January 3, 2006
We'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!
December 28, 2005
What 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!
Continue reading: "Best of Single Serve Coffee 2005 - Part II"
December 23, 2005
We'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
December 22, 2005
We'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.
Coffee 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.
• 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
Keurig 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.
December 20, 2005
Readers 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.
Over $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
Under $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
$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
Under $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!
Further 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
December 16, 2005
Yeah, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org - or you can post in the forums your thoughts on the Best of SIngle Serve Coffee 2005.
We've heard from four out of the five winners who will receive a Keurig B60 from Green Mountain Coffee!
Congratulations! The following mailing list members have won a free Keurig B60 from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters:
John Brosnan - Winner #1
I read Single Serve Coffee.com's RSS feed every morning (its in my 'morning coffee' folder :). The reviews, particularly of different coffees, are great -- the reviews go into detail about the coffees, and help a picky coffee drinker (yours truly) find a nice dark roast.
MattM2G from Columbus, OH - Winner #2
When I first started looking for a single-serve coffee brewer, I was doing a considerable amount of research, and stumbled upon Single Serve Coffee.com, and I was hooked!!! I read all of the information on the site, then I joined the very knowledgeable group of people in the forum, and now, along with my daily caffeine fix, I also need my Single Serve Coffee.com fix ;-) !!!!
The information I get from the website is always very straightforward and honest. Jay and his staff do an incredibly thorough job of putting a product through its paces before they post a review!!! I now only need to go to one place for research on this topic!!
I have been debating on which single serve machine I was going to add to my kitchen (I have more than a few coffee-related items in there already). I LOVE the Keurig B-60, but that was not in the budget for this holiday season.....until I got the email saying that I had won a Keurig B-60!!!! Thank you very much for this prize, and keep up the fantastic job at Single Serve Coffee.com
Claire Raymundo - Winner #3
I have a regular 11-cup coffee pot, but since there's only 2 people in the household and both of us drink coffee at different times of the day, we don't really use it. I thought that I'd try a single serve one, so that way, we can each get a cup when we want one. - Thanks again
Dorothy Rosa Durkee - Winner #4
The selection of single-serve coffee available locally is pretty limited, and what there is isn't particularly good (or fresh). Were it not for Single Serve's reviews and recommendations and the availability of specialty coffees on line, we'd probably be drinking vintage freeze-dried instant decaf from a jar in Uncle Ernie's hunting camp pantry -- or the pricey (and pretentious) supermarket equivalent!
A big thanks to Green Mountain for making this possible and giving away such a fabulous set of prizes.
December 14, 2005
You've only got one more day to sign up and win a Keurig B60 from Green Mountain! Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is giving away five (yes, five!) Keurig Special Edition B60 brewers to Singleservecoffee.com mailing list members! Just in time for the holidays, you’ve got a chance to win one of these fantastic brewers for yourself or a friend! To learn more about Keurig brewers, click here.
Note: We'll be picking the 5 winners on December 15th - TOMORROW!!!
From Green Mountain:
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is the largest producer of K-cups with more than 30 Varieties of coffee available, including light, medium and Extra Bold dark roasts, Fair Trade and organic blends, flavored coffees like Caramel Vanilla Cream, Mocha Nut Fudge and Wild Mountain Blueberry, decaf blends and 6 choices of Celestial Seasonings Tea.
With our Café Express home delivery program you’ll save $2 on every box of K-cups, plus you’ll get 50 free K-cups just for signing up. Shipping is always free on 4 or more boxes. Click here to see our full list of K-cup choices and sign up for Café Express, or call 1-888-TRY-GMCR.
December 7, 2005
We wanted to remind everyone of this killer holiday promotion. Right now you can trade in your old used coffee machine and get a free Senseo. Need a good cheap gift and have an old coffee maker - this might be the perfect thing for you.
Trade in your used coffee machine and give a new Senseo machine as a gift. Out with the old and in with the new. Senseo is traveling all over the country — from New York to Los Angeles — with their “Drop the Drip” event. Participants can trade in their used drip coffeemaker for a free Senseo machine (retail value $69.99) by visiting senseo.com/dropthedrip or by attending a “Drop the Drip” event on the ground as they travel to 10 select cities nationwide. The events offer consumers the chance to sample Senseo’s coffee and partake in product demonstrations in a fun and interactive outdoor café setting. To date over 2,500 drip machines have been dropped. Senseo’s “Drop the Drip” campaign also supports America’s Second Harvest, a leading hunger-relief organization in the U.S., for each coffeemaker received Senseo will donate $1 to hurricane relief efforts.
At Holiday Guide - MSNBC.com and Senseo Drop the Drip