Well happy holidays; things are perking up over at SingleServeEspresso.com. To welcome in the holidays we've got a few things going on. Are you a fan of all those new Lattes in the coffee shops? Well we've got hot recipes for you to make your own at home below. We recently reviewed the iRoast 2 home roaster - It's awesome; the freshest coffee ever. We have also been collecting our thoughts on our Holiday shopping guide for the best Espresso gifts. As a little side project we've also gone and collected a few pump driven espresso machine models around and under $100 that we like. Why is a pump-driven espresso machine important? Read up why it will give you better espresso.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Lots going on over at SingleServeEspresso.com - the test kitchen over there has been firing up some espresso shots and lattes and preparing a few reviews. This coming week, they'll be wrapping up the review on the Delonghi EC155, and announcing a new machine into the kitchen for review as well as welcoming some different whole bean coffees for use.
Lots of stuff happening over at SingleServeEspresso.com - Don't forget to check it out. If you haven't read it it's new to you... You may have missed the fury over the free Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrate. If you weren't one of the first 10 to email and claim yours, stay tuned for some more fun next week. We reviewed the Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrate and liked it a lot. You should read our review to get primed for next week. If you don't believe us, read a reader's review of it below. We were busy, as we posted a couple of reviews, one on the Jura Capresso E8 Super Automatic, and one on Gimme! Coffee's Leftist blend. We also have a few more items in the test kitchen, see below.
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