Portable espresso or making coffee of any type on the go seems to be coming of age. We've seen the Aeropress, in-car espresso makers, and now the Preva xSport Portable Espresso maker for camping, rv-ing, and backpacking.
This ultra-compact espresso maker will make espresso or single serve coffee on the go and is compact, light, and durable. Unlike it's bigger single serve counterparts (see the Senseo for size comparison), we could see this being a pretty good choice for a long weekend hike or perhaps making a double shot cafe Americano on the side of a mountain. We can also see this being a good choice for taking while on vacation and staying in a hotel, where they often have the tiny coffee maker that could provide you hot water to use in your Preva xSport.
Hiking and vacation aside, we decided to put the Preva xSport through the paces here in the Single Serve Coffee test kitchen and see how good of a shot of espresso and how perfect a cup of single serve coffee we could make.
Wendy from Typical Dutch Stuff has sent over the newly released Nescafe Coffee Pods with toppings. These new pods are a totally new concept because each box contains 8 individually wrapped coffee pods and 8 individually wrapped toppings. You place the pod in the machine and the topping in your cup. You then stir through the coffee when it is still brewing and enjoy a cappuccino, cafe au lait, or chocolate coffee, for only €0.62 or roughly 0.74 USD a cup before shipping. These coffee pods will work in your Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, Krups Home Cafe, and simplehuman single serve coffee pod brewers.
There are four flavors available: Caffe Cioccolato (chocolate), Cappucino, Cappucino Decaf, and Cafe au Lait. The
We've been sampling the three different flavors over the past few weeks and have to say this is much better than the Senseo Cappuccino or the Home Cafe Cappuccino. The toppings are meant to be inserted into the cup prior to brewing. Putting them in at the end of a brew cycle produces less than stunning results. We often found that using the entire contents of the toppings bag was also too much.
We've provided several pictures and a video to show you how the mixture brews up in our Blue Senseo Coffee maker.
We are really excited to see Tassimo US importing new coffees for the Tassimo brewing system for sale here in the US. The new blend is available at the TassimoDirect.com web site and is one of 4 new blends to be brought over from Europe. We decided to start with the Petite Dejeuner because we love a good light breakfast coffee and so far Tassimo had not had much variety in the single serve coffee market in this area.
We also thought we'd include our first video using You Tube for you to hear and see the coffee brewing in the Tassimo. Often we hear complaints on how loud and crazy the Tassimo is while brewing. We don't find this to be the case. It's definitely not in the quiet department, but it really isn't that loud. Since the Tassimo using a pumping method to brew the coffee in the T Disc, you can hear the pump being used while it brews. It kind of sounds like a toy tommy gun from our youth.
How good is the Carte Noire Petite Dejeuner coffee? How does it stack up against other Tassimo coffee or other single serve coffee we've had?
It's spring and the sap is running and just in time for the limited edition Sugar Bush Maple K-Cups from Timothy's Coffee. These flavored K-Cups have an over the top maple flavor but different than some of the other maple infused flavored k-cups and coffee pods we've tasted.
What's different? The Timothy's Sugar Bush Maple K-Cups are full on maple and not a mixture of cinnamon and maple flavors making them different from the French Toast blends. We also find the aroma produced is almost like maple infused bacon or the smell of maple syrup over really hot pancakes.
As we stated earlier these k-cups are for a limited time only - much like the limited time the sap runs in the Spring that makes maple syrup. Having grown up in Northern Maine, we've actually all made maple syrup by carrying buckets of sap to a large boiling cauldron and then watching the sap boil down into yummy maple syrup, so our standards are high when it comes to a maple syrup anything. We also think you might want to know how to make Maple Syrup yourself and How Stuff Works has a great article.
Straight from the magical beauty and lush vegetation of the Blue Mountain range to you comes this rarest of all coffees! Jamaican Blue Mountain and at $2.25 per pod - it had better be good. These limited edition Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee pods will work in your Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, Krups Home Cafe, and simplehuman single serve coffee pod brewers and are available for a limited time at CoffeeWhiz.com.
Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is famous for its clean, refined taste and hint of natural sweetness. It also tends to have an intensely bold aroma and excellent body. Where does Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee come from? This rare coffee pod's coffee from St. Andrews, Jamaica. Also did you know that the Jamaican Coffee grower gets a higher price for his coffee than any other coffee producing country? We're pretty sure we can tell given the price of these coffee pods.
How good was the coffee produced? How does $2.25 per pod coffee taste in your single serve coffee brewer?
Full bodied, earthy, and dark does actually describe the Black Tiger Blend K-Cups from Coffee People. We've been drinking several of their blends over the past few days thanks to Jim Evans from CoffeeWhiz.com. We have found the Black Tiger - GRRR!!! to be quite good and very different. These new K-Cups will work in the Keurig B40, B50, and B60 brewers.
If you aren't familiar with Coffee People we wouldn't be surprised. Coffee People coffee shops mostly reside in the Oregon. It's really nice to see these K-Cups as they're a much smaller coffee company, however they were bought by Diedrich in 1999 so that may shed some light on how these K-Cups came to market.
Coffee People’s roots in Oregon can be traced to the Saturday Market in Eugene Oregon. Small amounts of specialty grade coffee were roasted and offered it for sale at the Saturday Market. The first Coffee People Coffeehouse was opened in 1983 on NW 23 Street in Portland.
In July 1999, Coffee People became part of the Diedrich Coffee Family. The rich authentic coffee heritage of Diedrich Coffee and the product portfolio of Coffee People have proved to be a perfect match. While Coffee People continues its creative, local, and innovative approach to coffee service, Diedrich Coffee, a high end specialty coffee roaster, now expertly roasts Coffee People’s special blends according to traditional Coffee People recipes to honor the heritage of this concept, pioneered in Portland.
What did we think of the Black Tiger coffee from Coffee People?
Timothy's has been making great coffee in the US and Canada for quite awhile and last year we were very excited to be able to get their coffee at home using K-Cups and our Keurig B50 brewer. Now we're even more excited to be able to use their coffees in our coffee pod brewers. The new Timothy's coffee pods will work in your Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, Krups Home Cafe, and simplehuman single serve coffee pod brewers.
The coffee used in Timothy's Rainforest Espresso comes from 100% Rainforest Alliance certified beans, sourced from a farm in Brazil. Certification protects workers. Certified farms hire locally, pay fair wages, and ensure safe working conditions and access to clean drinking water and proper sanitary facilities. In all, more than 50,000 farm families are enjoying the benefits of the program.
Cafepods is back in the US with a dedicated US store and we're pretty excited. It's been nearly 2 years since we've had many of the blends that we started our single serve coffee journey on. We think back foundly to our original reviews on their Italian roast coffee pods and wonder where all that time went.
We're very excited to have a steady supply of their Buzz coffee pods. Buzz offers a rich crema and more caffiene than their italian blend that we reviewed so long ago. It has a very snappy taste, with a hint of robusta and a very precise flavor that lingers on the sides of the tongue.
We've been drinking the Heifer Hope Blend K-Cups from Green Mountain Coffee over the past two weeks and think these new k-cups are delicious, complex, and have a very long lasting finish. These new K-Cups will work in your in your Keurig B40, B50, and B60 brewers.
Heifer Hope Blend was created to support Heifer International’s fight against world hunger. Green Mountain sourced coffee for this blend from the La Voz Cooperative in Guatemala. While Heifer teaches La Voz farmers ways to diversify their income, Green Mountain helps to supply a stable market for their coffee.
We've been using the new FLAVIA FUSION Drinks Station for over a month now and we have one thing to say, "This machine really does make a ton of different hot drinks." It's nothing short of mind blowing the amount of different combinations you can make with the FLAVIA FUSION. After a month of trying all the drinks we have to conclude - some are very good while others are okay and nothing special, however, we feel any system that can take on single serve coffee, hot teas, iced teas, espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, and other deserves some kudos right out of the box.
It's also important to note that FLAVIA has been making single serve coffee machines for the home and office even before Senseo came to the United States. Having had coffee from the Flavia S350 and the FLAVIA sB100 Drink Stations, everyone here was really excited to try the home offering, as the coffee we've had from FLAVIA in the past has not been bad at all.
What can the home FLAVIA machine make? The FLAVIA FUSION can make Coffees, Fresh Leaf Teas, LATTES, Cappuccinos, Hot Chocolate and other drinks. They even have a Wellbeing line of teas with vitamins in them. You can even mix up your own "hot cocktail" by Mixing and Matching from they're entire line of syrups and sprinkles you can purchase along with the coffee and teas. We really enjoyed the syrups to accent many of the coffees we've had over the past month. We found a little flavoring in a cup of hot Sumatra to be refreshing.
tess: I bought several small boxes and coffee was very good read more Jon: I bought a box of these but labeled as Walmart's read more f broussard: is this compatible for the Keurig® B140 Commercial Coffee Brewing read more CK: I think the new 2.0 K-Cups that are currently out read more Tom Meisch: Not really an issue unless your buying a new Keurig, read more