November 4, 2016

Nespresso's Creatista Machine Textures Milk For Better Tasting Coffee

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Nespresso is launching a new range of 'barista style' coffee machines with brushed stainless steel exteriors. The design comes from Breville - who for the staff at Single Serve Coffee also designed one of the best working and looking K-Cup machines. The machine will be available in Australia first with a range of machines that allow users to choose their preferred milk texture and temperature via multiple milk foam textures. You can select these different milk textures and temperatures via an LCD panel and use an automatic want developed by Breville. 

Here are the key features:

  • 7 customisable coffee settings including Espresso, Lungo, Ristretto, Flat White, Latte, Cappuccino and Macchiato
  • Adjustable automatic milk texturing to make a Flat White, Cappuccino, or Latte creating ‘micro foam’ which is essential for latte art (8 textures for Creatista Plus, 4 textures for Creatista) 
  • Adjustable milk temperature (11 temperatures for Creatista Plus, 5 temperatures for Creatista)
  • Cool touch steam wand with auto purge for fast and easy cleaning Intuitive TFT display offering step-by-step assistance for coffee personalisation and maintenance
  • Fast heat up (3 seconds for Creatista Plus, 10 seconds for Creatista)
  • Automatic power off after 10 minutes of non-use 

The Nespresso Creatista Plus and Creatista will be available in Australia from October 31 for an RRP of $799 and $699, respectively. You can check out more details at Nespresso's website.

Via Lifehacker

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October 19, 2016

STARESSO - Portable Espresso and Coffee Maker

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The STARESSO - Portable Espresso and Coffee Maker is great for camping, the office, and even picnics. 

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With a handheld Staresso machine, you can prepare amazing espresso anywhere. Staresso doesn't need any special maintenance, and the open design makes the regular cleaning simple and quick. You can also make latte foam with the Staresso so portable lattes and cappuccinos are yours to have as well.

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October 17, 2016

Starbucks Crème Brulée K-Cups Review

 

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen Starbucks come out with a new flavored coffee, so we were surprised to find these new Starbucks Crème Brulée K-Cups a few weeks ago (we’ll ignore the glaring spelling error on the packaging). We also noticed a new line-up of Starbucks Lattes using K-Cups plus powdered creamer packets while we were shopping but more on those in future reviews. For now, lets see if Starbucks has succeeded in creating a new flavored coffee that actually tastes like the namesake or if we’ll be getting another weak-flavored miss.

Brewing these K-Cups result in an aroma which was spot-on with the real deal. The smoky notes of the coffee helped create subtle burnt sugar notes of the caramelized sugar crackle on top while the vanilla custard aroma was the primary focus and quickly filled the room. Aroma-wise, this is one of the best smelling coffees we’ve seen Starbucks produce to date. Upon first sip, you get the strong burnt sugar flavor up front which gives a caramelized tone and this quickly gives way to subtle vanilla custard flavors hiding underneath. As you work your way through the cup, these 2 flavors blend together to form a fairly close representation of the real thing.

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October 12, 2016

Canadians Drink More Coffee Than Most People in the World

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According to the CBC News out of 80 countries, Canada ranked No. 1 in 2015 when tallying up how many litres of coffee per capita we gulped down at food service joints like cafes. Canada also scored third highest for the total amount of brewed coffee they consumed both inside and outside their homes. That equates to an average of 152 litres per person.The only two countries that drank more java were the Netherlands, which took the No. 1 spot, and Finland, which came in second.

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October 7, 2016

Original Donut Shop Sweet & Creamy Maple Cream K-Cups Review

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After our recent reviews of Christmas/Holiday-themed K-Cups which appeared on store shelves in… um… August… we shook our heads, decided to switch gears and thought it was time to review something more seasonally appropriate. Today we’re looking at a flavor which was introduced last year but we’ve only managed to finally track down this year… the “Autumn Release” seasonal (and ridiculously long named) The Original Donut Shop Sweet & Creamy Maple Cream K-Cups.

As with previous releases in ODS’ Sweet & Creamy series, these are “all-in-one” K-Cups which feature the coffee, creamer & sweetener all included within the same K-Cup. If there is one thing on this planet we love even more than coconut, it’s anything maple and we’re pleased to say that these K-Cups were well worth the hunt. (Note to Keurig: If you want to field test a Maple Candied Coconut K-Cup in the future, we’re more than willing to assist ASAP)

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September 26, 2016

Swiss Miss Peppermint Hot Cocoa K-Cups Review

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We recently reviewed a K-Cup flavor which seemed to have been put on store shelves a few months too early and today, we've found yet another Christmas-themed K-Cup on store shelves... in early August. Seriously, what the heck is going on? We're happy that we get to try things early, but at the same time seeing Christmas items a full MONTH before Halloween has even started just seems... wrong. Anyway, seasonal correctness aside, today we're checking out Swiss Miss Peppermint Hot Cocoa K-Cups. They're billed as a limited edition, so you might want to grab a box while you still can.

Yep... nothing screams Fall like... peppermint? Really? The Single Serve Coffee staff here are facepalming worse than that Captain Picard meme. Huh? What's that? Just get on with the darn review? Alrighty then!

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September 19, 2016

GMCR Cinnamon Sugar Cookie K-Cups Review

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When you think of August and September, you think of the last month of Summer-like weather before the Fall season kicks off. As a result, you'd normally expect to see a proliferation of pumpkin-themed drinks flooding the market. What you DON'T expect to see are Christmas-themed drinks appearing on store shelves so early. Today we look at a coffee we think should have only appeared on store shelves around November but instead showed up a few weeks ago in early August. Yep, this is a Christmas-themed flavor... in August.

How do you know for sure that it's a Christmas-themed flavor, you ask? Simple... it's being marketed as the new 2016 Winter seasonal flavor on various online shops and the more obvious reason is that there's a blurred image of a pine tree branch in the background on the packaging. Seriously, the only thing missing is Santa holding the mug. On the plus side, we get to review this several months ahead of time, so... uh... Happy Holidays? That's right, we're checking out the new for 2016 GMCR Cinnamon Sugar Cookie K-Cups.

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September 15, 2016

This Coffee Can Keep You Up for 18 Hours

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If you need to be particularly focused for 18 hours we’ve found a cup of super coffee for you. A cafe in Adelaide, Australia, is serving the 'Asskicker,' a concoction of four espresso shots, two different strengths of cold drip and milk that its inventor says contains 80 times the amount of caffeine of a standard shot. The drink, designed to be sipped slowly over three to four hours, promises to keep you awake for up to 18 hours.

Via CNN.com

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September 6, 2016

Loblaws introduces President's Choice Maple Coffee One Cups

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SH has just found some Maple One Cups:

From SH: Just noticed the following new President's Choice item at my local Atlantic Superstore last night. Really wish they'd switch to RealCup format though... foil bags of One Cups pain in the neck to keep fresh for more than a week or 2 once the bag is opened.

Also, despite the mug image on packaging, this is NOT an 'all-in-one' One Cup... there aren't any creamer or sweetener ingredients here.

Billed as a 'mellow blend of Colombian & Kenyan coffees with a subtly sweet maple flavor', I found the maple aroma to definitely be present during brewing, but unfortunately, there's barely any maple flavor in the coffee itself. Adding creamer as hinted on the packaging did not bring forward any further maple notes. Timothy's Sugar Bush Maple K-Cups are more spot-on in my opinion.

These pods will work in K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0, but the biggest breakthrough is that these are the first BPI-certified 100% compostable pods on the market. The lid is made of a thick coated paper and I can only guess that the ring is made of starch-based plastics? Just the same, this is the first time I've see a true 'brew it & chuck it' pod where you throw the whole thing into a compost bin. That likely explains why they didn't go with RealCups.

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September 2, 2016

New England Coffee Blueberry Cobbler K-Cups Review

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We’re introducing something a little new today at Single Serve Coffee, it’s a new format of quick reviews we’re calling Quickviews. These mini reviews of sorts will be considerably shorter than our usual reviews and are more for the TLDR crowd and for those who just want to know What’s the coffee taste like? Is it any good?Is it worth buying?

There won’t be any scores, just a Worth It! or Leave It! recommendation at the end of the review. So without further delay, let’s get started shall we? 
Today we decided to check out New England Coffee’s Blueberry Cobbler K-Cups. New England Coffee is one of GMCR’s most recent acquisitions and they converted NEC’s older One Cups into licensed K-Cups as a result. We appreciate this change since we don’t have to worry about a bunch of One Cups going stale after we open the foil bag anymore.

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