November 28, 2011
You can save up to $67 bucks on the Dolce Gusto Genio Coffeemaker right now. The Dolce Gusto Genio Coffeemaker allows you to easily prepare a variety of hot and cold drinks with the single serve system, and it uses the Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee capsules. You can produce gourmet coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, iced drinks and more, and it even produces authentic espresso with crema using 15 bar pump pressure. You can also quickly customize beverage strength and preparation with the 7-level LED display controls, and no preheating is required with the special thermoblock heating system. There's even an energy-saving automatic stand-by mode after 5-minutes of inactivity.
We love this design, and we think it looks like a Tron Penguin. Whatever you decide, the savings and amount of drinks you can make with the Genio from Dolce Gusto is pretty amazing.
October 12, 2011
There's a new Tassimo in town dubbed the Tassimo T55. Well - maybe not in a US town just yet, but they are launching this machine in Germany this Fall. The Tassimo T55 will use the T-Disc system which makes a perfect drink every time by using the Tassimo bar code scanner built into the T55.
Other features like the +/- button let you set the coffee strength to precisely match your taste. And the integrated BRITA filter in the water tank of this Bosch coffee maker ensures an enhanced quality of drink, while the transparent water tank allows you to see through the machine as if looking through an archway.
Continue reading: "Bosch Tassimo T55 Espresso and Hot Beverage System"
September 13, 2011
The Latissima Plus single serve coffee maker is from Nespresso and Delonghi. As with the previous Lattisima this machine makes cappuccinos and lates with ease. Just pop in a nespresso capsule and touch a button—one-touch ease and patented technology deliver a perfect coffee experience every time, and the programmable buttons give you a perfect drink in the size you want.
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September 12, 2011
The Creativa from Delonghi.
The Single Serve Coffee Forums has word that Delonghi is now making the Creativa Dolce Gusto single serve coffee machine, and also the Genio single serve coffee maker from Dolce Gusto. These machines have a variety of features not seen in earlier models, and there's even speculation they would use their own ground coffee - however this rumor is false.
Let's start with the Creativa from Nescafe and Delonghi:
Continue reading: "Delonghi Dolce Gusto Creativa and Genio Single Serve Coffee Makers"
August 8, 2011
Not too long ago I reviewed four different espresso capsule systems. One system that was not included was the Tassimo, so here is a look at the Tassimo Professional T-300 Office machine.
If I was reviewing steam locomotives then this would be the "Allegany 2-6-6-6" of the series, the biggest, heaviest, hardest working one of them all. If you have a larger office then this machine should be near the top of your list.
As mentioned, it is a BIG machine, 16.5" tall, even deeper at nearly two feet, and 8" wide. This machine has a serious foot print and the size and weight of this machine also makes it exceptionally stable and quiet. Only the Lavazza came close to the size of this machine.
Continue reading: "Review: Tassimo Professional T-300 Single Serve Coffee System"
July 21, 2011
The TRU Digital Single Serve Coffee Pod Brewer produces café quality gourmet coffee, and features a touch pad control system. Like it's ECO Brew cousin, the TRU Digital uses 1 or two coffee pods to deliver coffee or tea. The TRU Digital comes with 108 Supremo regular coffee pods.
The Ultimate Brew System uses a pump feature enabling it to extract the coffee extremely well from the pods unlike other pod brewers that simply boil and drip water through. The Unit has a slide-out POD chamber as well as a two-piece drip tray, along with a removable water tank. We like this design over the ECO Model only due to the removable water tank for easy refilling. However if ECO is your life, the TRU seems to not be as ECO friendly and you may just want to pay $50 for the ECO over $130ish for this model.
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July 20, 2011
The TRU Eco Single Server Coffee and Tea pod brewer uses just 800 Watts - 45% than traditional coffee pod brewers. TRU Eco uses coffee and tea pods, and creates a crema like top in the hot beverage of your choice.
- Use 1 or 2 Coffee or Tea Pods
- Auto Shut-Off Following Use (No Wasted Energy)
- Green Brew Light, Drip Tray
- Compact - Easy to Use
- Clean and Take Along
The video of the TRU Eco single serve coffee brewer highlights many of the features above.
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May 31, 2011
All the systems worked flawlessly with one exception. The FrancisFrancis X8 developed a pump problem almost immediately. One email to Illy though and they immediately shipped out a replacement unit as well as a FedEx Return Label. It took two days for shipping and the FedEx delivery person picked up the old one. Service was fast, sure and the replacement machine has worked perfectly.
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Which one to chose depends on your individual priorities.
If counter space is the biggest issue, then the Nespresso machines have the smallest foot print, followed by the CBTL Caffitaly Contata, the Illy FrancisFrancis X8 and the Lavazza LB 1010 is the largest, about the same footprint as my cutting board. The Nespresso is also the lightest of all, by a considerable margin.
Continue reading: "Part VI: Conclusions on Comparing Single Serve Coffee Capsule Systems from Nespresso, Lavazza, FrancisFrancis X8, and CBTL"
May 27, 2011
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is one of the oldest of the California Specialty Coffee chains and may even be said to have been the one that started it all. It is a world wide franchise today but still reminds me of its California roots. As I mentioned in the introduction, it is based around the Caffitaly open standard capsule so that the coffees reflect the individual roasters, in this case the coffees and teas of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
I moved out to California not very long after the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf opened their first stores. Having grown up on the East Coast I had vision of California but it took a while for the reality to set in. One of my first hints that California might be more than expected was the nightly weather reports. Not report, but reports. There were five different and distinct weather reports every day, Beach, Valley, Low Desert, High Desert and Mountains.
Continue reading: "Part V: The CBTL experience - Comparing Espresso and Single Serve Coffee Capsule Systems"
May 26, 2011
The time is the very late 50s and very early 60s and Ike was retiring back to his beloved Gettysburg and a new young Boston Brahman and US Senator was entering the political stage and in Pennsylvania Dutch country the carriages were adding reflectors, some even lights, for safety on the narrow country roads. A few miles north of Lancaster was the small town of Lilitz, population maybe 4000 during the summer and the home of the Wilbur Chocolate Company.
Spring in Northern Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania in that era was wondrous. It was an area of small family farms on some of the most lush and fertile soil in the US worked by Amish and Mennonite families, a land of great but simple foods, rolling hills with a new and startling view around almost every bend. It was easy to see why this area had been desired by both the Penns and Lords Baltimore, desirable enough to fight over and fight over it they did.
Continue reading: "Part IV: The Illy FrancisFrancis X8 experience - Comparing Espresso and Single Serve Coffee Capsule Systems"