October 14, 2008
We 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.
Via Pocket Lint at Shop - Firebox
September 24, 2008
The mystical Clover single serve coffee machine.
We're very excited to announce Clover has landed at Starbucks. Our local Starbucks on Mass. Ave in Cambridge near Harvard Square has a Clover and tasting menu now, and we've recently had an amazing cup of single serve coffee from their Clover. If you're not familiar with the Clover (read our earlier review here) it's really the ultimate cafe single serve coffee machine, allowing for small batches and a tasting menu of coffees because each cup of coffee matched with a unique coffee can be made one cup at a time.
We sampled the Burundi. A cup of coffee from the Clover is about
2x the price of a regular cup of Starbucks coffee.
Clover is basically a reverse-french press that allows for the input of the coffee you've chosen, volume of water, and the temperature and time of brew for the cup of single serve coffee. We've never had a bad cup of coffee from a Clover, and think if you're local Starbucks has one you'll need to treat yourself to a cup or two.
If you want to know more about how Clover works, you can also read our coverage earlier.
September 16, 2008
In what is sure to amount to more K Cups for all of us, Green Mountain Coffee has announced plans to acquire Tully's Coffee. We didn't see this one coming, but if it means more K Cups and growth of the Tully's brand alongside the Green Mountain Coffee brand, we'll take it.
Tully's Coffee Corporation will remain an independent company, owned by its existing shareholders and managed by its existing management team, with a focus on its retail and international division assets. Tully's retail business will operate under license and supply agreements with GMCR. This arrangement is intended to create consistent representation of the Tully's brand while providing high quality gourmet coffee to all customers drinking Tully's branded coffee.
The complete release is after the jump...
Continue reading: "Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Acquires Tully's Coffee"
September 15, 2008
Do you have a Kindle? If so you can now subscribe to Single Serve Coffee on it. Yep - you can download all of our stories each month, and sip your cup of single serve coffee lying on your couch. Sure you can read it on the web, but isn't single serve coffee a bit hotter on a wireless reading device? We think so. Just file this under shameless self-promotion, and welcome to the 21st century.
At Single Serve Coffee - The Kindle Edition
September 11, 2008
If you're the owner of a Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer, or other Keurig K Cup brewer, you may want to take the time to visit the Green Mountain Cafe Blog and tell them what K-Cup they should make next. That's right, all you have to do is visit the site and post in the comments what you think you'd want in a new K Cup.
We like several of the ideas including some of our own:
- Chocolate Mint
- Butterscotch Sumatra
- Jamaica Blue
From the site:
We are constantly searching for new ways to help our customers brew excellence, one cup at a time ... and now we need your help. What kind of delicious beverage would you like to see offered in a K-Cup? We get some of our best ideas from customers like you - people who are passionate about great taste. Let us know what you think by clicking on the "Comment" link below. No idea is too outrageous! If we like your suggestion, you may soon see it in our next offering of new K-Cups. Become a virtual member of our Research and Development team today!
At What Should The Next K-Cup Be?
August 28, 2008
We often mix politics with coffee, and things can get a bit heated. CoffeeWhiz.com has a very cool promotion going to show support for your candidate. You can simply buy Obama K Cups or McCain K Cups. We know who we want to win, but we're not going to strong arm you choice. Both the Barack Obama blend and the McCain blend are Coffee People Donut Shop K Cups, so you can't let the blend decide your vote either.
The Obama or McCain K Cups will work in your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer, and other Keurig K Cup brewers.
At CoffeeWiz.com - Buy K Cups Today and Show Your Support!
August 13, 2008
Starbucks. You hear the name, and think about the countless coffee shops on every corner. Lately when people say Starbucks, the number one thing we hear is, "Did you know they're closing over 600 stores nation wide?" Well, it was bound to happen, and their explosive growth since 2003-4 has been pretty astounding, but it had to eventually cool off. We would have preferred to see less closings, and a refocusing of their business to save jobs.
Oh well, that didn't happen, but right now Starbucks is in a turn-around stage - with new products like the Clover (which we reviewed this year), and of course new offerings for the upcoming Bosch Tassimo. The article below also has a bunch of brand, store, and ways Starbucks can save money. These ideas might also be great for your personal lives, or business lives - it's a great read.
Read: What I Learned Today - 14 Ways Starbucks Has Tried to Revitalize its Brand
August 6, 2008
Bustelo Cool is the latest single serve coffee drink in a can to take our office by storm. If you're not familiar with the Bustelo name - it's a very dark roasted coffee and coffee brand that's been around a long time. And what is Bustelo Cool? Bustelo Cool is your favorite Cuban coffee drink with a cooler kick, and packaged in a hassle-free can.
The drink also is not just single serve coffee in a can. The Bustelo Cool is a cafe con leche in a can, that is both sweet and interesting. A cafe con leche is espresso mixed with cream, and you can really taste the sweeter notes in the mix. We found the serving size to also be perfect at just 130 calories - so more of a treat to you sans sugar and cream single serve coffee drinkers out there.
We think you should check this very COOL single serve coffee in a can. If you want to order a six pack or two, you can use the discount code "bcool" at Java Cabana by using the link below.
At Bustelo Cool and JavaCabana
July 16, 2008
A new study has good news for single serve coffee drinkers: Regular coffee drinking (up to 6 cups per day) is not associated with increased deaths in either men or women.
"Coffee consumption was not associated with a higher risk of mortality in middle-aged men and women. The possibility of a modest benefit of coffee consumption on heart disease, cancer, and other causes of death needs to be further investigated."
Now where's that cup of Dark Magic extra-bold and my Nespresso shot chaser? Let the coffee drinking begin!
July 8, 2008
We've been following the various efforts of our Single Serve Coffee members home coffee roasting attempts, and this one is really interesting. It involves a bread machine, heating gun, fan, metal colander, oven mitt, and of course green Kenya AA coffee beans.
I started by carefully measuring out 1/2 lb of the beans. i thought being my first try i should only go for 1/2lb in case i really mess up. After trying a 'dry run' in the bread machine i determined it actually stirs the beans better with a larger amount, so i put the whole lb of beans in a bowl at the ready.
We'll let you read the rest by clicking the link below, but to sum it up - the results are good, and the satisfaction of roasting some coffee of your own (or his own in this case) is well worth the effort.
At SingleServeCoffee.com Forums