January 29, 2010

Review: MyPressi Twist Portable Single Serve Espresso and Coffee Maker

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Portable and easy to use espresso machines are all the rage, and the MyPressi Twist is the latest in this growing category of single serve coffee and espresso. The folks behind MyPressi Twist lent us one for just over a week to try and use for this review. It's very much like the Handpresso, except it uses N02 cartridges instead of a built in pump. We've been big users of our Handpresso over the past year, and having seen the MyPressi was hoping for an improvement over the Handpresso or perhaps something different that it would offer. What did we find?

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The MyPressi is on the left and the Handpresso is on the right.
The MyPressi is much heavier and larger.

What we found compared to the Handpresso is a much more complicated device that essentially does the same job. There are 5x the amount of parts and things to make the same shot of espresso and the Handpresso is much lighter and more environmentally friendly requiring only a little muscle to pump it versus using NO2 cartridges in the MyPressi Twist - but more on that later.

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January 28, 2010

Caribou Coffee Mahogany K-Cups - Molasses Flavored Bold Coffee

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We were told about this amazing K-Cup over the weekend by our loyal Single Serve Coffee reader and friend Len. He described the K-Cup as simply the richest and boldest K-Cup he's had in quite some time. So we purchased some earlier in the week, and they arrived yesterday. Len was dead on. The Caribou Coffee Mahogany K-Cups produce a bold molasses, spice and semi-sweet chocolate cup of coffee combined with a very bold dark base. We simply love this coffee, and we think you will too. The Caribou Coffee Mahogany K-Cups are available fresh from the roaster when you order them direct online.

These K-Cups will work in your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig Platinum B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer , and other Keurig K Cup brewers including the Keurig Mini B30.

At Caribou Coffee Mahogany K-Cups

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January 27, 2010

DIY Magnetized Coffee Sleeve - Stick On Coffee Cup Sleeve

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The magnetized coffee sleeve started out as an attempt to create a plastic, magnetized cup holder that would let you stick your cup to the nearest available metal surface. However that seemed to be a bit much given coffee cups you get at Starbuck's or other coffee nooks, so it came to be more of a reusable sleeve with magnet features.

You can easily make your own version of this by snagging reusable coffee sleeves online, or making your own with perhaps some strips of fabric. All you'll need to do is attach a couple of strong magnets, and insert your favorite coffee beverage in a cup.

Via Lifehacker at Magnetic Coffee Sleeve

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January 26, 2010

Coffee Quotes App for iPhone and iPod Touch

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Looking for some memorable quotes for coffee talk? There's an app for that. The Coffee Quotes App includes quotes by famous politicians, celebrities, random people and anonymous coffee lovers. The developer even has one of their own quotes , "Behind every successful iPhone developer is a substantial amount of coffee."

We downloaded this app for iPhone and have to say - it's neat. You simply push to see the next quote, and the quotes are solid. The developer promises to add more coffee quotes in the future, and the app is only $.99.

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January 25, 2010

Newman's Special Blend Extra Bold K-Cup

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We've not had the pleasure of sampling this hearty, full-bodied blend of medium and dark roasts from Newman's Own Organics, but we're anxious to. Supposedly bold yet refined. Strong, yet smooth. This coffee is Fair Trade Certified, organic coffee and now available in an 80-count box. If you don't want 80 K-Cups, there is also a 24 count box available. We'll see if we can drum up some of these K-Cups to review soon.

These K-Cups will work in your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig Platinum B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer, and other Keurig K Cup brewers including the Keurig Mini B30.

At Newman's Special Blend Extra Bold K-Cup - 80 ct

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January 22, 2010

Taster's Choice Single Serve Coffee Packets Arrive for Review

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In our mind here at Single Serve Coffee, Taster's Choice represents the original instant coffee in a packet. Starbuck's VIA is the new kid on the block, but is Taster's Choice as good as this new kid? We'll let you know as we sample Taster's Choice this week and also some more Starbuck's VIA. We were also never sure what exactly Taster's Choice was growing up besides something instant, but according to the web site it's 100% pure coffee.

The big factor here is price - with Starbuck's VIA at around $.83-1.00 a cup, Taster's Choice single serve packet's will only set you back $.25 per cup of single serve coffee. There's also more variety with Original, Decaffeinated, 100% Colombian, Gourmet Roast, Vanilla, and Hazelnut, but like we always say - it's going to depend on if the flavor and taste is there. We'll have a full review soon.

At NESCAFE TASTERS CHOICE

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January 21, 2010

Senseo Single Serve Supreme Coffee Machine Returns

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Unavailable until recently, the Senseo’s Supreme Single-Serve gourmet coffeemaker boasts an array of improvements designed to enable the consumer to further personalize their coffee experience at home. We really liked the Senseo SL7832/55 Single Serve Supreme Coffee Machine, and it's nice to see this more upscale model of the Senseo available again. The Senseo Supreme coffeemaker enables consumers to select their desired coffee size by using an interactive LCD display.

Unlike the original Senseo coffeemaker that brewed a maximum of 8 ounces, the Supreme can brew up to 10 ounces. The Supreme model also comes with an adjustable spout, which can raise and lower to accommodate different size mugs. You'll also be taking less trips to refill the reservoir because the Senseo Supreme features a 33% larger water reservoir - which means you can now generates four 8-ounce cups from a full tank. The Senseo Supreme is only available in chrome silver.

At Senseo SL7832/55 Single Serve Supreme Coffee Machine - [SSC Review]

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January 20, 2010

Top 10 Best Selling Single Serve Coffee Makers - January 2010

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We've been crunching the numbers for our Top 10 Best Selling Single Serve Coffee makers and machines, and 2010 is bringing some surprises. Keurig is still dominating the top 4, and you'll notice the Senseo single serve coffee pod brewer is finally on the list. The Tassimo TAS 65 has also shown up on the list right behind the Tassimo T45 Suprema model. Also a newcomer to the list is the Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker and Milk Frother.

  1. Keurig B40 - [SSC Review]
  2. Keurig B70 - [SSC Review]
  3. Keurig B60 - [SSC Review]
  4. Keurig Mini B30 - [SSC Review]
  5. Aeropress Single Serve Coffee Maker - [SSC Review]
  6. Nespresso C100T - [SSC Review]
  7. Bosch T45 Tassimo Suprema - [SSC Review]
  8. Bosch T65 Tassimo Suprema - [SSC Review]
  9. Senseo SL7832/55 Single Serve Supreme Coffee Machine - [SSC Review]
  10. Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker and Milk Frother - [SSC Review]

Do you think these coffee makers represent the best selling or the best? What single serve coffee makers do you think should make a best of list regardless of sales? Sound off in the comments and let us know.

If you'd like to see a list of all the single serve coffee makers we've reviewed - check our Single Serve Coffee Maker Reviews roll-up. You may also want to check out our Cost Per Single Serve Coffee Cup: Coffee Pods, Keurig K Cups, Tassimo T Discs, and Nespresso Coffee Capsules article.

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January 19, 2010

LED Illuminated Coffee - You Pick the Design

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We like anything LED, and now we can finally own the coolest LED thing on the planet - a custom designed LED coffee table. You can switch out any graphic and choose whatever you want on the top. LED lighting is also customizable using interchangeable filters. You need to pay a hefty price for such coolness: £2000.00 (or £2500.00 for custom image) and get it from SUCK UK.

  • STAINLESS STEEL AND TOUGHENED GLASS
  • Independently controlled illuminating table top and down light.
  • Built in power connection.
  • Select your own colours with interchangeable filters or choose graphics for the table top (union Jack or whatever you want!).

Via HomeTone at SUCK UK

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January 18, 2010

Poem Coffee Cup and Saucer - Write Your Coffee Opus

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We're always wondering where our pen has gone when we have a cup of single serve coffee, and this coffee cup fixes the issue. This cup is meant for the list takers of the world and poem lovers, that sit down with their cup of coffee and write away (like ourselves). Perhaps the next version of this will have an iPhone dock to make it a little more modern - or perhaps the rumored Apple Tablet.

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January 15, 2010

Review: EZ-Cup for Keurig Single-Cup Machines - Make Your Own K-Cups and Use Your Own Coffee

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The EZ-Cup and EZ-Cup Filters allow you to make refillable K-Cups with a filter sleeve that fits inside the EZ-Cup, and then fits into the brewing slot in your Keurig Brewer. Unlike the Perfect Pod Holster which allows you to use coffee pods in your Keurig brewer, the EZ-Cup allows you to use any ground coffee in your Keurig Brewer.

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The EZ-Cup filter paper.

Update: Many readers have written in asking if you could use your Perfect Pod Holster with the filters. We have tried this and the spring inside the two different products is well - different. The Perfect Pod Holster has a very strong longer spring and the EZ-Cups is shorter to make room for the filter sleeve. We recommend buying the EZ-Cup and not trying to make the Perfect Pod Holster work. We did not get good results if we used the Perfect Pod Holster - it's for coffee pods not for use with the new EZ-Cup filter sleeve.

It's different from the My K-Cup reuseable K-Cup because you don't have to wash out a filter basket, after you're done filling the EZ-Cup and brewing, you simple open the top and pop out the spent filter basket made of paper. This makes disposing of the coffee grounds really easy, and the entire popped out coffee filter and coffee are able to be composted.

We've had the EZ-Cup now for a few weeks thanks to the folks at As Seen on TV Products sending us one to review, and we have tried a variety of coffee grounds with various success - all of the coffee produced being really quite good. We find the darker finer ground roasts to be our favorites.

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January 14, 2010

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters - Success, K-Cups and the Environment

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We've had a number of readers write in regarding the lengthy article on Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig that was recently run in the Boston Globe. The article highlights the rise to single serve coffee prominence of the companies, along with the environmental issues regarding K-Cups not being 100% recyclable (though you can recycle the lid and the coffee plus filter within each K-Cup which the author seems to miss).

There's some really interesting facts including shipping brewers this past year with numbers of 2.3 million, and 1.6 billion K-Cups have been sold in the past year too - wowser. What we like is the history and we think you'll enjoy this read.

At The Boston Globe

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January 13, 2010

Do You Heat Up Your Coffee Cup Before Making a Cup of Coffee?

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We realized that we're always heating up our coffee mugs here in the Single Serve Coffee test kitchen when reviewing coffee, or just having a cup of our favorite single serve coffee. Since we use clear glass coffee cups, we simply rinse the cup out a few times under our instant hot dispenser to get the temperature up so the coffee stays hot longer in the cup. Another method we have used with non-clear cups is to simply microwave a coffee cup that is microwave safe but tends to heat up.

Other methods include using the cup warmers on various machines when we have them out in the test kitchen. We often heat up all of our espresso cups using the cup warmer on top of our Nespresso cube or the like - or we'll use the steam wand on our Gaggia to also heat up a cup or two.

Do you do this? Do you heat up your coffee cup prior to use? Do you think it makes a better cup of single serve coffee? Sound off in the comments and you can let us know via Twitter and Facebook as well whether you practice the art of coffee cup warming.

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January 12, 2010

MyPressi Twist Portable Single Serve Coffee Maker Arrives for Review

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We finally have gotten our little single serve coffee hands on a MyPressi Twist. What is the MyPressiTwist? Using a unique pneumatic engine, the sleek portable MyPressi TWIST eliminates the coffee-line wait, the high price tag for quality machinery and the on-the-road "where am I going to get my coffee" quandary. It's very much like the Handpresso, except it uses N02 cartridges instead of a built in pump.


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The MyPressi is on the left and the Handpresso is on the right.
The MyPressi is much heavier and larger.

How does the MyPressi Twist work? To operate the mypressi TWIST, simply insert a cartridge into the pressure chamber, fill the basket with fresh ground coffee or a coffee pod, and fill the upper compartment with hot water. With a simple pull of the trigger the TWIST produces one or two shots of espresso perfection ready to be enjoyed alone, or as the base for any coffee beverage. The TWIST has an easy-to-clean design that is also dishwasher safe, ensuring even after months of use that there are no left over oils to oxidize or spoil subsequent shots.

We'll have a full review soon.

At MyPressi and MyPressi Twist


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January 11, 2010

Zipper Coffee Cup Mug

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We've seen some strange coffee cups in our time, but none with a zipper on the side. These cups are supposedly to be about bonding and a relationship, but we think they could just look cool too. You can purchase these in sets of 2 with 2 coasters included at $40 per pair through Molla Space.

Via Foolish Gadgets

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January 8, 2010

Review: Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker and Milk Frother

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Nespresso has continued to expand it's single serve espresso and coffee offerings this year with the CitiZ line, and we're kind enough to send us along a test unit to review here at Single Serve Coffee. CitiZ Nespresso machines are sleek and have modern colors along with exceptional design lines that enhance not only your kitchen, but your coffee morning. We reviewed the CitiZ stand alone machine earlier this year, and we we're impressed. How much does the milk frother add to the equation and footprint?


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We think if you're going to be using the Aeroccino a ton for making lattes and cappuccinos, having it integrated with the machine gives you a larger footprint, but the aesthetic is killer. It was hard to let this one go off the test kitchen counter, and the powder coated black frother blends nicely into the landscape of the coffee base.

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January 7, 2010

Battery Powered Portable Espresso Machine - Portable Espresso

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Portable espresso is all the rage the last few years with entrants to the field like the Handpresso and the My Pressi. We do think this Espresso machine from Stelton looks pretty interesting, as the unit is battery powered, and runs on ESE pods to deliver a cup of espresso wherever and whenever you need it during your day. At a little under 180 GBP, or about $290US, the unit doesn't come cheap. Then again, what high quality espresso device does?

Via Single Serve Espresso at Stelton

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January 6, 2010

Fair Trade Golden French Toast K-Cups - Breakfast in your Coffee Cup

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We love breakfast, and we really love breakfast in a coffee cup. Green Mountain Coffee has their mid-winter Seasonal K-Cups on sale right now which includes one of our yearly favorites - the Fair Trade Golden French Toast K-Cups (read our review here). With a fresh sparkle of maple syrups meets buttery coffee goodness, the Golden French Toast K-Cups will keep you coming back for more breakfast in your coffee cup each morning.

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January 5, 2010

$850 Newco Coffee Pod Brewer - Uber Pod Coffee

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The Newco Coffee Pod Brewer is for commercial use,
but don't you just want one?

Newco's $850 Newco Coffee Pod Brewer isn't really for home use but it does have a ton of interesting features that might make you shell out big bucks just to have one at home. Also at 1750 watts of raw coffee pod brewing power, you'd better have this on it's own circuit and we think a big one. You can even use it as a hot water source for soups, and perhaps it even has warp drive.

One feature we really like that it has is the SMART brewer technology. The SMART CUP brewing system has been designed to allow for different brew settings for each kind of coffee or tea. Since all products are brewed the same way, the brew time greatly affects the taste of the drink. The shorter the brew time, the milder the beverage. you have the choice once you select the type of POD to select the strength. The individual POD holder, with its sensor technology, alerts the brewer to use the correct brew recipe for your beverage.

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January 4, 2010

iMac Meets Mac Mini with Single Serve Coffee Maker in the Middle

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Thought we'd kick off the New Year with something we'd thought we'd see in the year 2010 as youths - how about a single serve coffee maker with a computer all in one case? Yes! Klaus Diebel put together this incredibly useful device that will make your coffee, play some thumping tunes, and do your computing tasks as well. Now the single serve coffee maker in question that fits inside is the WMF - we've featured it before but have never used one. We'd like to think a mac-mini and coffee pod brewer housed in an imac is a great idea - but the you'd better not spill your coffee inside the computer or they'll be single serve coffee trouble.

Via TUAW at Klaus Diebel

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January 1, 2010

December 2009 Monthly Round-Up for Single Serve Coffee

SingleservecowboyHappy New Year! December 2009 was another month of amazing single serve coffee news and reviews. We're looking forward to 2010 and all the new single serve coffee stuff to come. If you're new to our site and single serve coffee you can also follow Single Serve Coffee each month on Facebook and Twitter for the latest single serve coffee news, reviews, and deals.

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Monthly Round-Up

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