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August 22, 2013

KISS Eco Friendly Espresso Machine by Gotec

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The Swiss seem to make everything with detail and also a little controlled flair and the KISS - Keep It Simply Swiss espresso machine is another one of their best inventions. It  features the latest compact espresso technology and at only 21 cm in height and 16 cm in diameter it's not going to take up a lot of counter space. How small is it? It only weighs 2.9 kg in total.

The matt polished anodized aluminium housing is available in 11 colors, and the machine features a magnetic cup holder that can be removed to accommodate a larger cup. The Keep It Simply Swiss espresso machine uses eco friendly Amici Iperespresso capsules, offering a large variety of coffee drinks. Price for the KISS is 1,780 CHF.

Via Appliancist

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April 1, 2013

Starbucks Discontinues ESE Espresso Pods

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Starbucks had discontinued their ESE espresso pods to help alleviate all the confusion customers were having between their Verismo coffee pods and the ESE ones. It's kind of obvious to us here at Single Serve Coffee which one was for an ESE machine and which one might work in your Verismo but we understand Starbuck's side. We haven't seen a box of ESE pods in store in a few weeks so if they're out there - you might want to get your last box.

You can read our article from 2005 about these wonders of the Single Serve World which lasted 8 years on the market. Even back then there was confusion on what type of coffee pod brewer these would work in. A special thanks to Mike for sending this tip in.

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December 20, 2012

Trisa Battery Operated Espresso Machine

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We've never seen a battery powered espresso maker before, and this one from Trisa is going to be the first and best we've ever seen. Available in black, red, white and anthracite, the Coffee To Go is portable battery operated espresso machin and it can deliver 16 espressos per battery charge, using standard ESE coffee pods. We're not sure about the price at $545 bucks, but we do know you have to pay for high quality battery powered espresso. :-)

Features include:

  • 350 ml removable water tank with water filter
  • Removable drip tray for easy cleaning and travel case with belt
  • Shuts off automatically after 7 minutes of doing nothing
  • If the water level is too low, an acoustic noise sounds and the machine cannot be switched on.
  • Price is 500 CHF or ~$545 USD. 

Via Appliancist 

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May 31, 2012

illy iperEspresso Capsules Medium Roasted Coffee Capsules

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These medium roasted iperEspresso capsules will work in any illy machine that uses iperEpresso capsules such as the Y1 iperEspresso machine from illy we reviewed last year. Vacuum packed in a large can, the 21 espresso capsules will make a perfect latte, americano, or other espresso drinks.

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December 20, 2011

Severin S2 One Touch Automatic Single Serve Coffee Machine

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Severin has recently introduced its first fully automatic coffee maker, the S2 One Touch. The fully automatic coffee machine makes specialities such as cappuccino and latte macchiato with the help of One Touch operation, without having to shift the cup or glass.

  • Adjust the desired coffee strength and quantity settings, and specify the personal favorites using the My Coffee function.
  • Two high performance pumps and a patented ceramic grinder ensure that S2 delivers premium quality crema.
  • Height-adjustable coffee/milk nozzle at the touch of a button, and you don’t have to move the cup or the glass.
  • Integrated rinsing, cleaning and descaling programs maintain the entire coffee maker, including milk system, fully automatically.
  • Easily removable coffee/milk nozzle is dishwasher safe.
  • The compact fully automatic coffee machine has integrated water-filter and measures
  • Priced at € 600

Via Appliancist

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November 23, 2011

illy MonoArabica Single Origins iperEspresso

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illyusa is now offering Single-Origin Arabica Coffees for their iperEspresso line of single serve espresso makers. illy is offering Brazil, Guatemala, Ethiopia origin iperEspresso capsules, and they are dubbing them MonoArabica or single origin coffees. We've been wondering when they would broaden their iperEspresso offerings and this comes as a welcome surprise.

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May 26, 2011

Part IV: The Illy FrancisFrancis X8 experience - Comparing Espresso and Single Serve Coffee Capsule Systems

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The time is the very late 50s and very early 60s and Ike was retiring back to his beloved Gettysburg and a new young Boston Brahman and US Senator was entering the political stage and in Pennsylvania Dutch country the carriages were adding reflectors, some even lights, for safety on the narrow country roads. A few miles north of Lancaster was the small town of Lilitz, population maybe 4000 during the summer and the home of the Wilbur Chocolate Company.

Spring in Northern Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania in that era was wondrous. It was an area of small family farms on some of the most lush and fertile soil in the US worked by Amish and Mennonite families, a land of great but simple foods, rolling hills with a new and startling view around almost every bend. It was easy to see why this area had been desired by both the Penns and Lords Baltimore, desirable enough to fight over and fight over it they did.

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January 7, 2011

Gaggia for Illy Espresso and Single Serve Coffee Machine

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Having reviewed the Francis! Francis! iperEspresso machine we are very excited to see Gaggia making one as well to use the illy capsules. We really like the compact footprint of this Gaggia, and the look is out of this world.

  • The Gaggia for Illy Plus has dedicated on/off, cup-volume, and steam controls; The programmable cup-volume button allows you to adjust the amount of espresso brewed, ensuring the perfect cup every time
  • While many single-serve machines do not have steaming and frothing capabilities, the Gaggia for Illy Plus has an integrated steam wand and hot water dispenser, making milk-based beverages and teas a breeze to prepare.
  • Mavea Water Filter - Uses a four-stage filtration process to purify tap water and reduce scale and mineral buildup
  • Capsule container can hold up to 12 spent capsules
  • Stainless steel boiler

At Gaggia for Illy Espresso Machine

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August 24, 2010

Melitta To Release Caffeo CI Intelligent Coffee Maker

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Melitta plans to roll out its new premium coffee machine 'Melitta Caffeo CI' this fall. The Melitta Caffeo CI will debut at the IFA 2010 from September 3rd to 8th in Berlin, Germany. Wondering what's CI? It means Coffee Intelligence. The coffee maker comes with the easy-to-use 'My Coffee Memory' function, and the new 'Plug-in-Milk System' that conjures up the milky foam. The coffee maker is user-friendly and eco friendly too with energy saving functions.

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August 6, 2010

Concrete Meets Coffee in Lavazza Espresso Machine

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Israeli design student Schmuel Linkski's concrete-encased Lavazza unit is a bold ode to refinement and durability, and probably the toughest roughest espresso machine you could buy. Well, you can't buy it yet as it's more a design concept than a commercial model, but we love the vision, and who doesn't love concrete?

Via Gizmodo and Single Serve Espresso at Yanko Design

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August 3, 2010

Review: Francis Francis Y1 iperEspresso Machine

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Using iperEspresso capsules, the Francis Francis Y1 iperEspresso Machine is a new design from illy in the single serve coffee and espresso world. The Francis Francis Y1 iperEspresso Machine allows you to make shot of espresso or larger lungo cups of coffee to enjoy both hot and iced. We've been using the Francis Francis Y1 iperEspresso Machine over the past month since illy sent us a review model, and have to say this machine and system is nearly perfect.

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Both espresso and lungo cups of coffee brewed hot or over ice have been excellent. There are 4 flavors of iperEspresso capsules available, but we've settled on a double shot of the medium roast over ice as our favorite. How does this system work? How is it different than other single serve coffee and espresso machines?

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July 13, 2010

Android Music Player and Espresso Maker System

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Dual purpose design can be hard to pull off, but when you combine two of the most popular items on the planet - coffee and music you get genius. Dubbed the "Appresso", this concept espresso and music device does the dual design right providing rich music and caffeine infusions.

The "Appresso" uses the Android technology to inform you about the taste and scent of the coffee, in addition it reads QR-codes from each coffee capsule which helps play a specific song based on which pack you've scanned. The "Apresso" was designed by designers In-oh Yoo & Bong-yup Song for Metatrend Institute.

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June 16, 2010

Unboxing the illy FrancisFrancis Y1 iperExpresso Single Serve Coffee and Espresso Machine

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Illy's FrancisFrancis Y1 iperEspresso machine is either a thing of beauty or confusing to people from the pictures on the way it looks. After unboxing we can safely tell you in person we love the look of this Y1 espresso maker that uses iperEspresso capsules. The machine has a smaller footprint than you would imagine, and the fit and finish of the machine is startling.


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Packed with perfect foam filled side inserts - it's in there tight.
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May 28, 2010

FrancisFrancis Y1 iperEspresso Single Serve Espresso Maker Arrives for Review


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Just last week we featured the new Francis Francis Y1 machine, and are happy to report illy has sent us a machine to review. The FrancisFrancis Y1 brings together illy's iperEspresso capsule system with a simple, one-touch single serve espresso maker. You simply insert a capsule, press the button, and smooth, full-bodied espresso topped with long-lasting crema is exported right into your cup.


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So far our impressions are - it's bigger than we thought in the pictures, and we now understand the drawer like table top part is for cup holding proper. We'll have an impressions and review article soon, but right now it's time to make the iperEspresso.

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