We'll be back next week, but until then you'll just have to read our reviews and older news - and of course do it while enjoying a cup of amazing single serve coffee.
We want to thank to all our dedicated readers for your support and your trust during an exciting 2009 - our sixth year on the web (we'll be 6 years in total this coming May 2010). And a special thanks to all of our advertisers over this past year - without them we wouldn't be able to bring you Single Serve Coffee each day.
Have a great holiday everyone and raise your coffee cups, and remember how fortunate you are to be drinking coffee one cup at a time.
Coffee Giant has recently redesigned their web site, and there is a ton of new features and it's just much easier to navigate and buy single serve coffee now at their site. They also offer a couple of very cool features now including SMS text messaging to let you know when you're order is going to arrive. Another feature is the Concessions page - which simply lists all of their coupons and other special offers.
Congrats to Coffee Giant for a totally fresh site that is current with the times.
SMS Order Status Notification On-the-Go - CoffeeGIANT is the first national single-serve coffee dealer to offer Order Status Notification directly to your cell phone in the form of SMS messages.
CoffeeGIANT Concession - They make it easy to know what promotions are available with the CoffeeGIANT Concession listing. Click the "Coupons" link found within the header of the site, and you will be directed to the Concession page.
If you've got a ton of time on your hands and let's say 3,604 cups of coffee lying around - you might be able to brew up something like the Mona Lisa. The big question on our mind is not WHY - but who drunk all these crazy cups of coffee, and what coffee maker did they use to make all of them.
What we do know is the painting measures 20 feet high and 13 feet wide and took a team of eight people three hours to complete. It was created for The Rocks Aroma Festival in Sydney, Australia, and seen by 130,000 people who attended the one-day coffee-lovers event.
CNN Money and others are reporting that Peet's had indeed offered to buy Diedrich Coffee. Last Monday Peet's announced its offer to buy Diedrich for about $213 million in cash and stock, and plans to use its established grocery distribution system for selling its own bagged coffee, and to use that same channel to push more Diedrich K-Cups and eventually perhaps even Peet's K-Cups.
Peet's also plans to eventually sell its namesake coffee in K-Cup forms, joining the fast-growing segment. Shipments of K-Cups are up 60% through its first three-quarters to $1.18 billion units, according to Green Mountain Coffee, while shipments of the machines needed to brew the cups are up 144% during that time.
By acquiring Diedrich, Peet's will also get the infrastructure needed to get set up those capabilities.
Very exciting news indeed, but let's hope they keep the Diedrich coffees and brand around. We love a the variety of K-Cups available, and hope they expand and enhance the K-Cup world of single cup coffee not just replace Peet's coffees for Diedrich coffees.
Douwe Egberts has introduced a very high end single serve coffee maker concept that makes you jump and interact to get your coffee. For us - that doesn't make a whole lot of sense, especially after a hard night and just wanting to get a single cup of coffee, but hey it's a concept. We've included the video below, but essentially think of it as a large touch screen super auto-matic coffee maker that has a camera in the front like the Sony Eye for Playstation. By moving around and then doing your selection - you'll get your coffee - maybe.
We're very excited to say Green Mountain Coffee has re-launched their web site and folded all four of it's brands under one virtual roof. The new collection of web sites - www.GreenMountainCoffee.com, www.Tullys.com, www.CaribouKcups.com, and www.NewmansOwnOrganicsCoffee.com, -- features four different stores" but only one checkout. Single serve coffee drinkers can browse among Green Mountain Coffee®, Tully's®, Caribou® K-Cups®, and Newman's Own® Organics coffees by using the tabs at the top of their screen. They can add items to their cart from any brand, but only need to check out once.
A single unified checkout with branding for each is genius. We love the navigation, and the K-Cups for each of the brands can all be displayed at once. Great stuff and congrats on the launch.
CoffeeWiz.com has redesigned their web site, and their brand image and logo. The new design features much improved navigation, and the ability to compare brewers across K-Cups, Coffee Pods, and other single serve coffee methods. There's even a product finder and robust search. Congrats to CoffeeWiz.com on their new site.
We've got a use for your old drip coffee maker - use it to poach chicken. That's right - Gizmodo's MacGyver Chef series shows you how to poach chicken breasts and couscous in a coffee maker. We can't say we're game to try it (and we haven't had a drip coffee maker in house for over 4 years now), but it does in fact work.
Gizmodo has been featuring an in-house gadgeteer to basically test out different methods to cook most things. One such feature recently is the "How to Actually Make Coffee" - which we found both insightful and amusing. What's odd is how they leave out making coffee the right way - the single serve coffee way. We do agree on one thing - the basic elements, no matter what voodoo you're invoking to make coffee: beans, roast, grind, dose, water, temperature and brew time are the "WHY" you might have a great cup or awful cup of any coffee regardless of the method.
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