April 11, 2007

Nespresso Le Cube

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Love or hate the design - the Nespresso Le Cube is a single serve coffee and espresso maker classic. Key features of the Nespresso Le Cube include a front panel color in Arctic White, Titanium, Red, and Aluminum. The machine is also very compact and features the easy capsule insertion and ejection system from Nespresso. The Nespresso Le Cube also has a programmable extraction for small and long cups of espresso or single serve coffee with an automatic stop. The higher end model (C185) features a cup warmer, and all the models feature a 34 oz water reservoir. If you're going to use the Nespresso Le Cube to make lattes or cappuccinos, you'll need to get the additional Aeroccino milk frother from Nespresso. Also, the Le Cube can only use Nespresso coffee and espresso capsules.

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February 16, 2007

Review: Flavia Fusion Drinks Station Deluxe

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The new Flavia Fusion Drinks Station Deluxe has a slew of improvements over the Flavia Fusion Drinks Station we reviewed earlier last year. We've been testing the machine over the past few weeks and unlike other one cup coffee makers we've reviewed recently, it's managed to stay there for the entire time and have quite a bit of Flavia coffee run through it.

Flavia Fusion Drinks Station Deluxe Features:

  • Stainless Steel Accents
  • Separate Hot Water Button
  • Blue LED Lights
  • No Cleaning Between Drinks Required
  • Visible Water Level Indicator
  • Adjustable cup height
  • Water filter for purification
  • Large Capacity Water Tank

What do we think of this new Flavia? How is the Flavia coffee on a revisit? Do the new features make the new price of $169.99 a bit too high or too low?

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February 12, 2007

Melitta MES2B One:One Single Serve Coffeemaker

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It really seems like we haven't mentioned one of our favorite single serve coffee makers in quite awhile - the Melitta MES2B One:One Single Serve Coffeemaker. The Melitta MES2B One:One Single Serve Coffeemaker has seen quite a few upgrades since we last reviewed the machine including a larger pod holder which can take the more standard 62 mm coffee pod over the original 55 mm coffee pods Melitta offered.

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February 9, 2007

Do espresso pods work in my Senseo or other single serve coffee pod brewers?

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Note: This is a real coffee pod. About 62 mm wide and 7-14 grams in weight depending on the coffee pod creator.

We get this question at least 3-4 times a week from readers looking for more coffee pod variety for their single serve coffee pod brewer and the answer is - no. Espresso pods will not work in single serve coffee pod brewers like the Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, Melitta One:One, simplehuman, Krups Home Cafe, and other single serve coffee pod makers .

Espresso pods are typically much smaller and much harder packed with a much finer grind. Single serve coffee pods typically are 55-62 mm in diameter and come in sizes from 7-14 grams. One quick and easy way to tell a coffee pod from an espresso pod? Espresso pods usually have a tab on the side to help remove the pod from the espresso machine.

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Why such a variety of shapes and sizes for single serve coffee pods? There really is no standard for coffee pods unlike some espresso pods. One variety of espresso pods that is a standard is the E.S.E. variety. What does E.S.E. stand for? Easy Serving Espresso. This is the gold standard for espresso pods, and any espresso machine like the Francis Francis from Illy - which is E.S.E. certified - these espresso pods will work the best. If you really want to learn more about espresso pods visit our sister site: SingleServeEspresso.com.

Now back to coffee pods. How do you know what coffee pods work in your single serve coffee brewer?

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February 6, 2007

Juan Valdez Single Serve Coffee Maker

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We've yet to review the Juan Valdez single serve coffee maker, but are going this week on a seek and purchase mission to pick one up. It's one of the least talked about single serve coffee makers in the Single Serve Coffee Forums, but that doesn't mean it's a bad machine. From what we've seen in person, it's a bit on the plastic side, and has a large footprint. The Juan Valdez single serve coffee pod maker supposedly can use "espresso pods"? Hmmm... Hopefully our local Target will have one so we can finally have a little quality one on one time with Mr. Valdez.

  • Quick and convenient, this coffeemaker makes single serving-size cups
  • Just fill the tank, drop in a pod and push the start button
  • No measuring, no mess, no waste
  • Accommodates Juan Valdez Java pods, Cooper's Tea pods and Malongo Espresso pods
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January 30, 2007

Nespresso C100T Essenza Espresso Machine Arrives for Review

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We're really excited to say we've finally received the upgrade to our Nespresso C90 from Nespresso - the Nespresso C100T Essenza espresso machine. With one push of a button, the Nespresso Essenza Flow Stop in the C100T will automatically make a pre-programmed espresso or Lungo 5 ounce cup of coffee. The older C90 we have does not have the automatic features and we're excited to have this feature built in so our "espresso cup does not runneth over" when we forget to stop the flow. The Nespresso C100T Essenza also features a 34 ounce water reservoir, 19 bar high-pressure pump, and automatic ejection of used capsules on lifting the handle.

We think bang for your Nespresso buck, this is the most affordable Nespresso machine at just over $200, and one of the most attractive. We love the footprint of the Nespresso C100T Essenza we'll have full review soon.

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January 13, 2007

Senseo HD7820 Deluxe Single Serve Gourmet Coffee Maker

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We've been checking out the new Senseo HD7820 Deluxe Single Serve Gourmet Coffee Maker and we like what we see. With a few less features than the Senseo Supreme and a larger standard water tank than the Senseo Standard edition, it's a nice middle sibling to the Senseo line. Plus the price is right for a larger water tank (typically costing $19.99 more for the larger water tank for the orignal Senseo) and adjustable spout for just $88 dollars - only $18 dollars more than the Senseo standard edition.

Features:

  • Single-serving gourmet coffeemaker uses premeasured coffee pods
  • Adjustable Spout.
  • Brews up to 8 ounces in less than a minute; simple pushbutton operation
  • Removable 32-ounce water reservoir; adjustable spout for different sizes of mugs (33% larger)
  • Dishwasher-safe parts; 2 pod holders included; coffee pods available separately
  • Measures 13-1/2 by 12 by 8-1/2 inches; 2-year limited warranty
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November 27, 2006

Cost Per Single Serve Coffee Cup: Coffee Pods, Keurig K Cups, Tassimo T Discs, and Nespresso Coffee Capsules

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Readers are always writing in asking the Single Serve Coffee staff how much the different single serve coffee systems cost to own and operate and especially how much each cup of single serve coffee will cost. We think the questions "what's best", or what's "cheapest," or what's "least expensive" all fall under this category of question as well, but starting with what type of coffee you'd like to make and how much it will cost is a good way to find out which single serve coffee maker is the least expensive to own and operate.

Are Senseo Coffee Pods, Tassimo T-Disks, K-Cups or Nespresso Coffee Capsules the best option for you? Which system falls in your price range? Does the single serve coffee maker or system match your coffee drinking habits? These are all good questions that go hand and hand with the price per cup.

The guide below should give you all the detail you need to know on what coffee system may be right for you. Depending on which type of single serve coffee maker you choose, be it coffee pods, k cups, t discs, or nespresso capsules, you'll be choosing the type of coffee you can get per system and also how much per cup your single serve coffee will cost, and how flexible that cost can be, and what types of coffee the single serve coffee maker can prepare.

If you look at the four major type of single serve coffee you can purchase there are essentially 4 main types:

  1. Coffee Pods - work with a variety of single serve coffee makers including: Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, Melitta One:One, Grindmaster, simplehuman, and Krups Home Cafe. Coffee pod brewers are the "open standard" of single serve coffee makers, with the largest variety of coffees available reaching over 250+ varieties of coffee pods.
  2. K Cups - work only with Keurig brewers. Models include: Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, and the newly released Keurig B70 Brewer. You can expect to get in the 150+ variety range for K Cup types of coffee as well as tea.
  3. T Discs: works only with the Tassimo line of single serve coffee makers. You can expect to get 30+ different coffees and teas for your Tassimo brewer.
  4. Nespresso Coffee Capsules: works only with the Nespresso line of single serve coffee makers. On average there are 12 regular varieties and 3-4 unique varieties per year.

Given the run down of each of the different types, how much does each cup of single serve coffee cost per system?

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November 22, 2006

Tassimo Model Comparison: Tassimo TA 1400 Premium Hot Beverage System vs. Tassimo TA 1200 Hot Beverage System

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Often there are several models of a single serve coffee machine like the Tassimo and it can make it difficult for you to decide which model to pick given the price and features. Recently, Tassimo introduced the Tassimo Hot Beverage System or TA1200 at a price point $40 cheaper than the Tassimo Premium Hot Beverage System or TA1400.

Yeah - getting confused yet? Well, the big differences are where they are sold, the water tank size, and a few gold accents on the Premium Tassimo. See the details and judge for yourself. We've been testing the two machines side by side, and we can't tell a difference in the coffee they make, however we do like the larger reservoir on the Tassimo Premium.

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November 21, 2006

Revisiting the Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker

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Recently we've been using our Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso maker to sample various coffees we've been receiving in the dreaded whole bean form! Yes - even the staff here at Single Serve Coffee have to slug through grinding up a few blends now and then of whole bean coffee, and we find the AeroPress to be one of the easiest and quickest ways to sample both the single serve coffee side and the espresso side of things. What's also amazing is how popular the AeroPress has become. Over at Gizmag, they've got the AeroPress ranked as the #1 tech find by readers.

Read our full review of the Aerobie AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker to see the magic, and it's also now available at Amazon.com for purchase, and you can even buy Aeropress Filters as well if you run out.

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