February 9, 2007
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.
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?
Continue reading: "Do espresso pods work in my Senseo or other single serve coffee pod brewers?"
February 6, 2007
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
January 30, 2007
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.
January 13, 2007
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.
- 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
November 27, 2006
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
Continue reading: "Cost Per Single Serve Coffee Cup: Coffee Pods, Keurig K Cups, Tassimo T Discs, and Nespresso Coffee Capsules"
November 22, 2006
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.
Continue reading: "Tassimo Model Comparison: Tassimo TA 1400 Premium Hot Beverage System vs. Tassimo TA 1200 Hot Beverage System"
November 21, 2006
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.
November 9, 2006
We've been writing our reviews for the new Nespresso Variations coffee flavors coming this month, and have to say how much we love our little Nespresso Essenza C90. We also know over the past year, Nespresso has improved the C90 to include programmable and automatic control of the amount of coffee you make per cup.
The new Nespresso machine is the C100T Essenza. With one push of a button, the Nespresso Essenza Flow Stop in the C100T will automatically make a perfect cup of coffee every time, in either pre-programmed espresso or Lungo 5 ounce cup of coffee size. The coffee machine 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. Review of the new Nespresso Variations coffee flavors soon.
At Nespresso C100T Essenza Single-Serve Automatic Espresso Machine and Nespresso Variations
November 3, 2006
It's been over 2+ years since we last reviewed the Senseo line of single serve coffee makers. In those 2 years we've grown the Single Serve Coffee web site to include over 1000+ articles on single serve coffee, and we've featured news and reviews of coffee pods using our blue Senseo for nearly all of them.
There's also been a lot more introductions of coffee pod brewing single serve coffee machines like the Senseo in those two years. We've had the Bunn My Cafe, the Home Cafe line, Grindmaster coffee pod brewers, Melitta One: One, simplehuman, and others. But time and time again, we kept using our Senseo and it has always been a great benchmark for single serve coffee pod makers.
So you can imagine when we got news of the Senseo Supreme Single Serve Coffee Machine we were pretty excited to see if the Senseo Supreme would improve on an already super solid single serve coffee foundation. The big complaints with the older Senseo were the following:
1. Water Reservoir is too small
2. Cup size of 4 or 8 oz isn't flexible enough
3. The ability to fit more mugs under the Senseo spout - maybe even travel mugs
How does the new Senseo Supreme stack up? Does it have the new features you want in a single serve coffee maker? Does it make a better cup of coffee than the older Senseo models with less features?
Continue reading: "Review: Senseo HD7832 Supreme Single Serve Coffee Machine"
October 11, 2006
Senseo has a new single serve coffee maker and we've been using it now for over a week. The Senseo Supreme Single Serve Coffee Machine in Metallic Chrome definitely has some improvements over it's older Senseo sibling. We like the new platform for the cups and drip tray. The adjustable spout is also nice, as we can now fit more coffee cups under the spout for single serve coffee brewings. We like the blue LED touches, but we're not sold on the adjustable cup size and no clock on top of the new model. Why not both? We'll have a full review soon.
At Senseo HD7832 Supreme Single Serve Coffee Machine in Metallic Chrome