July 31, 2009
Regular readers know that I love the ease of use and general high quality quick brews that I get out of my Nespresso machines. I recently reviewed the coming Nespresso Citiz brewer which combines the power of the Nespresso brewing machine into a slim, counter saving space; I loved it.
It's going to be a hot weekend around the Single Serve Espresso kitchens, and I have the Nespresso Rosabaya lined up to enjoy - a capsule that I think is great as a single shot hot, or iced as a black iced Americano. Even great with a splash of milk. The bright flavors tend to soften a bit when you add milk, but the overall base coffee flavors remain, and it is well suited to offer a nice flavor profile that is just great chilling out in the afternoon. Hot; I love it. Hands down one of my favorites; acidic, bright, clean and flavorful.
You can order Nespresso Capsules at the Nespresso site and they will deliver them in a couple of business days.
July 18, 2009
Starbucks is nothing if they are innovative, and here they go again. The purveyors off all things coffee are now re-launching a handful of stores in Seattle that will offer coffee, wine and beer along with entertainment. The store locations will shed the Starbucks name in favor of other names, including one who's name is simply their address: 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea. The store is opening within the coming week, and will be one of at least three stores to make the change which is driven by the desire to mimic the coffee shop and cafe culture of yesteryear/ pre-homogenization of the coffee shop by none other than Starbucks.
The concerns however are coming out of neighbors and competitors of the coffee giant, as Starbucks seemed to have done their research and then reapplied what they saw; so far not so bad. The copying is not so obvious until you actually mimic what is next door, which smacks of rude rip-off. I guess all is fair in love and war......
July 10, 2009
The Handpresso folks saw a big wave of success last year as their "Bike Pump Espresso Machine" cool gadget thing made waves as it offered a dead simple way to get high quality espresso on the go with a high pressure extraction system. There's been a bit of fun poked at it's videos showing people hiking through the woods stopping to brew some espresso, but come on, who shouldn't want a nice espresso when you are out there? There are hikes and camping trips where I drank robusta laden sludge for days wishing for a nice cup of coffee or shot of espresso.
Well SingleServeEspresso got it's hands on one of the new Handpresso Wild DomePods that is a bit of a change up from it's brother the regular "WILD" that takes the ESE Espresso pod.
Continue reading: "Handpresso WILD Domepod Review - Mobile Ground Espresso"
July 9, 2009
Ouch - nothing like getting caught offering what seem to be a little bit out-of-bounds opinions on Amazon reveiws. It seems that a gentleman was shopping for a DeLonghi espresso machine and found some gushing reviews on the Amazon site by a reviewer T. Carpenter of Stillwater NJ; then he noticed that this person also reviewed twelve other Delonghi products, giving them equally gushing reviews.
The Wall St Journal reports that the reviewer (Tara Carpenter) is actually an employee of the DeLonghi firm and that they have since asked Amazon to remove the reviews. While she was listed on the corporate site as the communications Manager, she is no longer listed there. According to the WSJ, she is still employed there. At this writing, she is in LinkedIn as a Communication Manager at DeLonghi. Check out Russ Taylor's blog for more details and the original report.
In the end, the problem for Ms. Carpenter is that she used her own name, because I am pretty sure that you can hire people to write reviews for you, making the obvious link back to the firm a lot harder to connect.
It seems like DeLonghi is stepping up and working to cleanse the system of these reviews. I think DeLonghi had better talk to the folks at Target to get her reviews removed from their site also; I did a quick search and found two up there; see below.
Buyer beware - those reviews may not be the trustworthy reviews that you thought they might be.
July 9, 2009
McDonalds is serving up sample sized Free Mochas Mondays from 7AM - 7PM for the next several weeks. The sampling event should drive some interest in the newly launched McCafe concept. The samples should generate up to 10 million free samples across the Mondays stretching from July 13th to August 3rd.
Consumers can cool off with a complimentary 7 oz. Iced Mocha or indulge in a 8 oz. Hot Mocha each Monday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at participating McDonald's restaurants from July 13 through August 3. "This is one of the largest sampling initiatives we've taken on as a company," said Neil Golden, chief marketing officer, McDonald's USA. "McCafe has already become an essential part of our customers' everyday routine, and now we are giving even more people an opportunity to enjoy a complimentary, fully-customizable McCafe Mocha morning, noon and night."
July 6, 2009
If you aren't getting the Handpresso newsletter you should, they are sending out some information about the Handpresso WILD
, including the new Handpresso WILD Domepod
; the handpump espresso machine that let's you use your own ground espresso.
This recipe is adapted from the Handpresso recipe for a great sounding Italian Granita, espresso style.
A true Italian espresso granita 4 servings Ingredients :
- 6 T granulated sugar
- 4 C freshly brewed strong espresso
- 1T cocoa powder
- 1/3 C cold water
- 1/3 C whipped cream
Directions : 1. In a pan, mix granulated sugar with cocoa powder and add cold water progressively. 2. Mix with a wooden spoon to get a smooth mixture. 3. Bring to a boil still whisking until the sugar is dissolved completely. Bring the temperature down and warm up during 2 minutes. 4. Remove from the heat and add the freshly brewed espresso gradually. Then pour the mixture in a dish and let it cool down a few minutes. 5. Cover with a film and place in the freezer 1 hour 30 min while scraping the mixture from time to time with a fork to create the granita texture. 6. Place the mixture back in the freezer for 2 hours. 7. Pour the espresso granita in 4 small dessert bowls, spread a layer of whipped cream. Serve immediately.
From the folks at HandPresso
July 3, 2009
Famous for its espresso, and artist collection espresso cups, Illy has brought out a Graffiti Collection for its canned espresso that will be sure to live on after its use, or at least liven up a summer kitchen during use. The Love the Difference collection supports a foundation that brings together the diversity of cultures around the Mediterranean coast. The clear plastic sleeve that brands the coffee is quickly removed, revealing the artwork below.
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