April 10, 2006
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.
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April 4, 2006
March 30, 2006
We've spent the last day drinking the new Fair Trade Island Coconut from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. This new Fair Trade K-Cup for is for your Keurig brewer and we're quite impressed. This is the first coconut flavored coffee we've had here at SingleServeCoffee.com and we think it's quite yummy.
Green Mountain describes this coffee as:
Indulge your senses with this delightfully fragrant, tropical taste treat. We've captured the lush aroma of freshly grated coconut — fruity, fresh, exotic — and blended it with the subtle sweetness of a lightly-roasted, Central American coffee. The result is as refreshing as it is unexpected. Be transported to your own private island paradise with our Fair Trade Island Coconut... it's one sweet destination!
It's a light refreshing cup of coffee. You can almost feel the coconut oil on your tongue after each sip. The coffee has a wonderful aroma of coconut as well - almost hypnotic. Though the coffee is considered light and flavored, we also found the coffee to be bold in the taste category.
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March 23, 2006
We first heard about these new K-Cups just over a month ago and we were pretty excited to try out a medium/dark extra bold K-Cup from Green Mountain Coffee and Newman's Own. It's really nice to know Paul Newman donates all of the proceeds after taxes to the products he sells to various charities. What's even better? Drinking a cup of great coffee and knowing you are helping out as well.
The story behind this K-Cup blend of dark and medium roast coffees?
"Did we mention that Paul likes his coffee roasted dark? Or that Nell prefers a lighter touch? Put 'em both together and this is what you get... a study in contrasts that satisfies everybody. This inspired blend of medium roasted Central American coffees and darker-roasted Indonesians is rich and robust, with ample body to stand up to all the cream and sugar that you might want to add to the party. Which is precisely how Pa takes his... this is his favorite blend, after all. "For fans of both dark and light roasts."
We fired up our trusty Keurig B60 (these K-Cups will work in your Keurig B40, B50, and B60 brewers, and sat down with a little cream and sugar shots to make a nice hot cup of Newman's Own Special Blend Extra Bold K-Cups. The initial brew before cream and sugar was very dark with a spicy nose.
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March 20, 2006
It's been over a year since we last learned of the fabled Grindmaster Consumer PrecisionBrew single serve coffee maker. We had thought back then it would be only a few months before it came out, but like some consumer products, you just have to wait and the product will come out when it wants to not when you'd like it to.
We're pretty excited to say - the wait was worth it. The Grindmaster GPOD PrecisionBrew™ Single Cup Brewing System has a small footprint, easy to use features, and can make a mild or strong cup of single serve coffee using coffee pods with ease. The machine is both attractive and is one of the best mid-ranged priced coffee pod brewers we've tested over the past two years.
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March 15, 2006
We've been in a furious round of coffee pod testing all week not letting the new Grindmaster GPOD Single Serve Coffee brewer get a free moment and decided to run a round of the new Pod Pack International coffee pods through it this week as well. Pod Pack International makes over 10 flavors for your for Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, Krups Home Cafe, and simplehuman single serve coffee pod brewers.
Pods are sold 18 per dispenser carton with 4 dispenser cartons in a shipping case and you can choose up to 4 different blends for each shipping case. Minimum order is 1 shipping case but pods are reasonably priced at $3.95 for regular flavors and $4.95 for flavored and decaf .
The following flavors are available in 9 gram single packed pods:
- House Blend Regular
- House Blend Decaffeinated
- 100% Columbian
- Breakfast Blend
- French Roast
- Vanilla Nut
- Guatemala Antigua
- Irish Cream
We decided to go with Vanilla Nut for this review as we've had a craving for something other than the dark coffee we've been testing with all week. The first thing we noticed was the attractive packaging of the One Cup coffee pods from Pod Pack. Each comes individually wrapped and weighs in at 9.3 grams per pod according to our scale. That makes sense as Pod Pack claims 9 grams of coffee in each pod and with the filter you could easily add the other .3 grams into the overall coffee pod weight.
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February 27, 2006
Everyone here at Single Serve Coffee.com is always looking for that perfect breakfast blend cup of coffee, because sometimes in the morning you don't want some super heavy cup of coffee but you might want something full and complex. Jim Evans at CoffeeWhiz.com sent us a set of Diedrich K-Cups for the Keurig B-40 Elite, Keurig B50 Gourmet, Keurig B-60 Special Edition brewers and we have been enjoying the Diedrich Morning Edition K-Cups over the past week.
But let's talk a little about Diedrich first. The Diedrich Story is as rich as the flavor of their coffee. It all started in 1916, when Charlotte Diedrich inherited a coffee plantation in Costa Rica. The coffee knowledge from owning the plantation passed down the different generations of Diedrichs until they opened a coffeehouse in the 1960s followed by many more. They now have over 30+
Now Diedrich describes their Morning Edition K-Cups as:
A full-bodied, full roast with creamy vanilla sweetness, aromas of leather and spice and a hearty satisfying finish.
What did we think? How satisfying is the finish? We can tell you right now this is a very full bodied cup of coffee that has a sweet yet satisfying finish.
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February 23, 2006
The Black & Decker Home Café System GT300 single serve coffee maker is the update from 2004's Black & Decker Home Cafe system. The older Home Cafe HCC100 system was plagued with issues regarding not being able to open, bad pumps, and a plastic taste to the coffee. There was even several issues regarding the system simply melting from the brewing process (please read the thread here).
The Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker GT 300 is supposed to fix many of these troubling issues and seeks out to do so. The Black & Decker Home Café System Generation II has a much improved quality about the machine, features a much smaller footprint, and the coffee pod chamber is also improved over the earlier model (you can read our first impressions here.)
The Home Cafe system from Black & Decker allows you to use coffee pods and specialty pods with a set of three different coffee pod holders. There is a single coffee pod holder, a double coffee pod holder, and the specialty pod holder which is used for cappuccino pods. For use with Home Cafe one cup brewers, you can purchase Millston and Folgers coffee pods. The system will also brew tea pods from Lipton tea and other manufacturers. The coffee pod holders will also work with any 7-11 gram pod in the single pod holder and you can use two 7 gram pods in the double pod holder.
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February 16, 2006
If you own a Keurig B-40 Elite, Keurig B50 Gourmet, Keurig B-60 Special Edition brewer then very soon you're going to be able to get your hands on some of this amazing French Roast & Kona blends coffee in K-cups from Tully's Coffee.
We received this coffee earlier in the week and have been sampling through both the Kona Blend and the French roast - what can we say? The Tully's French Roast knocked us down dead in our coffee drinking tracks and the Kona blend? A very interesting medium roast coffee that also is very good.
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February 2, 2006
It's been over a year since we tested the original Mr. Coffee Home Cafe. We liked this Home Cafe single serve coffee brewer much better than the Black & Decker Home Cafe. The quality of the Mr. Coffee was a little better and we also felt the coffee it produced was a little better as well.
The new Mr. Coffee Home Cafe Single Serve Coffee Maker - Model AT13 features:
- Utilizes Pre-Packed Folgers® and Millstone® Coffee Pods, to Bring the Coffeehouse Home
- Brews Regular/Flavored Pods and Specialty Pods (Cappuccino Drinks)
- Adjustable Brew Head Prevents Splatters and Allows for a Variety of Mug Sizes
- Ergonomic, Removable and Rotating Water Reservoir for Ease of Use and Cleaning
- Brews up to 14 oz. Fresh Cup of Coffee
- Removable Drip Tray For Easy Cleaning
- Compact Footprint
- Lighted On/Off Switch
- Bonus: 8 Folgers® and Millstone® Coffee Pods Starter Kit & Coffee Pod Storage Container
We've been testing this new machine (check out our first impressions) with various coffee pods from Flava Pods, Baronet Coffee Pods, Cool Beans Pod, and of course even the included Folgers pods. Since the machine features 3 pod holders - a single, a double, and a specialty pod holder the range of coffees you can make is quite broad.
Continue reading: "Review: Mr. Coffee Home Cafe AT 13 Generation II"