April 10, 2006
We've been using the new FLAVIA FUSION Drinks Station for over a month now and we have one thing to say, "This machine really does make a ton of different hot drinks." It's nothing short of mind blowing the amount of different combinations you can make with the FLAVIA FUSION. After a month of trying all the drinks we have to conclude - some are very good while others are okay and nothing special, however, we feel any system that can take on single serve coffee, hot teas, iced teas, espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, and other deserves some kudos right out of the box.
It's also important to note that FLAVIA has been making single serve coffee machines for the home and office even before Senseo came to the United States. Having had coffee from the Flavia S350 and the FLAVIA sB100 Drink Stations, everyone here was really excited to try the home offering, as the coffee we've had from FLAVIA in the past has not been bad at all.
What can the home FLAVIA machine make? The FLAVIA FUSION can make Coffees, Fresh Leaf Teas, LATTES, Cappuccinos, Hot Chocolate and other drinks. They even have a Wellbeing line of teas with vitamins in them. You can even mix up your own "hot cocktail" by Mixing and Matching from they're entire line of syrups and sprinkles you can purchase along with the coffee and teas. We really enjoyed the syrups to accent many of the coffees we've had over the past month. We found a little flavoring in a cup of hot Sumatra to be refreshing.
Continue reading: "Review: FLAVIA FUSION Drink Station from Single Serve Coffee"
March 29, 2006
Back in January, the staff here at Single Serve Coffee.com had been kicking the tires on the new Aerobie Aeropress. We really liked this unique and interesting single serve coffee maker and after our review started to get lots of feedback from other readers who had purchased the Aeropress.
What was really interesting was how many people saw the Aeropress as the perfect single serve coffee maker to take to work so they could get espresso and a cafe americano. Paul Stefano wrote us and provided this killer reader review on the new Aerobie Aeropress that we'd like to share.
Continue reading: "Reader Reviews: Aerobie AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker"
March 20, 2006
It's been over a year since we last learned of the fabled Grindmaster Consumer PrecisionBrew single serve coffee maker. We had thought back then it would be only a few months before it came out, but like some consumer products, you just have to wait and the product will come out when it wants to not when you'd like it to.
We're pretty excited to say - the wait was worth it. The Grindmaster GPOD PrecisionBrew™ Single Cup Brewing System has a small footprint, easy to use features, and can make a mild or strong cup of single serve coffee using coffee pods with ease. The machine is both attractive and is one of the best mid-ranged priced coffee pod brewers we've tested over the past two years.
Continue reading: "Review: Grindmaster GPOD PrecisionBrew™ Single Cup Brewing System"
March 13, 2006
We've been using the new FLAVIA FUSION Drinks Station for over a week now and we have one thing to say, "This machine makes a ton of different hot drinks." It's nothing short of staggering the amount of different combinations you can make with the FLAVIA FUSION. We're not saying just because the FLAVIA FUSION can make a ton of different beverages that they're all amazing though.
The FLAVIA FUSION can make Coffees, Fresh Leaf Teas, LATTES, Cappuccinos, Hot Chocolate and other drinks. They even have a Wellbeing line of teas with vitamins in them. You can even mix up your own "hot cocktail" by Mixing and Matching from they're entire line of syrups and sprinkles you can purchase along with the coffee and teas.
The interesting thing about the FLAVIA FUSION for everyone here at Single Serve Coffee is the fact the brewing happens inside the filter pack much like the Tassimo. Because brewing happens inside the filter pack, there is really no cleaning of the machine or mixing of a tea or coffee for taste.
Continue reading: "First Impressions: FLAVIA FUSION Coffee Drink Station"
March 8, 2006
We primed and fired up the Grindmaster PrecisionBrew Single Cup Brewing System yesterday and proceeded to sample the various cups of coffee using a variety of coffee pods. This machine will take 7-10 gram coffee pods and so far the coffee produced has been quite good.
We're really impressed with the footprint of the brewer along with the quality you feel right away. Many of the brewers we've tested are just too big for our tastes but this machine is dead on for size. It just feels right.
We're also quite impressed with the controls and the simplicity of making a decent cup of coffee by using the patented Grindmaster PrecisionBrew brew strength control. When we reviewed the earlier commercial Grindmaster brewer we enjoyed these features but we think the simplicity of this machine and adjusting the brew strength is much easier along with the interrupt brewing feature of the new GPOD allows for a variable cup size without the fuss of changing the machine settings.
One of the things we like right away is the light on the brew button. It can turn Green for ready to brew, Aqua flashes for - "Hey I need WATER", Red light for warming up, Purple light for first priming the machine, and Yellow when the coffee pod brew chamber is not closed properly. Good stuff and easy to remember after a couple of attempts at brewing.
The machine also comes preset at 197 degrees F and so far the coffee produced has been piping hot and when tested at this temperature. We're also not getting any plastic taste or other unpleasantries out of the box and with initial brewing. The cup volume is a solid 8-8.5 ounces depending on the size of the pod we've used. The coffee pod will eat up a good ounce of water producing a cup around that size.
We'll have more as we discover the features of the new Grindmaster PrecisionBrew Single Cup Brewing System.
March 7, 2006
We've just received the FLAVIA FUSION Drinks Station to review. So far we're impressed with the shear amount of hot beverages you can make and the Sumatra coffee isn't bad at all. We'll be testing out this "Drink Station" over the next two weeks and expect our first impressions soon.
Would you like to enjoy a fresh-brewed single cup of coffee, espresso, teas, latte, chai latte, cappuccino or hot chocolate anytime you want with push-button speed and convenience? Now you can, with FLAVIA FUSION Drinks Station, a Sharper Image exclusive. This new at-home brewing system uses a sealed, foil-fresh single-serving "filterpack" of leaf tea or fresh-ground coffee plus purified hot water at the optimal temperature to make a variety of cafe drinks with no hassle at all. Forget the kettle, carafe, strainer, filters, grinder and everything else, except your own mug! Even when making two or more different beverages, there's no need to clean the Drinks Station in between.
- Single-serve drinks station brews 30+ flavorful drinks at the touch of a button
- Revolutionary brew-by-pack technology uses Flavia Filterpacks for hassle-free brewing
- Adjustable height accommodates various cup sizes, even a travel mug Removable, large-capacity water tank; activated-charcoal water filter included
- Measures 9 by 14 by 13 inches
- Purchase includes plug-in Drinks Station, a travel mug and 34 filterpacks across the impressive selection; mild-, smooth- and bold-roast coffees (including decaffeinated); classic and green teas; choco; plus creamy toppings, syrups and sprinkles for specialty concoctions. Order more filterpacks at myflavia.com. One-year warranty.
At Flavia J10NBK Fusion Drinks Station
March 2, 2006
We've just received the new Grindmaster GPOD PrecisionBrew™ Single Cup Brewing System from Grindmaster. We're pretty excited to try out this new consumer brewer as we've had such great results with their commercial Grindmaster PrecisionBrew system. We'll be testing this new consumer brewer over the next few weeks and if you'd like our impressions of the commercial brewer you can read our full review.
Grindmaster GPOD Pod Brewer Product Features:
Continue reading: "Grindmaster GPOD PrecisionBrew™ Single Cup Brewing System Arrives for Review"
- Pour over single cup coffee brewing system
- EasyPod accepts a wide variety of pods
- Allows you to choose your favorite coffee or tea
- BrewControl Flavor Selector 4-position adjustable brewer straight control, 3 positions for coffee & 1 for tea
- AccuBrew Brewing Interface- five LED display. A low water alert notifies when it is time to fill the reservoir.
- Stylish high performance design looks great on the counter
- High Performance Design minimal counter design
- Extra large water reservoir-always ready to brew multiple cups anytime
- Electric: 110Volts, 1300Watts, 12Amps, 60Hz
- Water reservoir capacity 38 fl. oz.
- Hot water tank capacity 17 fl. oz.
- Minimum brewing water temperature 195 Degree F.
- Maximum brewing water temperature 200 Degree F.
- Brewing volume 8 fl. oz.
- Dimensions: 12-1/2"H x 6-5/8"W x 10-5/8"D
February 23, 2006
The Black & Decker Home Café System GT300 single serve coffee maker is the update from 2004's Black & Decker Home Cafe system. The older Home Cafe HCC100 system was plagued with issues regarding not being able to open, bad pumps, and a plastic taste to the coffee. There was even several issues regarding the system simply melting from the brewing process (please read the thread here).
The Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker GT 300 is supposed to fix many of these troubling issues and seeks out to do so. The Black & Decker Home Café System Generation II has a much improved quality about the machine, features a much smaller footprint, and the coffee pod chamber is also improved over the earlier model (you can read our first impressions here.)
The Home Cafe system from Black & Decker allows you to use coffee pods and specialty pods with a set of three different coffee pod holders. There is a single coffee pod holder, a double coffee pod holder, and the specialty pod holder which is used for cappuccino pods. For use with Home Cafe one cup brewers, you can purchase Millston and Folgers coffee pods. The system will also brew tea pods from Lipton tea and other manufacturers. The coffee pod holders will also work with any 7-11 gram pod in the single pod holder and you can use two 7 gram pods in the double pod holder.
Continue reading: "Review: Black & Decker Home Café One Cup Coffee Maker GT300"
February 21, 2006
We've been testing the Black & Decker Home Café System Generation II single serve coffee maker over the past week and thought before the full review (you can check out our review of generation I here) we'd give our first impressions.
If you can remember way back to 2004, the first generation Black & Decker Home Café System was nothing short of a disaster. We didn't like the plastic tasting coffee and readers continually write in with issues regarding the overall quality of the machine.
The Black & Decker Home Café System generation II isn't a big leap forward. The machine features a single, double, and special pod holder and has been redesigned as far as look and controls but that's about where it ends and begins. So far we've been largely unimpressed with the coffee maker - the machine is mostly made of plastic including the pod holders, and we've yet to brew a cup of coffee comparable to the Mr. Coffee Home Cafe (which is a very good machine), Senseo, or the more expensive Bunn My Cafe.
Continue reading: "First Impressions: Black & Decker Home Café System Generation II"
February 3, 2006
Finally - it's here. Grindmaster has announced their new consumer pod brewer the GPOD. This may be the first consumer single serve coffee maker to be a few letters off from an iPod. We'll be getting one of these to test in the Single Serve Coffee.com test kitchen as soon as we can. In the mean time you can read our review of their Commercial OCS Pod Brewer. We really liked the commercial brewer but often found larger pods would not fit as well as a 10 gram and under coffee pod in the brewer over the past several months.
Grindmaster GPOD Consumer Coffee Pod Brewer Features:
- GPOD PrecisionBrew™ Single Cup Brewing System – A non-proprietary pod-based brewing system combines commercial infusion technology with digitally controlled brew sequencing to ensure a great tasting cup of coffee every time, in less than one minute.
- EasyPod™ Brew Basket – Our exclusive design accepts a wide variety of pods, allowing you to choose your favorite coffee or tea. Plus, the brew basket is dishwasher safe.
- BrewControl™ Flavor Selector – 4-position adjustable brew strength control allows you to easily fine tune the strength of each cup to match your personal preference. It includes three positions for coffee and one position for tea.
- AccuBrew™ Brewing Interface – An easy-to-follow, five-color LED display makes brewing simple. A low-water alert notifies you when it’s time to refill the reservoir.Energy Savings Feature – The unit features an automatic shut-off that is activated after 36 hours of inactivity.
At Review of Grindmaster Commercial Brewer