July 10, 2012
Toward the end of our unboxing post we promised more detail on the Trifecta's features, ease of use, and effectiveness in terms of single-serve brewing. Now it's time to deliver. We'll do so in two parts: (a) today's step-by-step walk-through of how to make a cup using this machine, highlighting important points along the way, and (b) a summary post next week discussing pros and cons. Let's start 'walking through' already!
Step 0. Wake up the Trifecta, if necessary
After 6 hours of inactivity, the Trifecta's heater drops from 200 degrees F to 140 to conserve energy. A quick press of the brew button or movement of the latch (with brew chamber in place) will start the roughly 1-minute process of getting the machine back to its optimal brewing temperature.
Continue reading: "Brewing with the Bunn Trifecta MB Single Cup Coffee Maker"
June 13, 2012
Back in January, we first got word that Bunn might have a home version of the Trifecta in the works. A few days later were able to pass along more information, and then forum member EricBNC provided a first look/taste after trying out the machine at CoffeeCon in Chicago the weekend after its official release. At the time, Bunn graciously offered to provide a trial unit for us to review, but demand for the first run of Trifectas—assembled by hand in Springfield, IL—was high, so we took a deep breath and eagerly followed early adopters’ initial reports of the high-quality coffee the Trifecta was capable of producing. We’re happy to report that our trial unit has now arrived, and it was certainly worth the wait. How about some unboxing pictures?
The Trifecta arrived double-boxed. That "delicate electrical instrument" label on the outer box made us smile.
Continue reading: "Unboxing the Bunn Trifecta MB Single Cup Brewer"
June 6, 2012
The Hamilton Beach Personal Cup Stay or Go POD Brewer is a great option given Senseo single serve coffee pod brewer is no longer available in the US. This brewer includes 18 Senseo coffee pods and makes a fresh cup of coffee fast. It also brews up to a 14 oz. cup, and given it uses coffee pods you can choose regular, decaf, & a variety of coffee blends & flavors.
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May 29, 2012
We've already taken a look at our likes/dislikes as well as a rundown of comparison features between the old K-Cup brewers and the newer Vue-Pack brewers. As a result, we're continuing our review series today by taking a look at some of the new options which are now available when brewing coffees on the Keurig Vue V700 brewer.
Unlike the older K-Cup brewers, you can now adjust a variety of options prior to brewing. Anything from water temperature to brew strength is now user-adjustable. Let's take a look at some of the new features and how they work, shall we?
Continue reading: "Review: Brewing Coffees with the Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System"
May 7, 2012
We recently started reviewing Keurig Vue-Cups and decided to take a step back and compare the new Keurig Vue V700 to one of our favorite K-Cup brewers which we've been using for years, the Keurig B70 Platinum. We thought it would be fun to do an informative comparison between the Keurig Brewers so that new users could get an idea of the major differences between both machines as well as some of our likes/dislikes between the two. We'll start things off with the Keurig B70 Platinum and follow-up with the Keurig Vue V700. Our apologies for the length of this article... you may want to grab a few cups of single serve coffee before reading this monster-sized "Mega Review" :-)
Continue reading: "Review: Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System vs. Keurig B70 Platinum Single-Cup Brewer"
April 17, 2012
Sure it makes 12 cups, but it also has easy one-handed dispensing making it a 12 cup wonder with one cup at time ease. The removable coffee chamber also has a 24-hour programmable timer for wake-up coffee, and a brew-pause function so you can get that perfect cup. Also, this coffee maker reminds us of the Brew Station we reviewed a few years back.
One thing about these single serve at a time with 12 cups on hand coffee makers - if you're throwing a breakfast party the amount of coffee these can hold makes a nice trade off. Also pricing on this model vs the Brew Station is good. The Brew station will set you back about $86, where as this Mr. Coffee version will only set you back $49.
Continue reading: "Mr. Coffee Power Serve 12-Cup Coffeemaker with One Hand Dispensing"
March 27, 2012
Brewing a cup of French Roast coffee from La Pod coffee pods.
The SunCana (formerly SunCafe) coffee pod brewer has recently received several upgrades. Though coffee pod brewers using this design have have failed to impress us in the past, the current iteration of the SunCana coffee pod brewer impresses us with 3 key upgrades that make the coffee produced excellent.
The SunCana brewer improvements include:
Continue reading: "SunCana Single Serve Coffee Pod Brewer Improvements Impress"
- Brew Temp
- Coffee Pod Drawer
- Better pre-wetting cycle
March 26, 2012
The Maestria has a steam wand built in.
Nespresso is realeasing in April two Nespresso machines - the Maestria and Gran Maestria. The Nespresso Maestria will use the Nespresso coffee capsules for one-touch coffee, espresso, and cafe style drinks. The Maestria will use a steam wand, but the Gran Maestria model will use the Aeroccino for making hot whipped milk.
Continue reading: "Nespresso Maestria Single Serve Espresso and Cafe Drink Maker"
March 21, 2012
Walmart is headed into the single serve coffee game with the Esio Single Serve Coffee and Beverage system. The Esio Beverage System produces hot or cold beverages at the touch of a button including purified water, premium blend coffees in regular and decaffeinated varieties, fresh fruit juices, gourmet peach and green teas and vitamin fitness water. Each beverage contains less than 5 calories per serving and is made in seconds, all from one device.
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March 13, 2012
The Keurig Office Vue V1200 Brewing System is designed to meet the needs of the office coffee market. The brewer integrates RFID technology into the Keurig Vue Packs to make sure only office Vue packs are used in the V1200, and to communicate with the brewer what type of coffee or hot beverage is being prepared.
The Keurig Office Vue V1200 Brewing System with RFID Reader also uses Vue packs exclusively. The office Vue packs are also recyclable just like the consumer Vue packs. No word on what varieties of coffees, teas, and other beverages will be available with integrated RFID Vue packs when the brewer launches later this year.
Continue reading: "Keurig Office Vue V1200 Brewing System with Vue Pack RFID Reader"