January 21, 2005
Stan writes in:
"Here is a new pod supplier I came across today. www.javapodz.com"
Has anyone tried them? I'll see if I can drum up some samples to review.
Thanks again Stan!
Flavored Coffee Pods: Senseo, Home Cafe - java podz
January 19, 2005
Wendy wrote us in from Typical Dutch Stuff regarding a pending patent dispute Douwe Egberts (they make the Senseo pods) and how it may affect 3rd party pod manufacturers at least in Europe. It seems that Douwe Egberts have the patent on pods or the process of the pod holder and pods of the 62 mm size (not the other pods like ESE - etc). If they can make it hold up in court, 3rd party manufacturers would likely have to stop making pods for the Senseo.
We will keep you posted on how this develops and maybe my dutch will get even better!
From Wendy at Typical Dutch Stuff:
"I'm the owner of www.typicaldutchstuff.com , and have been referred to your website by one of our customers. First I need to say that you have a great website with loads of information to be found. I'm actually contacting you because of an interesting fact. Here in Holland, and in a lot of other different countries, there are a lot of different companies producing coffee pods which are cheaper or different from the original Senseo pods. Well, this might be coming to a stop, as Douwe Egberts has the official patent to produce these pods (and pod holders), and they have taken this up to court. This could mean that other producers will not be able to make those pods, which obviously creates a large market just for Senseo/Douwe Egberts (so Kanis & Gunnink can also pack their bags). I don't know if this also applies to foreign brands (Kona, or other 'homemade pods'), but I think it does, as a patent is a patent, and is valid worldwide. I personally hope that the court does not grant the sole patent to them, because this means that there is no competition, and they can crank up the prices as much as they want too. I thought that this could be interesting for your readers to know.
Original source (in Dutch): http://www.nu.nl/news.jsp?n=470102&c=30 They expect to hear something in this year."
Translated Article & Link: Coffee path its valid patent of Douwe Egberts
"Last modified: 18 January 2005 20.22
UTRECHT - the coffee path and the holder Senseo-koffiezetapparaten well-known in are an invention of Douwe Egberts . That the European patent office in Munich has concluded Tuesday.
The Dutch judge had asked the office pronounce a sentence concerning the validity of the patent which has Douwe Egberts (DE) on the combination of path and path holder. Douwe Egberts have been involved in floor procedures against Dutch, Belgian and German manufacturers of the coffee path. "this pronouncement strengthens our, and enables our continue the procedures", explained for the of.
After the introduction of Senseo-koffiezetapparaat in 2001 came a number of producers with their own fabrikaat coffee path for the apparatus. In the Netherlands the floor procedure had been suspended awaiting the pronouncement of the patent office. "we expect that the judge pronounces a sentence in the course of this year", thus for the."
January 18, 2005
You've spoken and we've listened. We will be featuring many upcoming reviews on coffee pods and more coffee pods. Expect where to buy and how good the entire experience is. To date, we've reviewed many of the players - from Aloha Island Coffee - to Coffeepods.uk - to Senseopods.com. It's been a mixture of different levels of quality from all the pod makers and the pod suppliers.
Also - check out our catch all Single Serve Reviews section. Located within each single serve machine we've reviewed is our impressions of the coffee - and attached to each article are reader feedback on the machine and often times the coffee as well.
And wrapping up - make sure and reference this killer Pod Guide for Single Serve Machines at Cafepods.com for what types of pods of what size fit what types of machines.
Here's just a few of the current reviews and other coffee pod info to help you research coffee pods while we get more reviews and information together.
Coffee Pod Reviews
Coffee Pod Canister.com Review from Single Serve Coffee.com
Home Café Cappuccino Pods Review from Single Serve Coffee.com
Easypods.co.uk Italian 100% Arabica Medium Roast 62mm Pods for Senseo Review
Easypods.co.uk Vanilla Pod Review
100% Kona Coffee Pod Review from Single Serve Coffee
Coffee Pod Suppliers
Pod Depot Debuts
100% Kona Pods from Aloha Island Coffee
Coffee Pod News
The Brewing Popularity of Pods
Podhead.com to Sell Senseo Compatible Pods
Easypod.co.uk Has Lots of Pods
Coffee Pod Info
Pod Guide for Single Serve Machines at Cafepods.com
January 10, 2005
My family was doing a typical Sunday Target run for laundry detergent and - WHAM!!!! A single serve coffee machine I've never even seen or heard of before and it was 50% off for the machine and the pods.
It looks as if this machine is marketed by eSalton. Does anyone have this machine? It looks like a Melitta but the coffee was Juan Valdez.
These pods will fit most Pod Brewing Systems on the market today
Medium Roast Javapods
What's going on with this machine? The packaging and the design had the look of a Target in-house branded machine.
December 30, 2004
I gave my brother and family a new blue Senseo for Christmas. I know the look of wonder when someone gets a Senseo after trying the coffee - it's pure Senseo magic!
"If you reached under the tree yesterday and came up with a handful of pods and a single-cup coffee maker, you are now part of the latest wave in coffee technology."
The Brewing Popularity of Pods (washingtonpost.com)
November 21, 2004
When Home Café launched earlier this year, we did a review on the machine and thought the overall quality of the Black & Decker version might be offset with the “specialty pod holder” and what pods would work in it might forgive the lack of quality of the machine. Well - read on to see whether this feature redeems the machine and the coffee you can currently buy for it.
The Home Cafe Specialty Pods
The Home Café Specialty Pod holder does in fact fit the newly released cappuccino pods from Folgers. The pods are nearly 4 times the size as a typical 62mm pod, and contain quite a few more calories as well. Each Cappuccino pod is 170 calories per cup and 9 grams of fat. So - if you are on a diet - you might want to stick with black coffee, but in its defense, this isn't a whole lot of calories for a 7oz cup of coffee with cream and sugar.
Continue reading: "Review: Home Café Cappuccino Pods"
November 4, 2004
Special pod holder mystery solved!!! The first pods available for the special pod holder will be cappuccino flavored from Folgers. We've just ordered a set and will review as soon as we get them.
"If you love a creamy, frothy, smooth beverage, try new Folgers® Authentic Cappuccino. Our unique coffee pod delivers an authentic coffeehouse-style beverage in about a minute, and it's exclusively available online. Come on, indulgeyou deserve it!"
Order Folgers Cappuccino
Krista writes in:
Just to let anyone know who is still interested in finding someone who will ship these to North America, I have found a Dutch website that will do so. They provide a variety of payment options, including paypal. Just look under the section "Senseo Coffee", and it is the first item listed. The cost of the filter is 20 EURO. In Holland, there are also some new flavours of Senseo coffee pods available that are not available in North America. Those can be found in this section as well. Hope this helps!
Senseo Crema system and various coffee pods. Senseo Sydney, regular, dark roast, mild roast from Typical Dutch Stuff
October 29, 2004
It looks like Home Café will have a New Cappuccino pod coming out in November. I think that this pod will be using the special pod holder included with the Home Café. I'll let you know if I can get an early set of pods to review prior to the new pod launch. Stay Tuned!
The One-Cup Coffeehouse from Home Café
October 18, 2004
Okay. I can't make heads or pods of this press release. Are they K-CUPs or PODS? Please read it and let me know what you think. I'm going to contact Green Mountain and get to the top of this.
"All four Green Mountain coffee varieties packaged in pods are Fair Trade Certified, which guarantees the small-scale farmers who grew this coffee with a fair price for their crop. The Fair Trade Certified pod offerings from Green Mountain Coffee include Breakfast Blend, French Roast, House Blend Decaf, and Colombian coffee. Currently the new pods are only available to Green Mountain Coffee OCS distributors and customers."
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Introduces Four Varieties of Premium One-Cup Coffee Pods