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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Bubblewrap on the sleeve - protects your $20 investment.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Nespresso released their 2014 Nespresso Variations capsules this past week in the US, and took a dessert theme this year. In past years, they have been all over the place with wild flavors that may not seem to go with coffee (Ginger, Chai, etc.), but are surprisingly good. My personal favorites were the Crystalized Ginger from the 2008 Variations, and the Apricot from the 2009 Variations, both unexpectedly good. Great ones don’t have to be wild either - a classic caramel is a great choice, and was popular enough to become a regular capsule that can be ordered anytime.
The capsules come reminiscent of little wrapped packages, and use the multi-colored print designs that they have been using recently to mark the special production runs. Even the ends of the boxes look like little wrapped packages.
But are they any good? Sadly, this year isn’t going to go down in my “Best of” category. Nespresso tends to have a light hand with their flavors, favoring a Euro style taste.
Limited Edition variations 2014 are:
Apple Crumble - I thought this was the best of them all, with a nice baked apple aroma, slightly sweet, great with a hint of sugar to transform it into a sweet indulgence.
Chocolate Mint - Chocolate is tough to do in coffee, and neither flavors comes through strongly enough to make it great. Sorry Nespresso.
Hazelnut Dessert - Tried over and over, and it just comes off as a chemical soup of hazelnut flavors. Nut flavors can be hard to replicate, and this one misses the mark.
I really like the Livanto capsule as a base coffee capsule (I tend to drink this regularly), and had been anticipating the release of these since they published the poll results back in the early part of 2014, but they just didn’t deliver for me on the Chocolate and Hazelnut versions. Glad I ordered a couple of sleeves of the Apple Crumble.
If you are interested, they tend to go fast, and sell out by early December.
Prices are going up for Nespresso Capsules, including the Original Line and the Vertuo Line. The price increases are being blamed on Green Coffee cost increases. For those who down a lot of their coffee the price increase will be minimal; hey if you’re already shelling out for a $200 machine and like ordering capsules mail order (for many), a nickel increase might not matter. Original Line base Grand Crus will rise to $0.70 each, while the popular Kazaar will go from $0.70 to $0.75.
What might hurt the coffee capsule giant more are the optics of the VertuoLine increase on those capsules from $0.95 each for a coffee capsule to $1.10. The move above a dollar a cup may slow demand a bit more than the fact that it is only a $0.15 hit to the wallet.
Nespresso is probably in for a busy weekend; prices increase on November 10th, and sent out an email to remind people to get their orders in ahead of the increase. Clear some room for the coming Variations doing later this month….
Not missing a beat, the fine folks over at Hi-Line coffee dropped this graphic out to their mailing list yesterday. I think it says it all.
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