February 3, 2006

Grindmaster GPOD Consumer Pod Brewer


Finally - it's here. Grindmaster has announced their new consumer pod brewer the GPOD. This may be the first consumer single serve coffee maker to be a few letters off from an iPod. We'll be getting one of these to test in the Single Serve Coffee.com test kitchen as soon as we can. In the mean time you can read our review of their Commercial OCS Pod Brewer. We really liked the commercial brewer but often found larger pods would not fit as well as a 10 gram and under coffee pod in the brewer over the past several months.

Grindmaster GPOD Consumer Coffee Pod Brewer Features:

  • GPOD PrecisionBrew™ Single Cup Brewing System – A non-proprietary pod-based brewing system combines commercial infusion technology with digitally controlled brew sequencing to ensure a great tasting cup of coffee every time, in less than one minute.
  • EasyPod™ Brew Basket – Our exclusive design accepts a wide variety of pods, allowing you to choose your favorite coffee or tea. Plus, the brew basket is dishwasher safe.
  • BrewControl™ Flavor Selector – 4-position adjustable brew strength control allows you to easily fine tune the strength of each cup to match your personal preference. It includes three positions for coffee and one position for tea.
  • AccuBrew™ Brewing Interface – An easy-to-follow, five-color LED display makes brewing simple. A low-water alert notifies you when it’s time to refill the reservoir.Energy Savings Feature – The unit features an automatic shut-off that is activated after 36 hours of inactivity.

At Review of Grindmaster Commercial Brewer

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February 2, 2006

Review: Mr. Coffee Home Cafe AT 13 Generation II

Review from Single Serve Coffee.com - Coffee Pod Reviews


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 Kit & Coffee Pod Storage Container

We've been testing this new machine (check out our first impressions) with various coffee pods from Flava Pods, Baronet Coffee Pods, Cool Beans Pod, and of course even the included Folgers pods. Since the machine features 3 pod holders - a single, a double, and a specialty pod holder the range of coffees you can make is quite broad.

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January 25, 2006

First Impressions Mr. Coffee Home Cafe Generation II AT13 Single Serve Coffee Maker

Img 2083B000Co7Asy.01-A23Nlorbgxoleo. Sclzzzzzzz We're currently testing both the Mr. Coffee Home Cafe and the Black & Decker Home Cafe second generation coffee makers. We'll have a full review of both coffee makers next week but we thought we'd give you our first impression on opening, priming, and brewing our first cup of coffee with the new Mr. Coffee Home Cafe AT13 single serve coffee brewer.

Just seeing the box gives you a better first impression of the Mr. Coffee Home Cafe. We were excited to see that throughout opening the coffee maker the Home Cafe feel seemed to permeate throughout the box and included accessories. This version of the Mr. Coffee Home Cafe comes with a set of Folgers coffee pods, Cappuccino coffee pods, and a pod holder from Tupperware for loose pods. The Tupperware pod holder inclusion is a little odd given the Folgers pods are individually wrapped.

We then unwrapped the Mr. Coffee Home Cafe single serve coffee maker and our first impression - much better. Simply - a much better feeling and looking brewer. The buttons right away and the little Home Cafe logo on the side has better presentation and the brewer just feels more solid and designed.

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January 16, 2006

New Senseo Single-Serve Coffee Machine Gift Pack Arrives for Review

Img 2043Another new arrival to add to the review queue - it's the Senseo Gift Pack edition. This slightly redesigned Senseo features a shorter spout to accomodate travel mugs. Expect a full run down and comparison to our current Senseo in the Single Serve Coffee test kitchen (now almost 1.75 years old!) and our impressions of the Senseo Travel Mug and how the short spout improves the amount of mugs you can fit under your Senseo spout.


  • 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
  • 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

At Amazon.com

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New Home Cafe Single Serve Coffee Makers Arrive for Review

Img 2040 Img 2041We've received the new Mr. Coffee Home Cafe and the new Black & Decker Home Cafe to review. We reviewed their earlier releases and weren't as impressed as we were with Senseo and other single serve coffee pod brewers.

The new Black & Decker Home Cafe Generation 2 is a bit more compact and features a total redesign.

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.

We can only hope the quality of the machines has been improved. The first generation models 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.

Expect a full review in the coming weeks and we'll add these two brewers into our Big Brew Off article.

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January 13, 2006

ProctorSilex Single-Serve Pod Coffeemaker

F6Fa224128A097A500C08010.LThe ProctorSilex 42114 Single-Serve Pod Coffeemaker features a 500-watt heater and brews an 11-ounce cup of single serve coffee. You can use either ground coffee or pods by using the pod holder or the permanent filter that's included. We like the small footprint and will be getting one of these to review very soon.

Features include:

  • "On" indicator light; automatic shutoff;
  • dishwasher-safe removable parts
  • Pod holder and permanent filter for ground coffee included
  • Measures 9-1/4 by 8-1/2 by 10-3/4 inches;
  • 180-day warranty

At Amazon.com

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January 11, 2006

Review: Aerobie AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker

Review from Single Serve Coffee.com - Coffee Pod Reviews Aero Press 03The staff here at Single Serve Coffee.com have been kicking the tires on the new Aerobie Aeropress for over a month now. Did you notice something about the title of the coffee maker? Yes. The same company that makes the Aerobie flying discs and other fun outdoor products makes the Aeropress. If you've ever thrown an Aerobie you know it really works. The frisbee like rings are much easier to throw than frisbees and go very far. So we had high expectation s for the Aeropress coffee maker from such an ingenious inventive company.

Since this is a little different than other single serve coffee makers we normally review we want to ensure you that it is in fact a single serve coffee maker. Yes - you will need espresso ground coffee from either your grinder or by purchasing some pre-ground coffee from coffee companies like illy but making a cup of Aeropress coffee is very easy and intended to make one cup of perfect coffee or espresso.

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December 18, 2005

Flavia Fusion Drinks Station

We were out shopping yesterday when we came across this Sharper Image Exclusive - the Flavia Fusion Hot Beverage Maker. We had wondered why Flavia was not in the world of Single Serve Home Coffee Makers because over 8 years ago we had our first Flavia coffee at a dot.com we had worked at.

Well - it looks like Flavia is in the game and with lots to offer. When you're around for over 10+ years you have 30 flavors at launch and we're sure you can perhaps have it down with regards to a decent machine. Priced at $119.99 at Sharper Image - we'll see what we can do to procure one. We do remember liking the hot chocolate over the coffee but perhaps the coffee has gotten better. Best of all - they come in different colors at launch including Red, Black, Aqua, and others.

Flavia Details:

Would you like to enjoy a fresh-brewed single cup of coffee, espresso, teas, latte, chai latte, cappuccino or hot chocolate anytime you want with push-button speed and convenience? Now you can, with FLAVIA FUSION Drinks Station, a Sharper Image exclusive. This new at-home brewing system uses a sealed, foil-fresh single-serving "filterpack" of leaf tea or fresh-ground coffee plus purified hot water at the optimal temperature to make a variety of cafe drinks with no hassle at all. Forget the kettle, carafe, strainer, filters, grinder and everything else, except your own mug! Even when making two or more different beverages, there's no need to clean the Drinks Station in between.

  • Single-serve drinks station brews 30+ flavorful drinks at the touch of a button
  • Revolutionary brew-by-pack technology uses Flavia Filterpacks for hassle-free brewing
  • Adjustable height accommodates various cup sizes, even a travel mug Removable, large-capacity water tank; activated-charcoal water filter included
  • Measures 9 by 14 by 13 inches

B000Almlva.01. Scthumbzzz -1B000Almlvu.01. Scthumbzzz -1Purchase includes plug-in Drinks Station, a travel mug and 34 filterpacks across the impressive selection; mild-, smooth- and bold-roast coffees (including decaffeinated); classic and green teas; choco; plus creamy toppings, syrups and sprinkles for specialty concoctions. Order more filterpacks at myflavia.com. One-year warranty.

At Flavia J10NBK Fusion Drinks Station

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November 30, 2005

Pods, packets taking Joe in new direction

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The Chicago Tribune has an excellent overview of the state of the pod. We love these newspaper articles as they are always so - well - chuck full of recaps we've been doing daily for the past 1.5 years. It's hard to believe so many people are still unaware of the convenience and great coffee single serve coffee can bring them daily - but we'll take more converts any time.

Phil Timberman believes his single-serve coffeemaker is the greatest improvement in brewing since the percolator was invented in 1865. "No more trying to figure out how many beans to grind or measure out. Pop in a pod, hit a button and get a great cup of Joe," the coffee lover said. Rolled out last year, the first generation of single-serve machines makes little more than coffee. The next-generation machines, which are being introduced in time for the holiday season, do a bit more. They claim to make coffee-shop-quality coffee, lattes, cappuccino, hot chocolate and tea. And some of the nation's biggest food and candy companies, including Kraft Foods Inc., Sara Lee Corp., Mars Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co. are staking millions in marketing dollars on a product they hope could emulate the success of bottled water.

At Chicago Tribune

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November 29, 2005

Review: simplehuman Single Cup Pod Brewer

Review from Single Serve Coffee.com - Coffee Pod ReviewsP-Coffee-Pod-BrewerIt's nice to see a new company in the single serve coffee game. It's really nice to see a company that has both amazing design and function to every kitchen item they've designed. It's also really really nice to see that company have it's first appliance as a single serve coffee brewer.

If you go to any major department store, kitchen store, or place that has housewares you'll see simplehuman's amazing stainless steel trash cans, containers, dish racks, and other extremely well designed products. We've been reviewing several of their products at Kitchen Contraptions and have found them all to be quite excellent.

We have been using the simplehuman single cup pod brewer over the past two weeks and are quite impressed. The brewer is very compact and also has a striking design. We think the overall impression of the simplehuman single cup pod brewer has been one of quality. Read on to get our moment of truth impressions and our run down and sampling of the coffees.

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