November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving 2008 From Single Serve Coffee

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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.

We'll return after the holiday week with lots of reviews, news, and deals for your holiday shopping. In the mean time we think you should visit the Single Serve Coffee Forums, sign up for our newsletter, and even take a look at our holiday shopping guide. These three items will get you familiar with the world of Single Serve Coffee.

Again - have a safe and thankful holiday. We'll see you in December.

-- Jay Brewer

-- Editor, Single Serve Coffee

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November 24, 2008

Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Thermal Coffeemaker - Micro Batch Brewing


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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
  • Programmable clock/timer
  • Automatic shutoff
  • Small batch mode optimizes coffee flavor when brewing 1-4 cups or into mugs
  • Drip tray
  • Brews iced coffee

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My god - it's full of stars.

At Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Thermal Coffeemaker

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November 18, 2008

Nescafe Dolce Gusto and Bosch Tassimo Comparison - Which One is Right for You?


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The Nescafe Dolce Gusto (read our full review) or
the Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System (read our full review)?
Which one is right for you?

We are currently getting a large number of write ins asking which machine we prefer - the Nescafe Dolce Gusto (read our full review) or the Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System (read our full review). We really like both machines, but do understand why some single serve coffee shoppers might be considering one over the other.

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.

The Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System can make a large range of drinks including the following:

  • 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.

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November 10, 2008

Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

saltedCaramel.jpgWe 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.

At Starbucks

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November 4, 2008

Get Out and Vote - Declare Your Single Serve Coffee Choice

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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.

More at Declare Your Choice Now

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October 28, 2008

Linens-N-Things Closing Stores Nationwide - Good Deals on Single Serve Coffee

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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.

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October 24, 2008

Kraft Settles Patent Suit Brought by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Keurig

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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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October 21, 2008

Babyccinos - a Single Serve Coffee Drink for Babies

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There's a new drink for babies in town - the Babyccino. We first heard about this new coffee beverage for tots about 30+ years ago, when our grandparents in Maine used to make them for us - sans foamy milk - but with 2% milk, a wee bit of coffee, and of course lots of sugar. The current Babyccino is all the rage in a bakery/cafe/lounge called Buzz in Arlington, Virginia. Now the Babyccino doesn't come cheap - it will set you back $4, and their version is milk with a drizzle of chocolate? What no coffee?

We suggest if you want to make one at home get a simple milk frother, or you could use your Aeroccino, Tassimo, or the Dolce Gusto to froth up some milk. Then take a little shot of espresso - perhaps the Handpresso, Tassimo, or Dolce Gusto - but every so little. Then a nice drizzle of sugar should do - yes drizzle - perhaps using sugar shots. We currently are using the milk frother, about 1/8 of a shot of decaf espresso, and then some sugar shot. Whatever you decide - make one for you baby, toddler, or little one, and take some time out of your day for some coffee talk.

Via Serious Eats

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October 20, 2008

Hacking the Tassimo Single Serve Coffee Maker

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It's Monday, and you have a long week ahead looking towards the upcoming weekend. We suggest taking the small bits of time throughout the week to study - hacking the Tassimo single serve coffee maker, and then next weekend hack away. Reverse engineering a problem is always fun, and it looks like someone over at MAKE has posted just how to do this with the Braun Tassimo T1200/T1400 hot beverage system. We're not sure if this hack will work with the new Tassimo - but we expect it will. The hack hasn't been that successful yet, so perhaps you can break the "Tassimo Code".

The barcodes are used to "program" the machine to make a particular beverage using a specific amount of water at a particular temperature and for a certain duration of time. My efforts have been directed at discovering a "map" between the barcodes and how the machine controls its brewing processes. I haven't been entirely successful yet - I've managed to decode the barcodes, and have run some experiments to try and surface some patterns - no dice! Nonetheless, I'd like to put the idea out to Makers to get their feedback and ideas.

Whatever you decide to spend your time on - is your business. But what better business than hacking coffee could there be? None.

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At MAKE at Hacking the Tassimo

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October 14, 2008

Desktop Coffee Maker Launches - Uses Ground Coffee

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p2101ex2.jpgWe don't think this desktop coffee maker we found over at Firebox really fits the single serve coffee profile, but it does make one or two cups of coffee using - yes - ground coffee. Firebox calls this a "fabulously compact, fuss-free Desktop Coffee Maker", but we know better. Grounds lead to a mess you can't clean up easily in an office environment, and that's why we think the Keurig Mini B30 wins hands down in the single serve coffee office arena. And the Keurig Mini B30 also can use ground coffee, but we prefer our mess free K Cups.

Still, we like the design of this little number, and it does make two cups of coffee and include 2 black mugs. We think they didn't have us at "mugs" or "two cups", but the idea is a solid one. We only wish it used the power from our USB port or something more interesting, because right now it's only available in the UK.

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Via Pocket Lint at Shop - Firebox

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