April 6, 2007

Chocolate Coffee Easter Eggs


We can't believe Easter is this weekend, and we can't believe how obsessed for the past two days we've been about having some Cadbury Creme eggs. So, you can imagine our web surfing has finally resulted in the ultimate chocolate egg - the Chocolate Coffee Egg. If coffee is your thing, then you're in for a real treat because the Chocolate Coffee Egg has one extra thick shell in 40% milk chocolate and the other in cappuccino chocolate, blended with finely ground Arabica coffee. Imagine this baby spiced up with a little Kona Blend? Inside the Chocolate Coffee Egg are 6 recipes all inspired by coffee - cappuccino, latte macchiato, mocha liqueur, espresso and more. We are hoping the Easter Bunny can hide this in our backyard on Sunday...fingers are crossed.

At Coffee Eggs

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April 2, 2007

Making Single Serve Coffee with a Laser

Okay so we're not saying we hooked up the Keurig with a giant laser and then aimed it at a K Cup, but we did find this rather sweet video of what we can only call "uber coffee nerds" making some sweet single serve joe.

Via Gizmodo

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March 30, 2007

Starbucks Single Serve Coffee Vending Machines


If you thought Starbucks would stop at being at every corner coffee shop to serve you coffee, well you'd be wrong. In a quest for total hot beverage domination, Starbucks is going to go for the vending machine market. In a joint venture with PepsiCo, Starbucks plans to expand their coffee offerings with vending machines, because you can't put a full sized Starbucks everywhere can you? And why wouldn't you want a cup of Starbucks coffee at your local train station or bus stop?

This isn't a big leap, given you can purchase their chilled drinks just about anywhere, but we'll have to see what beverage we pick given the choice of a diet pepsi or frappucino in the coming summer months. We're betting frappucino.

Via Slashfood and Full Article

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March 21, 2007

Tully's Coffee plans IPO = More Tully's K Cups?

Tullyslogowebmid521352We don't often cover that much business stuff in the Single Serve Coffee world, but it's nice to see a company like Tully's doing well enough to file for an IPO. What does this mean? Perhaps more amazing Tully's K Cups for your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, and the Keurig B70 Brewer? We think so.

Tully's Coffee Corporation has announced plans to file a registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the initial public offering of its common stock. US-based Tully's Coffee expects to file the registration statement before the end of April 2007, and anticipates that gross proceeds from the offering will reach approximately $50 million. Proceeds will fund the expansion of its retail and wholesale operations.

At Tullys Coffee plans IPO - Drinks Business Review

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February 14, 2007

Senseo Coffee Maker Video

This might be the only segment on a morning news program we've seen in quite awhile to do single serve coffee justice. "Inspector Gadget" talks a bit fast and the woman is a bit annoying and "newsy", but the inspector knows his stuff. We like the coverage in the segment and the facts about coffee pods are spot on.

At Senseo Coffee Maker

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February 9, 2007

Do espresso pods work in my Senseo or other single serve coffee pod brewers?

Note: This is a real coffee pod. About 62 mm wide and 7-14 grams in weight depending on the coffee pod creator.

We get this question at least 3-4 times a week from readers looking for more coffee pod variety for their single serve coffee pod brewer and the answer is - no. Espresso pods will not work in single serve coffee pod brewers like the Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, Melitta One:One, simplehuman, Krups Home Cafe, and other single serve coffee pod makers .

Espresso pods are typically much smaller and much harder packed with a much finer grind. Single serve coffee pods typically are 55-62 mm in diameter and come in sizes from 7-14 grams. One quick and easy way to tell a coffee pod from an espresso pod? Espresso pods usually have a tab on the side to help remove the pod from the espresso machine.

Coffee Pod Espresso

Why such a variety of shapes and sizes for single serve coffee pods? There really is no standard for coffee pods unlike some espresso pods. One variety of espresso pods that is a standard is the E.S.E. variety. What does E.S.E. stand for? Easy Serving Espresso. This is the gold standard for espresso pods, and any espresso machine like the Francis Francis from Illy - which is E.S.E. certified - these espresso pods will work the best. If you really want to learn more about espresso pods visit our sister site: SingleServeEspresso.com.

Now back to coffee pods. How do you know what coffee pods work in your single serve coffee brewer?

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January 26, 2007

What's Happening Over at SingleServeEspresso.com January

cremapourimage.jpgJust wanted to stop by and highlight what's up over at SingleServeEspresso.com. It's finally turned cold up here near Boston, and we're looking at more and more espresso every day for warmth and enjoyment. We've got a few things in for review now including the Nespresso C100T capsule based machine; loving it! Also taking a look at Espressione ESE Espresso Pods. They come in a couple of varieties, including a "Classic" that has a bit of a robusta full bodiedness to it and a cleaner, lighter 100% Arabica pod.

Highlighted a few things to brighten up the drab winter months:

  • Illy Cup Calendar
  • Caribou Coffee Logoed Pavina Espresso Shot Glasses
  • Caribou Coffee's new Granola Bars - Caramel High Rise - Yum!
  • Winter Sale at Green Mountain Coffee
  • Some Organic ESE Espresso Pods

    A couple of things out of the Starbucks Camp:

  • Moving to Hormone Free Milk in their stores, after announcing that they are moving away from Trans Fat in their baked goods.
  • Will Starbucks get kicked out of the Forbidden City?

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  • January 15, 2007

    Keurig Changes Online Retailer K Cup Strategy


    We've gotten word over the last few weeks that many online K Cup retailers will soon no longer be able to sell K Cups direct to consumers. Some of the online etailers affected include CoffeeForLess.com, CoffeeGiant.com, and others. We'd like to say these and other etailers have only lost the ability to sell K Cups online - not all single serve coffee products and K Cups will still be available to purchase online at Keurig.com and other online stores. The online retailers affected will continue to sell coffee pods, coffee, and other single serve coffee makers.

    The reason for the K Cups no longer being able to be sold at these online stores? Many reasons. Some of which include the issues in the Keurig office coffee market and also Keurig refocusing the selling of K Cups online in a more centralized fashion at Keurig.com. We're not going to speculate at the moment (though there's plenty of speculation in the Single Serve Coffee forums), but we do know Keurig is here to stay and a great choice for single serve coffee.

    What do we think? In the short term, you won't have the variety of K Cup online stores to choose from, but you will still be able to get any K Cup you want online from Keurig.com, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Van Houtte, and others. We don't have specifics on how the change will affect sale of K Cups at Amazon.com or other consumer online stores. We'll let you know more as we find out.

    More at Keurig.com

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    January 11, 2007

    Keurig Sues Kraft Foods Inc. For Patent Infringement


    In a nut shell, Keurig has filed a lawsuit seeking to halt infringing sales of Tassimo T DISCS by Kraft. From what we know, Keurig has held a patent on "puncturing" coffee like capsules for quite some time (2001), and has vigorously defended it. What's odd is the fact Tassimo has been out in Europe for more than a couple of years, so perhaps this lawsuit is more for US based sales of the Tassimo T Discs. If you'd like to read more about the patent yourself you can find the full patent here. We also know the patent being defended may or may not be the K Cup patents, but may have more to do with how the Keurig system "pierces" the K Cups.

    Here's what the patent says:

    A beverage filter cartridge comprises an outer container with an access opening. A filter element is received in and configured and arranged to subdivide the interior of the container into first and second chambers. A beverage medium is stored in the first chamber. A lid closes the access opening. The lid has a first section overlying the first chamber and a second section overlying the second chamber. The first section of the lid is yieldably piercable to accommodate an inflow of liquid into the first chamber for infusion with the beverage medium to produce a beverage. The filter element is permeable to accommodate a flow of the beverage from the first chamber into the second chamber, and the second section of the lid is yieldably piercable to accommodate an outflow of the beverage from the second chamber to the exterior of the cartridge.

    We're not going to speculate too much, but getting the piercable part of the patent approved - oucher. This really gives Keurig something to stand on.

    From the Press Release:

    Keurig, Incorporated, a pioneer and leader in gourmet single cup brewing in the United States, and a subsidiary of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), today announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Kraft Foods Inc., Kraft Foods Global, Inc. and Tassimo Corporation in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. Keurig asserts that Kraft's T DISC single-serve beverage cartridges infringe upon Keurig's United States Patent Number 6,607,762. Keurig is seeking injunctive relief preventing further Kraft Foods T DISC sales as well as damages for past infringement. Keurig's patent family which covers its K-CupĀ® line of single serve beverage filter cartridges is not involved in the lawsuit.

    We'll keep you posted on how things are turning out. But not to worry too much - these things always take a ton of time and we would imagine they'll settle before you see Tassimo disappear. Heck - we might even see a countersuit. Our best advice? SIt back, relax and enjoy your cup of coffee.

    Full release after the jump...

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    January 6, 2007

    Weekend fun: Coffee with a "drop" of milk by IreneM


    Now that's art! Coffee with a "drop" of milk is quite breathtaking to the staff here at Single Serve Coffee. We've been gazing at this perfect moment for over and hour now and want our next cup of single serve coffee to be so well preserved and special.

    Via Core77 Design Blog

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