February 9, 2015

A Film About Coffee on a Snowy Day

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Given how much snow we’ve been having here in the Northeast, we’ve decided to not fight it any longer and just settle in this morning with A Film About Coffee. A Film About Coffee is a love letter to, and meditation on, specialty coffee and we do love our specialty coffee. It examines what it takes, and what it means, for coffee to be defined as ‘specialty.’

We’ll let you know what we think, but you can view it online at Vimeo for $4.99. We plan on watching it via AirPlay on our Apple TV streaming from our Macbook Pro. We really love coffee, and it’s a perfect day to learn more.

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February 6, 2015

Coleman Classic Enamelware Coffee Mug

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Given the temperature this morning being -5 here in Boston we’re longing for something classic that always made us think things were warming up. One thing that comes to mind is the Coleman Classic Enamelware Coffee Mug. We remember drinking from these at camp and in the ice shack fishing. These mugs are made of blue enamelware, and are very lightweight. You can fill up to 12-ounces into these coffee mugs, and they’re easy to clean plus dishwasher safe. We probably just need to double down right now and order some and perhaps it will warm up in response.

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February 5, 2015

Capri Single Serve Espresso Maker

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We’re always on the lookout for single serve coffee systems, and this one sent in from a reader has us caught by surprise. The Capri from Polti is designed to make perfect Italian espresso exclusively using AromaPolti capsules. It features a height-adjustable cup tray, and removable collection bin to hide used capsules. 

Currently there are a few options for espresso and single serve coffee capsules:

  • Crema Capsules for Capri from Polti: A blend fo Arabica and Robusta beans. Roasted, ground and instantly packed in Italy. For coffee drinkers who enjoy a harmonious flavour and firm, long-lasting "crema" .
  • Sublime Capsules for Capri from Polti: 100% full-bodied Arabica beans. Roasted, ground and instantly packed in Italy. For coffee drinkers who appreciate a sweet flavour with a slightly tart aftertaste. The perfect balance of flavour, aroma and body.
  • Deca Capsules for Capri from Polti: Decaffeinated by a natural process that leaves the coffee's sensory qualities unaltered, this blend combines various Arabica coffees from Central America and Africa. 

All of the capsules come packed in 50 count boxes, and can be ordered along with the machine from the Polti web site. Pricing is $30 for 50 capsules and $179 for the Capri machine. Thanks to AC for sending this in.

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February 4, 2015

Will Starbucks Continue to Sell and Support Verismo?

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An article over at The Motley Fool has us thinking - will Starbucks continue to support Verismo as a product in 2015? Given how dominant Keurig is in the United States and Canada, and how dominant Nestle with Nespresso is world wide does it even make sense? The platform has yet to find a large audience, and it’s not clear it will. The big thing is they could use the limited shelf space for other products that simply sell better in the single serve coffee space. They could even come up with more offerings for VIA which now seems to be doing better. Whatever they decide - it’s not clear they are behind Verismo or done with the product all together. 

What do you think? Is this the year the Verismo died?

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February 3, 2015

BRIM Size-Wise Programmable Coffee Station

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The BRIM Size-Wise Programmable Coffee Statio can Brew three sizes with one machine because it features an adjustable tray letting you brew coffee for a single cup, travel mug, or 12-cup carafe.

  • Advanced programming makes brewing easy with a 24-hour auto-start and auto shut-off.
  • Select from three brew strengths, and prevent watered-down coffee with the innovative brew-controlling filter.
  • Set the 24-hour auto-start for freshly brewed coffee when you wake up, choose brew strength for regular, gourmet, or bold coffee, and program auto shut-off to turn off your station 30 minutes to 4 hours after brewing.
  • The Pause & serve function lets you pour a cup while coffee is still brewing in My Carafe mode, and the self-cleaning cycle ensures your coffee tastes its best.
  • Enjoy a single serving of coffee without any capsules or pods. The single cup option keeps you from having to throw away leftover coffee from the carafe when you only want one cup. And, since the filter is permanent, you don't need to purchase and dispose of paper filters.

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February 2, 2015

BELLA Toast and Brew Breakfast Station

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The BELLA Toast and Brew Breakfast Station is something a bit different. This single serve coffee maker brews up to a 14 oz. cup of coffee, and has a toaster that features bagel, defrost & cancel functions. The single serve coffee maker includes a removable permanent filter, and the toaster features precise browning control with reheat option. The toaster features anti-jam with auto shut-off for your safety as well. You can also purchase it in 3 colors allowing you to accent your breakfast nook properly.

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January 30, 2015

Chanelle Cocktail Coffee Table

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The Chanelle Cocktail Coffee Table comes with a concrete top, and has a hand forged iron base. We love the white gloss finish, and the concrete looks stunning. We love the fact this table is also handcrafted in the USA, and it’s available now.

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January 29, 2015

Keurig Cold Brew Process Explained

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Over at the Winnipeg Free Press there’s an interesting snippet on how Keurig Cold will work. 

Unlike his competitor, Glorieux said Keurig Cold simplifies the process by cooling down the water as it pumps it through the machine, while it combines the syrup and carbonation that pour into the glass.

The process will be much more like a Nespresso or Tassimo that uses heat coils to instantly heat water as it's brewing. Keurig Cold will use cooling coils to instantly chill water as it's brewing. It’s like a pod-based single serve mini fridge of sorts. What’s interesting is the fact you’ll need to plug in Keurig Cold, and this makes us think Sodastream fans will likely object to doing so (even though the premium top of the line electronic Sodastream does in fact require a power source too).

Everything will become much more crystal clear (or Coke colored) this fall in 2015 when Keurig Cold finally launches.

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January 28, 2015

Mars Drinks Adds Peet’s Coffee to FLAVIA Single Serve Coffees

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It’s been awhile since we’ve had much news on the FLAVIA single serve brewer and coffee front, but it looks like they are getting some Peet’s Coffee to add to their already extensive line of coffees, teas, and other hot beverages. Mars Drinks which is now a 100 percent workplace-dedicated segment of Mars, Incorporated, has entered an agreement with Peet’s Coffee & Tea, to bring Peet’s premium coffee to offices across North America. 

Mars Drinks is offering three of Peet’s most popular varieties, French Roast, Café Domingo and Colombia Luminosa, which are freshly-ground and packaged in Mars Drinks’ proprietary, recyclable Freshpacks to ensure taste, quality and freshness.

To celebrate the launch of Peet’s coffees, Mars Drinks is offering new customers with 50 or more employees a free trial of its FLAVIA brewers and Peet’s coffee varieties at www.marsdrinks.com/peets or by calling 1-877-273-5812. Mars Drinks current customers can order Peet’s coffees for FLAVIA brewers through their existing distributor relationship, or directly from Mars Drinks at myflavia.com/peetscoffee.

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January 27, 2015

Smart Mr. Coffee Wifi Enabled Brewer is a Really Dumb Coffee Maker

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The very notion of a smart appliance should be appealing. Having a refrigerator tell you you’re out of milk, or to start a crock pot remotely or check in on how it’s doing. It’s a very sad day when someone makes a connected smart coffee maker that is in fact really dumb. Why? The Mr. Coffee Smart Optimal Brew can only be programmed using your smart phone, and if your smart phone happens to be in another room then you can’t adjust or change the coffee maker settings. There is a brew button for manual operation when brewing without the WeMo App and smart phone, but the connectivity costs a $50 more than the same coffee maker with regular controls right on the brewer.

We’re not sure who thought this was a worthy trade off, but we won’t be surprised how bad the press and user experience this coffee maker will have. For $150 bucks, we think we’ll order another Chemex and Aeropress that will remain offline and fine for years to come.

Via Consumer Reports News at Mr. Coffee Smart Wifi-Enabled WeMo 10-Cup Optimal Brew Coffeemaker

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