November 28, 2008
First there was sky writing, then those beach printers that roll out logos in the freshly cleaned beach sand, and now there is a prototype to print on the foam of your Latte (or your Guinness). Not sure how I feel about that, but the prototype could use some venture capital to get production ready and available to your local barista. I think I'll stick with nothing or the occasional latte art that is a show of skill and appreciation for your business.
November 18, 2008
I saw this trio in Target the other day and thought I would grab them for a quick review and a little refreshment. These launched a bit ago, but I still think that Caribou is a decent place to get coffee and if any canned, coffee is going to taste good, one from Caribou would. canned coffee can be terrible, to decent; Starbucks Doubleshot is still a favorite. I would rather have a Latte than a can of Doubleshot any day, but sometimes you just have to grab one to go from the refrigerator. The Caribou Iced Coffee comes in three varieties:
Iced Coffee "Regular" - a good solid flavor that has a hint of vanilla or something that makes for a good coffee flavor that just comes through clean and without any bitter or metallic aftertaste. The carrageenan thickens it just a bit, enough to be velvety smooth without being slimy. Sweet enough to bring out the flavor without being a candied treat. 120 calories.
Iced Coffee Vanilla - Another good one to have around as it is flavorful and delicate. Definite vanilla, and coffee, neither overwhelming. Again, a good sweetness but not too sweet. 120 calories.
Iced Coffee Plus Espresso - a less sweet version of the regular coffee version is probably the least impressive in the group. I was hoping for more, but no. The Splash of milk must be just that, as this won't ever be mistaken for a creamy latte. The flavors again are not overwhelmingly good or bad, but just a good base coffee flavor that comes through in the end. Only 100 calories
The Caribou Iced Coffees are under $2 each 12 fl oz "Aluminum Bottle" and can be found at Target and other outlets. Nutrition Information for Caribou Iced Coffees can be found at the Caribou Website.
November 11, 2008
Café-Razzi has just introduced Lavazza Tierra in an espresso capsule. The new capsule has been dubbed the “green capsule” not because of it’s color but because of it’s mission Tierra! Is Rainforest Alliance Certified. Lavazza Tierra! is a sustainable development project aimed at combining product quality with improved living conditions for some small scale coffee- growing communities. Tierra! is a 100% Arabica product characterized by aromatic notes and a floral sweetness.
The Tierra capsules will work in your office or home, use either the LavazzaBlue Pininfarina Pro (LB2210) and Pininfarina Home (LB1010) machines.
November 10, 2008
Starbucks has rolled out a $25 membership club that entitles the members to a 10% discount at Starbucks; not bad if you've got a big Latte habit. If you buy your membership in the store, you will get a free drink, and you'll get some other nice benefits too.
- Free drink on your Birthday
- Some sort of special offers throughout the year (Think advertising)
- Free WiFi for up to 2 hours at participating stores.
More at the Starbucks GoldCard Site
November 7, 2008
Latte Art is one of those signs of an experienced and practiced barista who takes a little pride in their work. It's always fun to see when grabbing your latte at your favorite shop. A lot of people also work at home to get a great latte art habit going, and it can help to have the right equipment. I saw this, and thought I would pass it along. The specially shaped pour spout can help get a good pour and produce a better design.
At Amazon - Rattleware 20-Ounce Latte Art Pitcher
November 6, 2008
For those of us who are short on space, a stackable set of espresso cups can be a lifesaver. If you happen to think the plain white ones are a boring drag, these rainbow colored ones might just brighten up your day.
At Amazon - Stacking Espresso Cups set
November 5, 2008
"How do you prime the pump on a Nespresso machine?"
A lot of people have writing in on this, and I have had to look it up myself a few times after forgetting to write it down.
According to Nespresso - the steps are similar for a few machines that I have checked out:
1) Open top lever and push it back as far as it will go for 3 seconds.
2) With the lever still open, press the cup button until water flows.
3) Close the lever and press the cup button to stop the flow of water.
Yes - that was easy. I usually forget to fill up the water and run the pump dry every now and then, maybe you do the same. Not good for a pump to do that too much. Good luck and enjoy.
See My Full Review of the Nespresso Essenza C100
November 3, 2008
Starbucks is doing its own "Get out the vote" campaign asking if you care enough to vote, and what the world would be like if we all voted. In an ad that just broke over the weekend, Starbucks is putting their money where their mouth is and giving away a free tall brewed coffee to anyone who comes in and tells their barista that they voted. Offer good on Tuesday - Good stuff; see you at the polls.
More at Starbucks.com