July 31, 2012

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld

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Jerry Seinfeld is making us laugh again and this time it's all about two comedians getting some coffee. The premise of this web-only series is getting famous comedians like Larry David, Ricky Gervais, and others to go out and chat over coffee with Jerry Seinfeld. Jerry picks up each comedian in a different classic car and hilarity ensues. We watched the first one with Larry David and our review - awesome. Check it out if you need a little laugh today or many.

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June 14, 2012

One Big Black Heart with a Single Serve Coffee Maker

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Over the weekend we had the pleasure of visiting one of our favorite sculpture parks. The deCordova in Lincoln, MA features a great many things, but we had no idea it also had sculptures featuring coffee. The Two Big Black Hearts from artist Jim Dine (one heart shown above) have lots of things stuck in them that we love, but one of the hearts has one of the things we really love - a single serve coffee maker stuck on it.

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June 12, 2012

Green Mountain Faces Single Serve Coffee Challenges for the Year Ahead

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Share prices this year of Green Mountain Coffee have been on the decline from the highs of last year due to the expiring patents on K-Cups and what this means for the company according to The Boston Globe is more challenges lie ahead. We've been watching the highs and lows here at Single Serve Coffee, but is this really something new? Green Mountain Coffee has been riding out various after market products and knock-off K-Cups this year to still do well and continue to dominate the market.

Also there's the Keurig VUE brewing system introduced this year, and well ahead of the competition directly from Starbucks which should come in the late Fall with an espresso system called Verismo. We love the VUE and have been enjoying the coffees, teas, and other hot beverages it produces, and think consumers will find in the end the new VUE offers something like K-Cups - single serve coffee convenience with a large variety of choices over time.

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May 11, 2012

The Science of Coffee Rings

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NPR has an interesting article on the science of coffee rings. Simple things like coffee rings can seem like they're easy to understand but in fact they're complicated. It's taken physicists more than a decade to figure out why this effect, known technically as "the coffee ring effect," happens.

Coffee, like many liquids, contains tiny, spherical particles. When a drop of the liquid dries, forces push the particles toward the edge, where they are deposited in a thick line. We love this thick line of coffee, and when it happens it's because spherical particles evaporated instead of long particles which just produce spread stains with no ring.

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May 9, 2012

Coffee Shop Offers Coffee, Paternity Tests, and Muffins

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It all just makes sense you should be able to get any service and product in a coffee shop so you can sit back - sip and get your day's chores done while getting caffeinated. The people of Camden, NJ, have just such a coffee shop where you can get coffee and a muffin, a drug test, and their taxes and financial planning done, and even a paternity test.

You see the coffee shop is right near City Hall, and all of the various professionals that need to go to City Hall also hang out here and have meetings. The Wall Street Journal has a pretty amazing profile of this coffee shop right after the jump.

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April 4, 2012

Caffeinated Witchcraft in Salem Massachusetts

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Presented with a little comment...so cool.

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April 2, 2012

Keurig K-cup 5 Star Meal Dispenser System

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ThinkGeek has introduced a Keurig coffee maker that also makes hot meals and even salad. They love their Keurig coffee so they asked themselves - why couldn't they brew meals using a K-Cup? After months of toil, they came up with a solutio. Meals include Hot Wings, Corn Dogs, Donuts (as seen above), Tacos, and Salad - all perfectly brewed using your Keurig brewer.

To brew your K-Cup meal, simply place your selected meal cup into your Keurig brewer, place your mug under the spout, and press the 8 ounce (medium) button. In just a few moments, you'll have a 5 star meal at a Top Ramen price.


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Donut brewed K-Cup meals. Delicious!
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March 19, 2012

Who's Going to Win the Single Serve Coffee Fight

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It's a single serve coffee battle royale out there, and we're not sure who's going to win the fight. Rounds 1, 2,3, 4, 5, and 6 have been fought, and round 7 (last year) was mostly a stand off. 2012 is shaping up to be a doozy with Keurig and Starbucks going at it in the end of the year, and lots of old players returning to get a piece of the action.

The WSJ.com has an interesting take of the single serve coffee fights, and believes not only are coffee roasters trying to get you to use their products, but their also battling for both market share and raw materials as supplies of coveted handpicked beans dwindle. And to make matters even more interesting the big players like Starbucks, Maxwell House, Smuckers, and others will meet at a round table to talk coffee and what they can do to either work together or keep on punching.

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February 24, 2012

Over Coffee - The Social Network for Coffee Drinkers

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We just checked out Over Coffee, a new social media site like Facebook about coffee, people, travels, and about the shared experiences that take place over a cup of coffee. It's interesting in a Facebook kind of way, but we still prefer the Single Serve Coffee Forums for our single serve coffee chit chat.

Here's Over Coffee's motto:

"A lot can happen over a cup of coffee. You find out a friend is getting married. You end up face to face with an intimidating first date and hide behind your Cup of Joe. You disclose deep-rooted secrets. You find yourself in a new world with new people and new coffee cultures. Even when you are alone with a cup of coffee, something is happening."

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February 20, 2012

Coffee Crisp Chocolate Bars and Bites - So Good

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Growing up in Northern Maine, we can safely tell you one of the best things was being able to cross the border into Canada and eat their wonderful candy. Sure stateside we had Willy Wonka, and other interesting chocolate bars to eat, but nothing compared to any chocolate bar with coffee like Coffee Crisp. Coffee Crisp bars and bites have wafers of chocolate held together with coffee flavor, and it just melts in your mouth along with the chocolate.

Coffee Crisp is impossible to get outside of Canada. We did for a short time from 2006-2009 have Coffee Crisp bars in our lives there stateside - but we squandered the time and only ever had a few bars. Now since our correspondent SH has sent us both Coffee Crisp bars and the small bites - this President's Day weekend has been candy filled.

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