December 4, 2013

Avoid Coffee Before Job Interviews

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Over at Lifehacker they’ve got a pretty cool article on how to Avoid Caffeine Before Interviews for Better Composure. This for us is a no brainer. If you don’t want to be jittery, sweating, and a general mess avoiding stimulants before anything stressful is probably a  great idea. Also the big one - sweaty palms.

"Avoid drinking caffeine before an interview to help prevent the 'sweaty palm syndrome'. Caffeine is anxiety inducing and can make you seem too chatty. Lay off the coffee before you head in for an interview."

However if you’re going for a public relations job and want to seem chatty - then maybe getting hopped upon caffeine is a great idea. Probably not. Have you ever had too much caffeine and it caused you to be too stressed out or sweaty in a situation? We can remember several coffee tastings where we felt a bit overwhelmed and never really thought how much the caffeine was the culprit.

Before interviews it’s best to be well rested, and have a full belly of things non-caffeinated. We also recommend feeling prepared and ready for the interview by researching the person or company you’re talking with and make sure and do a little rehearsal about some topics that might come up. Be prepared and then after you’re done get a nice cup of coffee post interview to sit back and reflect with on how you might get that new job.

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December 3, 2013

Panera to Offer K-Cups

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Panera Bread Co. is extending its branded retail grocery products to include single-serve brewing cups, or K-Cups. Panera will sell K-Cups in four varieties: dark roast, light roast, Colombia and Hazelnut Crème. The suggested retail price for a 12-pack of cups is $8.99 and they will be sold at such supermarkets as Supervalue, Hy-Vee and Winn-Dixie, and are produced by Distant Lands Coffee, which has roasting plants in Seattle and Tyler, Texas.

Panera Bread Co. has 1,736 bakery-cafés in 45 states and Canada under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Café brands. We do find it interesting they don’t seem to be saying they’ll sell them at their retail locations.

We’ll try and get some of these as soon as they are available to review, and if you see some pick them up and send them our way.

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December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday Single Serve Coffee Deals 2013

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There’s quite a few deals on single serve coffee products today - Cyber Monday 2013.

  • Amazon.com has a ton of great deals on espresso and other products including single cup brewers
  • Green Mountain has a dedicated page for their holiday deals
  • Tassimodirect.com has a great deal saving you 20% on Tassimo brewers and T-Discs, and you’ll need to use the promo code TACMY2 at check out - offer expires today. 
  • Nespresso will give you a $75 dollar credit to their online store provided you purchase a Nespresso machine by January 26th.

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November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving 2013 from Single Serve Coffee

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We want to wish everyone a safe Thanksgiving. We also want to thank our readers, advertisers, and everyone who has made Single Serve Coffee a success this year - we're very thankful to all of you. It’s been a very exciting year so far with so many new single serve coffees to try and enjoy.

We'll return after the holiday week with lots of reviews, news, and deals for your holiday shopping. In the mean time if you're new to our site and Single Serve Coffee you can also follow Single Serve Coffee each month on Facebook and Twitter for the latest single serve coffee news, reviews, and deals. You can also sign up to receive our weekly email newsletter and catch up on all your Single Serve Coffee news every Monday morning. If you're interested in chatting about all things Single Serve Coffee please check out our Forums.

Again - have a safe and thankful holiday.

-- Jay Brewer

-- Editor, Single Serve Coffee

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November 25, 2013

Brown Gold 100% Ethiopian Real Cups Review

Brown Gold Ethiopian Real Cups

We continue our Brown Gold Real Cup review series today by checking out the 4th flavor in their line-up… Brown Gold 100% Ethiopian Real Cups.

Brewing these Real Cups resulted in rich earthy notes tinged with mild oily notes that revealed aromas of dark chocolate, smoke & some very faint hints of cinnamon & floral notes buried underneath. Billed as a dark roast, flavor yielded more robust notes that kicked off with some mild smoke up front followed by bursts of dark chocolate, molasses, bread notes in the background, some faint oily notes from the roasting process and a very mild (i.e. lightly sour) citrus flavor throughout. A very well-rounded performance so far which made for a pleasing experience.

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November 22, 2013

Acaia: The Minimalist Coffee Brewing Scale

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Over at Kickstarter we’ve found a great coffee scale called Acaia. Acaia is a simple minimalist coffee brewing scale featuring an LED readout, and a clean design. Why do you need a coffee scale when using a pour over coffee maker? If you want consistency in your cup of pour over coffee you’ll want to weigh the coffee and water to get it right every time. The Acaia scale also works with your iPhone using an app to communicate via Bluetooth about various brewing methods and times.

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November 21, 2013

Caribou Coffee Reindeer Blend K-Cups

Reindeer Blend K-Cups from Caribou Coffee

Caribou Coffee is offering for the first time ever their holiday seasonal blend, Reindeer Blend in Keurig K-cups. It’s available for a limited time only in 16 single K-Cup packs, and is not for use in Vue brewing systems, but will work great in any Keurig K-Cup Brewers.

Caribou Coffee Reindeer Blend is 100% Rainforest Alliance certified. Reindeer Blend brings together coffees from Central America combined with heavy-bodied and rich flavors from Indonesia - including a rare, aged Sumatra that gives a hint of caramel and a dash of spice. 

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November 20, 2013

What To Do with Your Old Drip Brew Coffee Maker

Your Coffee Maker Can Steam Poach and Grill

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Over at IO9 they’ve created quite an article from an NPR inspired piece on what to do with that old brew coffee maker we know you aren’t using. Sure single serve coffee makers soon will be able to make Cambell’s soup, but if you have an old drip brew coffee maker with a hot plate you can steam, poach, and grill food with it. Yes - yes you can.
  •  Steam: The basket at the top is a great place to steam vegetables. You can throw in broccoli, cauliflower or any vegetable that cooks in about the same time as those.
  • Poach: The carafe at the bottom serves as a simple vessel for poaching fish and chicken. You can also use it to hard-boil eggs or make couscous and oatmeal.
  • Grill: This technique is a bit more advanced — and time-consuming. But if you're really itching for a grilled cheese sandwich or a cinnamon bun in a motel room, the coffee maker's burner can serve as a miniature grill.

Making Poached Salmon in a Coffee Maker
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NPR has a full article on how to create various recipes including poached salmon. Make sure if you do continue to use your coffee maker for coffee that a salmon is not being poached. Poached salmon coffee anyone?

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November 19, 2013

Holiday flavors from Dunkin Donuts - Peppermint Mocha and Pumpkin K-Cups

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Dunkin’ Donuts has added Pumpkin coffee and Peppermint Mocha K-Cups to it’s stores in K-Cups this holiday season. We’re not sure why they are just calling the Pumpkin Coffee - Pumpkin, but rest assured the pumpkin coffee has nutmeg and cinnamon to spice it up. The Peppermint Mocha K-Cups are more for the sweet tooth in your family, and make a perfect after dinner cup of coffee with your giant piece of pie.

  • Pumpkin Coffee Dunkin’ K-Cup Packs - Pumpkin K-Cups are now available for you to brew at home! Savor Dunkin’ Donuts’ unique blend of 100% Arabica beans with the taste and aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon.   
  • Dunkin' Donuts' Peppermint Mocha K-Cup packs make this favorite holiday flavored coffee available at home for use with the Keurig K-Cup Brewing System. Guests can also enjoy Peppermint Mocha packaged coffee in a special, limited time only 8-oz size. They run $8.99 for a box of 14.

Pumpkin and Peppermint Mocha Perfect K-Cups are perfect for holiday parties or gatherings, and sold exclusively at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants,

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November 18, 2013

Jetsetter Red Eye Cups for Keurig K-Cup Brewers Review

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Back in the early 1950s, a term emerged to describe groups of socialites that travelled the World by jet… this term was dubbed Jetsetter and is the basis of the Jetsetter Coffee Company. Taking a classic aerial theme of that era, Jetsetter have named their flavors after aerial terminology and have created a rather unique branding overall. We have to admit we really like this approach as its attention to detail makes things all the more memorable.

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