January 11, 2007

McDonalds Coffee - Fair Trade

So the latest place you can get a cup of Fair Trade coffee is at the golden arches of McDonald’s. The big old burger chain is going Fair Trade in the UK changing over their restaurants this week. They buy their coffee in the UK from Kraft, one of the largest coffee producers in the world. This has to put some muscle behind the Fair Trade movement, and may get things a lot closer to the tipping point to get a majority of coffee producers to back the movement.

Hopefully the market responds, and they see the business benefit in the States too.

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January 9, 2007

Entertaining with the DeLonghi EAM 3500

I wanted to put up a post about this before the holidays are but a distant memory. We had a couple of parties over the holidays and as you might imagine, the kitchen of SingleServeEspresso.com was serving up some coffee; espresso and lattes to be exact. I raved about the "Barista Button" in my review of the DeLonghi EAM 3500, that makes a latte at the push of one button, and I am back to tell you about what a delight this thing is when you have people over for a party. It was so fun, it became the entertainment. There is something mesmerizing about a super automatic when it brews an espresso for you at the push of a button. The fact that this also steams milk right into your cup blows people away. So, instead of getting everyone their own, I was able to get a couple and then people wanted to do it themselves.... "Teach them to fish and they can drink lattes for a lifetime...." or something like that. The aroma went through the house, the word went out and I had people ready to do it themselves.

Now, I did set up sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg away from the machine so that it siphoned people off to prevent a huge back up. The DeLonghi EAM 3500 makes a latte that fits nicely into a 6 ounce cup, so we broke out the good china for a good time. People definitely felt like it was a special treat to have something like this to top off the event.

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January 8, 2007

Coffee House Chalk Art


While sitting there sipping an espresso or Latte, have you ever noticed that fancy chalk work on the wall and thought wow, that's pretty good! Well there are some people who are taking it to a new level, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has a cool little article about a few artists who are turning casual chalk into a higher art form; and making a living at it. The work is sometimes tough, calloused cramping hands can make for a tough day, but the hours are yours. After a long start up curve, the coffeehouse patrons are pretty thankful for the decorations.

ReadMore about Chalkboard Art

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January 4, 2007

Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte is Back - 90 Calories

Starting today, Starbucks is bringing back the Cinnamon Dolce Latte (CDL), a special winter-time treat that was first introduced last winter and quickly became a customer favorite.

The CDL combines classic winter flavors – a delicious blend of sweet cinnamon, butter and brown sugar – and pairs it with Starbucks signature dense, caramelly sweet espresso and freshly steamed milk, all topped with whipped cream and a dusting of Cinnamon Dolce sprinkles. This season, the CDL is also offered with a sugar-free syrup option to help stay true to New Year’s resolutions while providing an indulgent-tasting treat. The Tall CDL ("small" in most shops) is only 90 calories when you request a sugar-free, no whip, no fat version.... I know, barely indulgent, but it can help keep that New Year's Resolution going!

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January 3, 2007

Starbucks to cut Trans Fats


So it comes out that starbucks is going to cut trans fats in their baked goods by year end. (According to the Starbusks website, only the espresso drinks with whipped cream report any trans fats - might just "Skip the Whip".) It will take a while to fully implement across all stores, but some locations will have zero trans fats almost immediately. “This is just something we have been working on, and our focus has always been on providing our customers with healthy and nutritious food options,” Brandon Borrman, a spokesman, stated.

Starbucks locations in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Portland, and Washington D.C. will all have zero trans fats in their foods almost immediately.

The other half of the stores across the country will also now have to follow the trend by adjusting recipes with bakers and food suppliers in the regions. It will take time but it will be done.

This follows New York City banning trans fats, and other cities like Boston considering a similar measure.

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January 2, 2007

Cooler Weather; Warm up with the JavaLog


So, the colder months are here, and this is your chance to close the loop on spent coffee grounds. The Java Log has been featured all over the place in magazines like Time, and on TV shows like Ellen. The Java Log is made up of spent coffee grounds and a vegetable based wax; compressed to burn about 3 hours in your fireplace, just like those other wood based fireplace logs. The Java Log company gets their coffee from large instant coffee makers, (and some coffee shops through waste recyclers), saving about 42 million kilograms of waste from going to landfills each year. The packaging is 100% recycled, and the log creates 10X less creosote and 6X less particulate matter than burning wood. Anyway, looks like it’s worth checking out.

They are available at lots of national retailers, check out the JavaLog website for more information on where you can find them.

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December 28, 2006

ESE Pods for the New Espresso Machine

There are a lot of people writing in about their new espresso machine and how to get into using ESE Espresso Pods. If you are new and want to learn a bit about ESE Espresso Pods, check out our article covering ESE Espresso Pods and what they are, how they got started, etc. They are easy to use, and are VERY convenient.

Now, we really enjoy a few ESE pods, but no way to really get into Pods and really have fun exploring the world of ESE Espresso Pods is the ESE Espresso Pod Super Sampler ; tons of pods; 2 of each kind. Total blast exploring dozens of different ones.

Of course, if you like coffee at Starbucks, try out the Starbucks ESE Espresso Pods, they taste almost exactly like what you'll see in the cafe.

If you really love a nice Italian espresso, one of the favorites around the kitchens here is the Lavazza Grand Crema ESE Espresso Pods. See my review of the Lavazza Grand Crema ESE Espresso Pods.

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December 27, 2006

Illy and the Future of Espresso

If you want a decent overview of the Illy company, where it’s going and where it’s been, you should check out the NYT article looking at the company, and the founder’s grandson who is now running the company, Andrea Illy. Illy is pushing to gain back its heritage a bit by driving for more high end espresso bars, called Espressamente, and constantly selling high end cup collections designed by the world’s best designers.

Readmore about the Illy company, and the evolving espresso business at NYT

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December 22, 2006

How Many Calories in that Holiday Latte?

So while the holiday drinks are flowing ever faster, I thought I would put up the expected calorie load of these bad boys that have been pouring out of the shops for the last few weeks. Don't want to rain on anyone's Christmas parade, but I thought it would be best to be an educated consumer.

Calories in specific drinks (For Starbucks: no whipped cream and whole milk):

Starbucks Eggnog Latte
Grande: 424 calories, 21g of fat
Venti: 530 calories, 26g of fat

Starbucks Gingerbread Latte
Grande: 336 calories, 13g of fat
Venti: 420 calories, 16g of fat

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Latte
Grande: 368 calories, 12 g of fat
Venti: 460 calories, 15g of fat

Dunkin Donuts Gingerbread Latte

10 ounce: 400 calories, 9g of fat.

For reference: McDonald's Quarter Pounder, no cheese: 420 calories, 21g fat.

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December 11, 2006

Starbucks Company Info - Where they're going....


Interested in what Starbucks is up to as a company? TIME magazine just posted a pretty good read on where the business is going and how much they can still grow. Did you know that they are striving to serve you within 3 minutes and that less than 60% of the stores hit that mark? How about your local Starbucks?

ReadMore at TIME

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