November 28, 2007

Lello 1375 Cremissimo Espresso Machine - $119 at Amazon



The Lello 1375 Cremissimo Espresso Machine is constructed of heavy-duty stainless steel and simple-to-use controls, this espresso maker makes it easy to brew cafe-quality coffee drinks. On top of the stainless steel, it offers some serious features that make it stack up well versus other makers, at least on paper.

The Lello 1375 Espresso Maker's high-performance ThermoBlock 15-bar pump-driven system that provides uniform and constant pump pressure to make a great espresso with good crema and a frothy thick milk cappuccino. So, not only is it a pump driven espresso machine, but it's in stainless; a combination that you just don't see at this price range.

It has a removable 2-1/4-quart water reservoir that can be refilled from the top at any time during operation, and a cup-warming area allows up to nine cups to be warmed before use. The unit comes equipped for ground espresso use, not ESE Pods.

At Amazon Lello 1375 Stainless Steel Espresso Machine

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November 27, 2007

Starbucks Eggnog Latte - More Calories & Fat than McD's Quarter Pounder


The Eggnog Latte is back at Starbucks - one of my favorites. I'll admit, I can come down off the high horse and enjoy a espresso concoction that will put a little extra girth on once in a while. I have always loved the eggnog latte, when made well, and will delight and treat myself many times between now and the end of the holiday season.

Just watch out the Eggnog Latte can pack some calories:

  • Grande - 470 calories with 2% milk, and 21g of fat, (11 Weight Watchers Points). That's 60 more calories AND 2g more fat than a McDonalds Quarter Pounder!
  • Venti - 610 calories and 27g of fat (14 Weight Watchers Points). That rivals the Big Mac at 540 calories and 29g of fat!

Hum, can I get fries with that latte? Ba, Da, Ba, Ba Ba, I'm Lovin' it.

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November 26, 2007

Starbucks Espresso Regalo - New Espresso Blend

Starbucks has a new Espresso blend out, Starbucks Espresso Regalo a 100% organic blend that is their first new espresso blend release in 30 years.

An Epicurean Adventure for Espresso Lovers
Starbucks first new espresso blend in nearly 30 years, Espresso Regalo™ is made from expertly roasted Ethiopia Yirgacheffe® and Costa Rica central valley, 100 percent certified organic arabica beans. It is a delicate coffee featuring an elegant and medium body with nuanced flavors of floral notes, peppery spice and tropical citrus fruit while finishing with soft hints of dark chocolate. It is a wonderful complement to the popular, bolder Latin American and Asia Pacific espresso that is sold in whole bean bags and served in store in all Starbucks® espresso beverages.

“We spend countless hours tasting and identifying some of the most special coffees around the world and occasionally we taste something that’s truly unique in flavor and quality,” said Anthony Carroll, manager, Green Coffee Quality at Starbucks, who was involved in the development of Espresso Regalo™. “This blend is one of those momentous creations that offer a flavor unlike any other espresso we’ve ever tasted, and we’re excited to share that with our customers.” Starbucks Espresso Regalo™ is available in 1/2 pound bags and retails for $8.95 in the U.S. and $11.95 in Canada.

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November 21, 2007

Don't Forget - Sign up and Win Free in Home Espresso Maker!


Single Serve Espresso and Single Serve Coffee are giving away a Lavazza Pininfarina Blue LB1010 Home espresso maker (you can read our thoughts and impressions here on this new machine). To be eligible to win you need to be signed up for the Single Serve Coffee mailing list and the Single Serve Espresso mailing list. This is an amazing opportunity to win a machine and coffee valued at over $400. Can you say - killer holiday gift? A special thanks to Cafe Razzi for donating the machine to giveaway.

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November 20, 2007

Breville BCG450XL Ikon Conical Burr Grinder


Breville makes some impressive looking appliances, and the Breville Ikon Conical Grinder is no different. Conical burr grinders are different from those cheap-o blade grinders that can deliver inconsistent results. I have been using a rather inexpensive burr grinder for a long time on my drip coffee set up because I like the convenience and the quality that a burr grider delivers. Turn the dial, let it rip and then pull out the hopper when it's done to make coffee. No measuring, no timing, etc. With the 1/2 pound whole bean hopper this should last you a while if you are making espresso or rip coffee.

The Breville Ikon Burr Grinder has grind settings to create ultra fine to coarse coffee. Measures 5-1/4 by 7 by 11-1/4 inches, and is made of stainless and "polymer"; er, um plastic in the base.

Available at Breville BCG450XL Ikon Conical Burr Grinder

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November 19, 2007

Starbucks Gingerbread Latte – Sugar Free – 130 calories


Starbucks is offering a new sugar free gingerbread latte at their stores this year. The now classic drink is available in a variety of sizes, and the 16 ounce size with no whipcream will set you back 180 calories, all coming from the 2% milk. Go with skim milk and you get by for only 130 calories; not bad when you consider you get the calcium along with the calories.

Cheers; Drink up.

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November 18, 2007

Amazon Black Friday Sale - Espresso Items?

Not t be left out of the fun, Amazon is getting into the Black Friday madness. They are not going to line you up at midnight and hand out numbers or anything.

How it Works: Amazon is going to offer new deals every hour starting at 6AM Pacific time running throughout the day until 6PM Pacific time.

Don't know if you get a new Espresso maker in these deals, it's worth checking out.

You might as well stop by now and sign up for the Amazon $10,000 shopping spree sweepstakes. That will buy you a lot of gifts for friends and family!

at Amazon Black Friday Deals

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November 16, 2007

Dacor CM24P In Wall Espresso Machine


Sometimes, the cost of an espresso machine is a pretty big commitment to the cause and for the love of the bean. Well, when you spend that much AND install the thin in the wall, it’s a big step up. The Dacor CM24P is plumbed directly into your water supply which feeds two boilers to crank out some serious brew. The unit grinds, tamps and brews your espresso, with an integrated frothing system that pulls milk right from the 1-quart milk container system.

It makes espresso, coffee, Latte and Cappuccinos, all for about $2900, plus installation.

More at Dacor

Via Sci Fi Tech

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Starbucks Sales up; Store Traffic Down


Uh-oh; Starbucks has reported that its traffic has dropped in its stores, by 1%, spooking investors. The 9 cent per cup price increase apparently was the cause, although it also raised same store sales by 4% in the process.

The coffee giant has lowered its growth estimates from “Try to take over the coffee world soon” to “Try to take over the coffee world a bit later”. They are still growing sales and stores fast as they lay down a new store and open its doors about every 5 hours throughout next year. Poor Juan Valdez, that donkey of his must be tired if he has a hand in delivering any of the coffee to this growing giant.

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November 15, 2007

SingleServeEspresso Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again when we dreams of sugar plums and shots of espresso dance in our heads….. well, as more and more people find their way to the good life, they find that they want to get an espresso maker of their own. We’ve checked out a lot of machines and espresso this year, and have compiled a list that we feel is a good summary of ideas to hit many budgets.

Super Automatics >$700

DelonghiESAM3500.jpgDeLonghi ESAM3500 Esclusivo Magnifica Digital Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine - This maker does is all for you at the touch of a button. The whole beans go in the top, water in the reservoir and milk in the frothing attachment. Push the button and you get an espresso and steamed milk straight to your cup for that great latte or cappuccino. We call it the “barista-button” in our house. Grind, water levels and milk amounts are all optionally changeable. If you want a different style of coffee (i.e. Decaf) you can add ground coffee in the top of the “by-pass doser” to get that coffee used instead.

NespressoLattissima.jpgDeLonghi EN660.R Nespresso Lattissima Single-Serve Espresso Maker - A similar machine to the DeLonghi above, made instead by Nespresso and DeLonghi is the Latissima. A super-automatic that relied on Nespresso capsules for its coffee source, while still maintaining the automatic milk steaming capability straight to the cup.

JuraCapressoImpressaE9.jpgJura-Capresso 13204 Impressa E9 Automatic Coffee and Espresso Center
A step down but still a super-automatic, this machine skips the automatic frothing, but still offers you the ability to create wonderful espressos with super fresh beans and then you will just have to manually steam the milk to get your milk-based espresso drink. Super easy, Super delicious from another Super Automatic.

Espresso for the Aficionado
ranciliosilvia.jpgThe Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine is a true aficionado’s machine, as it does not have a pressurized portafilter, but instead a professional style portafilter that requires you to grind and tamp the espresso properly to get a great espresso. More difficult than most consumer machines, but can reward with excellent espresso. Requires a good or very good grinder, and a hand tamp to get a good espresso.

Nespresso Semi-Automatic Machine
NespressoC100T.jpgThe Nespresso C-100T espresso machine is a tiny espresso wonder; and I count it as one of my favorites. Drop the Nespresso capsules in the top and punch a button. Out comes a fantastic shot of espresso or a lungo. Beautiful Crema! Only uses Nespresso capsules available at or at Nespresso Boutiques. You might pair it with a Nespresso Aeroccino or a simple AeroLatte for milk based drinks.

Classic Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine
gaggiacarezza.jpgThe Gaggia 35008 Carezza Espresso Machine gives you a lot of ease at a pretty affordable price. You add the coffee as ground or pods, attach the portafilter and hit the button. The unit puts through a pre-determined amount of hot water to pull the shot. This is a pump-driven machine driving at 17+ bars of pressure to extract the great flavors, topping with a nice crema.

Entry Level Pump-Driven Machine
DelonghiEC155.jpgThe DeLonghi EC 155 is an entry level machine that offers the convenience and ease of ESE pods, and the flexibility of ground coffee. The unit is compact, and comes with a steam wand to make lattes and cappuccinos, and has the pump driven format to make a decent espresso. Comes with inserts to use both ESE Pods and Ground Espresso in the portafilter. At 35 ounces there’s, plenty of capacity in the reservoir to last for a lot of shots.

Classic Moka Pot
The Moka Pot may be inexpensive but don’t be shy about using one. Screw off the bottom and fuill to the line with water, add the metal filter basket and fill it with ground espresso. Screw the top on and heat until the coffee is forced up through the grounds to leave you with espresso in the top of the maker, and nothing in the bottom. Just as good as a “Steam Driven” espresso maker. Add a manual frother and you have a great inexpensive solution at home.


BodumPavinasm.jpgI can’t write up any recommendation without suggesting Bodum Pavina espresso glasses. The laboratory glass in a double wall cup keeps your fingers cool while your espresso stays hot. They REALLY show off the crema as the shot is poured, and show off a beautiful creation to guests.

bodumpaula.jpgLike a traditional espresso cup? These Bodum Paula Espresso Cups and Saucers are excellent too, beautiful on the outside and classic in design. No better way to serve a great espresso with maybe some espresso spoons on the side.

Need some espresso for that new machine?

  • Try an Espresso Pod sampler to figure out what you like. The experimentation is great.
  • Lavazza Gran Crema is the house pod here at SingleServeEspresso; I love it.
  • Buy some whole bean from your local roaster for the freshest espresso cup.
  • Try one of my favorites – Gimmie! Coffee of Ithaca and New York, New York. True purveyors of excellent coffee.
  • Head to Starbucks and order up some espresso beans there. If you like their coffee, this might just get you that same flavor right in your own kitchen.
  • Want Starbucks but not the hassle of ground? Try their ESE Pods – they taste just like the stuff in the store.
  • Head to the Nespresso site for Nespresso capsules to go in your Nespresso machine. Start with a variety pack. They usually ship in 2 business days.

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  • November 13, 2007

    Jalayatra Nespresso Capsules Special Club Review

    Nespresso has their Special Club Grand Cru limited edition capsules out and I think that they are definitely worth a try. The Limited Edition Jalayatra capsules celebrate the rich Indian coffee history that may have gone unnoticed by many. The blend captures the complex past of “Monsooned” beans that took the long journey back to Europe from India, where the beans changed in character to take on a spicy complex character. Now in the past, this might have been mistaken for bad beans, but this blend is not, and has a spicy lively character that is worth checking out.

    The beans originate from the Southern coast of India and are blended into a “Malabar Arabica” mix that has an intense taste, and is definitely worthy of their “8” strength rating.

    JalayatraBrew.jpg I put away my Livanto blend for a week and stuck with the Jalayatra blend to see what life might be like on the coast of India, and I have to say that life is pretty good. You have to enjoy the deep rich flavors that come with a full bodies espresso. Overall the espresso is definitely acidic, worthy of an Arabica blend, but not hollow in body, and it comes full of pepper, spicy flavors that linger to give it a pleasant aftertaste. If you like, add a hint of sugar which changes the profile a bit to round and bring out the caramel flavors that are in the cup; easy and a very different and delicious experience.

    As with any Nespresso capsule, the brewing process is easy, and on my Essenza C100 I can shoot out a great espresso in only a couple of minutes while I get the rest of breakfast ready. Pre-heat, lift the lever to drop the capsule in, press the espresso button, and let it rip; about 30 seconds later you get a frothy beautiful cup of espresso. I am usually partial to the Bodum Pavina espresso glasses, but also liked the limited edition espresso cups that I got to celebrate the Jalayatra release. The shot looks even better with the white of the cup behind it to set off the light brown and rich colors of the crèma.

    The Jalaytra Nespresso coffee capsules will work in your Nespresso D90, Nespresso Le Cube, Nespresso Romeo, Nespresso Lattissima and, Nespresso C100T.

    At Jalayatra | Nespresso Special Club 2007

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    November 12, 2007

    Coffee Drops Skin Cancer Risk

    latteleaf.jpgNow we’re talking; researchers say that drinking caffeinated coffee (or espresso) can reduce your chances of skin cancer by more than a third. Apparently after studying a group of white (more prone to skin cancer) women they found that those who drank greater than 6 cups of coffee per day dropped their chance of getting cancer by 35% while those who drank 2-3 cups of coffee per day reduced their risk by about 10-12%.

    Researchers think that the caffeine acts as an anti-oxidant and stops the cancer cells from dividing or spreading. The kind of cancer affected is non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). Apparently drinking decaffeinated coffee had no effect on participants' chances of developing skin cancer.

    Make mine a double shot please!

    via The Telegraph

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    November 9, 2007

    Win a Lavazza Blue Home Espresso Maker from Cafe Razzi


    Single Serve Espresso and Single Serve Coffee are giving away a Lavazza Pininfarina Blue LB1010 Home espresso maker (you can read our thoughts and impressions here on this new machine). To be eligible to win you need to be signed up for the Single Serve Coffee mailing list and the Single Serve Espresso mailing list. This is an amazing opportunity to win a machine and coffee valued at over $400. Can you say - killer holiday gift? A special thanks to Cafe Razzi for donating the machine to giveaway.

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    Bodum Bistro Double-Wall Insulated Glass Mug

    I love my Bodum Pavina espresso glasses, and use them almost every time I drink espresso for myself. I came across these recently and picked them up for regular coffees, and an occasional latte. The double wall glass is mesmerizing to watch and the handle makes thing just that much easier. Size is good and grabs a regular coffee from my Keurig B-70 with ease.

    At Bodum Bistro Double-Wall Insulated Glass Mug

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    November 8, 2007

    Starbucks Sirena – BMW Designed Espresso Machine


    The Starbucks Sirena comes with some impressive credentials, BMW Design Works design with the heart of a Saeco machine all rolled up into a very nice outfit that is sitting and waiting at a local store or online. The Sirena comes with some hefty marketing effort with a pretty detailed Flash based site that allows you to walk through some of the finer points of making all kinds of espresso based beverages. The Siren is a pump driven espresso maker with a pressurized portafilter. It comes with the ability to “auto-tamp” the coffee pull a shot and then with a proper heat time, steam your milk.

    It’s not cheap, coming in at $599, but it may just command that with the beautiful design treatments and the high quality build.

    More on the product at Sirena by Starbucks.

    Go straight to the Starbucks Store or At Amazon - The Starbucks Sirena

    Thanks to Brian for sending this in.

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    Krups XP 4030 Espresso Machine


    Krups has the Krups XP4030 Espresso Machine that is a nice entry level pump-driven espresso machine for around $150. Krups designed the unit to be very competitive with a strong feature set and a classic design.

    The Krups XP4030 comes with three portafilter inserts that will hold a single, double and an ESE espresso pod. This will give you some nice flexibility to make what you want. The unit has a 1200 watt Thermoblock heater and a 15 bar pump to crank out high quality espressos in short order. The 32-ounce water reservoir should keep you going for a while, cranking out about 15+ espressos before refilling. Krups calls their steam wand the Perfect Froth steam system to mix air and steam for foolproof frothing.

    I typically use my Pod machines with either the Lavazza Grand Crema ESE Pods or if you want to try out a little variety to start out or to re-explore different espressos, try a ESE Espresso Pod Super Sampler .

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    November 6, 2007

    Starbucks to Buy Godiva?


    Could it be true? According to the Wall Street Journal, Starbucks is considering working out a deal to buy Godiva, which is currently owned by Campbell Soup (I know weird). The idea of Starbucks grabbing the chocolatier, makers of really expensive chocolates and its shops sounds like a good fit for the purveyor of expensive coffee. Who knew?

    ReadMore at WSJ

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    November 5, 2007

    Pod vs. Ground Coffee - A Couple of Opinions

    Ahhh, the Pod vs. ground coffee takes on another dimension in this semi-rant by NYT author Alice Rawsthorn. As she goes on about the beautiful designs of yesteryear, you know the ones that were so painful to use that only the true die-hards could use them, she misses the point that espresso machines are a great next step in the evolution of coffee tastes in America from light roasted, robusta-based weak swill that so many outlets pass off as a good cup-a-joe to expertly roasted, full bodied cups of wonderment. It doesn’t have to be burnt like most of Starbucks’ offerings, but it can be espresso based.

    So, while ESE Pods and Nespresso capsules can be a tough sell, they are also the crutch that many time pressed Americans need to get over the hump in moving from bad to good. I like ESE Pods and Nespresso capsules and I still consider myself environmentally aware with my Green Tags and recently downsized vehicle, but I see this particular area of my life worth the extra expense. I also enjoy the choice of picking ground or Pod, which I think most readers will too. While I count a Nespresso C100 Essenza in my collection of Espresso machines, I still reserve the right and the capability to use ground coffee too. I just embrace the Pod and hope that if that’s what others need to learn about great coffee, that they will enjoy the pod too.

    Worth a quick read at NYT.

    Thanks to Barbara for sending this in.

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