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
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