January 23, 2009

Review: Cafe Invento Single Serve Coffee Pod Brewer

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The Cafe Invento is now available in Canada, and the US. 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. We are really taken back by the striking design, and found this coffee pod brewer to be unlike any other we've tested.

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From the side - the reservoir is very COOL blue.

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.

What do we think of the Cafe Invento? Is it the best single serve coffee pod brewer we've ever used? How does it compare to the Senseo?

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January 15, 2009

First Impressions: Café Invento Single Serve Coffee Pod Brewer

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We've unboxed the Cafe Invento earlier this week, and thought we'd share some of our impressions. Unboxing was really easy - with very few parts to deal with. Priming of the machine went well, and filling of the reservoir and getting the machine going was straight forward. The machine is very slim, but very wide. Also the finish on the machine is pretty stunning - both silky smooth, and also easy to wipe up. The Cafe Invento comes with both a crema multi-pod holder, and a tea pod holder. This thing makes frothy topped crema coffee very much like the Senseo.

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The water reservoir is really slim,
and has a cool blue tinge of color to it.

The Cafe Invento also comes with two boxes of coffee pods - Sumatra and Columbian blends. Both are solid examples of the coffee you can expect from the Cafe Invento. Overall our only disappointment so far is the height of the brew head (no travel mugs here), and the fact the machine doesn't come with two small glass cups or the like to brew two cups of coffee as shown in the box shots and in the literature included. Expect a full review next week.

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January 9, 2009

Café Invento Single Serve Coffee Pod Brewer Arrives for Review

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After more than a year of waiting we finally have our little single serve coffee hands on the Cafe Invento Single Serve Coffee Pod Brewer. The Cafe Invento is now available in Canada, and it ships to the US as well. 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.

We'll have a full review soon.

You can see more pictures at: Europe: Café Invento Single Serve Coffee Pod Maker

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December 23, 2008

Last Minute Gift Idea: Aerobie Aeropress Single Serve Coffee and Espresso Maker

aero_press_03-tm_new.jpgLooking for a last minute gift idea? Try the Aeropress from Aerobie (read our entire review here). The Aeropress is a perfect gift at $24 for just about any coffee drinker. Best of all it allows any coffee drinker to understand how perfect one cup of coffee can be. How does it work? The Aeropress really is an entirely new way to make coffee. Yes, you could compare it to a french press but you would be wrong. Because of an almost giant syringe like coffee gadget you build air pressure by pushing espresso ground coffee through the chamber with a filter paper on the bottom of the Aeropress. Though a french press has this plunger like action the amount of pressure you build up in the Aeropress and extraction is much much higher.

You can push as fast or as slow as you want and creating different strengths of coffee, but Aeropress recommends letting the coffee mix in the main chamber for about 20 seconds, and then a slow push of 30 seconds or so to make your coffee. We also recommend keeping the water temperature in the 174-182 degrees F range. The coffee will come out without any bitter aftertaste provided you keep the temperature in that range.

We love our Aeropress, and use it more than any other single serve coffee maker to sample our friend's micro batches of coffee. We think you might also just want to pick one up for yourself, and get into the science of the perfect shot or cup of single serve coffee.

At Aeropress Single Serve Coffee and Espresso Maker

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December 19, 2008

Otto Chrome Espresso Maker - Shiny Single Serve Coffee

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We love our single serve coffee and espresso, but we like it even more when it comes out of something very shiny. OTTO is a Stove Top Espresso Maker (and very shiny), combining classic Italian style with the standard stovetop functionality. OTTO is made almost completely of stainless steel promising a lifetime of satisfaction from this modern international design classic. OTTO comes with an OTTO tamper, the OTTO experience DVD providing a barista training session, two Italian designed latte glasses and a stainless milk jug, packaged in a robust premium travel case.

We recommend watching the video, because it contains some actually interesting facts about the OTTO. We really like how easy it is to stack up and add the water and espresso. Also - the milk frother seems to actually work well given it's a stovetop espresso maker. OTTO also reminds us of the Atomic Stovetop espresso and single serve coffee maker. We're not sure if OTTO is based on the Atomic design, but it sure does look like it.

Via Gizmodo at OTTO

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December 8, 2008

Top 10 Best Selling Single Serve Coffee Makers - December 2008

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December and November make this list totally different as we see how much the list changes when new consumers buy single serve coffee makers for gifts this holiday season. The Aeropress from Aerobie is now #3 with 5 of the top ten list getting consumed with Keurig designed single serve coffee makers. This isn't surprising given the fact Keurig is running national TV ads, along with a very large presence online and offline. The Bosch Tassimo Suprema Hot Beverage System finally makes the top 10 list, and the older model continues to sell well. We'll have more updates in January with how this all plays out - but it's an impressive change over the last few months.

  1. Keurig B60 - [SSC Review]
  2. Keurig B40 - [SSC Review]
  3. Aeropress Single Serve Coffee Maker - [SSC Review]
  4. Keurig Mini B30 - [SSC Review]
  5. Braun TA1400 Tassimo - [SSC Review]
  6. Hamilton Beach Brew Station - [SSC Review]
  7. Keurig B70 - [SSC Review]
  8. Braun TA1400 Tassimo - [SSC Review]
  9. Bosch Tassimo Suprema - [SSC Review]
  10. Breville BKC600XL Gourmet K Cup Brewer - [SSC Review]

Do you think these coffee makers represent the best selling or the best? What single serve coffee makers do you think should make a best of list regardless of sales? Sound off in the comments and let us know.

If you'd like to see a list of all the single serve coffee makers we've reviewed - check our Single Serve Coffee Maker Reviews roll-up. You may also want to check out our Cost Per Single Serve Coffee Cup: Coffee Pods, Keurig K Cups, Tassimo T Discs, and Nespresso Coffee Capsules article.

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November 18, 2008

Nescafe Dolce Gusto and Bosch Tassimo Comparison - Which One is Right for You?


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The Nescafe Dolce Gusto (read our full review) or
the Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System (read our full review)?
Which one is right for you?

We are currently getting a large number of write ins asking which machine we prefer - the Nescafe Dolce Gusto (read our full review) or the Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System (read our full review). We really like both machines, but do understand why some single serve coffee shoppers might be considering one over the other.

The big factor for choosing one machine over the other for most people writing in is price. Both machines are in similar price range - the Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System is $139.99 and the Nescafe Dolce Gusto is $169.99, and we can understand why this could be a big factor. The price per single serve coffee cup is also similar, with both machines at the $.50 for a single cup of coffee and the milk based drinks coming in at about $1.00.

As we stated above price is usually a big factor, but we always go on taste and coffee preference. Both machines make very tasty cups of almost all of the hot beverages you would want in a multi-hot beverage system.

The Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System can make a large range of drinks including the following:

  • coffee, tea, espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, and hot chocolate.

The Nescafe Dolce Gusto can also make a large variety of drinks including the following:

  • lungo coffee (larger cup of espresso based coffee), espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, and hot chocolate (iced drinks as well)

The big number to think about is also the total number of drinks available. The Nescafe Dolce Gusto has 8 different types of smart capsules you can purchase for it all under the Nescafe coffee brand. The Bosch Tassimo Hot Beverage System has 40+ coffees, teas, and other drinks it can make including coffee from well known brands such as Starbuck's Coffee and Seattle's Best. So if you just picked on the number of drinks the Tassimo is clearly going to give you more choice, but we also always pick on flavor as well.

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October 17, 2008

Review: Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto Single Serve Coffee Maker

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There's a new single serve coffee coffee and hot beverage system in town - the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto. This amazing machine not only makes a perfect cup of single serve coffee, it can also make lattes, cappuccinos, shots of espresso, chococinos (hot chocolate), and even iced cappuccinos. And not only does it make an amazing range of drinks, this is one of the first single serve coffee makers to have a "round water reservoir", and to also look truly different than any other single serve coffee maker we've seen. The unique styling puts it on a path of it's own, and it's no wonder the design is so different.

Nescafe has teamed up with Krups and Nespresso to make this machine. You can see touches of Nespresso innovation, along with truly wonderful design choices from Krups. We also had the opportunity to test both the European and the recently launched US Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto that is now in stores in the US. The differences in the two machines show a revolution in thought on how to make the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto a nearly perfect single serve coffee maker, from an already successful machine designed for Europe.

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October 10, 2008

Top 10 Best Selling Single Serve Coffee Makers - October 2008

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October is a game changer on the Top 10 Best Selling Single Serve Coffee makers list. We're still not seeing some of the newer models like the Bosch Tassimo Suprema Hot Beverage System make the top 10 yet, but we are seeing the older still in the top 10 due to a price cut. The Keurig B30 also makes the list for the first time this month, and the big news this month is the Keurig B60 has dethroned the Aeroporess as the top selling single serve coffee maker. Also not on the list for the first time in months is the Braun TA1200 Tassimo - [SSC Review].

  1. Keurig B60 - [SSC Review]
  2. Aeropress Single Serve Coffee Maker - [SSC Review]
  3. Keurig B40 - [SSC Review]
  4. Braun TA1400 Tassimo - [SSC Review]
  5. Keurig B70 - [SSC Review]
  6. Senseo Supreme HD7832 - [SSC Review]
  7. Hamilton Beach Brew Station - [SSC Review]
  8. Breville BKC600XL Gourmet K Cup Brewer - [SSC Review]
  9. Keurig Mini B30 - [SSC Review]

Do you think these coffee makers represent the best selling or the best? What single serve coffee makers do you think should make a best of list regardless of sales? Sound off in the comments and let us know.

If you'd like to see a list of all the single serve coffee makers we've reviewed - check our Single Serve Coffee Maker Reviews roll-up. You may also want to check out our Cost Per Single Serve Coffee Cup: Coffee Pods, Keurig K Cups, Tassimo T Discs, and Nespresso Coffee Capsules article.

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October 6, 2008

Unboxing the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto Single Serve Coffee Maker

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We've been using the US version of the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto over the past few weeks, and we have to say we're really impressed. Impressed enough to share just about every step we've had with this single serve coffee maker. One thing to note is Nescafe is owned by Nestle, which in turns is part of or shares in some business with Nespresso. So, you can really feel some of those influences in the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto, from the box, to the materials, and to the coffee this machine produces.

Update: Read our review of the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto Single Serve Coffee Machine

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Right away you can see the Nespresso influence - beautifully
designed instructions, and the brown box filled with something interesting.

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