June 27, 2007
We just came upon the Presso Espresso maker when doing a bit of research on an upcoming review for the Senseo Presso kit we just acquired from an ebay seller. The presso looks more like a juice machine than an espresso maker, but from the video and materials we've found it looks like it makes a pretty solid espresso. From what we can see you fill the top chamber, put in some espresso ground coffee, and then press down. Bam - a shot of perfect espresso. The only way to buy right now seems to be from Australia at just over $600 AU, and that includes a grinder and other items.
Continue reading: "Presso Espresso Maker - Science Meets Espresso"
May 25, 2007
We were visiting out local target this past week and happened upon the new Mr Coffee SL13 Simple Brew Coffeemaker. It claims on side of the package to be able to use ground coffee or coffee pods. Wow. We took a look at the coffee pod filter and maybe it will work.
The Mr Coffee SL13 Simple Brew Coffeemaker claims
it can use coffee pods or ground coffee with the same filter.
It's got a very small footprint, and since you can use tea pods and coffee pods, this is a good choice for anyone looking to get a pod brewer at under $40 and get the most variety of hot beverage choices for you single serve dollar.
In the past Mr. Coffee put out their coffee pod machines under the Home Cafe brand, and we always though over the Black and Decker models - the Mr. Coffee Home Cafe coffee pod brewers were much better. We took a variety of pictures and have the full specs. What's interesting is this little brewer can brew up to a 14 oz cup of single serve coffee using coffee pods? How does it taste? We'll have to do a full review to tell.
Continue reading: "Mr. Coffee Simple Brew Coffeemaker SL13 - Use Ground Coffee or Coffee Pods"
May 21, 2007
In line with Europe's fashion and design trends for 2007, Nespresso,has added serious sparkle to its award-winning Essenza coffee machine models. The result: two fashion-forward coffee machines with 'bodies' covered in Swarovski crystals: the Nespresso Limited Edition Brilliant Black Essenza and the Nespresso Limited Edition Sparkle Pink Essenza.
Limited Edition machines are designed to shine at exclusive charity events and Nespresso boutiques around the world. In addition to being a shining focus for charity and special events, 100 Limited Edition Sparkle Pink and 100 Limited Edition Brilliant Black Essenza machines will be available, while supplies last, at the Nespresso Boutique Bar (761 Madison Avenue, New York City). Both bejeweled models will retail for $1,000.
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May 18, 2007
Yesterday, Nespresso and DeLonghi unveiled the next generation of espresso meets cappuccino and latte machines - the Nespresso Lattissima. The Nespresso Lattissima features a "one touch" fresh milk froth function, allowing you to make a latte or cappuccino with just one push of a button. We witnessed the Nespresso Lattissima in person and got to sample the cappuccino and latte drinks it produced - verdict - amazing.
Update: Read our review of the Nespresso Lattissima
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. The Nespresso Lattissima will be priced at $799 for the satin chrome with cup warmer, and $699 for red or black sans the cup warmer and will be out Fall 2007.
Full details and video of the Nespresso Lattissima after the jump.
Continue reading: "Nespresso Lattissima - One Touch Cappuccinos and Lattes"
May 16, 2007
We'll be traveling down to New York to the Nespresso Boutique for the launch of the Nespresso Lattissima on Thursday morning. The Nespresso® Lattissima combines a Nespresso espresso maker with a one-touch fresh milk froth function. We can't wait to try out all the interesting lattes, cappuccinos, and other Nespresso meets De’Longhi drinks this new machine will make, and we're pretty sure this is the single serve coffee machine we've all been waiting for for those of us obsessed with the perfect froth.
Update: See exclusive pictures and videos of the Nespresso Lattissima and our first impressions...
Update: Read our review of the Nespresso Lattissima
Don't know what much about the Nespresso Lattissima?
In addition to making the perfect espresso or lungo, the newest Nespresso machine features a one-touch fresh milk froth function, which enables coffee aficionados to create cappuccino or latte coffees at the touch of a button. The one-touch cappuccino system provides the optimal combination of steam, milk and air to create milk froth with perfect consistency. For additional convenience, the one-touch option also features an auto-rinsing function, which enables users to easily clean the tubes used for milk foam preparation, thereby preventing milk particles from remaining inside the system. The removable 17-ounce milk container is a new feature that can be conveniently stored in the refrigerator.
Full details after the jump...
Continue reading: "Nespresso Lattissima Premieres"
May 15, 2007
You may remember our review of the Nespresso Essenza C90 in 2005, and you may even remember how much we loved this amazing little espresso and single serve coffee machine. What does the new Nespresso C100T Essenza Single-Serve Automatic Espresso Machine offer over it's older sibling and what's the same? In a nut shell - the Nespresso C100T Essenza Single-Serve Automatic Espresso Machine is a really nice update to an already great Nespresso machine. The price point is a bit higher than the older model, but this is a very affordable Nespresso machine at just over $220 in most places online and offline, and the new features are worth the extra money.
Since the main features of the machine and it's appeal are present in our older review, we're going to focus on the updates to the machine and why you might want to consider this as one of the machines in your single serve coffee arsenal. We're also going to give you the impressions of several new Nespresso drinkers who we introduced the machine to at a dinner party recently to get new insights and feedback.
Continue reading: "Review: Nespresso C100T Essenza Single-Serve Automatic Espresso Machine"
April 11, 2007
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
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?
Continue reading: "Review: Flavia Fusion Drinks Station Deluxe"
February 12, 2007
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.
Continue reading: "Melitta MES2B One:One Single Serve Coffeemaker"
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?"