March 26, 2012
The Maestria has a steam wand built in.
Nespresso is realeasing in April two Nespresso machines - the Maestria and Gran Maestria. The Nespresso Maestria will use the Nespresso coffee capsules for one-touch coffee, espresso, and cafe style drinks. The Maestria will use a steam wand, but the Gran Maestria model will use the Aeroccino for making hot whipped milk.
Continue reading: "Nespresso Maestria Single Serve Espresso and Cafe Drink Maker"
January 10, 2012
We finally have a date on Nespresso bringing back the Kazaar coffee capsules in 2012.
Their Twitter feed had the following to say about the date: "You asked and we listened! Kazaar is coming back on 1/16, available online only – RT if you’re counting down!" These capsules will be available online only and you may also want to check out their Facebook page for updates as well.
We never had the pleasure of the Kazaar - so we look forward to getting a few capsules to try out on 1/16.
September 22, 2011
Nespresso has launched a Lattissima Plus Site which delivers on both the features of the Nespresso Lattissima + and of course the beauty. We simply always enjoy a site with crema the width of your browser window, and with all Nespresso mini-sites this one delivers design in droves. One really cool feature is the changing Nespresso lip stick color you get as you roll over each Nespresso capsule type.
Continue reading: "Nespresso Launches Lattissima Plus Site"
September 13, 2011
The Latissima Plus single serve coffee maker is from Nespresso and Delonghi. As with the previous Lattisima this machine makes cappuccinos and lates with ease. Just pop in a nespresso capsule and touch a button—one-touch ease and patented technology deliver a perfect coffee experience every time, and the programmable buttons give you a perfect drink in the size you want.
Continue reading: "Nespresso Latissima Plus Single Serve Coffee Maker"
August 22, 2011
Nespresso is going to launch around September 12, 2011 a blend of Brazilian, Colombian, and Costa Rican Arabica beans along with Indian Robusta 2 called Dhjana. The flavor intensity: 8 with the beans coming from 100% AAA-certified (Nespresso's Sustainable Quality program) which is very close to Rainforest Alliance certification. The capsule color: copper-ish and you can expect more details on recycling the capsules now that Nespresso has put systems into place to deal with the spent aluminum in the capsules to meet a 75% recycle rate in 2013.
We're always anxious to try the limited editions, but they do always sell out fast. We recommend having your browser open to the Nespresso site on 9/12.
Via Single Serve Coffee Forums
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"