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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
We've been featuring a innovation for coffee pods brewers as of late - the Creampad. The Creampad is a disk allowing you to add milk and then place a coffee pod on top to create a cappuccino using your single serve coffee pod brewer. The Creampad is designed to work with your Senseo single serve coffee pod brewer, but you may try it in any coffee pod brewer that features a double pod holder like the Melitta MES5B Javapod. We did our trials with the original Senseo, and even though the Creampad might work in other brewers, it will work in any Senseo with a double pod holder.
How well does it work? What are the results like when making a cappuccino this way? What coffee pods can you use with the Creampad?
The Brew-Yet Coffee Disc Maker allows you to make your own coffee pods at home, instead of buying prepackage coffee pods, to brew your favorite coffee or blend of coffees. How does it work? You simply use coffee filters that you would normally use in a drip coffee maker, and with the Brew-Yet gadget, fold up the coffee into coffee pods.
Use your own favorite coffee or blends of coffee without having to be restricted to the prepackaged coffee pod varieties
Easy clean up - no holder to clean coffee grinds out of - after brewing your favorite blend - just dispose of the Coffee Disc like you do your coffee pods
Economical - Coffee Discs are a fraction of the cost of coffee pods
You get the disc maker, instructions, and some filter in the
Brew-Yet coffee pod making kit.
How easy is it to use? Does it work in a variety of single serve coffee machines? How does it compare to other do it yourself coffee pod makers?
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