July 29, 2008
Did you want your Java with a little extra? Here's Javafit with a few varieties, including the Extreme Latte; with an extra kick of green tea extract. Diet Plus Latte - help shed some pounds with a little latte. Focus and Immune round out the line of these ready to drink 11-ounce packs that are sold in four packs. Easy to drink, and maybe a little extra while you enjoy your favorite drink.
More at JavaFit
July 28, 2008
Tried these? Caribou has three flavors of iced coffee out for the warm summer months, that sound pretty good. Espresso, Regular and Vanilla; and I dig the bottles. Might just contain some powerful aid to make your stronger, smarter and more beautiful; twist drink, enjoy life.
More at Caribou Coffee
July 24, 2008
Jan Fabre espresso cups are always fun to see or look at; the designer of the classic Illy espresso mug. His current cup was so popular, it is currently out of stock. The message is clear, and I am sure well received around the world by others with a similar realization.
July 10, 2008
I have had the Cuisinart EM-200 for a while now, and have pumped hundreds of shots through it while playing with it and testing it. The Cuisinart EM-200 is a semi-automatic espresso machine that has a lot going for it. The unit has a great look backed up by the guts too; 15-bar pump 1050 watt boiler, and a pretty big reservoir.
The nice thing about the Cuisinart EM-200 is the semi-automatic capability that allows you to hit a button, and watch the unit brew right before your eyes, while you do something else; seconds later it will shut off leaving you with a good shot in your favorite cup time and time again. The EM-200 comes with three portafilter inserts, a single, a double and a pod holder. This makes for a good differentiation between what you are making and offers some good control over strength. the downside is storing the little buggers; I drop them in the drawer below the Espresso maker and fish around in there for them when I need to change.
See my Unboxing of the Cuisinart EM200 and my First Impressions Review of the EM200 for more information.
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July 8, 2008
If you are considering getting into making espresso at home, maybe saving a little money over buying at the coffee shop all of the time, you can get into a very inexpensive machine that will give you a good taste of pump driven espresso making at home. One key to getting good espresso is to extract at high pressure like the commercial machines that are used in coffee shops. The DeLonghi EC155 (See my Full Review of the Delonghi EC 155) is a decent entry level pump driven espresso machine that will get you brewing higher quality espresso at home without breaking the bank.
You get a 15-bar pump, a one liter reservoir that should last through several cups of espresso, and a heater that cranks out steam until late into the night. These basic features combined with its great price makes it a perennial favorite at Amazon.
At Amazon - DeLonghi EC 155
July 7, 2008
Good article in the NYT about a potential factor in the woes seen by Starbucks these days. Not only are people trading their Venti Lattes for home brewing, but those who are left aren't providing enough business for those stores that Starbucks has increasingly realized are not as productive as they need to be. In the Go-Go Venti No Whip days, it was easy to make a return on a marginal store, but when the business retracts just a few percent, those loyals have to be spread across more real estate that in the case of a downtown store, can be very expensive.
From the NYT:
"In 2004, the company announced it would double its pace of expansion, with a goal of reaching 15,000 stores in the United States. (It currently operates about 7,000 stores nationally.) That ambitious target was clearly a major culprit in Starbucks's misfortune: the company said this week that 70 percent of the stores marked for closing were opened after 2006."
Ouch. Who made those decisions? Well we'll see you on Monster.com later this year, right?
Read the whole article at NYT
July 2, 2008
If you like Peet's Coffee, you might just want to get home delivery, and if you like home delivery, why not sign up for a delivery service. That's where becoming a Peetnick comes in. That's their term for people who join their home delivery subscription program, and it's got some advantages.... a free Peet's Peetnick tumbler to start.
You have the ability to set the interval between the coffee deliveries, and select the blends that you sign up for. If you want to get really wild, you can set the program up to give you different blends in each delivery, which can really spice up the coffee brewing experience at home. Set up to 10 different shipments and then once they get to the end, the whole thing repeats.
Check more out at Peet's