July 10, 2006

Summer's Here: Iced Espresso is Too!


Summer is definitely here, and I don’t know about you, but I’ve been pouring a few iced coffees recently – or I should say iced espressos. I usually do them into the Bodum Pavina Double-Wall Thermo-Glass 15 ounce glasses that stand up to the heat and the cold.

I pull two espresso shots and dump them into the Bodum glasses, add sugar, milk, then ice and stir. I usually add 2 parts espresso, one part milk, add sugar to taste and ice it until it’s cold. Yum! With an ESE machine, it’s easy, and it takes about 2 minutes. The flavor is impressive, and it's easy to do in the morning for yourself, or for guests.

While I tend to like a bit of espresso/robusta bite to my hot espresso, I tend to like cleaner 100% Arabica coffee for my iced espressos. For this I use something like either Illy Medium Roast Espresso Pods or BioAroma ESE Pods from Miami Espresso.

Enjoy the summer!

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July 7, 2006

Espresso - Commodore 64 Style


So, I came across this and thought I would pass it on. It's an ad from 1985 featuring an espresso maker that tied into the famous Commodore 64 computer. The ad was scanned from an old magazine issue. I wonder if it made coffee as slow as the Commodore worked, or if the CPU slowed down even more when the espresso kicked on?

Via BoingBoing

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July 6, 2006

Thief Nabbed Stealing the DeLonghi Espresso Machine

Whoops – here’s a tip, if you really need an espresso drink, buy one at the café instead of stealing a machine to make one at home for your girlfriend. A couple in Massachusetts found out the hard way that stealing an espresso machine isn’t worth it, as the man received a year’s probation, a $1,000 fine plus court costs. He stole a $1,200 DeLonghi Magnifica Super Automatic Espresso Machine, said Wayland Police Detective Sgt. Patrick Swanick. “This machine does everything but give you a back massage,” Swanick said. Apparently the couple worked together, one distracting the manager while the other shot out the back with the DeLonghi, but the thief dropped the box when the manager ran out the back door. Next time, maybe they should have split a $4 mocha and called it a date.

Via the Boston Herald

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July 5, 2006

Vacation at the Beach with Port City Java


I took some time off to head to the beach last week in North Carolina to enjoy the sun and some fun. I have to say that it was a tough week without a daily espresso right at my fingertips. At home we take our daily espresso from a machine that is essentially the Espressione Nuvola Pod Espresso Machine made by Grimac, and the quality is very high, and so is the weight – I wasn’t bringing the thing on the trip with me. In North Carolina, I was happy to stumble upon Port City Java cafes in a couple of key spots that I could visit and enjoy some solid espresso. The coffee was pretty good, even though the teenie-bopper staff was more interested in who was dating who than top notch customer service. I even took home some of their Hurricane Blend to brew in the drip maker at the beach house in between visits. Port City Java is based in Wilmington, NC, so if you are at the NC shore, and didn’t pack your ESE maker, stop by for a nice cup of coffee and maybe even a little gossip.

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July 4, 2006

Painting with Coffee


I always looked at that coffee stain as a bother; others look at it as a medium to express themselves in art. Check out this artist who uses coffee in various ways to create great works of art in beautiful brown tones through a number of various techniques (hint - it's not just about spilling your espresso on canvas).


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July 3, 2006

Coffee Fiber Photo Album


So when you get home from snapping summer vacation photos, you’ll need a place to put them. Why not slip a few into a great looking photo album from Café Brit, with the cover made entirely of coffee fibers, and interior pages made from recycled paper with a touch of coffee fibers for a touch of cool texture. Café Brit is the big coffee manufacturer in Costa Rica, home of some of the finest coffee beans in the world. You’ll also know that things are better as a result, because “Coffee-fiber Paper” comes from an Earth-friendly process that combines recycled paper with the fibrous waste of the coffee milling process. These beautiful, coffee-fiber products conserve the environment by helping to reduce the estimated 230,000 tons of coffee waste generated each year in Costa Rica, alone.

See it at Café Brit

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June 28, 2006

Can Espresso Reduce the Chance for Heart Disease?


So I know that the news always comes out in waves both good and bad about coffee, but here’s one for you, coffee may reduce the chances for heart disease in older women. No word on what a double shot of espresso would do though! A 15-year study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows fewer deaths from heart disease or other noncancerous inflammatory diseases for postmenopausal women who reported drinking at least one to three daily cups of coffee.

If coffee was responsible for those results, "the implications are considerable, being that coffee is the second most widely consumed drink worldwide," write the researchers. They included Lene Frost Andersen, PhD, of the nutrition department at Norway's University of Oslo. Coffee is a major dietary source of antioxidants, which may curb inflammation and heart disease, write Andersen and colleagues, stressing that their findings need to be confirmed.

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June 26, 2006

Photos from the World Late Art Chamionship

Well, since you've read our post on steaming milk, downloaded the How To guide from Gimme Coffee and practiced for a couple of weeks, then you are no doubt ready to compete in the Late Art championships. Well baristas participated from around the world to create some of the finest late creations I have ever seen. We found a couple of places you can view some great pictures that will show off what I mean. Go check them out and keep on practicing!

SCAE - Official Competition Site with Photos
Flikr - a lot more photos.

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June 23, 2006

Stomping Grounds - New Espresso Concentrate


So, if the machine is down, or you are in the mood for cold espresso drinks, the makers of Oregon Chai have come up with Stomping Grounds cold espresso concentrate. Shelf stable and ready to pour, you simply add milk, heat and drink, or if you prefer add milk, ice and drink cold; yea I like that. Probably not up to your average barista pulled espresso drink, but an alternative worth a try. You can't beat the convenience. They come in four flavors: Mocha, Espresso, Caramel, and Vanilla

At Amazon


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June 22, 2006

Starbucks Plans for the Holidays

So you aren't planning for the holidays yet? Starbucks is. They just announced their plans to entice you this holiday season with a list of offerings that includes a KitchenAid machine will be priced at $129, trimmed in red and available only at Starbucks. They will also offer the DeLonghi Magnifica machine for $999. The DeLonghi Magnifica comes in a couple of models, but is a super-automatic machine that grinds, tamps and pulls the shot of espresso for you with the touch of a button; nice. Could it be the DeLonghi EAM3200 Magnifica Super Automatic Espresso Machine, or the DeLonghi EAM3500 Magnifica Super Automatic Espresso Machine that also froths the milk for you? Actually, it's the EAM 3400, a more rare model that is still pretty sweet on features.

Anyway, they are also bringing back the peppermint mocha, eggnog latte and Christmas Blend coffee. The company will sell felt stockings and carrier bags for $4.95 each that can hold a pound of coffee, biscotti and other Starbucks items costing $20 or less.

Starbucks will also sell an audiobook version of ``The Night Before Christmas'' read by actress Meryl Streep. Other audiobooks include ``Thumbelina'' and ``Rip Van Winkle'' that are read by actors such as Nicolas Cage and Anjelica Huston.

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