April 21, 2009
Starbucks has entered the instant single serve coffee market with their Starbucks VIA Ready Brew 10-oz. Tumbler, and accompanying single serve coffee packets. In order to review this travel mug and instant coffee, we decided to test it out in the wild for a few mornings on our ride into the Single Serve Coffee headquarters. The Ready Brew packets fit inside the mug, and you'll need access to hot water when using this travel mug.
We didn't have any issues when prepping, as we have a hot water dispenser in our kitchen, but we expect some people to need to use this at work where your water cooler has instant hot or the like. Mixing the Ready Brew Italian Roast is pretty simple, but make sure you put the packet of coffee in prior to putting in the hot water. One of the things we do like about the tumbler design is the ability to store packets in the bottom, but as we will later disclose - this makes the bottom of the tumbler too large for most drink holders in your car.
Continue reading: "Review: Starbucks VIA Ready Brew 10-oz. Tumbler"
April 16, 2009
These cappuccino cups are for the serious coffee lover who values a cup that combines functional design, handcrafted quality and a certain "fun" factor. We know how fun they can be - bright, interesting, and amazing to look at each morning, and always keeping our cappuccino warm until the last sip. Baristas consider their cappuccino cups to have the right size, shape and thickness to create a perfect cappuccino and retain the heat of the espresso and steamed milk, and from our experience - they're right.
Each cup holds a 5-ounce cappuccino which as you can see below is perfect for a lungo cappuccino from any Nespresso single serve coffee maker. As we stated with the coffee mug we reviewed earlier, we love the accented platinum band, and each cup is hand-signed by the artist.
These cappuccino cups go great
with any Nespresso
single serve coffee maker.
Note: These cups are not suitable for a microwave (pre-heat the cups either on top of your espresso machine or by filling with hot water).
At Terra Keramik Handcrafted Cappuccino Cups
April 7, 2009
One might say it's hard to review a coffee mug, but after using the Terra Keramik Handcrafted 8oz Coffee Mugs for the past week - we think differently. These are not your average coffee mugs as each is handcrafted in Switzerland by Terra Keramik, handpainted, and rimmed with a platinum glaze. The large mug holds 8 ounces and can be used for coffee or tea.This mug is recommended for coffee, espresso-based milk beverages (such as lattes), hot chocolate, and steeping tea directly in the mug.
A simply perfect coffee mug
. We love the platinum
glaze and bright green color.
What we like is how each mug is characterized by a simple and clean design, and the large mug has beautifully glazed outside and inside surfaces in your choice of eight different colors (ours for the review was bright green). The mugs are also lead-free and cadmium-free glazes for an absolute food-safe finish, as well as dishwasher safe.
You can feel the quality, and workmanship in each mug. The size is just right to grip around the base, or you can pick it up by the ring. We found ourselves feeling like royalty after a week with ours.
At Terra Keramik Handcrafted 8oz Coffee Mugs
March 30, 2009
We've featured the Terra Keramik cups before, but now we've got hands on samples of each of their cups. We've been pining for a hand glazed, hand painted, barista competition grade set of mugs here at Single Serve Coffee for quite some time. Each handcrafted piece of Terra Keramik's tableware is triple fired for maximum durability, finished in a choice of eight brilliant colored glazes, and accented in platinum (YES PLATINUM). Lead-free and cadmium-free for an absolute food-safe finish, these mugs are the mugs to have for the rest of your life.
We'll have a full review soon.
March 23, 2009
Imagine sacrificing yourself each day to prevent Coffee and Tea stain rings on your coffee table. Stan does this each day, and does it with style. Stan will fit both mugs and glasses, so in the evening you can have Stan save that same coffee table from a nasty ring of beer. Stan is a cousin of Dead Fred and he retails for $10.
At Table top Stan
March 5, 2009
The On-Orbit Coffee Cup uses surface tension to hold liquid in zero-g, and was invented by astronaut Donald Pettit after a mission or two of coffeeless space flights. The cup isn't real yet (it's just a render), and we're not sure most people would even get a chance to use one in zero G unless the number of ways to get off the planet improves, but it does inspire us to think of the future that never seems to come of space travel to distant stars sipping on single serve coffee.
February 20, 2009
We're always on the look out for clear mugs, and this Glass Mug from DWR fits the bill. Built for everyday use, the Glass Mug is a versatile vessel for single serve coffees of all types (even decaf). Microwave and dishwasher safe, this borosilicate glass mug is tough, and only costs $15.
At Design Within Reach
February 16, 2009
It's President's Day here in the US, and we thought we'd celebrate by finding something Presidential like this coffee mug with presidential slogans. Two centuries of Presidential campaign slogans adorn this mug, including "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too," "All the Way with Adlai," I Like Ike," "Give 'Em Hell, Harry!," and "Clinton: A Cure for the Blues.", and it holds 12 ounces of your favorite single serve coffee.
At Presidential Slogan Coffee Mug
February 9, 2009
The boulder mug is not made of stone, but it is made of hard ceramic goodness. You can drink coffee primal style each morning, and if someone bothers you bonk them over the head with the boulder mug. We recommend for the full experience making a large fire, getting a purple dinosaur, and a wife named Wilma.
Via productdose.com at Urban Outfitters
February 2, 2009
We often look at the arguments for greener options in our lives, and wonder - just because it's greener how much energy did it take to produce this green product? How long do we have to use this greener option to make it truly green? It is a question that Single Serve Coffee has been looking at for years, and we've finally found said answer. A Dutch study that demonstrated that we have to drink a lot of coffee out of our ceramic cup to beat out the paper or polystyrene one. Now a new study from the University of Victoria confirms this feeling that greener isn't always greener (or at least not right away).
According to Adharanand Finn in the Guardian, one needs to use the ceramic cup over 1,000 times to outdo the polystyrene cup, and even more compared to paper. It may not sound very plausible - but on closer inspection the arguments seem to add up. Firstly, ceramic cups use more energy in their production. Second, there is all the hot water and washing-up liquid used when you wash up your mug. Third there's the environmental consequences of distributing ceramic mugs - because they are bigger and heavier than polystyrene cups, which can be tightly stacked, you are looking at more ship and lorry journeys, using more fuel. And, finally, polystyrene cups can be more easily recycled. So hang on to your ceramic or stainless steel mug and in three or four years you will have made a difference.
Read more at Are Ceramic Cups Greener Than Disposables?