July 29, 2013

Solofill SoloGrind 2-in-1 Coffee Grinder Review

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If you’re like us, you don’t always like the idea of having to pay a premium for licensed K-Cups and with the explosion of knock-off K-Cups being manufactured by 3rd-party companies over the past few years, you’re either left with inferior quality products or outstanding products which can be almost as costly as the licensed versions.

The solution? Solofill’s re-usable filters for Keurig K-Cup & Vue brewers which allow you to use whatever brand of ground coffee you like. The only problem we kept running into was that we’d always end up grinding way more coffee than we intended to use and had to either brew several cups at once or use up the ground coffee ASAP the next day to prevent it from going stale. It wasn’t the best solution for those of us who just wanted to use 1 Solofill serving at a time, so the folks at Solofill decided to work on a solution.

While it’s been mentioned in our forums that this is nothing more than a re-badged & re-branded Mr. Coffee BMX3 grinder, we’ll admit that the appearances do in fact seem pretty similar. We know Solofill manufacture their own K-Cup & Vue Pack filters as well as K-Cup storage systems, but we didn’t picture them as a company that would design a coffee grinder from the ground up (pun intended). We also didn’t deem it necessary trying to confirm if this was indeed a re-branded BMX3 and to be honest, we couldn’t care less... as long as it gets the job done as advertised, that’s all that matters to us. Considering the fact that you get a Solofill-compatible filter holder and a $15 Solofill K3 Chrome filter at no extra cost seems like a pretty decent bargain considering the (on average) $60 price tag. We’ve seen far inferior and less versatile grinders being sold for that price range in-store and online, so we’re happy with our purchase.

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May 20, 2013

SoloGrind 2 In 1 Automatic Single Serve Coffee Burr Grinder Retail Info

 

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Everyone is waiting anxiously in the single serve coffee world for SoloGrind 2 In 1 Automatic Single Serve Coffee Burr Grinder. We recently ran a story on it, and we've been wonding what it comes with and the price. Our Canadian correspondent, SH, contacted Solofill's Customer Service Dept. and was able to confirm some details about the SoloGrind... 

  • It's apparently available only in-store right now at Sears & Shopko retail locations within USA - nothing for Canada yet.
  • MSRP of $59.99 USD
  • Inclusion of Solofill K3 Chrome & 10-cup ground coffee container

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April 8, 2013

Review: ECS Coffee Single Cup Fresh Seals

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With Keurig's K-Cup patent having expired, a multitude of soft-bottomed One Cup flavors have been released within the past year. When the first One Cup company (Rogers Family Coffee) started releasing their products, they came packaged within a non-resealable plastic bag inside a cardboard box for outer packaging. The main problem that quickly arose once you'd open the bag would be two-fold... the coffee aromas were so strong, that they'd permeate through the box and into whatever surrounding items you had nearby + you'd quickly lose freshness in the ground coffee since the filter provided no oxygen barrier whatsoever and left the grinds exposed to the elements.

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Other companies (Club Coffee, Melitta) tried resolving this issue with some success by creating cookie bag style foil packaging that had bendable tabs near the top of the bag which allowed you to roll the bag up and secure the tabs in order to prevent the bag from opening again. This still resulted in another problem since it meant you had to keep the entire bag nearby if you wanted to use that particular brand/flavor. Not an ideal solution if you aren't a frequent coffee drinker or like to drink a different flavor on a regular basis.

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March 29, 2013

Melitta E-Filter Reusable Coffee Filters for K-Cup Brewers

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The Melitta E-Filter Reusable Coffee Filters for K-Cup brewers allow you to use any kind of ground coffee you want. The Melitta E-Filter Reusable Coffee Filters package contains 5 reusable filters each designed to last up to 20 uses per filter. Each E-Filter is also recyclable unlike outer reusable filters.

  • Simple to use. Ready in seconds
  • Reusable. Reduces environmental impact
  • BPA free
  • Recyclable

Check out the informative video after the jump.

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March 7, 2013

Review: Solofill Cup V1 Gold Vue Pack Filter

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After the first Keurig Vue brewer was released, the first thing most people kept wondering was whether or not Keurig would manufacturer a My Vue Pack re-usable filter for it. We heard rumors that Keurig were in fact working on just such an item, but we could never confirm if this was actually the case and we have yet to see anything materialize on Keurig's website nor anywhere on the market. When Solofill realized there was a demand for a re-usable filter, they decided to make the boffins in their R&D department design the first Solofill filter for Vue brewers and hence the item we're reviewing today... the Solofill Cup V1 Gold Vue Pack Filter.

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The filter is the size of a travel mug Vue Pack and is made up of 2 components... the outer plastic shell and an inner filter basket which is completely removable. The plastic shell has a hole in the center of the lid for the intake needle and a hole near the bottom of the shell's spout for the output needle. The design/shape of the Vue system's brew chamber ensures that the filter will be inserted properly each time and again, there's no need to disassemble anything... just fill the filter with coffee, pop it in the brewer like any other Vue Pack and you're good to go. The one major difference is obviously the customization factor of the Vue brewer. You will need to experiment to see which settings on the machine produce the best results.

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March 6, 2013

Review: Solofill Cup K3 Chrome K-Cup Filter

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Back when Keurig first introduced their K-Cup brewers, one of the first accessories to get introduced was the My K-Cup filter. It consisted of a steel mesh filter housed inside a plastic assembly that fit inside the brew chamber once you had removed the lower assembly that contained the bottom piercing needle and was created with the sole purpose of letting users use their own ground coffee instead of having to buy pre-packaged K-Cups should their favorite flavor not be available in K-Cup format. There were many issues that most users encountered with the first generation models which ranged from poor extraction to clogged filters and leaking coffee grinds being dumped into the bottom of their mugs.

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We're not sure if the latest generation of My K-Cup filters have solved those issues since we were among the majority who decided to wait things out and see what the competition had to offer. Many 3rd-party companies tried various attempts and creating their own filters over the years but the one which stood out as being the best designed with best overall performance was the Solofill K-Cup filter. It was an all-in-one filter that had a rubber gasket around the lid which solved the coffee grind overflow problem (or so we thought) and the mesh filter was molded right into the outer plastic. The size was similar to a K-Cup which meant you didn't need to go through the extra hassle of taking apart your brewer's brew chamber... just fill the Solofill and pop it in like any other K-Cup. We've included a photo of this 1st-generation model for comparison.

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February 20, 2013

SoloGrind 2 In 1 Automatic Single Serve Coffee Burr Grinder

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The SoloGrind 2 In 1 Automatic Single Serve Coffee Burr Grinder can make refilling your SoloFill a breeze. We are always a it tired of using a spoon to fill up our reusable cups, and the SoloGrind will put the coffee right into your reusable cup. Expect the SoloGrind to ship this April 2013.

  • 2 IN 1 Grinder with Interchangeable Single Serve Coffee Adapter and Ground Coffee Container 
  • Automatically grind and drop a precise dose of ground coffee into the Single Serve Coffee Filter Cup 
  • Low RPM Burr grinder reduces heat build up 
  • Electronic timer automatically shuts off unit when grind cycle is complete 
  • Grind size selection

Thanks to SH for the heads up

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February 19, 2013

GAMAGO Java Jr. Coffee Creamer

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The GAMAGO Java Jr. Coffee Creamer makes a little more cream for your coffee a little more little. The glass and plastic coffee creamer is dishwasher safe and is just 4x3 inches in size. 

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February 14, 2013

KUZZLES - The Modular K-Cup Storage System

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We just heard about KUZZLES - a modular K-Cup storage system for your kitchen drawers and we're intrigued. How do they work? Two dozen Kuzzles come in a package. You simply figure out how many your drawer will hold and start fitting them together. They work like any other puzzle you have assembled. It doesn’t matter what size drawer you want to use, Kuzzles will give you a neat, organized way to store your K-Cups. 

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We'll see if we can get some KUZZLES to review. We think if you aren't willing to part with a drawer, these would also make a great start on creating your own customized cabinet - etc. using KUZZLES as the holding mechanism for your design.

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February 8, 2013

Solofill Cup V1 Gold Refillable Filter Cup for Keurig Vue Brewers

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The Solofill Cup V1 Gold - Refillable Filter Cup for Keurig Vue Brewers  is now available. We were wondering when we'd see a reusable filter for the Keurig VUE systems, and here it is. The Solofill will work with any ground coffee, and it allows you to save money while reducing your environmental impact even though VUE packs are recyclable. Check out our review of the Solofill for K-Cup brewers. The experience should be the same, and there are several videos showing the process. One video is from Coffee Titan, and there's video from Coffee Outlaw showing the entire process.

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