September 18, 2006

Melitta ME1MSB SmartBrew Coffee Maker with Weather Display


No, this isn’t an Espresso Machine, but it is what I want in my Espresso Machine. I saw this, and thought I would pass it along, it is a Melitta ME1MSB Smart Brew Coffeemaker With MSN Direct built right in. So, the thing can tell you what the weather forecast is as you pour your cup of coffee. melitta-weather-display.jpg

It’s a 10-cup programmable grind and brew coffee maker that has an animated LCD display that shows you up to the minute regional specific weather that it gets via a free (NO Subscription required!) FM radio signal. It requires no set-up or internet connection – just plug in and go. The appliance displays the current temperature and conditions, high and low temperatures, and chance of precipitation, as well as four-day weather forecasts.

The coffeemaker also displays scrolling weather information; visibility; sunrise/sunset time; the UV index; and national weather-service warnings and alerts (the display flashes when a warning alert is issued).

Available now for Pre-order at Amazon; Ships in Mid-November.

Features after the Jump.

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Caribou Coffee – Free Wi-Fi


So this past weekend, we went to North Carolina, and stopped into a Caribou Coffee shop for a very nice Iced Americano; in fact I went back a few times it was so good. I was also happy to see that they offered free Wi-Fi access in their store. The program was announced late last month as they are rolling it out nationally. The program is not an invitation to hang out and SPAM people all day on Caribou’s dime. Instead offer the first hour free, then asks you to at least buy a $1.50’s worth of goods, or roughly a cup of coffee, for the next hour’s surfing time. Not bad; my Iced Americano would have bought me at least 3 hours of surfing time, but I hardly used it, I had other stuff to do.

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September 15, 2006

New Wave Espresso

There’s a nice video up on the NYT website that talks about the New Wave Espresso as an artistic reality in NYC. They highlight two shops, Gimme! Coffee (a favorite of ours with roots in Ithaca NY) and Ninth Street Espresso. The video walks through the care that a great barista will take to get you a truly excellent espresso. They also show some very nice Latte Art on the video.

Click HERE and then search for “espresso” to pull up the video.

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September 14, 2006

Review: Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrates - Free Offer


It’s time to measure up the Stomping Grounds espresso concentrate. We’ve been drinking Stomping Grounds for the last two weeks or so, and have had it in a wide variety of ways. Stomping Grounds is an espresso concentrate that comes in shelf stable 1 quart packages and is available in 4 varieties: Espresso, Caramel, Vanilla and Mocha. We have had a chance to try out the Espresso and the Caramel for the purposes of this review. There is a nice little pour spout on the package to make pouring easy, and the product is good in the refrigerator for a month after you open it. Stomping Grounds now has a web-store up at their site, and it is available at Cost Plus Markets, and some select Whole Foods Stores.

Update: Stompin Grounds Espresso Concentrate is now available at Amazon.

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Espresso you can eat: Espesso


Lavazza has had this little creation that is amazing and allows you to eat you espresso. The concoction is a secret formula that whips up an espresso and other ingredients into a mousse-like wonder that you eat with a spoon. The Espesso can now be had in Chicago these days at the local Lavazza shops there.

If you want to see more about how this works from a short little video, check out Lavazza website and then click on the "Espesso: The coffee you eat." button.

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September 13, 2006

Saving Money on Coffee or Stealing?


So it sounds like there is a fair number of people saving money these days by making their own lattes. Not how you think though. Coffee shop owners are complaining that customers are getting just a shot or two of espresso (over ice) and then moving to the condiment area and filling up with the free milk there; savings can be a buck or two over the usual Iced Latte price. Do that every day for a few months and it adds up. Coffee shop owners are paying through the nose though, as milk prices are up already with fuel surcharges on the deliveries due to the high gas prices. So, is it stealing when you take something that's free? Is it too much of a good thing?

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September 11, 2006

Starbucks Sued for $114 Million over Pulled "Free Drink" Coupon


From the Uh-Oh department, comes this one. Recall we updated you that the Starbucks Free Drink email promotion was pulled early due to the fact that the email got out of control. Now things just got worse; they are getting sued. In NY, an attorney is suing Starbucks because of the pulled promotion. Starbucks is being sued for $114 million over its recall. Attorney Peter Sullivan filed the lawsuit Friday in New York on behalf of a 23-year-old Starbucks regular who he says felt "betrayed" when her coupon was not honored. He is accusing the Seattle-based coffee company of fraud and says he will request class-action status for the suit. The $114 million is founded on an estimate of what the average daily cost is for a cup of coffee for all the people turned away for the promotion. How he even arrived at the number of people who got turned away is beyond me. So, I wonder, who was the brand manager who dreamt up this promotion and I wonder what s/he is doing now?

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September 8, 2006

News from Terroir Coffee Company

Terroir Coffee Company is an artisan coffee roaster based in Acton Massachusetts, and they specialize in finding some of the best estate coffees from around the world, roasting them up and delivering them to discerning customers for prices that are amazingly affordable. The owner, George Howell, posts a monthly newsletter. This month he covers several interesting aspects about coffee handling, and coffee roasting; he also highlights his Espresso of the Month: Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.

Other Features include:

  • Final Roasting of the El Aguacate: Arguably the finest Colombian coffee ever offered on the market.
  • Open House at the Roaster in Acton: September 30th
  • Food Network Profiles Terroir Coffee
  • Keeping Green Coffee Fresh – the extreme steps Terroir takes to keep their coffee fresh.

    ReadMore in their Newsletter
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  • September 6, 2006

    More Greater Good


    Starbucks - like them or not, they are doing a lot of good things with their business success behind all of those espresso drinks. They have stated that a goal of theirs is to source all of their coffee (roughly 2% of the world’s production) from certified farms that undergo an audit which looks at product quality, economic accountability (transparency), social responsibility, environmental leadership in coffee growing and environmental leadership in coffee processing. Starbucks said that last year they sourced 150 Million pounds of certified coffee, while this coming year they will buy 225 million pounds of certified coffee. Under the terms of this program, Starbucks will pay a premium per pound of coffee to farmers who meet the certification. Not bad, farmers get helped, the environment gets helped, and you get higher quality coffee. What’s it cost you? Probably only about a penny a latte. Not bad.

    Want to learn more? See their Social Responsibility Newsletter, or subscribe to it.

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    August 31, 2006

    Free Starbucks Iced Coffee Promotion – No More

    Starbucks thought that they would try a little marketing magic for a free iced coffee, and apparently the genie got a little too hard to control. Starbucks pulled the plug on what was going to be a 5 weeklong promotion after an email coupon spread farther than originally anticipated. I mean come on folks, haven’t you used the forward button on your email?

    The offer began Aug. 23 with an e-mail offering a free Starbucks iced coffee from noon to 9 p.m. through Sept. 30. It was sent to "a limited group" of employees in the Southeast with instructions that they share it with friends and family. Well apparently “friends” means a pretty big circle, and they killed the promotion after it was obvious that they were going to lose their shirts in the deal. Oh, well. Better luck next time.

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