May 28, 2010
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.
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.
May 17, 2010
The Francis Francis Y1 machine 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.
The Y1’s aluminum body, tempered glass cupholder and compact silhouette make this espresso maker a bit different. Unlike conventional one-stage systems, the iperEspresso method uses a two-stage process and because extraction takes place entirely inside the capsule, the coffee and machine never come in contact, making for easy clean up.
We've yet to try the illy iperEspresso machines, but will be angling for a review unit soon. Thanks to Richard for sending this in.
May 11, 2009
Sure it uses actual coffee beans to grind, and brew up to 4 cups of coffee at time, but you can still make a single cup of coffee with the Kalorik Magic Bean Personal Burr Grind & Brew Coffee Maker. A special patented burr grinder automatically grinds the beans before brewing to ensure the grounds are as fresh as possible. A grind control dial lets you program the amount of coffee to grind, can make from 1 to 4 individual cups, while a strength selector offers a choice from strong to mild coffee flavor. Once brewing is complete, the fresh coffee is delivered into a 9 oz stainless steel cup.
The brewing process can also be interrupted with the so that you can taste the cup before brewing is finished. This specialty coffee maker also features permanent stainless steel filter, coffee ready signal, safety photo censors that will stop brewing process if detected that the jug or the filter holder are not well positioned, removable grinder for easy cleaning, and includes a travel cup base attachment to fit into you car cup holder, when you need it on the go.
We're going to see if we can track one of these down. It looks like instead of spending over $1500 for a super automatic - this brewed coffee slim down of a machine at $199 could be an interesting alternative.
June 20, 2008
The Jura F90 Super-automatic espresso and coffee maker
can be hacked because the espresso machine can be accessed via the internet
for diagnostics and setting up the espresso machine.
We truly live in modern times when your single serve coffee maker can be connected online and hacked to make weak coffee. We've reviewed other models that didn't have the ability to be connected, but think it's pretty wild this $2,000 Jura F90 coffee maker can be connected to the Internet for remote control of the settings and be hacked. This can open up your PC to remote attacks, a security expert says. Once connected to the Internet the Jura F90 lets you set the strength of your espresso or coffee and get remote diagnostic info over the internet that would be used to send to the company if there's a problem.
"I don't know if many people would target this particular vulnerability because there probably are not a lot of coffee makers at the moment that are Internet-connected, and in my case it's behind a firewall," the owner who found the issue said.
With internet enabled kitchen devices becoming more widely available, expect more security issues in the future. We think having someone hack your single serve coffee maker isn't the end of the world, but perhaps we'll keep our larger appliance like the oven disconnected.
Via CNET News.com
May 18, 2007
Yesterday, Nespresso and DeLonghi unveiled the next generation of espresso meets cappuccino and latte machines - the Nespresso Lattissima. The Nespresso Lattissima features a "one touch" fresh milk froth function, allowing you to make a latte or cappuccino with just one push of a button. We witnessed the Nespresso Lattissima in person and got to sample the cappuccino and latte drinks it produced - verdict - amazing.
Update: Read our review of the Nespresso Lattissima
Because the Nespresso Lattissima uses fresh milk the difference in the quality of the latte or cappuccino is staggering. The Nespresso Lattissima also features an "auto clean" function, and the milk reservoir detaches from the machine so you can keep it nice and cool in the fridge for the next cappuccino or latte you make. Another cool feature is the adjustable cup platform, which allows you to use a tall latte glass or a traditional coffee cup. The Nespresso Lattissima will be priced at $799 for the satin chrome with cup warmer, and $699 for red or black sans the cup warmer and will be out Fall 2007.
Full details and video of the Nespresso Lattissima after the jump.
Continue reading: "Nespresso Lattissima - One Touch Cappuccinos and Lattes"
March 8, 2007
If you're looking for something in-between coffee and espresso, then CAFresso may be for you. These 8 gram espresso pods won't work in your single serve coffee pod brewer, but they will work in any E.S.E. certified espresso maker like the FrancisFrancis!. E.S.E. Pods are typically 7 grams, but a CAFresso pod is 8 grams and a bit thicker, just fitting into the E.S.E. espresso pod holder. We fired up our rather new, yet stylish Gaggia Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine that comes with the E.S.E. espresso pod holder attachment.
What did we find? Is CAFresso more coffee hype than good coffee? Are these espresso meets coffee E.S.E. pods worth your single serve coffee dollar?
Continue reading: "Review: CAFresso 8g Espresso Pods for Your Espresso Machine E.S.E. Pod Filter"
February 21, 2007
We've just gotten word of a new espresso pod from the people at Podhead.com. We love their coffee pods and have also tried many of their espresso pods. The new espresso pod concept - CAFresso. Podhead.com claims the espresso is a little more coffee than espresso - something in between. These 8 gram espresso pods won't work in your single serve coffee pod brewer, but they will work in any E.S.E. certified espresso maker like the FrancisFrancis!. E.S.E. Pods are typically 7 grams, but it looks like they've taken the design of their 44mm coffee pods that originally were designed for the Melitta One:One and added the 8th gram.
Continue reading: "CAFresso 8g Espresso Pods for Your Espresso Machine E.S.E. Pod Filter"
February 9, 2007
We've really been enjoying the Lavazza Blue single serve coffee system over the last few months thanks to the folks at Cafe Razzi. They've just finished up a new video that showcases the coffee and espresso from the Lavazza Blue. The Lavazza Blue is really called the "Pininfarina Pro" and is designed with a patented brewing mechanism to match the coffee capsules and assures a perfect cup of coffee each time. The machine makes both coffee drinks and espresso based drinks.
This video does a great job of showing the features of the Lavazza Blue and if you need more info you can read our full review here...
More at Lavazza Blue
December 5, 2006
Enjoy coffee or espresso with ease using E.S.E. epsresso pods or ground coffee. Sure we often look for the best of both single serve coffee and single serve espresso, but this Krups is a totally amazing little unit. So, if you want the ease of using espresso pods to make a nice short shot or a tall Cafe Americano - this is for you.
The coffee maker features 10-cup glass carafe, removable filter and water-level indicator. Espresso has 15-bar pump, die-cast thermo heating element and heavyweight portafilter for ground espresso or E.S.E. pods. Brushed stainless steel housing with digital clock, hot water feature and LED display.
Get it while you can, as according to our sources, this is one of the hottest espresso and coffee makers this season for under $299.
At Krups Combination Coffee/Espresso Maker
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October 12, 2006
Café-Razzi has sent us the Lavazza Blue single serve coffee system and we've really been enjoying it. The Lavazza Blue is really called the "Pininfarina Pro" and is designed with a patented brewing mechanism to match the coffee capsules and assures a perfect cup each time. The machine makes both coffee drinks and espresso based drinks.
Café-Razzi is currently the premier distributor of the Lavazza Blue system and features a coffee club that has a 30 day free trial. We've made a bunch of different coffee drinks including: espresso, cappuccino, and of course a nice tasty cup of single serve coffee. How does the Lavazza Blue hold up?
Continue reading: "Review: Lavazza Blue Pininfarina Single Serve Coffee Maker"