May 31, 2007
May has proven to be yet another month to celebrate being a single serve coffee drinker. SingleServeCofffee.com has turned 3 years old in May! Yep - Three Years and Even Stronger - Happy Birthday Single Serve Coffee!
We'd have to say that May was the month of Nespresso on the single serve machine front, with the launch of the Nespresso Lattissima - One Touch Cappuccinos and Lattes, and the release of the Nespresso "FASHION" Espresso Machine in "CRYSTAL COUTURE", and finally the Porsche Designed Nespresso Espresso Machine, you'd have to say Nespresso has been busy. June should be just as amazing with full reviews of new items from Flavia, Caribou Coffee Keurig K Cups, and others.
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May 30, 2007
Only available right now in Europe, the NESPRESSO Siemens by Porsche Design is a pretty stellar design for an espresso machine. You can create your own Espresso, Lungo, Macchiato, Cappuccino in this Porsche designed Nespresso machine. Though the style is different, the NESPRESSO Siemens by Porsche Design looks like it might have the guts of the Nespresso Romeo available here in the US. We loved the Romeo when we reviewed it, and we hope the NESPRESSO Siemens by Porsche Design makes it to US shores for a better design alternative.
NESPRESSO Siemens by Porsche Design Features:
- High-pressure pump (19 bar)
- Thermoblock heating element
- Automatic cup volume control (Espresso, Lungo, Macchiato, Cappuccino)
- Automatic insertion and ejection of capsule
- Digital display in 8 languages
- New steam pipe with integrated Cappuccino - Caffelatte function
- Automatic cool down after steam function usage
- Aluminium condenser to avoid steam emission during cool down
- Collection container for used capsules (10-12 capsules)
- Inbuilt electronic warning sound, which indicates when the collection container for used capsules is full
- Inbuilt electronic warning sound, which indicates when the water tank requires refilling
- Adjustment for water hardness and descaling warning signal (based on water hardness)
- Cup warming plate in aluminium
- Removable water tank: 1.2 l capacity
May 29, 2007
We've sampled all of the Fratello coffee pods we received for review over the past week. We picked up a sampler pack by ordering from the Coffee Artisan which comes with five different pods for $2.49. If you don't know that much about Fratello, Fratello has been roasting coffee since 1985, so that gives them a little north of 20 years of experience to put into their coffee pods.
Coffee Pods in Fratello Coffee Pod sampler pack:
- French Saigon Dark- This popular blend is a sure fire hit for those who love the smoky taste of a dark roast. Never bitter. 100%
- Columbian Supremo - Premium Colombian coffee - full in flavor. A classic cup of coffee.
- Columbian Natural Decaf Colombian - Coffee with heady aroma and mellow flavor. - Swiss Water Decaf Process with no chemical aftertaste.
- French Vanilla - An exceedingly smooth Bourbon Vanilla - one of the worlds most popular.
- Costa Rican Organic Fair Trade - Strictly high-grown coffee that produces a distinctive brew with vibrant flavor & rich undertones.
These coffee pods will work in your Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, Melitta One:One, simplehuman, Krups 1010 , GPOD, Home Cafe and other single serve coffee pod makers. What did we think? How good are the different coffee pods from Fratello?
Continue reading: "Review: Fratello Coffee Pods for Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, and other Coffee Pod Brewers"
May 25, 2007
We were visiting out local target this past week and happened upon the new Mr Coffee SL13 Simple Brew Coffeemaker. It claims on side of the package to be able to use ground coffee or coffee pods. Wow. We took a look at the coffee pod filter and maybe it will work.
The Mr Coffee SL13 Simple Brew Coffeemaker claims
it can use coffee pods or ground coffee with the same filter.
It's got a very small footprint, and since you can use tea pods and coffee pods, this is a good choice for anyone looking to get a pod brewer at under $40 and get the most variety of hot beverage choices for you single serve dollar.
In the past Mr. Coffee put out their coffee pod machines under the Home Cafe brand, and we always though over the Black and Decker models - the Mr. Coffee Home Cafe coffee pod brewers were much better. We took a variety of pictures and have the full specs. What's interesting is this little brewer can brew up to a 14 oz cup of single serve coffee using coffee pods? How does it taste? We'll have to do a full review to tell.
Continue reading: "Mr. Coffee Simple Brew Coffeemaker SL13 - Use Ground Coffee or Coffee Pods"
May 24, 2007
There's a pretty amazing set of threads in the Single Serve Coffee Forums on how to make a mess of those pesky K Cups and other single serve coffee pods, nespresso capsules, and gadgets. We simply have a large pantry that we put most things on shelves, or we use small bowls to store our Nespresso capsules. Whatever you do - see what's being done by other Single Serve Coffee Forums members and perhaps you have a technique or tip to add.
I got a Keurig B50 from Costco two weeks ago, and set it up in my kitchen. Between the 18-packs that came with that and some 5-packs and 25-packs I ordered from Keurig, I had a storage mess on my hands; you can't get into the 18-packs when they're stacked, and I didn't have enough counter space to leave them all out.
I went shopping at the big-box mall, and found the Sterilite #2003 Small Countertop Drawer unit at Target. Each unit's about 7" high, 7" wide and 8" deep and they stack. 3 drawers per unit are just barely deep enough to hold 9 K-cups each when arranged just so; the Tully's cups bulge on top and I have to be careful with opening and closing their drawers! I've filled each drawer with a different variety or an assortment of singles. The remaining 5-packs will sit nicely on top. I have the 25-packs and a bin of loose K-cups from the 18-packs under a counter on the other side of the kitchen, and I'll refill the drawers from there when they get empty. Now I can see what I've got when I'm getting going in the morning.
At SingleServeCoffee.com Forums :: K-Cup Storage
May 23, 2007
We recently attended the Nespresso launch of the Nespresso Lattissima from Nespresso and DeLonghi, and we're pleasantly surprised to see the launch of new colors from Nespresso for their popular Nespresso Essenza models. You can read reviews of the Nespresso Essenza C100T model from us here at Single Serve Coffee and over at Single Serve Espresso.
Check out our full selection of pictures from the show over at Single Serve Espresso, and we also included a few pictures of the new Crystal Couture models as well.
May 22, 2007
Coffee Giant and Keurig sent us packages of the new K Cups from Caribou coffee for your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, and the Keurig B70 Brewer. Caribou Coffee offers 8 new varieties of coffee in K-Cup Portion Packs. Don't know that much about Caribou Coffee? The first Caribou Coffee store opened on the corner of France Avenue and 44th Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1992. Today, Caribou Coffee still calls Minneapolis home, but has grown to more than 465 stores across the central and eastern U.S. It is the second largest, company-owned, gourmet coffeehouse operator in the U.S. based on the number of coffeehouses.
- French Roast - Dark - Bittersweet flavor with a smooth, heavy body.
- Caribou Blend - Medium - This signature blend balances a big-bodied, syrupy taste with a clean, snappy finish.
- Sumatra - Dark - Syrupy, sweet rich body and cedarwood spice notes.
- Fair Trade - Medium - Caramel sweetness with deep grape and pecan notes and a note of a crisp, chardonnay finish characterize this sustainable blend.
- Daybreak Morning Blend - Light - Light, fruity blend that has a slightly nutty finish.
- Colombia - Light - This coffee is full of sweet caramel flavors, smooth roasted nut notes, and delicate floral nuances.
- Sumatra Decaf - Dark - Syrupy, sweet rich body and cedarwood spice notes.
- Caribou Blend Natural Decaf - Medium - This signature blend balances a big-bodied, syrupy taste with a clean, snappy finish.
We'll have full run down of our favorites very soon and our thoughts about this new single serve coffee k cup partnership.
We are a more of a "half-full" kind of web site here at Single Serve Coffee, but in our daily lives we like to have a more laid back sarcastic approach to living. If you think a clear mug with such a phrase warrants a good laugh or smirk, then this mug may be for you. The classic phrase "this glass is now half-empty" is screen-printed on the basic mug ($9.95) and etched onto the executive model ($19.95). We'd go with the etching over the print, as we think most printed mugs wear out over time - or do they? The best part of trying to purchase such a mug? It's only available at Despair.com.
Via Pop gadget
May 21, 2007
In line with Europe's fashion and design trends for 2007, Nespresso,has added serious sparkle to its award-winning Essenza coffee machine models. The result: two fashion-forward coffee machines with 'bodies' covered in Swarovski crystals: the Nespresso Limited Edition Brilliant Black Essenza and the Nespresso Limited Edition Sparkle Pink Essenza.
Limited Edition machines are designed to shine at exclusive charity events and Nespresso boutiques around the world. In addition to being a shining focus for charity and special events, 100 Limited Edition Sparkle Pink and 100 Limited Edition Brilliant Black Essenza machines will be available, while supplies last, at the Nespresso Boutique Bar (761 Madison Avenue, New York City). Both bejeweled models will retail for $1,000.
More at Nespresso
May 18, 2007
Yesterday, Nespresso and DeLonghi unveiled the next generation of espresso meets cappuccino and latte machines - the Nespresso Lattissima. The Nespresso Lattissima features a "one touch" fresh milk froth function, allowing you to make a latte or cappuccino with just one push of a button. We witnessed the Nespresso Lattissima in person and got to sample the cappuccino and latte drinks it produced - verdict - amazing.
Update: Read our review of the Nespresso Lattissima
Because the Nespresso Lattissima uses fresh milk the difference in the quality of the latte or cappuccino is staggering. The Nespresso Lattissima also features an "auto clean" function, and the milk reservoir detaches from the machine so you can keep it nice and cool in the fridge for the next cappuccino or latte you make. Another cool feature is the adjustable cup platform, which allows you to use a tall latte glass or a traditional coffee cup. The Nespresso Lattissima will be priced at $799 for the satin chrome with cup warmer, and $699 for red or black sans the cup warmer and will be out Fall 2007.
Full details and video of the Nespresso Lattissima after the jump.
Continue reading: "Nespresso Lattissima - One Touch Cappuccinos and Lattes"
The Keurig has been a staple of the single serve coffee world for over 5+ years. The staff here at Single Serve Coffee have featured many articles and reviews on the Keurig line of single serve coffee makers, and the k cups which deliver amazing single serve coffee each day. We've done a Review of the Keurig B50, B60, B70, and even the Keurig B100. We've also featured Keurig K Cup Reviews and News. We've even done an entire set of reviews for the Keurig Reuseable K Cup Filter where you can use your own coffee for the Keurig single serve coffee maker.
Here's a run down of the best Keurig articles, reviews, news, and links we've featured:
Must Read Keurig K Cup Single Serve Coffee Maker Reviews:
Continue reading: "Keurig K Cup Single Serve Coffee Maker Reviews, News, and Info"
May 17, 2007
“Bean” me up! Add one more to the list of exotic javas: Space Coffee. On June 2, a quarter-pound of coffee beans will be carried to the edge of space.
The spacecraft will be a high altitude balloon, and the beans will ascend to an altitude of 20 miles. This is high enough for the sky to turn black and the horizon to be a blue curve. The coffee beans will be exposed to extremes of cold, vacuum, and cosmic rays, and at the end of the mission, the vehicle carrying the coffee will descend to Earth by parachute.
We're not sure where the coffee will land, but maybe we could get some of those amazing space beans to create the perfect cup of single serve coffee...maybe...
More space fun at JP Aerospace
May 16, 2007
We'll be traveling down to New York to the Nespresso Boutique for the launch of the Nespresso Lattissima on Thursday morning. The Nespresso® Lattissima combines a Nespresso espresso maker with a one-touch fresh milk froth function. We can't wait to try out all the interesting lattes, cappuccinos, and other Nespresso meets De’Longhi drinks this new machine will make, and we're pretty sure this is the single serve coffee machine we've all been waiting for for those of us obsessed with the perfect froth.
Update: See exclusive pictures and videos of the Nespresso Lattissima and our first impressions...
Update: Read our review of the Nespresso Lattissima
Don't know what much about the Nespresso Lattissima?
In addition to making the perfect espresso or lungo, the newest Nespresso machine features a one-touch fresh milk froth function, which enables coffee aficionados to create cappuccino or latte coffees at the touch of a button. The one-touch cappuccino system provides the optimal combination of steam, milk and air to create milk froth with perfect consistency. For additional convenience, the one-touch option also features an auto-rinsing function, which enables users to easily clean the tubes used for milk foam preparation, thereby preventing milk particles from remaining inside the system. The removable 17-ounce milk container is a new feature that can be conveniently stored in the refrigerator.
Full details after the jump...
Continue reading: "Nespresso Lattissima Premieres"
We've been trying to find a more Summer looking travel mug for our coffee and we think the Copco 16oz Jazz Thermal Travel Mug might be it. We like the nubbly dimples for gripping on the side, and we think the double walled construction with a stainless steel liner should keep our single serve summer coffee hot or cold. It also has a really nice non-slip base and the mixture of shiny and matte textures should keep up our design in mind like appearance.
At Amazon.com: Copco 16oz Jazz Thermal Travel Mug
May 15, 2007
You may remember our review of the Nespresso Essenza C90 in 2005, and you may even remember how much we loved this amazing little espresso and single serve coffee machine. What does the new Nespresso C100T Essenza Single-Serve Automatic Espresso Machine offer over it's older sibling and what's the same? In a nut shell - the Nespresso C100T Essenza Single-Serve Automatic Espresso Machine is a really nice update to an already great Nespresso machine. The price point is a bit higher than the older model, but this is a very affordable Nespresso machine at just over $220 in most places online and offline, and the new features are worth the extra money.
Since the main features of the machine and it's appeal are present in our older review, we're going to focus on the updates to the machine and why you might want to consider this as one of the machines in your single serve coffee arsenal. We're also going to give you the impressions of several new Nespresso drinkers who we introduced the machine to at a dinner party recently to get new insights and feedback.
Continue reading: "Review: Nespresso C100T Essenza Single-Serve Automatic Espresso Machine"
May 11, 2007
We recently traveled to the fabled land of Philadelphia to visit the people who make the Flavia Fusion Drinks Station and other Flavia products. We were treated to an entire four hour tour, but we actually have returned. What's happening at Flavia? What's new? There's too much to tell today, but we did see the new FLAVIA® Creation 400™ drinks station, and we got a tour of the plant. Yep - we got to see how they keep the coffee fresh before it's packed into the Flavia filterpack.
We've even got a shot or two of the amazing user interface/experience of the FLAVIA® Creation 400™ drinks station.
Continue reading: "Preview: Single Serve Coffee Visits Flavia"
May 10, 2007
Can you believe it's been 3 years since we launched Single Serve Coffee? We can't. We would have never imagined writing over 1000+ articles on Single Serve Coffee back in May of 2004, and we wouldn't have believed how we could possible grow the site to the size it is. We've increased in page views, site visitors, and have grown the Single Serve Coffee forums to included over 2000+ members and 27,000+ articles.
We want want to thank our readers who without you this wouldn't have happened. You come visit us each day and comment on our articles, help new people find their way, and also send us in great tips and tricks. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
We'd also like to thank our advertisers. Without advertising on the site we just couldn't do this everyday. As we've grown, so has the cost of operating such a big site with lots of pages and lots of visitors. Thanks to advertising, we can pay to continue to operate and expand the site. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
So lift your coffee mug and shout, "Viva la Single Serve Coffee!" Here's to a long Single Serve Coffee life and another great year!
May 9, 2007
To think it's been over 2 years that we've been drinking the Wiwili K-Cups from Timothy's! Wow. We love this coffee and find the medium roasted Wiwili always picks us up in the morning. The Wiwili is a pure origin coffee and contains approximately 25% more coffee than your standard Fair Trade Wiwili K-Cups. The result is a stronger, bolder taste. This coffee is Fair Trade Certified, which will ensure that the coffee farmers will receive a fair price for their coffee. This enables the farmers to live with dignity and invest in their families, communities and the environment.
These K Cups will work in your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, and the Keurig B70 Brewer.
At Timothy's World Coffee Extra Bold Fair Trade Wiwili K-Cups
This press release is more of an idea than an actual product, but the idea of owning a coffee machine that can read our single serve coffee mind is exactly what the next Keurig, Nespresso, or Flavia Fusion needs. Developed by JL Hufford, the "super automatic coffee machine" will be able to learn your coffee-drinking patterns so any time you crave a cup of joe, it'll have your favorite drink waiting for you.
Via Gizmodo at Mind Reading Coffee Machine
May 8, 2007
Anyone remember the Weebles? These espresso cups have a round bottom that keeps them upright so they wobble but they won't fall down. So, if you're a Nespresso owner, or perhaps you just want to get that coffee lover in your life something different, these espresso cups are for you.
May 7, 2007
This Nespresso deal comes just in time for Mother's Day and you don't have to be a Nespresso Club member to enjoy this discount. What you need to do is purchase a Nespresso machine and Aeroccino Automatic Milk Frother at the same time. Once you register you machine and send in the voucher and requested materials, Nespresso will credit you account with $50 good towards Nespresso capsules and accessories.
Offer valid only on the combined purchase of a Nespressomachine and Aeroccino milk-frothing unit. Offer cannot be redeemed if the Nespresso machine or Aeroccino unit are purchased separately. Cash register receipt must be dated between 4/15/07 and 6/30/07. Voucher needs to be sent and postmarked nolater than 07/31/07 for processing. Not redeemable in store. Upon receipt of documents, $50.00 will be credited to your Nespresso account. Amount will be valid toward the purchase of Nespresso coffee capsules and accessories. Offer will not be processed without valid requested documents. Voucher inquiries please call 888-NESPRESSO.
Here's how to get the deal:
1. Purchase Aeroccino Automatic Milk Frother then shop at Amazon.com for any of the machines below - MAKE SURE THEY ARE IN THE SAME CART AND RECEIPT!
2. Purchase any of the machines below and makes sure they are in the same cart and receipt:
3. Download Nespresso Voucher for $50 Nespresso Bucks voucher and print it out and send it the request materials
We'll be totally honest - we don't usually cover too much whole bean or ground coffee here at Single Serve Coffee, but when we found out about the new David Lynch coffee, we just had to mention it. We're BIG David Lynch fans around here, enjoying anything David Lynch, and really liking the dirty confusion one feels after watching one of his movies or TV shows. We can now only imagine the single serve coffee madness when drinking a cup of David Lynch coffee. "Yeah - I think I can see some little man in my cup of coffee talking backwards...hmmm....yes...I'm about to pass out..."
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May 4, 2007
Now you can dial up your favorite cup of single serve coffee with the Smart Travel Mug With Temperature Control. The Smart Mug can heat liquids up to 160 degrees using the included 12-volt car adapter, and can alert you when your ideal preset temperature has been reached. Choose from red or blue and best of all it's only $29.95.
May 3, 2007
We've spent over two weeks with the Java Wand. What is a Java Wand? For us, it's basically a mini-french press on the end of a large glass straw. You can take your Java Wand just about anywhere, as it comes with a travel case that holds the want and 2 tablespoons of coffee. We didn't travel that far with our Java Wand, but we did have some really amazing coffee using it.
The Java Wand is also not a single serve coffee maker per se, but it is a very nice alternative to making a cup of single serve coffee from a machine. The Java Wand is also very transformational in how it makes you sit back and relax a bit more with your coffee. So as you can see - we do like the Java Wand...but do we like the entire experience of drinking hot coffee through a glass straw?
Continue reading: "Review: Java Wand - The Single Serve Coffee French Press Glass Straw"
May 2, 2007
We love our Keurig Special Edition B60 and think the price reduction from $199.95 to $149.95 makes it still a total steal. If you're looking for a good comparison of the B40, B50, and B60 brewers we've got a great article we put together last year. And if you have that extra $50 bucks lying around, you may want to read our review of the Keurig B70.
Keurig B60 Features:
- Three brew sizes: 5.25-oz. more intense cup, 7.25-oz. regular cup, 9.25-oz. travel mug
- Adjustable brew temperature
- Blue backlit LCD display and water reservoir
- Digital clock, Programmable on/off timer
- Ready to brew three minutes after turned on
- Descale indicator for long life
- Removable 48-oz. water reservoir
- Removable stainless steel drip tray
- Chrome handle and faceplate
- 11" wide, 13" deep, 13.5" tall
- 16.5" tall when opened
At Green Mountain Coffee
May 1, 2007