Coffee Concentrates & Extracts

September 2, 2014

Bluecup - Make Your Own Nespresso Compatible Capsules

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Nespresso users have had very few ways to use their own coffee to make Nespresso compatible capsules. Bluecup is going to change all that if it’s funded on Kickstarter. 

Creating Bluecup capsules is very easy to do.

  • Simply put a capsule filled with good and favorite fresh espresso ground into the creator. 
  • Then place on top of it a foil, close and twist the creator, and it's all set. 
  • It’s even faster than warming up the Nespresso machine. 

Funding so far is going well, and it’s one of the more exciting Nespresso accessories we’ve seen in awhile. Video after the jump.

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April 1, 2014

Pronto Brewsticks - Single Serve Coffee Concentrate in a Packet

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Pronto delivers a personal cup of coffee via a single serve brewstick. Each brewstick contains coffee concentrate you add to hot water. Each Pronto brewstick features 100% coffee concentrate made from 100% Arabica beans.

They're available in seven all-natural, unsweetened flavors:

  • Barnie's Blend
  • Cool Café Blues
  • French Roast
  • Hawaiian Hazelnut
  • Southern Pecan
  • Crème Brûlée 
  • Seasonal Santa's White Christmas

Pronto brewsticks come packed 6 to a box for a price of $5.99. We haven’t seen coffee concentrate in such a small format much like the VIA in size. It’s an interesting take on a small format for single serve coffee, and we hope to try a cup of Pronto coffee soon.

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February 13, 2014

Dunkin Donuts Creamers Liven Up Your Coffee

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Target and other stores are now carrying Dunkin' Donuts Creamers in a variety of flavors. We love adding a little sugar and cream to our coffee in the morning, and these creamers will do the trick for you. AB found his local Target in Bangor had all the flavors, and here in Boston we found several Targets had all the flavors as well.

  • Dunkin' Donuts Original Creamer - It contains real cream and sugar for a light touch of sweetness when you need it most. Here's to stirring up a classic. 
  • Dunkin' Donuts Fat-Free Creamer - It's made with skim milk and just the right touch of sweetness for sip after sip of guilt-free joy. 
  • Dunkin' Donuts Extra Extra Creamer - Its extra sweet, extra creamy taste comes from real sugar and cream for a wonderfully rich and smooth moment. 
  • Dunkin' Donuts Unsweetened Creamer - It's made with real cream and no added sugar for pure delight, sip after sip. 
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May 31, 2013

McCormick Pure Coffee Extract

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We love coffee flavored desserts and we really love coffee flavored whipped cream (see below). AB came across a new Coffee Extract made from Nicaraguan Coffee beans and instant coffee... McCormick Pure Coffee Extract.

Here's a few recipes using the coffee extract:

Coffee Whipped Cream:

  • Beat 1 cup heavy cream, 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar and 1 tsp.
  • Coffee Extract in medium bowl with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  • Makes about 2 cups.

Café Latte Frosting

  • Stir 2 tsp. Coffee Extract into 1 container (16 oz.) vanilla frosting.
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March 23, 2012

ekobrew Cup Refillable Cup For Keurig K-Cup Brewers in Natural Green

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The ekobrew Cup Refillable Cup For Keurig K-Cup Brewers is a reusable filter which allows you to use your own coffee. Other options for a reusable K-Cup also include the My K-Cup, Solofill, and the EZ Cup. This ekobrew Cup comes in a shiny green which we feel makes the reusable green aspect of a reusable cup even more apparent.

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September 6, 2011

SToK Caffeinated Black Coffee Shots Pack a Punch

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It's been awhile since SToK came out with their caffeine coffee shots, but now we're finding them all over the place. Packed with 40 Mg of caffeine per serving which is equivalent to a shot of espresso, these coffee shots put more caffeine in your coffee. The SToK coffee shot comes in a creamer-like container for portion control, and these are not for use by children under age 18, pregnant women or the caffeine-sensitive. We've recently had the pleasure of adding a SToK coffee shot to a few of our cups of single serve coffee, and can safely say they do pack a punch.

At SToK Caffeinated Black Coffee Shots Single-Serve Packages

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December 30, 2010

Starbucks Via Ready Single Serve Instant Hot Beverage Machine

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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.

  1. Add water to the machine in the amount you want
  2. Pour in your favorite packet of Starbucks VIA coffee
  3. Put the mug under the water spout and press the button for hot water used to brew up the VIA


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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.

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November 4, 2010

Review: Starbucks VIA Caramel and Mocha Instant Coffee

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Upon a recent stop at our local Starbucks, we decided to try-out 2 of the new flavored VIA varieties which had piqued our interest the most... their Caramel & Mocha flavors. Here's a quick review of both touching on a few key points.

First impressions

By now, anyone who's tried previous incarnations of VIA realize what it's "known for"... the residual microgrit of the undiluted coffee grounds left at the bottom of your cup. We were expecting more of the same and yes, such was the case but not as bad as before. We think Starbucks might be listening to customer complaints and are likely working on reducing the amount of undiluted solids in their mixes since we experienced far less than with their previous unflavored varieties.

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July 19, 2010

Starbucks VIA Iced Coffee - Iced Instant Coffee


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We just walked into our local Starbucks only to find a new option in the VIA line of instant microground coffees - Starbucks VIA Iced Coffee. The VIA Iced Coffee is cold brewed and comes lightly sweetened with cane sugar. Each VIA Iced Coffee packet brews up 16 fl. oz. of 100% natural instant and microground coffee.

It's meant to be served over ice, and though we've yet to try it - sounds good to us given the heat wave here in the northeast. You can read our review of the Starbucks VIA Tumblr and coffees here. We'll pick some of these up and have a full review soon.


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At Starbucks VIA® Iced Coffee

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February 9, 2010

Review: Nescafé Taster's Choice Single Serve Instant Coffee Packs

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With the recent arrival of some new Nescafé Taster's Choice Single Serve Instant Coffee Packs, it can only mean it's time for another one of our "mega reviews". Apologies in advance to our readers if this article seems rather long, but we're reviewing over 6 different flavors at once, so keep that in mind.

As we had previously noted, we always thought of Taster's Choice coffees as being something along the lines of our parents' bland freeze-dried crystals and the brand itself has been around since forever, but it appears they've taken a new competitive approach towards Starbucks' VIA instant coffees as they claim the samples they sent us were made from 100% pure coffee beans and their marketing is obviously aimed against Starbucks.

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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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August 27, 2009

Review: Trung Nguyen G7 Instant Coffees & Cappuccinos

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It's been a while since we've done a "mega review", so we apologize in advance to our readers if this article seems excessively long. Just keep in mind that we're reviewing over FIVE different products at once. So if you're ok with that, grab a cup (or 2) of your favorite single-serve coffee and read along.

A quick look on Trung Nguyen's website reveals that the company has been around since 1996 (possibly longer) and started off as a small business processing coffee in Ban Me Thuoc city, Vietnam. What was unique at the time was that Vietnam was one of the world's leading coffee producers but only of green, unroasted coffee beans that were sold primarily on the commodity market. This would result in no control over the final coffee quality or overall prices.

Soon afterwards, the company's owners realized the best way to be independent of the world commodity markets was to control every aspect of the growing & processing techniques and follow-through all the way to the final packaged product. They later launched Vietnamese coffee houses throughout Vietnam and a number of other countries. Today, Trung Nguyen is one of the most established, respected and successful producers of branded coffee in Vietnam.

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July 15, 2009

Caffeinated Nixie Tubes - Sugar Caffeine Madness

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Did you like Pixie Sticks as a kid? We know we did, and now you can get caffeinated Pixie Sticks called Nixie Sticks. Each tube has 100mg of caffeine, which is about 20% more caffeine than your average cup of single serve coffee coffee. You can purchase them in packs of five tubes for $9, and we think for the really adventurous - mixing this with your cup of single serve coffee could lead to caffeine madness.

Via Foolish Gadgets at Think Geek

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November 13, 2008

Review: Timothy's Trans Fat Free Creamy Hot Chocolate, White Hot Chocolate and Chai Latte Pouches

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We know some of you may not consider powdered mix pouches to be something fitting of the single-serve coffee market, but as was proven in the past by Keurig with Ghirardelli pouches, the fact that you can get pre-measured cups of hot water instantly from any of their machines allowed them to sell such items amongst their usual K-Cup varieties.

Timothy's also offers their own varieties of powdered mixes and have decided to further improve these offerings by making them 100% trans fat free. In today's health-conscious World, it's nice to see we can now enjoy Timothy's Creamy Hot Chocolate, White Hot Chocolate and Chai Latte without any of the guilt.

As noted above, you can use your Keurig machine to mix the contents of these pouches with hot water, but Timothy's recommends using hot milk (or any similar substitute) for better results. Trust us, go with the milk... more on that in a bit.

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