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. When we return we'll have reviews of the new entry level Keurig Office Brewer, Keurig Frother, and a new exciting single serve coffee pod machine.
But right now we want to thank to all our dedicated readers for your support and your trust during an exciting 2008. 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. :-)
We're not sure if this is interesting, painful to watch, or something that dreams are made of. Sure - we love our single serve coffee, but we're not sure we love drinking it in space. Okay - we'll be honest - total jealousy. Not only were we promised flying cars, but you'd think we'd all have a shot at traveling and drinking single serve coffee in space. For now, we'll just have to watch this guy have a go at it.
Where to start? Did you ever think you'd see a Single Serve Coffee Smartphone, and one that makes single serve coffee? We didn't, and in these crazy technological times we thought Apple might beat everyone to the punch. The Pomegranate NS08 makes coffee, calls, and even has a GPS unit on board.
How does the coffee delivery system work? You simply insert a Pomegranate coffee capsule into the phone, and in less than 30 seconds you have a cup of hot piping coffee. Current flavors are: Hazelnut, Columbian, French Vanilla, and Sumatran blend. We're not sure on reservoir or other features, but it looks like you'll only need to travel to Nova Scotia to get one. :-)
We want to wish everyone a safe Thanksgiving. With every Thanksgiving we want to thank our readers, advertisers, and everyone who has made Single Serve Coffee a success. Our traffic and page views this year are going through the roof, and that's because of you and your passion for great coffee.
Okay - so not so single serve coffee, but can you see the size of that thermal carafe? It's merely enormous! It's somewhat huge!
Scott over at Single Serve Espresso spotted this wonder at Target (picture below). The Hamilton Beach Thermal Stay or Go Coffee maker can make 10 cups or coffee, or you can make 1-4 cups of coffee in smaller micro brews. You also get all three thermal carafe/mugs with the brewer.
3 ways to brew
10 cup insulated thermal stainless steel carafe
2 stainless steel thermal travel mugs
Small batch mode optimizes coffee flavor when brewing 1-4 cups or into mugs
The big factor for choosing one machine over the other for most people writing in is price. Both machines are in similar price range - the Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System is $139.99 and the Nescafe Dolce Gusto is $169.99, and we can understand why this could be a big factor. The price per single serve coffee cup is also similar, with both machines at the $.50 for a single cup of coffee and the milk based drinks coming in at about $1.00.
As we stated above price is usually a big factor, but we always go on taste and coffee preference. Both machines make very tasty cups of almost all of the hot beverages you would want in a multi-hot beverage system.
coffee, tea, espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, and hot chocolate.
The Nescafe Dolce Gusto can also make a large variety of drinks including the following:
lungo coffee (larger cup of espresso based coffee), espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, and hot chocolate (iced drinks as well)
The big number to think about is also the total number of drinks available. The Nescafe Dolce Gusto has 8 different types of smart capsules you can purchase for it all under the Nescafe coffee brand. The Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System has 40+ coffees, teas, and other drinks it can make including coffee from well known brands such as Starbuck's Coffee and Seattle's Best. So if you just picked on the number of drinks the Tassimo is clearly going to give you more choice, but we also always pick on flavor as well.
We don't often cover drinks that Starbucks creates, but this one is different. After discovering this drink over at Kettle&Cup, we set out to have a sip or two of their new Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate ourselves. The results are breathtaking - and between each sip is both a feeling of guilt (not wanting to share a sip with anyone) and true foodie delight. We found a recipe over at Kettle&Cup to make one at home too.
This delicious sweet and salty combination brings together our rich, indulgent Signature Hot Chocolate and the flavors of buttery caramel and smoked sea salt. It is topped with whipped cream, a swirl of caramel and a sprinkle of our sea salt topping - a combination of artisan sea salt and Turbinado sugar from Hawaii.
Do you have any ideas on how to make the Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate at home to save money? We think the Tassimo might do this with ease or even the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto provided you can score the smokey salt and whipped cream, along with the drizzle of caramel. Let us know if you have a home recipe and we'll post it up.
Today you can do two things - have a cup of coffee and get out and vote. This is one of the most important US elections in history, and make sure your voice is heard by voting. Over the past month, we've seen the McCain versus Obama K Cups at CoffeeWhiz.com - 38% to 62%, and Amazon has Obama up by 8 points at 54% to 46%. Whatever the numbers really are - vote with your heart and mind on the candidate, issues, and other items in your district and state - but VOTE.
Though we've always been a bigger fan of Bed, Bath, and Beyond, it's kind of a bummer not to have more choices when purchasing your single serve coffee maker or refills of K Cups and T Discs for your Keurig or Tassimo. Linens-N-Things also featured Senseo and other coffee pod brewers over the years, and we've also enjoyed their live demos of coffee makers, and other kitchen appliances including the George Foreman line of grills.
Right now you can get a Tassimo Suprema by Bosch online for $152.99 instead of $169.99, and they have a few Keurig models to choose from as well. All sales are final, so know you'll be left to the manufacturer warranty and no returns to Linens-N-Things if you purchase from them.
Update: The Tassimo mentioned above is actually the old Braun Tassimo, although they also appear to have the new Tassimo Suprema by Bosch for $125.99 (RRP $139.99).
Linen-N-Things also featured an entire line of espresso offerings online. We never saw Nespresso in the store, but they have them online. Right now you can save up to 30% off of most items online as well as in the store.
We'll miss you Linens-N-Things. Hopefully we won't see more brick and mortar stores like them close offline and online.
We ran a story last year regarding this lawsuit, and it looks like things have cleared up in the form of a one time payment from Kraft to Green Mountain/Keurig to the tune of $17 million. This will give Kraft a perpetual license to use the single-serve technology at the center of the legal dispute (which is basically the puncture mechanism). Both sides consider the settlement to be "an efficient and pragmatic way to resolve their patent dispute" and "in the best interests of their respective businesses and shareholders."
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