July 25, 2006
We've always been found of gizmos and gadgets that come in cube form, but rarely have we found them in the form of a single serve coffee maker. Most of the time you find a cube in the form of some avant-garde computer like the Apple Power Macintosh Cube, the new Apple Mac mini, or perhaps something from Shuttle PC. We're very pleased to find that Nespresso will be releasing a cube shaped single serve coffee and espresso maker in the form of Le Cube.
Love it or hate it - we have to say we love the cube shape. After reviewing both the C90 and Nespresso Romeo (both great designs) we think the Le Cube design is killer. Originally, when creation of the machine began, the Nespresso Le Cube was targeted to become a machine range for people who favored classic machines and design, and wanted the latest technology. A pure and minimalist design with a very strong direction was the basis for what began to take shape in the form of a cube.
The architectural shape was also a result of the decision to place cup-warming plates on each side of the brewing unit, providing an extra feature for people looking for a super hot cup of espresso. The machine we tested didn't come with the cup warmers (there are two models the Arctic white and the Titanium which has the cup warming features), but we did find putting the cups on the side very convenient.
Continue reading: "Review: Nespresso Le Cube Espresso & Single Serve Coffee Maker"
July 18, 2006
We've been testing the new Nespresso Le Cube over the past week and have to say, "Tasting lots of Nespresso espresso capsules is a good thing." Each Nespresso flavor really does have a distinct taste and flavor. Nespresso divides their capsules into two types: espresso and lungo.
A lungo is essentially the single serve coffee version - a little more volume and just the right amount of crema on the top. We really like the Finezzo lungo. It's a bit more mellow than the other espresso capsules and has a hint of acid in the flavor. It also lingers a bit on the tongue and back of your throat for some added flavor and finish. We'll have a full review of the new Le Cube soon.
July 13, 2006
We've just received the new Le Cube from Nespresso for review. Unlike other cube like products you can drive, the Nespresso Le Cube is the only "cubed" espresso and single serve coffee maker that we know of. Our first impressions are - it's a bit larger than say the Nespresso C100T Essenza, but we really like the look a bit more.
The Nespresso Le Cube features both automatic large or lungo (single serve coffee) and espresso settings, and requires use of Nespresso Capsules. There are two cup holding locations on each side of the Nespresso Le Cube that will fit your espresso shot glasses, and it has a holding area for over 14 used Nespresso espresso capsules that get automatically ejected after making each cup of espresso or lungo.
We'll have a full review with pricing and availability details soon.
Update: The Nespresso Le Cube is now available
July 6, 2006
We've just got wind of a new exciting automatic milk frother to go with your Nespresso espresso single serve coffee machine or any single serve coffee machine - the Aeroccino. The Aeroccino is a new, automatic and simple way of creating light, creamy milk froth. You Just pour in some cold or hot, fresh milk and press the button.
The Aeroccino is compact and quiet and quickly produces an milk froth, which you can enjoy in many different coffee recipes including lattes and cappuccinos. Milk can be frothed and whipped hot or cold. The Aeroccino retails for $ 79.95 at Nespresso.com and we should have one to review very shortly here at Single Serve Coffee.
Update: Read our full review of the Aeroccino Milk Frother from Nespresso here...
July 5, 2006
Meet Le Cube. Nespresso has released this crazy limited edition cube styled espresso machine in Europe. The machine is for Alinghi (The Swiss yachting team)who are competing in this years Louis Vuitton and Americas Cup in Valencia, Spain.
The front panel is made of carbon fiber and has special heated cup holders along the side, it also has a used capsule container capable of holding 15 used capsules. Though it's available now, it's only available in Europe. Perhaps Nespresso should bring this amazing looking machine to the US?
Via Limited Edition Le Cube Alinghi Nespresso Espresso Machine at Nespresso Europe
May 14, 2006
What's new about the Nespresso Essenza C100? How about it stopping automatically when the espresso shot is done. We loved the Nespresso C90 but it didn't automatically shut off. Several times we've turned our back thinking it would shut off (all of our other single serve coffee machines do) and gone a little overboard on how much water made it to our espresso shot. The Nespresso C100 will also allow you to pick what shot to put on the brew button. You can choose between the 5 oz lungo shot or a standard espresso shot.
- High-pressure pump (19 bars)
- Thermoblock heating element
- Programmable and automatic control of the amount of coffee in the cup
- Functional handle allows for easy coffee preparation
- Automatic ejection of used capsules on lifting the handle
- Collection container for used capsules
- Removable water tank (1L capacity)
- ABS housing
At Nespresso Essenza C100
April 21, 2006
We're always on the lookout for the better place to stay when we travel abroad and good coffee is always a factor. Nespresso And Radisson have signed an agreement to offer Nespresso at more Than 175 Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Okay - so perhaps we don't travel to Europe, the Middle East and Africa every month, but if we do - we know we're guaranteed some quality espresso even at the hotel.
“Like Nespresso, Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts has a reputation for providing a superior level of customer service,” said Mark Leenders, international director of the out-of-home division for Nestlé Nespresso SA. “Nespresso is delighted to provide Radisson SAS guests with ‘the ultimate coffee experience’ – moments of genuine pleasure and indulgence while enjoying the perfect coffee or espresso.”
At Hospitality Net
April 11, 2006
What would be better than a single cup of perfect coffee or espresso in you kitchen from a single serve coffee maker? How about in your car. The 2005 Nespresso Design Contest kicked off with a call to action for European design students - consider thinking about coffee and especially Nespresso differently. Imagine paying your toll and then dialing up another Lungo? We can. The idea is that the machine fits conveniently into the centre console of a car and doubles as an armrest when travelling.
There's also a Nespresso Card concept which holds coffee preferences for registered individuals, thus enabling them to access their favorite coffee anytime, anywhere. We think we'll go with the car concept - much more interesting.
April 3, 2006
The Nespresso Club has announced the latest limited coffee capsule for the Nespresso system - Bourbon Amarelo. The coffee claims to have an infinite sweet smoothness combined with an exceptional mellowness. Bourbon Amarelo is also supposed to be enjoyed in an espresso cup over making a larger Lungo coffee with it.
This is one of the more interesting coffees for a Limited Edition and the site for Bourbon Amarelo is also really interesting. You can also pair your new Bourbon Amarelo Nespresso capsules with two different limited edition cups. Interested in Nespresso?
Read our Nespresso Romeo and C90 reviews.
More at Nespresso
December 13, 2005
It's truly winter when you make your first Nespresso Snowman. We fired up our Essenza C90 and put in a couple of Senang Nespresso Capsules to fuel our snowman making session over this past weekend. We've really been enjoying the Senang blend from the Nespresso Club and we love the bright blue Senang capsule color. And as our Snowman can now attest - the left over capsules make for great Snowman eyes!
Each variety of coffee that makes up the Senang blend is roasted separately and according to different parameters in order to preserve and release each one of its varieties’ most specific and characteristic notes. This technique, known as "split roasting", makes it possible to obtain subtle and varied notes. It also allows each origin’s potential to be exploited while preserving its character, which could be lost or "crushed" during a combined roasting.
We like the snap and bite of the Senang. The coffee has a nice round finish with hints of many milder coffees but still maintaining a unique flavor. If you have a Nespresso coffee maker we think you'll like the Senang club exclusive. Also if you currently have the Vivalto or Arpeggio Nespresso capsules we think they'll make great snowman eyes as well.
At Nespresso Senang