April 21, 2014

AeroPress Inventor's Q&A

Aeropress founder article Fast Company

Over at Fast Company Alan Adler inventor of the Aeropress has a really extensive Q&A on the Aeropress. It’s no doubt the Aeropress is one of the most popular single serve coffee makers, and also one of the best. We reviewed the Aeropress back in 2006, and it’s still one of our go-to single serve coffee makers. Why? It makes an amazing cup of coffee, and it only requires minimal interaction to get a perfect cup of coffee every time.

The Q&A also has some info on Alan Adler’s earlier days as a toy designer. If you didn’t know he invented the Aerobie frisbee, and other toys. Head over to Fast Company for the full read, and yes those are male enhancing devices with the Aeropress in the middle. Choose your coffee press wisely...

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April 18, 2014

Cups - How Much Would You Pay a Month for Unlimited Coffee?

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CUPS is an app for IOS and Android that allows you to pay for coffee at independent coffee shops. CUPS allows you to subscribe and get discounted or even unlimited coffee from independent coffee shops for a discounted price. Right now in the US it’s only available in New York where you can pay a per month or discount rate at many coffee shops.

Is it a deal? A participating shop needs to be convenient to your home, work, or some point in between, and one drawback is a participating shop can withdraw from CUPS at any time. Still paying and saving 20-30% off the price of your coffee or even getting unlimited coffee for $45 to $85 bucks a month might work out in the long run. 

We like the idea and would love to know if you’re using CUPS in NYC. We’ll be visiting NYC next week and will try and check it out.

Via Consumerist at CUPS

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April 17, 2014

Two Strangers Can Connect Over Coffee

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Can a coffee machine connect 2 strangers? After a year in the making, you can watch the Coffee Connector - an interactive coffee maker requiring two people to function. The Coffee Connector debuted at  a conference at the Time Warner Center in New York. If you’re looking for what people thought of the Coffee Connector - check out #sgcoffeeconnect. Video is after the jump, and sure it’s a promotion piece but we really love an interactive coffee contraption every time.

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April 16, 2014

Tassimo Europe Gives Machines Proper Names

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Tassimo Europe is into changing not only the names of their Tassimo beverage systems, but also the model numbers. They've taken to giving the T20 to T65 names such as Amia, Fidelia, Charmy, Joy, etc. The new T12 is called the “Vivy”. The model #s are also a bit "off" as the T45 is called the T42 & T40, etc. 

We like owning our Tassimo T65, but would we also like calling it Amia? Maybe naming it ourself to something like “Bobby - the amazing thing that makes us coffee.” would be a better name.

Seriously this is a great way to add a little personality to your single serve coffee maker, and we’d like to see a little more fun on this side of the pond.

More at Tassimo

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April 15, 2014

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf K-Cups

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf K-Cups have been spotted in the wild by AB at Walmart recently in Bangor, Maine. We've been waiting for the CBTL K-Cups to become widely available and it looks like it's happening. Right now there's 4 blends to choose from, and all of them will work in all K-Cup Brewers. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf K-Cups are also Keurig brewed and will work in Keurig 2.0 brewers this fall as well.

  • Costa Rica Blend: Medium Roast. Our Costa Rica coffee comes from the finest high-altitude farms, where the unique climate and rich soils produce coffees that exhibit a bright, clean taste. With its balanced, crisp flavor and fragrant aroma, this medium-bodied coffee is a customer favorite in our cafés.
  • Toasted Amaretto: Medium Roast. Make your day even better with this Toasted Amaretto flavored coffee. Rich and fragrant with almond and a creamy liqueur flavor, it is sure to make for a special cup of coffee, day or night.
  • Viennesse Blend: Dark Roast. Vienna-style roasting creates a deep brown, medium dark roast. Mellow, smooth and delicately nuanced with hints of chocolate, our Viennese Blend draws on a unique Vienna-style of roasting that dates back to 1683 when the country’s first coffee house opened.
  • Café 63 Roast: Light Roast. Our Café ’63 Roast presents the smooth, light-bodied taste and fruity aroma which we’ve been known for since we opened our first café in 1963. Hand-selected for the quality of their brightness and flavor, the beans are roasted to perfection to bring you a deliciously cheerful and refreshing cup. For a box of 18 it will run you $9.98."

More at Coffee Bean Tea & Leaf

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April 14, 2014

EcoCup from Mother Parkers - Recyclable Single-Use Coffee and Tea Pods

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Mother Parkers Coffee has created the EcoCup - a recyclable single-use coffee and tea pod for Keurig K-Cup brewers. Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee says the EcoCup is available with various loose-leaf teas, including the Higgins & Burke brand, while pods containing coffee will be out in early 2015.

How does the EcoCup work? After brewing a beverage, the user can detach the filter from the pod, discard the tea leaves or coffee grounds in a compost, and throw the pod into the blue bin. It works much the same way as the Keurig VUE recyclable VUE packs. 

Mother Parkers has been on the pursuit of making a zero waste single serve coffee product for quite some time, and though the EcoCup is not zero waste they hope it will be in coming years. The environmental impact of the single-serve coffee habit is known to even Keurig Green Mountain. It’s surprising how many companies have beaten them to getting a greener K-Cup to market. We can only hope all K-Cups will be recyclable in the future.

Via CTV News

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April 11, 2014

Nespresso Vertuo Single Serve Coffee and Espresso Maker Arrives for Review

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The Nespresso Vertuo is here, so check out this amazing shot below of the box of Vertuo capsules. If there's one thing that Nespresso does right besides amazing espresso and single serve coffee is design.

Nespresso Vertuo Line Capsules

Features of the Vertuoline from Nespresso include:

  • The Nespresso VertuoLine brews both genuine drip-style coffee and espresso.
  • Innovative dual-capsule design brews great-tasting crema-enhanced drip coffee or rich espresso-a first for a one-touch capsule machine.
  • Centrifusion technology scans each capsule and automatically adjusts brewing for a revolutionary one-button experience.
  • Capsules insert easily and automatically eject into a container that holds 13-20 used capsules. 
  • Incredibly fast, 15- to 20-second heat-up ensures that delicious coffee is just one button push away.
  • Automatic shutoff after nine minutes of inactivity. Enjoy two pre-set cup sizes-coffee (7.77 oz.) and espresso (1.35 oz)-or customize brewing between 0.3 oz and 17 oz. 
  • High-capacity water tank allows you to brew more without refilling.

At Nespresso Vertuo

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April 10, 2014

Nespresso Lattissima Pro from De'Longhi - One-touch Cappuccino and Latte Review

 

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If you've been searching for a quality latte, espresso and cappuccino maker, you couldn't get any better than the De'Longhi's Lattissima Pro. This amazing machine comes with tons of features packed into a sturdy design that has very little plastic to it. With a stainless steel frame and the ability to make custom or automatic drinks with the press of a button, you'll be under the impression that you're drinking a barista made drink every time.

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April 9, 2014

San Francisco Bay Coffee Breakfast Blend One Cups

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Central and South American beans can be coffee to die for, and these beans are perfectly blended to yield a delicious, satisfying coffee with a morning set of notes. Compatible with Keurig K-Cup brewers and other single serve brewers, these single cups are not compatible with Keruig Vue or Rivo. OneCups are 97% biodegradable so you can compost or recycle these K-Cups instead of adding to the local land fill. These OneCups are also Fair Trade.

San Francisco Bay Coffee Breakfast Blend Single Cups come packed 80 to a box or you can even buy 120 or 160 single cups at a time. 

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April 8, 2014

GEVALIA BOLD Majestic Roast T-Discs for Tassimo

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Tassimo owners should be pretty excited for GEVALIA BOLD Majestic Roast. It’s simply one of the best reviewed Gevalia coffees out there, and it’s smooth, intense & earthy flavors will get your day started or going again. Incredibly dark and impeccably smooth, all you need to enjoy these bold Arabica beans are your finely tuned taste buds.

The Gevalia Bold Majestic Roast T-Discs will work in all Tassimo brewers, and will always be perfect because of the Intellibrew info built into each Tassimo T-Disc.

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