Archive for April, 2012

Coffee On Tap Anyone?

Some of you might remember the old soda fountains where you could get your Coke and other soda’s of the fountain. In regards to coffee the focus went to personalized, single serve coffee. And as we all know life doesn’t stand still. So, something new has been brewing…

Scanomat TopBrewer

Scanomat TopBrewer (Source: Scanomat)

After the single cup coffee maker revolution that allowed all of us to enjoy a cup of coffee how we want it, there’s finally the next step in evolution of coffee: Have your Coffee on Tap.

No, we’re not talking about some strange beer-coffee flavor you could get in a pub. We talk about the first coffee faucet you can have in your kitchen. It’s the Scanomat TopBrewer.

When you have friends over, make sure to remind them not to try to wash their hands under this faucet. The only thing you get out of this faucet is delicious coffee. Lots of it. A real next step in the evolution of humanity.

Most of the components of this single cup coffee maker are hidden under the counter. The Scanomat TopBrewer is capable of brewing a large variety of coffee beverages. These include espresso based drinks like cappuccinos and lattes as the is capable to store and froth milk.

The TopBrewer grinds fresh beans for each beverage and then delivers the freshly brewed coffee through the faucet, including the frothed milk for a fresh cup of latte. There’s even an automated cleaning cycle that completely cleans the machine. Nothing left for you to do than to fill the coffee beans and milk and then enjoy a fresh cup of coffee on tap whenever you are up for it.

And best of all, there’s an app for it too. You simply get the TopBrewer app and with a few touches you can have the Scanomat TopBrewer prepare your favorite coffee with freshly ground beans. You can even control several of these marvelous coffee brewers with one app.

Scanomat even built in a finger touch keyboard for all folks that don’t have an iPhone or iPad. You’ll be the judge whether it’s worth getting the Scanomat TopBrewer to justify your purchase of a new iPhone or iPad.

You might ask yourself what the price is? Well, the price hasn’t been announced yet but we think if you have to ask what this beauty costs then you probably can’t afford it anyway. However, dreaming is priceless…

Have a look at our one cup coffee machine reviews to find the best single cup coffee maker for your needs. For a coffee that’s nearly as delicious, but certainly more affordable, check out our Keurig Vue V700 Single Cup Coffee Brewer Review!

Starbucks Verismo – What Gives?

Starbucks announced its own single cup coffee brewer system to hit the market in the Fall of 2012 in time for the holiday shopping. The Verismo system will be a high-pressure single serve coffee brewing system whereas most other systems on the market (K-Cups, Vue, Senseo, etc.) are brewing with low pressure.

Starbucks Verismo Single Cup Coffee Maker

Starbucks Verismo Single Cup Coffee Maker

You might ask yourself why there yet has to be another system as there are quite a few by now. It is our understanding that Starbucks wants to perfect the espresso based one cup coffee makers and for that you would want to use higher pressures than the currently available systems use.

Starbucks has quite a few years under their belt in regards to single serve coffee systems. They started out with the Tassimo system (at that time by far the best quality coffee you can get from a one cup machine) and then switched to the Keurig K-Cup system about a year ago. They recently announced that they would have their coffee and tea flavors available for the new Keurig Vue brewing system (see Starbucks To Come Out With Vue Packs). In addition Starbucks also has their VIA system for instant one cup coffee. Why now yet another system?

Well, the move from Tassimo to K-Cups was clearly through the K-Cups having the biggest market share and Tassimo never living up to their promise (in regards to market share). The support for the Vue system is also clear as it provides a better coffee experience than the K-Cup system. The VIA system is a good addition as Starbucks can sell it in their stores and it can be used without the need for a coffee maker.

The Verismo system seems to target a different market altogether though. All other systems listed and supported are good for coffee and tea drinks but are somewhat not so good when it comes to espresso based drinks. Starbucks though is really a lot about espresso and less about standard coffee (in our opinion and you might disagree).

In addition, Nestle has had a somewhat successful introduction of their Nescafe Dolce Gusto which also targets the higher end coffee/espresso market. Starbucks certainly does not want to give up this market and thus had to come up with their own system.

What can we expect from the Starbucks Verismo system? We would dare to predict that it will be able to produce high-end, delicious cappuccino’s and latte’s that will taste similar to what you get in the Starbucks store. However, we’re also predicting that this will come with a certain higher price tag. No prices have been announced so far but seeing what market Starbucks is after we dare to say it will be more expensive than the current Keurig systems.

What should you do? Well, if you really only drink regular coffee or tea and only occasionally or never drink a cappuccino or a latte then we would suggest to go with either the Keurig Vue system or the Keurig K-Cups single cup coffee brewers. If you only occasionally drink any coffee then the Senseo system might be the best choice for you.

Find more single serve coffee brewer reviews to find the best coffee maker for your needs. Have a look at our Keurig Vue V700 One Cup Coffee Machine Review!

Starbucks To Come Out With Vue Packs

Starbucks Vue Packs

Starbucks Vue Packs

Starbucks and Green Mountain Coffee, the owner of Keurig, have announced to intensify their partnership. Starbucks will provide Vue packs for Keurig’s Vue Brewing platform. The official statement can be found on Starbucks website.

Starbucks will provide Vue packs for their coffee and TAZO tea varieties. Keurig will be the exclusive provider of Starbucks single cup coffee beverages for low pressure brewers. That means that all non-espresso drinks will be available exclusively on the Keurig Vue and K-Cup platforms.

The choice of Starbucks to exclusively use Keurig as their single cup coffee platform (for low pressure drinks) also gives a big boost to the new Vue system as well as the K-Cup system. In turn this also means that the Tassimo brewers will have a hard time surviving in the US market. Not only have they lost Starbucks as a premium brand but now also face the Vue brewing system as a viable contender with regards to high-end specialty beverages. We think it’s safe to say that the Tassimo system will eventually pull out of the US market within the next few years.

Interesting about this is that Starbucks also announced their Verismo single cup coffee maker for the holiday season 2012. Looking at the statement that Keurig is the chosen platform for low-pressure brewers will in turn mean that the Verismo will be a high-pressure single cup coffee brewing system. This would lead us to believe that the Verismo will target the espresso-based beverages (espresso, latte, cappuccino) and will not compete, at least directly, with any of the existing one cup coffee maker systems out in the market.

Starbucks is clearly covering all the bases and it pushing aggressively into the single cup coffee market. We will post our take on the Verismo system in the next fews days. Overall though, the take away of this announcement in our opinion is that the Vue system is here to stay and that you should probably not bet on the Tassimo system anymore.

Find more single serve coffee brewer reviews to find the best coffee maker for your needs. Check out our Keurig Vue V700 One Cup Coffee Machine Review!

Keurig Office Vue V1200 Brewing System Coming In Fall 2012

The Keurig Office Vue V1200 Brewing System is announced to come in Fall 2012. As the name states, it’s an office brewer and it’s based on Keurig’s new Vue Packs. Besides all the additional features and improvements that the Vue packs provide compared to the K Cups, the V1200 single cup coffee maker has a very important additional feature. It integrates RFID technology into the brewing process. What does that mean?

Keurig and other roasters will provide Vue packs for the office which have RFID chips in them. These RFID chips encode information on the best brewing settings for the beverage. The Keurig Office Vue V1200 single cup coffee maker has a matching RFID reader to read the information from the Vue pack. The information stored on the RFID chip includes the amount of water, the water temperature, the water pressure and timing and the airflow. All this technology is meant to result in a one button, perfect brewing cycle for each beverage.

Keurig Office Vue V1200 Brewing System

Keurig Office Vue V1200 Brewing System

The Keurig Office Vue V1200 Brewing System with RFID Reader will use special Vue packs that are specifically tailored to the office coffee market. It is at this time unknown whether the consumer Vue cups will also work with the Vue V1200 single cup coffee brewer. There’s also no information on what varieties of coffee, tea, and other hot and cold beverages will be available with the RFID Vue packs. More information should be available the closer the launch timeframe of Fall 2012 comes.

A few key features you can expect from the Keurig Vue V1200 single cup coffee maker:

  • Brew different sizes with adjustable beverage strength to fill small cups or large travel mugs. This will partially depends on using Vue packs that contain grinds in the right amount for the different brewing sizes.
  • The Keurig Vue system offers custom brew technology. This allows you to brew the beverage your way – be it strong or regular. The integrated strength control allows you to brew the wya you like it.
  • The brewing temperature can be set across a wide range allowing to brew the beverages at their best brewing temperature which in turn results in a more flavorful cup.
  • The usage of RFID in the office brewers allows to perfectly set the Vue single cup coffee maker so the resulting beverage is brewed perfectly. The Keurig Office Vue V1200 brewing system will automatically adjust the brewing process for the specific beverage.
  • The Keurig Vue system allows to customize the brewing process. You can adjust the brew timing, the water pressure, water temperature and the airflow. This means that the beverage you get is brewed perfectly to your liking. You also can created frothy beverages through the use of the air-infusion technology.

Find more single cup coffee maker reviews to find the best coffee brewer for your needs. Check out our Keurig Vue V700 Single Cup Coffee Maker Review!

Keurig Vue V700 vs. Keurig B70 Comparison

Keurig released a new line of single cup coffee makers and packages called the Vue system. So, you no longer deal with K Cups but you deal with Vue Cups or V-Cups. The promise is that the Keurig Vue system allows you to make better coffee and include specialty coffee like cappuccinos and lattes. The K Cup system only allows to make plain coffee or other beverages like tea and hot chocolate.

Cost Involved

There’s also a price difference both on the single cup coffee brewer as well as the Vue Cups vs. the K-Cups. Generally the K Cup based single serve coffee makers are cheaper. The K Cups themselves are also cheaper. However, that comes with a price. If you use the Vue Cups you have an endless possibility to personalize your beverage. You can adjust the temperature of the water, select brewing sizes that range up to 18 oz., have the Vue V700 brew coffee stronger than usual, and so on and so on.

Check out the side-by-side comparison of the Keurig Vue V700 vs. the Keurig B70 in the table below.

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TitleKeurig Vue V700 Gourmet Single-Cup Home Brewing SystemKeurig B-70 B70 Platinum Single-Cup Home Brewing System
ColorBlackBlack/Chrome
FeatureThe next generation of Keurig!
Enjoy fully customized beverages
Brews in under one minute
Strength & Temperature control
Brews frothy café beverages
Single-cup home brewing system for use with patented K-Cups
One-touch control panel; blue backlit LCD display; digital clock; programmable on/off
5 brew-size options; adjustable brew temperature; removable drip tray
Blue-lit removable 60-ounce water reservoir; descale indicator; dishwasher-safe parts
Measures 13-4/5 by 10-2/7 by 13 inches; 1-year limited warranty
ManufacturerKeurigKeurig
ModelV700B-70
TitleKeurig Vue V700 Gourmet Single-Cup Home Brewing SystemKeurig B-70 B70 Platinum Single-Cup Home Brewing System
Price$227.88$161.90
Weight15.95 pound13 pound
Rating3.5 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars
ReviewsRead ReviewsRead Reviews
LinkMore InfoMore Info

Product prices and availability are accurate as of Apr 20 12:48:31 UTC but are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the merchant site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Impact on the Environment

Another important aspect in today’s world is that the Vue Cups are partially recyclable. The main plastic container can be recycled in most communities and thus you can enjoy your cup of coffee in a ‘greener’ way. However, there’s one thing to consider. When you use the Keurig My K-Cup then you actually don’t have anything to throw away but the used coffee grinds. So far, there is no reusable coffee filter for the Keurig Vue system. We would expect some to show up in the market over the next few months though.

Variety of K-Cups vs. V-Cups

A final point is that the selection of K Cups is currently much much larger than the offered varieties of Vue Cups. Now, this will change but if you currently can’t get your preferred beverage in a Vue Cup then it also won’t make any sense to purchase a Keurig Vue V700 at this time.

Conclusion

Our suggestion would be to wait before you buy a new Keurig Vue system until there’s a wider variety of beverages available. The prices eventually will come down when more brewers are introduced and move flavors are available. Having said that, if you need a new single cup coffee maker today and you want to decide between the traditional Keurig K-Cups vs. the Keurig Vue system and you get your preferred beverage in a Vue cup then we would recommend you get a Vue based brewer.

In the end, you can’t really go wrong with any of these choices. Check out our single cup coffee maker reviews to help you find the best one cup coffee brewer for your kitchen!

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