November 7, 2008

Review: Aeroccino Plus Automatic Home Milk Frother from Nespresso

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The Aeroccino Plus is a larger version of the Aeroccino that also allows you to override the heating function if you wish to froth milk without heating. The cost for the Aeroccino Plus is $129 versus $99 on the smaller Aeroccino (read our review of the earlier Aeroccino here). The reason any single serve coffee drinker would want to get an Aeroccino is the need for frothed milk for those latte and capuccino drinks you might want to make at home to save a few dollars. We used the Aeroccino Plus in this review with the new Essenza Touch and our Nespresso Essenza C100T.

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The Aeroccino won't make the same frothed milk as a high end espresso machine, but it will make a very thick-rich frothed cup of hot or cold milk. The Aeroccino Plus is also larger than the earlier version, and this allows you to make enough milk for 2+ drinks depending on what your making.

How does it work? To produce warm frothed milk, heating the milk to temperatures between 140-149°F/60-65°C, quickly press the button once. To override the heating function, press the button for two full seconds.

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October 9, 2008

EZ Fill Liquid Level Alarm - Pour Your Coffee in the Dark

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The EZ Fill Liquid Indicator is a small bright red device that buzzes to indicate a liquid has reached about 1 inch from the top of a your single serve coffee cup, or whatever container your choose to use it on. Meant to help the visually impaired, we think it would also work perfectly for non-automatic shut off Nespresso, and espresso systems. It uses three 1.5 volt LR44 batteries (included).

Via bookofjoe

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September 30, 2008

Create Your Own Pixel Single Serve Coffee Coasters

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You can create a coaster in any shape you want with these pixels made of paper. Each coaster is also completely different, and the perforations allow you to tear off at the individual pixel level, making for a fun cup of coffee that is unique every time.

Via Cooking Gadgets at Pixel Coasters

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August 27, 2008

iRoast 2 - Roast Your Own Coffee at Home

We know we've had the i-Roast 2 for the entire summer, and yes we've been using it. We've made quite a few batches of our own coffee, and we've really enjoyed the smell of fresh brewed beans. Our favorite method is to make a small micro batch, and then brew it up that day or early the next morning using our Breville Keurig single serve coffee maker, and the My K Cup Resuseable filter. Here's a video of a recent batch of columbian coffee baking in the iRoast 2. We'll have a full review soon.

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August 22, 2008

Tim Hortons Coffee Locator for the iPhone

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My fellow Canadians and Americans of the north you will never be without your precious Tim Hortons coffee again. This very cool iPhone app gives you the exact location for anyone with an iPhone 3G. Simply click the button, and it can locate the nearest Tim Hortons and get directions to the store. Now where is my K Cup, Coffee Pod, and T-Disc application for the iPhone? Anyone?

The application is a free download from the App Store.

Via Macworld

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August 21, 2008

Nespresso Aeroccino Plus - Froth Hot or Cold Milk Quickly

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The Aeroccino Plus froths hot and cold milk.

We love our little Aeroccino (review), and paired with our Nespresso C100T Essenza (review) - it's a tough combo to beat for lattes and cappuccinos. We're excited that Nespresso is improving the Aeroccino with a new larger version of its Aeroccino coffee accessory: the Aeroccino Plus. Besides offering hot milk froth, the new Aeroccino Plus now offers coffee lovers the option to also make cold milk froth. That's right folks - let's froth some cold milk!

How does it work? To produce warm frothed milk, heating the milk to temperatures between 140-149°F/60-65°C, quickly press the button once. To override the heating function, press the button for two full seconds.

The Aeroccino Plus will be available in September as part of a bundle package with the Nespresso Le Cube machine for $429 or the Nespresso D290 for $549 in leading department stores, as well as gourmet kitchen and specialty stores, throughout the United States and Canada. Additionally, the Aeroccino Plus will be sold exclusively as a stand-alone unit for $129 in Nespresso boutiques, including Nespresso’s U.S. flagship boutique at 761 Madison Avenue in New York City, as well as boutiques in Bloomingdale’s in SoHo (New York), Chevy Chase, Md., Costa Mesa, Calif., and Chicago, the Bay in Toronto and Vancouver, and through the Nespresso Club.

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August 4, 2008

Review: Podster - Make Your Own K Cups with Coffee Pods

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The device is a rivet sleeve, rubber band, and
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It's been a long time in coming, but we finally got to spend the last week with a home made device called the "Podster". The Single Serve Coffee Forums have been abuzz with activity over the past year with tales of the Podster, and how it allows you to use coffee pods in your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer, and other Keurig K Cup brewers that use the My K- Cup reusable filter.

The Podster is design is very simple, and unlike the Perfect Pod Holster, the Podster requires the the My K- Cup reusable filter. There's also a fair amount of rigging to get everything set in place, but if you do the Podster works great.

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July 1, 2008

Coffee Pod and K Cup Trash Can - Clean Up Your Single Serve Coffee Mess

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Standing just over 7 inches tall, this mini trash can works great on a desktop or kitchen countertop for those everyday smaller items such as wet coffee pods or K Cups. We use ours to store up our K Cups or coffee pods, what we either compost, or sprinkle into the house plants.The trash can offers a 2/5-gallon capacity, and its swing-open lid helps keep contents hidden and odors contained. The unit's lined interior means there's no need to add a plastic bag, just wipe clean as needed.

At CW1637 2/5-Gallon Countertop Trash Can, Brushed Stainless

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June 13, 2008

Iced Coffee Carrier - Tote Your Coffee

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Though not available yet in the US, this ingenious coffee carrier comes from Germany. It helps you get a handle on two cups in a much more stable way. Some would say this a waste, but for someone who has kids or other things to grab, it would seem like this would be a big help in the shuffle.

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May 22, 2008

i-Roast 2 Arrives for Review - Roast Your Own Single Serve Coffee

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We've been trying to get into the home coffee roasting game for quite awhile here at Single Serve Coffee, and we're really excited to finally have our own i-Roast 2 in the house for some coffee roasting fun. We've got two sets of GREEN - yes GREEN unroasted Columbian coffee beans to start with, and we'll be testing out the i-Roast 2 over the next week or so.

Now, some would say that Single Serve Coffee and home roast really don't go hand and hand, and we say to them - NO WAY! We've actually been drinking lots of home roasted coffee from the Single Serve Coffee staffers for over a year now. We use the My K-Cup Reusable filter with our Keurig brewers, and various ground coffee accessories in our coffee pod brewers including the Perfect Pod maker with the coffee we've received, and it's always amazing.

We'll have a full review of the i-Roast 2 very soon, and directions on how you can start home roasting your own Single Serve Coffee, and what you'll need to be successful.

Do you have any experience as a Single Serve Coffee reader roasting your own coffee? If so - sound off in the comments and let us know things we should and shouldn't try.

i-Roast 2 Features:

  • Roasts and Cools in less than 20 Minutes
  • Up to 10 programmable memory functions
  • Up to 5 stages
  • Roasts up to 1 cup (150 grams / 5.3 oz) of beans
  • Roasts enough beans to produce up to 24 cups of coffee
  • Programmable roast profiles from light to French and anything in between
  • Patented temperature control to give you consistent personalized roasting performance
  • 2 Preset Automatic Roasting Curves for slower and faster roasts
  • Glass Roasting chamber allows clear visibility, during every stage of the roast
  • Double Filtration Chaff collection that also disassembles for easy cleaning
  • Built in 4 minute cooling cycle
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