November 17, 2007
We think the Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer
is going to be a hot holiday item.
'Tis the season to be shopping for all things single serve coffee, and to have a chance to win something single serve coffee to give to that special someone
Single Serve Espresso and Single Serve Coffee are giving away a Lavazza Pininfarina Blue LB1010 Home espresso maker (you can read our thoughts and impressions here on this new machine). To be eligible to win you need to be signed up for the Single Serve Coffee mailing list and the Single Serve Espresso mailing list. A special thanks to Cafe Razzi for donating the machine to giveaway.
On the holiday shopping front the Black Friday madness has begun, and also special deals on things single serve coffee, and not so single serve coffee. Amazon is going to have several deals on their Black Friday Deals Page hopefully coffee related. Also you might want to check out the products this week that Amazon customers have voted on their Customer Voting Deals, as you'll be able to get a Nintendo Wii for less than $100 bucks to go with your single serve coffee maker.
You should also check out the Single Serve Coffee Holiday Gift Guide if you're looking for a complete round up for shopping in the single serve coffee world this holiday season. It's got details on the best single serve coffee makers, coffee pods, k cups, coffee gadgets, coffee cups, and other super cool items for your single serve holiday shopping.
And if you're looking for our latest reviews of the newest single serve coffee products, check out our reviews category. We'll also have a review of the Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer on Monday.
October 4, 2007
If you can dream up the perfect single serve coffee haiku, then you could win a Keurig B60 and two boxes of K Cups! All you have to do is visit the Hot Cup Haiku Sweepstakes, and paint a word picture of your love of coffee in Haiku form. Green Mountain will then share it with... well, everybody! Fourteen lucky prize winners will have their haiku printed on our environment-friendly hot-cups.
Entries *must* be related to coffee, and how coffee makes a difference in your day — your world. Winners will be selected based on the distinctiveness and originality of their Haiku. Winning entries will be consistent with themes of the pleasures of coffee, the role of coffee in work and family life, and the pursuit of life's simpler pleasures. Bonus points will be awarded for Haiku that further relate to themes of sustainability and environmental balance.
Enter online through December 1st, 2007. (Limit one entry per person, per day, please.) See Official Rules for complete details.
At Hot Cup Haiku Sweepstakes
September 27, 2007
From Oct. 2 to Nov. 7, more than 10,000 Starbucks shops will be handing out free "Song of the Day" iTunes download cards. Starbucks estimates it will hand out 1.5 million songs per day, over 50 million in all, to promote the iTunes Wi-Fi store to which Starbucks will grant free access over its T-Mobile Wi-Fi networks.
Before we switched to AT&T, we used to use the T-Mobile Hot Spot at Starbucks all the time. Since we often take the entire single serve coffee staff to Starbucks for a break from the office, we loved the ability to surf and drink some coffee. To get your free songs, it appears you'll have to have a computer running iTunes, and you don't get your pick--each card is for a specific song. Oh well, at least it gives us a reason to sample some Wi-Fi and get a free song along with a cup of coffee. Maybe they should hand out these cards and we should just come home for coffee...hmmm...
Via Gizmodo at Reuters
September 11, 2007
This must read article from the Times Online does a pretty amazing job of looking at the current models of single serve coffee machines you can purchase for your home. They take the different models and put them through their test kitchen making lattes, espresso, and cups of single serve coffee. Though the article is UK based, many of these same machines (like the Nespresso Le Cube above) are available in the US. So, if you want to get the low down on many of the preparation methods and machines available in the single serve coffee world, this article is for you.
Why fill the till at Starbucks on your way to work when you can make a cup of authentic morning java for as little as 10p, as well as having a gleaming coffee machine in your kitchen and enjoying the pose value of acting the barista for guests?
Despite many options, all espresso machines employ the same basic method. Water from a tank is heated rapidly to just below boiling point and then driven at high pressure through a filter that holds tightly packed fine-ground coffee. Most home systems can make one or two cups at a time, and the majority also have a steam nozzle or “frother” that heats and froths milk for a cappuccino or a latte.
Read at Test bench: coffee makers
August 22, 2007
We wonder this all the time and the answer is - yes and no. In a nut shell - an espresso cup has about as much caffeine as a cup of strong coffee. Because the serving sizes are very different - espresso being smaller and a cup of single serve coffee being a bit larger - you can often surpass the amount of caffeine in the larger cup of single serve coffee. However, if you are used to putting 2-3 shots of espresso into your latte, then you're really drinking about 3 cups of coffee.
Want the to know even more? Check out the Coffee and Caffeine FAQ.
August 10, 2007
We're not sure why this article/powerpoint presentation (PDF) infuriates us so - but isn't the answer a bit obvious? You use wi-fi in a coffee shop to get away from the house and feel as if you're hanging with people because you have zero friends. Right? :-) We like wi-fi in coffee shops to surf a bit, get some writing done outside the house, and maybe - just maybe drink some good coffee? How about meeting people in a coffee shop for business instead of the office for a little urban feel? Whatever the reason, the staff at Single Serve Coffee likes to drink amazing coffee at the office and use our wi-fi there.
The nuts and bolts of the real article is debating whether or not - city wide wi-fi would kill business in coffee shops because people go there just for wi-fi and coffee. Come on - how about kill the fee at the coffee shop for wireless, and let us go there and use the free stuff and buy more coffee and scones? And to top it off - what about coffee shop wi-fi squatters...yeah...we're not big fans either.
He found that most coffee shop hotspot users had access to broadband Internet connections at home, so they weren't using it as their primary access point. Instead, they chose their surfing location to get out of the house and concentrate - albeit among a group of strangers.
Based on my own experience with San Jose's municipal WiFi system, I'd surely seek out a local coffee shop providing WiFi over the more accessible muni system due to the intrusive banner placed in the browser. Assuming it didn't have intrusive ads, or was paid and I had already paid, I'd have to find somewhere as accommodating as a coffee shop to do some surfing. That may be easier said than done.
Via Technology Evangelist
August 3, 2007
Welcome to the dog days of summer, but who said that summer is a time not to have coffee or espresso. If it's too hot, have an iced espresso, and cool yourself off with that great taste of espresso (pour espresso over ice, add sugar and milk to taste).
Etienne Louis Espresso Machine - Spiked Espresso
Just don't forget to try an all Arabica Blend for the cold coffee; the "Classic" roasts are a bit harsher than most people will tolerate. Check out just a few of the things happening over at SingleServeEspresso.com
DeLonghi Esclusivo Magnifica ESAM 3500 Espresso Machine
Portafilter 101 - Professional vs. Consumer
Jura Capresso Ultima 121 Espresso Machine
The Four Basic Types of Espresso Machines
CoffeePeople Black Tiger K-Cups
Caribou French Roast K-Cup Review
Espresione ESE Pods Revisited
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July 27, 2007
Sometimes even we are surprised at the amazing things CoffeeWiz.com will put together for the world of Single Serve Coffee. If you haven't had a chance to visit their Family Vacation promotional page about a trip to Canada - then you know what you have to do for the rest of the day. Not only is the trip filled with details on Timothy's Coffee - it's really quite funny.
Check out the CoffeeWiz Family Vacation for a full single serve coffee filled vacation extravaganza. Now where are the keys to the family truckster?
July 23, 2007
It's Monday and the week of Comic-Con is upon us. If you don't know what Comic-Con is - it's the largest single gathering of comic book authors, artists, and collectors on the planet and the entire staff at Single Serve Coffee would really like to be there (maybe next year). Why feature Comic-Con at Single Serve Coffee? How about a coffee opera. This years opera is entitled, "Too Much Coffee Man" is based on a comic book (which you should read) and features characters like Espresso Guy and others. We've really never seen an opera, but if we had to start our opera going life - we'd love to start it with coffee - and too much coffee at that.
Comic-Con brings Shannon Wheeler's Too Much Coffee Man Opera to San Diego for three FREE performances for convention members plus two community performances. The Opera will be performed LIVE at the Horton Grand Theater (also known as the "Triple Espresso" Theater), 444 Fourth Avenue in downtown San Diego, a few short blocks from the Convention Center (click here for a map).
The opera, created by Shannon Wheeler and based on his famous comics character, chronicles the tragedy when Too Much Coffee Man, a simple, average cup o'joe, falls for his caffeine-supplying barista. Vying for her attention is Espresso Guy. Can all this coffee peacefully co-exist in the already-twitchy world of relationships?
At Comic-Con 2007 - Too Much Coffee Man, the Opera
July 18, 2007
Single serve coffee drinkers who want to start their day on an ecologically friendly note may want to fill their mugs with Solar Roast Coffee--a fresh new brew for java lovers that is roasted using clean abundant solar energy.
Solar Roast Coffee uses only 100% organic or fair trade coffee beans. Their special solar-powered roasting technique ensures the least impact on the environment. Not just a regular roaster powered by solar panels, Solar Roast's Helios 2.0 catches rays of sunshine directly on a drum roaster filled with beans. The roaster is capable of reaching temperatures upwards of 550 degrees Fahrenheit, and swivels and tilts allowing it to track the sun throughout the day.
The first Solar Roast Cafe opened in Pueblo early this year, and the company already has plans to open more locations in the western U.S, and also operates an online store. Coffees begin around USD 12 per pound.
At Solar-roasted Coffee