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?
August 2, 2006
It should be an interesting Fall as the single serve coffee wars heat up with a big push from brands like Senseo, Krups, Keurig, Tassimo, Nespresso, and others. Right now Philips after cost cutting their business by selling off less sexy brands is now the darling of the business community again with stories of Senseo and others. And why not be the darling? The Senseo single serve coffee system is one of the first and one of the best systems for your single serve dollar.
Kleisterlee points to a few new products that best exemplify the simplicity brand. For instance, any lay person can operate Philips' Heart Start defibrillators to shock a stopped heart back into action, thanks to simple audio guided instructions. There's also the Perfect Draft beer dispenser, a twist on Philips' hugely successful Senseo coffee makers, which allows you to "enjoy the same cooling, pressure, and foam at home that you do in the pub," Kleisterlee says.
At How Philips Got Brand Buzz
July 17, 2006
Okay - so we haven't tried the Pepsi Cappuccino just yet, but we have tried Coca-Cola Blak and liked it. But it's not our fault we haven't tried this new Pepsi coffee induced beverage, apparently Pepsi Cappuccino is only available in Russa, Romania, and perhaps other parts of Europe. If you see it - drink it and write in how it tastes.
Via Strange New Products at Pepsi Wiki
July 12, 2006
Who would have thunk it? :-) Everyone here at SingleServeCoffee.com is anxiously waiting the 1000th member to subscribe! Launched just over a year ago, SingleServeCoffeeForums.com has been steadily growing each day.
With over 14,000+ posts on single serve coffee, we can't think of a better place to have a discussion on just about anything single serve coffee related. We'll let you know in this post who the 1000th member is and we want to thank the entire forums community for being so supportive of new and old members and chatting away each day. special thanks goes out to Jim Evans at CoffeeWhiz.com for sponsoring the forums and providing our readers with news, updates, and deals throughout the year.
Update:We've done it! Thanks to Rick Sampson we've hit 1000 members!
I am honored to be the 1000th member of this wonderful forum. I'm also a bit surprised, I would've guessed that there were already thousands of members. This is a great site, I've learned much since I started lurking here about 2 months ago. That is when I purchaed my Tassimo and started my new obsession with single serve coffee. A brief coffee history of myself; I grew up in a house where you had coffee in the morning and again in the afternoon. Since my wife and I work different hours it was never feasible to make a pot of coffee in the morning or the afternoon just for one or two cups. So we just purchased our coffee on the way to work, and (for me at least) again in the afternoon. About a year ago a close friend purchased a Melitta pod machine. I was interested but did nothing for many months until I came across an ad for the Tassimo in a Linens n Things flyer. I read up about them, in many places - including here, and bought one. Now I am hooked. In just 2 months I've read about every written word about them on the internet. My enthusiasm promted my sister to purchase her own. My wife loves it as well, it saves her precious minutes every morning. I find myself inviting the friends I used to go buy coffee with over to my home for a quick cup. I'm sure there may be better machines, but I love my Tassimo. Sorry that was so long winded. I joined your site because I'm amassing pretty much every flavor Tassimo has and am about to start reviewing them. ...Again, I am truly honored to be the 1000th member.
- Rick Sampson
At SingleServeCoffee.com Forums
July 5, 2006
First alcohol and now diabetes! WOO HOO!! Looks like if we keep drinking coffee we may live to be 100 - perhaps even 200 years old.
CONSUMPTION of coffee, particularly the decaffeinated variety, is associated with a reduced risk of diabetes, according to a recent study. The study is not the first to document this association. However, in previous studies it was unclear if the relationship was true among people of different ages and body weights and if the caffeine component was the ingredient primarily responsible for the anti-diabetes effect.
At Coffee drinking may lower diabetes risk
June 23, 2006
Gregg from Keurig writes in about the earlier global trend of Single Serve Coffee we posted and he's right - in the US and Canda the trend in single serve coffee is indeed different:
"I noticed the google trend information on your singleservecoffee.com site. We also track that information in various ways. I would like to point out that the chart your are showing is a global chart. Since we are only a US/Canada based product we like to compare apples to apples. The chart below shows our trend performance for the US only and paints a different picture than the global trend."
Indeed the trends look different, Senseo, Tassimo, and Keurig all trend much higher here in the US. Nespresso trends up late last year but has now trended off.
Thanks for sending in this update. See how you can slice and dice this stuff with Google Trends for yourself or view this trend.