February 25, 2006

Weekend: Single Serve Coffee GPS Anyone?

Images-15Images-1-7Okay - so maybe the TomTom Go 700 Portable GPS doesn't find coffee pods or k-cups but it does find Dunkin Donut coffee shops. GPS Lodge has an interesting tidbit on how the new TomTom Go 700 Portable GPS has incorporated the Dunkin’ Doughnuts franchises into its Point of Interest (POI) database for its GPS products. This means adding over 4,400 Dunkin’ Doughnut outlets and over 2,700 Baskin-Robbins outlets nationally.

Now personally we can do without the Baskin-Robbins, but when we're out and about and without a travel mug of single serve coffee, it would be nice to know where a Dunkin Donuts is from time to time.

More at: TomTom finds its coffee at Dunkin’ Doughnuts

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February 17, 2006

Bodum Lipstick Stainless-Steel Travel Flask

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We've been searching for something like this for an upcoming birthday for a coffee drinker we know who likes to go and sit outdoors (we know - outdoors!) and have coffee while they paint. Currently they use a rather old Thermos brand to keep their coffee hot from their Keurig B60 after putting two travel mug sized Sumatran Extra Bold into it. We're thinking this gem from Bodum will compliment both the activity and perhaps even keep the coffee a bit warmer, and face it - it's very stylish and a bit fun.

Originally designed in 1983, the lipstick carafe was a runaway success. Today, it's been re-engineered for the 60th anniversary, a tribute to Danish design. Bodum's lipstick travel carafe is designed with a vacuum sealed, double-walled stainless steel that keeps beverages hot for up to six hours. Durably made, it's virtually unbreakable. The stainless steel body insulates up to 34-ounces of your favorite beverage. The flow valve is an easy-to-operate push button that helps keep the heat in even during the pouring process. The lipstick shape directs the liquid in an even flow while the cup acts as a lid.
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January 31, 2006

Fresh Brew Highwave Coffee Mug Brewer

Freshbrew 001We think we'll chalk the Fresh Brew Highwave Coffee Mug Brewer up to - we'll wait and see. The new and very Melitta pour over coffee system uses paper or cotton filters to make a single cup of coffee.

We can't really see this being very innovative but perhaps it's a bit better than just setting the rig right on top. Has anyone used a cotton coffee filter?

A special thanks to Jenn for sending this in.

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January 17, 2006

What Do You Do with Used Coffee Pods?

Img 0052-1.JpgThere's an interesting thread in the forums on what to do with your used coffee pods. Now some of the posts suggest just throwing them away or simply throwing those old nasty pods at kids near your house (you'll have to read the thread). Interesting ideas.

Img 0050-1We like to use ours for fertilizer in house plants and use them in compost during the Summer. A great way to keep a bin of the old coffee pods is to use a coffee pod trash can that sits on your countertops. We received such a can and use it daily. It's really much easier than finding a place to put the used pods or having to use them in a house plant right away. We like to fill up a good half to full can before embarking on a little fertilizer trip.

When composting in the Summer we like to break them open a bit and then toss them in. Sure you may get your hands dirty but you're helping your garden and the environment. We even found a can that would allow you to start your compost in the kitchen and then take to your compost pile at Kitchen Contraptions.

What do you do with your used pods? Sound off in the forums!

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January 12, 2006

Use Your Own Coffee with My Pod Refillable Holder for Senseo

B000Biu088.01. Sclzzzzzzz 8494D250Fca02671F0527010.LInterest in using your own coffee with your single serve coffee maker seems to start when you first receive it and when you really want to make a cup of coffee you can't get in pod form yet - like Starbucks or Pete's coffees.

It is It's nice to see Amazon.com finally pick up this refillable holder for Senseo. Unlike the Ecopad which uses a filter basket, this one uses filters. So after 100 uses you're going to need to get more filters to use with the My Pod. Note: This for use with Phillips Senseo pod coffee maker models only as is the Ecopad. It comes with one podholder, a coffee scoop and 100 filters.

At Amazon.com

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December 15, 2005

Aerobie® AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker Arrives for Review

Img 1768Aero Press 04We're excited to have received the Aerobie® AeroPress(TM) Coffee & Espresso Maker to review. We have been testing it out over the past few weeks and have to say it's very interesting. It's different from other Single Serve Coffee methods as you'll have to revert back to using some ground beans or a package of illy ground espresso coffee, but we think you'll like the results.

From AeroPress:

The AEROPRESS™ is an entirely new way to make coffee.

  • Water and grounds are mixed together for ten seconds.
  • Then gentle air pressure pushes the mix through a micro-filter in 20 seconds.
  • The total brewing time of only 30 seconds results in exceptionally smooth flavor.
  • Tasters ranging from professional cuppers and author Kenneth Davids, to coffee aficionados all praise the smooth, rich flavor.

At Amazon.com

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December 7, 2005

PRESS-BOT Coffee Press for Nalgene Water Bottles


PRESS-BOT is the first coffee press designed to fit inside a Nalgene® water bottle. Gone are the days of carrying a separate container for brewing your coffee or tea. PRESS-BOT allows you to use your water bottle as a coffee pot and make a quality cup of joe no matter where you are! Great for making coffee or loose leaf tea at home or in the backcountry, PRESS-BOT is a must have product for the on the go coffee aficionado. PRESS-BOT is design to work with a wide mouth, straight walled water bottle, such as those manufactured by Nalgene®.

At PRESS-BOT Via Gizmodo

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December 2, 2005

Tonfisk Newton Milk & Sugar Set

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Finnstyle 1871 8494033Newton is a new and practical way of serving sugar and milk for coffee or tea. The mechanism in the Newton-set is based on gravity and allows you to pour milk or cream without removing the sugar bowl on top of the creamer…the mechanism keeps the bowl still while you tip the pitcher.

We can see ourselves amazing guests over the holidays with such a clever invention. A nice cup of single serve coffee and perhaps a cream and sugar physics trick? Thanks Newton.

Via MoCo Loco at FinnStyle

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November 16, 2005

Melitta One:One LilyPod Microwave Brew Mug Arrives for Review

Img 1649Img 1651What's better than single serve coffee? Well - single serve microwave coffee! We're not totally sure on that just yet, but the new LiliPod Microwave Coffee Pod Brew Mug has arrived - actually two of them.

We purchased both the red and the blue one just because we have to have them. We never thought that after a year we'd have a microwave single serve coffee mug and it's well - exciting. The LilyPod Microwave Brew Mug supposedly brews up a nice cup of joe in 3 minutes or so and that means less mess and whatever flavor pod you'd like to throw into it. Nice. We'll have a full review in the next week or so. And - YES - it says you can make espresso and cappuccino in it. We'll be the judge of that.

At Melitta One:One LilyPod

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November 10, 2005

Frothing Milk and Single Serve Coffee


Currently most single serve coffee machines simply do not have a milk frother and this has resulted in a variety of "other methods" to get our whipped milk when using the Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, Krups Home Cafe, and simplehuman single serve coffee pod brewers. We currently have 3 options for you when trying to get your hot frothed or steamed milk to make cappuccinos and lattes with your single serve coffee machines.

One easy way if you simply want hot milk is to take a 1 oz shot of skim milk and microwave it for 30 seconds or less. This makes the milk hot and yummy and also ensures you don't immediately cool down your cup of single serve coffee. We use a shot glass or the pyrex glasses we ordered from Nespresso (review underway of the Nespresso club - coming shortly).

If you want to froth and have hot milk, you'll need to microwave or heat up on the stove a bit more milk and use the Turbo-Froth Frother. We've found this device to be the best at helping us make a cappuccino or latte with a our single serve coffee or shots of Nespresso.

B00005A452.01. Sclzzzzzzz Another option is the Capresso frothXpress PLUS System. This stand alone milk frother for just under $70 can make frothed milk like no other. Completely automatic, the new Capresso frother features a sturdy pump and powerful stainless steel thermoblock that produces enough hot steam to froth up to 30-oz. of milk in seconds-that's enough cappuccinos or lattes for you and some friends! The milk temperature can be adjusted from 120 to 170 degrees F, while an indicator light lets you know when it's ready.

We hope these three options get you into a latte this morning! We're going to see what we can whip up ourselves.

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