September 25, 2007

Coffee Haiku Contest - Win a B60 Brewer

Green Mountain Coffee

Richness to the last drop

Vermont roasted Bliss

(Apologies to the Blue Can folks....) Yea, let's see you do better.... if you fancy yourself a poet of the Haiku variety (5-7-5 syllables), go ahead and pen a few and submit them to Green Mountain. You may win a B60 Coffee Brewer, and get your Haiku on a cup.

More at Green Mountain

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September 20, 2007

Tully's - Compostable and Fair Trade All Around

Next time you are in a Tully’s café, you can now relax and be thankful that your paper coffee cup is now fully compostable. The coffee chain is the first to rollout a new paper cup that unlike its peers is lined not with a regular plastic liner, but a plastic made from corn. With this, cups, napkins and food scraps will be commercially composted at its Washington state locations. Also in the “Good for the World” department, Tully’s is announcing that it is going to start using espresso that is only made from Fair Trade and organic coffees.


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September 13, 2007

In Pursuit of the Best Coffees in the World


If you are a fan of high quality coffee you'll enjoy reading an article in the NY Times about the lengths some coffee roasters go to so that they can get some of the best coffees in the world. It's not all glamour, as it's a lot of travel to far off places that aren't too close to the 5 star hotel, but the dividends can be incredible as some of the finest lots of coffees and yes, even micro-lots of coffee can be found, bought and roasted into pure heaven. If you've been hanging around coffee culture, you'll probably recognize some of the names: Stumptown, Intelligentsia, Tea Traders, Counter culture and Terroir.

Read More about the Pursuit of the best coffee in the world at NYT

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September 11, 2007

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte with Nutrition Information


Summer might still be in the air, but Fall is knocking on the door. At Starbucks the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back on the menu, with its blend of pumpkin and spice flavors that blend with the espresso note to create a very welcome Fall treat.

For more Nutrition information on the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, check out their page on the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

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September 3, 2007

Founder of Peet's Coffee, Alfred Peet Dies at 87


Founder of Peet’s Coffee and Tea and pioneer in the coffee shop world, Alfred Peet died last week at the age of 87. He was born in Holland and was the son of a coffee and tea merchant where he learned the trade and learned to appreciate what high quality coffee and tea could be like. He moved to the US and opened his first coffee shop in 1966 in Berkley, CA. As the original store flourished with its high quality coffee leading its reputation, he opened up more shops in the San Francisco area.

Peet’s Coffee and Tea now has over 150 cafes and has its coffee distributed to much of the US.

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August 28, 2007

Five Alternative Ways to get your Caffeine

Just in case you needed a bit of a pick-me-up and the espresso maker is out of commission, there are a few other things that can help; maybe not as delicious, but they are all around you just in case:

1) Energy Drinks – a relatively young category, but it’s here to stay, can you say “Monster”, or “Red Bull”?

2) Caffeinated GumJolt Gum; from the makers of the Original Jolt Cola (“All the sugar and twice the caffeine”) they bring you Jolt gum in spearmint and peppermint. Need Government Issue? How about Stay Alert Military gum – 100mg of caffeine per piece.

3) Eco Lips Energy Lip Balm – protect those lips from becoming chapped and get a good jolt in the meantime. Eco Lips Energy Lip Balm

4) Sum Seeds – Premium Sunflower Seeds energized with caffeine, Taurine, Lysine and Ginsing. Better not try this in an office meeting; where to spit the shells? Sum Seeds

5) Caffeinated Donut or Pastry – We’ve talked about it before, encapsulation makes the caffeine taste good; and the deep fat frying helps too! The Caffeinated Donut

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August 27, 2007

Behind the Scenes of an Espresso Blog

If you are into reading about espresso on the web, and you are interested in home espresso, then you have probably come across Home-Barista, a site devoted to the pursuit of excellent shots of espresso. Well, if you want a little information behind the scenes of Home-barista, there's a pretty good article that went up recently from a home town newspaper, The News Observer.

For the article, they prep espresso after espresso and talk a bit about what makes an excellent shot.

ReadMore at the News Observer or skip over to Home-Barista

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August 17, 2007

Illy 3 Day Special Sale - Hurry Ends August 19th!


Illy just sent out to its email list notice of a 3-day online special; free shipping on all orders from their website as long as you order before midnight August 19th. You'll have to check out some of their coffee cup collections, or their collection of espresso including their ESE Espresso pods. When you check out you just need to use the Special Discount Code EAUGFREESHIP.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

More on the Special Offer at the Illy Website.

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August 16, 2007

Naturally Low Caffeine Coffee from Ethiopia


Decaffeinated coffee may be in your future. "No Way!" You say? Well, we're not talking your grandmother's decaf instant coffee here, we're talking about a recent decision in Ethiopia to cultivate for commercial use some coffee varieties that were found to be naturally low in caffeine. Ethiopia is home to great coffees and they have a rich coffee tradition; this may just be a natural outgrowth of that tradition.

"Coffee research centers are in the process of planting seedlings of natural coffee with low caffeine varieties, to enable Ethiopia to supply the world market within the shortest possible time," said Abera Deressa, State Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

So who knows, a decade from now you may just be able to choose from estate grown full bodied, bright, well rounded varieties of coffee that are naturally low in caffeine.

Via Stuff

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August 14, 2007

Girl Overdoses on Espresso

A British girl home after exams, found out the hard way that you really can have too much espresso. She was a little tired working after not much sleep in her father’s café, and decided if one double shot was good, then another was better. After seven doubles, she was a mess; "My nerves were all over the place," Jasmine said. "I was crying in front of the customers and had tears streaming down my face."

After leaving the shop, she went home and took a turn for the worse, eventually landing herself in the hospital; "I was drenched. I was burning up and hyperventilating," she said. "I was having palpitations, my heart was beating so fast and I think I was going into shock."

After being monitored for several hours after being diagnosed with caffeine overdose, she was fine and was allowed to go home. She hasn’t had a coffee or espresso since.

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