July 28, 2011
Denner who markets Nexpod in Switzerland has been told to remove the Nexpod - a fill your own coffee capsule from store shelves. Following the clarification of a court ruling, Denner is talking with lawyers about the possibility of marketing the product again. Denner, which is owned by the cooperative Migros, had continued to sell the capsules after the June ruling as it was unclear—before the latest clarification—whether or not the ruling had reintroduced the ban.
"Denner will of course respect the existing legal prohibition again and take the capsules off the shelves for the time being," said Denner spokeswoman Nicole Schoewel.
This is interesting stuff, as most of the patent wars in the single serve coffee world have been well - successful for the patent holder, but most of the aftermarket make your own coffee capsule stuff has been left untouched. Perhaps the design of this product is too close to the patent? We'll keep up with this story to see if Nexpod goes back on sale in Switzerland.
June 27, 2011
If you have a Nespresso single serve coffee and espresso system we think you'll really like Outpresso. Why? Well the waste from any of the single serve coffee systems can be troubling, and Outpresso allows you to separate the coffee from the aluminum capsule so you can safely recycle the aluminum outer shell. Note - Outpresso only works with the thimble shaped Nespresso capsules, and also does not work with other coffee capsules. There's a great faq at their site that has all the little details, but in reality there aren't that many. As you can see above you simply put the spent Nespresso capsule in the Outpresso and push down separating and pushing out the used coffee.
June 20, 2011
SingleServeEspresso.com has word that Nestle has announced two products based on technology using the Nespresso capsule delivery for food like stuff in your single serve cup. The BabyNes machine for sale in Switzerland is a reapplication of single serve coffee technology to make infant baby formula. The BabyNes makes baby formula from single serve capsules, and then dispenses it right into the bottle at the perfect temperature. There is a line of 6 capsules offering a customized nutritional profile for each stage of the baby's development. The BabyNes costs about $285, and the capsules cost about $2 each bottle (fill size ranges from about 3 oz to 8 oz depending on the capsule and your baby's needs).
We love to see the reapplication of technology for new devices, and if you haven't checked out the Special T it also features the same technology as the Nespresso single serve espresso and coffee system, but brews up 25 different special teas. The capsule is very much like the nespresso coffee capsule which is wrapped in aluminum. Pretty good stuff Nespresso, and we love the fact you stay single purpose to your category of delivery to get the job done right.
May 31, 2011
All the systems worked flawlessly with one exception. The FrancisFrancis X8 developed a pump problem almost immediately. One email to Illy though and they immediately shipped out a replacement unit as well as a FedEx Return Label. It took two days for shipping and the FedEx delivery person picked up the old one. Service was fast, sure and the replacement machine has worked perfectly.
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Which one to chose depends on your individual priorities.
If counter space is the biggest issue, then the Nespresso machines have the smallest foot print, followed by the CBTL Caffitaly Contata, the Illy FrancisFrancis X8 and the Lavazza LB 1010 is the largest, about the same footprint as my cutting board. The Nespresso is also the lightest of all, by a considerable margin.
Continue reading: "Part VI: Conclusions on Comparing Single Serve Coffee Capsule Systems from Nespresso, Lavazza, FrancisFrancis X8, and CBTL"
May 24, 2011
On very special weekends when I was young, maybe just starting school, Dad would take me and my little brother to Mt Royal train station in Baltimore. It was a long grey stone building with big arched windows and a tall square tower with a big clock on each side and the trains came in down on a lower level and you walked down wide stairs and I'd tell my little brother to hold my hand and hold the rail and soon we would be down at the bottom and there would be lots of people and you could hear a whistle as the train got near the station and everyone looked and it was really big and noisy and you had to put your hands over your ears and when it pulled in great clouds came out and then when it stopped the steam engine hissed and panted while people got on and off.
Dad would take us to Mr. Theodore. He was the conductor and he told the train when it could go and Mr. Theodore always told Dad he would take good care of us and bring us back on the 5:30 and Dad asked us if we would do everything Mr. Theodore said and we said "Yes!"
Continue reading: "Part II: The Nespresso Experience - Comparing Espresso and Single Serve Coffee Capsule Systems"
May 23, 2011
We've prepared for you a multi-part article that gives a comparison of the Nespresso, Lavazza, FrancisFrancis X8, and CBTL (Coffee Bean Tea and Leaf) espresso and single serve coffee systems (a special thanks goes out to JAR for all of his efforts on these articles). We'll have 4 experience articles, followed by a conclusions about all four systems. In this article Part I we compare the four systems to each other.
Comparing Espresso and Single Serve Coffee Capsule Systems
Prepackaged single serve espresso system are becoming increasingly popular. They offer consistent dosing, tamping, easy cleanup, reliable and most of all, repeatable performance. There are two basic formats, the ESE pod and capsules. In this series of comparisons I will be looking at four of the capsule systems available today.
Probably the best known example is the system from Nespresso.
Nespresso is one of the Nestlé's companies and they do a great job of marketing their product and in their personal customer service. They sell directly and through a series of Boutiques found in many major cities. Online or phone ordering is easy, their people are polite and knowledgeable and delivery is fast. If you call them you can even specify a preferred carrier if one gives better service in your area.
Continue reading: "Part I: Comparing Espresso and Single Serve Coffee Capsule Systems - Nespresso, Lavazza, FrancisFrancis X8, and CBTL"
May 17, 2011
Nespresso is raising the price of their coffee capsules an average of 6% per capsule due to the high commodity price of coffee.
"Against a backdrop of high coffee commodity price volatility, there is a very modest price increase in different markets," said Nespresso spokesman Julian Liew.
"While I cannot go into detail for each market, I can confirm that there will be a price increase of 2 euro cents in France, but there is no price increase in Switzerland," he said.
Prices for Arabica coffee beans have nearly doubled in the past few years, and Arabica coffee is at a 14 year high of $3 per pound. Even with the price increases Nespresso is growing rapidly, and we can only hope these high coffee prices don't continue.
March 23, 2011
As our sister site Single Serve Espresso has teased, the Nespresso Pixie is now available at Williams Sonoma nationwide and online. The Nespresso Pixie is a multi-colored Nespresso single serve coffee and espresso machine that utilizes Nespresso's coffee capsule system. We saw the Pixie in person, and the industrial design is striking. The Pixie is also not that much smaller than the Nespresso Citiz but it is indeed Pixie in size.
At Williams Sonoma
March 8, 2011
There's a product out in France called Ne-Cap that make the impossible possible - you can make your own Nespresso capsules and use any coffee you want.
The capsule is used in 4 easy steps...
- Fill capsule with your preferred espresso coffee or tea leaves
- Remove the protective label on the adhesive seal
- Stick on the foil label
- Pop in any Nespresso machine and enjoy.
According to the site, the cost per capsule is 0.10 Euros (Approx. 0.14 cents USD) and each capsule can hold about 5 grams of coffee. No word on how many capsules are in a box but the site says they're available at "fine coffee retailers across France" and online at various French coffee product sites.
There are even accessories for the Ne-cap as well...
March 4, 2011
Right now Williams-Sonoma has the exclusive sale in the US of the Nespresso Pixie. Starting yesterday on 3/3 you can purchase the Pixie in a variety of eye catching colors (we like the green), and enjoy a super-compact silhouette with superb espresso-making abilities from Nespresso. This is the smallest Nespresso machine ever, and we think the compact design is a winner.
- Stylish, ultracompact espresso machine brews one perfect cup at a time.
- Brewing is fully automatic – simply pop in a coffee capsule and select your cup size.
- Works exclusively with Nespresso’s premium coffee capsules (16 are included) for locked-in freshness and convenience with no mess.
- Heats up in 25 to 30 seconds – faster than most single-cup models on the market.
- Two top buttons allow you to select a shot size, a 1-oz pour or a 2- to 3-oz pour.
- Machine can be programmed to brew a specific duration based on your preference.
- A 19-bar pressure pump ensures maximum extraction of flavor.
- Innovative Thermoblock technology guarantees precise temperature control.
- Spent capsules are neatly ejected into an internal receptacle that holds up to 10 used capsules.
- Removable water tank is easy to fill.
- Drip tray flips up to accommodate larger cup sizes – handy when you’re making a latte or cappuccino.
- Easy-to-read backlit buttons.
- Auto shut-off after 9 minutes.
The Nespresso Pixie comes in 6 colors: Electric Steel Blue; Electric Lime; Electric Aluminum; Electric Indigo; Electric Red; Electric Titan. Pricing for the Nespresso Pixie is $249 for any color machine.