November 13, 2013
Presented with very little comment, it looks like Dunkin’ Donuts is tapping into the feeling most New Englanders have about Starbucks coffee. Thanks to AB for sending this in - my grandfather who spent every morning having coffee and a donut at Dunkin’ Donuts is smiling from the afterlife.
October 3, 2013
AB from Main has spotted while shopping at Shaw’s today in Bangor Maine two new offering from Green Mountain Coffee. Green Mountain has decided to jump on the iced beverage bandwagon and offer two new drinks - Espresso Iced Latte in Vanilla and Mocha. The come in 50.7 oz containers and run $4.99.
It makes sense from a branding and drink alternative to their current single serve coffee offerings. If Starbucks and other coffee houses are going to have iced beverages available the Green Mountain brand must be at the same level and offer the same drinks. We're imagining these two iced coffee drinks are not made by Green Mountain directly, and a third party relationship has evolved to create them.
Are you currently enjoying any of the iced coffees in your local grocery store? We're partial to many of the iced offerings from Starbucks, and there are a few others we've been interested in. Sound off and let us know if you'll be trying out 50.7 oz of vanilla and mocha lattes. In the mean time we'll be on the look out for these two lattes, and can't wait to pour a single serve coffee glass full.
October 1, 2013
Photo (Betty Hallock / Los Angeles Times)
The latimes.com has found another great single serve coffee product - The Humble Cup. It's an instant pour-over coffee filter and dripper all in one. You open the Humble Cup and attach it to your coffee cup and add hot water. In a few minutes you'll have amazing coffee.
The Humble Cup is highly portable, and packaged in a sturdy foil-lined paper packet. Since it's one cup of coffee in a packet, you can take one just about anywhere you want to bring one, and all you need is hot water when you arrive at your destination.
We're not sure of the Humble Cup's nationwide plans, but right now it's available in the LA area. It's one of those great ideas that could be really great for local roasters to get their fresh roasted coffees in a more portable format.
September 27, 2013
The Ministry of Supply has funded on Kickstarter a project to make your feet a little fresher - Carbonized Coffee-infused socks. They claim it's like a Brita filter in your shoe. If you're tired of stinky feet that are also in pain, then your socks are to blame. We're big on running and cycling and can assure you if you don't have the right socks the job will take a lot more pain and effort to get done and be uber stinky. The Ministry of Supply takes this same approach to your long work day, and the Atlas filter in the socks will get your day complete with a freshness unmatched by other socks.
Continue reading: "Atlas Carbonized Coffee-infused Socks - Perfect for Stinky Feet"
July 22, 2013
The Sugar Lab has taken 3D printing to the next logical level by using sugar and cool shapes that we're craving to have in our coffee. Confectionary treats always seem to be on the cutting edge 3D shapes from lollipops of amazing shapes to printed cookies so it's not surprising someone decided to get into the 3D printed sugar business. The entire project has taken over 2 years to come to fruition, but we think the results speak for themselves.
July 2, 2013
If you've been wondering how many calories are in your average Starbucks raspberry scone (480 calories actually), then as of last week on June 25th you could stop wondering. Starbucks has made the change ahead of an expected move by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that would force chains with 20 or more locations to make similar disclosures by the end of the year.
June 25, 2013
Oh it's happening and it's going to cost you pennies right out of your pocket for that yummy latte at Starbucks. Medium and large brewed coffee won't be affected but other drinks will. So mark down your current price and or look it up on that smart phone of yours to see how bad the damage is. We hope everyone can make it through the week with this horrible news kicking it off.
Via The Consumerist
June 14, 2013
No that's not the Doc from Back to the Future
in the back of the coffee powered truck.
TIME.com has pretty interesting feature on a converted Ford pickup truck called the Coffee Car Mark 2 which is the world’s fastest coffee-powered vehicle. This is how they did the coffee to powering the truck translation.
- The owner installed a charcoal stove on the car, which breaks down coffee-bean chaff into carbon monoxide and hydrogen.
- The gas is cooled and filtered, and the hydrogen is used to power a modified gasoline engine.
- The coffee car hit a top speed of 65 m.p.h. in the presence of a Guinness adjudicator at Woodford Airfield in Manchester, England, on Feb. 19.
Perhaps this could be the solution we need to finally rid ourselves of not only by-products of coffee making, but other things as well. The only problem we see - emissions are not going to past muster with everyone driving around with coffee powered cars. :-) Full video after the jump.
Continue reading: "Coffee-Powered Car Breaks World Record"
June 13, 2013
The Season 2 Trailer of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is out and we're already plotting what coffee we'll drink while watching. We really enjoyed season one with Larry David as one of the guests and since Sarah Silverman is in season 2 - we'll be watching. Full video after the jump.
Continue reading: "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Season 2 Trailer"
May 15, 2013
Over at the The Verge there's talk of yet another competing standard being decided by yes - a coffee cup. Back in the day there was both RF and Wi-Fi on laptops - competing standards of wireless networking ultimately decided when Starbucks rolled out Wi-Fi nationwide to 2000+ coffee shops. Now there's another standard at war - wireless charging. We've seen this new wireless charging already being tested in Boston Starbucks, and we know if they roll it out nationwide yet again the PMA (Power Matters Alliance) will probably win over the other wireless charging formats. Right now you can use the Powermat at some Starbucks and it's presence alone made us curious about wireless charging for the first time.
Who do you think will win? We'd put our money on whoever Starbucks backs, and right now that looks like the Powermat.