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
July 7, 2008
The Brewmatic isn't really a single serve coffee maker, but it does indeed have some of the trappings of what it takes to be one - including brewing directly into a travel mug. We love the built in aspect - a total integration into the kitchen environment, and we also love the fact it can dispense hot water along with making a pot of coffee. The big difference is the aesthetic here, as we really like the design and it takes up just the right amount of space.
Some key features include:
- Programmable digital clock/timer with auto on function - set at night and wake up to the invigorating smell of fresh brewed coffee.
- Three adjustable brew volume options including Full Brew, Half Brew and Quarter Brew. Ideal for commuters and single cup drinkers, brew directly into a travel mug for on-the-go convenience.
- An instant source of hot water for teas, hot chocolate, cereals and soups
- Innovative under the cabinet installation saves counter space
Via DVICE at Brewmatic
June 20, 2008
The Jura F90 Super-automatic espresso and coffee maker
can be hacked because the espresso machine can be accessed via the internet
for diagnostics and setting up the espresso machine.
We truly live in modern times when your single serve coffee maker can be connected online and hacked to make weak coffee. We've reviewed other models that didn't have the ability to be connected, but think it's pretty wild this $2,000 Jura F90 coffee maker can be connected to the Internet for remote control of the settings and be hacked. This can open up your PC to remote attacks, a security expert says. Once connected to the Internet the Jura F90 lets you set the strength of your espresso or coffee and get remote diagnostic info over the internet that would be used to send to the company if there's a problem.
"I don't know if many people would target this particular vulnerability because there probably are not a lot of coffee makers at the moment that are Internet-connected, and in my case it's behind a firewall," the owner who found the issue said.
With internet enabled kitchen devices becoming more widely available, expect more security issues in the future. We think having someone hack your single serve coffee maker isn't the end of the world, but perhaps we'll keep our larger appliance like the oven disconnected.
Via CNET News.com
June 17, 2008
That's right folks - wake up and just smell the single serve coffee, because you don't even need to drink it to get the effects of what it has to offer. An international group of scientists (we're hoping single serve coffee scientists) reports inhaling the rich, warm aroma of a hot cup of coffee alters the activity of genes in the brain, reducing the effects of sleep deprivation with no drinking required.
We like drinking our single serve coffee, but we do always notice how much the aroma of an extra bold or extra dark cup of coffee picks us up sans drinking. Perhaps coffee snuff is not too far off?
May 20, 2008
Getting the behind the scene details on one of our favorite coffee pod makers here at Single Serve Coffee is always exciting, and this article we found at the Courant is exceptional. It has full details on how Bruce Goldsmith, president of Baronet Coffee Inc., knows his company can't be content to sit still, and is the third generation to roast coffee under the Baronet name. Click on through for an amazing read, and lots of details regarding their inception, growth, and where they think the single serve coffee market is going.
Read and you can also read our "Visiting Baronet Coffee" article for even more details on Baronet Coffee.
May 19, 2008
Gas prices are really high in the US, and over the next few Summer months expected to climb higher. We're starting to see a lot of innovation in the world of the combustion engine, with hybrid models of cars that use electric and gas, and also diesel cars converting over to run on vegetable oil. Given the variety of different methods you could pick to power your automobile, we never thought we'd see a truck powered by coffee grinds.
The truck above is powered by a wood gas generator, and this one runs on coffee grounds. The Cafe Racer is a 1975 GMC pickup that burns up used coffee to create a combustible gas. This method of powering a vehicle is called "gasification", and the article below has lots of cool info on how gasification can be used, and pros and cons of the method.
Sure a tank of "coffee grounds" is going to require a lot of used K Cups or coffee pods, but in the end you'll be not only drinking "Fair Trade Organic" coffee, but also helping out the environment when you drive to work.
Read Gas 2.0
April 16, 2008
Not only has coffee been a staple in our diet here at Single Serve Coffee since we were very young, coffee has been a major part of the diet since the early 16th century for the entire world. Since that time drinking coffee has been clouded with controversy. We can't tell you the number of times a week we hear people singing the praises of coffee, and also saying it's going to ruin our entire body, and bring about our downfall.
We recently found this article that has some pretty interesting details on the following topics related to your health and coffee:
- Cofee Boosts Brain Power
- Coffee and Pregnancy
- Coffee and Heart Attacks
- Coffee and Cancer
- Coffee and Dehydration
One of the most surprising is coffee and dehydration. We've long thought coffee was a diuretic , but it just isn't so unless you can drink about 40 cups a day (okay maybe a bit of an exaggeration). Another one is coffee and cancer - if you drink coffee you can at least be assured that one part of your body (which we won't mention) will have a much higher chance of being cancer free.
Read 10 Reasons to Drink Coffee Regularly
March 31, 2008
Single serve coffee and good design go hand and hand. This concept of a "Single Serve Coffee Spoon" from Hye-Yeon Choi is a good example. With this concept you can get both a fresh cup of coffee, and a fast cup of coffee. Intended to be a simple solution for diners and less service oriented restaurants, this all in one tubular design holds both the instant coffee and the sugar/creamer in one neat package. When the contents are poured out, you simply use the package itself as a spoon to stir your brew. We're not sure if instant coffee will hit the mark for great coffee, but we could also see this working for tea, cocoa, and other hot beverages.
At Coffee Spoon by Hye-Yeon Choi
March 6, 2008
It looks like the price of coffee and K Cups will be on the rise this year for the single serve coffee world. The Financial Times has recently published an article on the subject of the rise in coffee prices, and it's not surprising that this cost will be passed onto consumers. We had hoped that Kraft and Folgers (who had announced price increases earlier in the year) would be the only companies, but the trend looks to continue with Green Mountain Coffee.
Green Mountain Coffee says the increase in pricing is in response to several factors affecting the coffee industry in general, including a sharp escalation in the price of coffee, increases in prices of other raw materials, and higher energy and transportation costs. In addition, costs for the high-quality coffees used by Green Mountain Coffee have risen even more than the general commodity (“C”) price. The price increases will affect all of Green Mountain Coffee’s packaged coffees as well as its K-Cup® portion packs used in the Keurig® single-cup brewer, and will include streamlining the packaging of its K-Cups® into 24-count sleeves. Previously, K-Cups were packed in a mix of both 25- and 24-count sleeves.
In addition, Keurig, Incorporated, a subsidiary of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., has notified all licensed roasters that it is raising its per K-Cup royalty rate by $0.01 effective August 1, 2008. It is Keurig’s first ever royalty rate increase and reflects the rise in the Consumer Price Index since March 2000. This increase in royalty income will support continued growth in advertising and market development of Keurig’s single-cup gourmet brewing system. Nick Lazaris, President of Keurig, said: “Given Keurig’s leadership role in the single-cup category, we will continue to invest to build our brand awareness. Our intent is to reach gourmet coffee lovers, support our retail partners and build our installed base of brewers.”
Expect higher prices all around in the coffee world. We're also think this will start to hit coffee pods, T Discs, and other single serve coffee products, along with coffee beans and ground coffee. But the price increases shouldn't result in K Cup, coffee pods, or other single serve coffee products being priced out of reach for most consumers. Given a cup of coffee at Starbucks or even Dunkin Donuts is $1.50+, it's nice to know you can stay home and make a better cup of single serve coffee for a 1/3 of the price of either option even with the price increases.
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