November 17, 2005
It's nice to see another year and some more product placement of single serve coffee machines. Last year the cast of Survivor was treated to the Home Cafe somehow powered by a "stump" with an outlet in the great outdoors. This years single serve coffee maker has what we would call better digs - on the Apprentice with the queen of all things good and proper and yummy - Martha Stewart. If you were fortunate to see The Apprentice last night then I believe you saw Tassimo.
Only weeks away from theprogram's season finale, the seven remaining candidates on "The Apprentice:Martha Stewart" try once again to outshine each other and ultimately receive acoveted position with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia tonight on NBC from 9 -10PM ET/PT. On tonight's episode two teams race to create what they believeis the ultimate retail space to sell one of the hottest products to hit themarket this year - the Tassimo Hot Beverage System from Kraft Foods.
A dream machine for holiday entertaining and the perfect holiday gift,Tassimo is a unique system that allows consumers to prepare an assortment ofhot beverages including coffee, tea, espresso, hot chocolate and evencappuccino and latte with real milk, all conveniently at home.
At NBC's 'The Apprentice: Martha Stewart' Features Tassimo
Update 12/07/2005: Read our full review of the Tassimo from Single Serve coffee.com
November 15, 2005
simplehuman has just announced their new single serve coffee brewer. The new simplehuman brewer features a 42 oz. water tank, brews 5 oz or 8 oz cups of coffee, and fits all standard-size pods (we're thinking 62 mm - Senseo sized pods). The simplehuman single cup pod brewer also comes with two pod holders - one for coffee and one for tea. The brewer is priced at $129.99 and FREE shipping is included.
simplehuman has also partnered with Molto coffee to create a new line of coffee and tea pods. Each pod comes individually wrapped to preserve the coffee freshness. Coffee and Tea pods are packed in a sleeve box and priced at $5.99 for 14 pods.
The following coffees and teas are available now:
- Costa Rican French Roast (dark)
- Sumatra Mandheling (medium)
- Breakfast Blend (light)
- French Vanilla (flavored)
- Decaf Columbian Earl Grey (tea)
If the quality of their other kitchen items is any indication, we're pretty confident simplehuman should get it right. We've reviewed several of their kitchen products at Kitchen Contraptions and have found them all to be very well designed and of high quality.
At simplehuman Single Cup Pod Brewer
Great news! We're excited to announce that the November mailing list sponsor is Timothy’s World Coffee - a premium brand coffee roaster from Canada.They've upped the ante for this month's mailing list giveaway - A Keurig B50 Brewer and just in time for the holiday gift giving season! If you're on the mailing list in the month of November, you're eligible to win the Keurig B50 Brewer from Timothy’s! The Brewer comes with 18 complimentary Timothy’s K-Cups to enjoy.
Note: All new mailing list members and mailing list members who are already subscribed are eligible each month for that month's prize. As long as you continue to receive the mailings at the time of the giveaway you might just win!
Timothy’s offers over 20 varieties of gourmet K-Cup coffees and teas for the Keurig brewer. You can learn more about Timothy’s passion for providing quality coffee and discover their full selection of K-Cups at www.timothysworldcoffee.com
November 4, 2005
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November 3, 2005
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November 1, 2005
Single serve tea anyone? ;-) We know you can make single serve tea with your Tassimo and Keurig single serve coffee brewers but you can't make loose leaf tea. Making tea with loose leaf tea is just as much as a pain as making a pot of regular old grind and brew coffee. It looks like Affinitea brewing technologies has created a simple and easy way to create hand crafted loose-leaf tea single serve beverages with their new Affinitea (think infinity) tea machine.
"Affinitea announces its entry into the home tea brewer market. Affinitea is a company whose revolutionary and proprietary AP (Agitation and Pressure) Infusion Process enables consumers with the ability to create hand crafted loose-leaf tea or herbal beverages within 30-50 seconds. The patented combination of pressure and agitation makes the modification of the tealeaf unnecessary. While Tassimo, Melitta, Keurig and Falvia depend on coffee technology to brew tea, Affinitea took the opposite approach and developed a process just for large leaf tea and herbs. Any tea lover that has ever witnessed majesty of an unfolding tealeaf knows it just isn’t right to put this beautifully organic plant in a bag or a pod. How would it unfold in the pod? Why can’t I just see the leaves?"
Via PR Web at Affinitea
October 31, 2005
The Macon Telegraph has a pretty good article on Tassimo, coffee pods, and fast food coffee. Now, we don't like to throw single serve coffee under the fast food bus, but the fact that fast food places are upgrading their coffee to be single brewed (like Dunkin Donuts and BK) makes me appreciate how much everyone on the go wants a perfect single cup of coffee.
The Tassimo machine aims to tap into that trend, along with the boom in demand for specialty coffees and teas. It promises coffeehouse-style beverages at home, on demand, in less than a minute. Buyers will be able to brew a variety of coffee and other hot beverages, including espresso, cappuccino and hot chocolate, with all except the Twinings tea coming from Kraft brands. The company rolled out the machine with its upscale Gevalia coffee line but plans to add Maxwell House Cafe Collection coffees, with 100 percent arabica coffee and espresso, in November.
Last fall, several coffee producers introduced pod-based machines that brewed a cup at a time, no measuring of grounds or water required. So far just one type of coffee made for the machines has cracked the Top 25 in ground coffee sales, with less than a half-percent of the market. Sales of other manufacturers' machines have been a bit slower than expected, says Howard Friedman of Tassimo. But the company is forging ahead with its product introduction because it believes that Americans are poised to accept on-demand machines, as Europeans have, says Lorraine Hansen, vice president of the company's North American division.
We're not surprised that just one machine has cracked the top 25 coffee machines. The word is just getting out after this past year's slow rise of the single serve coffee beverage. What we do know if more people see their coffee produced in a single serve coffee fashion then they'll expect to have the same great coffee at home.
At Macon Telegraph
October 26, 2005
Don't kid yourselves. The better quality water you use in making a cup of single serve coffee will make all the difference. We have recently been testing out this theory with both the Nespresso C90 Essenza and the Keurig B60. The difference in single serve coffee taste and quality when using filtered water is amazingly better.
When we visited Green Mountain in August, we had a very heart to heart talk with the master roaster about how much we put into using filtered or spring water when brewing and testing the coffees here at Single Serve Coffee.com. We're lucky enough to have both filtered water on the fridge, and filtered water at our sink using an instant hot/cold dispenser.
We recommend using filtered water however you can get it. The difference in taste is very noticeable and also using filtered water will prevent less build up and need to descale your single serve coffee machine. The last thing you want to have in the morning is a cup of somewhat chlorinated coffee from coffee pods, k-cup, or coffee capsules you spent a good amount of money on.
Continue reading: "Better Water = Better Single Serve Coffee"
October 17, 2005
Yesterday the Single Serve Coffee staff ventured out to our local Williams Sonoma to witness the demo of the new Keurig B60 Special Edition and to also see the Nespresso Essenza in a store environment. The Keurig B60 was right at the front counter where you check out and where the sales people can hand you a K-Cup or two so you can try out single serve coffee for yourself.
We were pleasantly surprised to be able to watch a potential customer ramble on with the sales person about buying a single serve coffee machine. All he wanted was confirmation that it would make great coffee, and that he could get the coffee somewhere, and he was right in thinking making an entire pot most of the time for just himself was a total waste. We can't say the sales person was all that knowledgeable of the selling points of a single serve coffee machine, but this guy had figured it out.
He popped in the K-Cup handed to him from over the counter, opened up the machine, said how amazing it was, and then brewed a cup. He quietly asked for cream and sugar and then proceeded to wander around the store trying to convince himself to just get the damn machine.
Now you might be surprised to know the staff of single serve coffee didn't interfere with the potential customer. It's not in our nature when out in the wilds of the coffee world to mess with evolution. We like to see people naturally evolve into single serve coffee drinkers. And we have to say - this was one of our better sitings. The evolution of coffee drinkers is happening. Just go to a store and see it in person. It's simply wonderful.
October 3, 2005
It's finally happened! Tassimo is available for order on Tassimo.com. We reviewed the Tassimo earlier this year and really enjoyed it.
Update: You can now order Tassimo at Amazon.com.
"The Tassimo™ machine is a one-cup system that works with exclusive Tassimo DISCS (T-DISCS), a truly unique system that makes a wide variety of hot beverages incredibly quick and easy. You won’t find this technology anywhere else.Each T-DISC features a special barcode with unique information to tell the machine the size of the drink, the amount of water required, its optimal temperature, and how long to brew it. All the brewing happens inside the T-DISC, keeping the machine clean and ready to use.All you have to do is insert a T-DISC and press a button."
At Tassimodirect.com - Shop - Buy Tassimo Machine