November 7, 2005
It's a Home Cafe morning here at Single Serve Coffee.com. We didn't expect to have both the Mr. Coffee and the Black & Decker Home Cafe updates in one day but well - here they are. The new Black & Decker Home Cafe Generation 2 is a bit more compact and features a total redesign. That's all we really know. We did venture out to Target as well to see this in person and they didn't have anything but the machine with a missing water tank and none in stock. Also the Home Cafe web site has not been updated with information on the new Home Cafe.
We can only hope the quality of the machine has been improved. The first generation model didn't pass the Single Serve Coffee review process with flying colors and several threads and posts continued to point out the quality concerns of this single serve coffee brewer. We will be receiving one of these to review in the coming weeks and will have full review of the new Black & Decker Home Cafe.
It's been over a year since we tested the original Mr. Coffee Home Cafe. We liked this Home Cafe single serve coffee brewer much better than the Black & Decker Home Cafe. The quality of the Mr. Coffee was a little better and we also felt the coffee it produced was a little better as well.
The new Mr. Coffee Home Cafe Single Serve Coffee Maker - Model AT13 features:
- Utilizes Pre-Packed Folgers® and Millstone® Coffee Pods, to Bring the Coffeehouse Home
- Brews Regular/Flavored Pods and Specialty Pods (Cappuccino Drinks)
- Adjustable Brew Head Prevents Splatters and Allows for a Variety of Mug Sizes
- Ergonomic, Removable and Rotating Water Reservoir for Ease of Use and Cleaning
- Brews up to 14 oz. Fresh Cup of Coffee
- Removable Drip Tray For Easy Cleaning
- Compact Footprint
- Lighted On/Off Switch
- Bonus: 8 Folgers® and Millstone® Coffee Pods Starter KitCoffee Pod Storage Container
Expect a full review in the coming weeks. We did venture out to Target yesterday and have to say it does look incredibly different. Let's just hope it's incredibly better.
October 10, 2005
We received the Grindmaster Precision Pod Brewing System in mid-September and you may have been wondering - what have they been doing all that time? Why haven't we had a review sooner? Well, we like to put a machine through it's paces and reviewing machines of this caliber takes some time.
However, you may have noticed we've been mentioning and using the machine in several of the reviews over the past month. Some of the reviews included:
Starbucks Coffee Pod Review:
"We fired up the Grindmaster Pod Brewer we are currently testing. We stuck with a 6 oz setting on the Grindmaster with the darker setting (there's a dial where you can pick the level of coffee intensity you want). The Grindmaster pre-saturates the coffee pod for a better extraction, and then brews up a cup of 6 oz of coffee. We've found the 6 oz size to have the right amount of extraction to water ratio for our tasting habits. We then sampled the coffee with and without cream and sugar.
Continue reading: "Review: Grindmaster OPOD001 Precision Pod Brewing System from Single Serve Coffee"
October 4, 2005
It's red and coming for the holidays! The holiday edition Senseo with shorter spout (though it doesn't mention it) is available at Amazon.com. It comes with all the things we said last month but is $79.99. It's still a good deal but too bad it's not $69.99.
Update:You can now purchase this new Senseo at Amazon.com
- Stand by function enables brewing another fresh cup of coffee at any time and auto off ensures that the appliance automatically switches itself off after on hour
- Holiday Gift Pack includes 2 additional bags of Senseo Pods, 2 Pod Canisters, and 1 Thermal Travel Mug
- Makes one 4 oz cup of delicious coffee in 30 seconds or two 4 oz cups or one 8 oz mug in 60 seconds at the touch of a button
- Using a unique patented brewing system from Philips and Senseo coffee pods from Douwe Egberts Senseo ensures the right balance of coffee and water for the perfect end result every time anytime
- To suit individual tastes Senseo coffee pods from Sara Lee / DE are available in various flavors Mild Roast Medium Roast Dark Roast and Decaffeinated
September 19, 2005
In our continued commitment to review all the Single Serve Coffee systems, we bring you the Lavazza Espresso Point. When Single Serve Coffee started early last year, the Lavazza Espresso Point was one of the first single serve coffee machines we ran news on.
We received the Lavazza Espresso Point from Lilli at Aromacc.com. They run a web site called Aroma Cafe Culture that features many of the products you can get from Lavazza. Lavazza is a very old and very established Italian coffee brand and the Lavazza Espresso Point is a very unique hot beverage system.
The Lavazza Espresso Point uses prepackaged, gas-flushed cartridges, combined with Lavazza's proprietary machine technology. In a world where we have coffee pods, K-Cups, T-Discs, Espresso Pods, Coffee Capsules, it's quite amazing that there is yet another type of coffee cartridge or format in the single serve coffee world. But the fact remains - how good is the coffee from the Lavazza Espresso Point system and what are the details behind this system?
Continue reading: "Review: Lavazza Espresso Point"
September 16, 2005
I know the thought of grinding any amount of coffee to a single serve coffee drinker might be blasphemy, but the X-10 Mini Brewer is a great way to get a single perfect cup. Simply pour hot water over some fresh ground coffee, and the X10 will filter the coffee and brew a single cup inside the mug.
It's old school, but we have room in our coffee heart for all things single serve coffee. Now, why can't they do this with a coffee pod or K-Cup?
September 13, 2005
Grindmaster has sent us the Model OPOD001 Single Cup Precision Pod Brewing System to review. We've had coffee from the Grindmaster on our Baronet Coffee visit, however we are anxious to review and test the Grindmaster Single Cup Precision Pod Brewing System ourselves. Stay tuned for a full review in the coming weeks. Please sound off in the comments if you'd like us to test a particular set of pods with the brewer.
Be the first to own your very own Tassimo! You can now pre-order Tassimo at Amazon.com. The Tassimo is priced at $169.99 and should ship by the end of the month. If you aren't familiar with Tassimo you should read our review and also check out the Tassimo news category.
"Introducing TASSIMO, a revolution in home brewing. This state of the art system delivers the ultimate in hot drink variety - coffee, tea, espresso, hot chocolate, and even authentic cappuccino & latte with real milk, all at the touch of a button. The TASSIMO hot beverage system brews one perfect cup at a time using TASSIMO discs, called T-DISCS, that contain precisely measured amounts of the ingredients for each drink. Each T-DISC contains a barcode that tells the machine the optimal brewing conditions for your drink, expertly adjusting the brewing time, amount of water and temperature. With TASSIMO, you simply insert a T-DISC, press the button, and in about a minute you can enjoy a delicious hot drink, one perfect cup at a time. You are also able to customize the strength of each beverage to your taste. And, since all the brewing takes place in the T-DISC itself, there is virtually no cleanup! A system this extraordinary deserves partners of the same caliber. Select from world-class brands Gevalia, Suchard and Twinings? to find your favorite drink. Discover the Art of the Perfect Cup. Right on your kitchen counter."
Pre-order Tassimo at Amazon.com
August 30, 2005
We received Tassimo earlier this month to review and are feeling good about this new offering in the Single Serve Coffee arena. The machine is manufactured by Braun, however Tassimo was designed by Saeco and Kraft. Tassimo will launch in the US this Fall.
Update: Tassimo has two new brewers from Bosch. Check out our reviews of the Tassimo Bosch Brewers:
Also check out our continued updated Tassimo and T-Dics area of articles.
Update: Tassimo is now calling this system a "brewbot". What's a brew bot? The Brewbot (BROO·bot) is an advanced brewing machine programmed to make over seven different varieties of beverages. Brewbots can create coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, hot chocolates and coffee cremas all at the touch of a button. a.k.a. Roboticus Brewtus. The machines are the same as earlier Tassimo Bosch models above but being marketed as brewbots. Please check out our review links of the current lineup of Tassimo machines.
Updated Bosch Tassimo Review: Read our review of the new Bosch Tassimo hot beverage system here.
The Tassimo does not use coffee pods, ESE espresso pods, or K-Cups, but utilizes a new hot beverage brewing system in the form of T-Discs. Each T-Disc has a bar code on it to tell the machine how the hot beverage of your choice needs to be prepared, and the brewing of the coffee happens inside each T-Disc as water is pushed through it. Tassimo can make single serve coffee. single serve crema coffee, espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, tea and best of all - HOT CHOCOLATE.
Tassimo is also the first single serve coffee system to have liquid milk instead of powdered milk to make cappuccinos and lattes. You don't have to keep the milk T-Discs cold either, as they are shelf stable and ultra-pasteurized. By using milk T-Discs to make a latte or cappuccino, the Tassimo eliminates the need for a complicated steam wand or frothing attachment.
Update: You can now order Tassimo at Amazon.com.
Continue reading: "Review: Tassimo Hot Beverage System from Single Serve Coffee"
August 29, 2005
We found this rather cute article on dorm essentials at the Post Gazette. We couldn't agree with them more on having a Senseo in college. I happened to live in a co-op for part of my college living experience, and I would have killed for a Senseo over the coffee sludge downstairs often tainted with cinnamon! People were always trying to put stuff into the coffee grounds to "enhance" the flavor and I couldn't stand it. Just give me a perfect cup of coffee - oh Senseo, where were you in my college years!
"Hot coffee is another thing that most college students need in the morning, but the cost of a daily Starbucks can add up quickly. The no-fuss Senseo coffee maker ($70) brews one or two servings of coffee directly into the cup in just 30 seconds using pre-measured "pods" of coffee. This compact machine, which comes in bright blue, red or black, also turns off automatically after an hour so you don't have to worry about accidentally leaving it on all day. A bag of 72 individual coffee pods costs about $18 at Target."