October 18, 2007

Using Ground Coffee: Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic Single Serve Coffee Maker

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The Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic Single Serve Coffee Maker can make coffee using coffee pods or just plain old ground coffee. We have been waiting for a single serve coffee machine to use ground coffee, and for the process not to be a mess, require an additional coffee filter, and to take roughly the same amount of time to prepare. We're happy to say, the Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic Single Serve Coffee Maker is the easiest to use single serve coffee machine that can use ground coffee we've ever tested.

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A rich interesting cup of Dunkin Donut's Original Blend
Coffee using ground coffee instead of coffee pods.

The process is very simple, because you use the exact same coffee pod filter/ground coffee holder for both brewing methods. The filter basket is made out of metal, so there are no paper coffee filters to use here. The coffee filter basket can hold up to two coffee pods in the 7-11 gram variety, and it can hold up to two scoops of ground coffee for a total of 4 tablespoons of coffee, from the provided coffee scoop in the same filter basket.

You simply put two scoops of coffee (this is the max at 4 tablespoons - though we had ours overfilling the scoop most times) into the basket, and then put the settings on Ground, pick a cup size of 4-12 oz, and then pick the Regular or Bold coffee setting. The results?

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October 11, 2007

Europe: Tchibo Cafissimo Single Serve Coffee Machine

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We recently heard about this Tchibo Cafissimo single serve coffee machine only out in Europe at the Single Serve Coffee Forums. It looks like is uses an espresso/coffee capsule system much like the Lavazza Blue. You can make cappuccinos, lattes, and other single serve coffee drinks, along with just straight up coffee.

The name Cafissimo stands for simple and delicious coffee enjoyment. Tchibo presents flavourful Espresso, Caffè Crema, freshly brewed filter coffee and much more. Its unique “3-points-for-enjoyment system” puts all sorts of specialties at your fingertips – always made with the perfect amount of pressure. The practical milk foamer lets you whip up a quick and easy Latte Macchiato or Cappuccino in no time. We wish you a fun, thoroughly enjoyable coffee experience!

At Product Page and Tchibo Cafissimo

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October 10, 2007

First Impressions: Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic Single Serve Coffee Maker

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We've been using the Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic Single Serve Coffee Maker over the past week and we can say right away - this is an amazing single serve coffee maker, and perhaps one of the best single serve coffee pod brewers we've ever tested. At first we were a little taken back by the straight lines of the design, and the price at $199, but after a week of testing we think the brewer is more than worth it's weight in gold.

One of the things we really like is the brew methods. You can pick between bold or regular when using your favorite coffee or coffee pods, and it does really make a difference. The other big addition over other single serve coffee makers is the piston that squeezes out that last bit of coffee from the coffee pod at the end of the brew cycle, thus eliminating wet soppy coffee pods in the coffee pod holder.

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Whirlpool Puts Coffee Pod Brewer in Refrigerator Door

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It looks like Whirlpool has put a coffee pod machine inside the door of a refrigerator. The single serve coffee machine in the fridge door might also just be an espresso machine that uses espresso pods. Whatever the coffee machine uses (they say coffee pods), we're really excited. It's a great use of space and the perfect combination - coffee and food.

Unique Espresso maker: - A revolutionary idea, a unique espresso cofee machine, integrated into your side by side. Perfect for the coffee pod system, it can also dispense hot water for other beverages
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October 8, 2007

Unboxing the Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic Single Serve Coffee Maker

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It's finally arrived - the Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic Single Serve Coffee Maker. You can use ground coffee or coffee pods with this Cuisinart single serve coffee maker, and the product features a flavor selector to control coffee intensity (and yes - we've already tried it this morning). The big surprise? The unit features a piston that moves down into place and presses onto the coffee pod to get all that yummy coffee out. That's got to be a single serve coffee first - the coffee pod piston. And one more surprise? It comes with Lavazza coffee pods. Yep - you read that correctly - Lavazza coffee pods.

Here are some pictures of the unboxing of this amazing new coffee pod brewer.

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What's under that box flap? A guide and instructional dvd?
Do I see Lavazza coffee pods?

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September 25, 2007

Ariete You and Me - The Smallest Coffee and Espresso Machine on the Planet

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According to makers Ariete, the You&Me is the smallest espresso and coffee machine on the planet, bringing a shot of espresso or larger single serve coffee to your cup with ease. The boiler only holds one-fifth of a liter of water, and the machine features a maxi-cappuccino device drip and Thermocream System filter to give excellent crema. The You&Me is available in Shiny Red, Anthracite and Satin Gray for around $138.

  • Power: 1300 Watt
  • Boiler capacity: 0.2 lt
  • Coffee packer
  • Maxi-Cappuccino device
  • Filter holder with Thermocream System
  • High pressure safety valve
  • Coffee grounds and water drip trays
  • Removable drip container
  • Safety valve
  • Power cord extension accessory
  • Weight: 3.2 Kg
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September 13, 2007

Review: Nespresso Lattissima - One Touch Cappuccinos, Lattes, and Espresso

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The Nespresso Lattissima can make one touch cappuccinos, lattes, and espresso with the touch of a button. We first encountered the Nespresso Lattissima single serve coffee machine earlier this year at the Nespresso launch party for the machine. We were impressed then and are we impressed now? What can we say - the machine not only delivers on the promise of one touch cappuccinos, lattes, and espresso - it excels at all of those drinks and best of all - it's the easiest to use machine we've ever tested to create a latte or cappuccino hands down.

As we said earlier in the year, because the Nespresso Lattissima uses fresh milk the difference in the quality of the latte or cappuccino is staggering. The Nespresso Lattissima also features an "auto clean" function, and the milk reservoir detaches from the machine so you can keep it nice and cool in the fridge for the next cappuccino or latte you make. Another cool feature is the adjustable cup platform, which allows you to use a tall latte glass or a traditional coffee cup.

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September 6, 2007

New Compact and Lower Priced Lavazza Pininfarina Home Espresso Maker

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We've just received the new compact Lavazza Pininfarina Blue LB1010 Home espresso maker. This modern machine, designed by Pininfarina, is perfect for your home or small business, and the compact design makes it easy to fit any kitchen counter. WIth dimesions at just W 12in, H 14in, D 12in weight 22lbs, this is the Lavazza Blue system for any single serve coffee drinker, and the price is right - at just $379, this makes getting into the Lavazza system of espresso, teas, and other hot beverages much more affordable.

This system makes authentic Espressos, and with the built-in steam wand, great Cappuccinos. Choose from colors including red, blue, and others. We'll have a full review very soon as ours just arrived. You can read our review of the larger Pininfarina from Lavazza here.

At Café-Razzi

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September 5, 2007

Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic Single Serve Coffee Maker - Use Coffee Pods or Ground Coffee

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We just found out about the new Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic Single Serve Coffee Maker that will be released in October of this year from reader Jeff S. You can use ground coffee or coffee pods with this single serve coffee maker, and the product features a flavor selector to control coffee intensity. You can also choose a 4 to 12-oz. cup size depending on your coffee need, and get this - the water reservoir - complete with water filter (YES! A WATER FILTER!) - has a 75-oz. capacity so a quick cup is never far away. What's not to love? Well - the price is a bit on the higher side at $199, but if it can compete with the Bunn My Cafe on Brew quality - then we may have another coffee pod wonder on our hands.

  • Brew basket can accommodate coffee pods as well as ground coffee and 60 ounce water reservoir holds enough to ten 6 ounce cups of coffee.
  • Low pressure pump and boiler system with patented tamping and sealing method for better tasting coffee
  • Cup selector 4 to 12 ounces and can select regular or bold coffee flavor. Removable drip tray can accommodate coffee cup from 4 ounces to Cuisinart's travel mug (170mm)
  • 2 minute pre-heat time and charcoal water filter removes impurities. Auto shut-off (2hours from last use) Water level indicator on front.
  • Scoop with brush included and easy to clean.

At Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic Single Serve Coffee Maker

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August 21, 2007

Review: Presso Hand Pressed Espresso and Single Serve Coffee Maker

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We've been pretty excited about the Presso single serve coffee and espresso maker from Presso.ca. Currently, the Presso is only available in Canada and other countries across the globe, but for a short time All-Clad made a version here in the US. We're not sure why they decided not to continue carrying the Presso, because with a few days of Presso use under our belts, we were able to make an amazing cup of single serve coffee and espresso.

Presso is very unique. Maybe not as unique as the Aeropress from Aerobie (come on - the inventor also invented the Aerobie frisbee), but the Presso sure looks the part. What's interesting is how impressed we are with pressing our own espresso or double-shot Americano using the Presso. It's really fun, and the results can be varied until you get to know your Presso.

Okay - for one last time - what is the Presso?

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A Revolutionary way to make connoisseur espresso coffee at home. From the Design centre of Europe comes the innovation of the era. A multi award winning product that makes espresso as easy as one…two…three. PRESSO puts you in control.

And it truly is and we do feel in control - seriously we do!

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