March 13, 2005

Starbucks - WHERE ARE YOUR PODS?

starbucks_logo.jpgI'm having my morning cup of coffee this Sunday and can't stop thinking - WHERE ARE THE BIG PLAYERS? Where is Starbucks? Petes? Seattle's Best? If I was going to place a bet on any of them coming out with some pods - most likely it would be Starbucks.

They have the entire Barista line of coffee makers - and surely they can make a pod brewer and put some of their coffee (hopefully fair trade) in it and make me happy. Visit their web site and let them know from the link below that you want some PODS!

"Starbucks purchases and roasts high-quality whole bean coffees and sells them along with fresh, rich-brewed, Italian style espresso beverages, a variety of pastries and confections, and coffee-related accessories and equipment -- primarily through its company-operated retail stores."

Contact Starbucks About Pods and let them know you want them for your Home Cafe and Senseo!

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February 22, 2005

Starbucks Coffee Liqueur

Starbuckslicquer-1I can imagine this being a great little add to that perfect Single Serve Coffee drink! CHEERS!!!

"Where You Can Find It: Starbucks™ Coffee Liqueur is available for sale in the United States at restaurants, bars, and retail outlets where premium distilled spirits are sold. Starbucks retail stores, however, do not carry this product.

Alcohol Content:

Starbucks™ Coffee Liqueur is 20% alcohol by volume, 40 proof.

Caffeine Content:

One ounce of Starbucks™ Coffee Liqueur has approximately 34 mg. of caffeine, which is what you would find in about 1/6 of a 12oz cup of brewed Starbucks® coffee. Please note: the caffeine in this liqueur does not counteract the effects of alcohol. Please drink responsibly."

At Starbucks Coffee Liqueur

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Senseo Gaining Ground

"It's a small step from beer to coffee: Senseo, Philips and Sara Lee's BRANDED BRANDS coffee machine, is still going strong. After selling millions of machines in Europe (25% of all Dutch households now have one!), Senseo last year took on the US market, where it has sold 300,000 coffee makers since Spring 2004, and is now available in Australia as well. And while partner Sara Lee is still making hundreds of millions of dollars from selling standard Senseo coffee pads, there's a careful move towards NOUVEAU NICHE, too: Philips recently introduced the Silver Senseo, an aluminum edition selling for EUR 169 (USD 225 / GBP 120), versus EUR 69 for the MASS CLASS version. Sara Lee has also extended the range of its coffee pads, from the original 5 flavors (mild roast, regular, dark roast, decaf, mocha gourmet) to the more upscale City Sensations (Milano, Rio, Vienna, Sydney) and the Senseo Selection (Sunset Hills Kenya, Highland Spice Sumatra, Mountain Breeze Brazil). The new pods cost up to twice as much as the standard ones."

Via TRENDWATCHING.COM Newsletter | Global Consumer and Marketing Trends | March 2005

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February 21, 2005

New Senseo Pod Flavors - Irish Creme, Hazlenut, and Vanilla!

Finally! Senseo has new flavors from Europe! Just released today in the US - the three new flavors match their european cousins by being named after cities. As with every launch - there seems to be no pods available to order at the Senseo Store or Amazon - even though there are links to both. Hmmm...Well - we will send a few emails and see if we can get these babies for a review ASAP!

Img Killarney0-2 Img Vienna0-2 Img Paris0-1

• Irish Creme (Killarney) for Senseo
• Hazlenut (Vienna) for Senseo
• French Vanilla (Paris) for Senseo

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February 11, 2005

Sarah Lee Sticks with Senseo

No surprise. But what is surprising - I had no idea that Sara Lee had brands like Wonderbra and Hanes. Single Serve underwear??? I think I'm onto something!

"Coffee brands Senseo, a fast-growing, single-serve coffee product, and Douwe Egberts, a popular brand in Europe."

Via Sara Lee names new CEO, returns focus to meats, bakery

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February 9, 2005

JavaOne Pods - Reader Reports

Home Javaone
Scott writes in:

"Received of the coffee yesterday and had to try a cup of each... Here is what I found:

Java One Costa Rican - Excellent coffee, very smooth fresh taste. I highly recommend it for the Senseo and would definitely purchase again. I might be a little biased because Costa Rican coffee is my absolute favorite. The crema layer was better then the actual Senseo pods by DE.

Java One Hazelnut Decaf - Bad news, stay away. Thought it might of been me so I had my wife try it as well. There is a bitter aftertaste, not much better then you would get at the local Circle-K. I will give it one more shot and report back.

Green Mountain French Roast - Very good, would also highly recommend. Makes a bold cup of coffee with a bright sweet finish. You have to use the double pod holder and make sure that the pod is positioned correctly.

All of the above mentioned pods fit well in the Senseo.. I would definitely go with the Java One Costa Rican as my top choice. I found the prices and service to be excellent at coffeegiant.com, order was shipped the same day it was received.

- Scott"

Check out more coffees at JavaOne!

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February 3, 2005

State of the Coffee Pod for Single Serve Coffee Makers

If you can wade through the industry speak - this is a very thorough article on "PORTION" versus "POD" (Keurig versus Senseo), and other insights on the state of the "single cup" industry.

"These homeowner systems have encountered the following issues: 1) Inconsistent reliability of machine construction, 2) Inconsistent brewing temperature, 3) Inconsistent coffee volume, and 4) Messiness resulting from damp pods not being removed immediately from the brewer."
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January 31, 2005

Single-serving Coffee Can Image!

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Thanks to the folks at cafepods.com for sending this in.

"Hi Jay,

yep I remember these, I used to work for company that sold a similar product about 10 years ago. It made instant espresso. Its very big in Japan, both self heating cans and vending machines that heat a store of cans. Heres the image of the nescafe version I believe that puck will just be a rebranded version of this. From memory you just press a button on the underneath of the can, it releases one chemical into another causing a heat reaction.

http://www.weblogsinc.com/common/images/5337902701267656.JPG

Regards
cafepods.com"
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Single-serving coffee can heats itself

puck-inside.jpgConvenience does seem to be getting a new meaning every day. I saw this back in December - but forgot to post it until my good friend Bob W. sent it again. This looks to be very interesting.

Has anyone found a can of this? Please send in a picture or review if you have.

"Convenience is about to take on new meaning in the coffee aisle: single-serving coffee in a can that heats itself. Beginning Jan. 2, consumers can buy a 10-ounce container of Wolfgang Puck gourmet latte at the store and heat it by pressing a button. No electricity. No batteries. No appliances."

USATODAY.com - Single-serving coffee can heats itself

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January 19, 2005

Coffee Pod Makers Face Potential Patent Issues

PodsincuffsWendy wrote us in from Typical Dutch Stuff regarding a pending patent dispute Douwe Egberts (they make the Senseo pods) and how it may affect 3rd party pod manufacturers at least in Europe. It seems that Douwe Egberts have the patent on pods or the process of the pod holder and pods of the 62 mm size (not the other pods like ESE - etc). If they can make it hold up in court, 3rd party manufacturers would likely have to stop making pods for the Senseo.

We will keep you posted on how this develops and maybe my dutch will get even better!

From Wendy at Typical Dutch Stuff:

"I'm the owner of www.typicaldutchstuff.com , and have been referred to your website by one of our customers. First I need to say that you have a great website with loads of information to be found. I'm actually contacting you because of an interesting fact. Here in Holland, and in a lot of other different countries, there are a lot of different companies producing coffee pods which are cheaper or different from the original Senseo pods. Well, this might be coming to a stop, as Douwe Egberts has the official patent to produce these pods (and pod holders), and they have taken this up to court. This could mean that other producers will not be able to make those pods, which obviously creates a large market just for Senseo/Douwe Egberts (so Kanis & Gunnink can also pack their bags). I don't know if this also applies to foreign brands (Kona, or other 'homemade pods'), but I think it does, as a patent is a patent, and is valid worldwide. I personally hope that the court does not grant the sole patent to them, because this means that there is no competition, and they can crank up the prices as much as they want too. I thought that this could be interesting for your readers to know.

Original source (in Dutch): http://www.nu.nl/news.jsp?n=470102&c=30 They expect to hear something in this year."

Translated Article & Link: Coffee path its valid patent of Douwe Egberts

"Last modified: 18 January 2005 20.22
UTRECHT - the coffee path and the holder Senseo-koffiezetapparaten well-known in are an invention of Douwe Egberts . That the European patent office in Munich has concluded Tuesday.

The Dutch judge had asked the office pronounce a sentence concerning the validity of the patent which has Douwe Egberts (DE) on the combination of path and path holder. Douwe Egberts have been involved in floor procedures against Dutch, Belgian and German manufacturers of the coffee path. "this pronouncement strengthens our, and enables our continue the procedures", explained for the of.

After the introduction of Senseo-koffiezetapparaat in 2001 came a number of producers with their own fabrikaat coffee path for the apparatus. In the Netherlands the floor procedure had been suspended awaiting the pronouncement of the patent office. "we expect that the judge pronounces a sentence in the course of this year", thus for the."
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