October 10, 2005
We received the Grindmaster Precision Pod Brewing System in mid-September and you may have been wondering - what have they been doing all that time? Why haven't we had a review sooner? Well, we like to put a machine through it's paces and reviewing machines of this caliber takes some time.
However, you may have noticed we've been mentioning and using the machine in several of the reviews over the past month. Some of the reviews included:
Starbucks Coffee Pod Review:
"We fired up the Grindmaster Pod Brewer we are currently testing. We stuck with a 6 oz setting on the Grindmaster with the darker setting (there's a dial where you can pick the level of coffee intensity you want). The Grindmaster pre-saturates the coffee pod for a better extraction, and then brews up a cup of 6 oz of coffee. We've found the 6 oz size to have the right amount of extraction to water ratio for our tasting habits. We then sampled the coffee with and without cream and sugar.
Continue reading: "Review: Grindmaster OPOD001 Precision Pod Brewing System from Single Serve Coffee"
October 7, 2005
Premium Pods.com sent us their Starbucks House Blend coffee pods for Senseo, Home Cafe, and other 62 mm single serve coffee brewers to review. Premium Pods.com doesn't make coffee pods, but resells only the best coffee pods they can find.
We have to say we are still wondering where these pods come from given Starbucks itself doesn't sell coffee pods yet (except for espresso pods). All that being said, we were excited to finally try some Starbucks coffee packed into a coffee pod for our single serve coffee brewer.
Update: It looks like Premium Pods.com as either pulled the Starbucks Coffee pods or run out of them. They are no longer available on their web site. We'll keep you posted if we find out anything more
Continue reading: "Review: Starbucks Coffee Pods for Senseo & Home Cafe from Single Serve Coffee"
October 4, 2005
When we first heard about the Brugo Self-Cooling Coffee Mug we couldn't have been more excited. Our current crop of travel mugs are a mixture of success and failure. We often burn our mouth or tongue from a very hot cup of single serve coffee in the morning when we aren't patient. Also - we often spill our coffee using the travel mugs we have when we forget to close the top. The Brugo Self-Cooling Coffee Mug has none of these issues.
The promise of the Brugo Self-Cooling coffee mug is that you don't have to worry about burning your mouth or spilling coffee. The Brugo Self-Cooling Coffee Mug has a "Temperature Control Chamber" at the top which measures out a drinkable portion of coffee. It then cools it down to 150-170°F., which provides optimum taste at a comfortable temperature.
The lid has three settings:
- "Tip and Cool", which allows you to drink using the Temperature Control Chamber
- "Sip" which bypasses the Chamber allowing to drink like a normal cup
- "Lock", which closes the cup.
We started off our experiment picking up a friend at the Airport yesterday morning at 6am. If you're like me, the ability to be rational and make good coffee drinking decisions at 6am is sparse. How did the Brugo Self-Cooling Coffee Mug hold up?
Continue reading: "Review: Brugo Self Cooling Coffee Mug"
September 26, 2005
Timothy's World Coffee has sent us their new Timothy's Rainforest Espresso Extra Bold K-Cups for us to review. We've also been trying out various other Timothy's coffees over the past few weeks and have to admit how much we've enjoyed them all.
Timothy's Rainforest Espresso Extra Bold K-Cups are in the new Keurig K-Cup format that has up to 25% more coffee packed into a single K-Cup. At an 8 oz setting you can truly tell the difference in a cup of Keurig single serve coffee versus a traditional K-Cup without the extra coffee.
The Rainforest Espresso Extra Bold K-Cups have 15% more coffee than the regular Timothy's Rainforest espresso blend. We like the extra amount of flavor this cup of coffee packs. Right away you can smell the coffee and we also mixed our 8 oz cup of Rainforest Espresso with milk and a little sugar to bring out the sweet flavors the Rainforest Espresso delivers.
Continue reading: "Review: Timothy's World Coffee Rainforest Espresso Extra Bold K-Cups"
September 21, 2005
September 19, 2005
In our continued commitment to review all the Single Serve Coffee systems, we bring you the Lavazza Espresso Point. When Single Serve Coffee started early last year, the Lavazza Espresso Point was one of the first single serve coffee machines we ran news on.
We received the Lavazza Espresso Point from Lilli at Aromacc.com. They run a web site called Aroma Cafe Culture that features many of the products you can get from Lavazza. Lavazza is a very old and very established Italian coffee brand and the Lavazza Espresso Point is a very unique hot beverage system.
The Lavazza Espresso Point uses prepackaged, gas-flushed cartridges, combined with Lavazza's proprietary machine technology. In a world where we have coffee pods, K-Cups, T-Discs, Espresso Pods, Coffee Capsules, it's quite amazing that there is yet another type of coffee cartridge or format in the single serve coffee world. But the fact remains - how good is the coffee from the Lavazza Espresso Point system and what are the details behind this system?
Continue reading: "Review: Lavazza Espresso Point"
September 6, 2005
We decided to kick off the after Labor Day review season with a K-Cup we've been enjoying and it's flavored! Green Mountain's Rain Forest Nut is quite good. We have been drinking it in the 8 oz size when using the Ultra B50 Keurig single serve coffee brewer with a little cream and sugar.
Green Mountain's Rain Forest Nut has a rich flavor - almost a strong vanilla like note, and of tastes of caramel as well. By itself and without the cream, you get a hint of the flavor, but by adding cream and sugar the Rain Forest Nut flavors really come out.
Continue reading: "Review: Green Mountain's Fair Trade Rain Forest Nut K-Cups for Keurig"
August 30, 2005
We received Tassimo earlier this month to review and are feeling good about this new offering in the Single Serve Coffee arena. The machine is manufactured by Braun, however Tassimo was designed by Saeco and Kraft. Tassimo will launch in the US this Fall.
Update: Tassimo has two new brewers from Bosch. Check out our reviews of the Tassimo Bosch Brewers:
Also check out our continued updated Tassimo and T-Dics area of articles.
Update: Tassimo is now calling this system a "brewbot". What's a brew bot? The Brewbot (BROO·bot) is an advanced brewing machine programmed to make over seven different varieties of beverages. Brewbots can create coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, hot chocolates and coffee cremas all at the touch of a button. a.k.a. Roboticus Brewtus. The machines are the same as earlier Tassimo Bosch models above but being marketed as brewbots. Please check out our review links of the current lineup of Tassimo machines.
Updated Bosch Tassimo Review: Read our review of the new Bosch Tassimo hot beverage system here.
The Tassimo does not use coffee pods, ESE espresso pods, or K-Cups, but utilizes a new hot beverage brewing system in the form of T-Discs. Each T-Disc has a bar code on it to tell the machine how the hot beverage of your choice needs to be prepared, and the brewing of the coffee happens inside each T-Disc as water is pushed through it. Tassimo can make single serve coffee. single serve crema coffee, espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, tea and best of all - HOT CHOCOLATE.
Tassimo is also the first single serve coffee system to have liquid milk instead of powdered milk to make cappuccinos and lattes. You don't have to keep the milk T-Discs cold either, as they are shelf stable and ultra-pasteurized. By using milk T-Discs to make a latte or cappuccino, the Tassimo eliminates the need for a complicated steam wand or frothing attachment.
Update: You can now order Tassimo at Amazon.com.
Continue reading: "Review: Tassimo Hot Beverage System from Single Serve Coffee"
August 15, 2005
August 8, 2005
We are very excited to review the Nespresso Romeo before it launches this September. The machine is part of a new "Top Line" from Nespresso, and utilizes their coffee capsule loading system and is aptly named Romeo, as the coffee capsule is placed on a small balcony.
If you're not familiar with Nespresso, they like to divide their uniqueness into what they call, "The Nespresso Trilogy": the hermetically-sealed, iconic capsules with the large variety of Grand Cru ground coffees (their own specially picked coffees), the state-of-the-art, easy-to-use, sleek-looking coffee machines, and the Nespresso Club which offers unmatched personal service for ordering Nespresso Capsules.
Update: You can now purchase the Nespresso Romeo at Amazon.com
Continue reading: "Review: Nespresso Romeo Single Serve Espresso Machine"