Nestle announced the BabyNes machine for sale in Switzerland that is a reapplication of single serve coffee technology to make infant formula. The BabyNes promises to make baby formula from single serve capsules, right into the bottle at the perfect temperature. The line of 6 capsules offer a customized nutritional profile for each stage of the baby's development. The BabyNes costs about $285 while the capsules cost about $2 each bottle (fill size ranges from about 3 oz to 8 oz depending on the capsule).
So I know that this is pretty far afield from espresso, but the reapplication of the Nespresso machine to Tea with the Special-T capsule-based tea brewing machine, and now this makes me think that someone at Nestle HQ is searching for the next Nespresso-like mega-success.
If you are in the market for a new espresso brewer, Illy is hoping that you take a look at this new brewer from Mitaca, the Mitaca Pod 1, available exclusively from Illy. The small machine offers some pretty big machine features - full 18 bars of brewing pressure, a 50+ ounce reservoir, steam wand, and automatic ESE Pod ejection.
The price is $395, and comes with a free set of ESE Pods as well as two Illy cups. If you want to sign up for automatic home delivery of coffee from illy, you can get the machine for $125 with a 12 month commitment to the one per 4 week shipment of Illy Pods.
Nespresso announced that they are building a new commercial size espresso machine to help restaurants and cafes serve their brand of capsule-based espresso. The new commercial machine is automated giving easy and quick access to high quality drinks in high volumes. From the picture you can see that this thing is big, and pretty much the anti-Pixie in size.
The machine is connected through a SIM card to Nespresso, allowing them to help with diagnostics, maintenance and repair. I would imagine they also peer into consumption data and report on that too.
The lessons that they learn on energy savings on the consumer side (The Pixie automatically shuts off after about 9 minutes), they are applying here. THe Nespresso Aguila will go into a low energy state after 30 minutes of non-use and an even deeper sleep mode after a protracted time.
According to a report today, Nespresso has indicated that prices will be going up on their coffees, by about 6%. That's not much compared to the fact that coffee is near all time highs these days for green beans, but probably represents the fact that coffee is a small component in the overall cost structure of the Nespresso capsules delivered to your local store or to your doorstep.
That would mean that regular capsules would go up to about $5.80 per box from $5.50, and the single origins going up to about $6.60 from $6.20 per box.
Saw this and had to pass it along; the Atlantic posted a story on disposable coffee cup lids, detailing the history and evolution of them across the last few decades. According to them, the US goes through a BILLION and a half disposable lids a year; yes, that's billion with a "B". Potentially only a mouse trap has been re-engineered more times than the coffee cup lid, to reduce splashes, allow through the lid sipping, offer better fits, and on and on.
Nespresso has rolled out a promotion - just in time for Mother's Day, that offers a $50 Nespresso Credit at the Nespresso Club when you buy a machine priced $249 and over. That's a lot of capsules, or even a few accessories to enjoy the new machine with.
That promotion is squarely targeted at the Nespresso Pixie, and should help take the bite out of enjoying your new machine. The offer is valid between now and June 19th, 2011.