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I'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."
I 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."
"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."
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!
• Irish Creme (Killarney) for Senseo
• Hazlenut (Vienna) for Senseo
• French Vanilla (Paris) for Senseo
"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.
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."
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.
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