March 30, 2015

AEG Fantasia Lavazza Cappuccino and Latte Machine

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AEG Fantasia Lavazza cappuccino machine is designed to make the perfect cappuccino and latte. The AEG Fantasia makes frothy cappuccinos and lattes using the AEG steam and whisk system, and a cold milk frothing setting means that you can iced coffees too.

Features include:

  • AEG Fantasia cappuccino machine comes with the 9 minute auto shut off function
  • Thermoblock Technology for optimum coffee temperature
  • 3 milk recipes including cappuccino, large cappuccino and latte
  • milk froth selector
  • large water tank
  • used capsule holder
  • adjustable drip tray and descaling alert. 
  • Available in 3 colours, Ebony Black, Rubin Red, and Latte Cream. 
  • Price is £170.

 At AEG via Appliancist

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March 12, 2015

Breville 15-Bar Triple-Priming Die-Cast Espresso Machine

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The Breville 800ESXL 15-Bar Triple-Priming Die-Cast Espresso Machine is a clear winner for performance and value. This espresso machine features a ThermoBlock heating system and 15-bar Triple Prime pump. It also comes encased in a durable stainless-steel housing.

Other features include:

  • selector dial for espresso, steam, or hot water 4-1/2-inch cup clearance
  • swivel steam wand with frother
  • 75-ounce removable water tank 
  • Filters, tamping tool, cleaning tool, and stainless-steel frothing pitcher included 
  • Measures 12 by 10 by 12-1/2 inches
  • 1-year warranty 
  • 15 Bar Italian Pump Purge Function
  • Automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature

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March 2, 2015

Espresso Patronum Magical Coffee Mug

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The Espresso Patronum Magical Coffee Mug makes a great gift for any Harry Potter fan. It also allows you to learn the spell Espresso Patronum. This spell when cast properly will make perfect shots of espresso appear in your coffee mug every time. 

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February 27, 2015

Delonghi Alicia Electric Moka Espresso Coffee Maker

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The Delonghi Alicia Electric Moka Espresso Coffee Maker is the Italian way to make authentic espresso with the Moka process. Your espresso will never burn or overflow with the safety automatic shut-off, and the the keep warm function keeps espresso hot for 30 minutes. You can also easily monitor the entire brewing process with the transparent container. Choose 3 or 6 cups of espresso with the convenient filter adapter, and serving is simple with cordless operation and detachable base.

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February 20, 2015

Francis Francis for illy X7 iperEspresso Machine

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The Francis Francis for illy X7.1 iperEspresso Machine isdesigned to work exclusively with illy iperEspresso capsules. The iperEspresso Capsule system uses an innovative, patented two-stage process to create intensely aromatic, full-bodied espresso with rich, velvety crema. The first stage, called hyper-infusion, takes place in the capsule's iperChamber where the coffee is infused with water under pressure, extracting more flavor and aromas than normal. In the second stage, called emulsification, pressure forces the coffee through the e-valve, where the aromatic oils are emulsified creating a dark, rich and full bodied espresso, with a crema that lasts and lasts.

The Francis Francis X7.1 features a one-touch brewing system for ease of use. The central display guides the user with the help of acoustic and lighted signals. The convenient auto-stop feature controls the volume of coffee in the cup, creating an effortless and perfect extraction. And because the extraction takes place entirely inside the capsule, the coffee and machine never come in contact, making for minimal cleanup. 

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February 17, 2015

Jura Ena Micro 1 Single Cup Espresso Maker

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The Jura Ena Micro 1 Single Cup Espresso Maker is an ultra-compact 1-cup coffee machine designed to make the perfect espresso. You get bean to cup in a compact design, and with user defined cup size. The aroma preservation cover keeps the coffee beans fresher longer, and it has an automatic energy saving mode with the intelligent preheating system.

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February 16, 2015

Coffee Pod Storage Drawer for 50 Nespresso Capsules

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The Coffee Pod Storage Drawer for 50 Nespresso Capsules allows you to place your single serve Nespresso coffee machine on top to save valuable counter space in your office or home. It’s also compatible with DeLonghi Lattissima, and the five rows underneath your single serve espresso machine help to help organize your favorite flavors. Forget the cheap wire mesh holders with sticky drawers and flimsy construction, this storage drawer for Nespresso capsules is built to last with attention to detail and superior materials.

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February 13, 2015

Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker in Black

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At just $89 the Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker is a lower priced Nespresso maker sure, but it will be make an amazing shot of espresso. The footprint of this single serve espresso maker is also small, and we love the design as well.

Features Include:

  • Easy insertion and ejection of capsules
  • For use with Nespresso coffee capsules only
  • Compact brewing unit technology
  • Fast preheating time: 25 seconds
  • 19 Bar high pressure pump
  • 2 Programmable buttons for Espresso and lungo preparation
  • Removable 24 ounce water tank
  • Folding cup tray accommodates tall recipe glasses
  • Used capsule container holds 9-11 used capsules
  • Energy efficient
  • A Class energy rating
  • Automatic power off after 9 minutes of inactivity 

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December 13, 2014

Starbucks Discoveries Gingerbread Latte Ready to Drink


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Starbucks has their Gingerbread Latte version in their Discoveries ready to drink line out of the holidays. We thought we’d grab it and take it for a spin as we decorated the house this weekend.

I happen to love gingerbread, gingerbread cookies, and gingerbread flavored baked goods in just about any form or fashion. When I saw this Starbucks Discoveries Gingerbread Latte in the refrigerated section of th local store, I thought it would make a great coffee-flavored indulgence.

The Discoveries line of ready to drink coffee drinks has been out for a while, and can be found in the refrigerated section in pourable cartons. The 1.5 liter carton is easy to pack, and easy to handle, but is fairly tall so some people may need to lay it down in the refrigerator.

Tasting

Overall, the flavor is rich and indulgent, but like I pointed out last year when I reviewed the original line-up for Starbucks Discoveries, they don’t scream COFFEE! It’s more of a sweet coffee-like drink with a good gingerbread flavor.

It has a slightly scented aroma, and a distinct gingerbread flavor in the finish. It’s well balanced and not overly sweet as these ready to drink coffees go.

Others in my family have tried it and they like it too. It’s a good all around flavor, and enjoyable as the temperature dips and the holidays are in the air. Enjoy.

Nutritional Information

Package Size: 1.5 liters

Calories: 130 per 8 ounce serving

Calories from Fat: 25 (in 2.5g)

Ingredients: Reduced fat milk, brewed Starbucks Espresso Coffee, Sugar, Natural Flavor, Ascorbic Acid (To protect flavor).

Available at most grocery stores.

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December 5, 2014

Review: Nespresso Maragogype Special Reserve Capsules

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Nespresso has a very special reserve capsule out, Maragogype Special Reserve, that on the heels of the Kona Spcial Reserve looks set to usher in a new tradition of rare blends that come with a rarefied cost. While your regular capsules may cost $0.80 each, the Special Reserves cost $2 each. Yes, if you're doing the math, that's over $100 per pound at these rates. Insane? Maybe, Expensive? Sure. Worth it? Why not give it a try?

The Maragogype Special Reserve is a blend of beans from Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Colombia. The Maragogype bean is an Arabica mutation that is known for large beans, and was first discovered by the Brazilian town of the same name. Nespresso uses split roasting to coerce the flavors out of each variety, blending after roast to give the ending cup more complexity. Nespresso says that they have a fine flavor with a creamy crema, and mild, slightly sweet notes on a rounded finish. You know it's something to take care of when it comes; it's got its own bubblewrap treatment.


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Bubblewrap on the sleeve - protects your $20 investment.


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December 4, 2014

Moka Pot Gets a Makeover

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The Moka Pot has been used for decades to create a richer, pressure brewed coffee. Steam pressure from boiling water in the bottom, pushes up through the coffee puck on the way to the top chamber, it extracts more solids and flavor from just a bit of water.

Blue Bottle Coffee has teamed up with designer Joey Roth (Not his first trip to the Moka Pot design table) to create this new spin on the classic, with striking lines and some evolved functionality. The steel bottom and water chamber have been optimized relative to the coffee holder to create a rich brew and more volume. The top, being ceramic, is designed to hold the heat better than metal. The long handle is more like an ibrik, turkish-style. pot keeping your hand cool via a cork guard.


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images via Blue Bottle

At Blue Bottle Coffee

Via Cool Hunting

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November 29, 2014

Nespresso Vertuoline Brewer: Oprah's Favorite Things 2014

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Oprah has names the Nespresso Vertuoline brewer as one of her Favorite Things in 2014, recognizing its quality and flexibility to brew both coffee and espressos effortlessly for you and your guests.   

We reviewed the Vertuoline Brewer when it came out, and several months later, it's found a home among my regular rotation of coffee machines on the countertop (I have up to three going at any one time). Good choice Oprah.

At Amazon - Nespresso VertuoLine Coffee and Espresso Maker

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November 28, 2014

Bialetti Diva Espresso Machine


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Bialetti is the well-known maker of stove top brewers and they have made the jump to single serve espresso brewers in a capsule format.

The Bialetti Diva has a lot of the same characteristics we've come to know in a single serve espresso maker; easy access to the brewing chamber, spent capsule bin, easy-fill reservoirs, and more. The Bialetti Diva brews an espresso in just a few seconds using 20 bars of pressure to brew. The machine measures just 4.5 inches wide, 10 inches high and 14 inches deep.

The approach to espresso is different if you are an Italian-based company, and Bialetti does. They have named their espresso range after the regional tastes of Italy, and offer a set of five different capsules that should be able to capture most peoples' espresso tastes. Northern Italian blends are more typically Arabica blends that are lighter, and less aggressive, while the southern blends tend to use the less expensive Robusta, that is cultured into a bold expression of coffee with a lingering coffee flavor.


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  • Roma - a medium roast with hints of cocoa; a 50% Arabica, 50% Robusta blend
  • Venezia - a light roast with a hint of vanilla notes; 80% Arabica, 20% Robusta blend
  • Milano, a light roast with a lighter body, and floral and fruity notes; this is a 100% Arabica blend
  • Napoli - a bold, darker roast with bitter cocoa flavors; this is a 70% Robusta, 30% Arabica blend
  • Torino - a medium roast that has nutty flavors, and a smooth finish; a 75% Arabica, 25% Robusta blend
  • Decaf - a medium roast with cereal and toast notes, moderate body; 60% Arabica, 40% Robusta blend

At Amazon - Bialetti 06773 I Caffe d'Italia DIVA


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November 26, 2014

Review: Gevalia Peppermint Mocha Limited Edition

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It's that time of year, when the holiday flavors come flooding to the market, and Gevalia/Tassimo is not alone. On the heels of Pumpkin Spice, comes the Gevalia Peppermint Mocha T-Disks. Winter, and especially the holiday season seems to have the aroma stitched into its fabric, so it's natural to have the Gevalia Peppermint Mocha around to to help welcome the holidays.

The Gevalia Peppermint Mocha comes with eight large T-discks of peppermint flavored chocolate syrup, and eight Gevalia Espresso T-disks. The extra heft of the chocolate syrup disk may be a little surprising the first time you open the pack, as they are about twice the size of the espresso T-disks, and as a result, the package contains two boxes (4 per box) of the chocolate syrup T-Disks to the one box (8 each) of espressos.

Today, we're making the Peppermint Mocha on a Tassimo T-20 made by Bosch. More after the jump.

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November 19, 2014

La Marzocco Home GS3 - Commercial Legend in Home-sized Package


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La Marzocco has announced a home version of their legendary commercial machine. The machine is designed for the espresso lover who wants to dedicate a little extra cash and a lot of extra love to their espresso habit. The machine is a dual boiler set up with a dedicated 3.5 liter steaming boiler that will operate to get you the steamed milk you want at the right temperature and pressure for the task. Don't like filling a boiler? Yea, they thought so, you can have this directly plumbed into your house water supply.

The La Marzocco Home can be customized with a black finish, stainless, or with wooden accents of maple or walnut. Very cool. You can also take a quick shortcut and get it set up as fully manual or a pre-programmed auto-volumetric draw for consistent, but not very customized shots.

For this level of excellence, it will set you back around $7,000 - customizations can move the price up a bit.

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