January 10, 2006

Jura-Capresso Impressa S9 Automatic Coffee Center

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Truly a kitchen contraption if we ever saw one, the Jura-Capresso S9 is in a class of its own. It will grind, tamp, brew and clean in under 60 second with a push of a button. We've had the pleasure and we do mean pleasure of using one of these machines to review last year and it was astounding how good the coffee could be.

With its 96-ounce capacity, two stainless steel lined thermoblock heating systems, a traditional frother and the automatic frothXpress Plus system it produces coffees, espressos and unlimited amounts of hot frothed and steamed milk for cappuccinos and lattes with no down time.

A separate hot water spout for tea, a separate ground coffee funnel and a stainless steel warming tray on top make this a complete hot beverage center.

At Jura-Capresso 13215 Impressa S9 Avantgarde Automatic Coffee Center

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December 9, 2005

Rowenta Morrison All in One Coffee Maker

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The Morrison all in one coffee maker in a design we really like. It looks like you're putting the coffee into some giant sugar cube and surely good coffee will result. We like the stainless steel with the stark white and charcoal grey elements. We've never seen a Rowenta coffee maker in person, but we're going to see one out this weekend just to see it in person. Amazing.

At Fitzsu.com

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November 29, 2005

Cocoa Latte Maker

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Whipping up a nice hot latte can be a pain - but imagine having an appliance where you can make them with ease.

Similar in look and feel to a smoothie maker, this convenient appliance automatically heats, mixes, and whips instant cocoas, cappuccinos, and lattes into delicious hot frothy cafe-style beverages. The unit provides a simple on/off switch, a specially designed mixing paddle, and a high-speed motor that quickly and thoroughly mixes and froths to perfection. Faster than heating beverages in a microwave, the appliance heats drinks to an ideal 180-degree temperature. Its 32-ounce container features measuring marks and a convenient dispenser for neat, easy pouring. Ideal for warm steamy mug on a cool morning or for serving decadent after-dinner coffee or cocoa drinks to guests, the two-piece unit is simple to use and easy to clean. A recipe booklet is included to offer ideas for creating gourmet hot beverages from scratch. The drink mixer measures 10-3/4 by 9-1/2 by 7-1/4 inches and carries a 90-day warranty.

At Back to Basics

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November 22, 2005

PRESS-BOT Coffee Press for Nalgene Water Bottles


PRESS-BOT is the first coffee press designed to fit inside a Nalgene® water bottle. Gone are the days of carrying a separate container for brewing your coffee or tea. PRESS-BOT allows you to use your water bottle as a coffee pot and make a quality cup of joe no matter where you are! Great for making coffee or loose leaf tea at home or in the backcountry, PRESS-BOT is a must have product for the on the go coffee aficionado. PRESS-BOT is design to work with a wide mouth, straight walled water bottle, such as those manufactured by Nalgene®.

At PRESS-BOT Via Gizmodo

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November 16, 2005

Thermal Brew Coffee Maker

P0003970B We've seen this in the Black & Decker VB100 Vacuum Brew but we have yet to try this with a more classic vacuum brewer. It's interesting to note the process of making coffee this way has been a fixture in Japanese and Scandinavian homes for over 40 years.

"Upside-down" vacuum brewing separates coffee from grounds for clean, exquisite taste. The coffee maker works like this: water is held in the lower portion of the coffee pot and the coffee grounds are placed in the upper pot. When the water begins to boil, the vacuum process causes it to rise up through the tube to mix with the coffee grounds. The newly brewed coffee runs back down to the lower pot ready-to-serve, while the grounds stay in the upper pot. Makes 5 cups.

At Thermal Brew Coffee Maker

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November 15, 2005

simplehuman Single Cup Coffee Pod Brewer

P-Coffee-Pod-Brewer-1 simplehuman has just announced their new single serve coffee brewer. The new simplehuman brewer features a 42 oz. water tank, brews 5 oz or 8 oz cups of coffee, and fits all standard-size pods (we're thinking 62 mm - Senseo sized pods). The simplehuman single cup pod brewer also comes with two pod holders - one for coffee and one for tea. The brewer is priced at $129.99 and FREE shipping is included.

simplehuman has also partnered with Molto coffee to create a new line of coffee and tea pods. Each pod comes individually wrapped to preserve the coffee freshness. Coffee and Tea pods are packed in a sleeve box and priced at $5.99 for 14 pods.

The following coffees and teas are available now:

  • Costa Rican French Roast (dark)
  • Sumatra Mandheling (medium)
  • Breakfast Blend (light)
  • French Vanilla (flavored)
  • Decaf Columbian Earl Grey (tea)

If the quality of their other kitchen items is any indication, we're pretty confident simplehuman should get it right. We've reviewed several of their kitchen products and have found them all to be very well designed and of high quality.

At simplehuman Single Cup Pod Brewer and Amazon.com

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November 9, 2005

Ready! Set! Joe!

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For those on the go - get Joe! This super cool purple coffee wonder from Melitta can make great coffee if you know the patented Melitta hot water over grounds pour.

For clean, clear, flavorful brew in about 4 minutes, the manual drip can't be beat. Near-boiling water is poured in a circular motion over grounds in a cone style filter-this creates turbulence, evenly soaking and distributing the grounds. Coffee then drips through a paper filter that traps sediment and oils.

At Melitta 64081 Ready Set Joe Travel Mug Coffeemaker, Purple" (Melitta)

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November 8, 2005

Aerolatte French Press Travel Mug

We have been scouring the web for more travel mug options. Though we love our single serve coffee, a nice french pressed cup of coffee is always a welcome treat. We think the Aerolatte could be a welcome addition to the Kitchen Contraptions arsenal of travel mugs.

The Aerolatte Travel coffee press performs several functions at the same time. First, it brews coffee with a simple plunger action like a French press. Secondly, it has a tight-fitting lid with a no-spill drinking aperture for taking coffee on the road. Lastly, its insulated walls act like a thermos to keep coffee hot.

The Aerolatte Travel coffee press is made from brushed stainless steel with a sturdy foot, lid, and handle. Its double-thick walls are insulated to keep coffee hot with a swiveling lid cover that opens for sipping and also helps conserve heat. A rubber seal around the edge of the plunger screen keeps sediment out of coffee. When not in use, the plunger handle lies almost flush to the lid.

At Aerolatte To Go Mug French Press

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Coffee To Go from Melitta

Enjoy a brew for two with this Melitta Dual Thermal Mug Coffeemaker. And you can take your java on the road instantly as coffee brews directly into the two 14 oz. stainless steel travel mugs. Coffeemaker is plastic and stainless steel and includes automatic shut-off. Mugs have rubber non-slip grips and are dishwasher safe. We are currently using two Green Mountain mugs for our travels and the Keurig B60, but this little gem might be a nice gift for my brother who likes a nice cup of joe on the go.

At Melitta

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November 4, 2005

V'spresso Espresso Machine


Want to brew two cups in tandem? What to immediatly froth after brewing? Look no further than the V'spresso Espresso Machine (note not coffee or espresso maker - BUT MACHINE!!!) from Saeco. We've reviewed several of the super automatics over the years but this one looks like a monster. A giant espresso making factory of caffeine goodness. I just hope it doesn't trip the circuit breaker in the Kitchen Contraptions test kitchen.

Whether everyone in your family drinks coffee the same way or even if you drink regular coffee while your spouse prefers cappuccino, the V'spresso Automatic Espresso Machine will brew whatever you want without measuring or cleaning numerous scattered parts. With a solid stainless steel housing and an amber digital display, the V'spresso Automatic Espresso Machine offers advanced technology that simplifies coffee making. The unit's Rapid-Steam® technology allows you to froth immediately after brewing, without the additional waiting time common to many home brewers. The V'spresso Automatic Espresso Machine even has an adjustable conical burr grinder with 19 grind settings that makes the perfect grind for gourmet coffee.

At V'spresso Espresso Machine

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