May 15, 2008

Second Nespresso Design Contest Winners - CoffeeLuxury Celebrated

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"Untitled" the winner of the Second Nespresso Design Competition looks more like
a nightlight than an espresso machine.

Nespresso always have the most amazing designs for their single serve coffee machines. Recently they held an awards ceremony for their second design contest in Milan. In total 4 winners were announced, including:

  • First place was awarded to Brice Genre and Hanika Perez of the Université Toulouse Le Mirail in France for their creative design, "Untitled," which is an incredibly original coffee maker resembling a thermosensitive work of art that gradually changes appearance thanks to the heat of the water. Renowned designer Giulio Cappellini from Italy presented the €12,000 cash prize to the two students
  • The second-place award went to Andreas Diefenbach from Staatliche Akademie Der Bildenden Künste in Germany. His design was entitled, "Pearl," a round coffee-maker with a luxurious design.
  • Millete Balazs and Telekes Tamas from MOME - Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Hungary, was the third-place winner with their in-flight coffee machine, "Enjoy It While Flying."
  • The Special mention was awarded to Francois Saudubray from EID in France for his "SOPRANO" design. An ingenious system of covers, each with a colour that is association with a particular Nespresso Grand Cru, makes it possible to preserve the aroma of coffee while recognizing one's cup.

Check out the interactive feature at Nespresso Design Contest Winners, and the full set of winner pictures after the jump.

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February 27, 2008

Typical Dutch Stuff - Get European Coffee Pods

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We've always been a big fan of Typical Dutch Stuff. They carry almost any coffee pod you can't get in the US for the Senseo, and other single serve coffee pod machines. All the pods they offer have the same diameter (62mm). This means you can safely use any of these coffee pods in your Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, Melitta One:One, simplehuman, Krups 1010 , GPOD, Home Cafe, Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic, Melitta MES5B Javapod, and other single serve coffee pod makers.

They also add flavors on a regular basis, so check back often.

At Typical Dutch Stuff

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February 20, 2008

More Bosch Tassimo Videos from France

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A few more new videos (all in French, of course) of the new Bosch Tassimo machine. These videos showcase some of the new buttons and lights of the Bosch Tassimo.

From SH:

The first video is a promotional clip from the Bosch Project Director where he describes how the machine is sleeker, how it'll be available in 4 colors which he describes in English (still can't figure out why he doesn't just say "rouge" "noir" and "argenté" instead of black, red & silver), he goes over some of the new features such as the lights for water refil & descaling. He also notes how the new machine will be available on France retail shelves in April 2008. He noted the goal of the project was to introduce a new Tassimo which was much more modernized & design-oriented to fit into contemporary settings/decor. I'm guessing that's why they decided to get rid of the see-through window on the top of the T-Disc chamber... because they thought it wasn't "sleek enough" or perhaps detracted from the machine's overall design?? You also get a good view of what size mugs/cups can fit on the cup stand.

The second video is one of the French bloggers testing an espresso in the machine at the brunch event last month in Paris.

Read more from our earlier Bosch Tassimo posts...

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February 6, 2008

More Tassimo from Bosch Sightings - Pictures and Video

SH from Canada is at it again with even more interesting thoughts on the new Tassimo designed and created by Bosch. He's noticed a Flickr gallery of photos taken by one of the bloggers at the Tassimo Bosch brunch event.

The blogger's name is Cyril Attias and he has a ton of pictures:

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One picture has piqued his curiosity....

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From SH: Notice anything missing? No water run-off spout! Unless the spout has been moved further below so that it's covered by the cup stand, I'll take a wild guess that maybe this new Tassimo no longer leaks water. Remember, this is all just pure speculation on my behalf. Also interesting, water reservoir is the width of the machine (explains how they made it 2L) and it appears there's holes integrated into the lid so that you can fill water while the lid is still on.

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January 29, 2008

Tassimo Bosch Videos from France

We've got a couple of videos for you appearing on YouTube about the Tassimo Bosch single serve coffee maker. We're not sure how informative either of these videos are, but they do give you a great impression for how much the french do love their Tassimo coffee, espresso, and hot beverages.

The first video is more polished and definitely a promo. The second video is a slideshow of the different bloggers or press that attended the unveiling event in Paris.

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January 28, 2008

Bosch Tassimo France Website is Live - Tassimo Bosch Features Detailed

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SH from Canada has written in and provided a rather extensive translation of the new Tassimo designed by Bosch web site in France. The Bosch's France-based Tassimo website is now LIVE. It also appears no other Bosch Tassimo websites are online yet, and there's lots of juicy tidbits of the Bosch Tassimo features below.

Here's what SH had to say with a translation of the site from French to English:

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December 10, 2007

Europe: MyCafé Coffee Pod Brewer


The MyCafé's 2008 model has landed and it's made with German precision. The new MC-08 coffee maker is uses coffee pods, and has a stepless adjustment for cup size. The watertank holds 1,3L, and it features an automatic power turn-off in 1hour. We're sure there's even more features, but the majority of the site is in Finnish. We'll be receiving one of these to review when they make a 120volt version next year for North America.

At MyCafé

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October 11, 2007

Europe: Tchibo Cafissimo Single Serve Coffee Machine

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We recently heard about this Tchibo Cafissimo single serve coffee machine only out in Europe at the Single Serve Coffee Forums. It looks like is uses an espresso/coffee capsule system much like the Lavazza Blue. You can make cappuccinos, lattes, and other single serve coffee drinks, along with just straight up coffee.

The name Cafissimo stands for simple and delicious coffee enjoyment. Tchibo presents flavourful Espresso, Caffè Crema, freshly brewed filter coffee and much more. Its unique “3-points-for-enjoyment system” puts all sorts of specialties at your fingertips – always made with the perfect amount of pressure. The practical milk foamer lets you whip up a quick and easy Latte Macchiato or Cappuccino in no time. We wish you a fun, thoroughly enjoyable coffee experience!

At Product Page and Tchibo Cafissimo

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October 5, 2007

Europe: Chocomel - Hot Chocolate for Senseo

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Hot chocolate or hot cocoa is all the rage for these days for single serve coffee machines. We're really excited to see some innovation in the non-coffee hot beverage space, but just wish these innovations would come to US shores first. Chocomel, a very popular chocolate drink in Europe, is heading to Senseo. The kit for Senseo will include a special holder to use in Senseo when making a cup of Chocomel. We'll let you know if we can get one of these to try out.

Via Molblog

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August 13, 2007

Europe: Café Invento Single Serve Coffee Pod Maker

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Thanks to reader Matthew T., we've just found out about the new Café Invento Single Serve Coffee Pod Maker only available in Europe. You can make one or two delicious cups of coffee with a crema like layer, and the machine does this by using a Multiple podholders, for one or two coffee- or teapods. It has a large removable watertank, for approx. 10 cups of coffee.

The Café Invento Single Serve Coffee Pod Maker also features the Tasteselector, allowing you to select your personal coffee taste - be it light, medium, or darker cups of coffee. Best of all - it has an auto-shut off that powers the machine down after approx. 2 hours. Very green.

The really interesting thing about this new unique coffee pod maker - it features a unique material to make cleaning it up a breeze called Protact. Protact has a synthetic layer which is easy to clean and leaves no fingerprints. Developed by Corus, the synthetic layers have a smooth and silky finish. Inventum is the first in the world to use this material in a product or single serve coffee maker.

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