some of the online stores such as the new Wolfgang Puck Rainforest Alliance Honduras pod coffee.
“My spine is tingling.” This is how cupper Adam Pesce reacted to a Honduras sample from this year’s harvest. For a coffee taster, discovering a unique, new coffee is the ultimate thrill. These particular beans were grown in a pristine cloud forest over 1,300 meters above sea level in the Sierra de Montecillos region. This coffee was selectively hand-picked and carefully cleaned and dried to maintain its fine quality. The bright blue-green color of the beans from this harvest indicates that they are fresh and have been properly processed. Once brewed, this coffee offers a clean cup with slightly floral aroma and sweet taste."
Note: This is a real coffee pod. About 62 mm wide and 7-14 grams in weight depending on the coffee pod creator.
We get this question at least 3-4 times a week from readers looking for more coffee pod variety for their single serve coffee pod brewer and the answer is - no. Espresso pods will not work in single serve coffee pod brewers like the Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, Melitta One:One, simplehuman, Krups Home Cafe, and other single serve coffee pod makers .
Espresso pods are typically much smaller and much harder packed with a much finer grind. Single serve coffee pods typically are 55-62 mm in diameter and come in sizes from 7-14 grams. One quick and easy way to tell a coffee pod from an espresso pod? Espresso pods usually have a tab on the side to help remove the pod from the espresso machine.
Why such a variety of shapes and sizes for single serve coffee pods? There really is no standard for coffee pods unlike some espresso pods. One variety of espresso pods that is a standard is the E.S.E. variety. What does E.S.E. stand for? Easy Serving Espresso. This is the gold standard for espresso pods, and any espresso machine like the Francis Francis from Illy - which is E.S.E. certified - these espresso pods will work the best. If you really want to learn more about espresso pods visit our sister site: SingleServeEspresso.com.
Now back to coffee pods. How do you know what coffee pods work in your single serve coffee brewer?
We've really been enjoying the Lavazza Blue single serve coffee system over the last few months thanks to the folks at Cafe Razzi. They've just finished up a new video that showcases the coffee and espresso from the Lavazza Blue. The Lavazza Blue is really called the "Pininfarina Pro" and is designed with a patented brewing mechanism to match the coffee capsules and assures a perfect cup of coffee each time. The machine makes both coffee drinks and espresso based drinks.
This video does a great job of showing the features of the Lavazza Blue and if you need more info you can read our full review here...
With over 25% more coffee in each K Cup, the Eclipse EXTRA BOLD from Van Houtte is very rich and dark. We've been drinking this coffee to and from the Single Serve Coffee headquarters over the past 2-3 weeks and we like it. It's got an almost spicy finish with that classic caramel flavor. Don't let the EXTRA BOLD scare you either, as these K Cups come off more like medium roast with intense flavor.
In a way we always thought "T Discs" sounded a lot like a "tea disc" than a coffee disc. However, if you have a Tassimo, you know a T Disc can contain anything a Tassimo can brew up or mix into a coffee or tea drink, but Tassimo does make "TEA Discs".
We've just spotted the new Tazo® Awake™ Black Tea and can't wait to try it. The tea combines indian black tea and bright flavorful teas from Sri Lanka. Packed 7 T Discs per package and priced at $2.89 a set. These T Discs will work in your Tassimo TA1400 and TA1200 hot beverage systems.
We've yet to review the Juan Valdez single serve coffee maker, but are going this week on a seek and purchase mission to pick one up. It's one of the least talked about single serve coffee makers in the Single Serve Coffee Forums, but that doesn't mean it's a bad machine. From what we've seen in person, it's a bit on the plastic side, and has a large footprint. The Juan Valdez single serve coffee pod maker supposedly can use "espresso pods"? Hmmm... Hopefully our local Target will have one so we can finally have a little quality one on one time with Mr. Valdez.
Quick and convenient, this coffeemaker makes single serving-size cups
Just fill the tank, drop in a pod and push the start button
No measuring, no mess, no waste
Accommodates Juan Valdez Java pods, Cooper's Tea pods and Malongo Espresso pods
We've discovered yet another coffee concentrate: Javette. Javette is caffeinated, preservative-free, and is Kosher and Pareve approved. Javette is packaged in a lightweight, flexible, pressure-resistant pouch and is brewed from 100% Arabica coffee. Like Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrate, Java Juice, and others, Javette's size gives it portability and is small enough to fit in confined spaces, allowing for safe transportation without fear of rupture or leakage. We'll have a full run down of our impressions of Javette coffee concentrate very soon.
We first heard about the Perfect Pod Maker last year when it was only available from Coffee Giant. Reviews were mixed at first, with some people loving it and some people sticking to using T-Sacs (disposable tea bags you can fill with coffee and make your own pods) instead. We decided at the beginning of this year that we'd pick a Perfect Pod Maker up, and see how it matched against T-Sacs, and how well the Perfect Pod Maker worked with the various single serve coffee pod machines.
We received the original Perfect Pod Coffee Pod Maker over 3 weeks ago, and have made just north of 30+ cups of single serve coffee with it. The Perfect Pod Maker can create any coffee pod you want from the "hot press" pod maker, using the 40 pod papers that come with it, and any ground coffee you want to put in each coffee pod. The Perfect Pod Maker will work with your Senseo, Melitta One:One, simplehuman, Juan Valdez, Bunn Home Cafe, Mr. Coffee, Hamilton Beach, and Black & Decker Home Cafe single serve coffee machines.
How does it work? Does it work well? Do the coffee pods made from the Perfect Pod Maker fit in most machines? What are the pros and cons of using the Perfect Pod Maker
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