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.
We've had a number of readers write in regarding the lengthy article on Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig that was recently run in the Boston Globe. The article highlights the rise to single serve coffee prominence of the companies, along with the environmental issues regarding K-Cups not being 100% recyclable (though you can recycle the lid and the coffee plus filter within each K-Cup which the author seems to miss).
There's some really interesting facts including shipping brewers this past year with numbers of 2.3 million, and 1.6 billion K-Cups have been sold in the past year too - wowser. What we like is the history and we think you'll enjoy this read.
Thought we'd kick off the New Year with something we'd thought we'd see in the year 2010 as youths - how about a single serve coffee maker with a computer all in one case? Yes! Klaus Diebel put together this incredibly useful device that will make your coffee, play some thumping tunes, and do your computing tasks as well. Now the single serve coffee maker in question that fits inside is the WMF - we've featured it before but have never used one. We'd like to think a mac-mini and coffee pod brewer housed in an imac is a great idea - but the you'd better not spill your coffee inside the computer or they'll be single serve coffee trouble.
We thought we'd share an article our good friend Jess sent in by someone who thought drinking 10 macchiatos in one day was a good idea. Come on people! Drinking too much of anything especially in one day is not good, but the article is very telling and very funny and worth the read on this day before the new year.
It had never seemed like a good idea. It had, in fact, always seemed like a terrifically bad idea. But with climb-the-mountain-because-it's-there logic, we kept talking about the idea until it became inevitable and the inevitable formed into a plan: 10 cafés, 10 macchiatos, one morning, by bike.
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.
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