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.
Continue reading: "Review: Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker GT300"
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.
Continue reading: "Review: Tully's French Roast & Kona Blend K-Cups"
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"
February 1, 2006
Winter is upon us and so our various coffees for our single serve coffee machines touting they'll be perfect for a nice cozy cup of coffee. Fair Trade Winter Classic blend from Green Mountain coffee is just such a coffee for your K-Cup single serve brewer. We fired up our trusty Keurig B60 and sat back hoping this Winter blend would do the trick.
The Winter Classic Blend brings together Indonesian coffee with Central and South American beans. The resulting coffee is intended to bring about a very caramel like coffee with a smooth round taste and finish. We used the 7.25 oz setting on the B60 with water temperature coming out in the 188-189 degrees F range. We also sat back in our big easy chair, put a blanket over us, and proceeded to see how much the Winter Classic Blend improved our "coziness".
Continue reading: "Review: Green Mountain Coffee Fair Trade Winter Classic Blend K-Cups"
January 20, 2006
January 11, 2006
The staff here at Single Serve Coffee.com have been kicking the tires on the new Aerobie Aeropress for over a month now. Did you notice something about the title of the coffee maker? Yes. The same company that makes the Aerobie flying discs and other fun outdoor products makes the Aeropress. If you've ever thrown an Aerobie you know it really works. The frisbee like rings are much easier to throw than frisbees and go very far. So we had high expectation s for the Aeropress coffee maker from such an ingenious inventive company.
Since this is a little different than other single serve coffee makers we normally review we want to ensure you that it is in fact a single serve coffee maker. Yes - you will need espresso ground coffee from either your grinder or by purchasing some pre-ground coffee from coffee companies like illy but making a cup of Aeropress coffee is very easy and intended to make one cup of perfect coffee or espresso.
Continue reading: "Review: Aerobie AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker"
January 9, 2006
Jim Evans from CoffeeWhiz.com sent us a set of Eight 0' Clock Colombian coffee pods in both regular and decaf. We can't say we were ever an Eight 0' Clock coffee drinker in drip coffee form but we did welcome the chance to review the Eight 0' Clock 100% Colombian coffee pods.
The Eight 0' Clock coffee pods are a blend of award-winning 100% Colombian coffee beans. Eight 0' Clock coffee claims you can expect a medium roast flavored coffee with a lingering sweet finish.
What did we find? How did these coffee pods fair? How sweet is the finish?
Continue reading: "Review: Eight 0' Clock Colombian Coffee Pods"
January 5, 2006
Want to use your own coffee in your Keurig home brewer? Look no further than the My K-Cup Keurig Reusable Filter filter. The reusable K-Cup® filter assembly allows you to use your own gourmet ground coffee in your Keurig® brewer. The My K-Cup Keurig Reusable Filter will work in your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig B70 Brewer, and the Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer.
The reusable K-Cup filter is also now available to the general public via Green Mountain Coffee's web site. You can purchase both the reusable K-Cup assembly and extra filters. We received just an assembly and one filter for testing but can tell if you really wanted to enjoy this for a couple of cups of coffee in the morning having an extra filters will make repeat cups of coffee much easier.
We embarked on our first round of testing using Pete's House Blend coffee. We frequent Pete's Coffee Shop in Harvard Square here in Cambridge, MA all the time and know that special flavor you get from any Pete's Coffee. How would the My K-Cup Keurig Reusable Filter do when brewing up a cup of coffee? How hard would it be to fill? What would the mess be like? How hard would the clean up be?
Update: You can now purchase the My K-Cup Keurig Reusable Filter at Green Mountain Coffee Roaster's web site.
Continue reading: "Review: My K-Cup Keurig Reusable Filter"
January 3, 2006
We recently discovered Flava Pods - a new coffee pod maker with a bunch of flavored coffee pod flavors for your Senseo, Krups KP1010 Home Cafe, Bunn My Cafe, and other single serve coffee brewers. Flava Pods come individually wrapped and weigh in at 10 grams per pod.
We decided to focus our first Flava Pod coffee pod review on their Vanilla Hazelnut coffee pods. We tend to drink a the more vanilla or hazel flavored coffees and we also like how they mix up with a little cream and sugar.
Other Current Flavors Include:
- Cinnamon Sticky Bun
- Hawaiian Macadamia Nut
- Cinnamon Almond Macaroon
- Mocha Cinnamon Swirl
- Chocolate Cappuccino
- French Vanilla
- Supreme Hazelnut Delight
- Vanilla Hazelnut
- Caramel Nut Crunch
- Swiss Chocolate Almond
Flava Pods boasts a a true, robust hazelnut flavor for their vanilla hazelnut coffee pods. What did we think?
Continue reading: "Review: Flava Pods Vanilla Hazelnut Coffee Pods"
December 6, 2005
We've been testing the LilyPod over the past several weeks and we'll say this right up front - results have been varied. The LilyPod Microwave Brew Mug supposedly brews up a nice cup of joe in 3 minutes or and that means less mess and the convenience of using whatever flavor pod you'd like to throw into it. The big factor here is the microwave.
We have had less than stunning results with the Single Serve Coffee.com microwave but have had better results at our friends house. Each time we use the Lilypod with the exact directions and try a microwave the results have been different. It's like we're making microwave popcorn and not coffee, but we do believe it makes sense the results are so varied.
If you've ever cooked in a microwave oven anything like popcorn, perhaps a Lean Cuisine, or even poached some eggs - you'll know that finding the right power setting and time to cook is important for YOUR MICROWAVE. We have found this to be the case with the LilyPod. We simply could not find a great setting for our Microwave but did find some decent ones with other less powerful microwave ovens. That being said, the coffee produced each time was not great coffee.
Continue reading: "Review: LilyPod Microwavable Single Cup Coffee Pod Mug"