Brew classier with Nespresso's VertuoLine

Nestle's Nespresso brand is known for its espresso-centric line of at-home brewers. In an attempt to appeal to folks who also like coffee, it recently launched VertuoLine, Nespresso's very first single cup espresso and coffee maker. Nespresso is targeting premium brew fans with its proprietary selection of barcoded "Grand Cru" coffee and espresso pods. At $299, VertuoLine machines aren't cheap, but they do offer superior design and usability, and Nespresso's signature crema layer that makes your daily dose of caffeine feel a bit more gourmet. Overall, though, this machine didn't yield significantly better … Read more

The 404 1,439: Where Satoshi Nakamoto is Satoshi Nakamoto (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- A man actually named Satoshi Nakamoto is most likely the founder of Bitcoin.

- Up Coffee is Jawbone's solution for America's caffein addiction.

- This couple broadcasts all their fights on Twitter.

- Your iPhone can now wake you up with the smell of bacon.… Read more

Keurig 2.0 brews up DRM to freeze out copycat cups

In an effort to reclaim control over the single-serve coffee market, Keurig parent company Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' new generation of "Keurig 2.0" brewers will include interactive readers programmed to work only with Keurig-licensed K-Cups. The company confirmed the news in a recent earnings call, as reported by Techdirt. The new brewers are due out in stores later this year.

The move comes at a time when Keurig's grip on the booming single-serve coffee market might be slipping. The company's original K-Cup patent expired at the end of 2012, and not surprisingly, bargain-priced competitor cups … Read more

Hamilton Beach Java Blend Coffee Brewer sums blender and brewer

A fine dance gets orchestrated by baristas every day. It even has a musical accompaniment in the form of grinders grinding and blenders blending. These are the industrial sounds that fuel our modern civilization. Without sounds such as these driving us forward, there is a good chance nobody would get out of bed. The lure of coffee, however, is too strong to ignore and we march collectively forward, eager to face the day, blended coffee drink in hand. And now, that elegant daily ritual can live right on the kitchen counter.

Get a jump on the day with the Hamilton Beach 40918 Java Blend Coffee Brewer ($79.99).Read more

Hamilton Beach puts a spin on the French press

Technology has had a major impact on the goings-on in the kitchen. However, there are still some things that are hard to improve upon (at least from a preparation perspective). Take French press coffee for example. The simple preparation of steeping ground coffee in hot water produces results that are well respected for a reason: it just works.

Now, that's not to say an automatic plunger and integrated timer that tweets wouldn't improve the device, but for the most part, French press coffee makers are manual creations that do a really good job at what they do. But … Read more

Review: Coffitivity

Coffitivity loops coffee shop sounds to help those who work better with background noise.


Minimally invasive: Coffitivity resides in the upper menu bar and stays out of your way.

Volume control: Coffitivity's noise level can be controlled separately from your Mac's main system volume, so it doesn't underwhelm or overpower concurrently playing sounds.


Lack of music: It would be nice to have more variations, such as background music or cafe ambience from different regions of the world.

Bottom Line

Coffitivity's only purpose is to create ambient coffee shop sound, and it delivers. If you … Read more

Samsung puts Galaxy tablets in Illy coffee shops

Samsung has formed a strategic alliance with coffee-company Illy, in a deal that will see the South Korean tech giant's tablet technology on display in Illy coffee shops.

The deal, announced Monday, means that some Illy shops will feature Samsung demonstration booths where you can toy with tablets such as the Galaxy Note 10.1. Samsung has also vowed to provide slightly-eerie-sounding 'Samsung Angels' to tutor customers through the gadgets' features.

Putting tablets in coffee shops sounds like a smart idea, especially for tasks like ordering drinks. The tablets I tried at Samsung and Illy's London event were … Read more

Virtual women lure men to Japan's vending machines

TOKYO -- Drinking coffee in Japan is a particularly sad enterprise.

Much coffee here comes in the form of cans dispensed from 5.5 million vending machines nationwide. And many of those machines have Tommy Lee Jones' sour-looking face plastered on them.

The long-eared thespian may be laughing his way to the bank, but now Coca-Cola ad hacks seem to be laughing cynically at the average Japanese male working stiff. They believe he'll buy more joe if virtual women send out text messages from vending machines. … Read more

With a twist, Immerset looks to change pour-over coffee

Small things can make a big difference. Obviously this is true with coffee. The little bean transforms easily into a robust popular beverage that shows no sign of slowing down. If anything, coffee is gaining steam; new ways to brew the dark elixir of life seem to sprout up every day. Sometimes, like coffee itself, all it takes is a little change to make a big difference.

The Immerset Kickstarter campaign takes two traditional methods for brewing coffee and gives them a twist. Literally. A small, helical valve is the secret to what inventor Chic Kelty thinks will make a … Read more

Bonaverde goes from farmer to coffee cup with a press of a button

There are a lot of choices when it comes to coffee, from the roast to the grind to how much of what to put in it. But before any decisions regarding cream and sugar are to be made, there is first the matter of deciding which type of coffee to get. And before that, there is the consideration of where the coffee comes from in the first place. Tying it all together in one countertop appliance is Bonaverde.

Billing itself as the "world's first roast-grind-brew coffee machine," the overachieving coffee maker can not only grind and brew … Read more