June 24, 2010
Knew this would start getting ugly..... Recall Ethical coffee, run by a former Nespresso exec, is putting out capsules that work in the Nespresso machine, but according to them do not actually infringe on the Nestle patents. Well apparently French authorities acted on the request of Nestle to seize capsules at the Ethical Coffee plant in a first step that has to be leading to a court ordered shut down or standoff over the subject.
I am sure Nestle is asserting that Ethical Coffee infringes on its patents, and of course Ethical Coffee believes that they do not infringe on these patents. We'll see how this shakes out, but there are a lot of billable lawyer hours in the future over this one.
Related to this, Nestle is also involved with Sara Lee over similar allegations of patent infringement.
More at Business Week
June 21, 2010
Illy has broadened its rollout of Issimo Iced coffee in a can to a lot of major outlets this summer, giving more people a chance to try it out. I know that iced coffee is polarizing, soliciting looks of puckered up faces to lip smacking smiles. I happen to love it, and with the warmer weather setting in here in boston, I have turned my Nespresso machine into an iced espresso assembly line.
If you are looking to try it out, Illy has a store finder page to locate a store hopefully near you to buy and try it. I see it at a lot of Target and Whole Foods stores.
Illy sent out a recipe that takes Issimo to a new level:
Illy Issimo Raspberry Tempesta
1. Add 2C ice to a blender
2. Add one Can Illy Issimo Cappuccino to blender
3. Add 8 fresh Raspberries
4. Blend for 45 seconds or until smooth
5. Pour into 10 oz. glass and serve with a straw.
Quick descriptions from their website:
- Issimo Caffè—Bold and energizing, with the full-bodied character of real Italian espresso plus a touch of sweetness; 6.8 fl oz cans, 155 mg caffeine.
- Issimo Cappuccino—Uplifting rich and fragrant espresso taste blended with milk and cocoa, balanced with a hint of sweetness; 8.45 fl oz cans, 64 mg caffeine.
- Issimo Latte Macchiato—A smooth and silky swirl of fresh espresso taste perfectly blended with a hint of velvety milk and sugar; 8.45 fl oz cans, 64 mg caffeine.
If you can't find Illy Issimo at a store near you, you can always find Issimo Iced Coffee through Amazon
June 16, 2010
Nespresso is starting the long defense of their patented system of Nespresso capsules and extraction methods against competition through patent infringement suits. Nespresso has a lot to lose if they don't, as the Nespresso business has been a bright spot in the company's balance sheets lately.
Nespresso volume was up 20% in the last quarterly announcement, and Sara Lee recently started selling capsules in France to fit the Nespresso maker at a 10% discount to the Nespresso ones. Definitely a concern at Nestle if the Nespresso brand is to continue doing well. Clearly Nespresso sees a lot of growth ahead for its Nespresso brand and with what they believe to be a strong patent portfolio they believe that they will need to defend it and the growth potential. Sara Lee on the other hand clearly sees an opportunity or at least a need to get into this growing high end market with something that doesn't infringe on Nestle's patents.
Ethical Coffee has also released a capsule that fits the Nespresso machine in France. No news about suits versus this company, but to add a twist to this facet, the founder of this company, Jean-Paul Gaillard, used to work at Nespresso and apparently is trying to navigate around Nestle's patent coverage.
I am sure we will continue to hear about these stories well into the future.
June 12, 2010
These are oldies but goodies here at Single Serve Espresso. This set of 2 Bodum Pavina 2-ounce espresso glasses, is made of mouth-blown glass with 2 layers of lightweight, durable borosilicate glass as the base. The double wall keeps drinks insulated, and won't form condensation on outside. These cups are also dishwasher and microwave safe.
At Bodum Pavina 2-Ounce Double-Wall Thermo Glasses