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Keurig 2.0 pod DRM will lock out unofficial coffee pods

Keurig 2.0 pod DRM will lock out unofficial coffee pods

Pod coffee maker Keurig is clamping down on unofficial suppliers for its single-serve machines, confirming that it will be using DRM in its new range - dubbed "Keurig 2.0" - to prevent brewers from working with unlicensed pods. The move is reminiscent of printer ink, many of the cartridges for which have long included a chip that prevents unofficial refills from being installed. In fact, the argument Keurig gives is much the same as that of Epson, HP, and others.

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As coffee brewing methods go, this one’s super-geeky

As coffee brewing methods go, this one’s super-geeky

Coffee can be super-geeky when you want it to be. Not everyone is content with Nespresso or Keurig, but while drip methods can be simple and still deliver far greater results, winning awards for your brewing takes a little extra work. 2014 North East Brewers Cup champion Todd Carmichael has one such method, snatching first prize with a convoluted but fun double-filtering system that's likely to prove divisive for coffee enthusiasts. Check out the video after the cut.

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Bunn Trifecta MB Coffee Machine Review

Bunn Trifecta MB Coffee Machine Review

Coffee. Delicious, wonderful coffee. Some of us are fueled by it throughout the day; to others it's an occasional treat first thing in the morning or straight after dinner. There's no one "right" way to brew it, and traditional methods like espresso, drip, and French press sit alongside newer upstarts like Clover. Wading into the home market is Bunn's Trifecta MB, the domestic version of its $5k Trifecta for cafes. Designed for a kitchen counter, the Trifecta MB combines elements of drip, Clover, French press, and other approaches, with convenience nearing that of a single-cup pod brewer but the flexibility to bring the very best out of your beans. Still, can it be worth all of $549? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Forget lattes: Starbucks’ next coffee trend might finally be the Clover

Forget lattes: Starbucks’ next coffee trend might finally be the Clover

Try taking a coffee snob into Starbucks and you might have trouble; that is, unless you're lucky enough to come across a branch with a Clover machine. The one-cup brewer - borrowing principles from a French Press and a vacuum pot, among other preparation methods, and which allows for far greater experimentation with beans, roasts, and strengths - has slowly found its way into a small number of Starbucks locations, a welcome distraction from big pots of Pike Roast and milk-heavy cappuccino. Even with Starbucks' might behind it, though, the Clover has been a relative secret among the coffee cognoscenti, but all that could change in short order with signs of a new, super-auto Clover in development.

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Why Steve Jobs’ Cup of Coffee Would Go for Much More Than Tim Cook’s

Why Steve Jobs’ Cup of Coffee Would Go for Much More Than Tim Cook’s

If you’re thirsty, you can grab a cup of Joe with Apple CEO Tim Cook and talk to him about, well, just about anything.

Right now, Cook is auctioning off the amount of time it takes to sip a cup of coffee to one lucky (and rich) fan. As of this writing, the bid stands at $190,000, even though its estimated value is $50,000. And since there are nearly three weeks left to bid, it shouldn’t surprise anyone if that figure runs much, much higher.

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Modbar coffee machine: third wave espresso’s new poster-child

Modbar coffee machine: third wave espresso’s new poster-child

The days of mysterious espresso brewing behind hulking machines may be over, if one coffee startup, Modbar, has its way, burying all but the glamorous end of the process under the counter. Revealed today at the opening of the SCAA's (Speciality Coffee Association of America) annual expo, Modbar is a striking, modular series of espresso groups, pour-over taps, and steam arms which can be hooked up in multiple numbers and configurations, with the promise of greater temperature control, a cut in prep time, and even geek-friendly features like touchscreen operation and support for temperature monitoring in Kelvin.

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Build-On Brick Mug combines coffee and Lego

Build-On Brick Mug combines coffee and Lego

Two of the things that keep many people sane and alert are coffee and Lego. The coffee helps keep you awake while tinkering with Lego is just fun. ThinkGeek has unveiled what may be the coolest coffee mug in the history of coffee. The mug is called the Build-On Brick Mug.

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Try not to panic, but climate change is killing coffee

Try not to panic, but climate change is killing coffee

Your morning cup of coffee could end up a serious luxury rather than an eye-opening essential, scientists have warned, with new research suggesting climate change could have big impact on what ends up in our cups. The cultivated Arabica beans fine coffee roasters rely on are particularly susceptible to increases in temperature, and rising global heat means environments where they grow successfully are disappearing, according to a study by Aaron Davis and a team at the London Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. That's not helped by an increasing shortage of clean genetic material to rejuvenate tired, cultivated stock.

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Keurig Vue V1200 coffee brewer uses RFID technology

Keurig Vue V1200 coffee brewer uses RFID technology

I wager most of the offices out there have normal coffee makers where you put in a paper filter, water, and ground-up coffee to get a full pot. Some offices have fancier coffee machines that brew single cups of fancy hot drinks. Some of the coolest single cup makers are made by company called Keurig.

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Nespresso’s Pixie coffee maker made from used coffee capsules

Nespresso’s Pixie coffee maker made from used coffee capsules

If you're finding that you need some environmental friendliness to go along with your morning coffee, you might want to check out Nespresso's new Pixie coffee maker. According to Nespresso, 98% percent of the machine is made from recycled aluminum coffee capsules, so when you've used your capsules up, you're invited to deposit them at one of Nespresso's stores so that they may be used in the creation of another Pixie machine. Sounds pretty cool, no?

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Your Pod Coffee Tastes Bad

Your Pod Coffee Tastes Bad

Coffee and geeks go together. Yet, given geeks can be the most obsessive about getting the very best user-experience, it's surprising how many are content to drink bad coffee. I'm talking about pods, pads and K-Cups, and the shiny, alluring machines that fire hot water through them. Like many people, my morning wouldn't be complete without at least one cup of coffee, but what really frustrates me is when people who I know love coffee just as much talk in hushed and reverent tones about their latest "heavenly" pod experience. Those super-convenient little Senseo pads, or the Keureg K-Cups? They're selling you stale coffee.

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Compleat disposable coffee cup axes the lid, startup set to score big

Compleat disposable coffee cup axes the lid, startup set to score big

Designer Peter Herman has created a concept for the all-paper disposable cup, made for coffee but perfectly viable for other liquids, that is set to blow the lid off of the industry - literally. Currently working for architectural firm Ellenzweig in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and having hacked away at this concept for over two years and a hundred prototypes now, Herman has it down to one single piece of paper. Working with graphic design firm Proverb's Daren Bascome to create the visuals you see printed on the cups here, Herman is prepping his concept for the big time now - speaking with manufacturers and retailers right this minute.

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