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.
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.
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