September 17, 2009

Tom, Dick & Harry - Designer Tea, Sugar and Coffee Storage Jars

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Anyone remember Shmoo? We do, and think these Tom, Dick & Harry jars would make us smile each morning as we make our cup of single serve coffee. We don't think we'll be filling the coffee jar with ground coffee, but we could see some coffee pods working nicely in it. The glints in their eyes indicate what's inside (T: tea, S: sugar & C: coffee) and their air-tight heads have room to fit the handle of a spoon.

At Thabto

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September 10, 2009

Coffee Grounds Transform into Ashtray

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Disposing cigarette ashes in a tray filled with coffee grinds is a common in Japanese culture because the coffee absorbs the smell of cigarette ash. Japanese designer Ryohei Yoshiyuki has designed a simple ashtray made out of used coffee grounds for this daily habit. We like the idea, but aren't big fans of smoking. But if you have to smoke, shouldn't you use a coffee ashtray?

Via PSFK at Designer

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August 19, 2009

Stargate Coasters Will Transport Your Coffee Cup To Another World

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We're not big Stargate fans, but we are big fans of this cool coffee coaster. We love the transparent blue middle, and can imagine sitting our single serve coffee cup upon it, only to have it whisked away to another world. Wait - that's our coffee cup! :-)

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July 20, 2009

Roast Coffee on your Barbecue Rotisserie Style

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We have a rotisserie for our grill, and never thought about perhaps roasting some coffee using the rotisserie method. The Coffee Roaster Kit roasts up to 5 Pounds of Green Coffee Beans, almost as much as many Commercial Units. The Coffee Roaster Kit comes fully assembled and ready to go. It fits inside of your Home Barbeque unit and attaches to your existing Rotisserie unit. Complete operating and roasting instructions included, along with 1/2 cup unroasted green coffee beans to start you off. We think it's going to be a hard trade off - rotisserie chicken or coffee at your next family BBQ? You decide.

Via Cooking Gadgets at The Coffee Roaster Rotisserie Kit for BBQs

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June 26, 2009

NexPod Review at Single Serve Espresso - Make Your Own Nespresso Capsules

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Our sister site SingleServeEspresso.com has a review of the NexPod refillable capsules for Nespresso. NexPod is a new pod system for the Nespresso line of makers that allows you to use your own capsules with your favorite espresso coffee. You might even be able to save a little money over the ~$0.55 cost per Nespresso capsule; SSE paid $23 on eBay for their NexPod shipped from Switzerland. That puts it at about $0.28 each empty capsule. Adding up the cost of about 4-5g of coffee per capsule, that adds about a dime to the cost of each unit. These can save about $15 - $20 per box of 80 units; not bad.

Their verdict? The NexPod is a little hard to use and maybe not worth the time and effort, but it does allow you to use your own coffee. Click on through for the full review.

At NexPod Review

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June 9, 2009

NexPod - Refillable Coffee Capsule for Nespresso

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Looking for a way to use any espresso grade coffee in your Nespresso single serve espresso and coffee maker? Try NexPod. NexPod is compatible with any Nespresso system. The single use NexPod for Nespresso allows you to use your Nespresso machine with the coffee (or tea) of your choice. The capsules are easily closed with the joined cap and inserted in the Nespresso machine as normal Nespresso capsules.

It looks like there are two parts to the capsule - the plastic and a paper insert. Here's how it works:

  1. Insert the circular paper filter in the cap of the pod
  2. Use the pod itself to gather the coffee and close the capsules directly in the coffee bag to avoid spilling
  3. Press the ground coffee in the pod
  4. Please clean the edge of the capsule before closing it
  5. Insert the NexPod in the Machine as a normal Nespresso pod
  6. For a stronger espresso use finer ground coffee.

We're going to see if we can get one of these to review soon. Right now you can purchase direct and on ebay, but we've yet to see any US auctions on ebay pop up.

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May 29, 2009

Aerolatte To Go - Portable Milk Frothing

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You can now get the Aerolatte Milk Frother in a convenient travel case. This makes the Aerolatte perfect for work, and this special carry case is perfect for your boat, RV, and camping trip. Working directly in the mug or glass, the Aerolatte milk frother takes just 20 seconds to turn a small amount of hot or cold milk into the perfect froth for cappuccinos, caffe lattes, mochas and specialty coffees as well as hot chocolates, malts and milk shakes.

We really like this milk frother, and often use it over heating up our FrancisFrancis!, or even using our Nespresso milk frother. It also gives you more control over how much froth and how long. It also makes a perfect gift.

At Aerolatte To Go Milk Frother

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March 12, 2009

My-Kap Lid - Use Any Coffee in Your K-Cup Brewer

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my-kap-on-cup.jpgWe were recently introduced to the My-Kap reusable lid for use with used K-Cups in your Keurig machine. The My-Kap allows you to re-use the Cup several times. Each time, you can fill it with your choice of coffee. Re-using your K-Cups saves up to 20 cents per cup, reduces waste, and allows you to enjoy an infinite selection of coffee varieties.

The My-Kap is easy to use, dishwasher-safe, and durable. It does not require altering the Keurig machine at all. Peel the foil off the top of your used K-Cup, rinse it, put in a spoonful of your desired coffee, and press the My-Kap in place; then insert into the machine as you would a regular K-Cup.

Each My-Kap comes with detailed, illustrated instructions on using, storing and cleaning it. Also included is a tool that helps get the My-Kap back off of the K-Cup after using it.

After lots of different coffees, we find a somewhat fine grind along with a bolder coffee works best. We also preferred the 6 oz size using our Keurig Platinum brewer. The My-Kap is compatible with any Keurig brewer, however the My-Kap was not designed or manufactured by Keurig. It is not endorsed by Keurig for use in either the K-Cup or Keurig Brewer. Also please note that it is not for use with ESE PODS.

At Vietnamese Coffee Online and My-Kap.com

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January 14, 2009

D+Caf Detects If You're Drinking Caffeinated Coffee Instead of Decaf

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Sometimes you want to know if you're being duped with a cup of decaf over real coffee, and sometimes you just want to also look in the face of the person for 10+ years who tells you it's leaded coffee, and say, "Busted". D+caf test strips are strips of paper coated with antibodies that tell if you a beverage is properly decaffeinated, turning up blue lines if it's got more than 20mg of caffeine per 6oz serving. The strips are 98 percent accurate for detecting caffeine, plus you have to use them before you add anything else to your coffee tea, like milk or sugar.

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January 5, 2009

Review: Keurig Milk Frother for Single Serve and One Cup Coffee Makers

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Up until recently the only other automatic milk frothers were from Nespresso - the Aeroccino and Aeroccino Plus. We love our Aeroccino, but we're also ready to have some more alternatives to milk frothing companions for our single serve coffee. The Keurig Milk Frother is another stand alone frother that you can use with any single serve coffee system, but will make an amazing companion for your Keurig Mini B30, Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer, and any other Keurig brewer.

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We've been using the Keurig Milk Frother over the past two weeks, and have to say it's easy to use, clean up, and makes great frothed milk. You'll need only one essential ingredient - great skim milk for frothing. If you want to use other milk fat levels - you won't get great froth, but you will get whipped hot milk. There are two levels as well 150 ml for froth using skim milk, and 250 ml for hot milk. Both of these measure levels are marked inside the frother.

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