February 11, 2006

Weekend Reading: Flavored Coffee Is Here to Stay

Topcornerlogo Scott. K. Plail of Black Mountain Gold Coffee sent us in this article on the interesting and growing world of flavored coffees. We love a good flavored K-Cup or coffee pod, and it's nice to get some background on how flavored coffee got it start.

How far back does flavored coffee go? How do you make a great flavored coffee? How big is the market? What can you expect from a good flavored coffee? Sit back - it's the weekend and learn about flavored coffee in all its wonder.

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January 23, 2006

Starbucks Too Expensive? Try Single Serve Coffee

20060122-Pc-I1-0600We would have to agree with many of the points in this article in the Columbus Dispatch. At $1.50-$2.00 a cup, the cost of coffee at Starbucks and other retailers ads up quickly. If you have 1 cup a day for the average work week - you're looking at over $40 bucks a month for a cup a day.

You can cut that down to less than $10 bucks a month if you drink single serve coffee instead, or if you're like the staff here at Single Serve Coffee.com, you'll still hit that $40 mark but drink 4 times the amount of coffee for the $40 bucks you'd spend at Starbucks. We do however frequent our local Starbucks from time to time and enjoy a cup of Pete's, Seattle's Best, and others when we're out shopping from time to time.

"The machines also are designed to appeal to the growing number of people buying coffee from coffee shops. Single-cup machines offer ‘‘a coffeehouse-quality cup of coffee at home with little fuss and less cost," said Dave Manly, marketing vice president for Keurig, which makes three single-cup brewers for home use. ‘

‘We found that a third of our customers are people who would go to Starbucks and other gourmetcoffee shops." A cup of Keurig-brewed coffee costs 56 cents or less — more than traditional home-brews but substantially less than $1.50-to-$4 servings at coffee shops."

At The Columbus Dispatch

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January 19, 2006

Imus and Tassimo Tie-Up One of The Better Promos Around

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If you'd like to get a FREE Tassimo looks like all you need to do is be a guest on Imus and at the end of the be the guest he thought was the best of the day. Hmmm...we seriously doubt we'll get on the show and get a FREE Tassimo but maybe someday.

I don't know if Kraft is selling a lot of Tassimo coffeemakers yet, but I will say that the deal they cooked up with syndicated morning DJ Don Imus is one of the more effective deals of its kind I've come across.

Imus gives out a Tassimo to whoever he thinks is the best guest of the day--i.e. CBS's Andy Rooney, NBC's David Gregory, Righty pundit Pat Buchanan, Senator John McCain, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, etc. What's been happening is that as the guests come back on the show, thank Imus for the Tassimo and gush about how much they love it. I have to say, it's valuable chatter about a product.

At Imus and Tassimo Tie-Up One of The Better Promos Around

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January 3, 2006

Welcome to 2006 Single Serve Coffee Readers

Img 1640-2We're excited to be back in 2006 with more reviews, news, and all around single serve coffee excitement. We had an amazing holiday and even got to sample a few new coffees.

We've been sampling the new Flava Pods, 8 O'Clock coffee pods, and also using our Aerobie with actual ground coffee! We'll have reviews of these in the next few weeks.

If you're a new reader to Single Serve Coffee.com we're pretty sure you'll be need to get familiar with our Single Serve Coffee forums, news, reviews, and exhaustive archives.

If you have questions on anything you find on the site, we recommend posting a comment on the article or asking a question in the forums.

What do we have on tap for this year? Well to start even more reviews. We've gotten quite a few new sample coffee pods, k-cups, and some new single serve coffee machines to review over the next month or so. We are compiling a large amount of information for what we're calling the "Big Brew Off" - essentially a comparison of the single serve coffee makers we think you'll need to pick from when deciding on your first or next single serve coffee brewer.

So sit back, make a cup of single serve coffee, and enjoy your fresh coffee filled New Year!

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December 28, 2005

Best of Single Serve Coffee 2005 - Part II

Bestof2005What a year 2005 has been for Single Serve Coffee.com. The shear amount of new single serve coffee products introduced in the past 12 months has been nothing short of jaw dropping. We've seen more coffee pod brewers, more coffee pods, more Keurig brewers, more Nespresso machines, more k-cup flavors - well just more of everything.

In the past year we can count up to 15 different single serve coffee machines that were brand new or getting a refresh including: Senseo Shorter Spout Edition, Mr. Coffee Home Cafe, Bunn My Cafe, Krups Home Cafe, Black & Decker Home Cafe, simplehuman Pod Brewer, too many Nespresso models to count, Tassimo, Gourmet Coffee Cafe (terrible coffee), Francis Francis! (ESE Pod), the Keurig B60 and B40, and others.

2005 was also the year of the single serve coffee pod brewer getting really nice big juicy pods - like the 12 gram Baronet Monster pods. We've also seen most coffee pod etailers move to a large 9.5-11 gram coffee pod which ensures a rich cup of single serve coffee.

On the K-Cup front, we saw the introduction of the larger extra-bold K-Cups - like the WiWili from Timothy's and the Sumatran Extra Dark from Green Mountain. These k-cups really have that extra 25% of coffee needed for a really nice dark cup of coffee. We love the extra bold/extra dark k-cups - they're simply some of our favorite coffees.

Here's our picks for the best of Single Serve Coffee.com 2005!

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December 23, 2005

Happy Holidays from Single Serve Coffee 2005

M197100490027We'll be signing off until 2006, but we'll have occasional updates as well as our massive Best of Single Serve Coffee.com 2005 feature to tide you over until the New Year (debuts next week).

As the single serve coffee industry winds down from an eventful year--who knew Single Serve Coffee would be so big in 2005? You did.

Thanks to all our dedicated users for your support and your trust during an exciting 2005. And a special thanks to all of our advertisers over this past year - without them we wouldn't be able to bring you Single Serve Coffee.com each day.

Have a great holiday everyone and raise your coffee cups and remember how amazing this past year was for Single Serve Coffee because 2005 is only the beginning.

- Jay Brewer
- Editor, Single Serve Coffee.com

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December 22, 2005

Holiday Flavored Coffee Guide

Images-3-4We've been enjoying many of the Holiday Flavored Coffees over the past few weeks and thought we'd share where to get them and for what coffee machines you'll need to brew them in. We've brokedn them into Coffee Pod based Holiday Coffees and K-Cup based Holiday Coffees.




Images-1-4Coffee Pod Based Holiday Coffees - will work in your Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, and other one cup coffee pod machines.

Cool Beans Pods

  • Gingerbread Cookie - we have really been enoying this along with the Chestnut. So far we think it's as close ae your going to get in the coffee pod world to Green Mountain's Gingerbread K-Cups
  • Toasted Chestnut - it's a bit darker than you'd expect but with a little cream and sugar the flavor pops right up. Very good for a mid-morning cup of coffee.

JavaPodz

• Kahlua Cheme - we've had this a few times and have to say - yummy.

Baronet Coffee Pods

  • Cinnamon Stick Pods - instead of adding a litle sprinkle of cinnamon to your coffee how about just brewing up a single serve coffee cup of this! We love these pods.
  • Egg Nog Pods
  • Gingerbread Pods - once again - rich and interesting and along with the Gingerbread K-Cups - simply one of the best we've had this holiday

Images-2-5Keurig K-Cup Based Holiday Coffees - you'll need a Keurig B40, B50, B60 or B100 brewer to brew coffee using K-Cups

Green Mountain Coffee

  • Fair Trade Holiday Blend (A Single Serve Coffee.com Favorite)
  • Fair Trade Gingerbread - we reviewed this earlier in the season and love it. Very tasty and great with a little cinnamon thrown in.

Other Places to Get Holiday Blends

Online merchants such as CoffeeWhiz.com and others also have many of the holiday blends in stock.

For unique flavors such as high end Kona coffees, we recommend trying out Aloha Island Coffee. We have always Aloha Island Coffee and we think Aloha Island Coffee makes some of the best Kona Coffee Pods for your one cup coffee pod systems.

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December 20, 2005

Single Serve Holiday Gift Guide Revisited

HolidayshoppingguideReaders are continually writing in to ask our opinion this year on what to buy this Holiday Season. We provided this Holiday Shopping Guide in November, but it's obvious everyone didn't their shopping done right away. Shame on you!

If you need some quick picks many of the items below are available online or offline at Target, Williams Sonoma, Amazon, and other places. Offline Williams Sonoma is a great place to find Keurig and Nespresso. Target will have the Senseo, Home Cafe, and their own Juan Valdez set of brewers.

The world of Single Serve Coffee can be a bit overwhelming when trying to find the right gift for that special someone over the holidays so be patient. We've put together a price based gift guide along with our reviews and thoughts on the coffee drinker you might be buying for this holiday season.

Images-12Over $500 - Nespresso Romeo Bundle - Review

We recommend the Nespresso Romeo. It comes with a set of Nespresso capsules that you just can't beat for flavor and taste.

Total: $800 in Kitchen & Housewares

If the higher priced Romeo is too much but you still want to go with the Nespresso take at look at the Nespresso Essenza for $179.99

Images-2-4Under $205 - Bunn My Cafe Bundle - Review

We recommend the Bunn My Cafe coffee brewer and a set of the Aloha Island Coffee pods. If you want to get into the world of higher end coffee pod based machines you can't get much better than the Bunn.

Total: $195+33-$25 Off in Kitchen & Housewares + FREE Shipping = $202.94

Images-3-3$150 and Under - Keurig B50 Bundle - Keurig Impressions

We recommend the Keurig B50 and a set of the Dark Magic Roast K-Cups from Green Mountain. We've enjoyed the auto-on feature of the B50 and the diversity of coffee you can get from Green Mountain, Timothy's, Van Houtte, and other roasters.

Total: 149.95 + 9.95 - 25 Off in Kitchen & Housewares + FREE Shipping = $134.90

Images-1-3Under $100 - Senseo Bundle - Review

We recommend the Senseo (in black of course) and a extra set of Senseo Dark Roast pods. The Senseo is a great all around brewer. We've had our Senseo for two years and it's still going strong.

Total: $45.50 + $16.99 + FREE Shipping = $72.49

Coffee Gadgets & Accessories

We think you'll love frothing milk or making hot milk with your single serve coffee. We love our BonJour Caffe Froth Turbo at $12.99 it's a perfect stocking stuffer. We also love the Froth Xpress for making hot milk!

Good luck and good shopping!

Update: The Prices have been adjusted per reader feedback and now the Froth XPress is out of stock!

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Brewing a revolution, one cup at a time

Images-11Further proof the Single Serve Coffee phenomenon is here to stay. We can't but think running production lines 12 hours a day to make K-Cups is a good thing.

A half dozen production lines operate 12 hours a day, cutting small filters and stuffing them into tiny cups, dropping in 2 or 3 grams of coffee and sealing them before whisking them into boxes.

The scores of little coffee containers, known around Green Mountain Coffee Roasters as K-Cups, rolling off the line every few minutes represent what the small specialty brewer hopes will be a revolution in the way Americans brew their favorite roast at home. The diminutive cups are a self-contained coffee brewing system that can be popped into a relatively new brand of coffeemaker to produce a single cup of steaming java. Gone, promoters of the systems say, are the days of a full pot of coffee slowly burning before it's thrown down the sink...

Full Article at: Newsday.com: Brewing a revolution, one cup at a time

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December 16, 2005

Best of Single Serve Coffee 2005

Newyearbaby SingleserveYeah, yeah, yeah, you know the drill. We want to know what your favorite Single Serve Coffee products were in in 2005.

What were you favorite coffee pods? K-Cups? What single serve brewer really seemed to be the best? What was the most improved brewer? Do you have a favorite vendor you use to buy your single serve coffee products from? What was your favorite review on Single Serve Coffee.com? Whose doing the best job in the Single Serve Coffee forums?

Why is the sky blue and not coffee colored?

Send your submissions to bestofsingle2005@blogpire.com - or you can post in the forums your thoughts on the Best of SIngle Serve Coffee 2005.

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