We're still in awe at the need to make toast, coffee, and eggs at the same time and have it fit in such a tiny space. It takes only 10 minutes to get all three cooked and brewed, and we're pretty sure this would make some bacon as well. The problem is the coffee pot, we'd prefer perhaps a nice Nespresso or Mico-Keurig brewer instead.
Via Gizmodo at Tokoyo Mango
December 7, 2006
The big thing in New York this week? The new Nespresso Boutique Bar. The big bummer? We got invited but couldn't attend. Oh well, we will be visiting New York soon enough and will have to stop by. The Nespresso Boutique Bar is located in New York City at 761 Madison Avenue, between 65th and 66th Streets, the Nespresso Boutique Bar will serve a discerning clientele in one of the city’s most prestigious residential and shopping areas, which is home to the world’s most fashionable brands.
Lot's of pictures after the jump...
Continue reading: "Nespresso Boutique Coffee Bar Opens in New York"
December 1, 2006
November 30, 2006
Want to purchase an organic coffee from a company that pays its growers more than Fair Trade does? Meet Simple Coffee. Steve, Josh, and Mike from Simple Coffee have pledged to provide consumers with the freshest, more organic, and socially conscious coffee on the planet.
We've received a set of the coffees fresh from the Simple roasting facility to try with our Keurig reuseable Filter and also with our T-Sacs in the Bunn My Cafe. We'll have a full review soon.
From Simple Coffee: Some of the best coffee in the world is grown by small growers in third world countries who need the help of organizations like Fair Trade, but Fair Trade isn’t for everyone. “Why can’t Simple Coffee be Fair Trade?” We think a better question is, “How can we help growers who can’t be Fair Trade?”
In order to be Fair Trade, these growers would have to sign contracts pledging to produce a certain volume of coffee each year. Small, family-owned farms simply can’t afford to produce this much coffee and still grow food to eat. Other growers live in countries where it is illegal to sign Fair Trade contracts. Does this mean that these growers don’t deserve fair pay? Simple Coffee doesn’t think so. That’s why we pay better than the Fair Trade price per pound for all of our coffee. It’s just the right thing to do.
At Simple Coffee
November 27, 2006
Readers are always writing in asking the Single Serve Coffee staff how much the different single serve coffee systems cost to own and operate and especially how much each cup of single serve coffee will cost. We think the questions "what's best", or what's "cheapest," or what's "least expensive" all fall under this category of question as well, but starting with what type of coffee you'd like to make and how much it will cost is a good way to find out which single serve coffee maker is the least expensive to own and operate.
Are Senseo Coffee Pods, Tassimo T-Disks, K-Cups or Nespresso Coffee Capsules the best option for you? Which system falls in your price range? Does the single serve coffee maker or system match your coffee drinking habits? These are all good questions that go hand and hand with the price per cup.
The guide below should give you all the detail you need to know on what coffee system may be right for you. Depending on which type of single serve coffee maker you choose, be it coffee pods, k cups, t discs, or nespresso capsules, you'll be choosing the type of coffee you can get per system and also how much per cup your single serve coffee will cost, and how flexible that cost can be, and what types of coffee the single serve coffee maker can prepare.
If you look at the four major type of single serve coffee you can purchase there are essentially 4 main types:
- Coffee Pods - work with a variety of single serve coffee makers including: Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, Melitta One:One, Grindmaster, simplehuman, and Krups Home Cafe. Coffee pod brewers are the "open standard" of single serve coffee makers, with the largest variety of coffees available reaching over 250+ varieties of coffee pods.
- K Cups - work only with Keurig brewers. Models include: Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, and the newly released Keurig B70 Brewer. You can expect to get in the 150+ variety range for K Cup types of coffee as well as tea.
- T Discs: works only with the Tassimo line of single serve coffee makers. You can expect to get 30+ different coffees and teas for your Tassimo brewer.
- Nespresso Coffee Capsules: works only with the Nespresso line of single serve coffee makers. On average there are 12 regular varieties and 3-4 unique varieties per year.
Given the run down of each of the different types, how much does each cup of single serve coffee cost per system?
Continue reading: "Cost Per Single Serve Coffee Cup: Coffee Pods, Keurig K Cups, Tassimo T Discs, and Nespresso Coffee Capsules"
November 14, 2006
Espesso (without the “r”) has been out in Europe and major cities in the US this Fall and we can't wait to try it. Espesso is a form of solid espresso coffee and eaten with a spoon. Espesso consists of espresso, an ingredient the company won’t divulge, and then it's combined in a pressurized canister and left to set for 12 hours to "gel" up. The result is a mousselike, cold solid sprayed right out of the canister. The Espresso is solid enough that you can apparently turn the cup upside down and the espesso won’t fall out as it sticks to the sides of the coffee cup.
Via Energy Fiend at Lavazza.com
November 10, 2006
More news and reviews on the Espresso side of things: see what’s happening over at SingleServeEspresso.com. We posted our review for one of the hottest espresso makers on the market – the Breville Café Roma. We also have a high end DeLonghi Super Automatic machine in for review. Two words on this one “Pushbutton Lattes”. Wow. We’re also highlighting a very affordable retro style maker that looks hot – the Villaware Moderno Prima Espresso Maker. Not to be left out, the Preva xSport went for a sail recently in the San Juan Islands where it cranked out a few shots.
Espresso Machine News and Reviews Review: Breville ESP8XL Café Roma Espresso Machine Review
Review: DeLonghi Magnifica EAM3500 Super Automatic Espresso Machine Arrives for Review
VillaWare V41006 Moderno Prima Espresso Maker
Krups 4050 Espresso Machine
Krups XP4030 vs. Krups XP4050
Preva xSport Sailing in The San Juans
Fun with Espresso Espresso Shorts - Krups Sponsored Movie Shorts
Keurig B70 Brings Some Variety to our Kitchen
Cafe Mocha Recipe
How to Make a Caramel Macchiato
Review: Newman’s Own Sweet Dark Espresso Dark Chocolate Bar
Review: Green & Blacks Organic Espresso Chocolate Bar
Cool Coffee-ware Blackboard Mugs
Konitz K100 Espresso Cups
November 6, 2006
So while Single Serve Coffee makers haven’t been around for all that long, the French Press has. This classic brewing method is a bit like a Single Serve brewer in that you drink what you make and there’s no burner to cook your coffee when it sits around. I know, a French Press isn’t as convenient as a Single Serve pod brewer, but its classic design is sure to impress. Remember, you’ll want a coarser grind with these, and some very hot water. This Bodum Chambourd 8-cup French Press is 32 ounces; yes, they measure ~4 ounce cups. I find the 32-ounce a great size for a few people (2-4) to enjoy in a small intimate setting. Add coarsely ground coffee, boiling water and steep for 2-3 minutes. Slowly push the plunger, and serve. The coffee will have a LOT of body, and when you steep, plunge and serve right at the table, you’ll be a bit of a showman when serving to your guests.
October 27, 2006
In the ever expanding world of Espresso, there's a lot going on over at SingleServeEspresso.com. There's news, Espresso Games
and reviews to be had. In the last couple of weeks a few reviews have popped up, one in particular is a review of the DeLonghi EC155 a low cost pump-driven espresso machine that turns out some great espresso. In the news department, we found out about a company making Red Espresso in South Africa out of Rooibos red tea. Well, check out the story, and then check out how we made our own "Red Espresso" using some locally available Rooibos tea. Finally, the review is wrapping up on the Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma, and it will post early next week. So come on back now, you hear?
Reviews Review: DeLonghi EC 155 Espresso Machine
Review: Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Arrives for Review
Review: Gloria Jean's Black Gold K-Cup Review
Review: Green Mountain Dark Magic and Fair Trade Organic Espressos
Red Espresso Red Espresso - The Espresso from Tea
Make your own "Red Espresso"
Ghirardelli Intense Dark Espresso Escape
Hershey's Special Dark Espresso Flavored Chocolate Bar
Espresso Machines Lello Ariete 45900 Prestigio Espresso Machine
Breville BES400XL ikon Espresso Machine
October 20, 2006
So, if you haven't heard, we're giving away some Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrate as part of our mailing list sponsorship from them. Last month, they gave a few readers some free espresso concentrate, and we continue to get more comments in from these readers on how good the stuff is. So, don't just take our word that it's good, read some other comments from readers too (Click on the names to go to their comments):
"The flavor is fabulous, rich and sweet and the fact that you can just pull it out of the cupboard when you want a treat is great." - Ramona
"I received a sample of the vanilla flavor. I thought it was very good. I especially liked it cold over ice or as a coffee smoothie." - Bruce
Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrate is available at their website and nationnwide at Cost Plus Markets.