One cup, many views
My faithful readers (that would be my kids, my husband and Bill Chow, who helps run the bench on my son’s hockey team and may just be my biggest fan), know how I feel about one-cup coffee makers. I think the plastic pods are wasteful (yes, yes, I know you can recycle some of them, but really, reduce comes before recycle, remember?), that they make dreadful tea** and that the beverage doesn’t stay hot for as long as conventional coffee makers. Which is why, btw, I sometimes heat the milk and or the cup when I test single serve makers.
The hordes, however, appear not to be with me on this one, as one-cup coffee makers, last time I checked, were the fastest growing segment of the coffee appliance category. I have to admit too, that when the Man of the House (MOTH) took the pretty little Tassimo we tested to the staff room at his school, it was a smash hit. Teachers loved having fresh, hot coffee without a trip off the grounds, and MOTH said many were delighted by the discs that gave them a “latte”.
In fairness, I must also add that there are now companies
selling compostable single-serve coffee. Take Oakville-based Reunion Island. It boasts other sustainable practices — harvesting only from farms certified as green and fair, investing in local economic development in countries like Nicaragua and Tanzania, and partnering with organizations like Coffee Kids. Coffee is roasted at a local facility powered entirely by renewable Bullfrog Power. They also have some great recipes for cooking with coffee — Espresso Bourbon Caramel Sauce, anyone?
Reunion Island has teamed with Bunn, whose first made-for-home coffee maker works with pods. You can buy both the coffee and the maker at the website. That sounds a lot better. But I’m still not drinking the tea.
So it’s not news that lots of folks like these one-cups. What is news is that it manufacturers are now trying to differentiate themselves by creating signature blends — sometimes in partnership with brands with lots of heft.
for example, is promoting exclusive Tim Horton’s coffee disks. They’ve
also launched a sweet holiday contest — inviting Canadians to nominate a “Tim”
(or Tina, or Tom or Uncle Ted) they would like to reunite with for the holidays.
Nice. Check it out on Facebook
has a sexy new machine, called the U, which
has a lovely, tiny footprint and is super-easy to use. As per usual, it’s small
and cute, but my complaints still stand (see above). New flavours from
Nespresso include Hawaii Kona, which is grown on the side of volcanoes on
Hawaii. In coffee geek terms, it’s fruity, subtle, nutty and silky. I’m not
generally a fan of flavoured coffees, but I do make the odd exception –
especially at this time of year, when I might mix it with hot chocolate for a sweet
treat. So I did enjoy Nespresso's naturally flavoured Coconut, Hazelnut
and Macadamia nut. Very nicely flavoured.
Speaking of sexy, Nespresso just nabbed Penelope Cruz as the face of its marketing campaign in North America. Watch for her in an ad campaign that launches nationally in Canada on Dec. 3rd.
** If you love tea, you need to visit the House of Tea, preferably in person. If that won’t work, check it out online