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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February 27, 2012

EkoJava Single Serve Coffee Packets for Reusable Keurig Filters

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Ekojava is a single serve coffee packet meant to be used with your refillable filter for Keurig. The Ekobrew Cup, Refillable K-Cup For Keurig K-Cup Brewers is made by the same company that makes Ekojava, and other options for a reusable K-Cup also include the My K-Cup, Solofill, and the EZ Cup.

Each packet contains 10 grams of 100% Specialty Grade Arabica coffee, ground to the perfect size to work with a reusable K-Cup filter. There are 6 different blends of Ekojava currently available.

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February 8, 2012

Bunn Trifecta MB for Home Air Infusion Coffee Brewer


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The Trifecta MB for home use utilizes the same patented Air Infusion technology as the commercial model trifecta to unlock each flavor note for a smooth, deep-bodied coffee or tea experience. The resulting beverage called Full Cup - is a unique, amplified microbrew beverage that the coffee or tea lover can customize to enhance natural flavors from individual coffee and tea origins.

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January 26, 2012

Star Wars Breakfast Beverages Put the Force In Your Morning

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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.

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  • 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.

At ThinkGeek

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January 24, 2012

Starbuck's Roasted Blonde Coffee is Not Made of People


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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.

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December 12, 2011

Tonx Coffee - The Best Green Coffee Beans Roasted to Perfection

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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.

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December 2, 2011

Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker - Use Any Coffee

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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.

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November 3, 2011

Bodum Coffee and Tea Lab Concept

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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.

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Via Yanko Design

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July 13, 2011

One Pour Over Cup of Coffee at a Time with Sili Gourmet Coffee Break

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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.

  1. Pop up the silicone filter basket and place on top of a coffee mug.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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April 18, 2011

Brew Better Single Serve Coffee by Using These Tips

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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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