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Unboxing Live 145: Nespresso VertuoLine

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Household, Videocasts

In this episode we open up the Nespresso VertuoLine single-serve coffeemaker. This is the latest innovation from Nespresso, which features new bar code technology that tells the coffeemaker how quick to brew the coffee and at what temperature, depending on the flavor chosen. We open it up in this episode and give you a look at the appliance.

Here are the Nespresso VertuoLine features:

  • Fully automatic machine uses a revolutionary new brewing technology for traditional Italian espresso beverages and classic American coffee.
  • Advanced, ultra-quiet Centrifusion technology relies on centrifugal force to gently and precisely brew coffee and espresso -- both topped with a natural amber crema for the deepest, most complex flavor and richest aroma.
  • Computerized scanning system reads the bar code on your Nespresso VertuoLine capsule, ensuring precision blend-specific brewing for your desired beverage.
  • Works exclusively with Nespresso's new premium VertuoLine capsules (12 are included -- eight coffee and four espresso).
  • Brews one or two cups of coffee (7.77 oz.) or espresso (1.35 oz.), all with one-touch convenience.
  • Machine heats up quickly, reaching optimal brewing temperatures in 15-20 seconds.
  • Adjustable tray accommodates cups of various sizes (from small cups to travel mugs).
  • Used capsules are automatically ejected and collected in a built-in container.
  • Energy-saving function turns the machine off automatically after 9 minutes of inactivity.
  • Descaling alert lets you know when it's time to descale your machine.

Pick up your own Nespresso VertuoLine on Amazon!

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Starbucks app to get Passbook support later this month

Starbucks Passbook app

For those coffee aficionados out there that have updated to iOS 6, or purchased the new iPhone 5, have I got good news for you! Wondering if your favorite place for a cup of Joe is Passbook ready? Rest assured. Starbucks has tweeted that Passbook support will be ready by the end of the month. Salute!

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Hammacher Schlemmer offers first voice-activated coffee maker

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Household

Hammacher Schlemmer offers first voice-activated coffee machine

Famous gadget distributor Hammacher Schlemmer is offering something for the “coffee achievers” (or baby boomers?) with the world’s first voice-automated coffee maker.

This is the first voice-interactive coffee maker that asks, “Would you like to set the clock or set the coffee brewing time?” and operates in response to your verbal commands. Simply saying, “Set the coffee brewing time,” or “Set the clock,” will prompt the machine to reply, “Please say the time, including AM or PM.” It uses an advanced voice recognition system to identify any time of day you speak, eliminating the hassle of fussing with buttons.

That’s right, no more fooling around with buttons or other confusing controls.  The coffee maker is capable of 10 cups a time, and you can remove the carafe during a brewing to pour yourself that cup of joe.  You can pick this one up for $99.95.

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CoffeeCompany Curbs WiFi Freeloaders

CoffeeCompany Screen

We suspect there are a lot of people who hit up their local Starbucks to take advantage of the free WiFi and sip the same cup for hours. The Holland based CoffeeCompany has come up with an idea to curb the practice. They change the name of their network with such passwords as “HaveYouTriedCoffeeCake?,” “BuyAnotherCupYouCheapskate” and “BuyaLargeLatteGetBrownieForFree.” While the message is comical and subliminal, the guilt factor must be worth the effort.

 

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Machine Analyzes Coffee

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Misc. Tech, Science

Cup of CoffeeResearchers have devised a machine that can analyze the flavor of coffee. With a built-in electronic taster, it can determine more than 1,000 substances that go into java’s aroma by studying its gases. So far the scientists feel that it can assess espresso as well as its human counterpart. Switzerland’s Christian Lindinger and his team will report their findings in the March issue of Analytical Chemistry. We can’t wait until they place one into a Denny’s and tell them that the coffee they use in pre-packaged containers are probably double the amount of grounds that they need.

Read More | Live Science

Handpresso, For Caffeine on the Move

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Misc. Tech

Handpresso

Need a pick-me-up midday? The Handpresso makes you that extra cuppa espresso without the aid of electricity as the gadget works by high-pressure extraction. Pump it up, then grab a pod (also available from the company) and hot water, and whip up that caffeine high in a couple of minutes indoors or out. At a size of only 22 x 10 x 7 cm, the gadget will set you back 99,00 €, (~$193.00.) We weren’t sure it would work either but their video convinced us. Check it out.

 

Read More | Handpresso Product Page

Things we need: Saeco Etienne Louis Espresso Machine

Posted by Sparky Categories: Design, Household

Saeco Etienne Louis Espresso Machine

Looking like a mix between an old school water mine and a sports implement from a science fiction movie, the Saeco Etienne Louis Espresso Machine leaves both coffee lovers and industrial designers alike weak at the knees. Constructed of polished aluminum this glorious gadget provides a caffeine-slinging presencein your kitchen that few appliances can. While this product is not yet showing up on Saeco’s website expect it soon, followed by a virtual mob of buyers looking to scoop up their own copy of this truly unique piece of functional art.

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Starbucks Caters at Home with Sirena

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Misc. Tech

SirenaNeed your Starbuck’s fix every morning despite the cost? Their Sirena can make you an espresso in the comfort of your own kitchen. At 15-inches tall, it features a back-pressure adaptor that will automatically adjust to the coffee’s grind and a portafilter. The Sirena works with a simple one-touch button and has an LED water tank indicator light. If the highly caffeinated cup of java doesn’t get you motivated enough, the $599.99 price tag certainly should do the trick.

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Drink Free Coffee, Make a Commercial, Aid the Homeless

Folger Commercial Entrant

While we were doing research on women who have better memory retention by drinking coffee, we noticed that Folgers is willing to help you age with more awareness with a free sample. We call that great timing. They also invite you to make your own commercial on their site, and they will donate $1.00 to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (up to $150,000) each time you create one or vote for others’. We figure that you will get such a rush from the caffeine in their gourmet coffee that your creativity will kick into maximum mode.

 

Read More | Folgers

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