We love it when a geek finally discovers something to truly geek out on - coffee. The GeekDad at Wired is a total coffee addict, and has discovered the wonders of the Aeropress (read our full geek on review here). He likes the clinical approach to being able to use pressue, temperature, and the press process to get a perfect cup of single serve coffee. It's truly a great read and we do love the Aeropress.
I've lived with the AeroPress for a couple of months now, and have enjoyed many cups of coffee from it. The in-built measuring tools mean that you can turn out cup after cup of consistent strength coffee. And it is much easy to clean than other devices I've used -- simply bang out the grounds and rinse.
We anxiously wait each year for the day after tax day to see how our return looks, and if we get that magical refund allowing us to purchase new single serve coffee stuff. Did you get a refund? Are you going to finally buy that shiny new Keurig model or Opod coffee pod brewer you've had your eyes on? Is the day after tax day just going to be an excuse for you to purchase more K-Cups than you could possibly drink in 3 months? Are T-Discs on your mind? Sound off and let us know what you're doing after Tax Day regardless of a refund. Maybe we should be a matching iPad to read the news while we drink our single serve coffee? Hmmm...
Looks like the great white north is indeed following the single serve coffee trend, and starting to buy more and more single serve coffee. According to the market research company The NPD Group, single-serve coffee makers have increased in popularity with sales showing a 103-per-cent jump in 2009. Further to this, more than one-third of Canadians are buying less coffee or specialty beverages away from home.
Indeed we'd like to note we have a ton of daily Canadian readers here at Single Serve Coffee, and if you've noticed we try and always offer where our Canadian friends can purchase their single serve coffee.
So drink up Canadian neighbors, and enjoy the world of hot beverages and single serve coffee! T-Disc or K-Cup? We think they'll try both.
It looks like if you live and work in Chicago you'll have the chance to win a B155 Keurig Brewer, and tickets to a pre-show at Second City. Keurig, a leader in single serve coffee brewing for the home and the office and The Second City is giving your workplace the chance to be named Chicago's Funniest Office!
They're looking to see how Chicago businesses kick off the morning with humor and coffee. If you think your office has what it takes, grab a video camera and catch the humor in action! Simply follow the submission steps to enter the contest from 9:00 a.m. March 17, 2010 through 11:59 p.m. April 23, 2010.
Each finalist will receive a free Keurig Commercial Series B155 Brewing System and a 12 count box of K-Cup® variety portion pack, allowing everyone in the office to choose, brew and enjoy a personalized cup of gourmet coffee in less than a minute! In addition, Chicago's Funniest Office grand prize winner will also receive four boxes of K-Cup® variety packs, 15 tickets to The Second City, a pre-show behind the scenes tour and their winning video displayed on The Second City Shorts YouTube page.
There's always a Yin and a Yang in politics, so when you have a Tea Party you need a Coffee Party. We're not going all political here at Single Serve Coffee, but when a group of people call themselves the Coffee Party we take notice. The Coffee Party formed around drinking well - coffee in coffee houses and is made up of frustrated liberal activists, disheartened conservatives and political newborns. They're young and old, rich and poor, black, white and all shades of coffee. Well - that just makes them coffee drinkers right?
With any new party it's hard to say what they're about, but we do know drinking coffee and talking politics can either be fun or infuriating. One thing of note - in the time of Charles II coffeehouses and drinking coffee was outlawed because it made for such fierce political maneuverings to the king - so it's nice to see this movement at least not being banned but celebrated.
We've got something a little different for you this morning. How about behind the scenes footage of the upcoming episode of "Live It Up" with Donna Drake featuring Jim Evans from CoffeeWiz.com? Yup - we thought you'd enjoy this. Filmed at Digital Waterworks in Long Island, NY the segment will feature a comparison of that boring old regular drip coffee to what we all know is the future of coffee - Single Serve Coffee.
The Carpuccino, a 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco which has been modified to run on ground coffee, will drive 210 miles between Manchester and London in the coming weeks. The trip will require over 150 pounds of coffee, with the car getting a mileage of roughly 1.4 miles per pound (now that's a lot of coffee). The vehicle can hit speeds of 60mph, though the trip could take as long as ten hours, as the car has to stop every 60 miles to clean out its coffee filters- no joke.
The Carpuccino was built by the BBC1 show Bang Goes The Theory as a reminder to show how unconventional fuels can power vehicles. Now the sad part - the Carpuccino's trip will cost up to 50 times as much as it would if it were running on gas. Maybe they should have run it on espresso alone instead of just the grounds? Thanks to Michael for sending this in.
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We'd like to call out a Single Serve Coffee Forum Member Eric for a rather long and intense set of K-Cup reviews. Eric has long been a coffee pod and K-Cup single serve coffee user, but recently started a set of K-Cup reviews. We love the rating system and the to the point reviews. Great stuff!
I enjoy K-Cups, so I decided to post a review of my samples. I am using a 1 to 4 star rating system along with a quick summary by brand, below this I added a numeric rating system of scoring along with some comments on my results. My K cup machine is the Keurig B40 "Elite Brewing System". I use the smallest drop possible with my unit, which is 7.25oz. The link below shows the template that is the basis for my ratings:
Caffeindicator is printed on the little paper packets that sugar and artificial sweetener come in. When your coffee arrives, you put a drop of it from your spoon onto the packet. If the paper turns pink, then you know that caffeine is present. We think this is going to be a crap shoot, as different decaf methods produce different amounts of caffeine in the decaf coffee. Whatever the method you need - it's definitely better to know if you're going to get all jittery in an hour instead of thinking you're having a cup of decaf over regular.
What we'd really like to see is a test that can tell if it's ethically grown and if it's going to be a decent cup of coffee.
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