January 4, 2008

Lessons from Nestlé’s Coffee Break - Article on Single Serve Coffee


Image from the Financial Times

We think you'll enjoy this interesting article on Nespresso at the Financial Times. We also think you'd like to know we got quoted in the article about the cost of single serve coffee. Not too shabby for the New Year being only 4 days old.

The trick is to make such goods alluring and to set a price that is steep but affordable. UK newspaper executives sometimes moan that consumers refuse to pay 50p for a newspaper when they spend £2 on a coffee at Starbucks, but a newspaper is not the same thing as a Starbucks espresso. A shot of Nespresso – essentially – is the same.

“People can have their own coffee shop at home. They save because, even though it is more expensive than drip coffee, it is still a third of the price of Starbucks,” says Jay Brewer, founder of singleservecoffee.com, a website devoted entirely to, well, you get the idea.

At FT.com

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December 4, 2007

Nespresso Variations 2007 - Chocolate Orange, Almond, and Cardamom


Nespresso has introduced three new flavors for their 2007 variations. Last year they introduced Absolute Vanilla, Spicy Apple, and Aniseed (the Aniseed being our favorite), but this year they've gone a bit more mainstream. The flavors are Chocolate Orange, Almond, and Cardamom. We're especially excited for the Cardamom flavor - sure to be a bit spicy and exciting.

The Nespresso Variations 2007 coffee capsules will work in your Nespresso D90, Nespresso Le Cube, Nespresso Romeo, Nespresso Lattissima, Nespresso C100T, and other Nespresso single serve coffee and espresso makers.

At Nespresso Variations 2007

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November 15, 2007

Holiday Gift Picks: Nespresso Lattissima - One Touch Cappuccinos and Lattes

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We simply love the Nespresso Lattissima (you can read our full review here). If you're looking to get that special someone something truly special, the Nespresso Lattissima delivers cappuccinos and lattes with the touch of a button. It can also make some of the best espresso money can buy, and sure it will set you back $699, but don't you think that single serve coffee drinker in your life is worth it?

Nespresso Lattissima Highlights:

  • One touch fresh milk froth function for preparing a range of espresso-based beverages
  • Adjustable cup platform for filling coffee cups, as well as latte glasses
  • Auto clean automatic rinsing function
  • Heated upper surface for warming cups on the satin chrome model

Nespresso Lattissima Technical Details:

  • Twin pump heating system, one for frothing and one for making espresso - can be used at the same time
  • 19 Bar high-pressure pump
  • Auto cappuccino function, which produces a one-touch cappuccino in less than one minute or latte macchiato in one minute and 20 seconds
  • A mini brewing unit
  • Removable milk container
  • Removable water container
  • Water level reader
  • Capsule holder for 12-15 capsules
  • Weight is 11 pounds
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November 7, 2007

Nespresso C100T Essenza Single Serve Espresso and Coffee Machine


The Nespresso C100T Essenza is still one of our most used and favorite single serve espresso and coffee machines here at Single Serve Coffee. It's one of the most affordable Nespresso machines as well at just over $200, and has a very tiny footprint on your countertop. We also just really like the way the Nespresso C100T Essenza looks - a nice flowing top along with a perfect set of colors in a matte finish. If you're wondering what the big change is from the Nespresso C90 to the Nespresso C100T Essenza, it's the ability to program an espresso and lungo sized coffee on the two coffee buttons that appear on the front of the machine.

Overall features are:

  • 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 C100T Essenza

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October 17, 2007

Nestle Plans 40 More Nespresso Boutiques

Nespresso Boutique Bar - 8-2

Having visited the Nespresso boutique in New York over the summer, we can see why Nestle would want to have more Nespresso boutique locations. The feeling of very high end coffee and pastries fills the air, and you can view and use just about any Nespresso machine the company makes including the new Nespresso Lattissima. And given the sales of home single serve coffee and espresso rising, the company wants to open up to 40 Nespresso boutiques to capture the demand for high-pressure home espresso systems.

And how big is that growth? Managers at the company and existing Nespresso boutiques think it could be as high as 3x current sales. Wow. That's good news for everyone who owns a Nespresso single serve coffee machine.

Okay - here's the rollout as we know it so far - the second Nespresso boutique will open in Bloomingdales in Soho, New York, and the third U.S. Nespresso boutique will open this year in a Bloomingdale's in Washington, and six more are planned for 2008, including a Los Angeles store, and a Miami store may open in 2009.

We'll let you know if one is going to open in an area near you, but don't count on a Nespresso boutique on every corner in the US., but we can dare to dream.

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October 15, 2007

Review: Nespresso Jalayatra Special Club 2007 Coffee

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The Jalaytra Nespresso Capsule and Special Jalaytra Club Cup

We're always excited for the Nespresso Club Coffees from Nespresso, and when we heard about Jalaytra - a hand crafted Indian coffee that made the cut, our excitement grew even more. Jalaytra is a signature Arabica blend from the Malabar region of India. Inspired from the long sea journey and exposure to salty winds that flavored Indian coffees imported by Europe in the 19th century, this blend was created to capture the essence of those long salt ridden sea voyages in a Nespresso capsule.

The flavor of Jalaytra coffee supposedly has a peppery bite with spicy after-notes. How does it hold up? Do we like pepper taste in our coffee? Is this new Nespresso Special Club blend worth picking up at $5.90 for 10 capsules making the coffee $.59 cents a cup?

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September 28, 2007

Nespresso Jalayatra Special Club Coffee - Peppery Coffee from Across the Sea

Nespresso Blend Special

We'll be receiving some of the new Jalaytra Nespresso club coffee to review very soon.The coffee is imported from India, and has acquired its distinct flavor from the journey across the ocean according to Nespresso. These 'sea-spray swollen' beans revealed an intense flavor after their voyage, and this has resulted in an intense blend, drawing from the strength of the monsoon rain to release its richness and peppery, spiced notes.

Peppery spiced coffee could be very interesting, and we did love the Nespresso Variations earlier this year. The Jalaytra Nespresso coffee capsules will work in your Nespresso D90, Nespresso Le Cube, Nespresso Romeo, Nespresso Lattissima, Nespresso C100T, and other Nespresso single serve coffee and espresso makers.

At Jalayatra | Nespresso Special Club 2007

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September 13, 2007

Review: Nespresso Lattissima - One Touch Cappuccinos, Lattes, and Espresso

Review from Single Serve Coffee.com - Coffee Pod Reviews Nespressolattissma

The Nespresso Lattissima can make one touch cappuccinos, lattes, and espresso with the touch of a button. We first encountered the Nespresso Lattissima single serve coffee machine earlier this year at the Nespresso launch party for the machine. We were impressed then and are we impressed now? What can we say - the machine not only delivers on the promise of one touch cappuccinos, lattes, and espresso - it excels at all of those drinks and best of all - it's the easiest to use machine we've ever tested to create a latte or cappuccino hands down.

As we said earlier in the year, because the Nespresso Lattissima uses fresh milk the difference in the quality of the latte or cappuccino is staggering. The Nespresso Lattissima also features an "auto clean" function, and the milk reservoir detaches from the machine so you can keep it nice and cool in the fridge for the next cappuccino or latte you make. Another cool feature is the adjustable cup platform, which allows you to use a tall latte glass or a traditional coffee cup.

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September 5, 2007

Nespresso Lattissima Arrives for Review

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We've finally received the much fabled Nespresso Lattissima - One Touch Cappuccinos and Lattes single serve coffee maker. We're very excited to say we've been making one touch hot lattes and caps all weekend long (what a tough Labor Day Weekend), and will have a full review soon.

Update: Read our review of the Nespresso Lattissima

Our initial impressions are - the Lattissima really works and works well. You can choose lattes or just make espresso or lungo sized cups of single serve coffee and espresso. The footprint of the machine is also very small, and the machine looks great on our countertop.

Nespresso Lattissima Highlights:

  • One touch fresh milk froth function for preparing a range of espresso-based beverages
  • Adjustable cup platform for filling coffee cups, as well as latte glasses
  • Auto clean automatic rinsing function
  • Heated upper surface for warming cups on the satin chrome model

Nespresso Lattissima Technical Details:

  • Twin pump heating system, one for frothing and one for making espresso - can be used at the same time
  • 19 Bar high-pressure pump
  • Auto cappuccino function, which produces a one-touch cappuccino in less than one minute or latte macchiato in one minute and 20 seconds
  • A mini brewing unit
  • Removable milk container
  • Removable water container
  • Water level reader
  • Capsule holder for 12-15 capsules
  • Weight is 11 pounds

At Nespresso and Nespresso Lattissima

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July 25, 2007

Enrique Iglesias Meet Nespresso

Nespresso-In-Enrique-Iglesi

Introductions can be tough and they can be even tougher when it's in a music video. It looks like Enrique Iglesias has gotten the introduction of a lifetime - the Nespresso Le Cube and a very hot barista. The music video features a Nespresso Le Cube in arctic white and also a rather attractive young woman making a shot of Nespresso espresso for Mr. Iglesias. Do you think they'll add an MP3 player and barista to purchase at the Nespresso online store? Time and music videos can only tell.

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