Tag Archive 'single_serving_coffee'

Espresso in the Azores (São Jorge & Pico)

Posted by TheShot on 16 Oct 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

It had been eleven years since I last visited the Azores. A remote archipelago of Portugal, this small group of volcanic islands — isolated in the middle of the Atlantic — is the very verdant-but-austere birthplace of my in-laws. Since my last visit, Portugal converted from the escudo to the Euro, tying the country more […]

Nespresso and the definition of greenwashing

Posted by TheShot on 31 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Home Brew

How ironic that an organization called GreeNow is now affiliated with a product line, Nespresso, that has defined a consumer lifestyle centered around maximum environmental and manufacturing waste by individually wrapping every single serving of coffee that they sell: GreeNow Powers New York Launch of New Nespresso CitiZ Machine. Nespresso calls it “highest-quality premium portioned […]

Unclear On The Concept: Specialty coffees become the new wine

Posted by TheShot on 17 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

In the “unclear on the concept” department, this weekend’s Toronto Star published an article that, in its opening paragraph, mentioned “coffee’s elevated status as the new wine.” However, it then proceeded to discuss coffee-pod-based home espresso machines in the same context: TheStar.com | living | Specialty coffees become the new wine. This is as incongruous […]

The Home Espresso Machine Blues: Rating today’s state of consumer espresso machines

Posted by TheShot on 28 May 2007 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

I’ve written both here and elsewhere on how the state of home espresso has both improved and become worse at the same time. While home espresso is mostly out of the Krups Dark Ages, its future is uncertain: super-expensive, super-disappointing super-automatics are now de rigeur for high-end home kitchen designs as a new format, coffee […]

Consumer Delusion: ConsumerReports.org’s buyer’s guide to espresso makers

Posted by TheShot on 20 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine

Consumer Reports published a home buyer’s guide to espresso makers this month: ConsumerReports.org – Buyer’s guide to espresso makers 3/07. As with a lot of things in Consumer Reports, they often lack sufficient knowledge or background to offer educated opinions beyond winging it with what’s on the surface. (Well, beyond that and Consumers Union‘s usual […]

Upscale Coffee Makers Drive Segment But Overall It’s Flat

Posted by TheShot on 19 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Home Brew, Machine

Coffee pods are a fad that is on life support at the value end (i.e., for machines under $100). However, home sales of high-end coffee pod makers are up significantly: MediaPost Publications – Upscale Coffee Makers Drive Segment But Overall It’s Flat – 03/19/2007. As I discovered in Lisbon’s fashionable Chiado district last year, an […]

Home Equipment: Getting Serious About Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 03 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine, Roasting

Today’s Edmonton Journal published a primer on the more sophisticated home espresso setup: Getting Serious About Coffee. In other words, what do you do when your $100 home Krups machine isn’t cutting it — because the espresso it produces belongs in the same landfill where your machine will deservedly rot its final days? There’s an […]

Users, vendors not fans of coffee pods

Posted by TheShot on 11 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

According to an article in today’s Frederick (MD) News-Post, the coffee pod revolution isn’t exactly winning over fans en masse just yet: Users, vendors not fans of coffee pods – The Frederick News-Post. Citing a recent NPD Group report, the article notes that beyond single-serving convenience, pods don’t exactly represent a step forward in the […]

Coca-Cola’s next ‘real thing’

Posted by TheShot on 02 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Restaurant Coffee

So Coca-Cola finally revealed some of what they’ve been up to with their recent patent frenzy (as reported here in January): Coca-Cola’s next ‘real thing’: lattes – Sep. 1, 2006. Next Wednesday in Toronto, Coca-Cola plans to formally announce their foray into “premium” brewed tea and coffee. The brand is called Far Coast (the corresponding […]

Wall Street Journal Notes Growth In Coffee Pod Sales

Posted by TheShot on 20 Jul 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Home Brew, Machine, Restaurant Coffee

An article published in yesterday’s The Wall Street Journal noted the growth of coffee pod use in the U.S. for both office and home: Wall Street Journal Notes Growth In Coffee Pod Sales @ Vending Market Watch News at AMonline.com. Customized and convenient, coffee pods have been pushed by the industry as an alternative to […]

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