REVIEW: Senseo Single Serve Coffee Machine

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 The Senseo  Single Serve Coffee Machine is a single-serve coffee maker that uses pre-measured coffee pods to create cups of coffee. This is one popular machine due mostly to it’s ease of use but also because it produces a nice cup of coffee with a frothy top layer.

To use you simply fill with water and then add the coffee pods. Then you just turn the machine on and select whether you want a one cup or two cups. One cup is equivalent to 4 ounces. If you want a larger cup of coffee then you can just use the two cup option but this will require two pods which will increase your costs.

The water reservoir holds 20 ounces of water so there is enough for up to five 4 ounce cups of coffee.

This would be a great appliance in an office. RV or anywhere where space is limited.

What We Like

  • The removable parts are dishwasher safe.
  • It brews in under 60 seconds.
  • It has an automatic shut off after an hour.

What We Don’t Like

  • Although this coffee machine has been designed to take Senseo coffee pods a good number of reviewers weren’t very happy with the taste of the coffee. Many purchased other pod brands and were much happier.

Want to Read More Reviews?

You can read more reviews for the Senseo Single Serve Coffee Machine at Amazon and Cooking.com

WHERE CAN I GET THE BEST PRICE?

We found the best price at Amazon

iGourmet – Gift Basket – South of the Border With Chimmi Churri Sauce

igourmet-gift-basket-south-of-the-borderigourmet have a great selection of gift baskets.

Send an iGourmet South Of The Border Gift Basket to a friend or buy one for yourself to enjoy tasty foods from Latin America.

The iGourmet South of the Border Gift Basket includes a diverse range of samples of the finest food items from South America.

Chimmi-Churri and Dulce De Leche are both staples in their native Argentina and are quickly gaining popularity in the US.

Chimmi- Churri

Use Chimmi Churri to brush onto steak to achieve the taste of Argentina. iGourmet’s Gaucho Green Chimmi-Churri sauce is made from barrel-aged cider, red wine vinegars, fresh parsley and cilantro, virgin olive oils, hot peppers, worcestershire sauce, garlic, lemon, honey, soy sauce, teas, herbs and spices. Don’t just confine its use to steak though, it is equally delicious on roasts, vegetables and you can even use it as a dipping sauce.

Dulce De Leche

Dulce de leche literally means  ”Sweet or Candy of Milk” and it is a rich sweet caramel sauce made from reduced milk and sugar. You can spread this caramel dessert topping on warm bread, use it in baked goods and cakes, or simply enjoy a bowl of Dulce de Leche with ice cream.

There are the three cheeses in the South of the Border gift basket. Argentine Reggianito, Costa Rican Irazu and Uruguayan Pachina.

And of course, no basket with goodies from South America would be complete without some of coffee. This gift basket includes Kobricks El Mundo Nuevo, a blend of Colombian, Costa Rican and Guatemalan coffee beans.

Buen provecho! – Enjoy!

If any of the items are out of stock at the time of purchase, they will be replaced with items of the same quality and value.

Bodum 3-pc. Chambord Coffee Press Gift Set

bodum-chambord-coffee-press-gift-setNow here’s a great gift for your coffee loving friend for xmas. This set is available until 31 December 2008. (or for as long as supplies last)

Not only does this gift set include the 34oz Chambord press but you also get two  beautifully crafted 12 oz  Pavina double walled  highball glasses. These glasses won the European iF Design Award and you can see why.  The double wall helps to keep your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold.

And I love how the drink just seems to float inside the layer of clear glass.

These glasses are mouth blown.  Now thats an art. Paula and I went to visit a glass making factory in Murano, Venice, Italy and actually watched the glass blowers making horses and animals from glass. I have great admiration for anyone who can take a raw product and turn it into something beautiful and/or functional.

The Bodum Chambord  coffee press is big enough to make coffee for 4 people and it is so easy to use.  Simply add your favourite coffee grounds and fill with boiling water, then push the plunger down firmly against the grounds.  In just a couple of minutes you can sit down  and relax with a cup of piping hot coffee.

What do we like about the Bodum Chambord Coffee Press:

  • Well it has a nice durable glass carafe
  • The lid and holder are polished stainless steel
  • There is a wide black handle that ensures you don’t burn your fingers when you pick it up
  • The handle and the knob on the lid are both stay cool. 

What we don’t like:
Well by now our readers will be aware that we are not fans of handwashing.

  • The carafe must be hand washed.
  • The glasses however are dishwasher safe.

Where Can I Buy the Bodum 3-pc. Chambord Coffee Press Gift Set?
Cooking.com

Review: Starbucks Barista Aroma Solo Monique Coffee Maker

starbucks-barista-aroma-solo-monique-coffee-makerThe Starbucks Barista Aroma Solo Monique Coffee Maker is a neat idea. Just brew up your coffee in the tumbler and then take it with you.

This is perfect for those on the go but it will also work well if you are single or are the only coffee drinker in your home.

The tumbler itself takes up to 16 fl oz (473ml) and keeps coffee hot for up to 2 hours.

What We Like

  • It has a 24 hour pre-programmable function which means you can set your coffee maker to have your coffee ready for you when you wake up in the morning.
  • When the brew is ready an alarm will go off and the timer will display a count down of the time since the coffee was brewed.

What We Don’t Like

  • The tumbler has to be fitted in the right spot before it will start brewing.
  • The tumbler is not dishwasher safe.

Want to Read More Reviews?

You can read more reviews for the Starbucks Barista Solo Coffee Maker at Cooking.com

WHERE CAN I GET THE BEST PRICE?

We found the best price at Cooking.com

IQ Innovations Fine T – Gourmet Tea Machine

Fine T Gourmet Tea machineWe all know how many coffee lovers drag themselves out of bed to make their way to the coffee machine for their early morning caffine kickstart to the day. Most home coffee making machines are pre programable so the coffee is perking away nicely first thing in the morning.

Well now tea lovers can enjoy the same benefits with the IQ Innovations  Fine T 4-Cup Gourmet Tea Machine.

Now gourmet tea drinkers know the benefits of brewing their tea just right. They know that you don’t use boiling water for some teas because it destroys the benefits. Well,  the Fine T Machine gives you full control over you tea making process.

You can select the right water temperature and also customize the steep time for all your favorite types of tea. So now you can wake up in the morning to a freshly brewed cup of tea, at just the right temperature and taste.

BUY NOW or read what others are saying at Amazon.com

Features of the Fine T Gourmet Tea Machine:

* There are seven settings available to brew all types of gourmet teas
*  A heated infusion chamber that ensures perfect temperature results
*  The machine has a 24-hour programmable timed starter
*  A comprehensive cleaning program
*  You can makes 4 cups of tea
* There is a 2 year Warranty
* The tea is not included with the machine. But here is a nice selection for you to consider