We also want to welcome all the new single serve coffee drinkers who have recently received the gift of single serve coffee, and we also want to thank all our loyal readers who have joined us in the New Year. Read on below for anything you might have missed this past month.
We've got a couple of videos for you appearing on YouTube about the Tassimo Bosch single serve coffee maker. We're not sure how informative either of these videos are, but they do give you a great impression for how much the french do love their Tassimo coffee, espresso, and hot beverages.
The first video is more polished and definitely a promo. The second video is a slideshow of the different bloggers or press that attended the unveiling event in Paris.
SH from Canada has written in and provided a rather extensive translation of the new Tassimo designed by Bosch web site in France. The Bosch's France-based Tassimo website is now LIVE. It also appears no other Bosch Tassimo websites are online yet, and there's lots of juicy tidbits of the Bosch Tassimo features below.
Here's what SH had to say with a translation of the site from French to English:
We want to wish Keurig a happy 10th anniversary in brining the K Cup and Keurig brewers into our coffee cups. It's hard to imagine a time when we didn't have a Keurig single serve coffee machine in our kitchen.
The Keurig has been a staple of the single serve coffee world (you can read our review round-up earlier in the year). 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 B40, 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.
Is Clover the best single serve coffee machine? Well - it's certainly the most expensive at just over $11,000, but it really isn't designed for at home use. The Clover makes a single serve cup of coffee using ground coffee beans, and is based around a 4500 watt boiler that can run on 240 volt service. The idea is that an espresso cafe can set these up to run fresh grounds through whenever a customer orders up a coffee, much like how the espresso machine runs. For full details on Clover you can read our earlier article here.
We ventured out to Velouria Espresso in Jamaica Plain, MA to get a cup or two of single serve coffee from the fabled Clover. Our mission was to sample as many coffees we could, before becoming so wired we could barely handle ourselves. Mission accomplished. Because of the unique nature of the Clover single serve coffee machine, Velouria Espresso had a sampler menu of up to 5 different coffees made from the Clover for just $9 bucks. A typical cup of Clover produced coffee will run you around $2.
We've yet to see it ourselves, but we overheard in the SingleServeCoffee.com Forums that Linens-N-Things is carrying the C100T/Aeroccino combo for $289.00. That's a pretty amazing deal given the Nespresso C100T is $229 and the Aeroccino is usually $89.95. And Linens-N-Things usually has a 20% coupon available. Let us know if you find this amazing deal in store.
We promised you an unboxing of the Melitta MES5B Javapod Single Pod Coffee Brewer System, and we keep our word. The unit comes packed with very little except what you need to brew a cup of single serve coffee using a coffee pod. We do like the overall design, and the coffee pod holders, along with the brewing chamber are nicely designed.
We've been covering the Handpresso over at Single Serve Espresso this past week. The Handpresso may be one of the coolest portable single serve espresso and coffee makers we've ever seen. Combining a bicycle pump, and using an E.S.E. espresso pod, you simply pump up the Handpresso and pull a perfect shot. You can use it wherever you can get hot water - so we recommend getting a Jet Boil stove for hiking, fishing, or picnic going. You'll impress not only the company your with, but also your taste buds when you have a perfect cup of espresso or coffee on the go.
Single Serve Espresso has also revealed today the Unboxing of Handpresso and their earlier article which features a rather interesting video on Handpresso.
We've got what we believe is the first picture of the Bosch designed Tassimo single serve coffee maker. Now we can't be sure this picture is the final production model, but we hope it is. This picture shows a slimmer design for the Tassmo single serve coffee and hot beverage system. We've always loved Bosch designs, so it's not surprising they took a step in a new design direction with the Tassimo. Apparently the machine is also much quieter. We'll provide more details as we find out about the Bosch designed Tassimo single serve coffee maker.
We're always looking for a very interesting and rich cup of single serve coffee. Recently we've started to go through many of the coffees offered by Black Mountain Gold Coffee. They have some very distinctive flavors - and one we've found is their Black Mountain Gold Moka Java Gourmet Coffee Pods. This coffee uses a mix of peaberry coffee from the island of Java blended with Ethiopian moka beans. The result is a very balanced, and richly flavored cup of single serve coffee.
It's definitely winter here in New England, and it looks like Green Mountain has another extra bold flavor to warm you up after a nice outing in the snow. The Wicked Winter Blend Extra Bold K Cup brings together Indonesian coffee with Central and South American beans. The result is a toasty, subtly caramelly cup with chocolate body, and a hint of nutty sweetness in the finish.
We'll take it! We need to warm up very soon after shoveling snow this week for over 3+ hours. This is Green Mountain's first-ever seasonal coffee offered as an Extra Bold, with 20% more coffee in every K-Cup, and it' Fair Trade too.
On a recent episode of Friday Night Lights, "There Goes the Neighborhood", Tassimo has some pretty prominent placement. We had no idea how hard it was to please the coach, and get him a perfect cup of coffee all in the same day. The Tassimo is brought into "play" by the coach's wife and sister, and in a fury of dialog - the coach declares, "That's a better cup of coffee." We're glad with Superbowl season upon us, football fans all over the nation may switch to Tassimo, and make a better cup of coffee for all those Superbowl parties.
If you haven't seen Friday Night Lights, we recommend it highly. It's one of the best shows on network TV, and we think even better than the movie it's based on.
CoffeeDuck? The name does not inspire confidence, but if you're looking to use your own ground coffee with your Senseo, this duck may do the trick. But buyer beware, the CoffeeDuck does not work with the Senseo Supreme or Senseo Deluxe, it only works with the original Senseo.
The CoffeeDuck will allow you to use whatever coffee you like, and can also be used with one or two regular paper coffee pods, so if you ever lose your Senseo pod holders, you can still make pod coffee. For best results, they recommend using a fine grind when using ground coffee with the CoffeeDuck.
We'll have to order the "duck" and see how good of a job it does.
Limited edition coffee pods come and go, but we will be sorry to see the Fratello El Salavador Limited Edition Coffee Pods leave our pod brewer anytime soon. We've been testing these coffee pods in a variety of coffee pod brewers and the results have been excellent. The Fratello El Salvador coffee pods produce a very medium, but spicey cup of single serve coffee with caramel notes.
SingleServeEspresso.com has found a single serve coffee machine that will only set you back a modest $11k. Is this the ultimate or best single serve coffee maker? The Clover makes a single serve cup of coffee using ground coffee beans and is based around a 4500 watt boiler that can run on 240 volt service. The idea is that an espresso cafe can set these up to run fresh grounds through whenever a customer orders up a coffee, much like how the espresso machine runs.
It's been quite awhile since we've seen any Home Cafe products in the single serve coffee world. It looks as if Mr. Coffee has indeed put out this coffee maker (and yes we've also seen it at Target), but we've never gotten our hands on this single serve coffee machine. Does anyone have any thoughts or impressions? Feedback at Amazon.com and other stores look favorable, so that leads us to believe perhaps this isn't a bad little machine for $49 bucks. We'll see if we can track down one very soon.
Measures 5 by 9 by 7 inches; 1-year limited warranty
On/Off light button
Brews coffee & tea pods 1 or 2 cups at a time
Use ground coffee to make a cup of single serve coffee
Adjustable brew height to fit travel mug as well as a variety of sizes
We've had the Keurig B130 in for a review for quite awhile, but we really wanted some quality time to spend with the B130 after the busy holiday season. We also didn't want to confuse new single serve coffee drinkers they could actually purchase the Keurig B130 - it's only available to hotels or similar businesses that want to offer the use of a single cup K Cup brewer to guests.
The big difference of the Keurig B130 - it does not have a water reservoir per se - it does have the ability for you to add one cup of water at time, and then make a cup of single serve coffee. It also features instructions on the brewer on how to make a cup of single serve coffee using a K Cup.
So far - we really love the footprint and wonder why such a small K Cup maker might not be perfect for your camp, camping, travel trailer, or at the office on your desk. We can imagine such a brewer in our non-commercial single serve coffee lives. Who knows what the future will bring.
We think you'll enjoy this interesting article on Nespresso at the Financial Times. We also think you'd like to know we got quoted in the article about the cost of single serve coffee. Not too shabby for the New Year being only 4 days old.
The trick is to make such goods alluring and to set a price that is steep but affordable. UK newspaper executives sometimes moan that consumers refuse to pay 50p for a newspaper when they spend £2 on a coffee at Starbucks, but a newspaper is not the same thing as a Starbucks espresso. A shot of Nespresso – essentially – is the same.
“People can have their own coffee shop at home. They save because, even though it is more expensive than drip coffee, it is still a third of the price of Starbucks,” says Jay Brewer, founder of singleservecoffee.com, a website devoted entirely to, well, you get the idea.
The Melitta MES5B Javapod Single Pod Coffee Brewer System is in the Single Serve Coffee test kitchen, and so far we like what we see. The box design is a little less interesting than the older Melitta One:One, but the double and single coffee pod holders should excite the monster coffee pod drinker within you. We'll have a full unboxing soon.
The MES5B comes with both single and double coffee pod holders.
Melitta MES5B - Single Pod Coffee Brewer System Features:
Brews Directly Into 1 or 2 Travel Mugs
Auto Shut-off After Brewing
Removable Cone-Shaped Filter Basket (we're not sure on this one)
Removable 40-oz. metered water tank
2.2 bar steam pump produces rich, full bodied coffee
Another December passes and we head out into another New Year here at Single Serve Coffee. December brought us a bunch of interesting news and fact finding. We finally discovered our review mug was the Bodum Corona Clear Coffee Cup - Clear Mug Mystery Solved, and we gave away a free Lavazza Blue machine to a lucky winner. Here's the rest of what December 2007 had to offer.
Joe Bacon: I preferred the Vue packs to K-Cups. But the problem read more Greg Moore: I can't help but wonder how many companies who have read more SH: To further add to the never-ending confus... er... uh... fun, read more AO: Good points by both folks above. To Steve's point "If read more Linda: Baffled K-pod will not fit into holder. It was working read more