August 8, 2007

What Single Serve Coffee Maker is Best for Making Cappuccinos?

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We get questions all the time on what single serve coffee maker can make the best latte, cappuccino, or cup of coffee, and how much does it cost. This can be a tough question to answer, but we think we might be able to handle it.

The Question:

I have been reading your blog and I just have one question. What coffee maker would you recommend if you prefer single serve cappuccino and have a budget of around $100-150?

The Senseo seems to have the cappuccino, but when reading the reviews all the others seem to taste better. The Keurigs seem to be the best choice for coffee, but not so great for cappuccinos. I really want the froth and foam. The Tassimos and the Bruns are a bit pricey.

Any suggestions?
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July 31, 2007

Europe: The WMF 1 Design Object Single Serve Coffee Maker


We're not sure how we missed this single serve coffee maker, but Gizmodo found it recently and it looks pretty amazing. The WMF 1 is a coffee pad/pod-based single-serve coffee machine, which integrates a cup into its minimalist cubic design that's not much bigger than a couple of books. The almost Apple like design can be livened up with your choice of four colors for the lining. After dumping in the water and pressing a button, it only takes a minute to brew your coffee.

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July 20, 2007

Simplehuman Single Serve Coffee Pod Brewer A40 in Black Steel

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Looking to dress up your kitchen with some "black tie" appliances? Look no further than this new release of the simplehuman A40 single serve coffee pod brewer in black steel! We do like our current simplehuman brewer in stainless steel, but we could be persuaded to get a black one. It's a bit hard to tell whether the brewer has any other changes to it besides the color, but we think not. It's a nice change to an a very nice coffee pod brewer and would fit in great with our black granite countertops. Read our review of the simplehuman pod brewer to find out more about the simplehuman A40 coffee pod brewer.

At simplehuman single serve coffee pod brewer A40 in Black Steel

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June 27, 2007

Presso Espresso Maker - Science Meets Espresso


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.

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May 25, 2007

Mr. Coffee Simple Brew Coffeemaker SL13 - Use Ground Coffee or Coffee Pods


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.

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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.

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May 21, 2007

Nespresso "FASHION" Espresso Machine in "CRYSTAL COUTURE"

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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.

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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

Nespresso Lattissima - One Touch Cappuccinos and Lattes


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.

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May 16, 2007

Nespresso Lattissima Premieres


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.

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May 15, 2007

Review: Nespresso C100T Essenza Single-Serve Automatic Espresso Machine

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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.

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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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