January 29, 2009

What's Your Favorite Coffee Mug?


Intensely personal, and a bit of a billboard for our lives, your own coffee mug is more than a functional container to hold the coffee. Most people I know pick a mug or two, and stick with them, liking the feel, size, look or statement that they make when drinking out of them.

I happen to be drinking out of this Gimmie Coffee mug; my favorite right now, for my drip coffee at work (we have a pod system there). Sure it's different and takes a bit of getting used to in order to drink out of the side of the mug, but on these cold New England mornings, there is no better way to drink out of this thing than to cup it with both hands and sip out of the front of the mug.

I also never tire of telling people about one of the best little coffee roasters and coffee shops in the world - Gimmie Coffee.

Sure you can get one of these David Pier type mugs elsewhere, but you'll need the Gimmie Coffee logo to have one as cool as this one.

at Gimmie Coffee

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January 27, 2009

Starbucks has Big Job Cuts Ahead


Update: It was announced today that they are going to cut 6700 jobs and close an additional 300 stores; ouch. Apparently the bulk of those cuts will come from the store closings. The store closings further point to the weakening economy, the potentially bad real estate choices that they made, and the fact that caffeine addictions are portable - you can get your fix at home, or at a cheaper place down the road.

Latte traffic must really be down, as the Seattle Times is reporting that Starbucks will be making job cuts in the coming weeks, potentially up to 1,000 people. The targets are said to be the field employees, district managers and staff at its headquarters, not baristas (this time). Recall that Starbucks laid off about 2,000 employees last year as they also shut underperforming stores.

I was in a handful of Starbucks yesterday mid-town Manhattan and there seemed to be a steady flow of people, but there were no lines out the door, as only a couple of people were there at any one time. So, while the stores were packed, it might have been the vagrants and the fact that it was bone chillingly cold so folks were seeking some warmth wherever they could get it.

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January 16, 2009

Win a trip to Costa Rica from Cafe Britt

Head over to Cafe Britt, home of the great Costa Rican coffee maker, to check out their contest for a trip for two to Costa Rica - 5 days, 4 nights in the San Jose Marriott - check out a cupping at cafe Britt, and enjoy a little Central American Sunshine. If you don't win the grand prize trip, you still could win other prizes including a boat load of coffee......

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January 15, 2009

Bolthouse Farms Perfectly Protein Mocha Cappuccino


I picked this up at the local store for a couple of bucks, hoping that they would get it right - so many products have terrible coffee flavor. On top of the usual bad coffee flavors, the Bolthouse Farms drink has a boatload of protein in it; 19 grams, won't that make it doubly worse? On a word - no.

The Bolthouse Farms Perfectly Protein Mocha Cappuccino is very good, with a nice coffee/mocha flavor with a rounded profile. The drink is pretty sweet, and shouldn't be thought of as a "black" coffee flavor - very much a creamed/dairy profile - probably due to the milk in it! Bolthouse Farms says, "Our Perfectly Protein Mocha Cappuccino is a smooth blend of 100% Arabica coffee and low fat milk. We then add premium cocoa and a touch of Madagascar vanilla extract to round out the flavor."

Definitely worth a try if you like these drinks. Each 450ml bottle contains about 2 servings, and is 178 calories, 2.5g fat, 10g of protein, and 28g of sugar per serving.

More at Bolthouse Farms

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January 14, 2009

Coffee Health Update

Well, I should have known after all of the conflicting articles about coffee's health effects not to get too excited. When the article that said coffee drinkers who drink a cup or more a day had a 50% less chance than on-drinkers of developing oral cancer, I thought great! The data was collected after studying 38,000 people in Japan.

Now on a much smaller scale, a study found that people who consumed high levels of caffeine, 330 mg, or about the amount in 7 cups of regular coffee, are three times more likely to have hallucinations or hear voices. The effect is thought to be because of the release of cortisol in the bloodstream which is believed to be tied to delusions.

Maybe I rinse and spit my espresso like I was cupping it all day?

More on Oral Cancer and Coffee, or Delusions - take your pick.

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