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.
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.
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?
Just 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:
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.
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-Cup® 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.
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.
It's been a while, so let's check out what's up over at SingleServeEspresso.com. The Holiday madness is over, but did you need some ESE Espresso Pods, check out the post below for some places to get some fun Espresso pods for that new espresso machine. Also we posted a couple of reviews one on the Superautomatic Delonghi that will make a latte at the push of a button, and the very affordable Lello Ariete espresso machine. We also reviewed the Tully's French Roast K-cups and noticed that Starbucks has brought back the Caramel Dulce Latte, a lower calorie alternative to the Starbucks Venti Eggnog Latte that had more calories and fat than a McDonald's Quarter Pounder!
What can we say? It's been an amazing 2006 here at Single Serve Coffee. We've reviewed more single serve coffee stuff than we could have possibly imagined, and the year has introduced new single serve coffee brewers, coffee flavors, and coffee experiences. We look forward to more k-cup reviews, more single serve coffee machine reviews, more coffee pod reviews, and yes - just more singles serve coffee stuff. So raise your mug and may 2007 have all the same single serve coffee wonder as 2006 has.
We hope everyone is having a great holiday season and enjoying some single serve coffee with friends and family. We've started a poll in the forums to see what single serve coffee maker you received this holiday season.
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