May 7, 2012

Review: Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System vs. Keurig B70 Platinum Single-Cup Brewer

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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" :-)

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April 17, 2012

Mr. Coffee Power Serve 12-Cup Coffeemaker with One Hand Dispensing

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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.

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March 27, 2012

SunCana Single Serve Coffee Pod Brewer Improvements Impress

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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:

  • Brew Temp
  • Coffee Pod Drawer
  • Better pre-wetting cycle
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March 26, 2012

Nespresso Maestria Single Serve Espresso and Cafe Drink Maker

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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.

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March 21, 2012

Esio Single Serve Coffee and Hot Cold Beverage System

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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

Keurig Office Vue V1200 Brewing System with Vue Pack RFID Reader

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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.

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March 12, 2012

FLAVIA CREATION 150 Single Serve Beverage Brewer for Home and Small Office

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The FLAVIA CREATION 150 Brewer is designed especially with the needs of small offices in mind, and is perfect for 15 employees or less. The FLAVIA CREATION 150 brewer will allow you to make cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, coffee, tea & hot chocolate.

  • Quick, easy-to-use technology with single-serve drinks ready in 40-60 seconds
  • No clean up, no mess, brews one cup at a time
  • Removable, easy-fill water tank
  • Internal water filter provided
  • Small counter-top design
  • The FlAVIA Creation 150 has an energy-saving mode that switches off energy-draining devices after 2 hours (the boiler and lights)
  • Designed to heat only minimal amounts of water so energy is conserved
  • Energy-efficient LED indicators
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March 9, 2012

Verismo Single Serve Coffee Machine from Starbucks Coming Late 2012

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Verismo a super-convenient, single-cup machine for making espresso-based beverages at home from Starbucks is coming in late 2012. Verismo will make cafe style espresso based drinks, and will feature milk pods that contain 100% shelf stable milk.

What's the reason for Starbucks creating their own single serve coffee maker when they are making K-Cups and VIA single serve coffees? Espresso Based beverages are missing in their new 3 pronged strategy for the single serve coffee market. They feel the new Verismo machine will compliment their two other offerings.

Here's is their 3 pronged strategy:

  • Brewed single serve coffee with Green Mountain Coffee produced Starbucks K-Cups
  • VIA for people who don't want to purchase a single serve coffee maker
  • Verismo - Starbucks like quality - ability to make milk based beverages

Regarding the new VUE packs from Green Mountain - they are "looking into it." We don't expect Starbucks VUE packs now given Verismo, but they will continue to make K-Cups. We would like to state given we thought the chances of a Starbucks single serve coffee maker very likely - we find it refreshing they'll offer their coffees across many single serve coffee options - not just their new brewer.

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March 8, 2012

SunCana Coffee Pod Brewer Upgraded


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The SunCana coffee pod brewer might look like the older Sun Cafe coffee pod brewer, but we can assure you it's not the same under the hood. After SunCana reached out to us and sent us their upgraded coffee pod brewer to check out we found that many of our complaints about this brewer model had been fixed.

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March 7, 2012

Review: Keurig VUE V700 Single Cup Brewing System Makes Amazing Coffee, Tea, and Café Style Drinks

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The Keurig Vue V700 Single Cup Brewing System uses Keurig's Vue Packs, and is a single cup brewing system capable of making coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and even lattes and cappuccinos. The Keurig VUE brewer can only use Keurig Vue Packs, and not K-Cups, which are meant for older Keurig systems. Also unlike the older K-Cups, pulling off the top of the foil lid with the filter attached to a VUE Pack one can recycle the cup part of a VUE pack.

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