I'm still on my trip in Ireland and this morning in Dublin proper. I'm pretty happy with the coffee choice at the Dublin office - a Gemini Nespresso business class single serve espresso maker.
I went with the darker of the roasts, and I am really impressed with the quality of the coffee. Dark and rich results from the small Nespresso disk, and the texture was silky and smooth. The office is also near Trinity College in Dublin making a little stroll out into Dublin and the College possible this morning.
I'm currently traveling and one of my favorite stops so far has been Established Coffee in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The coffee is nothing short of superb, and the atmosphere near Ulster University electric. I suggest a visit to this area and grab a cappuccino with an extra shot.
Designer Lars Amhoff of The Substain has created this amazing coffee table from a massive piece of acorn wood. Topped off by a hand-screen-printed piece of art, done by illustrator and rock musician McBess, the coffee table is held up by four heavy duty legs, hand bent and welded from rough steel. The entire table is finished with a clear coating to prevent rust.
The entire Single Serve Coffee crew just got back from a 2 week tour of the west coast, and one of our stops was at the Hotel Durant in Berkeley, CA. If you happen to stay at the Hotel Durant you'll be a happy single serve coffee drinker, as they feature the Keurig Mini with free k-cups from Coffee People. As you can see in the picture the entire Single Serve Coffee staff was quite elated, and drank happily using the Keurig Mini one cup of coffee at a time - or wait is that two?
Ray Charles art done in Nespresso Capsules by Ricardo Bellino.
Last night we had the pleasure of attending the opening of the Nespresso Boutique in Boston. Both Scott from Single Serve Espresso and the staff of Single Serve Coffee were on hand, and the event was amazing. Not only was there coffee to be had, but Charice was on hand to sing 3 songs and entertain the coffee masses.
There was also a series of artist "paintings" done created with Nespresso Capsules. Pictures of Princess Diana, Ghandi, Barack Obama, and others were done in this style. Click on through for more pictures and info, along with a video of Charice performing. We also got word of a new line of Nespresso machines making their debut soon called Nespresso CitiZ.
The Nespresso CitiZ line of single serve coffee makers.
Jim Evans over at CoffeeWhiz.com found this factory tour of Green Mountain Coffee over at YouTube. We have visited and seen these coffee machines in actions ourselves, and can say it's quite a single serve coffee show. Mid way through the video there's a really cool little showing coffee being put into K-Cups.
If you didn't know, Van Houtte not only makes K Cup coffees for the Keurig single serve coffee maker, but they also have many cafe locations you can visit. Since we're US based, we've never had the pleasure of visiting one of Van Houtte's coffee cafes in Canada, and this past week that all changed. We were in Montreal on a trip of eating, coffee drinking, and just walking around the beautiful city of Montreal, and found Van Houtte cafes throughout the city. The cafes are both spacious, well designed, and they feature some really good coffee and pastries.
We settled back for a Cafe Romano, and our single serve coffee accomplice had a very rich and interesting "Chaud" Chai Tea Latte. Great stuff. If you're in Montreal, or around other cities in Canada that have a Van Houtte Coffee Cafe, we think you'll enjoy a visit or two.
Do you know of a cool Van Houtte location? What's your favorite Van Houtte coffee cafe? Are there any US based Van Houtte coffee cafes? Let us know.
We recently visited Keurig World Headquarters here in Massachusetts, and thought we'd share a number of the very cool pictures we took. Keurig's lobby is filled with K Cups, Keurig Brewers, and the smell of great coffee. We did a bunch of single serve coffee K Cup sampling, and really enjoyed the coffee shop atmosphere combined with touches of a fine boutique mixed in.
We're off to see the Keurig wizard, the wonderful wizard of Single Serve Coffee! That's right, the entire Single Serve Coffee staff is traveling to Keurig headquarters today to get a sneak preview of the Keurig Mini B30. We'll have full details and pictures of our travels tomorrow, and shots of the new Keurig World Headquarters as well.
We recently took a trip to Philadelphia to visit the folks that make Flavia. We've enjoyed the Flavia line of single serve coffee products since it's launch in the US way back in 1996, and had our first Flavia single serve coffee in 1999 at an office we worked at.
Since then, Flavia has launched a line of single serve coffee makers for the home and office with the Flavia Fusion Drinks Station, Flavia Fusion Deluxe Drinks Station, and the Creation 400 for the office. On our trip we really wanted to get behind the scene and talk with Flavia about what they're doing, and how they see growing single serve coffee as a consumer offering, and see how they make the Flavia filter packs for the Flavia Drinks Station.
We recently traveled to the fabled land of Philadelphia to visit the people who make the Flavia Fusion Drinks Station and other Flavia products. We were treated to an entire four hour tour, but we actually have returned. What's happening at Flavia? What's new? There's too much to tell today, but we did see the new FLAVIA® Creation 400™ drinks station, and we got a tour of the plant. Yep - we got to see how they keep the coffee fresh before it's packed into the Flavia filterpack.
We've even got a shot or two of the amazing user interface/experience of the FLAVIA® Creation 400™ drinks station.
Not only did we get a demo of the new Keurig Platinum B70 Single-Cup brewer, but we got to sample a ton of different varieties of K-Cup coffees from Tully's, Diedrich, and others. We also got to try out the new B200 commercial brewer (pictured above) that gives you instructions on how to brew a cup of K-Cup coffee.
Do you have a Senseo single serve coffee maker and long for the taste of a great cappuccino each morning along with the amazing single serve coffee the Senseo makes? Then you may have to look a little further than the Senseo Cappuccino Coffee Pods. We aren't saying the Senseo Cappuccino Coffee Pods makes a bad cup of faux cappuccino, but it's not amazing either.
Before we get into the nitty gritty of the review - how do they make the cappuccino coffee pods for Senseo? The pod is composed of layer of coffee and powdered milk surrounded by a paper filter. The two layers mix when brewing on the double cup setting to produce a very froth heavy cup of cappuccino. You'll need to use your double coffee pod holder to brew up a Senseo cappuccino as well.
We visited Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in Waterbury, VT in early August. The drive up from Boston is nothing short of breathtaking as Green Mountain Coffee Roasters does is in fact exist in the "Green Mountains".
As we got closer to Waterbury, we pulled off the highway to stretch our legs, and in the rest area was a coffee center sponsored by Green Mountain Coffee. We knew we were close. After another 30 minutes or so, we pulled off the highway and into Waterbury, VT itself. Waterbury is a smallish town with lots of charm. There is a main street with several restaurants, small shops, and there's even a Green Mountain Coffee Roasters store (which we visited later in the day).
We proceeded up to the Green Mountain headquarters to meet Ken Crites, Joe Anderson, and Gaelan Brown. Our day was to be quite the visit. We started in their K-Cup production facility, got a full tour of their coffee roasting area, moved on to coffee pod making, and then finished the morning with a cupping and tour of their "coffee lab".
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