December 13, 2014

Starbucks Discoveries Gingerbread Latte Ready to Drink


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Starbucks has their Gingerbread Latte version in their Discoveries ready to drink line out of the holidays. We thought we’d grab it and take it for a spin as we decorated the house this weekend.

I happen to love gingerbread, gingerbread cookies, and gingerbread flavored baked goods in just about any form or fashion. When I saw this Starbucks Discoveries Gingerbread Latte in the refrigerated section of th local store, I thought it would make a great coffee-flavored indulgence.

The Discoveries line of ready to drink coffee drinks has been out for a while, and can be found in the refrigerated section in pourable cartons. The 1.5 liter carton is easy to pack, and easy to handle, but is fairly tall so some people may need to lay it down in the refrigerator.

Tasting

Overall, the flavor is rich and indulgent, but like I pointed out last year when I reviewed the original line-up for Starbucks Discoveries, they don’t scream COFFEE! It’s more of a sweet coffee-like drink with a good gingerbread flavor.

It has a slightly scented aroma, and a distinct gingerbread flavor in the finish. It’s well balanced and not overly sweet as these ready to drink coffees go.

Others in my family have tried it and they like it too. It’s a good all around flavor, and enjoyable as the temperature dips and the holidays are in the air. Enjoy.

Nutritional Information

Package Size: 1.5 liters

Calories: 130 per 8 ounce serving

Calories from Fat: 25 (in 2.5g)

Ingredients: Reduced fat milk, brewed Starbucks Espresso Coffee, Sugar, Natural Flavor, Ascorbic Acid (To protect flavor).

Available at most grocery stores.

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December 5, 2014

Review: Nespresso Maragogype Special Reserve Capsules

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Nespresso has a very special reserve capsule out, Maragogype Special Reserve, that on the heels of the Kona Spcial Reserve looks set to usher in a new tradition of rare blends that come with a rarefied cost. While your regular capsules may cost $0.80 each, the Special Reserves cost $2 each. Yes, if you're doing the math, that's over $100 per pound at these rates. Insane? Maybe, Expensive? Sure. Worth it? Why not give it a try?

The Maragogype Special Reserve is a blend of beans from Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Colombia. The Maragogype bean is an Arabica mutation that is known for large beans, and was first discovered by the Brazilian town of the same name. Nespresso uses split roasting to coerce the flavors out of each variety, blending after roast to give the ending cup more complexity. Nespresso says that they have a fine flavor with a creamy crema, and mild, slightly sweet notes on a rounded finish. You know it's something to take care of when it comes; it's got its own bubblewrap treatment.


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Bubblewrap on the sleeve - protects your $20 investment.


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December 4, 2014

Moka Pot Gets a Makeover

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The Moka Pot has been used for decades to create a richer, pressure brewed coffee. Steam pressure from boiling water in the bottom, pushes up through the coffee puck on the way to the top chamber, it extracts more solids and flavor from just a bit of water.

Blue Bottle Coffee has teamed up with designer Joey Roth (Not his first trip to the Moka Pot design table) to create this new spin on the classic, with striking lines and some evolved functionality. The steel bottom and water chamber have been optimized relative to the coffee holder to create a rich brew and more volume. The top, being ceramic, is designed to hold the heat better than metal. The long handle is more like an ibrik, turkish-style. pot keeping your hand cool via a cork guard.


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images via Blue Bottle

At Blue Bottle Coffee

Via Cool Hunting

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