Sometime here at Single Serve Coffee we just can't resist the non-single serve coffee options out there to make our week a little better. This set of 3 different morning beverages of coffee, cocoa, and tea allow you to wake up with the galaxy's best offerings.
Vader's Dark Side Roast Coffee is commonly enjoyed by Dark Lords of the Sith while planning new Death Star construction, but is also enjoyed in the break room by your common stormtrooper. A blend of three diverse coffees and two different roasts creates a full-bodied, sharp, cup with spicy undertones and smoky, dark-roasted complexity.
Dagobah Green Tea is the drink of choice of Jedi Masters. If you need a moment alone to ponder the Force, do it while sipping a hot cup of Yoda's favorite green tea.
Hoth Cocoa is guaranteed to warm you all the way to your bones When life gives you snow, melt it into water and use it to make a steaming cup of rich, creamy Hoth Cocoa in the morning or after sledding.
Starbuck's has done it again with a name that we think is a bit odd for coffee - Blonde. We know the roast profile is "light" - but Roasted Blonde coffee? Sounds more like coffee made out of people than a great cup of light roasted coffee.
But snarkiness aside - Starbuck's Blonde Roast rounds out their light, medium, and dark roast offerings they offer each day. Pike's Place is the medium roast, and with dark being held by their espresso or Italian roast - we guess they had to get a blonde in there.
We did get to try the new Blonde Roast, and for us - we'll stick with Pike's Place or an Americano. It's a bit too light for our tastes, but some of the rest of the staff thought it was solid. Right now you can get it ground or even in VIA form. Let us know what you think after a cup of Blonde or two.
Tonx Coffee will send you fresh micro-roasted coffee every two weeks when you sign up and pay them some green backs. That's right - this is a micro-roasted whole bean coffee service to rival all others. Locally we have several micro-roasters here in Arlington, MA but it's nice to see for the rest of America they can also get in on the micro-roast game. Pricing is $35 every 4 weeks, and you're billed every 4 weeks exactly. We say kick the stale coffee habit and get some Tonx coffee. You won't be sorry.
Over at the SSC forums there's word on a new single serve coffee maker dubbed the Scoop from Hamilton Beach which allows you to use ground coffee with no pods or special filters required. You simply scoop up some coffee in the special filter, and then close the brew head. There are two metal scoops included for precise measuring ensuring the perfect cup of coffee, and you can can brew up to 14oz in as little as 1.5 minutes. The Scoop also fits a travel size or regular mug.
The Bodum Coffee and Tea Lab concept over at Yanko Design caught our eye this week. The Bodum Coffee & Tea Maker features a borosilicate glass reservoir & beverage filter integrated as detachable modules. Because of this integration into the module top making your coffee and spilling it becomes impossible. We love how both coffee and tea are integrated into one design in which the module shares space for both beverages (or in our case two cups of coffee). We think this concept could bring single serve tea and coffee to the next level.
It's true - with all the single serve coffee makers we own, we still enjoy a cup of pour over coffee and continue to look for new ways to have a cup each week. The Sili Coffee Break is the first collapsible filter basket designed exclusively for coffee, and is made of high grade silicone for easy clean up and collapsing.
Pop up the silicone filter basket and place on top of a coffee mug.
Then insert a #2 paper coffee filter, fill with one scoop ground coffee or one pre-packaged coffee, and pour 8 ounces of hot water through it.
Coffee is ready in about 2-3 minutes.
William Bounds sent over one in red for us to try and the results were great. Also, it packs away into a round disc like shape with little muss and fuss all for $15.
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:
Use filtered water - great water makes great tasting coffee
Pre-heat whatever you can this includes having a warm coffee mug to keep the coffee hot
Prep the machine and make sure it's clean and the filter is clean too
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
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.
Shoffee.com has a unique offering if you want to keep your coffee pods and ground coffee fresh - the the Friis Coffee Vault. You can keep your whole bean coffee you use with your Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Filter or other reusable filter in the Friss Coffee Vault. We also store our bulk coffee pods in one (thanks to Shoffee.com for sending us a few to use) and they've never been fresher. This is a better alternative to keeping our coffee in our older canisters or the freezer. Thanks again to Shoffee.com for sending this cool coffee vault to use.
We've been covering a bit of the pourover madness in the coffee world that includes a barista slowly whirls hot water from a kettle over a Hario V60 cone or a Chemex filter cone into a single cup of perfect coffee. If you've ever had a pourover - some can be good and some can be well - awful. Thus - Starbucks needed to summon the robotic coffee gods and fix this problem.
Right now in New York there is one - yes one Clover Precision Pourover Robotic Single Serve Coffee Maker. It's at Roy St. Coffee & Tea in Seattle, which is actually a Starbucks coffee lab hidden in plain sight. This robotic pourover machine makes a consistent cup of pourover coffee and it's amazing to watch. You'll need to pop over to Gizmodo for the video, but in a nut shell - the cup and cone sit on a spinning disc while the robotic arm does the whirl hot water magic.
If you've never used a Chemex pour over coffee maker, than you're not used to the worst part of using a coffee maker with filter papers. The problem? Just like with every single cup of coffee you brew using your Keurig, Senseo, Tassimo, or others is you have to throw away the filter. The Coava Kone eliminates this when using a Chemix coffee maker, allowing you to reuse Coava's photochemically etched metal Kone filter for every pot.
The Chemex one cup and a little more single serve
Coffee brewed via Chemex using a filter paper is noted for it's clarity, but when you use a coffee cone filter like the Coava you get more a french press mix.
NYT's Oliver Strand:
"It gives you the control of a Chemex and the tannic cup you get from a French press: a Frenchmex...it was strange to find such an aggressive coffee sitting in my Chemex. It was like pulling the top off a bamboo steam basket and encountering a piece of grilled meat."
We're anxious to dig out our Chemex coffee maker and acquire one of these Coava cones. Wish us luck on the pursuit, and we'll tell you how the coffee is when it arrives.
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