April 22, 2009
It's Earth Day, and we think the perfect way to celebrate is to plant a coffee tree. We found these coffee tree seeds thanks to our loyal reader Sheila who is very concerned with the environment. The Kona is the very popular coffee of Hawaii. Its a heavy bearing variety with excellent quality. One producing tree can provide 1 lb. of coffee, and we're sure it can clean the air while it makes said coffee. It has large, deep green, glossy leaves and white flowers, each lasting a few days, with a scent like jasmine. It can be grown as a houseplant in a bright position or in a conservatory.
We think if you spend $3.99 today, and then plant a Kona Tree in your yard or living room - you'll be helping out the planet, and you'll even get some amazing coffee. Happy Earth Day everyone!
At Kona Coffee Bean 10 Tree Seeds
April 20, 2009
Expected to retail for $130 when it debuts, this single serve coffee maker called the IMO Coffee Maker is something truly different. It has been designed to enrich the users with a unique coffee making experience by having them position an arm of coffee to drink from. The device is able to make three cups of coffee without refilling the water reservoir. One of the most interesting features is an articulated arm that can be used in different positions to be used with containers of diverse heights such as tall travel mugs or shorter coffee mugs.
April 15, 2009
We've just gotten word that Philips is recalling Senseo single serve coffee makers with the model numbers HD7810, HD7820 and HD7832 produced from July 2006-November 2008. These recalls effect both Polish made and Chinese made Senseo units. You can use the link below to input the details of your model and date of production to see if your unit is affected.
Philips has identified a safety problem which affects a number of Senseo® coffee makers produced in Poland from July 2006 to November 2008 and for units made in China from July 2007 to November 2008. Philips is committed to the well-being of its consumers and has decided to voluntarily recall the affected Senseo® machines and offer replacement units to consumers.
The product type-numbers affected are:
HD7810, HD7820 and HD7832
Unaddressed calcification in the coffeemaker from use of hard or medium water, when combined with an external electrical fault, can lead to obstruction of the overpressure release system causing boilers to suddenly separate possibly leading to injury. Per year, the risk is less than three per million and there have been no reported cases in the United States.
CHECK IF YOUR SENSEO® COFFEE MAKER IS ELIGIBLE FOR RECALL FOR EXCHANGE
(If the type number or production date of your appliance does not appear in the form below, your Senseo® coffee machine is safe to use)
At Royal Philips Senseo® coffee maker: recall
April 8, 2009
With the recent acquisition of Tully's by Green Mountain Coffee, lots of readers have been wondering what it all means. One thing is for sure - it means Tully's will be around moving forward, and according to the Seattle PI it also means more coffee, stores, and other goodness. We can't wait to see more k-cups being offered in more places as well.
For Tully's Coffee customers, the news on Monday means no change -- Tully's cafes will still serve the same drinks, employ the same people and offer the chain's signature free Wi-Fi access.
The sale offers a lifeline to the financially struggling coffee company, which faced bankruptcy or a significant scaling back of operations if the sale had not gone through. In a federal filing last year, Tully's said that it had years of operating losses since its founding in 1992 and an accumulated deficit of $102 million.
About 45 Tully's corporate employees will remain at the Seattle headquarters at the former Rainier Brewery. The rest -- about 80 people who roast, package and distribute coffee -- now work for Green Mountain and will move to a nearby roasting and packaging plant.
Read more At New Tully's deal means more stores, more items on store shelves
April 2, 2009
You can win FREE K-Cups for LIFE from Green Mountain Coffee. Yep. Can you imagine? Now's your chance to make that dream a reality, and all you have to do is enter the Perfect Cup Sweepstakes. You can also take their fun Trivia Challenge to test your wits and play the instant win game for the chance to win your very own Keurig Platinum B70 Single-Cup Brewer or a FREE box of K-Cups. Enter your email address to enter the sweepstakes and perhaps you'll get FREE K-Cups for life.
March 31, 2009
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has announced that it has completed the acquisition of the Tully’s Coffee® brand and wholesale coffee business from Tully’s Coffee Corporation for the purchase price of $40.3 million. Initially announced on September 15, 2008, the transaction was completed after receiving the required shareholders’ vote and satisfaction of the required closing conditions, as set forth in the Asset Purchase Agreement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company financed this purchase through its existing $225 million senior revolving credit facility.
Tully’s retail locations will continue to operate under license and supply agreements with GMCR. The retail and international business will remain an independent company, operating under the name of TC Global, Inc., owned by its existing shareholders, and managed by its existing management team. As previously disclosed, the Company anticipates that this transaction will be neutral to slightly accretive to its earnings per share for the first twelve months of its ownership, and accretive thereafter.
What does this mean for single serve coffee? Everything. We love Tully's coffees and now moving forward we'll be assured they'll be around forever. A big thanks to Green Mountain for acquiring Tully's and continuing to expand into new and exciting areas in single serve coffee.
At Green Mountain Coffee
March 11, 2009
This is the kind of story you either think is great or appalling. We don't condone this type of business, but given the tough economic times it could be much much worse. So what's the true recipe for success and coffee - topless servers, and to be fair it's both men and women of all shapes and sizes. The coffee shop has been open for about 3 weeks now, and from our coffee shop sources in Maine - doing great.
The one thing that comes to mind is - hot coffee and bare flesh don't go well together. So coffee servers - make sure you take your time, serve your coffee, and when the economy turns around maybe go the more traditional coffee shop route.
What do you think? Do you think this is a good idea or just a bad idea in bad times?
February 12, 2009
Yikes. We sure do hope the Green Mountain deal to buy Tully's Coffee goes through, or we could be without our favorite french roast K-Cups soon. According to the Seattle Times Tully's is in dire financial need of this sale because of recurring losses.
Tully's Coffee could go out of business if shareholders do not approve the sale of its wholesale business to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters of Vermont, the Seattle-based coffee chain said in a securities filing Friday.
In a report the day after Tully's announced plans in September to sell the business for $40.3 million to Green Mountain, "our auditors stated that our recurring losses and accumulated deficit raised substantial doubts about our ability to continue as a going concern."
Read more at Seattle Times Newspaper and thanks to Jim for sending this in.
February 10, 2009
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz told investors they could expect some exciting new "breakfast pairings" at "attractive" prices, which in a nutshell sounds like a breakfast value meal. Starbucks has a long way to climb back to the grandeur of a few years ago both financially, and with respect to how people feel about parting ways with a couple of hard earned bucks, so it's surprising their taking the McDonald's route - almost dumbing down their offerings. Well - maybe they are rounding out their options, and making sure their customers don't leave them for McDonald's across the street.
We're not sure this is the best idea or the worst idea. Would you visit Starbucks for breakfast? Would you perhaps skip the coffee, and bring your travel mug full of single serve coffee for a better priced breakfast sandwich? We often only find ourselves going to Starbucks or the like when we travel for some decent coffee.
Sound off and tell us if you'll be attending a Starbucks soon for a taste of value.
Via The Consumerist
Update: CNN is reporting the following:
Starbucks, better known for amusingly complicated premium coffee offerings, took a cue from fast-food chains and announced a plan Monday to sell pairings of coffee and breakfast for $3.95, citing the economic downturn. Will that be a breakfast sandwich or a roll with your coffee? Starbucks says it's offering breakfast pairings. With the $3.95 breakfast offer, customers will be able to get a 12-ounce coffee with a breakfast sandwich or roll or a 12-ounce latte with either oatmeal or a coffee cake.
Full read at CNN
February 6, 2009
We all know this question comes up or a reaction to having coffee from a certain machine or cafe - how hot do you like your coffee? How hot is it? Brew temperature is one thing, but having the right temperature in the cup is another. There's also a variety of factors - do you have milk in your coffee? Do you like it with a lot of milk or none? Do you put it in a travel mug or just sip from a regular cup? Our preference is for it to start piping hot and stay hot in our Bodum Verona coffee mug for at least 5 minutes, and then we enjoy it a bit more on the medium hot side.
What's your preference? How hot do you like your coffee?
Sound off in the comments and let us know your thoughts on this controversial topic.