We forge onwards in our Wolfgang Puck K-Cup reviews with a flavor that had been piquing our curiosity ever since it was first announced...Wolfgang Puck Jamaica Me Crazy K-Cups. With a name like that, how couldn't one be curious?
Surprising aromas of vanilla & coconut quickly filled the room upon brewing and had the staff quite excited since it brought back fond memories from one of our all-time favorite K-Cups (GMCR's Island Coconut). This was spot-on with the packaging's description, however, we also detected notes of what you'd usually associate with Jamaican beverages... rum!
Starbucks working with Bodum has debuted the Starbucks Via Ready Single Serve Instant Hot Beverage Machine. The VIA instant coffee machine comes with a travel coffee mug, and makes instant coffee in 3 steps.
Add water to the machine in the amount you want
Pour in your favorite packet of Starbucks VIA coffee
Put the mug under the water spout and press the button for hot water used to brew up the VIA
This is really nothing more than a hot water dispenser with travel mug, and if you wanted to use it for tea or other purposes it will work just fine. It's interesting Starbucks didn't make another VIA format to match the brewer, but then again why complicate matters. We'll pick one of these machines up soon to have the at home VIA single serve coffee experience. We also couldn't find any references to the machine at Bodum or the main Starbucks site and found this just sitting in the store window.
We've had some nice and not so nice reactions to the Tassimo Brewbot ads that feature a robotic Tassimo brewer. Lots of people seemed to think the robot was real (see the comments on our original post) and not just advertising the Tassimo brewer. Did you think it was real? We didn't, but then again we got the press release for the new advertising angle. It's also not surprising given the technical wonders we see everyday that people would be excited and think the robot could be real. Sound off in the comments and be NICE. :-)
What single serve coffee goodness did you get this holiday season? Did you get that Keurig, Tassimo, Nespresso, or Senseo single serve coffee maker you've been wanting? Did you get new coffee flavors for your current brewer? Did you add another brewer to your lineup? How about a milk frother or other single serve coffee gadget? We'd love to find out.
We want to thank to all our dedicated readers for your support and your trust during an exciting 2010 - our SEVENTH year on the web (we'll be 7 years in total this coming May 2011). And a special thanks to all of our advertisers over this past year - without them we wouldn't be able to bring you Single Serve Coffee each day.
Have a great holiday everyone and raise your coffee cups, and remember how fortunate you are to be drinking coffee one cup at a time.
A jolly blend of outstanding world coffees - smooth and bold to keep you buzzing all season long, the Coffee People Santa's Buzz K-Cups keep Santa going all night long delivering Keurig brewers to new single serve coffee drinkers. We've tried this coffee and we have to say - not only does it have a buzz, but it has a really nice crisp coffee flavor for medium roast coffee drinkers.
There's a very interesting chat happening over in our forums on what you might spice up your coffee with. We're not big fans of tabasco, but we often do a little nutmeg or cardamon. How about salt or chocolate in that spicy egg nog? What do you add to your single serve coffee to spice it up? Sound off in the comments or join the discussion in our forums and let the one cup coffee world know.
Still a classic, and still available the Senseo single serve coffee maker (read our review here) uses coffee pods and makes an amazing holiday gift. The Senseo Single-serve coffeemaker brews up to 8 ounces in less than a minute, and works with pre-measured sealed coffee pods that come in a variety of flavors (our favorite is their dark roast). The simple push-button controls for size selection and power make picking your coffee options a breeze, and theirs no messy grinding or flavor cross-over when brewing each cup.
With the cold temperatures of winter lingering in the air, Sara Lee North American Retail announced today a new partnership for the SENSEO coffee brand with Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc., one of the country's leading distributors of small household appliances. Just in time to warm consumers up for the holiday season, the partnership introduces two new single-serve machines to the small appliance marketplace, providing consumers with a great-tasting cup of top-quality coffee at an extremely attractive price point - $19.99 and $29.99.
SENSEO uses pre-measured pods to consistently deliver an exceptional cup of coffee at the touch of a button, without the mess and hassle of handling coffee grounds or having to clean up a coffee pot afterwards. Coffee lovers can choose among 11 varieties of SENSEO coffee pods to brew a fresh cup of coffee in either the new Hamilton Beach Personal Cup One Cup Pod Coffeemaker or the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Personal Cup Pod Coffeemaker.
So that makes it all official. Senseo is partnering with a small appliance maker to get some new machines out. We'll see what we can do to drum up these two machines. For us it's an interesting move because Senseo has always meant creamy topped coffee, and we're pretty sure these machines will just make a straight up cup of coffee. Still these two machines may just be what consumers are looking for at the low price and simple features.
The L'OR Brand of Nespresso compatible capsules sold under the Douwe Egberts brand name.
Single Serve Espresso and Bloomberg have reported that Sara Lee, one of the major coffee makers in Europe may start selling their Nespresso compatible capsules in the US through a mail order system as they look for ways to expand their distribution of this coffee format.
What are the savings? About 4 cents a capsule from Sarah Lee making their capsules .29 a pop and Nespresso's .33. Doesn't sound like a lot but it adds up. While Nespresso/Nestle feels that their capsule and machines are well protected through a layered patent process, Sara Lee believes that they have successfully circumvented the patent protection and have been offering their L'Or capsules in France online and at retailers since April, and in the Netherlands just this month.
They have reportedly sold 90 million capsules to date.
That's right Seasonal Fair Trade Spicy EggNog, Gingerbread, and Holiday Blend K-Cups are available to order right now! Your holiday guests will be blown away with rich flavors they all know and love during the holiday season. We're crazy about the Spicy EggNog and order an extra amount each year so we can drink it into January and extend our holiday single serve coffee drinking.
Single Serve Espresso has a very detailed and interesting review of the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Creativa. We've reviewed the earlier Dolce Gusto here, and think the addition of the Creativa to the top of the line makes sense.
The Nescafe Dolce Gusto line was recently expanded to increase its appeal and increase the footprint in the US by offering a wider array of features and price points. Ranging from about $89 - $169 the Nescafe Dolce Gusto makers hit a sweet spot of single serve coffee/espresso machines that are easily affordable at the low end for higher quality pump-driven espresso machines.
The Nescafe Dolce Gusto Creativa machine by Nescafe, which sits at the top of the line of four products: the Piccolo, the Circolo, the Melody, and the Creativa is definitely worth checking out.
We've seen this little wonder in action around our house here at Single Serve Coffee, and the kids love it. This faux toy single serve coffee maker makes a perfect addition to your little one's kitchen, and our little ones have been using for over 2 years (plus they love a shot at the Keurig or other coffee maker to help out around the kitchen as well.)
Made from birch plywood, rubberwood, MDF and finished with water based paint, it has all the features and styling of a single serve coffee maker. It also comes with a creamer and sugar holder so you know your coffee will be made right the first time.
Our ongoing series of Wolfgang Puck K-Cup reviews continues today with their Wolfgang Puck Vienna Coffee House K-Cups. While billed as a blend that had Chef Wolfgang going back to his Austrian roots, a quick gander at the Wiki article for Vienna coffee reveals that it’s a “traditional cream based coffee beverage made by preparing two shots of strong black espresso in a standard sized coffee cup and infusing the coffee with whipped cream (as a replacement for milk and sugar) until the cup is full. Then the cream is twirled and optionally topped off with chocolate sprinklings”. Hmm… ok, so this K-Cup should possibly taste like an extra bold with hints of cream & chocolate? Let’s find out.
If you've never used a Chemex pour over coffee maker, than you're not used to the worst part of using a coffee maker with filter papers. The problem? Just like with every single cup of coffee you brew using your Keurig, Senseo, Tassimo, or others is you have to throw away the filter. The Coava Kone eliminates this when using a Chemix coffee maker, allowing you to reuse Coava's photochemically etched metal Kone filter for every pot.
The Chemex one cup and a little more single serve
Coffee brewed via Chemex using a filter paper is noted for it's clarity, but when you use a coffee cone filter like the Coava you get more a french press mix.
NYT's Oliver Strand:
"It gives you the control of a Chemex and the tannic cup you get from a French press: a Frenchmex...it was strange to find such an aggressive coffee sitting in my Chemex. It was like pulling the top off a bamboo steam basket and encountering a piece of grilled meat."
We're anxious to dig out our Chemex coffee maker and acquire one of these Coava cones. Wish us luck on the pursuit, and we'll tell you how the coffee is when it arrives.
Looks like Senseo is touting another brewer, and not from them but from Hamilton Beach. We've seen these Hamilton One Cup brewers in various hotels we've stayed, and they're okay but not the best coffee pod brewer you can buy. The Hamilton Beach One Cup Coffee Pod Brewer will use just about any coffee pod in the 62 mm and 7-9gram weight, but bigger 14 gram pods might not work. It's interesting Senseo didn't brand this with the Senseo brand, and instead have partnered with Hamilton Beach to bring a one cup only brewer with no reservoir to market.
18-pod starter bag of Senseo® coffee and coupon included
Easy as 1-2-3: insert coffee pod, pour in water & push start
The BUNN MC My Cafe Home Pod Brewer is a modified single cup pour over brewer with a reservoir refreshed with each cup you brew by adding from 4 to 14 ozs of water each time you brew. The Bunn My Cafe MC Model coffee pod brewer uses coffee pods and tea pods and features both a standard brew mode and a pulse brew mode for tea and darker coffees. The BUNN MC My Cafe Home Pod Brewer is also very compact and has a stainless steel exterior. Unlike the older Bunn My Cafe this brewer comes with one pod drawer for brewing that can be used for tea and coffee.
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You know this just makes sense, and we're surprised it hasn't been done before in the coffee world. Seattle’s Best Coffee, a Starbucks owned brand, is launching a new line of packaged coffee with a “Level” system that makes it easier for consumers to find the coffee that fits their taste profile.
The new range is numbered from Level 1 to Level 5, each with its own ‘character profile’ on its package so that people can easily understand the flavor and blend of each level and make an informed choice. The entire line of coffees from 1 to 5 will debut next month. We think some K-Cup, Coffee Pod, or other single serve coffee roaster should do this and get people to try different types of blends with a system they can understand.
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