May 12, 2014

Nespresso VertuoLine Single Serve Coffee and Espresso Maker Review

Vertuo experience about machine

We really love single serve coffee so, when we found out Nespresso was jumping into the dual coffee and espresso wagon we we’re beyond excited. Sure we love a cup of espresso, but we often like a shot of espresso in our single serve cup of coffee. The Nespresso VertuoLine Single Serve Coffee and Espresso Maker is the first Nespresso machine that makes a great cup of coffee or espresso. Each capsule is perfectly measured so that you get a uniformed brew each and every time, and when you put an espresso capsule in the Vertuo it will make espresso. If you use a larger coffee capsule it will make a larger cup of coffee.

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May 7, 2014

Keurig K60 - K65 Special Edition Single Serve Coffee Maker

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The Keurig K60/K65 Special Edition Single Serve Coffee Maker uses K-Cups to brew perfect cups of coffee. What you probably don’t know? The Keurig B60 is the updated Keurig B60. We’ve been using our Keurig K65 for just over a year now, and have had no issues. You can brew coffee, tea, and other hot and brew over iced drinks with a Keurig K-Cup brewer.

Some key features of the Keurig K60/K65:

  • One-touch control panel; blue backlit LCD display
  • digital clock
  • programmable on/off 3 brew-size options (6 oz., 8 oz. and 10 oz.) 
  • adjustable brew temperature
  • removable drip tray 
  • Blue-lit removable 60-ounce water reservoir
  • descale indicator
  • dishwasher-safe parts 
  • Includes bonus 12-count K-Cup variety pack and Water Filter Kit

This is a killer deal as it does include the water filter kit which can save you on descaling. 

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April 25, 2014

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Single-Serve Coffeemaker - Use K-Cups or Ground Coffee

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The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Single-Serve Coffeemaker can brew coffee using single-serve packs, coffee grounds or soft pods. It’s also compatible with K-cup packs, and other single serve coffee packs you use with use with your Keurig K-Cup brewer.

Featuring better coffee extraction than the leading competitor, the brewer also has an adjustable cup rest that allows for standard-size cups or travel mugs. All removable parts are dishwasher safe.

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April 24, 2014

Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker

Hamilton beach single serve scoop coffee maker

We often don’t associate ground coffee you scoop with single serve coffee makers, but the Hamilton Beach 49981A Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker makes coffee right after you scoop. You can brew your own ground coffee with single-serve scoop filter, and brew up to a 14oz cup of coffee into a travel mug or coffee cup. The brewer is made of stainless steel, and has a built in coffee stand for travel mugs.

We’ve always enjoyed the various coffee makers from Hamilton Beach, and there’s always their Brew Station coffee maker if you want a more on demand option.

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April 21, 2014

AeroPress Inventor's Q&A

Aeropress founder article Fast Company

Over at Fast Company Alan Adler inventor of the Aeropress has a really extensive Q&A on the Aeropress. It’s no doubt the Aeropress is one of the most popular single serve coffee makers, and also one of the best. We reviewed the Aeropress back in 2006, and it’s still one of our go-to single serve coffee makers. Why? It makes an amazing cup of coffee, and it only requires minimal interaction to get a perfect cup of coffee every time.

The Q&A also has some info on Alan Adler’s earlier days as a toy designer. If you didn’t know he invented the Aerobie frisbee, and other toys. Head over to Fast Company for the full read, and yes those are male enhancing devices with the Aeropress in the middle. Choose your coffee press wisely...

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April 11, 2014

Nespresso Vertuo Single Serve Coffee and Espresso Maker Arrives for Review

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The Nespresso Vertuo is here, so check out this amazing shot below of the box of Vertuo capsules. If there's one thing that Nespresso does right besides amazing espresso and single serve coffee is design.

Nespresso Vertuo Line Capsules

Features of the Vertuoline from Nespresso include:

  • The Nespresso VertuoLine brews both genuine drip-style coffee and espresso.
  • Innovative dual-capsule design brews great-tasting crema-enhanced drip coffee or rich espresso-a first for a one-touch capsule machine.
  • Centrifusion technology scans each capsule and automatically adjusts brewing for a revolutionary one-button experience.
  • Capsules insert easily and automatically eject into a container that holds 13-20 used capsules. 
  • Incredibly fast, 15- to 20-second heat-up ensures that delicious coffee is just one button push away.
  • Automatic shutoff after nine minutes of inactivity. Enjoy two pre-set cup sizes-coffee (7.77 oz.) and espresso (1.35 oz)-or customize brewing between 0.3 oz and 17 oz. 
  • High-capacity water tank allows you to brew more without refilling.

At Nespresso Vertuo

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April 10, 2014

Nespresso Lattissima Pro from De'Longhi - One-touch Cappuccino and Latte Review

 

Lattissima pro 2014

If you've been searching for a quality latte, espresso and cappuccino maker, you couldn't get any better than the De'Longhi's Lattissima Pro. This amazing machine comes with tons of features packed into a sturdy design that has very little plastic to it. With a stainless steel frame and the ability to make custom or automatic drinks with the press of a button, you'll be under the impression that you're drinking a barista made drink every time.

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March 20, 2014

Remington iCup - Keurig K-Cup Compatible Single Serve Brewer

Icup k cup brewer with steam brewer technology

Remington iCup will be the first single-serve coffee brewing system to use rotational SteamBrew technology. iCup is a breakthrough technology for the single-serve brewer industry, providing a superior tasting cup of coffee as compared with your favorite Keurig K-Cup or K-type equivalent.

iCup uses iCoffee's patented rotational SteamBrew technology to steam and stir the coffee grounds in all Keurig and K-type compatible cups. This rotational brewing technology creates a brewing environment that extracts rich, smooth flavors without the bitter-acidic aftertaste often associated with drip and single-serve coffee brewers. We’ve never used the iCoffee drip brewer but we have read many reviews saying how amazing it is.

The iCup will accept all K-Cups - including the new Keurig 2.0 cups. How does the iCup work? The iCup uses a patent-pending rotational jet inside the K-Cup that steams and stirs the coffee at the optimum brewing temperature to release maximum flavor.

 

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March 13, 2014

Keurig Expands Colors for the K45 Elite Brewer

Keurig k45 brewer colors

AB has found some the Keurig K45 line has expanded to offer more color options.

From AB: While at Wal-Mart in Brewer Maine I came across a White Elite brewer. This is the first time I have seen a color variation for K45. Keurig currently offers different colors for the Mini and Platinum.  Doing some research on Keurig.com I discovered that they now offer 4 colors: Black, Patriot Blue, Coconut White, and Rhubarb (red).

On the Keurig website they run $119.99 with free shipping. I find it odd that with the impending rollout of the Keurig 2.0 they would produce this model in different colors. Why expand on a model that in theory will be obsolete when the new line is launched. My thought is that they will keep both lines active for sometime and phase out the VUE.

We concur on the expansion of this line with the eventual phase out of these brewers. We’re also starting to wonder how Keurig will keep the brewers available but then cut over to the Keurig 2.0 later this year. We also recommend if you want to use a non DRM version of a Keurig brewer getting one of these brewers now makes more sense. The Keurig 2.0 will have built in DRM and only work with Keurig licensed K-Cups.

You can also find the Keurig K45 in various colors on Amazon.com

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February 20, 2014

Nespresso for U.S. Coffee Drinkers - VertuoLine Single Serve Coffee Maker

Nespresso Vertuo Line Single Serve Coffee Maker

Nestle and Nespresso are stepping up in size from espresso to single serve coffee with the VertuoLine Single Serve Coffee Maker. Trying to win more customers in the US is Nespresso's aim, and the $299 machine will produce eight types of 8-ounce servings and four espresso blends. The VertuoLine will be sold in the U.S. and Canada at Nespresso boutiques, online and at retailers including Macy's Inc, Bloomingdale's and Williams-Sonoma Inc. 

The new machine, which uses a different capsule, and won't be compatible with older Nespresso machines. We're not sure if the machine will be compatible with the existing set of Nespresso capsules. 

Nespresso represents about 25 percent of Nestle's coffee sales and 4 percent of its 92.4 billion francs in total revenue. So why do this right now? Besides the single serve coffee market growing in size year over year, Nespresso has sought to expand Nespresso outside Europe, where it faces an ever-increasing number of copycat capsules from rivals like Mondelez International Inc. This is much the same competition that Green Mountain faces with the after market and unlicensed K-Cups.

Will you be getting a Vertuo Nespresso brewer? We're pretty interested given how much we like their espresso. No exact date on the debut, but we expect it to go head to head with Keurig 2.0 this Fall.

Via Bloomberg

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