November 6, 2006

Old Twist on Single Serve Coffee


So while Single Serve Coffee makers haven’t been around for all that long, the French Press has. This classic brewing method is a bit like a Single Serve brewer in that you drink what you make and there’s no burner to cook your coffee when it sits around. I know, a French Press isn’t as convenient as a Single Serve pod brewer, but its classic design is sure to impress. Remember, you’ll want a coarser grind with these, and some very hot water. This Bodum Chambourd 8-cup French Press is 32 ounces; yes, they measure ~4 ounce cups. I find the 32-ounce a great size for a few people (2-4) to enjoy in a small intimate setting. Add coarsely ground coffee, boiling water and steep for 2-3 minutes. Slowly push the plunger, and serve. The coffee will have a LOT of body, and when you steep, plunge and serve right at the table, you’ll be a bit of a showman when serving to your guests.

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October 27, 2006

What's Happening over at October


In the ever expanding world of Espresso, there's a lot going on over at There's news, Espresso Games
and reviews to be had. In the last couple of weeks a few reviews have popped up, one in particular is a review of the DeLonghi EC155 a low cost pump-driven espresso machine that turns out some great espresso. In the news department, we found out about a company making Red Espresso in South Africa out of Rooibos red tea. Well, check out the story, and then check out how we made our own "Red Espresso" using some locally available Rooibos tea. Finally, the review is wrapping up on the Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma, and it will post early next week. So come on back now, you hear?


  • Review: DeLonghi EC 155 Espresso Machine
  • Review: Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Arrives for Review
  • Review: Gloria Jean's Black Gold K-Cup Review
  • Review: Green Mountain Dark Magic and Fair Trade Organic Espressos

    Red Espresso

  • Red Espresso - The Espresso from Tea
  • Make your own "Red Espresso"

    Espresso Chocolates
    Ghirardelli Intense Dark Espresso Escape
    Hershey's Special Dark Espresso Flavored Chocolate Bar

    Espresso Machines

  • Lello Ariete 45900 Prestigio Espresso Machine
  • Breville BES400XL ikon Espresso Machine

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  • October 20, 2006

    More Reader Reviews for Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrate

    So, if you haven't heard, we're giving away some Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrate as part of our mailing list sponsorship from them. Last month, they gave a few readers some free espresso concentrate, and we continue to get more comments in from these readers on how good the stuff is. So, don't just take our word that it's good, read some other comments from readers too (Click on the names to go to their comments):

    "The flavor is fabulous, rich and sweet and the fact that you can just pull it out of the cupboard when you want a treat is great." - Ramona

    "I received a sample of the vanilla flavor. I thought it was very good. I especially liked it cold over ice or as a coffee smoothie." - Bruce

    Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrate is available at their website and nationnwide at Cost Plus Markets.

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    October 13, 2006

    What's Happening Over at October - More

    cremapourimage.jpg Lots going on over at - the test kitchen over there has been firing up some espresso shots and lattes and preparing a few reviews. This coming week, they'll be wrapping up the review on the Delonghi EC155, and announcing a new machine into the kitchen for review as well as welcoming some different whole bean coffees for use.


  • Review: Capresso Ultima 121 Espresso Machine
  • K-Cups, a Keurig B70 Brewer and Harmony in our Kitchen which is a precursor to our Review: K-Cups for the Espresso Drinker.
  • Review: DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Machine Arrives for Review. Stay tuned next week, as we'll be posting our review on this sub-$100 espresso machine.

    If you like Starbucks DoubleShot canned espresso drinks, try out this recipe to make them at home: Starbucks DoubleShot Recipe Knock-Off.

    Speaking of making things at home, if you like Pumpkin spice Lattes you can make your own too: Pumpkin Spice Lattes with Pumpkin Spice Torani Syrup.

    Just when you thought you couldn't get a decent cup of coffee anywhere.... Looks like you'll be able to get a decent cup of coffee everywhere soon: Starbucks Coffee Coming to a Vending Machine Near You or the fact that there will be a lot more Starbucks Cafes Coming.

    In the Steals and Deals Department, there is a good Saeco Caffe Charisma Deal at Costco going on right now.

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  • September 29, 2006

    What's Happening Over at September


    Lots of stuff happening over at - Don't forget to check it out. If you haven't read it it's new to you... You may have missed the fury over the free Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrate. If you weren't one of the first 10 to email and claim yours, stay tuned for some more fun next week. We reviewed the Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrate and liked it a lot. You should read our review to get primed for next week. If you don't believe us, read a reader's review of it below. We were busy, as we posted a couple of reviews, one on the Jura Capresso E8 Super Automatic, and one on Gimme! Coffee's Leftist blend. We also have a few more items in the test kitchen, see below.


  • Readers Review: Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrate
  • Review: Jura Capresso Impressa E8 Review
  • Gimme! Coffee Leftist Review
  • Capresso 121 Ultima Espresso Machine Arrives for Review
  • The I-Roast 2 arrives for Review at

    If you are just starting out with an ESE brewer, check out these samplers. So much fun to experiment and go through all the pods and then go back and get the ones you really like!

  • Getting Started: ESE Espresso Pod Super Sampler
  • Getting Started: Decaf ESE Espresso Pod Sampler

    The Best of the Rest...

  • Nuova Point Classic Brown Espresso Cups
  • New: Starbucks DoubleShot Light and Iced Coffee
  • Search the Couch Cushions for Spare Change Starbucks Price is going up!
  • Text your Coffee Order; Skip the Line -
  • Caribou Coffee Granola Bars Available Online

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  • September 19, 2006

    Get Your Weather and A Cup of Coffee with Melitta Smart Brew Coffeemaker

    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

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    September 15, 2006

    What's Happening Over at

    Lots of stuff going on over at 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.

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  • Win FREE K-Cup Coffee for a Year at the Green Mountain 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes


    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

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    September 14, 2006

    Free Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrate


    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.

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    Gevalia Coffee Singles Brewing System Accommodates 14-ounce Cups

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    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."
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