September 23, 2011

Starbucks Rant Song Gets Employee Fired

If you go to Starbucks and order a specialty drink, you have to watch this and think about it next time you feel the urge to order that super triple, extra whip, decaf coffee drink at Starbucks and tip the Barista the $0.07 that you got as change. I am sure it's a tough job when the line is out the door, but Chris did get fired for this one. Nice video, even though we get a shot of him just in his undies and a Starbucks apron.

After the jump is Part 2; where Chris confirms he got fired....... and then sets it to music....

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September 7, 2011

Pumpkin-ize Yourself - Pumpkin Spice Latte is Back


The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is back. Actually it has been news for a while (it launched nationally yesterday), but it seemed like sacrilege to talk about it before Labor Day. Anyway, this Fall flavor is in stores and ready to enjoy. This year, Starbucks has a fun capability of creating a pumpkin carve out of your face for your Facebook Page Profile Pic. Head over to their FB page, and get started on the little routine. Once you create your FB picture, you can also print out a guide to carve your face on a real pumpkin.

Nutrition Information on the Pumpkin Spice Latte

Starbucks Facebook Page

Want to make your own at home? Check out this Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

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August 26, 2011

Bodum Brazil French Press - Splash of Color

BodumOrangeFrenchPress.jpgWith a splash of color, the Bodum Brazil French Press adds a little brightness to the morning, and will go well with the Bodum Pavina porcelain cups and their colored grips that I posted about earlier this week.
This French Press is a "3-cup" size, or about 12-ounces, enough for me to enjoy one mug of stout coffee in the morning.
I have seen these at Target, and in several colors, including Orange, Red, Green, Brown, and Black. They are also available at Amazon.
At Amazon - Bodum Brazil 12-ounce French Press

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August 17, 2011

Iced Coffee: Methods Compared


A recent article in the local newspaper made me examine my own methods of brewing iced coffee. While many coffee shops use the cold brew method of making a concentrate, I feel like it lacks body and the back end of the flavor profile, overwhelming the experience with caramel and chocolate flavors that just don't make the the bright, sharp velvety experience that I want. I happen to agree with George Howell who says, "Cold brewing ruins the coffee."

I like two methods:

Iced Espresso (Americano) - brew your favorite shot of espresso into a glass of ice cubes, add sugar, a plash of milk and stir. I use a Nespresso Pixie a lot of the time, but also use a standard pump espresso brewer to brew up coffees I find from local roasters. I also tend to use two shots; one just isn't enough.

Drip Coffee Brewed and Cooled - Brew a pot, pour your giant size mug, and shut off the carafe for iced coffee later. The important thing is to shut off the brewer quickly so the coffee doesn't cook on the hot plate. If you've got room, pour your first cup and then plunge the carafe into the refrigerator. I tend to go back to the pot throughout the day for iced coffee refreshment. With the coffee cooled, it won't get as diluted when you add ice. Sip and enjoy.

Arabica and not Robusta - I like a little Robusta in my espresso, more body, and a "Classic flavor" It can be overdone and it's a personal taste that's not for everyone. I DO NOT like iced espresso with Robusta in it as the burnt rubber flavors somehow scream through the iced coffee flavors and ruin an otherwise good cup. I would recommend a medium dark roast with a good amount of acidity and late coffee flavor in the profile. Too light a roast and you'll lose the coffee flavor to the ice and milk, and too little acidity and you'll lose the coffee balance that rounds out the flavors.

See the Bodum Pavina glasses for a great iced coffee experience with no sweating on the glass.

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June 5, 2011

Seattle's Best Iced Mocha Ready to Drink (RTD) Review


I was actually searching for something else when I stumbled upon Seattle's Best Iced Mocha in the chiller at a local store and decided to give it a try. The Iced Mocha is part of the three item line-up (above) that the purveyor of fine coffees offers to the market. It's not a surprise to see that Seattle's Best, which was bought by Starbucks, is sold through the partnership with Pepsi.   

The Seattle's Best mocha is sadly not made with any cocoa, and instead is made with just "Natural and Artificial Flavors", a miss in my book. The flavor profile is classic Ready To Drink - passable, moderately sweet without overdoing it, with plenty of caramelized dairy notes. I would not put it in the same league as the Starbucks Doubleshot ready to drink indulgence, but it's not bad. I'd grab one for a hot morning on the way to work. Unfortunately, the 9.5 fl ounce can is about half as much as I want.

How many calories in a Seattle's Best Iced Mocha? There are 130 calories in the 9.5-ounce can, with 20 fat calories and 2 grams of fat. the ingredients are just coffee, reduced fat milk, sugar, natural and artificial flavors, pectin, salt and ascorbic acid. The pectin adds some mouthfeel and keeps things from settling, while the ascorbic acid is in there to prevent oxidation and not to add any appreciable vitamin C to the drink.

Net - it's worth picking one up if you have the chance, but don't rush out and knock down doors to find one.

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May 13, 2011

New illy Issimo Flavors - Mochaccino and No Sugar Caffe


Illy announced the other day that they are coming out with two new flavors to the Illy Issimo line, a line of ready to drink (RTD) coffees. I liked the old ones and am looking forward to seeing what's up with the new ones too.

No word on availability, but you can order them now through the illy online store.

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May 11, 2011

History of Disposable Coffee Cup Lids - "Contents Hot"

Saw this and had to pass it along; the Atlantic posted a story on disposable coffee cup lids, detailing the history and evolution of them across the last few decades. According to them, the US goes through a BILLION and a half disposable lids a year; yes, that's billion with a "B". Potentially only a mouse trap has been re-engineered more times than the coffee cup lid, to reduce splashes, allow through the lid sipping, offer better fits, and on and on.

Check out the quick read, and several photos of disposable coffee cup collections at The Atlantic - The Rise of the Plastic, Disposable Coffee Cup Lid

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April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day - Free Coffee for All....

Free Caribou CoffeeHappy forty first birthday Earth Day - looking pretty fresh for a middle ager. Well you can celebrate Earth Day a bunch of ways, but you can do that with a free mug of coffee if you like.

Caribou and Starbucks are offering free drip coffee to customers who bring in a reusable mug/cup on Earth Day. Not a bad deal. If you think one cup doesn't matter, you're wrong. It catches on; Starbucks said that 32 million customers came in and used a reusable cup in 2010 saving 1.5 million pounds of paper from landfills.

Me? Not sure if I'll make it out to one of these guys, but I will be drinking a pot of some local roast that is blended and roasted about two miles from my house. I'll probably spend some time crushing some Nespresso Onirio capsules that stacked up from my review testing yesterday, using my new Outpresso; composting the coffee grounds and recycling the aluminum. If you want to learn more about Outpresso check out my Review. The Outpresso is now available in the US. I'll be caffeinated, and the compost pile just a bit richer for the whole effort.

Happy Earth Day. Cheers.

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April 15, 2011

Illy Issimo Ad - Coffee to Go

Saw this on Illy Issimo's Facebook page from Illy, here's a pretty catchy Illy Issimo ad - can you guess that they are trying to hammer home the Coffee to Go part?

Check out my Review of illy Issimo Ready to Drink Coffee to learn more about the products.

At Vimeo - Illy on the go

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April 13, 2011

Tassimo App - Order T-Disks on the iPhone


If you are into coffee, and have an iPhone there are a bunch of Apps that can make life a little easier. We've already talked about the Nespresso App - find Nespresso stores and order capsules online. Starbucks continues to update their app - now you can even flash that app and pay for drinks. Dunks has a Dunkin Run App - collect orders from co-workers or friends when making a Dunkin Run. there's even a reader for our sister site SingleServeCoffee - yea, there's an App for that.

Well, there is also now a Tassimo app - Tassimo has launched their mobile app allowing you to order Tassimo T-Discs right from your iPhone. Now available on the Apple App Store, additional highlights from the app include menus for:

  • Browsing by beverage type or brand
  • Managing your Tassimo customer account
  • Setting up recurring orders for your favorite morning cups of Joe
  • Requires current account before you sign in with the app

At Tassimo App via SingleServeCoffee

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