Single Serve Coffee Tips & Tricks

November 20, 2013

What To Do with Your Old Drip Brew Coffee Maker

Your Coffee Maker Can Steam Poach and Grill

Morgan Walker/ NPR

Over at IO9 they’ve created quite an article from an NPR inspired piece on what to do with that old brew coffee maker we know you aren’t using. Sure single serve coffee makers soon will be able to make Cambell’s soup, but if you have an old drip brew coffee maker with a hot plate you can steam, poach, and grill food with it. Yes - yes you can.
  •  Steam: The basket at the top is a great place to steam vegetables. You can throw in broccoli, cauliflower or any vegetable that cooks in about the same time as those.
  • Poach: The carafe at the bottom serves as a simple vessel for poaching fish and chicken. You can also use it to hard-boil eggs or make couscous and oatmeal.
  • Grill: This technique is a bit more advanced — and time-consuming. But if you're really itching for a grilled cheese sandwich or a cinnamon bun in a motel room, the coffee maker's burner can serve as a miniature grill.

Making Poached Salmon in a Coffee Maker
Morgan Walker/ NPR

NPR has a full article on how to create various recipes including poached salmon. Make sure if you do continue to use your coffee maker for coffee that a salmon is not being poached. Poached salmon coffee anyone?

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November 17, 2011

Darth Vader Latte Art


We're pretty big Star Wars fans here at Single Serve Coffee. We've been scouring the internet for some latte art fun and found this pretty amazing Darth Vader. We've yet to dabble in latte art, but now we're thinking of firing up the Tassimo and making our own Star Wars themed latte.

For a look at how to make a simple design, check out this tutorial or go to YouTube and search on "latte art." We'll let you know how our efforts go over the next few weeks.

Via Blastr

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April 18, 2011

Brew Better Single Serve Coffee by Using These Tips


An article over at Gizmodo points out the significant differences in a cup of coffee can come down to some very small changes. For a example 98.8% water and 1.2% extract brews a weak cup of coffee, whereas 98.5% water and 1.5% extract brews a strong one. There is of course the method of brew, and lots of other factors but this point is the one to grasp - more good stuff from the coffee into the cup will usually result in a better cup of coffee.

For those of us that use our single serve coffee maker with a reusable filter, or we make our own coffee pods it's good to know that doing the correct measuring could mean a great or not so great cup of coffee, and taking proper steps each time we brew. Sure - it's not the same as drip measuring where you have a entire pot of coffee to brew, but it is important to get the right grind, amount of water, pre-heated cup, and also pre-moistened coffee pod if you're going that route.

Our tips if you're using any of the "use your own coffee" or even using a K-Cup or coffee pod for your Keurig, Nespresso, or Coffee pod brewer are the following:

  1. Use filtered water - great water makes great tasting coffee
  2. Pre-heat whatever you can this includes having a warm coffee mug to keep the coffee hot
  3. Prep the machine and make sure it's clean and the filter is clean too
  4. Check your coffee grind and make sure it's what you want - and experiment on smaller cups of coffee to see how the grind to water affects your cup of coffee or how the particular K-Cup or coffee pod would taste better with less water at 6 oz versus 8 oz or other amounts
  5. Pre-moisten coffee pods and make sure you pour hot water over the pod drawer if you're using that method or you've made your own coffee pods

That's just a few of the tips, and we're sure you'll have more in the comments.

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December 5, 2008

How to Drink Single Serve Coffee in Space

We're not sure if this is interesting, painful to watch, or something that dreams are made of. Sure - we love our single serve coffee, but we're not sure we love drinking it in space. Okay - we'll be honest - total jealousy. Not only were we promised flying cars, but you'd think we'd all have a shot at traveling and drinking single serve coffee in space. For now, we'll just have to watch this guy have a go at it.

Via Arizona Coffee

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November 5, 2008

Make Sun Coffee with Coffee Pods


We've found this really interesting post in the Single Serve Coffee Forums on how to make Sun Coffee with coffee pods. We've often wondered if this would work, and according to the creator named "Jar" the results seem to be really worth the wait.

Okay, beginning the experiment. Using a Ziplock Screw cap container with 3 cups of water and three Fratello Mocha Java pods. Call the time 9:30am. I will try to take pictures along the way.

At Sun Coffee????????

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September 5, 2008

Keurig Mini B30 Tip - Trick Out the Cup Sensors to Use Clear Mugs

brewer_Mini_red.jpgThe Keurig Mini B30 has been shipping for less than a week, and already there's tons of write ins on how to use clear glass mugs with the Mini B30. Since the Keurig Mini B30 uses cup sensors, it won't register a clear glass mug in the brew chamber. We're a big user of clear glass mugs, but had settled in to using our "Skywalker Ranch" mug (yes we've visited holy ground) instead of our Bodum Corona coffee mug.

We can't try the below - as we don't have a magic bullet lying around, but you can see the idea behind other items you might use to trick out the cup sensors. We've actually tried using a coaster, and it works great as well.

I purchased the new Mini B30 Keurig on August 27th at Bed Bath & Beyond and I LOVE it! I really wanted the Mini because of its portability. In fact, I'm going to take it with me in my carry-on luggage next month when I travel to CO to welcome my son home from a tour of duty in Iraq. {{{big Army Mom smile}}}

After using my Mini for a week now, and brewing several cups each day (how else could I decide what flavors I like:-) I have a TIP: the Mini has 2 'cup sensors', one on either side of, and just above, the surface of the 'cup plate' and the BREW button will not activate unless your cup is in place. That's actually a very nice feature except that the directions say, and I can confirm, that you can NOT use a glass mug because the sensors will not "read" the clear glass. But I just bought a whole bunch of double wall thermal cups, mugs, glasses, etc., and was dying to brew the coffee into them. So... I first molded aluminum foil around the bottom of the mug and that worked - the sensors were able to 'read' the foil - but it was a pain in the neck. Then I got the brilliant idea to use a jar lid, which worked, and then, finally, one of the rims from the Magic Bullet set that's collecting dust in my cabinet. The rim is the piece that screws on to the Magic Bullet mug after you remove the screw-on blending device - it's just like a mason jar lid without the center in place. The 'rim' is just high enough for the sensors on the Mini to 'read' it. And voila! I get to watch the coffee being dispensed into my crystal clear thermal wall mug! You could, of course, use any appropriately sized jar lid as well, and probably a cupcake paper liner, but I have a black Magic Bullet rim which matches the brewer and makes me very happy. :-) Just wanted to share.

Thank you so much for such a great website!

Sincerely, Dori Johns

There you have it. Be careful - tricking out any sensor can lead to bad results. But if you need to use clear mugs, this might be the method for you.

Read our full review of the Keurig Mini B30 here.

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August 26, 2008

How to: Feel Better and Drink the Right Amount of Coffee

espresso-1.jpgWe've been sent this article a few times over the summer but never really read it because the title was, "How To: Quit Drinking Coffee". Okay - like that's going to happen, and it's possibly the worst thing we can think of in the world to happen to anyone here at Single Serve Coffee. That being said, after finally reading the entire article, it gives some good tips and tricks on how to reduce stress, feel better, and still have some caffeine.

Not bad advice if things aren't going too well in your daily life. We recommend the following - drink coffee, get out and enjoy other people, and make sure and walk a few blocks everyday. Then have another cup of single serve coffee.

They basically feel this is a better list:

  1. Substituting with Green Tea
  2. Addressing the Social Experience
  3. Use Other Milky Drinks
  4. Take Care With Carbs
  5. The Power Nap

Whatever list you decide - check the article out - it's got some really solid tips and tricks.


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March 14, 2008

Use a Sandwich or Single Serve Coffee to Give Thoughtful Answers

This cup of single serve coffee is your
key to success in the business world.

Want to know how to get ahead at work and use a single serve cup of coffee to do it? Web Worker Daily tells the tale of a an senior manager at that knows how to give the impression of always being considerate and listening to all of his employees thoughts and wishes. His secret? Keep his lunch sandwich nearby to immediately bite into upon being asked a question, along with a soda for quicker but still-important questions.

We're pretty sure this would work with a cup of coffee as well - especially single serve coffee. Imagine this - employee walks in, and you grab your piping hot cup of single serve coffee and sit back for 10-15 seconds. Now you can remain silent for most of the time the employee tells you something interesting, and then have a sip or two of coffee to seal the deal, and of course let it all sink in thoughtfully.


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February 8, 2008

How to Make Espresso Souffle


We're always looking for something different in the coffee world to do with our weekend. Besides travels to see fabled single serve coffee machines like the Clover, we often look for coffee treats and snacks. We came upon a recipe for Espresso Souffle the other day, and thought for any of our readers who have a Nespresso, Tassimo, Lavazza, or other single serve coffee makers that make a nice espresso shot, this recipe would make for a very yummy and caffeinated treat.

At Espresso Souffle

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January 9, 2008

Does the Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer work with the Perfect Pod Holster?

The Perfect Pod Holster works great with the Breville.

Does the Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer work with the Perfect Pod Holster? Yes it does and quite well. Like the other Keurig single serve coffee brewers - the Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, and the Keurig B70 Brewer - the Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer uses the same brewing chamber, and thus any after market products for Keurig brewers will work.

Here's our test of the Perfect Pod Holster with the Breville BKC600XL Gourmet Single Cup Brewer. using a Baronet Galapagos coffee pod (which we highly recommend).

Get your Perfect Holster and Coffee Pod ready...

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August 29, 2007

Keurig K-Cup Brewing Tip: Get Extra Bold Coffee with Regular K-Cups

We just had a reader write in a pretty amazing tip on how to make your regular K-Cups make an extra bold cup of single serve coffee.

I have a B70 Kuerig B70 and figured out how to get the extra bold effect with a regular k-cup.

Just put the k-cup in then start the 5.25 oz cycle until the k-cup just starts dripping.
Then lift the handle and let it sit for 30 seconds (or a little less) then go ahead and make the 5.25 oz serving.

Comes out much stronger this way! This method would probably make an extra bold coffee fill a taller cup and taste as good as the small size. Yum!

We've tried this and think the extra brewing time in the K-Cup does get a better extraction. This Keurig brewing tip will work in your Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, Keurig B50, Keurig Special Edition Ultra Elite B60, and the Keurig B70 Brewer.

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May 24, 2007

How do you Store your Keurig K Cups, Nespresso Capsules, and Coffee Pods?

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There's a pretty amazing set of threads in the Single Serve Coffee Forums on how to make a mess of those pesky K Cups and other single serve coffee pods, nespresso capsules, and gadgets. We simply have a large pantry that we put most things on shelves, or we use small bowls to store our Nespresso capsules. Whatever you do - see what's being done by other Single Serve Coffee Forums members and perhaps you have a technique or tip to add.

I got a Keurig B50 from Costco two weeks ago, and set it up in my kitchen. Between the 18-packs that came with that and some 5-packs and 25-packs I ordered from Keurig, I had a storage mess on my hands; you can't get into the 18-packs when they're stacked, and I didn't have enough counter space to leave them all out.

I went shopping at the big-box mall, and found the Sterilite #2003 Small Countertop Drawer unit at Target. Each unit's about 7" high, 7" wide and 8" deep and they stack. 3 drawers per unit are just barely deep enough to hold 9 K-cups each when arranged just so; the Tully's cups bulge on top and I have to be careful with opening and closing their drawers! I've filled each drawer with a different variety or an assortment of singles. The remaining 5-packs will sit nicely on top. I have the 25-packs and a bin of loose K-cups from the 18-packs under a counter on the other side of the kitchen, and I'll refill the drawers from there when they get empty. Now I can see what I've got when I'm getting going in the morning.

At Forums :: K-Cup Storage

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February 22, 2007

How to Green Your Single Serve Coffee

Coffee Tea Green

We recently read a pretty amazing guide at Treehugger about greening up your coffee and tea consumption. Did you know that coffee is the world's most commonly traded commodity after crude oil, but what about single serve coffee? Well, the single serve coffee category is growing, and because of the packaging and other factors, single serve coffee might not be seen as green as drinking regular coffee, but it can be.

One of the big factors when using single serve coffee at work or home - get your own mug. Owning your own mug over the course of the year can be a huge contribution to using less paper. Recently we created a mark for every paper cup we would have used, had we not had a coffee mug at our desk - average weekly number? We would have used 47 paper cups every week for a total of 188 per month and a total of 2,256 per year. Ouch.

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June 21, 2006

Coffee Tricks for Lattes and Cappucinnos

Sent in from our good friend CS, these coffee tricks are for doing designs on your latte or cappuccino. Perhaps a nice rabbit on the top of your whipped milk? Or perhaps a nice radish? Okay - so not all of these topping tricks for coffee are amazing, but the person doing them is very talented.

At You Tube

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