July 23, 2007

Too Much Coffee Man, the Opera

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It's Monday and the week of Comic-Con is upon us. If you don't know what Comic-Con is - it's the largest single gathering of comic book authors, artists, and collectors on the planet and the entire staff at Single Serve Coffee would really like to be there (maybe next year). Why feature Comic-Con at Single Serve Coffee? How about a coffee opera. This years opera is entitled, "Too Much Coffee Man" is based on a comic book (which you should read) and features characters like Espresso Guy and others. We've really never seen an opera, but if we had to start our opera going life - we'd love to start it with coffee - and too much coffee at that.

Comic-Con brings Shannon Wheeler's Too Much Coffee Man Opera to San Diego for three FREE performances for convention members plus two community performances. The Opera will be performed LIVE at the Horton Grand Theater (also known as the "Triple Espresso" Theater), 444 Fourth Avenue in downtown San Diego, a few short blocks from the Convention Center (click here for a map).

The opera, created by Shannon Wheeler and based on his famous comics character, chronicles the tragedy when Too Much Coffee Man, a simple, average cup o'joe, falls for his caffeine-supplying barista. Vying for her attention is Espresso Guy. Can all this coffee peacefully co-exist in the already-twitchy world of relationships?


At Comic-Con 2007 - Too Much Coffee Man, the Opera

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July 18, 2007

Solar-roasted Single Serve Coffee

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Single serve coffee drinkers who want to start their day on an ecologically friendly note may want to fill their mugs with Solar Roast Coffee--a fresh new brew for java lovers that is roasted using clean abundant solar energy.

Solar Roast Coffee uses only 100% organic or fair trade coffee beans. Their special solar-powered roasting technique ensures the least impact on the environment. Not just a regular roaster powered by solar panels, Solar Roast's Helios 2.0 catches rays of sunshine directly on a drum roaster filled with beans. The roaster is capable of reaching temperatures upwards of 550 degrees Fahrenheit, and swivels and tilts allowing it to track the sun throughout the day.

The first Solar Roast Cafe opened in Pueblo early this year, and the company already has plans to open more locations in the western U.S, and also operates an online store. Coffees begin around USD 12 per pound.

At Solar-roasted Coffee

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June 13, 2007

Sara Lee Sees Growth in Coffee Pods Sales for Senseo

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Looks like coffee pod sales for Senseo are up 30% over this same time last year. That's good news for all of us single serve coffee pod drinkers. We've noticed a much larger coffee pod presence at our local supermarkets, Target's, and other retailers as well. Here's to an amazing 2007 for single serve coffee!

One is an increased focus on the Senseo coffee pod system, designed for single-serve coffee drinkers, which saw sales increase 30% for the first nine months of fiscal 2007. Sara Lee also has introduced a line of cold ready-to-drink coffees for young customers and wants to capitalize on the shift from in-home coffee drinking to out-of-home coffee purchases.

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June 12, 2007

Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee K Cups in Shaw's Supermarkets

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On a recent trip to our local Shaw's Supermarket, we found this mid-aisle kiosk for Green Mountain Coffee and the Keurig B40 single serve brewer. We like the selection, and we really like the idea of being able to get our K Cups at our local Shaw's Supermarket. We're not sure what other grocery stores they are doing this in, but perhaps in the comments you can give us some insight.

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June 5, 2007

What makes coffee bitter?

29Qna.1901We ask that question ourselves all the time - what does make coffee bitter? Over at bookofjoe they've found a pretty amazing article on just why it happens - and the interesting answer is how complex the answer to the question is.

Here's a snippet from the entire article at the New York Times:

A Bitter Cup

Q. What makes coffee bitter?

A. Coffee is a complex chemical soup, and many of its chemicals, including some that produce astringency rather than bitterness, and even some acids, have been implicated in the perception of bitterness.

Bitterness also depends on variables including the coffee variety; how it is processed and roasted; the brewing method, temperature and time; and even the chemical content of the water.

Some degree of bitterness is desirable in coffee, according to the Coffee Research Institute, because it reduces the perception of acidity, for a more balanced flavor.

Some of the possible chemical culprits include quinic, chlorogenic, caffeic, citric, malic, lactic, pyruvic and acetic acids; 5-hydroxymethylfurfural; methyl furan; furfuryl mercaptan; trigonelline; pyrazine; thiazole; quinoline; phenylpyridine; and caffeine itself.

Studies reported by the institute suggest that perceived bitterness can be reduced by using hard or soft water, as opposed to distilled water; brewing at high temperatures, perhaps because more aromatic chemicals are released, canceling out the bitter ones; and using varieties other than robusta coffee, which has more caffeine and chlorogenic acid.

The institute also suggests using medium-roast coffee, which has a lower level of soluble solids; brewing using a drip system, which also cuts down the release of soluble solids; and perhaps using a coarser grind.

Via bookofjoe

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May 17, 2007

Single Serve Coffee in Space

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“Bean” me up! Add one more to the list of exotic javas: Space Coffee. On June 2, a quarter-pound of coffee beans will be carried to the edge of space.
The spacecraft will be a high altitude balloon, and the beans will ascend to an altitude of 20 miles. This is high enough for the sky to turn black and the horizon to be a blue curve. The coffee beans will be exposed to extremes of cold, vacuum, and cosmic rays, and at the end of the mission, the vehicle carrying the coffee will descend to Earth by parachute.

We're not sure where the coffee will land, but maybe we could get some of those amazing space beans to create the perfect cup of single serve coffee...maybe...

More space fun at JP Aerospace

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May 10, 2007

Three Years and Even Stronger - Happy Birthday Single Serve Coffee!

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Can you believe it's been 3 years since we launched Single Serve Coffee? We can't. We would have never imagined writing over 1000+ articles on Single Serve Coffee back in May of 2004, and we wouldn't have believed how we could possible grow the site to the size it is. We've increased in page views, site visitors, and have grown the Single Serve Coffee forums to included over 2000+ members and 27,000+ articles.

We want want to thank our readers who without you this wouldn't have happened. You come visit us each day and comment on our articles, help new people find their way, and also send us in great tips and tricks. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

We'd also like to thank our advertisers. Without advertising on the site we just couldn't do this everyday. As we've grown, so has the cost of operating such a big site with lots of pages and lots of visitors. Thanks to advertising, we can pay to continue to operate and expand the site. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

So lift your coffee mug and shout, "Viva la Single Serve Coffee!" Here's to a long Single Serve Coffee life and another great year!

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May 9, 2007

Single Serve Coffee Machine Reads Your Mind

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This press release is more of an idea than an actual product, but the idea of owning a coffee machine that can read our single serve coffee mind is exactly what the next Keurig, Nespresso, or Flavia Fusion needs. Developed by JL Hufford, the "super automatic coffee machine" will be able to learn your coffee-drinking patterns so any time you crave a cup of joe, it'll have your favorite drink waiting for you.

Via Gizmodo at Mind Reading Coffee Machine

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April 24, 2007

10 Must Reads On Single Serve Coffee

10Mustreads SingleservecoffEach day Single Serve Coffee grows a little bit, and we wanted to share the best of the best we have with our new and old readers. Over the past 3 years we've written over 1000+ articles and created 30+ topic areas on Single Serve Coffee. Picking 10 articles or even areas of the site is a bit tough. When we look at the body of work we've done, the reviews are always front and center, but then we have the major categories, and different articles we've done on major topics. We even have our obsession with coffee tables, coffee gadgets, and coffee deals to pick from. So, don't expect this list to be exhaustive, but it should be a good place to start or to catch up on single serve coffee.

Here's our picks of the 10 Must Reads at Single Serve Coffee.

  1. Cost Per Single Serve Coffee Cup: Coffee Pods, Keurig K Cups, Tassimo T Discs, and Nespresso Coffee Capsules
  2. Tips & Tricks: Wet Your Coffee Pod & Heat Your Brewer
  3. Review: Senseo from Single Serve Coffee
  4. Single Serve Coffee Holiday Shopping Guides
  5. Coffee Pod Reviews
  6. K Cup Reviews
  7. Single Serve Coffee Reviews - All of Them
  8. Single Serve Coffee Monthly Round Ups
  9. Nespresso
  10. Tassimo

Please sound off in the comments if you think there are other articles or areas we've posted that should be included here in your mind.

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April 18, 2007

Coffee Buzz on NPR

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The Coffee Buzz show featured on NPR recently has some interesting tidbits on current coffee trends. We really enjoyed getting the low down on coffees that aren't uber dark and chunky. Many of the coffees tasted on the show were on the lighter side and sounded like they tasted amazing and different. We're going to be tracking down some of the blends to try in our Gaggia Baby D, Perfect Pod Maker, and Keurig reuseable filter. There's also a full list of coffees tasted on the NPR web site.

Once upon a time, Americans chugged 30 cent cups of coffee or whipped up the Folger's at home and kept on moving. Then came the "coffee culture," and biggest of all Starbucks. Now, Starbucks is moving toward 40,000 outlets and drive-thru ubiquity.

And the buzz on coffee is moving, again. Aficionados are talking like wine lovers. Treating beans like grapes and plantations like vineyards. Talking about a coffee's "notes of maple syrup" or "hint of peaches and pecan." We're curious.

At On Point : Coffee Buzz - Coffee Buzz

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