June 9, 2006

Lego Robots Make Coffee


It's just been one of those mornings. Sometimes we'd like our coffee spoon fed to us via tiny servants who can operate the Bunn My Cafe or Keurig B60. Well - we finally got our wish. After cruising out onto the larger web of coffee related topics, we found this gem of a coffee story - Lego Mindstorm Robots that make coffee - a true geeks dream.


We're not sure what's more exciting - the fact the robots actually make the coffee or the fact we want to go out and buy some Lego Mindstorms and get this going with our single serve coffee maker and not the crazy old school Mr. Coffee rig these two students dreamed up. Whatever we decide in the end makes us tick, we're pretty sure it's going to be a yummy cup of coffee.

See the Full Story in Pictures here...

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June 7, 2006

Coffee Talk at Single Serve Coffee


We thought we'd share a bit of the more interesting, insightful, and thoughtful comments our readers post in the comments at SingleServeCoffee.com. Here's some comments and feedback from this past month.

On Archer Farms Coffee Pods at Target:

"The archer farm pods seem to be availlable at Super Target, but not at regular target. so far it is the only really delicious tasting pod i've found, and i have tried senseo medium and dark roasts, juan valdez, maxwell house, and yuban-- all of the pods except the archer farms tasted stale and bitter. the archer farms were the only good ones. are there any out there that are as good as the archer farms? i'm taking a trip and can't find any decent coffee pods in los angeles, because there are no super targets here. "


"I quite like the look of this machine. I would be happy if this was sat on my kitchen work top."

On the Keurig B50 Review:

"The first time I tried K-cups was five or six years ago at a new client's office. I was ready to go buy a commercial machine it was that good! My wife and I bought a B100 a year or so later (now 3 or four years ago) - it *was* expensive, but we justified it as a Christmas gift to each other.

Since then, I've rarely gone out for coffee. I'll buy it with a meal, but won't bother getting a cup just to have coffee - I'll either take a cup with me or wait 'till I get home. Our coffee consumption *did* go through the roof the first couple of months!

Our B100 went belly-up last year; we replaced it with a B60 special edition; the three brewing sizes is really nice. The coffee *is* expensive - about half-a-dollar (US) a cup - but compared with $1.50 to $3.50 at a coffee shop, it's well worth it.

Another recommendation - Van Houtte Cafe. We'd been getting Green Mountain coffee (which is darn good) but with our B60 there were some samples; the Kenya Kilimanjaro was phenomenal. Every sip I was saying "damn that's good!" (*really*! it was pretty funny...) It's become my standard brew now. (they renamed it Kenya Extra Bold now - I still call it Kilimanjaro... coffee this good deserves a name with character...)"
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May 30, 2006

Java Juice® Liquid Coffee Extract

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What is Java Juice? That's what we asked ourselves after finding out about this new pure coffee extract. You put this pouch of 100% organic coffee beans into a cup of hot water (they recommend filtered as we always do as well) and you've got a great 10-12oz cup of coffee. You can also add Java Juice to cold water with ice to make iced coffee any time you want. We'll be getting some Java Juice to review very soon and will give you our impressions after we receive it.

At Java Juice® Extract

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May 23, 2006

Measure Caffeine Levels with Llamas & Camels


Want to know how much caffeine is in that single serve cup of coffee you're brewing? Scientists have used camels and llamas to develop a method of measuring caffeine in drinks.

Both types of animals, called camelids by scientists, are among the few whose immune systems produce antibodies that are not destroyed by hot coffee. Researchers injected proteins linked to caffeine into the animals to elicit an immune response. The animals produced antibodies in their blood that were reactive to caffeine. Then in the lab, these antibodies were found to accurately indicate the amount of caffeine in hot coffee and also cold cola.

We're wondering if this is the best method to test for caffeine here at SingleServeCoffee.com. If so, we'll need to get a camel stable stat!

At MSNBC via Real Tech News

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May 16, 2006

Two Years and Going Strong - Happy Birthday Single Serve Coffee

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We almost forgot our own birthday! SingleServeCoffee.com has been going strong for over 2 years now. Happy Birthday to us! We remember foundly making our first cup of Single Serve Coffee in May of 2004 and have been making single serve coffee in coffee pod, k-cup, and even reuseable filter form since.

Two years? It's hard to imagine the entire Single Serve Coffee world would grow so much. We have more coffee pods to choose from, more K-cups, more Nespresso machines and flavors, and well - just more of everything Single Serve Coffee. We've even grown into a Single Serve Coffee Forums where you can discuss coffee all day long.

We want want to thank our readers who without you this wouldn't have happened. You come visit us each day and comment on our articles, help new people find their way, and also send us in great tips and tricks. Thank you.

We'd also like to thank our advertisers. Without advertising on the site we just couldn't do this everyday. As we've grown, so has the cost of operating such a big site with lots of pages and lots of visitors, and thanks to advertising we can pay to continue to operate and expand the site.

Thanks again to everyone for making the past two years some of the most enjoyable and coffee filled we've ever had. Here's to the next two years and more Single Serve Coffee!

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May 13, 2006

Folgers Simply Smooth Stomach-Friendly Coffee

Folgers-Simply-Smooth-793720Stomach friendly coffee. Stomach friendly coffee??? We're not saying we've never been bothered by drinking maybe 10 cups of coffee and feeling a bit of acid in our coffee laden stomachs - but from one cup or two? Never. We'd rather have great tasting coffee and a bit of weirdness in the stomach over some stomach friendly - not so great tasting coffee. Perhaps Simply Smooth from Folgers will have great taste too. Only time and a happy stomach will tell.

Proctor & Gamble is introducing "Folgers Simply Smooth", claiming to be the first nationally available stomach-friendly coffee in the United States. They say that some 35-40 million Americans have decreased or eliminated their coffee consumption due to weak stomachs. So, what makes it stomach-friendly? They say they use a special selection of coffee beans, and then roast it under a carefully monitored process. When the beans reach a certain color, they halt the roasting process and this is supposed to reduce the levels of gastric-irritants.

Folgers Simply Smooth will be available in medium-roast regular and decaffeinated varieties beginning in May 2006 at mass merchandisers, grocery and drug stores nationwide. We'll definitely try this our in our Keurig Reuseable Filter or our Eco-Pad for Senseo when it debuts.

Via Strange New Products at Folgers

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May 9, 2006

Caffeine Makes a Convincing Argument

Lg-Caffeine-MugThe next time you want to convince someone that single serve coffee is as good as coffee made from their silly drip coffee maker - just hand them a cup of coffee. New studies done in Australia are pointing the way to coffee being the perfect catalyst for someone to actually hear your argument, listen intently, and perhaps even be convinced.

Caffeine, for a brief time, will increase your ability to concentrate and take in new information. When voluntary subjects were given a persuasive argument on a controversial topic after having coffee, they were more likely to agree with it than they were before they had the drink. They were also far more likely to be persuaded than the non-caffeinated control group. The subjects who had the caffeine processed all the information that was given to them in the argument, instead of relying on their preconceptions and simply ignoring the bits that they did not want to hear.

Via Caffeine makes a convincing argument

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May 5, 2006

Single Serve Mexican Coffee for El Cinco de Mayo

Hey - it's Cinco de Mayo. We recommend firing up your Keurig or Coffee Pod brewer and making a little mexican coffee! CHA CHA CHA!!! Have a great weekend everyone.

Tony works at La Gondola restaurant in Rosarita, Mexico - - that's the area of Mexico known as Baja California. This little bar, with an Italian name, is near the beach where the salt water breeze blows in from the ocean. All the tourists come by inquiring about the different tequilas, and Tony has all the answers. His recipe for Mexican Coffee uses white tequila, which is more subtle tasting and has less of a bite than some of the other types of tequila.


Fresh, Single Serve coffee from your Single Serve Coffee Maker
1 oz. of White Tequila (example: Orendein brand tequila)
1 oz. Cacao liqueur/syrup
Whipped cream

At Mexican Coffee

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Wolfgang Puck Self-Heating Lattes Being Withdrawn from Shelves

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We really liked the Self-Heating Latte from Wolfgang Puck, but it looks like the cans are now exploding, melting or not heating up the coffee enough to create the “fresh-brewed” latte the technology promised. And this week they were officially recalled. Ouch! You can read the full deal at Bevnet.

Launched to great fanfare in the spring of 2005, the lattes quickly made it to the shelves of thousands of stores, including large, end of aisle displays in Kroger and Albertson’s supermarkets and Sam’s Club warehouse stores. But in less than a year, the team that produced the innovative product has fallen apart.

Consumer complaints have ranged from the product’s failure to reach an appropriately hot temperature to it actually overheating, spurting product from the can, leaking out of the can, or the calcium oxide heating mechanism adulterating the coffee itself, according to Groux.

“We have reports of chunks of white product, which we believe to be calcium oxide, that was found in the product, which means the heating element most likely leaked,” Groux said. “We have complaints of can meltdowns, curdled product, sour product, leaking cans.” Last month, a Las Vegas woman named Dee Harris claimed she had been badly burned by one of the drinks when she activated it in her hotel room. She claims it overheated and then blew up, sending her to the hospital. “I went to pick it up, but it was too hot,” Harris said. “I pulled my hand off of it, it exploded. It was just sitting on the counter, no one had touched it. It just blew all over everything.”

Via Independent Tech

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April 27, 2006

Single Serve Coffee & Cigarettes

B0002I83Z4.01. Scmzzzzzzz Okay - so we don't smoke and drink coffee here at Single Serve Coffee, but we sure do like our Jim Jarmusch movies served up with a little Joe. We really enjoyed the Tom Waits/Iggy Pop segment and the Kate Blanchett piece. What the movie was lacking for our tastes, was a little segment with someone at home and a single serve coffee maker. Perhaps in the sequel Jim Jarmusch will get it right. :-)

About the movie:

A comic series of short vignettes built on one another to create a cumulative effect, as the characters discuss things as diverse as caffeine popsicles, Paris in the '20s, and the use of nicotine as an insecticide--all the while sitting around sipping coffee and smoking cigarettes. As director Jim Jarmusch delves into the normal pace of our world from an extraordinary angle, he shows just how absorbing the obsessions, joys and addictions of life can be, if truly observed.

At Coffee and Cigarettes

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