December 30, 2011

Happy New Year from Single Serve Coffee 2012


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The New Year is almost upon us, and we just want to look ahead and think of all the amazing single serve coffee we'll drink in 2012. Thanks again to all of our loyal readers, advertisers, and staff. We love you all, and hope you have an amazing New Years Eve this weekend. Stay safe and we'll see you in the New Year for more single serve coffee.

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December 29, 2011

Dualit Piccolina Single Serve Coffee and Espresso Maker

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A different design than the Dualit Rapido, the Dualit Piccolina coffee capsule machine from Dualit is packed full of user friendly features. This machine is only available in Europe (another Caffitaly variant), and is available Online & at John Lewis stores in the UK. It's nice to see how the worldwide counterparts differ in color and tone from the US variants that CBTL is featuring. We think the simple black is nice, but we do miss the bright blue and red CBTL offers here in the US.

  • A unique twin pressure system provides (15 bar) for making espressos or low pressure (3.5 bar) for longer drinks to suit your coffee preference
  • No mess - with sealed capsules which drop into an integral drawer when used
  • Eco-friendly, with auto shut-off and recyclable capsules
  • Quick to heat up, with coffee dispensed in under two minutes
  • Easy to use, with drop in capsules, pre-set functions, removable 1.2L water tank, and auto-descale programme
  • Adjustable spout height and temperature
  • For frothed or heated milk, partner with the versatile Latteccino to create all you milk based coffee drinks.
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December 28, 2011

Latteccino by Dualit - Milk Frother and Warmer for Perfect Latte or Cappuccino

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Made to be used with the Dualit Rapido coffee machine in Europoe, this cordless Dualit Latteccino can produce 250ml of hot milk or 150ml of frothed milk in just 70 seconds and is perfect for making latté, cappuccino, hot chocolate or making coffee a little more yummy. The Dualit Latteccino is compact and weighing less than 1kg.

  • Dual function – perfectly frothed or heated milk at the touch of a button
  • From cold to hot (and frothed if required) milk in only 70 seconds
  • Filling capacity 150ml for frothed milk and 250ml for heated milk
  • Cordless operation with 360° swivel base; can be placed on its base at any rotary angle
  • Heats milk to around 65°C
  • Jug has non-stick coating for easy cleaning
  • Automatic switch off
  • Non-slip rubber feet
  • Available in polished stainless steel or gloss colours

At Latteccino by Dualit - Milk Frother and Warmer for Perfect Latte or Cappuccino

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December 27, 2011

Dualit Rapido Single Serve Coffee and Espresso Maker

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We've been getting a lot of reader write ins about the Dualit Rapido (a Caffitaly machine) and the same machine used for CBTL here in the US. It's another jack of all trades little wonder, and it will make a variety of coffee drinks, and has a very nice design to boot. You'll also only find this machine in Europe, but if you want the same features we encourage you to try out the CBTL machine here in the US.

  • A unique twin pressure system provides (15 bar) for making espressos or low pressure (3.5 bar) for longer drinks to suit your coffee preference
  • No mess - with sealed capsules which drop into an integral drawer when used
  • Eco-friendly, with auto shut-off and recyclable capsules
  • Quick to heat up, with coffee dispensed in under two minutes Easy to use, with drop in capsules, pre-set functions, removable 1.2L water tank, and auto-descale program
  • Adjustable cup height and temperature For frothed or heated milk, partner with the versatile Latteccino to create all your milk based coffee drinks.
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December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays from Single Serve Coffee 2011

m197100490027.jpgWe'll be back next week, but until then you'll just have to read our reviews and older news - and of course do it while enjoying a cup of amazing single serve coffee. Also make sure to sign up for our newsletter, and you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and also sign up and participate in the Single Serve Coffee Forums.

We want to thank to all our dedicated readers for your support and your trust during an exciting 2011 - our SEVENTH year on the web (we'll be 8 years in total this coming May 2012). 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.

We also want to thank our staff writers (SH especially), and also our forum moderators Josh and Jolly. Thanks also to everyone who makes Single Serve Coffee such an amazing community of dedicated coffee drinkers.

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.

- Jay Brewer & Staff
- SingleServeCoffee.com

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December 22, 2011

K-Fee Pod Drinks Machine - Budget Espresso

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More of a Nespresso knock off than a K-Cup killer, the K-Fee Pod Drinks machine uses Tesco pod/capsules to make a variety of roast and ground coffee blends, espresso, cappuccino, latte macchiato, mocha, teas and hot chocolate. This machine is also currently only available in Europe and abroad with a variety of names.

The machine features a 19 bar high pressure pump, and heats up in 20 seconds. There is automatic pod collection, an integrated cleaning function, plus a programmable filling quantity to suit your strength preference. The capacity of this coffee machine’s water tank is 1 litre. Tesco pods are available in over 300 selected stores, and can also be bought on Tesco Direct starting December, 1 2011.

Over in the SSC forums we also found a review of the machine in Australia. It looks more like a Nespresso copy, than a K-Cup machine. We would imagine they're using the K-name to be more recognizable here in the US. In Australia it's called the Expressi.

More at Tesco.Direct

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December 21, 2011

Holiday Gift Pick: Ekobrew Refillable Coffee Cup For Keurig Brewers

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We've been using our Ekobrew here and there with our Keurig brewer over the past few weeks, and have to say it works really well (thanks for sending Ekobrew!). There's a variety of these refillable K-Cup products from the My K-Cup from Keurig, to the EZ-Cup, and even the Solo-Fill - and they all work well but this one is easy to use, and we also like the lid design. We think you should check the full range of reusable K-Cups out if you're looking to use ground coffee occasionally with your Keurig brewer, as each one has it's merits.

  • The Ekobrew’s patent pending design includes a deep brew chamber, heavy duty hinge, flat bottom design and heat resistant grips for safer removal after use
  • Save money by using your favorite coffee and at the same time reduce the impact on the environment. 100% BPA free plastic.
  • No need to remove the Keurig filter holster; Simply fill the Ekobrew, place it in your machine and brew normally
  • Ekobrew’s unique design provides the very best coffee possible and our smooth interior makes clean up fast and easy.
  • Ekobrew is not compatible with the B30, B130, B150 and B155

At ekobrew Cup, Refillable Cup For Keurig K-Cup Brewers

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December 20, 2011

Severin S2 One Touch Automatic Single Serve Coffee Machine

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Severin has recently introduced its first fully automatic coffee maker, the S2 One Touch. The fully automatic coffee machine makes specialities such as cappuccino and latte macchiato with the help of One Touch operation, without having to shift the cup or glass.

  • Adjust the desired coffee strength and quantity settings, and specify the personal favorites using the My Coffee function.
  • Two high performance pumps and a patented ceramic grinder ensure that S2 delivers premium quality crema.
  • Height-adjustable coffee/milk nozzle at the touch of a button, and you don’t have to move the cup or the glass.
  • Integrated rinsing, cleaning and descaling programs maintain the entire coffee maker, including milk system, fully automatically.
  • Easily removable coffee/milk nozzle is dishwasher safe.
  • The compact fully automatic coffee machine has integrated water-filter and measures
  • Priced at € 600

Via Appliancist

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December 19, 2011

Coffee Art by Dirceu Veiga

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Dirceu Veiga is a Brazillian Designer living in Curitiba ( South of Brazil ) and he really loves coffee. Mixing illustration and coffee, he creates amazing paintings using coffee as ink. Coffee Art is a painting technique that use just 100% coffee instead ink to paint instead of traditional paint.

He only uses 100% coffee in his paintings. Understandably, as coffee is used as the as the primary material for the work, the colours are predominantly brown . . . and more brown. However, by adding a dab of water here and there he manages to create a variety of different shades from the coffee and some of his work is pretty amazing - like the Hendrix painting above.

We can't wait for him to discover the world of Single Serve Coffee and perhaps do a series on just the coffee produced from one single serve coffee pod or K-Cup.

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December 16, 2011

CBTL Americano Single Serve Coffee and Espresso Machine

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s latest addition to its line of single-serve beverage systems is the CBTL Americano machine. The CBTL Americano machine lets you recreate your favorite espresso, coffee, tea and specialty beverages from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf easily, at the touch of a button, at home.

The CBTL Americano model features six cup sizes, automatic beverage proportioning for consistency cup after cup, a 50 oz water tank, adjustable drip tray, automatic capsule ejection, used capsule storage, and energy saving features and retails for $149.99. The Americano comes in red, black, white and silver, and is initially available only at Bed Bath & Beyond stores and online, and will soon be available at CBTL.com.

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December 15, 2011

Coffee is the Recession-Proof Morning Luxury

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Boston.com has an article we just have to get behind - coffee is recession proof. We can safely say that traffic and interest in Single Serve Coffee is recession proof as our readership continues to grow despite other tougher economic areas of the economy not fairing as well. The article has lots of interesting tidbits related to people just not willing to give up their coffee or their coffee rituals. Coffee is the most frequently consumed morning beverage and more people are drinking it outside the home, and also inside the home and we hope it never stops. Viva la coffee!!!

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December 14, 2011

Review: Celestial Seasonings Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea K-Cups

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Here at the Single Serve Coffee kitchens, we're always keeping an eye open for the latest innovations in single serve products and a while back, Green Mountain decided to do something which had never been attempted before... they manufactured the World's first "all-paper' K-Cup. Made from a special combination of printed cardboard & paper lined with a special film (to prevent a soggy mess during brewing), this K-Cup marks a manufacturing milestone for Green Mountain and opens up the door to future innovations. Today we review Celestial Seasonings Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea K-Cups.

While we realize this review is LONG overdue (this product was introduced around Sept. 2010 and has since been discontinued) & apologize for the delay, we figured we would at least give our readers an idea of what the product was like. There's always a chance that another flavor may be introduced using this new paper K-Cup format sometime in the future. You can even read our earlier review of the packaging we did last year. As you can see in the photos, the things that stand out the most are the floral design & Celestial Seasonings logo printed on the side of the K-Cup (marks the first time print/artwork has been able to appear on a K-Cup) as well as the unique paper crimping process used underneath. You keep thinking the thing will blow apart inside your machine, but it's surprisingly well designed to withstand the water pressure. Did we mention this thing was made entirely of fricking PAPER? Amazing.

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December 13, 2011

Compleat - The Disposable Coffee Cup with No Plastic Lid

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There's a new disposable coffee cup called Compleat which features an all-paper design that has a built-in lid with sipping spout. Peter Herman has come up with a greener, all-paper disposable cup that folds closed like a takeout container to form a sipping spout, and we are rejoicing.

Every week we probably use 3-5 disposable cups not matter how hard we try and bring our own travel mug. Imagine how many lids we use - and then imagine everyone who's doing this 1-2 times a day. That all amounts to a crazy number of lids being thrown out along with the paper cups.

Compleat could ultimately save retailers money too. It’s just one piece, and that will be unique in the coffee drinker's mind. Also since the lids are foldable, they can have messaging on them that is sure to please Cafes trying to remind customers about their coffee and offerings. Launch date and for whom Compleat ultimately rolls out too is still up in the air, but we'd love to see it soon.

Via Co Design

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December 12, 2011

Tonx Coffee - The Best Green Coffee Beans Roasted to Perfection

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Tonx Coffee will send you fresh micro-roasted coffee every two weeks when you sign up and pay them some green backs. That's right - this is a micro-roasted whole bean coffee service to rival all others. Locally we have several micro-roasters here in Arlington, MA but it's nice to see for the rest of America they can also get in on the micro-roast game. Pricing is $35 every 4 weeks, and you're billed every 4 weeks exactly. We say kick the stale coffee habit and get some Tonx coffee. You won't be sorry.

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December 9, 2011

Scanomat Top Brewer - The Hidden iPhone Controlled Coffee Maker

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Scanomat's Top Brewer keeps all the grinding and brewing hardware under the counter and allows you to order up your drink by using an app on an iPhone. There's even an LCD touchscreen on the counter to serve as an alternate way to order up your beverage.The Top Brewer can produce up to four cups of coffee per minute, and is self-cleaning.

The Top Brewer can be configured to dispense hot and cold water, milk, fruit juices or even just steam for blanching vegetables. Pricing is yet to be determined but we're not thinking under $100. :-)

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December 8, 2011

Google Coffee Lab in London Offices Impressive

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What does it take to attract the top talent for Google in London, and grow that talent from 350 to 1000 employees? Coffee. Lunch, snacks and coffee in the Star Trek-themed building are important because Google knows happy employees stay Google employees. The state of the art coffee lab that has 19 different types of coffee, five specifically designed for Google, also features worktops which are made from coffee beans set in resin.

After you grab your cup of Google coffee, you can take it for a walk in the fake indoor park complete with trees, deck chairs, a rowing boat with oars, and a Winnie the Pooh for good measure. We think in the end we'd have no reason to go home what so ever. Also - when is Google getting into the single serve coffee game?

More photos at Pocket-lint

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December 7, 2011

Car and Driver Tests Travel Coffee Mugs the Right Way

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Car and Driver has an impressive run down of several travel coffee mugs, and it's a killer article. Each of the coffee mugs they check for heat retention, shake weight, 20 foot drop, and drive away (leaving it on the top of your car). We're pretty sure we've wondered about all of these factors for every travel mug we've ever owned. They feature the Bubba Bottle Classic, Highwave JOEmo, Thermos Nissan Travel Mug, Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Stainless-Steel Travel-Mug, Sun's Tea Double-Wall Glass Mug, and the Thermos Stainless King Travel Tumbler.

We encourage you to check it out even if you're thinking of not buying for yourselves but perhaps a gift for other single serve coffee drinkers this season. We also think the photo gallery is well done.

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December 6, 2011

Mr. Coffee KG2 K-Cup Single Serve Coffee Maker

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Powered by Keurig brewing technology, the Mr. Coffee KG2 K-Cup Single Serve Coffee Maker is compatible with Keurig K-Cup portion packs. It features a removable drip tray, and has an On/Off Indicator Light.

Other features include:

  • Personal Brewer Choice of 1 cup size (9 oz.)
  • Single-use water reservoir
  • Energy Savings Mode – Auto Off after 90 seconds

We like the look of the KG2 over the KG1 model. It just feels a bit less Star Trek and more from the future of single serve coffee. Like the KG1, this brewer is also perfect for on the go and the single-use water reservoir keeps each cup of coffee fresh the first time. Read our review of the KG1 from Mr. Coffee to get an idea of how this brewer works.

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December 5, 2011

Review: Millstone Hazelnut Cream K-Cups

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We continue our Millstone reviews today by checking out their Millstone Hazelnut Cream K-Cups.

Brewing the Millstone Hazelnut Cream K-Cups resulted in creamy hazelnut notes with hints of vanilla when smelled from up close, yet when we brewed one of these K-Cups at work recently, some of our co-workers complained that the nearby corridor smelled as if someone had smoked a cigarette. Wait... what?!? We thought they needed to get their olfactory senses checked since we didn't notice this ourselves and certainly couldn't reproduce the effect at the Single Serve Coffee kitchens here today. Just to be sure, we had a few other staff members walk by the room afterwards and they did not notice anything out of the ordinary either. Jim Morrison was right when he said "People Are Strange".

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December 2, 2011

Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker - Use Any Coffee

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Over at the SSC forums there's word on a new single serve coffee maker dubbed the Scoop from Hamilton Beach which allows you to use ground coffee with no pods or special filters required. You simply scoop up some coffee in the special filter, and then close the brew head. There are two metal scoops included for precise measuring ensuring the perfect cup of coffee, and you can can brew up to 14oz in as little as 1.5 minutes. The Scoop also fits a travel size or regular mug.

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December 1, 2011

November 2011 Monthly Round-Up for Single Serve Coffee

SingleservecowboyNovember 2011 was a rather pleasant and interesting month here at Single Serve Coffee with reviews of Millstone Breakfast Blend Fair Trade Coffee K-Cups and Dunkin' Donuts Hazelnut K-Cups for Keurig. We also had news of Starbucks K-Cup Portion Packs Appearing on Store Shelves. There's also a new single serve barista in town - the Bunn Trifecta - The Single Serve Brewer for Baristas is out in cafes. Please tell us if you spot one.

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