March 4, 2011

Nespresso Pixie Now at Williams-Sonoma


Right now Williams-Sonoma has the exclusive sale in the US of the Nespresso Pixie. Starting yesterday on 3/3 you can purchase the Pixie in a variety of eye catching colors (we like the green), and enjoy a super-compact silhouette with superb espresso-making abilities from Nespresso. This is the smallest Nespresso machine ever, and we think the compact design is a winner.


  • Stylish, ultracompact espresso machine brews one perfect cup at a time.
  • Brewing is fully automatic – simply pop in a coffee capsule and select your cup size.
  • Works exclusively with Nespresso’s premium coffee capsules (16 are included) for locked-in freshness and convenience with no mess.
  • Heats up in 25 to 30 seconds – faster than most single-cup models on the market.
  • Two top buttons allow you to select a shot size, a 1-oz pour or a 2- to 3-oz pour.
  • Machine can be programmed to brew a specific duration based on your preference.
  • A 19-bar pressure pump ensures maximum extraction of flavor.
  • Innovative Thermoblock technology guarantees precise temperature control.
  • Spent capsules are neatly ejected into an internal receptacle that holds up to 10 used capsules.
  • Removable water tank is easy to fill.
  • Drip tray flips up to accommodate larger cup sizes – handy when you’re making a latte or cappuccino.
  • Easy-to-read backlit buttons.
  • Auto shut-off after 9 minutes.

The Nespresso Pixie comes in 6 colors: Electric Steel Blue; Electric Lime; Electric Aluminum; Electric Indigo; Electric Red; Electric Titan. Pricing for the Nespresso Pixie is $249 for any color machine.

At Williams-Sonoma

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February 2, 2011

Nespresso Pixie - The Small Brewer Single Serve Espresso and Coffee Brewer

NespressoPixie2sm.jpg has details that Nespresso is launching the new Nespresso Pixie Brewer "This Spring". The surprisingly small Pixie will take up a minimal amount of room on your countertop brewing up a classic Nespresso shot without taking up much real estate.

  • The sides of the Pixie are colored aluminum, with an ABS case, stainless drip tray and an alloy handle to make for a pretty stout, and attractive piece.
  • The sleek and compact new design of the machine features side panels in anodized aluminum inspired by industrial, minimalist design.
  • Pixie will be available in six bold and vibrant colors including: Electric Indigo, Electric Red, Electric Titan, Electric Lime, Electric Aluminum and Electric Steelblue.
  • Espresso and Lungo; Auto Shut Off, Low Water Alert

The machine will have Espresso and Lungo settings brewing up 1.35 ounces and 4.75 ounces of espresso respectively. Like other automatic Nespresso machines, the Pixie's settings can be customized by the user. The Pixie will also feature an automatic shut-off much like the Nespresso Citiz brewer, so that it saves energy. The Pixie will automatically shut off after 9 minutes of non-use, which can be changed by the user up to a maximum of 30 minutes.


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January 21, 2011

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf CBTL Single Serve Beverage System for the Coffee, Tea, and Espresso


We're very excited to tell you about a new player to the world of single serve coffee, tea, and espresso - The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Single serve beverage systems have arrived. The Contata and the Kaldi models, offer automatic beverage proportioning and a unique twin pressure system to ensure consistency of taste and to capture the aroma, texture and flavor of a perfect cup of espresso, coffee, or tea. There is also a detached frother available as well.

Both systems feature easy capsule insertion and automatic ejection, a large capsule drawer that holds up to 10 used capsules and an energy saving function. The Contata is available in Gray/Black and is priced at $129.95. The Kaldi, with an ultra-sleek design, is available in Metallic Red, Metallic Blue/Silver and Metallic White/Silver and priced at $149.95.

The single serve capsules are packaged 10 per box with a retail price of $5.50. Flavors include four espressos, four coffees and four teas: Italian Espresso; Continental Espresso; Premium Espresso; Premium Decaf Espresso; Viennese Brew; French Brew; House Brew; House Decaf Brew; Chai Tea; English Breakfast Tea; Tropical Passion Tea; and Moroccan Mint Tea. In addition, exclusive powders - the French Deluxe™ Vanilla and Special Dutch™ Chocolate - are sold in single serve sachets.

We'll be trying to wrangle one of these for a review soon.

At CBTL Single Serve Coffee and Hot Beverage System

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January 10, 2011

Cuisinart SS-780 Single Serve Coffee Brewer


It looks like the Cuisinart SS-700 brewer is being marketed under the SS-780 and the SS-780PC model numer. The brewer is an updated SS-700 with ultra-quiet brew technology from Keurig that uses K-Cups and the Reusable My K-Cup. The Cuisinart SS-780 is identical to the SS-700 but it does come with a larger selection of K-Cups in the Costco offering (check out the SSC Forums post for details).

You can read our full review of the SS-700 here to familiarize yourself with the features of the Cuisinart SS series of single serve coffee brewers.

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January 4, 2011

Hands-on Review: Coava Coffee Disk filter for the Aeropress Single Serve Coffee Maker


The staff over at have a rather extensive review of the Coava Cofee Disk filter for Aeropress (you can read our review of the Aeropress here). Coava Coffee metal filter remove the need for the use of paper filters, and also give you a more french pressed cup of single serve coffee from the Aeropress.

The Coava Coffee Disk was designed to fit perfectly in the place of Aeropress' normal paper filters. The brew process is the same but you'll want to adjust your grind to compensate for the new filter. Check out their full review at

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December 30, 2010

Starbucks Via Ready Single Serve Instant Hot Beverage Machine


Starbucks working with Bodum has debuted the Starbucks Via Ready Single Serve Instant Hot Beverage Machine. The VIA instant coffee machine comes with a travel coffee mug, and makes instant coffee in 3 steps.

  1. Add water to the machine in the amount you want
  2. Pour in your favorite packet of Starbucks VIA coffee
  3. Put the mug under the water spout and press the button for hot water used to brew up the VIA


This is really nothing more than a hot water dispenser with travel mug, and if you wanted to use it for tea or other purposes it will work just fine. It's interesting Starbucks didn't make another VIA format to match the brewer, but then again why complicate matters. We'll pick one of these machines up soon to have the at home VIA single serve coffee experience. We also couldn't find any references to the machine at Bodum or the main Starbucks site and found this just sitting in the store window.

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December 21, 2010

Senseo Single-Serve Gourmet Coffee Machine - A Classic Coffee Pod Brewer


Still a classic, and still available the Senseo single serve coffee maker (read our review here) uses coffee pods and makes an amazing holiday gift. The Senseo Single-serve coffeemaker brews up to 8 ounces in less than a minute, and works with pre-measured sealed coffee pods that come in a variety of flavors (our favorite is their dark roast). The simple push-button controls for size selection and power make picking your coffee options a breeze, and theirs no messy grinding or flavor cross-over when brewing each cup.

At Senseo SL7810/65 Single-Serve Gourmet Coffee Machine and Senseo Review

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December 20, 2010

Senseo Coffee and Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Coffeemakers Annouce Partnership


With the cold temperatures of winter lingering in the air, Sara Lee North American Retail announced today a new partnership for the SENSEO coffee brand with Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc., one of the country's leading distributors of small household appliances. Just in time to warm consumers up for the holiday season, the partnership introduces two new single-serve machines to the small appliance marketplace, providing consumers with a great-tasting cup of top-quality coffee at an extremely attractive price point - $19.99 and $29.99.


Hamilton Beach Personal Cup One Cup Pod Coffeemaker at $19.99

SENSEO uses pre-measured pods to consistently deliver an exceptional cup of coffee at the touch of a button, without the mess and hassle of handling coffee grounds or having to clean up a coffee pot afterwards. Coffee lovers can choose among 11 varieties of SENSEO coffee pods to brew a fresh cup of coffee in either the new Hamilton Beach Personal Cup One Cup Pod Coffeemaker or the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Personal Cup Pod Coffeemaker.

So that makes it all official. Senseo is partnering with a small appliance maker to get some new machines out. We'll see what we can do to drum up these two machines. For us it's an interesting move because Senseo has always meant creamy topped coffee, and we're pretty sure these machines will just make a straight up cup of coffee. Still these two machines may just be what consumers are looking for at the low price and simple features.

At Hamilton Beach Personal Cup One Cup Pod Coffeemaker and Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Personal Cup Pod Coffeemaker

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December 6, 2010

Hamilton Beach Personal One Cup Coffee Pod Brewer


Looks like Senseo is touting another brewer, and not from them but from Hamilton Beach. We've seen these Hamilton One Cup brewers in various hotels we've stayed, and they're okay but not the best coffee pod brewer you can buy. The Hamilton Beach One Cup Coffee Pod Brewer will use just about any coffee pod in the 62 mm and 7-9gram weight, but bigger 14 gram pods might not work. It's interesting Senseo didn't brand this with the Senseo brand, and instead have partnered with Hamilton Beach to bring a one cup only brewer with no reservoir to market.

  • 18-pod starter bag of Senseo® coffee and coupon included
  • Easy as 1-2-3: insert coffee pod, pour in water & push start
  • Brews up to a 12-oz. cup
  • Automatic shutoff
  • Brew basket is dishwasher safe

At The Senseo® Store and Hamilton Beach Personal Cup One Cup Pod Brewer

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December 3, 2010

Review: Bunn My Cafe MC Model Pour Over Single Serve Coffee Pod Brewer

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The BUNN MC My Cafe Home Pod Brewer is a modified single cup pour over brewer with a reservoir refreshed with each cup you brew by adding from 4 to 14 ozs of water each time you brew. The Bunn My Cafe MC Model coffee pod brewer uses coffee pods and tea pods and features both a standard brew mode and a pulse brew mode for tea and darker coffees. The BUNN MC My Cafe Home Pod Brewer is also very compact and has a stainless steel exterior. Unlike the older Bunn My Cafe this brewer comes with one pod drawer for brewing that can be used for tea and coffee.

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