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Competitors Broke Keurig’s DRM Machine & Pending Lawsuit

Competitors Broke Keurig’s DRM Machine & Pending Lawsuit

A couple of months ago, I wrote about Keurig’s DRM machine and the douchebaggery of trying to lock people into a single single-serve solution. Quick recap: Keurig’s new machine only uses coffee pods designed for itself. It doesn’t even use other K-cups – just the newly designed “interactive” K-cups. … Read entire article »

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Hand-powered Espresso at Bargain Price

Hand-powered Espresso at Bargain Price

$39 Minipresso Hand-powered Espresso Machine on Preorder A few years back, I fell in love with the Handpresso, a portable hand-powered espresso machine with sleek good looks and an awesome advertising team. It was introduced at a time when the typical “entry level” espresso machine priced in at about $400, so its $120-ish price ticket didn’t seem so outrageous. It was, however, way outside my own budget restrictions. The Handpresso broke ground in the portable espresso machine category … Read entire article »

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Dream Up Espresso Machine

Dream Up Espresso Machine

With professional quality components, a thermoblock boiler and a 3-way solenoid, you’d expect the Ascaso Dream Up to cost considerably more than it does. Affordable and stylish, it’s a great choice for someone looking for an entry-level espresso machine. … Read entire article »

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Keurig DRM Shows Green Mountain Misread Its Market

Keurig DRM Shows Green Mountain Misread Its Market

It’s an epic story of a company misreading its core market, and it could cost the makers of Keurig dearly. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters recently announced that they’ll be adding DRM (Digital Rights Management) to their coffee machines in the near future, and they’re getting press for it in unlikely places. At Wired Magazine, Marcus Wohlsen discusses how Green Mountain and Keurig DRM might break the Internet, while Cory Doctorow talks about how Green Mountain’s … Read entire article »

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Keurig Debuts 1-cup Espresso Machine Keurig Rivo

Keurig Debuts 1-cup Espresso Machine Keurig Rivo

Keurig enters the 1-cup espresso market with the new Keurig Rivo, a single cup espresso machine that use yet another special kind of cup. The Riga comes with a built-in milk frother that has three froth settings: latte, cappuccino and cold froth, and will froth any kind of milk. Keurig has reportedly partnered with Italian coffee company Lavazza to provide the coffee capsules for the Rivo. Currently, the company only offers four coffee selections for … Read entire article »

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Moka Pot Coffee: 5 Tips for Perfect Moka Pot Coffee

Moka Pot Coffee: 5 Tips for Perfect Moka Pot Coffee

Making moka pot coffee that tastes good is easy if you remember a few simple principles. The moka pot is my favorite way to brew, but it took a while for me to get the brewing down to an art. Until I did, I drank a lot of burnt, muddy, sour coffee. Once I applied what I know about making coffee to brewing coffee in the moka pot, though, it was all great coffee. Here’s … Read entire article »

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Sarista Single Serve Coffee Maker Grinds Beans for Fresh Coffee

Sarista Single Serve Coffee Maker Grinds Beans for Fresh Coffee

For years, Sara Lee worked on developing the next big thing in the single serve coffee wars, only to mothball it when the company spun off a number of its divisions into independent companies. Now, one of those spin-offs, D. E. Master Blenders, is bringing the long-awaited machine to market, at least in The Netherlands. … Read entire article »

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The Perfect Iced Coffee Maker: The Competition Heats Up

The Perfect Iced Coffee Maker: The Competition Heats Up

Yesterday, the Wall St. Journal’s Test Kitchen blog reviewed a handful of iced coffee makers, and somehow missed our favorite — The Hario Cold Drip Coffee and Tea Maker. We bought one as an anniversary gift for the daughter and son-in-law — rather appropriately, since it was their Wood Anniversary. It stands just about weight high, and is an absolutely gorgeous piece of furniture. It also makes great iced coffee, which is, of course, the … Read entire article »

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Iced Coffee Recipe: Iced Cappuccino Saigon

Iced Coffee Recipe: Iced Cappuccino Saigon

With temps expected to be in the high 90s again today, hot coffee just doesn’t seem to appeal — but iced coffee is a necessity! Around here, we started icing the coffee in mid-May when the heat index started hitting the high 80s, and we’ve been drinking it that way ever since.We’re among the Philistines who happen to like cream in our iced coffee, but has never thought of icing cappuccino before. We also love … Read entire article »

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Keep Your Coffee Maker Cleaner with Full Circle

Keep Your Coffee Maker Cleaner with Full Circle

New Coffee Maker Cleaner Promises Better Coffee We all know that a clean coffee maker makes better tasting coffee, but cleaning the darn thing with vinegar is smelly, takes time and — face it — makes your next cup of coffee taste even worse. Now a new line of coffee maker cleaning products takes the stink out of de-scaling, de-greasing and de-germing your coffee maker, espresso maker and coffee grinder. Dirty coffee makers make icky coffee. Even … Read entire article »

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