June 26, 2014

Cars Running on Single Serve Coffee Biodiesal Could Happen

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Throwing away all of those single serve coffee grounds might not be the thing to do in a gasified coffee future where biodiesal for cars is mixed with coffee grounds. The idea of creating biodiesel from coffee grounds goes back several years, and the process works by soaking the grounds in an organic solvent and then putting them through a process called transesterification.

Coffee ground-based biofuel could be revolutionary. By just using the coffee grounds in neighborhood coffee shops, you could get 22 pounds (10kg) of grounds a day could make about half a gallon of biofuel (2 liters). While that's a relatively small amount, it's from a source that would otherwise usually just be thrown away. Also, imagine just collecting all the used single serve coffee pods (Green Mountain is doing this today with several programs), and not just composting but using it to make fuel. You can read the abstract here.

Via Autoblog

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June 25, 2014

Vacuum Insulated Stainless-Steel Gourmet Coffee Press by Thermos

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The Vacuum Insulated Stainless-Steel Gourmet Coffee Press by Thermos is a coffee press you can be proud of and take everywhere. Thermos vacuum insulation technology locks in temperature to preserve flavor and freshness, and this coffee press has a thermal performance rating of 6 hours. The durable 18/8 stainless steel interior and exterior withstands the demands of everyday use, and the simple stainless steel brewing mechanism brews without electricity so you can make coffee anywhere in three simple steps.

It also features a contoured handle that is easy to grab and comfortable to hold. The thermos body stays cool to the touch with hot liquids, and has a  34 ounce capacity. 

If you’ve ever taken a french press on a camping trip only to have it break, then this french press is for you. It’s very durable and we’ve been using one off and on for many years. Thermos still makes great stuff, and this french press is truly great.

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June 24, 2014

Starbucks Adding Single Serve Soda to Its Mix

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Starbucks is adding single serve soda to it's cold beverage menu in over 3000 US stores. Starbucks will begin to sell three sodas this week--Spiced Root Beer, Golden Ginger Ale and Lemon Ale--in 16 states mostly located in the South and Southwest to start. The sodas are made by the retailer's baristas using a machine called Fizzio, which carbonates the sodas but can also add carbonation to ice teas and other drinks. It takes just a few minutes to make a single serve soda using the Fizzio.

Cold beverages are big business, and they can boost in store sales throughout the day. Starbucks sells more than 1/3 of the coffee by the cup in the United States and adding lucrative single serve soda sales won't hurt. Starbucks customers have been asking for soda for quite some time, and with Fizzio now able to make single serve soda drinks Starbucks customers will be answered.

Starbucks began testing various flavors across about 100 stores in Atlanta and Austin about a year ago. The sodas contain no artificial flavors, as well as no preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. You're also going to pay around $3 for a grande sized beverage. Also the ingredients of the sodas are all natural - cinnamon, ginger, lemon juice and brown sugar are a few of the ingredients.

And the calories are also less - a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola has 140 calories, and a 16-ounce serving of Starbucks' sodas has 100 calories or less.

We can imagine the success of the Fizzio in Starbucks cafes may lead to in a consumer version of the Fizzio machine. With Keurig Cold coming with single serve sodas from Coca Cola, Starbucks is poised to be ahead of Green Mountain in the soda market. 

Via Forbes

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June 23, 2014

TV Show Single Cups - When Fiction Meets Reality

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When we first got into the world of single serve coffee over 10 years ago, we knew that as time progressed, we’d eventually start seeing more and more brands of coffee become available for various single serve coffee brewers such as the Keurig & Tassimo platforms. It would seem that when Keurig’s copyright patents expired a few years ago, the floodgates opened and along came a surge of unlicensed knock-offs and competing 3rd-party products.

We knew Kraft had locked-up their T-Disc patents and that the Tassimo would be shielded from knock-off T-Discs but never did we think we’d see Kraft making K-Cup knock-offs. That was the first major shockwave to spread across the unlicensed K-Cup universe and was the first snowflake to fall in K-Cup hell. Over the months that followed, we saw a tidal wave of products which were outstanding to the point of rivalling licensed K-Cup quality while inevitably, we also saw products that performed and tasted like total junk (a quick look through our review archives will clearly point them out).

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June 20, 2014

Keurig Invests in $337 Million Plant for Keurig Cold

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Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. is going to open Its first-ever cold pod dedicated manufacturing facility in Douglas County, Georgia. Keurig has closed on the purchase of a 585,000 square foot building for renovation in Douglasville, and anticipates creating 550 new jobs and investing $337 million into the facility over the next five years.

The new Douglas County manufacturing center will support the production of pods for the company's new Keurig Cold platform, an in-home cold beverage system that will give consumers a convenient way to quickly produce their favorite cold beverage brands with the same one-touch simplicity, quality, and variety that consumers enjoy from the Keurig brand. are collaborating on the development and introduction of The Coca-Cola Company's global brand portfolio for use in the Keurig Cold beverage system.

We’re excited that Keurig and Coca Cola are making such an investment and in the home state of Coca Cola. We can’t wait to brew an ice cold coke in our own kitchen in the future.

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June 19, 2014

The Original Donut Shop K-Cup Packs

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The Original Donut Shop K-Cup Packs are some of our favorite K-Cups here at Single Serve Coffee. Why do we like them so much? We like them because everyone can get themselves around a cup of Donut Sho coffee and enjoy it. You can get light to dark roast coffee drinkers satisfied with this smooth and mild cup of coffee every time.

You can also get the Original Donut Shop K-Cup Packs packed in 50 count boxes which are more eco-friendly and frustration free. The Original Donut Shop K-Cup Packs will work in any Keurig K-Cup Brewers

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June 18, 2014

ISS Lavazza Custom Space Espresso Machine

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Currently in space there's no one to hear your order of a two shot extra whip latte, but soon there will be. Lavazza has created the a new custom espresso machine for use in space. The ISSpresso is headed for the ISS space station in orbit, and weighs in at just 44lbs.

Making espresso in space is pretty much the same as on Earth. The pressure required is between 8 and 10 bars which inside an already pressurized space station might freak an astronaut out. That's why Lavazza has replaced the plastic tubing with a steel version capable of withstanding 400 bars of pressure. Rather than spewing hot coffee into microgravity, the machine pumps the espresso out into small plastic pouches.

How does it taste? The flavor profile is dulled because it's impossible to smell the coffee that's being imbibed, and that's better than Tang any day in the cold darkness of space.

More pictures after the jump.

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June 17, 2014

Keurig's 2.0 K-Cup Copy Protection Easy to Crack?

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Over at Engadget TreeHouse Foods is estimating it will only take a couple of months to crack the DRM protection making brewing non-licensed K-Cups in the Keurig 2.0 impossible. The upcoming Keurig 2.0 will have cameras that read tags and limit what you brew to official brews only.The discovery should keep TreeHouse selling and others selling unofficial pods that cost less than Keurig's, and it could lead to making other brewers copy protection useless as well.

Our analysis indicates that under any circumstance that it will be a matter of months, not years, before we replicate the technology for the cups or the pods. And we expect that of the five new single-serve coffee brand-name appliances that are coming to the market in the fourth quarter, at least some of those will replicate the technology as well.

Quartz also has some more details regarding the lawsuit from TreeHouse Foods, and their take on cracking the DRM.

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June 16, 2014

Flatev - K-Cup Like Single Serve Tortillas

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More single serve like products are coming out every day, and Flatev— short for ‘flatbread evolution’ has created a K-Cup-like pod that will make a flatbread tortilla in minutes. Tortillas are very popular throughout the world, and making them is time consuming. It’s no wonder someone came up with a method to make them easier and with a single serve machine.

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Flatev operates much in the same way that a Keurig or Nespresso any single serve coffee maker does. You grab a Flatev tortilla pod, and then press a button and in less than a minute or so you have a fresh tortilla from the Flatev machine. Flatev pods currently have dough for flour and corn tortillas, and the ingredients for the flour tortillas consist of flour, water, baking soda, and salt; the corn tortillas are comprised solely of corn flour and water. The pods must be refrigerated at all times and can last up to two weeks.

Expect Flatev machines to be available for purchase in 2015.

Via PSFK

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June 12, 2014

CBTL Variety Pack K-Cups By The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

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The CBTL Variety Pack K-Cups By The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf features 16 K-Cups for your Keurig K-Cup brewer. You'll get 4 flavors, 4 K-Cups per flavor from the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf including: Costa Rica, Viennese, Cafe 63 Roast, Toasted Amaretto. We love variety packs because they let you try before you buy.

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