We've been featuring lots of articles on the updated Tassimo Bosch Hot Beverage system launching in September of this year. We've finally gotten confirmation on several of the key upgraded features this single serve coffee machine will have on board when it debuts this Fall.
Looking for an eco-friendly way to keep you cup of single serve coffee or tea warm? We give you the Amico. Currently only in concept stage, the Amico is a cactus like "solar plant" (much like the Flip Flap) which you put in a bright spot, and the Sun will then gently warm your single serve coffee, up to 22 times a day. We think more single purpose Sun powered devices are going to be coming out and we're excited, but we want a little battery storage on board for those cold and rainy days to keep our coffee warm.
We've been featuring a innovation for coffee pods brewers as of late - the Creampad. The Creampad is a disk allowing you to add milk and then place a coffee pod on top to create a cappuccino using your single serve coffee pod brewer. The Creampad is designed to work with your Senseo single serve coffee pod brewer, but you may try it in any coffee pod brewer that features a double pod holder like the Melitta MES5B Javapod. We did our trials with the original Senseo, and even though the Creampad might work in other brewers, it will work in any Senseo with a double pod holder.
How well does it work? What are the results like when making a cappuccino this way? What coffee pods can you use with the Creampad?
Sure Earth Day was on Tuesday of this week, but coffee table Friday is at the end of the week, and we thought we'd save our Earth Day shout out until now. The Intelligent Forms SOLo is a coffee table designed to soak up the sun's energy, turning it into stored power allowing you to charge your laptop, cellphone, and other gadgets. It can store enough power in its internal batteries to charge up your cellphone 6,800 times or your laptop 168 times. The SOLo has LED lighting built in for ground effects in your living room, and you can check the charge status on its built-in LCD monitor of devices you hook up, and the internal battery. The SOLo is made of stainless steel and tempered glass with silicon solar cells. Price? Who knows, but you can order it from the Intelligent Forms website. We're betting going green on the coffee table front is not cheap.
Luigi Bormioli's doublewall glassware keeps your single serve coffee hot, and easy to handle. Clear drink ware gives makes for impressive single serve coffee drinking when you have guests over, and day to day - why not impress yourself? Packed 4 to a set, these double walled coffee cups are designed in Italy, lead free, and dishwasher safe.
We love sampler packs of K Cups, especially when they feature 3 of the top flavors you can get from Green Mountain Coffee. Rain Forest Nut (read our review here) is one of our favorite flavored K Cups here at Single Serve Coffee, and French Vanilla and Hazelnut are always favorites with the staff. This sampler pack of Assorted Flavored K Cups from Green Mountain features all three, and you get 8 K Cups of each flavor in a 24 count box.
Flavored K Cups Details:
French Vanilla elegantly fragrant with the rich and luscious flavor of vanilla
Hazelnut sweet, buttery aroma with the warm flavors of roasted nuts
Rain Forest Nut vanilla, caramel, cashew & Brazil nuts. A Fair Trade Certified coffee.
With Summer vacation right around the corner, we're always looking out for portable single serve coffee options to bring with us on our trip. If you're looking for a small and very portable single serve coffee maker, we think the Brisk Brew hits the mark. The Brisk Brew prepares a small but enticing eight once cup of coffee in minutes, and since it does use ground coffee has an ingredient container built-in to store whatever coffee you've packed. The Brisk Brew Travel Coffee Maker will be your portable single serve coffee maker for only $45.
We're excited to see the Java Wand is finally becoming available at many larger online stores. What's a Java Wand? You may want to read our review from last year, but in a nut shell the Java Wand is a portable, single serve, miniaturized French Press filter attached to a durable, hand blown, glass straw that brews and filters coffee and tea leaves in your cup.
We really enjoyed the Java Wand last summer, and think we'll probably take it with us for a few trips into the wilds of the Northeast this year. What we really like most about the Java Wand is how different the single serve coffee experience is when you sit back, and sip a cup of hot coffee through the glass straw.
Timothy's Coffees of the World Inc. recently introduced White Hot Chocolate K-Cups for Keurig. This is the first white hot chocolate K-Cup developed for use in Keurig single cup brewing systems, but not the first Hot Cocoa or Hot Chocolate K Cup. Green Mountain introduced Hot Cocoa K Cups last year, and it has been one of the top selling K Cups for the Keurig K Cup brewers.
We have to say we were a bit shocked when Timothy's decided to go the white chocolate route instead of straight up hot chocolate, but the results are very solid. The hot white beverage which looks like whipped milk, is both sweet and interesting.
You can safely say we're pretty excited about the Bosch designed Tassimo debuting this September here in the US. So excited, we've become accustomed to visiting the Tassimo France web site just about every day. They've recently added a rather comprehensive video and interactive feature that showcases the features of the Bosch designed Tassimo hot beverage system. One design aspect is the new LED illuminated set of controls on the Tassimo. As you can see above you're going to have more control with the Bosch designed Tassimo, allowing you to get some hot water on demand.
Not only has coffee been a staple in our diet here at Single Serve Coffee since we were very young, coffee has been a major part of the diet since the early 16th century for the entire world. Since that time drinking coffee has been clouded with controversy. We can't tell you the number of times a week we hear people singing the praises of coffee, and also saying it's going to ruin our entire body, and bring about our downfall.
We recently found this article that has some pretty interesting details on the following topics related to your health and coffee:
Cofee Boosts Brain Power
Coffee and Pregnancy
Coffee and Heart Attacks
Coffee and Cancer
Coffee and Dehydration
One of the most surprising is coffee and dehydration. We've long thought coffee was a diuretic , but it just isn't so unless you can drink about 40 cups a day (okay maybe a bit of an exaggeration). Another one is coffee and cancer - if you drink coffee you can at least be assured that one part of your body (which we won't mention) will have a much higher chance of being cancer free.
Timothy’s Coffees of the World Inc., has entered into an agreement with Six Continents Hotels, Inc. to supply their Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts and Hotel Indigo properties with a new in-room single serve hot beverage solution. Having reviewed the Keurig B130 not too long ago, we're pretty excited to see this quality of coffee being provided when we travel.
Under the terms of the agreement, Timothy’s will provide Keurig’s new B130 single serve hotel brewers, along with Timothy’s specialty coffee, tea and specialty beverages, which are individually packaged into single serve portions. These single serve portions, or K-Cups®, are for use with Keurig single cup brewing systems. Timothy’s offers more than 40 unique single serve (K-Cups) in many different channels across North America, including the Timothys.com website.
Having recently featured the Donut Shop Blend coffee pods from Baronet, we sampled this coffee recently, and really like it's smooth profile. A blend of Fair Trade Organic coffees, the Fair Trade Organic Small Village coffee pods from Baronet produce a smooth, aromatic and full-bodied cup of quality coffee, from a environmentally and economically sustainable source. Packed in 4 - 16 count boxes, at just .36 cents a coffee pod - this is a deal that's hard to beat, and good for the conscience.
We've been wondering when we could hook up our stainless steel coffee mugs, and get them to stay in place instead of flying off our kitchen table when our kids decide to try out our single serve coffee each morning. That's right, with the Magnetic Table of the future, your coffee cups can hang upside down, and stay in place.
The table also has the following benefits:
store your plates, cups and cutlery, upside down, under the table
arrange them neatly on top for "symmetrical dining"
erase the data from any laptop (STAY AWAY FROM MY MACBOOK PRO TABLE!)
makes it easy for you to knock cups and dishes to the floor under the table with your knees
Seriously though, the table was designed more to keep plates and cups in place for "symmetrical dining". Whatever the use you decide, this is on of the whackier ideas in the coffee table or dining table arena we've seen.
You may or may not remember our earlier coverage of the Handpresso, but we'd like to refresh your memory about this amazing device. The Handpresso is no gimmick. It delivers 16 bars of pressure and uses hot water plus ESE espresso pods to make a perfect espresso or Americano cup of single serve coffee in the wilds of America. If you're not feeling that wild, then plan on using the Handpresso on that perfect spring picnic. Today it's going to be over 70 degrees here in Boston, and we plan on doing just that - espresso on the Boston Common with a nice buttery croissant. For the price and the convenience (we recommend getting a Jetboil for hot water), we can't but recommend the experience of the Handpresso.
Coffee cups, glasses, and even espresso cups are always flat to the mouth making it seem always a bit pressing to get your first sip. And not only are they flat to the mouth, they are often fat to the mouth. This new coffee cup designs both curves the side to fit your mouth, and it is thinner at the lip to make it easier to drink from. We think designer Jinhong Lin should be contacted immediately and get this coffee cup out for the holidays.
Nabob has been one of Canada's premier coffee companies since being founded in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1896. The brand is very well known among many Canadian coffee drinkers for its unique range of roasts which are made primarily with 100% Arabica beans. Nabob decided to follow most American coffee companies & recently joined the Rainforest Alliance to help maintain environmental, social & economic sustainability for their coffee farmers & workers.
Making a cup of the Nabob Café Crema using the Tassimo brewer.
Much like their 100% Columbian, Nabob's Café Crema has a surprisingly light & mellow taste... to the point where it could be considered one of the lightest-tasting cremas available for the Tassimo. Those of you who are hoping for a long-lasting, thick crema cap will be somewhat disappointed as this variety starts off with a very light one which quickly disappears after only a few minutes.
One question we get all the time is, "What Keurig K Cup Single Serve Coffee Brewer is right for me?" Well, one way to answer that question is on price and features. It's really hard to beat the Keurig B40 Single Serve Coffee brewer at $99 on price, and the features on the Keurig B40 won't turn you away either.
Basically as you go up in price with the Keurig line with the Keurig B60 and B70 you get auto-on, a clock, different brew sizes, and some blue LED and stainless steel accents on the Keurig brewers. If you aren't looking for any of those bells and whistles, then the Keurig B40 is perfect for you (please read our thoughts and impressions on the Keurig B40 and B60 to get even more details).
We can't but recommend the Keurig B40 for it's value and price. You'll get into the world of single serve coffee for only $99, and you'll have the ability to use over 200+ K Cups and the Reusable My K Cup coffee filter as well.
The Brew-Yet Coffee Disc Maker allows you to make your own coffee pods at home, instead of buying prepackage coffee pods, to brew your favorite coffee or blend of coffees. How does it work? You simply use coffee filters that you would normally use in a drip coffee maker, and with the Brew-Yet gadget, fold up the coffee into coffee pods.
Use your own favorite coffee or blends of coffee without having to be restricted to the prepackaged coffee pod varieties
Easy clean up - no holder to clean coffee grinds out of - after brewing your favorite blend - just dispose of the Coffee Disc like you do your coffee pods
Economical - Coffee Discs are a fraction of the cost of coffee pods
You get the disc maker, instructions, and some filter in the
Brew-Yet coffee pod making kit.
How easy is it to use? Does it work in a variety of single serve coffee machines? How does it compare to other do it yourself coffee pod makers?
Check out this video of the Bosch Tassimo hot beverage system coming out in September. The Bosch Tassimo hot beverage system appears to be uber quiet, have hot water on demand (thus more eco-friendly), and there will be two models as stated earlier with the higher end model being a bit more quiet and coming with a water filter. We love the LED green for done, and the amber LED to put in another T Disc for making a cappuccino. Looks like Kraft and Bosh are on their way to have an amazing new single serve coffee maker re-appear this Fall.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (together with its subsidiary, “the Company” or “GMCR”) (NASDAQ: GMCR), announced today that Nicholas Lazaris, President of Keurig, Incorporated, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GMCR, has resigned to pursue other career opportunities and has entered into a separation and transition agreement with Keurig. Under the terms of this agreement, Mr. Lazaris will continue to serve as President of Keurig until June 16, 2008 or the date on which his successor commences employment, whichever is earlier. To support a smooth transition, Mr. Lazaris will continue to be an employee of Keurig until August 15, 2008, providing assistance as needed. Following his employment, Mr. Lazaris will serve as a consultant in Keurig’s patent infringement litigation pending against Kraft. The Company has retained an executive search firm to assist it in the recruitment of a new President of Keurig.
Mr. Lazaris and the talented Keurig leadership team have made history by leading the evolution in coffee from drip brewing to single-cup brewing. Under Mr. Lazaris’ leadership, Keurig first brought its patented, innovative single-cup brewers to offices in the late 1990s and now is the single-cup market leader in offices. In recent years, Keurig also successfully entered the home market with several new models, again establishing it as the market leader in single-cup brewers. Most recently, a model was introduced for in-room brewing at hotels, further expanding Keurig’s market potential. Keurig has sold over 1.5 million single-cup brewers life-to-date in North America. In turn, these brewers have created demand for over 2.5 billion K-Cups that have been shipped by Keurig’s licensed roasters and enjoyed by gourmet coffee, tea and hot cocoa lovers nationwide.
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