August 27, 2014

Cubania 2014 Nespresso Limited Edition Capsules


Cubania Capsule Nespresso 2014

As summer winds down, Nespresso releases their Limited Edition into the stores; this year we are looking at the Cubania, a very robust little capsule that tips the scale at a 13 on the Intensity meter…. that used to go only to a 10, until Kazaar broke the scale at an 11. Hang on.

Nespresso bills this as a Cuban inspired coffee, and no Cuban coffee beans were hurt, or even used in the making of this blend. Given the state of trade relations here in the US with Cuba, that makes some sense.

This capsules is "Inspired by the passion, and warmth of the Cuban way of life…. a bold blend of Arabicas with a specially prepared Indian Robusta, steam treated to obtain a dense texture and a powerful bouquet with complex aromatics and inimitable strength of character, but without an overwhelming bitterness."

Available at the Nespresso Club now

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July 5, 2014

Dualit - Tea in Nespresso Compatible Capsules


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Dualit is selling (in the UK) nespresso compatible tea capsules in the UK. The original line capsules are available in five varieties, including English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Kenyan Gold, Peppermint Infusion, and Blackcurrant Infusion.

The capsules contain a microfilter to keep the fine tea particles int eh capsule. Given that the average lung takes around a minute to brew in a Nespresso Machine, one has to wonder how they get enough flavor coaxed out of the teas in that time, given it doesn't have a proper steep.

Nespresso Vertuo to Brew Tea?

Nespresso has toyed with a capsule-based tea machine in the past, called the Special T machine. With the product still selling in France (the website is still up), you have to wonder if they have set their eyes on introducing a newer iteration that works with the Vertuo Line machine. Recall that the codes on the lip of the Vertuo capsules allow the machine to brew at different conditions, and maybe one of those conditions can be used to brew tea?

More at Dualit for tea capsules. the price is 3.30 GBP per ten capsules or about $5.70 US.

Via PocketLint

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June 30, 2014

Illy Y3 - Small Countertop Capsule Espresso Machine

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Illy has introduced the Illy Y3 Espresso maker targeting those kitchens that want to save on space while offering an easy to use capsule-based espresso maker. The Y3 espresso brewer gives you a slim profile, and a one touch brew cycle that allows you to brew espresso and lung coffees. Want your own size to fit your favorite cup? No problem the brew buttons are user settable for easy use day after day.

The water reservoir is about a liter/quart, and the spend capsule container will hoped about eight capsules. The Y3 Espresso maker will use the Illy iperEspresso capsules, available in a number of roasts, as well as several single origin versions.

If you buy via Illy, the price is $230, and that comes with two cans of iperEspresso capsules. If you buy via their coffee supply subscription service, Illy a Casa,, you can buy it for $125.

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June 25, 2014

Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine

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Nespresso has announced a new espresso machine to fill in at the value end of the "Original Line" as they call it after the Vertuo Line launch.The small machine is roughly the same size as the Nespresso Pixie, with a slightly different design, and a much lower price target of $99 (vs. the $229 for the Pixie).

The Inissia Machine has the same manual operation of inserting a capsule, 2 automatic brew sizes (shutting off when it reaches a set brew size), a quick 25 second pre-heating cycle, and a 24-ounce reservoir capacity that will get your through several brews before re-filling.

The Inissia machine still features the same energy saving mode that has become standard over the last few years that shuts the machine down after nine minutes of inactivity; I like this so I don't forget and leave it on all day after I get distracted drinking the espressos.

At $99, this might just be a machine that gets Nespresso going in the value end of the market, where pressure-based machines dominate. Available in the US in Red, Black and Cream.

At Amazon Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine

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June 23, 2014

Coffee Prices Going up Tomorrow

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If you haven't heard; prices on some Starbucks coffee drinks are going up a few cents tomorrow - between five and twenty according to reports.

Its not a surprise give the crop issues in Central America (Coffee Rust), and the drought in Brazil, dragging on supplies, and pushing coffee prices up for rage swaths of the bean.

Enjoy that Grande today, it'll cost more tomorrow.

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June 22, 2014

Lavazza Going to the Space Station? ISSpresso!

Ever since we went to space, those travelers probably woke up dreaming of a good coffee; at least that's what one Italian astronaut dreamt of. Well the folks at Lavazza got to work and are preparing a prototype machine that would extract espresso under pressure to create the first high quality espresso at the International Space Station.

So while you might think they will be sitting around with those little espresso cups, these are probably going to be a little more contained, enjoyed in a little sizable bag, and a little more, well space-aged to handle the low gravity environment.

Via Slate

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May 15, 2014

Impressive Design - Streitman ES3 Espresso Maker


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Interesting espresso machines never cease to amaze me; they are simple in function - push water through coffee, but often amazing in their creativity. The Strietman ES3 is one of those interesting designs. Manual pressure forces the hot water through; notice in the video this isn't for the weak; it takes some serious work.

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May 11, 2014

Illy Issimo Ready to Drink in Multi-Serve Sizes


Illy Issimo Ready to Drink Coffee

Illy has released their Issimo ready to drink coffee beverages in larger, multi-serve, 1-quart sizes. That's four servings of the Caffe Macchiato, Cappuccino, and Latte Macchiato drinks. They are 100% Arabica coffee based, and at least the Cappuccino comes in at around 100 calories, so it's pretty lightly sweetened.

The Issimo line has been around for a while, and in several packaging iterations too. We reviewed the main Illy Issimo line a few years back, then took a look at the Issimo Mocha earlier this year. Overall, not bad for a shelf stable coffee drink, but won't blow your mind if you make your own iced americanos. It's lightly sweetened, with a himt of cocoa in the finish. Great over ice, and fairly smooth. Not totally clean or overwhelmingly coffee in the flavor profile, but a fairly refreshing coffee drink.


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The 1-quart Issimos that I see in the grocery are in the refrigerated section and cost $3 - $4 each. They come in a shrink wrapped PET bottle, and needs to be refrigerated (not shelf stable and no preservatives). Once opened, they say that it must be consumed in seven days.


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April 14, 2014

Can you Make your Next Coffee Cake with Coffee Flour?

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Regular flour is just ground up wheat, so why can't we grind up coffee beans and make Coffee Flour; well someone did. A start-up in Vancouver, CF Holdings, has started to make Coffee Flour, a high fiber, high iron, gluten free flour that can be used to partially replace other flours in baked goods. Coffee flour does pack some caffeine, and will slowly release into the system; but don't expect a huge jolt. It would take over half a loaf of bread made with 20% coffee flour to get the same caffeine dose as a cup of coffee.

Check out their site; they have a few recipes that you can ponder; the brown pasta recipe is maybe my favorite. Maybe that would go well with a frothed cream sauce?

Via

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April 10, 2014

HiLine Coffee: Win a Nespresso Citiz Machine

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HiLiine coffee, maker of some pretty good coffee in Nespresso compatible capsules, is taking entries to win a Nespresso Citiz coffee machine, plus three months of free coffee.

If you have been interested in getting a Nespresso machine, but weren't sure, it's a great contest to enter, because who doesn't want a new espresso machine for free.

HiLine's coffee is pretty good, and if you already have a machine, head over to their website and check a few sleeves out of their roasts.

Enter here at their Hi-Line Contest Facebook page, and stop by their site at HiLine

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April 9, 2014

Optimal Tea Flavor for just $40K?

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Bkon Craft Tea Brewer

No, this isn't an espresso machine but after my last post for a $10,000 espresso machine, I couldn't pass up posting this about the $40,000 Bkon Tea brewer. It brews in just 60-90 seconds, and does it by pulling a vacuum on the cylinder inserting the tea, RO water, minerals, and letting it steep. The partial vacuum helps to pull air out of the leaves, while saturating it with water. The brewing conditions can be set through a touchpad.

Via LA Times More at BKon

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March 23, 2014

Amazing Espresso Machine... for a Mere $10K

The design is amazing, and watching the video will make this machine seem even more amazing. Brew, steamed milk and then it cleans itself, nice.

From Huff; more at Scanomat.

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Nespresso Limited Edition: Two Colombian Capsules - Cuaca and Santander

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Nespresso is rolling out two Limited Editions from Colombia to celebrate their relationship with the Colombian coffee growers. The Terroirs of Colombia are two looks at micro climates in Colombia; Cuaca is a wetter, greener climate, while those from the Santander capsule are in a drier, region.

Cuaca - fruity winey notes with complex and aromatic with a light acidity; intensity 6

Santader - hints of toasted bread and caramel notes; intensity 7

We'll be getting some and we'll let you now what we think…..more at the Limited Edition 2014 Nespresso Promo Site

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March 11, 2014

Review: Nespresso VertuoLine Espresso and Coffee Machine

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The Nespresso Machine Line has grown in a direction that is a move to take on the US Market; one that is just recently dominated more and more by the K-Cup, with incredible growth in the past 4-5 years. Nespresso has a market share dominant position in Europe, where the classic Nespresso capsules account for well per half of the single serve coffee market. Yes, Espresso is the cup of the day for many Europeans.

To take on the US Market, Nespresso reportedly worked on this innovative machine for a decade; with a new "Centrifusion" extraction technique that spins the dome shaped capsule at 7,000 RPMs while pumping hot water into the middle of the capsule, and spinning it out the perimeter of the capsule. The technique is novel, and produces a full bodied cup of coffee and a good espresso.

There's a lot to like about the VertuoLine machine and a fees things to dislike. Will they see success in the US market, or will it become an also-ran that barely makes its mark?

Full review is after the jump….

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February 26, 2014

UnBoxing: Nespresso VertuoLine Espresso and Coffee Machine

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The new Nespresso VertuoLine machine arrived for review and we wanted to share the first looks at the new dual brewing machine. I feared that the thing was going to be massive, but it's actually not, coming in a little larger than my Latissima Plus (Above: Left to Right, Pixie, Latissima Plus and the new VertuoLine), and actually looks a little smaller sitting next to the Keurig B-70 where it will reside for the coming weeks (Below: Keurig B70, and the VertuoLine).

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Nespresso has entered a new realm with the new machine; and is attempting to get into the US market for larger cups. Keurig has a giant head start, and with K-Cups on just about every coffee aisle, Nespresso has their work cut out for them.

The new Vertuoline machine has two symmetric tanks on either side of the machine; the left is for the water reservoir, and the right for spent capsules. The thing is stylish, and has an art deco kind of feel to it. The chrome brings a bright professional look to the machine, almost yelling "Good Morning!!"

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