September 19, 2006
So the new ME1MSB Smart Brew Coffeemaker isn't a single serve coffee maker but it sure is cool. It's a 10-cup pot that uses Microsoft SPOT (Smart Personal Objects Technology) to give you almost-live weather data from MSN Direct above its button pad. There's really no setup and it receives all the data via the FM band. It's going to be available at $199 soon. We can only hope they build a weather station into the next Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, or Krups Home Cafe single serve coffee pod brewers.
Via Gizmodo at Amazon.com
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September 15, 2006
Lots of stuff going on over at SingleServeEspresso.com. There have been a couple of reviews posted over there that will help you on your way, namely a review of a very inexpensive Espresso Maker: The Hamilton Beach 40729 Espresso Machine - Good Home Espresso for under $70!
There are several reviews of ESE Espresso Pods and coffee: Review of Starbucks ESE Espresso Pods
Review of Aloha Island 100% Kona ESE Espresso Pods
Quick Review of two Izzo ESE Espresso Pods from Italy
Review of Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrate
Did you know that you can Eat your Espresso if you are around Chicago? Check this out.
Also, stay tuned, they have a Jura Capresso E8 Super Automatic Espresso Machine in house for a review; Push button espressos!
Finally, while Starbucks is trying to do some good in the world, they are getting slapped for a blunder to the tune of $114 million in a lawsuit.
25 years of coffee business at Green Mountain Coffee, means it's time for them to celebrate a super coffee anniversary! To celebrate the 25 years of excellent coffee, they're giving away a trip for two to Vermont where you'll stay at the Basin Harbor Club and the one we're most excited about - FREE K-Cup COFFEE FOR A YEAR and a Keurig B60 Brewer! We'd even like to see them throw in the new Keurig Platinum B70 Single-Cup brewer to make the coffee for the year even better!
There are a total of 12 chances to win coffee for a year so what are you waiting for? Enter to win at Green Mountain 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes
Continue reading: "Win FREE K-Cup Coffee for a Year at the Green Mountain 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes"
September 14, 2006
So a while back we heard about Stomping Grounds Espresso concentrates that come in 1 quart shelf stable containers, and thought that they might be a pretty cool way to have a quick little espresso drink. Well for the last few weeks, our sister site has been using them and has a review posted about the wide variety of ways to enjoy them.
Also, we should point out that the Stomping Grounds Marketing Chief has put up an offer for a free sample (limited time) shipped to you at your home. Check out the review for more details on how to get a free sample of Stomping Grounds Espresso concentrate.
We really try to only cover the home market, but so many of the same players are making single serve coffee for the larger on the go coffee market and it's just too interesting to ignore. Gevalia Singles Hot Beverage Brewing equipment has been redesigned with a new front door to accommodate larger 14-oz. cup sizes in their restaurant/ vending single serve coffee maker.
The Gevalia brewing system uses single coffee cartridges to brew premium-quality coffee beverages by the cup. By accommodating larger cups sizes, the redesigned machines now let users brew multiple cartridges into the same cup and experiment with flavors.
"Consumers now have the option of combining flavors to create their own unique blends," said Stacey Rychlewski, Kraft Foodservice Business Development Manager. "Whether it's our House Blend coffee combined with our Cappuccino or our Hazelnut combined with the Espresso, there's a lot of room for experimentation that wasn't there before."
Full article at: Gevalia Coffee Singles Brewing System Accommodates 14-ounce Cups
September 11, 2006
Okay - so maybe not "Single Serve Coffee" but definitely coffee and espresso served in a quick service style. The Coca-Cola Co. on Wednesday debuted its "Far Coast" high-end brand of premium coffee and tea beverages, and also unveiled a complimentary brand for convenience stores and quick-service restaurants called "Chaqwa." These are more like the 7-Eleven of coffee then a machine you'd bring home, but it makes us wonder - maybe in the end the big beverage companies will catch on that people love coffee just as much as soda. Maybe...
As Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported in January, Coca-Cola had been quietly investigating for a couple of years ways to brew high-quality coffee, espresso and teas quickly in individual servings. The Atlanta-based beverage giant (NYSE: KO) filed five U.S. patent applications in 2005 for coffee and tea "pod" designs, single-serving brewing machines, and a system to steam milk to make hot espresso and cappuccino. In late 2005, Coca-Cola filed nine applications to trademark the name Far Coast for coffee, coffee grinders, hats, fruit tea and other products.
At Coke launches Far Coast and Chaqwa coffee and tea brands
September 8, 2006
If you like your coffee single serve, then you may like your transportation the same way. Segway has announced two new models: the x2 and i2. These new Segways now come with LeanSteer™ technology, which allows you to turn right or left by leaning in that direction, in the same fashion that forward/backward control is currently available.
Another addition is the use of InfoKey™ controller, essentially a keyless fob that increases security. The i2 has a range of about 24 miles, while the x2 goes only about 12 miles.
But the big question is - for $5000 bucks - where's my coffee travel mug holder?
Via OhGizmo! At Segway Human Transporter (HT) i Series
September 6, 2006
Don't turn your nose up to mouldy coffee - it tastes better, according to fungus experts. Tastes better? We can't seem to get beyond the YUCK factor here at Single Serve Coffee, however new Brazilian research has found that fungus in coffee crops makes for a flavoursome brew.
"The coffee research is exciting as it's likely to have implications on how coffee is grown and consumed in the future," says Professor Paul Gadek, a plant science researcher from James Cook University in Cairns.
"Fungus naturally occurs on raw coffee beans and the Brazilian researchers found that the sweeter the species, the better the coffee tasted and smelt."
At Mouldy coffee is good coffee
August 14, 2006
Books? First music and now books? How about some single serve coffee pods Starbucks? It seems that Starbucks will soon be featuring books along with their usual picks of music and coffee.
Okay - we need to calm down but we really wish Starbucks wouldn't become "Starbooks" and would instead give us the option of their great coffee at home in the form of a coffee pod or whatever they desire. All that being said (and it was a mouthful), we do like Starbucks pushing some decent literature for people to sit and read over coffee.
After announcing in April that it was seeking movies and books to promote along with the music it already sells in stores, Starbucks has selected “For One More Day,” Mr. Albom’s second novel, as the first selection that it will feature in its new book program, according to people with knowledge of the deal who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it.The novel, to be published by Hyperion on Sept. 26, will appear in Starbucks stores from the first week in October through the second week of November.
At New York Times
August 9, 2006
There's always a lot going on in the Single Serve Coffee Forums. Currently there's an interesting discussion regarding Flava Pods. Looks like they're not shipping orders and many forum members are pretty unhappy.
On a lighter note a forums member wants to be talked out of buying a Preva xSport for camping. We say go for it. It's a great little device and will really change the way you look at coffee and camping.
And on an even light note, we have amongst the forums a "Poker Podster" who brings his single serve coffee machine to poker games and now all of his friends miss it when he doesn't bring it. Good coffee and poker - what could be better?