September 9, 2008

Nesspresso Essenza Touch Arrives for Review

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We've received the latest generation of the Nespresso Essenza machine line, the Essenza Touch. The Essenza Touch blends silky-soft finishes with intriguing modern shapes in the Nesspresso Essenza design. Both the soft-touch case and coffee ring defining the coffee nozzle are coated in a smooth, silky finish that so far we're finding really unique in the single serve coffee world. The Essenza Touch comes in two new soothing colors, the Essenza Touch Soft Red and Soft Gray.

Essenza models are available in two styles: a pure, slightly curved design (C-range) and a more curvaceous body shape (D-range). The Essenza Touch Collection 2008 (SRP $249) will be available in September exclusively in Nespresso boutiques, including Nespresso’s U.S. flagship boutique at 761 Madison Avenue in New York City, as well as boutiques in Bloomingdale’s in SoHo (New York), Chevy Chase, Md., Costa Mesa, Calif., and Chicago, and the Bay in Toronto and Vancouver, and through the Nespresso Club (1.800.562.1465 or www.nespresso.com).

We'll have our full review and thoughts soon. In the mean time, you can read our full review of the Nespresso Essenza C100 T.

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September 8, 2008

Review: Bosch Tassimo Suprema Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Hot Beverage System

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The Tassimo Hot beverage system has been out in the US for the past two years, and when it launched was made by Braun. Last year Tassimo decided they needed to update the system, and went with a new partner - Bosch. Even though we really liked the older Braun model, we're glad Bosch got the job. The new Bosch Tassimo is completely redesigned, and the design changes are far reaching. Gone is the annoying loud brewing, the spill back of water after brewing a cup, and the unit heats and brews much faster.

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The Bosch Tassimo Suprema Hot Beverage system.

Two models of the TASSIMO hot beverage system by Bosch are now available in the U.S. For this review, we tested the TAS4511UC model with an MSRP of $139.99. The TAS4511UC Bosch Tassimo is now available in select specialty and department stores as well as online. There is also a $99.99 Bosch Tassimo that will be available in select grocery and mass merchandise stores. The main difference in the two models is the water reservoir filtration, and aesthetics.

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.

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September 3, 2008

Tassimo Bosch Hot Beverage System Ready to Order and Shipping

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That's right - you can now order the Tassimo designed by Bosch, and expect delivery of the new system in early September from several online merchants. Some readers are claiming delivery may be as soon as this week if you order from Amazon.

We've also gotten word that several Single Serve Coffee readers have spotted the new Bosch designed Tassimo Hot Beverage system in the wild:

From Henry:

They had the new Tassimo at the Bloomingdales, King of Prussia, PA store. I couldn't believe it when I saw it because it's so tiny. As short as the Keurig B30, but it was long. (probably as long as the current Keurig. The parts don't feel as nice as the Keurig, but it is a piece of art.

The only downside was they had it priced at $175 retail. They said it's going on Friday for $139.

We'd wait until Friday to get the lower price. Currently, we've found the best pre-order price at Amazon for $139. We'll also have a full review of the Tassimo Bosch Hot Beverage system very soon as our review unit should be arriving this week.

You can read more about the features of this Bosch Tassimo single serve coffee system here.

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August 25, 2008

Top 10 Best Selling Single Serve Coffee Makers - August 2008

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We admit it - we simply didn't provide this data in July. But with that admission out of the way, it's time to sound off the 10 best selling single serve coffee makers here at Single Serve Coffee for August 2008. You can see the Aeropress with all it's manual pressing is still a big seller, followed by Keurig, taking over the 2-3 spots this month. Tassimo has grabbed the 7th and 8th spots, and Senseo has snuck up into 4th place. A new single serve coffee maker to our list of top ten is the Breville BKC600XL Gourmet K Cup Brewer.

  1. Aeropress Single Serve Coffee Maker - [SSC Review]
  2. Keurig B60 - [SSC Review]
  3. Keurig B40 - [SSC Review]
  4. Keurig B70 - [SSC Review]
  5. Hamilton Beach Brew Station - [SSC Review]
  6. Braun TA1200 Tassimo - [SSC Review]
  7. Braun TA1400 Tassimo - [SSC Review]
  8. Nespresso C100T - [SSC Review]
  9. 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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August 5, 2008

Nescafe Dolce Gusto - Making a Lungo

As we're testing the Nescafe Dolce Gusto, we thought we'd share making a lungo cup of coffee with this new machine. The Dolce Gusto featured in the video is the European version of the Dolce Gusto - the US version will have a different puncture mechanism to pierce the Smart Capsule all contained in the brew head. The Dolce Gusto heats very quickly, and you can see the resulting lungo cup of single serve coffee is very "Nespresso" like - with a high quality crema on top.

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

You can get all the specifics of the US version in our earlier article.

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July 31, 2008

NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Arrives for Review

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We've received the European version of the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto to review here at Single Serve Coffee. We'll receive the US version of the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto soon as well. Just looking at the pictures of the US version compared to the European version, it looks like the location of the power switch is in front and towards the middle of the water reservoir on the US Dolce Gusto - a nice improvement. We'll note the differences as we find out more, and for now - we're going to sit back and make a Caffé Lungo or two with our NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto, or perhaps even an iced Cappuccino. NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto single serve coffee, espresso, and hot beverage maker details are below.

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

PRICE

  • Machine: $169.99 MSRP
  • Includes free starter kit: white cappuccino cup and saucer set; tall latte macchiato glass; variety pack of drink flavors and a helpful guide containing recipe cards and instructions
  • Capsules: $8.49 MSRP (single flavor, 16 capsules pack)

BEVERAGE VARIETIES

  • Caffé Lungo (Dark Roast, Mild and Decaf): black coffee capsule (4 oz. drink); 100% roast and ground Arabica coffee -
  • Espresso: black coffee capsule (2 oz. drink); 100% roast and ground Arabica coffee
  • Café Mocha: white milk capsule and black coffee capsule (8 oz. drink); 100% roast and - ground Arabica coffee, delicious chocolate, whole milk powder and sugar
  • Cappuccino: white milk capsule and black coffee capsule (8 oz. drink); 100% roast and ground Arabica coffee, whole milk powder and sugar
  • Chococino®: white milk capsule and black chocolate capsule (7 oz drink); Hot Chocolate, whole milk powder and sugar
  • Iced Cappuccino: white milk capsule and black coffee capsule (8 oz. drink); 100% roast and ground Arabica coffee, whole milk powder and sugar - just add ice!
  • Latte Macchiato: white milk capsule and black coffee capsule (8 oz. drink); 100% roast and ground Arabica coffee, whole milk powder and sugar

MACHINE SPECIFICATIONS

  • Pressure: 15 bars static pressure
  • Weight: 6.61 lbs.
  • Water tank: .34 gallons
  • Heating: Stainless steel heater/water interface
  • Available in three colors: red, black and white

ACCESSORIES

  • Cups, saucers, glasses and spoons available though the NESCAFÉ® Dolce GustoTM Online

Available at Dolce-Gusto.us

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July 21, 2008

Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto Single Serve Coffee Maker Coming to US

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That's right - the Krups Dolce Gusto single serve coffee maker is coming to the US. Raising the bar for the single-cup coffee category, NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto™ launches Sept. 22, 2008 exclusively at Sur La Table and becomes available Nov. 1, 2008 at select additional retailers. That means the Bosch Tassimo, Keurig Mini B30, and the Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto will all launch this fall.

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

The NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto™ system features eight, full-flavor choices made from strictly 100% high quality Arabica beans: Café Mocha; Caffè Lungo (dark roast, mild and decaf); Cappuccino; Espresso; Iced Cappuccino; and Latte Macchiato. A velvety hot chocolate drink, the Chococino®, is also available. The NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto™ comes in vibrant red, modern white and classic black.

You can check out our previous coverage here, and a special thanks goes out to Steve S. for sending this in.

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June 26, 2008

Review: Keurig Mini B30 K-Cup Single Serve Coffee Maker

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The Keurig Mini B30 will come in white, black, and red.

Keurig recently introduced the Keurig B130 commercial hotel and office coffee brewer, and we were disappointed it would not be available for consumers to purchase. We are disappointed no longer, as Keurig has revealed the Keurig Mini B30 designed for home and commercial use. The Keurig Mini B30 is very much like the Keurig B130, but it comes in red, black, and white colored casings, and also is My K Cup compatible.

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We received a red Keurig Mini B30 - can you say hot!

Besides having the smallest footprint of all the Keurig brewers, the Keurig Mini B30 single serve coffee maker is also very quiet. And yes - it's compatible with all K Cup coffees, teas, and other hot beverages including hot cocoa. So are there any issues? Is this brewer priced at $79 for everyone, or should one purchase a larger Keurig brewer?

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June 19, 2008

Top 10 Best Selling Single Serve Coffee Makers - June 2008

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It's the middle of June, and time to sound off the 10 best selling single serve coffee makers here at Single Serve Coffee. You can see the Aeropress with all it's manual pressing is still a big seller, followed by Keurig,taking over the 2-4 spots this month. Tassimo is up a notch from May over Senseo.

  1. Aeropress Single Serve Coffee Maker - [SSC Review]
  2. Keurig B60 - [SSC Review]
  3. Keurig B40 - [SSC Review]
  4. Keurig B70 - [SSC Review]
  5. Braun TA1200 Tassimo - [SSC Review]
  6. Senseo Supreme - [SSC Review]
  7. Hamilton Beach Brew Station - [SSC Review]
  8. Senseo HD7810/65 - [SSC Review]
  9. Nespresso C100T - [SSC Review]

We wanted to let you know of a machine that's more espresso than single serve coffee - the new Capresso 302.01 Mini-S 4-Cup Safety Espresso/Cappuccino Machine. Single Serve Espresso recently did a review of the little wonder and really liked it, and it's starting to sell out all over the internet.

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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June 10, 2008

Keurig Mini B30 K Cup Coffee Brewer Arrives for Review

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We've received a pre-release Keurig Mini B30 to review here at Single Serve Coffee, and it's in RED! We'll be running this new Keurig Mini B30 single serve coffee maker through the single serve coffee test kitchen with all the K Cups we can throw at it. Remember - it's only June, and the Keurig Mini B30 won't be available until August, so we hope to have the oohs and aahs worked out for you ahead of time, so you'll know what single serve k cup coffee brewer is right for you or that special coffee drinker you'd like to impress.

Keurig Mini B30 Features:

  • Cup Sensors - they won't work with glass mugs
  • My K Cup Compatible
  • Heats and brews in under 3 minutes
  • Brews and 8 oz cup
  • Add fresh water for each cup you make
  • Update:Brew temperature is nearly the same as the larger B40, B50, B60 or B70 brewers. We'll have final temps after testing.
  • Comes in Red, Black, and White - Red online only at Keurig.com
  • Available in August for $79
  • Travel Bag will be made available and will hold the brewer and some K Cups
  • Certified for home and office use - BIG BONUS
  • Very Quiet - doesn't feature Quiet Brew Technology, but uses a quieter method than the current set of brewers to make your cup of single serve coffee
  • 10 K Cups included with purchase

Want a K Cup coffee brewer now? The current list of available models include:

More at Keurig and Keurig Mini B30

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