January 26, 2006
We've been testing the New Mr. Coffee Home Cafe machine this week and we've been using the new French Toast coffee pods from Baronet Coffee for our flavored bench mark. We've used these pods in the Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, and Krups Home Cafe as well to find out how good the new Mr. Coffee Home Cafe machine does against a formidable set of single serve coffee machines.
The amazing thing is how consistently the Baronet French Toast coffee pods are across the machines - consistent in making a very yummy - maple syrup induced cup of flavored coffee. We're nothing short of impressed by how the french toast coffee translates to each machine.
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January 17, 2006
There'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.
We 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!
January 12, 2006
Interest 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.
January 9, 2006
Jim Evans from CoffeeWhiz.com sent us a set of Eight 0' Clock Colombian coffee pods in both regular and decaf. We can't say we were ever an Eight 0' Clock coffee drinker in drip coffee form but we did welcome the chance to review the Eight 0' Clock 100% Colombian coffee pods.
The Eight 0' Clock coffee pods are a blend of award-winning 100% Colombian coffee beans. Eight 0' Clock coffee claims you can expect a medium roast flavored coffee with a lingering sweet finish.
What did we find? How did these coffee pods fair? How sweet is the finish?
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December 9, 2005
We get questions over email all the time regarding our best tips and tricks for Single Serve Coffee. We have what we think is one of the best tips you can use with coffee pod based brewers like the Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, Krups Home Cafe, and simplehuman single serve coffee pod brewers. - Wet Your Pod Before Brewing.
It's really that simple. If you have an instant hot dispenser or even a little cool water, moistening the pod will improve the overall extraction of the coffee. Some pod brewers like the Grindmaster pre-moisten the coffee pod before brewing, but most don't have this feature.
Another trick is to take the pod holder and simply run hot water over it. This achieves a moist coffee pod when you place the pod in the holder and a better overall extraction due to the seal the wet pod will make over a dry pod.
We also recommend heating up the brewer and running some water through it to heat up the brewing area. In any of the brewers we test, we always run an ample amount of water through the machine prior to making a cup of coffee and we don't just do this for coffee pod based machines - this trick will work for all single serve coffee machines.
Trust us. A moistened pod and a hot brewer will make a much better cup of single serve coffee coffee.
December 5, 2005
We discovered Flava Pods - a new coffee pod maker with a bunch of flavored coffee pod flavors for your Senseo, Home Cafe, Bunn My Cafe, and other single serve coffee brewers. It looks like the pods are individually wrapped and should weigh in the 9-10 gram range. We'll see how fast we can get our hands on some of these pods for review.
From Flava Pods:
Our uniquely flavored pods are made of the world's finest Arabica coffee beans. Unlike many of our mass produced coffee pod competitors, Flava Pods are made in select, carefully blended quantities. This meticulous process provides our customers with a world-class brew each and every time.Unique flavors, unsurpassed quality, and a commitment to your complete satisfaction is what sets Flava Pods apart from the rest.
Current Flavors Include:
- Cinnamon Sticky Bun
- Hawaiian Macadamia Nut
- Cinnamon Almond Macaroon
- Mocha Cinnamon Swirl
- Chocolate Cappuccino
- French Vanilla
- Supreme Hazelnut Delight
- Vanilla Hazelnut Caramel Nut Crunch
- Swiss Chocolate Almond
November 28, 2005
We've been receiving new products just about every day to review here at Single Serve Coffee.com. We are always excited to see some new coffee pods we haven't tried. Pod Pack International, LTD. is the maker of One-Cup coffee pods for your home. They have provided us with a nice range of their coffee pods to try including:
- House Blend Regular & Decaf
- 100% Columbian
- Breakfast Blend
- French Roast
- Vanilla Nut
- Guatemala Antigua
They have also sent us a sampling of their espresso pods for ESE machines. Expect a full rundown of flavors and tastes as we wrap up our review on the new simplehuman pod brewer this week.
At Pod Pack International, LTD. - One-cup coffee pods for the home
November 19, 2005
Home Cafe has tried this and now Senseo? We're pretty excited to get some of these and try them out. I would imagine this is powdered milk of some sort with the coffee mixed in like the Home Cafe pods. Could be good - could be...
These Cappuccino pods, made for the Senseo coffee maker, give you cappuccino that's full of taste with a smooth finish. Included in this package are 40 flavorful pods for a creamy cappuccino. Senseo's special packaging guarantees maximum freshness.
At Senseo Cappuccino Coffee Pods
November 18, 2005
Jim Evans from CoffeeWhiz.com was kind enough to send along the new 8 O'Clock coffee pods to review. Each coffee pod comes individually wrapped and we'll do the normal coffee pod weigh in to give you the "real gram weight" of these new coffee pods. 8 O'Clock coffee pods will work in your Bunn My Cafe, Senseo, Home Cafe, and other compatible machines. We've never really tasted 8 O'Clock coffee before, but as with everything we receive - we're willing to give it a shot.
November 14, 2005
Only available in Europe, we received these new Senseo Coffee pods with a fruit twist just last week. We sat down with the coffees over the weekend and decided to focus solely on Raving Reds Sunday morning.
The Senseo Forbidden Fruit Raving Reds comes packed in a bag of 10. Each pod weighs in at 7.5 grams (most likely 7 grams for the coffee and .5 grams for the filter paper). Upon opening the Raving Reds you get the strong smell of something very fruity, very red, and well - very cherry cough syrup.
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