May 16, 2006
Portable espresso or making coffee of any type on the go seems to be coming of age. We've seen the Aeropress, in-car espresso makers, and now the Preva xSport Portable Espresso maker for camping, rv-ing, and backpacking.
This ultra-compact espresso maker will make espresso on the go and is compact, light, and durable. Preva has a pretty exhaustive FAQ for any question you might have about the xSport Portable Espresso maker. We could see this being a pretty good choice for a long weekend hike or perhaps making a double shot cafe Americano on the side of a mountain.
May 11, 2006
We recently reviewed the new Aeropress Single Serve Coffee and Espresso maker here at Single Serve Coffee. We love it. It also appears that others are really loving the Aeropress as well. This article at the El Paso Times has some great insights into Alan Adler's passion for great products and great coffee.
Frisbees and espresso-coffee makers are a surprising link I discovered while strolling through the displays at the 2006 International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago. Alan Adler offered me a fabulous cup of espresso made with his AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker.
There's no high-tech espresso machine or electrical drip brewer; Alan added ground coffee and hot water to the AeroPress placed atop a mug, stirred lightly and then pushed down on a plunger. In less than a minute I was enjoying a rich, smooth drink with low acidity and no bitter grains.
At El Paso Times
April 20, 2006
We've been a pretty big fan of the Aerobie Aeropress (you can read our full review here) and it looks like the inventive single serve coffee maker is finally starting to get the attention it deserves.
Sixty-seven-year-old Alan Adler of Los Altos admits he wasn't much of a coffee lover. In fact, more times than not, it just upset his stomach. But that didn't dissuade this electronics engineer, who rocketed to success for his line of wildly popular boomerang-type toys, from doing what comes naturally -- tinkering.
The result? One mighty fine cup of joe.
Adler, a Stanford University lecturer and inventor of the Aerobie flying ring, has created a simple, efficient and compact $30 coffee maker that doesn't have to be plugged in. This new invention, his first food-related product, brews what he swears is the best cup of java you've ever had.
Full article at: MercuryNews.com
April 12, 2006
Sure it doesn't use coffee pods, but it does make 15 ounces of hot coffee with the coffee grounds of your choice. The Black & Decker DCM18S Brew 'n Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel Mug claims to be great for for commuters, office professionals, and one-coffee-drinker household. The travel mug is tapered to a 2-1/2-inch-diameter bottom, so it fits most vehicle cup holders. The mug, filter, filter basket, and mug lid are dishwasher-safe, and the coffeemaker can also be used to heat water for tea, hot chocolate, and instant foods like oatmeal and soup.
At Black & Decker DCM18S Brew 'n Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel Mug
April 11, 2006
What would be better than a single cup of perfect coffee or espresso in you kitchen from a single serve coffee maker? How about in your car. The 2005 Nespresso Design Contest kicked off with a call to action for European design students - consider thinking about coffee and especially Nespresso differently. Imagine paying your toll and then dialing up another Lungo? We can. The idea is that the machine fits conveniently into the centre console of a car and doubles as an armrest when travelling.
There's also a Nespresso Card concept which holds coffee preferences for registered individuals, thus enabling them to access their favorite coffee anytime, anywhere. We think we'll go with the car concept - much more interesting.
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.