December 17, 2010

Sarah Lee to Sell Nespresso Compatible Capsules in US

The L'OR Brand of Nespresso compatible capsules sold under the Douwe Egberts brand name.

Single Serve Espresso and Bloomberg have reported that Sara Lee, one of the major coffee makers in Europe may start selling their Nespresso compatible capsules in the US through a mail order system as they look for ways to expand their distribution of this coffee format.

What are the savings? About 4 cents a capsule from Sarah Lee making their capsules .29 a pop and Nespresso's .33. Doesn't sound like a lot but it adds up. While Nespresso/Nestle feels that their capsule and machines are well protected through a layered patent process, Sara Lee believes that they have successfully circumvented the patent protection and have been offering their L'Or capsules in France online and at retailers since April, and in the Netherlands just this month.

They have reportedly sold 90 million capsules to date.

Full read at Single Serve Espresso

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November 11, 2010

2010 Nespresso Variations Coffee Capsules - Vanilla, Caramel, and Almond


The 2010 Limited Editions of Variations by Nespresso have been announced. These variations will launch on December 6th with a preview sale event from December 1st -5th for high-value Nespresso Club members.

  • Vanilla Variation – a balanced harmony between the rich and velvety aromas of vanilla and the mellow flavour of the Livanto Grand Cru creates a blend distinguished by its full, enveloping taste, infinitely smooth and silky on the palate.
  • Caramel Variation– the sweet vanilla flavour of caramel softens the roasted notes of the Livanto Grand Cru results is a delicate gourmet union which evokes the creaminess of soft toffee.
  • Almond Variation – the sweet and lightly toasted almond notes accentuate the roundness of the Livanto Grand Cru and this melt-in-the-mouth blend evokes the mellow taste of Amaretti biscuits.

Single Serve Espresso has an extensive recap and thoughts on this year's Nespresso Variations we think you should check it out.

At Nespresso and Single Serve Espresso

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October 20, 2010

700 Used Nespresso Coffee Capsules Made into Giant Battery Used to Power Clock


Somewhere in Vienna over 700 used Nespresso capsules were combined with copper and salt water to make battery-powered clocks. The capsule battery packed were linked together to keep a radio playing away happily as well. Nespresso does have a recycle program for it's capsules, but we think this reuse is pretty interesting.

Where does the 700 capsules come from? Supposedly, the average coffee-drinker can go through 700 Nespresso capsules a year. Given that number we'd only need to drink 1.91 shots of espresso a day. Sign us up!

Via Gizmodo

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September 9, 2010

Nespresso C110 CitiZ Automatic Single-Serve Espresso Maker and Nespresso Capsule Storage


We're big fans of the Nespresso CitiZ line of single serve coffee makers (read our full review here), and we think pairing the machine with the Swissmar Capstore Vista Storage Rack for 40 Nespresso Coffee Capsules is a winning combination. The Nespresso C110 CitiZ Automatic Single-Serve Espresso Maker is for use with coffee-filled capsules from Nespresso, and features both espresso and lungo buttons with automatic and programmable volume control. The C110 also features a 19-bar pump, energy-saving mode, and 1-liter removable water tank.


If you pair the Nespresso C110 CitiZ Automatic Single-Serve Espresso Maker with this Turntable-style storage unit you'll be able to store up to 40 Nespresso single-serve capsules. The storage unit spins and makes picking the perfect lungo or espresso in the morning much easier, and with less mess.

At Nespresso C110 CitiZ Automatic Single-Serve Espresso Maker and Swissmar Capstore Vista Storage Rack for 40 Nespresso Coffee Capsules

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August 23, 2010

Nestlé Nespresso to Unveil Kazaar Limited Edition 2010 - Super Strong Coffee


Turn it up to 12 (sorry 11 is so old school) with the upcoming fall Nespresso capsule called Kazaar. The Kazaar Limited Edition 2010 will be the strongest coffee in it's entire line of Grand Crus, because until recently, Ristretto with its 10th level of roast was the strongest coffee. To create the exclusive Kazaar Limited Edition, Nespresso experts roasted the beans at the maximum 12th level.


Exclusively for the Kazaar Limited Edition, Nespresso collaborated with famed French interior-designer Andree Putman to develop the white Ritual Collection, which included elegant ristretto cups and refined saucers.

Kazaar Limited Edition will come to the Nespresso club and boutiques in September 2010.

Via POPSOP.COM and Single Serve Coffee Forums

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August 9, 2010

Nespresso Makes a Ferrari Espresso Machine


Following in the footsteps of Lamborghini's and Brunopasso's octane-infused machines comes this one from Nespresso, designed for Ferrari. Packaged inside a racing helmet, the visor lifts to expose the spout where all the Nespresso espresso goodness pours out. The chin pulls out like a drawer, and various panels expose the other compartments. We think a nice short shot or longer Lungo will benefit from this design in various race ridden ways.

Via Autoblog At Yanko Design

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May 25, 2010

Nespresso Citiz Dot Paris and New York Single Serve Coffee Makers


Nespresso has launched two themed Citiz single serve coffee espresso and coffee makers - one is themed for Paris and the other for New York. We think both machines look really groovy, and we've found the slim design of the Citiz line of single serve coffee makers to be a welcome addition to your already crowded kitchen counter. If you're not familiar with the Citiz line (read our full review here), it uses the same Nespresso capsules all other Nespresso machines use.

At Nespresso Citiz

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March 31, 2010

Nespresso Tanzaru 2010 Limited Edition Coffee Capsules


Nestlé Nespresso has introduced the variety Tanzaru Limited Edition 2010. Tanzaru Limited Edition 2010 features the flavors of Tanzanian Arabic coffees and the delicate and balanced taste of Peruvian Arabic coffees. The coffee has bright citrus notes alongside a slight tartness of green tones adding unlimited freshness to the rich espresso.


Nespresso has also created a collection of art cups sets designed by Christian Ghion and then developed by design group Onze Dixieme. Tanzaru Limited Edition 2010 scores 4 points of 10 in the Nespresso coffee strength rating.

The Nespresso Tanzaru 2010 Limited Edition Coffee Capsule will work in your Nespresso CiTiZ, Nespresso D90, Nespresso Le Cube, Nespresso Romeo, Nespresso Lattissima, Nespresso C100T, and other Nespresso single serve coffee and espresso makers.

At Nespresso - Tanzaru

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January 8, 2010

Review: Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker and Milk Frother

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Nespresso has continued to expand it's single serve espresso and coffee offerings this year with the CitiZ line, and we're kind enough to send us along a test unit to review here at Single Serve Coffee. CitiZ Nespresso machines are sleek and have modern colors along with exceptional design lines that enhance not only your kitchen, but your coffee morning. We reviewed the CitiZ stand alone machine earlier this year, and we we're impressed. How much does the milk frother add to the equation and footprint?


We think if you're going to be using the Aeroccino a ton for making lattes and cappuccinos, having it integrated with the machine gives you a larger footprint, but the aesthetic is killer. It was hard to let this one go off the test kitchen counter, and the powder coated black frother blends nicely into the landscape of the coffee base.

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December 16, 2009

Review: Nespresso Variations 2009 Ginger, Apricot, and Chesnut Cream Coffee Capsules

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As Nespresso Club members are aware, each year around this time marks the release of 3 flavored espresso varieties known as the Nespresso "Variations" collection. These flavors are available for a limited time only and once Nespresso stops selling them, that's it... they're gone until further notice, sometimes never to be seen again. So we decided to order a bunch this year, and try and review them before they're gone.

This year's flavors are apricot, chestnut cream & gingerbread. The coffee base for each flavor is the Livanto capsule which ranks in at a strength of 6 on the packaging sleeves. We have to admit, we went into this order thinking that we'd only love 1 flavor while hating another & "maybe" liking the 3rd. Little did we know how surprised we'd be by what would emerge as our favorite & least favorite flavors of the bunch.

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