April 30, 2013

Illy Recipe Contest


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Illy has a recipe contest up on their Facebook page. You'll need to create your best recipe and submit it to win one of the fabulous prizes…. channeling some hawker mojo here. The best recipes will go into their seasonal recipe book.

Once you like them, and submit your amazing recipe, you'll be eligible to win a Francis Francis X7.1 iperEspresso Machine, one (1) can of iperEspresso Medium Roast Capsules, one (1) can of Ground Drip Coffee Medium Roast, one (1) set of four (4) illy Logo Cappuccino Cups and one (1) set of four (4) illy Logo Espresso Cups.

More at: http://on.fb.me/10F551m


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April 25, 2013

Nespresso Loses Patent Battle to Dualit in UK

Nespresso has long battled for patent control over what goes into its machines, and the UK just ruled for Dualit, and will allow them to continue to sell their Dualit capsules in the UK under the Dualit NX name.

This comes months after a German court ruled that compatible capsules can be sold there without infringement issues on Nestle patents.

Tough day in court for the coffee giant who sells billions per year in the Nespresso unit, who just broke ground on a third Nespresso Capsule manufacturing center.

Below is a quick video from the folks at Aromo Coffee showing the Dualit capsules.

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April 24, 2013

How to Set the Brew Size on Nespresso Machines (and reset it)

It's easy to set a new brew size on most automatic Nespresso machines. These are the machines where you can hit the button, and the machine shuts off when it reaches the right pour size. This usually includes Citiz, Pixie, Latissima+, and more.

How to Customize your Brew Volume

If you decide that you want to alter the size of the espresso shot, you can easily create a new "espresso" and "lungo" setting for yourself in a few simple steps:

  1. Insert Capsule in machine to brew.
  2. Press and HOLD the desired brew button that you want to alter the brew volume on
  3. When the Espresso shot gets to the desired level, release the button.
  4. You now have set a custom brew size that will allow you to get that brew volume each and every time you brew.

How to Reset your Nespresso Machine

Okay, so you don't like that brew volume setting anymore, or you accidentally set it to some insane level, it's easy to return the Citiz to the factory settings. Again a few easy steps:

  1. Switch the machine off
  2. Press and hold the "Lungo" brew button
  3. Switch the machine on
  4. Release the Lungo button

Yes, it's that easy.


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April 23, 2013

Coffee Week at NPR

NPR is going to be looking at Coffee, and bringing stories from around the world on the drink. The first installment was yesterday and is up not eh web for streaming. This one is a good overview of the coffee growing market, with tiny farms creating some of the best coffee in the world, and big mega-plantations in Brazil growing 40% of all coffee.

More at NPR for Coffee Week

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April 20, 2013

Review: Nespresso Trieste and Napoli Limited Edition Capsules


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Several times a year, Nespresso launches a special capsule that drives demand and excitement among users. The Variations are flavored capsules that come out for the holiday season, and then a couple of times a year, usually in the Spring and the Fall, Limited Editions come out focused on a special blend of coffees, backed by some powerful marketing concepts.   

Nespresso likes these for a few reasons, as it drives sales, excitement and a fresh story into the Nespresso line. Oh, yea, and they charge more for the capsules too.

This year, the Spring Limited Edition wraps the experience in the coffee culture of Italy, essentially coming home to the espresso culture's roots.

On the Strong Side

The Napoli capsules is a blend of South American, African and Asian beans that have a dark, complex and STRONG flavor with a bit of a Robusta finish. The capsule sis said to be an 11 on a 10 scale, much like the fabled Kazaar all Robusta blended capsule. With the Napoli, Nespresso is pushing a "Black Gold" concentrated coffee concept of taking the espresso as a Ristretto, (25ml) or an even shorter 15ml. I typically like this type of blend, so my money is on the Napoli in this kitchen for preference. No idea what it would register as a standard espresso (40 ml).

The Trieste is a bit less intense, but not by much. The Trieste capsules will be 100% Brazilian and African Arabica beans with a nutty and chocolatey flavor coming in at a 9 on the 10 intensity scale, also as a Ristretto (25ml).


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Nespresso recommends Ristrettos on both the Naoili and Trieste. The Napoli is said to be an eleven on their strength scale, while the Trieste comes in at a nine.


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April 16, 2013

Review: Starbucks Iced Coffee

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I like cold coffee drinks and have for a long time. I had to try out Starbuck's Iced Coffee when I cruised by it today in the market. Starbucks has long been into ready to drink coffee with its Frappuccino, and DoubleShot iced espresso.

Starbucks Iced coffee comes in four varieties, with one being low calorie. I like the idea of low calorie, but elected to pick up the base "Iced Coffee" and the Caramel versions, skipping the low calories version; maybe next time. Over at Single Serve Coffee, they mentioned that Starbucks is rolling out the products in select cities, with the Caramel available from Washington DC up to Maine. The rollout nationally will continue through the rest of the year.

How does Starbucks Describe the Taste for its Iced Coffee?

  • Iced Coffee - These beans and just the right touch of sweetness create a crisp, refreshing taste. It's the perfect way to stay cool all year long.
  • Caramel - These beans plus lusciously rich caramel flavor create a refreshing, pick-me-up taste. It's the perfect way to stay cool all year long.
  • Vanilla - These beans plus satisfyingly smooth vanilla flavor create a refreshing, pick-me-up taste. It's the perfect way to stay cool all year long.
  • Low Calorie Iced Coffee - These beans and just the right touch of sweetness create a crisp, refreshing taste. It's the perfect way to stay cool all year long without the guilt.

How Many Calories in Starbucks Iced Coffee

The low calorie version is a good "in between" drink, with 50 calories per 11 ounce serving. I like that they left in some stuff to make it semi-real. When you strip out everything, it's really hard to make something taste good.

The others - Caramel and regular "Iced Coffee" have 110 calories per bottle, with the Vanilla going a little higher at 120 calories.

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April 11, 2013

Caribou Coffee Closing Stores and Rebranding Others to Peet's

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Caribou Coffee is struggling, and closing 80 underperforming stores. They are also rebranding 88 others to the Peet's brand. The private equity firm who owns Caribou also owns Peet's.

Stores in several states including Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, and Wisconsin. The remaining 450+ locations in other states will be the focus going forward.

More at Caribou Coffee

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April 9, 2013

Shipping Today: Nespresso Napoli and Trieste Capsules

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Nespresso started shipping their Limited Edition 2013 Napoli and Trieste capsules for the Spring season. The new pair of capsules are meant to capture the coffee culture of these Italian cities with different espresso blends, roasted to bring out a bold flavor.

The Napoli capsules is a blend of South American, African and Asian beans that have a dark, complex and STRONG flavor with a bit of a Robusta finish. The capsule sis said to be an 11 on a 10 scale, much like the fabled Kazaar all Robusta blended capsule. With the Napoli, Nespresso is pushing a "Black Gold" concentrated coffee concept of taking the espresso as a Ristretto, (25ml) or an even shorter 15ml. I typically like this type of blend, so my money is on the Napoli in this kitchen for preference.

The Trieste is a bit less intense, but not by much. The Trieste capsules will be 100% Brazilian and African Arabica beans with a nutty and chocolatey flavor coming in at a 9 on the 10 intensity scale.

Order now, if they prove popular, they'll be gone soon. Price is $0.70 per capsule.

Read more about our announcement a couple of weeks ago on the first signs of the Napoli and Trieste capsules.

Order at the Nespresso Club


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April 7, 2013

KonaRed Coffee Fruit Beverage - Made with Coffee Cherries

KonaRed is a beverage that is made with the coffee cherry, or coffee fruit into a beverage focused on healthy living. The beverage is made from the coffee fruit exclusively from the islands of Hawaii, and makes a point of tracing its fruit source for a Farm to Table promise.

Interestingly the coffee fruit is said to have several anti-oxidants, which can help in several areas of a health regimen.

From the company, "Hawaiian KonaRed Coffee Fruit is extremely high in antioxidants such as, Quinic Acid-antiviral and Ferulic Acid- anti-inflammatory. The Bioavailable units measured on the ORAC scale is an astounding 2,501 per gram. That means when you consumer KonaRed the antioxidants are being absorbed at a high cellular level in your body, instead of being wasted or digested"

Check out their video.

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April 5, 2013

America's Best Coffee Shops


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If you haven't seen it, the short article and associated notes of each coffee shop is worth the read. The Daily Meal has posted a list of their favorite coffee shops around the country. I think it would have been great to visit all of these in research, but I am sure this was a team effort.

Ultimo Coffee in Philly was ranked number one, and a favorite of ours, Gimmie Coffee number two. Ironically, the coffee-love between the two top shops was already going on as Ultimo has been serving up Gimme's award winning Finca San Luis as their guest coffee of the month.

You have to love some of these shops, as you click through the winners. Familiar ones are there, and then some unfamiliar ones, with some great unique features that catch your eye, or just make your mouth water reading about their care of preparation for espresso.

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April 4, 2013

Unconfirmed: Nespresso Napoli and Trieste Coming April 10

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My sources are indicating that the new Spring Capsules from Nespresso, the Napoli and Trieste capsules will be available from Nespresso Club April 10 at the call center, and online a day earlier.

The capsules are usually announced early in the week, so we'll see, as the announcement could be as early as next Monday or Tuesday.

A lot of people have been asking "When will Nespresso's Napoli and Trieste capsules launch in the US?" - they've already launched overseas, and we usually get the news and the capsules a few weeks later. The time is ripe for a new Spring Limited Edition.

Of course, as soon as we get some in we'll post a review of the Nespresso Limited Edition Napoli and Triste capsules.

The new Limited Edition espresso capsules focus on the coffee culture of Italy, and will be packing some stiff espresso credentials, coming in high on Nespresso's intensity scale. Read more on the Nespresso's Napoli and Trieste Limited Edition Espresso Capsules.

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