April 13, 2011

The Friis Coffee Vault Keeps Your Coffee and Coffee Pods Fresh

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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.

At The Shoffee Blog

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March 9, 2011

Clover Precision Pourover Robotic Single Serve Coffee Maker

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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.

At Gizmodo at Roy St. Coffee and Tea, Starbucks

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December 7, 2010

Chemex and Coava Metal Cone Filter Make Perfect Coffee Together

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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.

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The Chemex one cup and a little more single serve
coffee maker.

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.

Via Gizmodo at Chemex

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December 1, 2010

Seattle’s Best Introduces Coffee Level System To Help Find The Right Coffee

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You know this just makes sense, and we're surprised it hasn't been done before in the coffee world. Seattle’s Best Coffee, a Starbucks owned brand, is launching a new line of packaged coffee with a “Level” system that makes it easier for consumers to find the coffee that fits their taste profile.

The new range is numbered from Level 1 to Level 5, each with its own ‘character profile’ on its package so that people can easily understand the flavor and blend of each level and make an informed choice. The entire line of coffees from 1 to 5 will debut next month. We think some K-Cup, Coffee Pod, or other single serve coffee roaster should do this and get people to try different types of blends with a system they can understand.

Via PSFK at Seattle's Best

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March 9, 2010

Dunkin Donuts Announces Dunkin Turbo Flavored Coffee

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With the announcement of the Smucker's deal and K-Cups to be made for the Millstone and Folger's brand of coffees, we couldn't resist thinking about all the flavors of Dunkin Donuts coffee that maybe in the future could be made into K-Cups. Though there's no mention directly of Dunkin Donuts K-Cups - how about some Dunkin' Turbo K-Cups? Dunkin' Turbo is the new rich, smooth, medium roast coffee that has an extra boost of delicious Dunkin' Donuts flavor to kick-start your day. Dunkin' Donuts flavor?

We'll have to get some and try it as we do enjoy a "Medium Regular" cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee every once in awhile. Would you like to see Dunkin' Donuts K-Cups? What are your favorite Dunkin' coffees you'd like to see in a K-Cup if they ever made them?

At Dunkin' Turbo

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September 24, 2008

Clover Single Serve Coffee Maker Now at Starbucks

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The mystical Clover single serve coffee machine.

We're very excited to announce Clover has landed at Starbucks. Our local Starbucks on Mass. Ave in Cambridge near Harvard Square has a Clover and tasting menu now, and we've recently had an amazing cup of single serve coffee from their Clover. If you're not familiar with the Clover (read our earlier review here) it's really the ultimate cafe single serve coffee machine, allowing for small batches and a tasting menu of coffees because each cup of coffee matched with a unique coffee can be made one cup at a time.

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We sampled the Burundi. A cup of coffee from the Clover is about
2x the price of a regular cup of Starbucks coffee.

Clover is basically a reverse-french press that allows for the input of the coffee you've chosen, volume of water, and the temperature and time of brew for the cup of single serve coffee. We've never had a bad cup of coffee from a Clover, and think if you're local Starbucks has one you'll need to treat yourself to a cup or two.

If you want to know more about how Clover works, you can also read our coverage earlier.

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August 27, 2008

iRoast 2 - Roast Your Own Coffee at Home

We know we've had the i-Roast 2 for the entire summer, and yes we've been using it. We've made quite a few batches of our own coffee, and we've really enjoyed the smell of fresh brewed beans. Our favorite method is to make a small micro batch, and then brew it up that day or early the next morning using our Breville Keurig single serve coffee maker, and the My K Cup Resuseable filter. Here's a video of a recent batch of columbian coffee baking in the iRoast 2. We'll have a full review soon.

At i-Roast 2

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August 19, 2008

Computer-Controlled Home Coffee Roaster is Overkill

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We've been roasting our own coffee here at Single Serve Coffee over the summer months (more on that next week), and can tell you - it's nice to have a device but total computer control? Overkill. Okay, perhaps for the super serious roaster at home, but for most of us the feel of how the roast is going and controlling the roasting profile manually is part of the fun.

Here's how it works:

A fan inside the roaster controls the roasting process. The roasting chamber itself uses two tubes, one made of bakelite and the other a 3-inch diameter glass tube. To prevent damaging the setup and to allow for heat dissipation, this amazing Computer-Controlled Coffee Roaster uses a high temperature RTV (Room Temperature Vulcanizing) Silicone. A screen at the bottom of the device can be used to empty the roaster and get freshly roasted beans at any time.

We can see the reasons for going this route, but don't do this inside at home or prepare for smoke, noise, and other problems. Click on through for more details on this insane home roasting setup. And yes, even as we've written this article we realize that basically we want the above, and long for more control of our roasting process.

Via DVICE At Inventor Spot

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June 25, 2008

Soy Coffee - Is It Any Good?

Is soy coffee any good? Right now we have no idea, but just came upon it the other day, and found the proposition interesting. Apparently the "coffee" produced is both mild and of course organic - that's if you're looking for a coffee alternative. We're gong to try and track some down in the next few weeks, and get a cup or two brewing in the Keurig and Bunn My Cafe.

Have you tried soy coffee? Is it any good? Sound off in the comments and let us know. Also is soy coffee supposed to be soycoffee or soyfee? And what's so different about their french press in the video below? It's all so confusing.

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October 18, 2007

Using Ground Coffee: Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic Single Serve Coffee Maker

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The Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic Single Serve Coffee Maker can make coffee using coffee pods or just plain old ground coffee. We have been waiting for a single serve coffee machine to use ground coffee, and for the process not to be a mess, require an additional coffee filter, and to take roughly the same amount of time to prepare. We're happy to say, the Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic Single Serve Coffee Maker is the easiest to use single serve coffee machine that can use ground coffee we've ever tested.

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A rich interesting cup of Dunkin Donut's Original Blend
Coffee using ground coffee instead of coffee pods.

The process is very simple, because you use the exact same coffee pod filter/ground coffee holder for both brewing methods. The filter basket is made out of metal, so there are no paper coffee filters to use here. The coffee filter basket can hold up to two coffee pods in the 7-11 gram variety, and it can hold up to two scoops of ground coffee for a total of 4 tablespoons of coffee, from the provided coffee scoop in the same filter basket.

You simply put two scoops of coffee (this is the max at 4 tablespoons - though we had ours overfilling the scoop most times) into the basket, and then put the settings on Ground, pick a cup size of 4-12 oz, and then pick the Regular or Bold coffee setting. The results?

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