October 3, 2014
It’s time for a little Friday fun - how about a Starbucks coffee cup makeover? We quite like the superhero slant, and if you click through to Nerdalicious you can see even more.
September 5, 2014
AB from Maine has sent in a review of Lay’s Cappuccino potato chips. I also got to try these chips recently, and I couldn’t escape the cinnamon grease finish. Brutual. I do however love the Wasabi Ginger Chips.
On a recent trip to Wal-Mart, I came across Lay’s Cappuccino potato chips. Being a lover coffee, I was excited to see this and picked up a bag for $2.99.
Upon arriving home, my wife and I opened the bag and dug in. The initial taste of the chips where good. You get a nice creamy taste that you expect from drinking a cappuccino.
However that taste soon morphed into what I can only describe as foul. Once the initial taste from the chip was gone, you are left with the sensation that you are chewing on old coffee grounds. Imagine brewing a pot of coffee, removing the filter with the grounds still in it, placing it in your mouth, and chewing. Yeah that is the taste.
This was a nice idea that really missed the mark. Not sure, who did the product testing for this, but they should be fired.
August 27, 2014
Thanks for an amazing Single Serve Coffee Summer. We’ll see you back after Labor Day. Be safe and drink lots of coffee.
August 22, 2014
International Coffee Day is coming. Every year we try and prep two or three things we might have and do that are coffee related and somewhat different. This year we’re thinking of making some coffee cocktails, and the folks at Sobieski Vodka have sent in this recipe for the Sobieski Express coffee cocktail, and it does look yummy.
- 2 oz. Sobieski Espresso Vodka
- 1 oz. Kerrygold Irish Cream
- 1 oz. Chocolate liqueur
Add all liquid ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass, or glass of your choice.
What are you cooking up for Coffee Day this September 29th?
August 4, 2014
Nescafé is taking over the cups and mugs of people all over the world with instant coffee. Keurig Green Mountain, accounted for just 5 percent of the global market in terms of value in 2014, Nescafé accounted for 44 percent of the instant coffee market in terms of value, and 40 percent of retail volume.
That’s an amazing number, and we are surprised the single serve coffee market isn’t bigger world wide, but it does show the opportunity Keurig Green Mountain has with “fresh” coffee.
Here are some other tidbits on instant coffee around the world:
- Britons consumption of instant coffee ‘continues to record strong growth in the UK. In fact, British consumers account for nearly a third of the instant coffee sold in all of Western Europe:
- Wholebean instant?A kind of instant coffee called Kenco Milicano, which is a mixture of actual coffee and soluble powder that the company oddly describes as the world’s first ‘wholebean instant.’
- Hybrid instant drinks like lattes and cappuccinos will lead the instant category’s market growth in the UK and beyond.
Via Daily Coffee News
July 31, 2014
Maybe we should have called this article “Two Great Tastes that Come Together”, but we’re pretty sure that’s for another chocolate bar / cup creation. High-end chocolatier Christopher Elbow Chocolates and Topeka, Kansas-based PT’s Coffee Roasting are partnering to bring to market a packaged coffee bar tasting experience based on singularity — coffee origin and chocolate varietal.
The three-bar line, with 3.5-ounce bars that are currently available at both companies’ retail stores for $8.50, and the bars will soon be distributed to specialty food shops and coffee shops throughout the United States.
The bars are available in the following flavor combinations:
- 64 percent Dark Madagascar Cacao blended with Ethiopian Deri Kochoha Coffee with flavor notes of raspberry, butterscotch and lemon verbena.
- 72 percent Venezuelan Cacao blended with Colombia Finca Santa Maria Coffee with flavor notes of honey, key lime and white grape.
- 46 percent Milk Chocolate from the Dominican Republic blended with Sumatra Karo Highlands Coffee with flavor notes of cola, tobacco and dark chocolate."
Via Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine
July 14, 2014
Miami-based Friends Fun Wine — the makers of the 6% ABV “Fun Wine in a Can is introducing the world to coffee wine. Cabernet Coffee Espresso and Chardonnay Coffee Cappuccino are “easy-to-drink” combinations of the world’s most popular day drink with the world’s most popular night drink.
The cabernet espresso has a “rich flavor of fresh cabernet grapes, espresso coffee and a hint of chocolate,” while the chardonnay cappuccino has a “sweet, refreshing Chardonnay grapes with vanilla cappuccino coffee and smooth hints of chocolate.”
We’ll have to watch and wait on this single serve coffee beverage. Perhaps the Keurig Cold will also bring some carbonated fun to coffee drinks in the future? We think sticking to a Jack and Coke might be better than coffee wine, but then again - we’ll have to try coffee wine to truly make the call.
Via Daily Coffee News
July 11, 2014
Cafejo - a single serve cup and coffee maker is helping to create jobs in California for the developmentally disabled. These jobs are hard to come by with unemployment among the disabled hire than other workers. The video after the jump shows the story - workers hired are packing out single cup packs for your Keurig K-Cup brewers and loving it. Our hats are off to Cafejo for doing such great work and also making great coffee products for all of us to enjoy.
Continue reading: "Cafejo Helping to Create Jobs for the Developmentally Disabled"
June 26, 2014
Throwing away all of those single serve coffee grounds might not be the thing to do in a gasified coffee future where biodiesal for cars is mixed with coffee grounds. The idea of creating biodiesel from coffee grounds goes back several years, and the process works by soaking the grounds in an organic solvent and then putting them through a process called transesterification.
Coffee ground-based biofuel could be revolutionary. By just using the coffee grounds in neighborhood coffee shops, you could get 22 pounds (10kg) of grounds a day could make about half a gallon of biofuel (2 liters). While that's a relatively small amount, it's from a source that would otherwise usually just be thrown away. Also, imagine just collecting all the used single serve coffee pods (Green Mountain is doing this today with several programs), and not just composting but using it to make fuel. You can read the abstract here.
June 24, 2014
Starbucks is adding single serve soda to it's cold beverage menu in over 3000 US stores. Starbucks will begin to sell three sodas this week--Spiced Root Beer, Golden Ginger Ale and Lemon Ale--in 16 states mostly located in the South and Southwest to start. The sodas are made by the retailer's baristas using a machine called Fizzio, which carbonates the sodas but can also add carbonation to ice teas and other drinks. It takes just a few minutes to make a single serve soda using the Fizzio.
Cold beverages are big business, and they can boost in store sales throughout the day. Starbucks sells more than 1/3 of the coffee by the cup in the United States and adding lucrative single serve soda sales won't hurt. Starbucks customers have been asking for soda for quite some time, and with Fizzio now able to make single serve soda drinks Starbucks customers will be answered.
Starbucks began testing various flavors across about 100 stores in Atlanta and Austin about a year ago. The sodas contain no artificial flavors, as well as no preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. You're also going to pay around $3 for a grande sized beverage. Also the ingredients of the sodas are all natural - cinnamon, ginger, lemon juice and brown sugar are a few of the ingredients.
And the calories are also less - a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola has 140 calories, and a 16-ounce serving of Starbucks' sodas has 100 calories or less.
We can imagine the success of the Fizzio in Starbucks cafes may lead to in a consumer version of the Fizzio machine. With Keurig Cold coming with single serve sodas from Coca Cola, Starbucks is poised to be ahead of Green Mountain in the soda market.