June 5, 2008

Bosch Designed Tassimo Pictures Surface at Flickr

The Bosch designed Tassimo in the wilds of a British kitchen.
My god...it's full of espresso drinks...

Most days we wish we lived in Europe just to sample the single serve coffee makers like the Bosch Tassimo that debut there instead of launching in the US first. If we were British, we'd take lots of cool pictures of our new Bosch Tassimo, and then post them on Flicker all while watching reruns of Doctor Who.

Check out the full set of pictures here, and US launch details can be found here.

Thanks to SH for pointing this out and for Flickr user HappyCheeseCake for letting us use the picture.

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June 3, 2008

Keurig Mini B30 Brewer Details Confirmed - Red is the New Black


On our recent trip to Keurig we were able to get a sneak preview of the new Keurig Mini B30, and confirm the features on the single serve coffee maker. From brewing your cup of coffee in just under 3 minutes, to being My K Cup Compatible, the Keurig Mini B30 has a few features it's cousin the Keurig B130 doesn't have, and some they share.

Keurig Mini B30 Features:

  • Cup Sensors - Placing your cup on the stand activates the brewer. Note: they won't work with glass mugs,. only opaque 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
  • Slightly Lower Temperature ~10 degrees F than the larger B40, B50, B60 or B70 brewers
  • 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

Who doesn't want a Ferrari Red single serve coffee maker?

That's all we know for now, and we're pretty excited for this little single serve coffee wonder to join the ranks of the larger Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig B70 Brewer, and the Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer.

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May 30, 2008

Keurig Platinum B70 Brewer Updates - Quiet Brew Techonology and Iced Coffee Setting

The whisper quiet Keurig Platinum B70 with
Quiet Brew Technology and an Iced Coffee setting.

Keurig is updating the Keurig Platinum B70 with two new features this August - Quiet Brew Technology and an Iced Coffee setting. We recently visited Keurig, and found these two new features to be really what the Single Serve Coffee doctor had ordered.


Update: Brew over Iced Coffee K-Cups and Brew Over Iced Tea K-Cups are available for summer, and we're pretty excited they came with enough time to order them for the upcoming hot weather. Green Mountain Coffee Nantucket Blend and French Vanilla Iced Coffee in K-Cups are both available in this format. Both K-Cups are based on the popular hot versions of their namesakes, but are specially blended to provide full flavor when brewed into a cup of ice.

For iced tea lovers, two new Celestial Seasonings Perfect Iced Teas are debuting: Half and Half (part black tea, part lemonade) and Southern Sweet Tea. These new K-Cups join the four Perfect Iced Tea varieties introduced last summer: Sweet Lemon Black Tea, Sweet Peach Black Tea, Sweet Raspberry Black Tea and Black Tea Unsweetened.

More at Brew Over Iced Tea K-Cups and Brew Over Iced Coffee K-Cups

We love our current Keurig Platinum B70, but the end of the brew cycle was very loud. Now the pump that made all that noise has been redesigned, and the resulting brew cycle is whisper quiet. The Quiet Brew Technology will only be featured on the B70 this Fall.

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May 16, 2008

Top 10 Best Selling Single Serve Coffee Makers - May 2008


Month to month we look at the top selling single serve coffee makers and the single serve coffee makers with the most interest here at Single Serve Coffee. We thought we'd feature a list monthly of the top selling things starting with the machines this month, and perhaps start to look at top selling single serve coffees soon as well. You can see the Aeropress with all it's manual pressing wonder is still a big seller, followed by Keurig, Senseo, Tassimo, and Nespresso. We've provided links to all of our reviews for you to check out as well.

  1. Aeropress Single Serve Coffee Maker - [SSC Review]
  2. Keurig B60 - [SSC Review]
  3. Keurig B40 - [SSC Review]
  4. Keurig B70 - [SSC Review]
  5. Senseo Supreme - [SSC Review]
  6. Braun TA1200 Tassimo - [SSC Review]
  7. Hamilton Beach Brew Station - [SSC Review]
  8. Senseo HD7810/65 - [SSC Review]
  9. Nespresso C100T - [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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May 12, 2008

Keurig Mini B30 Single Serve Coffee Brewer Details

The Keurig Mini B30 single serve coffee brewer. It comes in
red and white as well.

Keurig, Incorporated has a new addition to its consumer brewer product line - the Mini B30 brewer. We announced last week we had heard rumblings of this new mini brewer for $79, and those rumblings are true. The Mini B30 is basically the Keurig B130 (which we love) for the consumer market.

The Mini B30 brewer is the introduction of a new platform for the Keurig at-home brewing systems. The Mini is a smaller size meaning you can enjoy Keurig brewing at your desk, in your boat, at your vacation home, in your dorm room or just about anywhere. Since there is no water reservoir in the Mini, it takes 3 minutes to heat the water and brew the perfect cup of gourmet coffee, tea or hot cocoa. Just pour in 8 oz of water each time you want to brew. The Mini B30 is the first Keurig brewer available in multiple colors. Retailers will offer the black or white Mini, and the Keurig website will include a vibrant red color.

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The Keurig Mini B30 in red and white.

All Keurig brewers use Keurig's patented K-Cup portion packs. K-Cups are "mini-brewers" that eliminate the hassle of grinding beans, measuring coffee, handling filters and messy clean-up while brewing a gourmet cup of coffee or tea in less than one minute. With over 200 different coffee, tea and hot cocoa varieties from 13 gourmet partners, Keurig meets the diverse taste profiles of just about every single serve hot beverage drinker.

You can read our earlier article on the Keurig Mini B30 here. In the mean time if you can't wait to buy a mini, and need your Keurig K Cup coffee fix, you can always get one of their currently available brewers including the Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig B70 Brewer, and the Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer.

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May 8, 2008

Keurig Mini B30 Single Serve Coffee Brewer to Debut this Fall


The Keurig Mini single serve coffee brewer will debut this Fall for $79, and be based on the Keurig B130, according to the information we received from this week's Green Mountain Coffee conference call.

Here's what we know:

"This fall we will be introducing a new consumer brewer at a new, lower retail price point of $79. This brewer will be called the Keurig Mini B30, and is based on our fourth generation brewing technology that is used in our current hotel in-room brewer. The brewer will heat water and brew a cup of coffee, tea or hot coca in less than three minutes. It's smaller than our other at-home brewers, and it will be offered in black, white and red. The Keurig Mini B30 has targeted consumers who want a Keurig brewer for occasional use in home offices, small kitchens, recreational vehicles, dormitory rooms and so forth. This will be a fun product, and we even plan to offer a tote bag as an accessory for the brewer and K-Cups."

We were so impressed with the Keurig B130 from our review, we basically called their bluff on debuting a similar brewer for the home and office space when we did our review.

From our review of the Keurig B130:

"The design is also really interesting. This Keurig brewer is the smallest Keurig available, and the footprint alone makes it perfect for your camp, camping, travel trailer, or at the office on your desk. That's if Keurig ever releases this brewer to the general public and not just hotels."

We'll have more details on the Keurig Mini B30 single serve coffee brewer as we find out. If you're looking for a Keurig single serve brewer now, check out the Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, Keurig B70 Brewer, Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer, and other Keurig K Cup brewers.

You may also want to read our review of the Keurig B130 single serve coffee brewer to see what the Keurig Mini may be like.

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April 30, 2008

Tassimo Bosch Hot Beverage System Upgraded Features Confirmed


We've been featuring lots of articles on the updated Tassimo Bosch Hot Beverage system launching in September of this year. We've finally gotten confirmation on several of the key upgraded features this single serve coffee machine will have on board when it debuts this Fall.

Update: Read our review of the Bosch Tassimo Suprema Hot Beverage System

Confirmed Tassimo Bosch Hot Beverage System Upgraded Features:

  • Exclusive energy-efficient flow-through water heating technology virtually eliminates pre-heat time, creating an instantaneous brewing experience
  • Known for its eco-friendly and quiet appliances, Bosch has applied the company's rigorous engineering standards to the new design
  • Significant decrease in brewing noise level
  • Steam-based brewing system with redesigned flush interior eliminates water runoff
  • Sleek, space-saving design makes brewer highly versatile, convenient and visually appealing
  • Integrated LED user interface
  • Larger 67-oz. water tank decreases refill frequency
  • Power switch located on front of brewer for easy access
  • Water tank filter tracker indicates when filter needs to be changed

We'll of course continue to update you on more details and feature confirmations as we find them. We're really excited for less brew noise and the steam-based brewing system and non-water runoff.

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March 26, 2008

Starbucks Buys CLOVER - The Best Single Serve Coffee Maker for Cafes


It is indeed an exciting, but sad day here at Single Serve Coffee. Having just reviewed the Clover single serve coffee machine for cafes less than a month ago, it's hard to part ways with the Clover so fast. Parting ways you say? Well, parting ways in a small cafe sort of way. It seems Starbucks has announced it will buy the Clover single serve coffee machine and with it we imagine the ability for competing small cafes that feature the Clover now will become a thing of the past.

Still, the bright side is more micro-roasted small batches of really good coffee could be seeing their way to Starbucks around the globe. In the end, bad for the innovation and difference a Clover could bring to a small coffee shop or cafe, but great for the coffee farmers who focus on single origin or unique coffees probably to be offered to Starbucks Clover drinkers, and most likely profit from Clover's purchase by Starbucks.

Bloggle has a really great article on the subject, along with some great business article links. And of course you can read and join the discussion in the Single Serve Coffee forums. Please write in and tell us when you see or find a Clover at a Starbucks in your area.

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March 10, 2008

Cuisinart Two Cup and One Cup Coffee Pod Brewers


We've just gotten word about the Cuisinart Two Cup Pod Brewer and one cup brewers. You can get the brewers in either stainless steel or black. They also has a very small footprint, making them perfect for offices, RVs, or apartments. They can also brew two cups at once using coffee pods or one cup with the smaller model.

  • Approved for commercial use
  • Uses standard coffee pod (not included)
  • Brews one cup at-a-time or two cups simultaneously
  • Brews 8-oz cup of coffee in less than 3 minutes
  • Illuminated power button Easy-to-fill water reservoir
  • Auto Shutoff - unit shuts off when water reservoir is empty
  • Uses any standard size cup or mug (not included

We also had reader Helaine write in about purchasing the new one cup brewer brewer:

I just purchased this great little single serve coffee maker from the Coffee Whiz. It uses pods and makes a wonderful cup of coffee. It is very compact so I'm able to keep it on my desk at work. It comes in silver or black and cost me about $35.

Sounds good to us and the price is definitely right for both models at $32 for the one cup and $40 for the two cup. We'll try and round the one cup and two cup Cuisinart brewers for review soon.

At Coffee Whiz

You can also read our full review of the Cuisinart SS-1 Cupomatic Single Serve Coffee brewer.

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March 5, 2008

Comparison - Bunn My Cafe and Cuisinart SS-1 Single Serve Coffee Brewers


We've found an amazing comparison of the Bunn My Cafe and the Cusinart SS-1 single serve coffee pod brewers at the Single Serve Coffee Forums. We really like both of these machines here at Single Serve Coffee, but it's always nice to get a direct comparison. There's lot of interesting temperature and feature comparisons along with insights on longevity of both machines. We've also reviewed both of these machines and you can read our review of the Cuisinart SS-1 and the Bunn My Cafe as well to round our your thoughts on these two single serve coffee makers.

Well, I’ve had my Cuisinart SS-1 for a few weeks and have gotten used to it. On Tuesday my replacement Bunn My Café arrived, a week earlier than Bunn said it would ship, but still over two and a half months after I sent in my old one. In an earlier email I had suggested that the delay might be due to an engineering redesign to fix the leaking water problem that appears to have plagued these units. I don’t know if they did a redesign of the guts, but I did notice that the Bunn button you press to release the pod holder is now rounded and projects out a tad from the housing, making it easier to press. On my old model it was flush. So, they did do SOMETHING. It remains to be seen if this new unit will last.

So, since this crowd loves comparisons and numbers, and since I am a scientist by training, this morning I spent some time doing a side-by-side comparison between the two units. I know this has been done before (and probably better) by others, but this forum has been a wealth of information for me, so here’s my meager contribution back.

Read Comparison Between Bunn My Cafe and Cuisinart SS-1 With Data

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