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."
August 15, 2005
August 10, 2005
Finally Amazon.com is carrying the Krups Home Cafe and not just through a Zshops merchant. I believe other readers have found this for as little as $99 from other online merchants, but I like Amazon.com's return policy and no tax plus free shipping.
The Krups KP1010 Home Cafe Brewing Machine is compatible with most coffee pods and also utilizes the Cappuccino coffee pods available from Folgers.
At Krups KP1010 Home Cafe Pod Brewing Machine
August 4, 2005
We have the new Krups 1010 Home Cafe Pod brewer to review, but it looks like there will be an update to the Mr. Coffee Home Cafe as well.
Procter & Gamble Announces New Additions To Its Home Cafe Line: The Procter & Gamble Company(NYSE: PG), the leading U.S. coffee company*, today expanded its Home Cafe(R)line with the launch of new specialty cappuccino, latte and tea pod varietiesand new appliances from the Krups(R) and Mr. Coffee(R) brands. The newmachines build upon Home Cafe's successful 2004 introduction of the Black &Decker(R) and Mr. Coffee(R) single cup brewers, designed to recreate the tasteand aroma of coffeehouse-style coffee in the home.
August 3, 2005
We've just received the new Krups KP1010 Home Cafe Pod Brewer for review. We're anxious to fire up the new Krups machine, and it looks like a there has been some improvements over the old Home Cafe line. The Krups Home Cafe Coffee Pod Brewer is available at Amazon.com and other online stores. We've yet to see the new Krups Home Cafe Pod Brewer in department stores, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time.
"Krups expertise in coffee brewing is combined with the convenience of Home Cafe coffee pods to produce a consistent, custom brewed cup of hot coffee in less than a minute. No coffee mess, no unused coffee down the drain, just perfect pressure-brewed coffeehouse taste on demand."