February 13, 2008
Sometimes we want the future to arrive, and this is one of the machines of the future we'd like to have built into every single serve coffee maker. This machine can taste the quality in your cup of espresso, and can identify coffee types nearly as accurately as a panel of trained espresso tasters.
The machine analyzes the gas espresso gives off when created, translating combinations of ions into descriptions like "roasted, flowery, woody, toffee and acidity." It was created by chemical engineers at Nestle in Switzerland, and will be used as a quality control device in the coffee industry, and perhaps even now is being used for Nespresso coffees.
More details at Analytical Chemistry via io9
January 14, 2008
CoffeeDuck? The name does not inspire confidence, but if you're looking to use your own ground coffee with your Senseo, this duck may do the trick. But buyer beware, the CoffeeDuck does not work with the Senseo Supreme or Senseo Deluxe, it only works with the original Senseo.
The CoffeeDuck will allow you to use whatever coffee you like, and can also be used with one or two regular paper coffee pods, so if you ever lose your Senseo pod holders, you can still make pod coffee. For best results, they recommend using a fine grind when using ground coffee with the CoffeeDuck.
We'll have to order the "duck" and see how good of a job it does.
At Coffeeduck Permanent Refillable Filter for the Original Senseo
November 13, 2007
We often wonder what we could be doing with our steam radiators when it comes to coffee and snacks. It looks like this very interesting concept of a ceramic plate that sits on a steam radiator makes it easy to keep your coffee hot and your snacks warm. The radiator coffee warmer isn't available yet, but something similar should be easy enough to cook up for yourself should you live in a house or building that has steam radiators.
Via Boing Boing Gadgets at Yanko Design
September 17, 2007
Tired of that sugar mess all over your counter? We are too. Zevro has designed the Indispensable Sugar 'N More to alleviate said mess. The Indispensable Sugar 'N More was designed to let you have sugar and other powders conveniently on hand and dispense with just one hand too. The Indispensable Sugar 'N More Dispenser's lets you choose the amount dispensed to either ¼, ½ or one teaspoon by changing to another of the 3 measurement accessories included with each dispenser. These measurement tools enable the Indispensable Sugar 'N More Dispenser to dispense a measured and consistent amount each time.
- Dispenses a measured and consistent amount each time
- Easy to use and refill
- Keeps out moisture and air
- Can change amount dispensed to either ¼, ½ or 1 teaspoon
- Handy settings: sprinkle, pour and closed
At Zevro EMY100 Indispensable Sugar Dispenser
August 3, 2007
We don't think you can get any more single serve coffee than this tiny little french press that fits inside a clear coffee mug from Bodum. Sure you'll have to use ground coffee and perhaps a little elbow grease, but we expect the results will be worth it.
Via productdose.com at Bistro Mug Coffee Press By Bodum
July 13, 2007
We like our single serve coffee hot, and if it starts to slip below a certain level of hotness, we often resort to horrible measures like the microwave or just brewing another cup (okay not so horrible). In the future it looks like we'll all benefit from this little device that hangs on the side of your coffee cup and keeps your beverage hot. The Portable Beverage Heater is a molded plastic, single-use device that can be clipped to the side of a mug. It creates heat from solid and organic body form using fuel cell and its thermographic ink changes color to indicate when the beverage is hot.
So far this new coffee mug heater is just a concept from designer Seungheon Lee, but one can hope that in the future this device gets produced to keep all of our coffee a little hotter.
July 3, 2007
We just received our Senseo Espresso Starter box from Germany. Yep - this is only available in Europe and that's a bummer, but if you can get one (try ebay), you can make Espresso with your Senseo coffee maker. This kit will only work in your Senseo Standard editions.
From the site:
Enjoy type Espresso with Senseo® It a small cup of strong, qualitatively high-quality coffee with fine Crema - and in the hand turning! But Douwe Egberts and Philips developed a completely new technology - consisting of the special Senseo® type Espresso Pads and the special Senseo® type Espresso PAD owner. Simply strongly.
Continue reading: "Senseo Presso Espresso Coffee Pods and Holder Arrive for Review"
June 14, 2007
This is a great idea for people who just can't seem to remember that coffee is REALLY HOT - make the the lid of your single serve coffee grow a bit more red if the coffee is really hot and then make it a nice maroon if it's cooler. Seems like a no brainer and something that McDonald's and other restaurants should look into for those hot coffee - sue the restaurant type of customer.
May 3, 2007
We've spent over two weeks with the Java Wand. What is a Java Wand? For us, it's basically a mini-french press on the end of a large glass straw. You can take your Java Wand just about anywhere, as it comes with a travel case that holds the want and 2 tablespoons of coffee. We didn't travel that far with our Java Wand, but we did have some really amazing coffee using it.
The Java Wand is also not a single serve coffee maker per se, but it is a very nice alternative to making a cup of single serve coffee from a machine. The Java Wand is also very transformational in how it makes you sit back and relax a bit more with your coffee. So as you can see - we do like the Java Wand...but do we like the entire experience of drinking hot coffee through a glass straw?
Continue reading: "Review: Java Wand - The Single Serve Coffee French Press Glass Straw"
April 23, 2007
Want to put your milk and sugar into one container instead of two? The Newton milk and sugar set from Finnish company Tonfisk Design allows you to put the sugar and cream in the same container, so you don't have to fiddle with multiple containers when you're fixing your coffee. The Newton always keeps the sugar bowl component level, as the milk container is tilted to pour out the cream. We're not sure how well the Newton will work with granulated sugar, or if this is a sugar cube-only device. We'd be willing to try out some cubes just to see the look on someone's face at a dinner party when they ask for cream or a little sugar.