March 29, 2011

Starbucks Plans New Single Serve Brewer in 2012


Starbucks is laying out plans for a new single serve brewer in 2012 as a follow-up to the announcement that they are moving into the K-Cup product format.

Claiming that they are expecting a billion dollars a year out of the K-Cup franchise, the coffee maker has big plans for their grocery channel future. no word on the format - pressure brewed like a Nespresso or a low pressure brew like the K-cup format. My hunch is both; why not?

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March 24, 2011

Review: Nespresso Pixie Espresso Brewer - Small Magic


The Nespresso Pixie has launched, at least in Williams-Sonoma stores here in the US, and is about to launch nationally through the Nespresso online store. The Pixie, first confirmed here back in January, is the smallest Nespresso Capsule brewer in the Nespresso line-up. While smallest can often mean terrible shortcuts and limited functionality, the Pixie is a pretty good little package that gives users the same high quality experience that other Nespresso machines offer. Are there drawbacks? Yes, but on balance the Nespresso Pixie gives you a remarkably well designed espresso brewer that will take up but a small fraction of your countertop cranking out espresso after espresso.

The top of the Nespresso Pixie - the brewhead slides forward so you can insert the capsule.

Note: I wanted to get this up as soon as I could. I will continue to add some further thoughts and pictures in the coming days - Scott

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March 23, 2011

Review: Outpresso the Nespresso Capsule Recycler


Outpresso is a compact device that separates the coffee from the aluminum in Nespresso coffee capsules, making it feasible to put the spent aluminum capsules in the recycling bin. I first wrote about Outpresso a few years ago but wasn't until this year that they were available to ship from a US address; making the process easier and faster. Not sure about you, but I have had mixed results ordering things from overseas and getting them here in a timely manner.

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March 3, 2011

Nespresso Pixie Launched in US; Sneak Peek at the Nespresso Launch Site

Yea, I know we've talked a lot about the Nespresso Pixie, but judging from the emails I have gotten, people can't wait for it to hit the US market and try it out for themselves. The Nespresso Pixie has launched exclusively at Williams and Sonoma in the US, just this afternoon, giving the US access to the newest smallest Nespresso machine. I will have a Nespresso Pixie in for Review in the coming days.

The new espresso brewer is an ultra compact espresso maker that brews one cup at a time using the array of Nespresso capsules. The Nespresso Pixie has a powerful thermoblock heater that heats in 25-30 seconds, and then brews a quick shot of espresso or lungo. For reference it's about as high as eight capsules stacked on top of each other, about as deep as a sleeve of capsules, and about as wide as a teaspoon according to Nespresso; that's 12 3/4" x 4 3/4" x 9 3/4" high for the rest of us.

The 19-bar pump is at the heart of the Pixie brewer with the convenience capsule brewing. The Reservoir is on the smallish side, at about 24 ounces, but still enough to handle a week's worth of espressos. The Pixie has a light that will shine when the unit is getting low on water; you'll know when to re-fill. The spent capsule bin rounds out the brewing process, lift the lever and the spent capsules drop through; it holds about 10 capsules.

Also offers a flip up cup tray, two programmable buttons for different brew sizes, and a nice auto shut off function that puts the Pixie into energy saving standby mode.

The Nespresso Pixie comes in 6 colors: Electric Steel Blue; Electric Lime; Electric Aluminum; Electric Indigo; Electric Red; Electric Titan

Sneak Peek - Nespresso Site

If you want a sneak peek at what the Nespresso Club site will look like when the Nespresso Pixie is launched, check out the UK Nespresso Site for a view. It's a pretty impressive look at the marketing: "Pixie: Fast, Intuitive, Cool, Ergonomic, and Energy Efficient."

At Williams Sonoma, the Nespresso Pixie for $249 (We guessed the Nespresso Pixie price would range from $200 to $259), with Free Shipping. It's a pre-sale now, with an online sale date of 3/17 and an in-store date of 3/22.

Thanks to all those readers who wrote in tonight.

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