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June 23, 2014

Coffee Prices Going up Tomorrow

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If you haven't heard; prices on some Starbucks coffee drinks are going up a few cents tomorrow - between five and twenty according to reports.

Its not a surprise give the crop issues in Central America (Coffee Rust), and the drought in Brazil, dragging on supplies, and pushing coffee prices up for rage swaths of the bean.

Enjoy that Grande today, it'll cost more tomorrow.

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May 11, 2014

Illy Issimo Ready to Drink in Multi-Serve Sizes


Illy Issimo Ready to Drink Coffee

Illy has released their Issimo ready to drink coffee beverages in larger, multi-serve, 1-quart sizes. That's four servings of the Caffe Macchiato, Cappuccino, and Latte Macchiato drinks. They are 100% Arabica coffee based, and at least the Cappuccino comes in at around 100 calories, so it's pretty lightly sweetened.

The Issimo line has been around for a while, and in several packaging iterations too. We reviewed the main Illy Issimo line a few years back, then took a look at the Issimo Mocha earlier this year. Overall, not bad for a shelf stable coffee drink, but won't blow your mind if you make your own iced americanos. It's lightly sweetened, with a himt of cocoa in the finish. Great over ice, and fairly smooth. Not totally clean or overwhelmingly coffee in the flavor profile, but a fairly refreshing coffee drink.


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The 1-quart Issimos that I see in the grocery are in the refrigerated section and cost $3 - $4 each. They come in a shrink wrapped PET bottle, and needs to be refrigerated (not shelf stable and no preservatives). Once opened, they say that it must be consumed in seven days.


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April 14, 2014

Can you Make your Next Coffee Cake with Coffee Flour?

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Regular flour is just ground up wheat, so why can't we grind up coffee beans and make Coffee Flour; well someone did. A start-up in Vancouver, CF Holdings, has started to make Coffee Flour, a high fiber, high iron, gluten free flour that can be used to partially replace other flours in baked goods. Coffee flour does pack some caffeine, and will slowly release into the system; but don't expect a huge jolt. It would take over half a loaf of bread made with 20% coffee flour to get the same caffeine dose as a cup of coffee.

Check out their site; they have a few recipes that you can ponder; the brown pasta recipe is maybe my favorite. Maybe that would go well with a frothed cream sauce?

Via

More at CoffeeFlour

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April 10, 2014

HiLine Coffee: Win a Nespresso Citiz Machine

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HiLiine coffee, maker of some pretty good coffee in Nespresso compatible capsules, is taking entries to win a Nespresso Citiz coffee machine, plus three months of free coffee.

If you have been interested in getting a Nespresso machine, but weren't sure, it's a great contest to enter, because who doesn't want a new espresso machine for free.

HiLine's coffee is pretty good, and if you already have a machine, head over to their website and check a few sleeves out of their roasts.

Enter here at their Hi-Line Contest Facebook page, and stop by their site at HiLine

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April 9, 2014

Optimal Tea Flavor for just $40K?

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Bkon Craft Tea Brewer

No, this isn't an espresso machine but after my last post for a $10,000 espresso machine, I couldn't pass up posting this about the $40,000 Bkon Tea brewer. It brews in just 60-90 seconds, and does it by pulling a vacuum on the cylinder inserting the tea, RO water, minerals, and letting it steep. The partial vacuum helps to pull air out of the leaves, while saturating it with water. The brewing conditions can be set through a touchpad.

Via LA Times More at BKon

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February 19, 2014

Want to Grab a Cold Pint..... of Coffee?

It should have happened sooner; we have coffee stout, why not coffee poured out of a tap that is fed by the same gas that the best Stouts use, nitrogen?

Cuvee coffee has done it, and they call it Black and Blue, a cold coffee brew that is legged, and served out of a beer tap. Slightly carbonated, using nitrogen as the gas, allows Cuvee to give you the rich experience of a falling crema that so many stout beer drinkers fall in love with.

Check out their video to see what I mean.

More on Cuveee's Black and Blue, and where to experience it (in TX) at the Cuvee Coffee website

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February 10, 2014

Want to Be Creative? Productive? Should you drink Coffee or Beer

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No doubt, readers here at SingleserveEspresso know I love coffee, but they may not know I love beer too. (I know, probably not a big surprise either.)

Having brewed a few dozen batches of beer on my own, I appreciate a whole range of beers from summer swillers to coffee stouts.

I also like to read Medium, a pretty heady 'zine that has contributors sending in all kids of great articles. I stumbled onto this one that walks trough you choice between these two beverages and their roll in brain chemistry….. and its role in making you more creative or productive.

It's good to get to the bottom line and as Medium tells it, it's only an 8 minute read.

Coffee vs. Beer: Which Makes you More Creative?

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January 27, 2014

Illy and Samsung Tie the Knot

Famed coffee name Illy has tied the knot with Samsung to create a symbiotic relationship that is sure to be watched for a while. The relationship is not about the machine; it's about a better or best in class retail experience. Illy is looking at an upscale retail experience, driven by a strong visual component. Samsung will help there.

Samsung on the other hand claims to want some reason to pause in their showrooms, and maybe a cup of Illy coffee can do that for them.

According to the press release, "The agreement is designed to pool the resources of both companies in order to leverage each other’s strengths and brand equities by utilizing Samsung’s legacy in technology innovation, electronic devices and multimedia content and illycaffè’s expertise in premium coffee, food and beverage retail marketing and their connections with a diverse set of artistic projects. The attention that both companies bring toward human creativity, specifically with regards to art and design, provide a common ground for the two brands."



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January 25, 2014

Review: Illy Issimo Mocha Drink

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Illy Issimo Mochaccino is a ready to drink coffee treat that you can grab and go at a lot of convenience stores and sometimes can be found in the regular grocery store. I didn't grab a Mochaccino when I reviewed the rest of the line a few years ago. Since then, Illy has added the drinks in this bottle package shown above.

So, hey, with a quick chill, and a need for a little treat, I grabbed one of these the other day and enjoyed.

Give it a good shake, as you'll need to get the cocoa off the bottom. I had it straight, and not over ice, which I would recommend, because the flavors are already a little on the light side.

It's got a good Mocha flavor, but is not overwhelming, nor is it biting with bitter cocoa. The packing process sands off a lot of the top notes and finer flavors for most coffee drinks, so don't expect to look for the fine flavors you might fine in single origin coffees.

Overall, I give it two thumbs up if you like coffee, and like a little sweetness.


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October 17, 2013

Nespresso and Illy: Recycle at Retail

Nespresso and Illy announced that they are working with retailers to recycle your spent espresso capsules; bring spent expresso capsules into stores from the Nespresso machine or the lilt iperEspresso machines, and recycle them with TerraCycle. Currently Sur La Table stores nationwide offer the service.

The capsules will be sent to TerraCycle, where the coffee will be composted, and the packaging will be recycled into other items.

In addition to the retail recycling option, Nespresso consumers can send their used capsules directly to TerraCycle by joining the Nespresso Brigade on www.terracycle.com.

Illy consumers can recycle directly through illy by using the pre-paid return shipping label provided to them when their capsule orders are shipped out.

So, if you're a total green, you probably won't have one of these machines, it you are sorta green, this might help.

In the "Sorta Green" camp, I use the Outpresso to compost my spend Nespresso coffee, and then recycle the capsules in the municipal stream.

Full press release below:

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August 26, 2013

Illy Espresso Machine Stop Motion at Vine

Illy making espresso. It takes a while to get tired of watching the cup come out of the base. Love it, sometimes I feel like this is my day.

For your enjoyment.

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May 28, 2013

5 Tips for Great Iced Coffee this Summer

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We drink a lot of coffee, and if you're at a blog on espresso, you probably do to. Not everyone drinks hot coffee all summer long, and with the first heat wave of the season coming this week, we thought we'd offer a few tips on getting a cool treat in a coffee kind of way.

  1. Skip the ready to drink variety from the store - they generally taste the same, and are not as fresh as your own, generally cost more and it wasn't heat processed like a moon rock.
  2. Choose an all Arabica blend - the "traditional" blends of espresso include Robusta coffee, which while I love that full bodied dark flavor in hot espresso, it comes across as a bit of rank pungency in an iced coffee.
  3. Get a pair of these glasses - they are different, and can handle hot and cold drinks. I brew right into them and ice. The special glasses make the occasion.
  4. Keep a little cream in the fridge as a treat for "chill" weekends - espresso over the rocks with a splash of cream is an excellent indulgence.
  5. Try something new - drinking iced coffee is different and you might like a different blend hot than cold. Variety is the spice of life.

Cheers; see you on the balcony/patio/deck or in the park.


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May 1, 2013

Great Espresso Video - Taking a Coffee Break

In the tradition of Stomp, this video takes a walk through a simple coffee break in the Sanremo UK shipping dock. This maker of espresso machines takes a fun look at what that coffee break might sound like.

Via Giz

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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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