Coffee For The Star Wars Fan

by TheGroundBean on December 23, 2012

Today is a great day if you are a coffee drinking Star Wars fan, or if you have one on your Christmas list. That’s the good news. Nestle has released a limited edition Star Wars coffee maker. Only 5000 being made this is sure to be a collectors item. Available in the Darth Vader and C3PO editions. Each unit comes with a matching mug.

Now the bad news, they are only available in Japan. The units a fairly priced at $120.00


The Coffee Oasis in Poulsbo will host a Grand Opening Ceremony for its youth drop in center. The center is located at 780 NE Iverson St. in Poulsbo.

The Coffee Oasis, Poulsbo’s youth drop in center is complete with game room, lounge, shower, laundry facilities, computer room, meeting space and offices. In addition, The Coffee Oasis – Poulsbo will house a coffee shop/deli that will help support the youth programs and provide job training.

The Coffee Oasis has heard the calling to help the growing population of homeless teens in the, Kitsap County area. With a recent remodel and expansion, the Coffee Oasis in Bremerton opened its doors at the Birkenfeld Teen Oasis Shelter on December 12th. But a shelter in Bremerton is far to travel for the homeless and hurting youths in North Kitsap.

The Coffee Oasis (Where the cold streets meet a warm welcome) exists throughout Kitsap County to make a difference in the lives of street and homeless youth, meeting them where they are and then coming alongside them to help them achieve changed lives. This is accomplished through a continuum of services offered, including street and school outreach, drop in centers, case management, job training and emergency housing.

The Coffee Oasis – Poulsbo is a true testimony to a community coming together to help its troubled youth. Initiated by the Poulsbo Rotary, this project to bring help and hope to the street and homeless youth of the north end has become a growing partnership including Kingston Rotary, Bainbridge Rotary, Poulsbo Kiwanis, Poulsbo Lions, Poulsbo Chamber Commerce, as well as many churches, businesses and concerned citizens.


Coffee Cups For Computer Geeks

by TheGroundBean on November 5, 2012

I recently came across this very cool control, Alt, Delete coffee cup set. You have to think this is a know brainer purchase for any computer user, except a Mac user that is.



Expert 10rate editors have chosen the Top Super Automatic Coffee Makers in their latest Top 10 list in the small appliance arena. Enjoying a good cup of coffee is one thing, but having the best cup of coffee made for you at home is as good as it gets. Super automatic coffee makers do just this in the comforts of the home kitchen. These machines do not come cheap, but for any coffee aficionado it is the best it gets. The following criteria were used by 10rate editors to compile the Top 10 List:

1. Varied programming options
2. Intuitive controls and a display screen
4. Easy-to-clean parts and automatic cleaning cycles
5. Quick heat-up and steam
6. Relatively quiet grinding
7. One-touch controls for espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, etc.

According to the top 10 list, two of the best super automatic coffee makers currently available on the market are the Jura Impressa C5 and the Quick Mill Monza. Concerning the Jura super automatic coffee maker, reviewers stated that, “A sleek, compact machine designed to make you high-pressure-brewed coffee in just a minute, the Jura Impressa C5 makes programming your coffee or espresso a simple matter of turning a few dials. It accepts either grounds or beans and makes a variety of coffee, from ristrettos and espressos to lattes and cappuccinos.”

When reviewing the Quick Mill Monza, editors said, “A deluxe super automatic espresso machine suited for both commercial and home use, this Quick Mill Monza model has a lot of convenient programming options, all highlighted on the bright LED display. While the coffee-making process is taken care of for you, you still have control over a host of factors, including the temperature, brewing time, and cleaning cycles. The stylish machine even lets you add decaf pre-ground coffee if you so desire.” conducts reviews in various product and services categories and publishes “Expert Top 10 Lists for Everything in your life.” The company’s web site strives to “Make it Easy” to select from the hundreds of choices there are in the product and service market place. All products and services are thoroughly researched by the companies expert editors prior to receiving a rating on a 1-10 scale. In addition to product reviews the companies editors write guidelines, buying guides and articles on various topics surrounding each product or service category covered to help educate the consumer.


Sur La Table, the hardware store for cooks, announces today that they will be a retail supplier of the Verismo System by Starbucks.  The Verismo System will be available in piano black in the retailer’s 100 stores nationwide and in two additional colors, Champagne and Burgundy, online at  The brewer rounds out Sur La Table’s already robust offering of at-home coffee brewing systems.  In addition, Sur La Table will be the exclusive retailer of Starbucks® Pike Place®Roast*, the Medium Roast blend brewed daily in Starbucks cafes.  The blend is a celebration of the retailers’ joint heritage – both got their start in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Both the brewing system and the exclusive blend will be available online today and in stores by September 24, 2012.

“We couldn’t be happier about adding the Verismo System to our coffee offering,” says Jack Schwefel, Chief Executive Officer of Sur La Table.  “Starbucks is our neighbor here in Seattle, and we both have customers that appreciate great tasting, high quality coffee.  Sur La Table is dedicated to providing a comprehensive offering of tools for at-home cooks, and a quality brewing system at an amazing price is a great addition to our assortment.”

The Verismo System is an at-home premium single cup machine that will allow coffee connoisseurs to enjoy Starbucks quality and taste in the comfort of their own kitchens.  It crafts Starbucks-quality espresso, espresso beverages – including lattes – and brewed coffee consistently and conveniently, one cup at a time.   The Verismo System features Starbucks-sourced 100% Arabica coffee and real milk pods. The machine is available for $199.95.  Retail for the pods are as follows:  $12.95 for 8 latte drinks, $11.95 for 12 coffee drinks, and $9.95 for 12 milks.




The newest addition to Jura’s award-winning line of automatic coffee centers, the ENA Micro 1 is an ultra-compact, one-cup espresso machine that brews the ultimate in espresso and crema coffee. It fills an important niche in the market by offering a true bean-to-cup experience without frothing options, for an upgraded and eco-friendly alternative to pod and capsule systems.

This compact micro brewing unit allows the user to program three different cup sizes of ristrettoespresso or coffee, each at two different aroma levels. It’s the world’s smallest automatic coffee center – 9 inches wide, 17.5 inches deep and 12.7 inches high – 11% shorter than Jura’s ENA line that previously held that distinction.

It is Jura’s first machine equipped with a bean container cover with an aroma preservation seal to keep coffee beans fresh and flavorful. A built-in conical burr grinder gently grinds beans right before brewing, and a thermoblock system ensures that every cup is served piping hot, crowned by feather-light crema.

Because it brews from freshly ground beans, the ENA Micro 1 eliminates the environmental waste of used pods or capsules, while brewing the best with a significantly lower ingredient cost per cup.

The height adjustable spout accommodates a variety of different sized cups. The touch panel features easy-to-read illuminated icons for maintenance and cleaning. The streamlined, crisp and clean design complements any kitchen or small office decor, with a compact design that takes up minimal space.

Highly energy efficient, it automatically switches to the Energy Save Mode after five minutes and turns off after two hours. The Zero-Energy switch ensures that the machine pulls no energy when not in use.

The Clearyl BLUE filter cartridge helps maintain the optimum water quality for brewing, and the micro-brewing unit utilizes Jura technology to guarantee optimum extraction from 8 to 10 grams of freshly ground coffee.

The ENA Micro 1 is available at Sur La Table (, with an actual retail price of $899.

Jura offers eight automatic coffee centers, with actual retail prices ranging from $899 to $3,199. For more information, visit


Caribou Coffee Company, Inc. announced that for the 17th consecutive year, it will remember its original roastmaster, Amy Erickson, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 1995. Through its annual Amy’s Blend program, Caribou will once again pay tribute to Amy by supporting men and women in the Caribou communities who are impacted by the disease.

As part of this year’s initiative, Caribou is excited to announce a new partnership with CancerCarea national nonprofit organization committed to providing free support services for anyone affected by cancer diagnosis. From Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 throughWednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, Caribou will offer its special Amy’s Blend collection – which includes coffee, tea, and merchandise – both in stores and online. For those that knew Amy, her enthusiasm and zeal for life was contagious, so Caribou is proud to continue to offer the collection in honor of Amy, and to donate 10 percent of all proceeds from collection sales to CancerCare to support free services for those affected by breast cancer.

“Giving back to the community is at the core of our company, and we were moved by CancerCare‘s approach to providing support services, including financial assistance, on a very local and individual level,” said Mike Tattersfield, president and CEO of Caribou Coffee. “We are very excited to work with an organization that will help those impacted by breast cancer in Caribou’s communities to provide support for co-payments, home care, transportation to and from treatment, and other miscellaneous costs and needs, all while paying tribute to our dear friend, Amy Erickson.”

Starting this Saturday, September 29th, Caribou will also be encouraging everyone to head to the dedicated Facebook tab to learn about Amy and access valuable CancerCare resources. For every new “Like” on Caribou’s Facebook page, the company will donate an additional $1 to CancerCare. For full terms and conditions, please visit:

“Caribou Coffee’s generous commitment will help support CancerCare‘s free nationwide services for people affected by breast cancer, which include counseling, support groups, education, and financial assistance,” said Helen H. Miller, LCSW, the CEO of CancerCare. “The partnership between Caribou and CancerCare is a natural fit, as both organizations care passionately about what they deliver.”

On National Coffee Day – Saturday, September 29, 2012 – Caribou fans who present an official Amy’s Blend coupon will also receive a free small cup of Amy’s Blend coffee – a smooth, silky blend featuring citrus and melon flavors – all to celebrate the launch of the collection. The coupon will be posted on Caribou’s social platforms.

To view the Facebook tab and see how much Caribou fans have helped so far, please visit starting on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

For more information on Caribou Coffee, Amy’s Blend, or the special National Coffee Day offer, please visit Caribou Coffee’s Facebook page at or follow Caribou on Twitter at @Caribou_Coffee.


Celebrities With Coffee – Jason Batman

by TheGroundBean on September 29, 2012

Jason Batman caught up in a serious conversation always finds time or his Starbucks. The one thing I like about Jason, he always matches his tie to his disposable coffee cup 😉


7-11 Is At It Again With Their Political Coffee Cups

by TheGroundBean on September 29, 2012

The first time I saw this was the Obama, Bush campaign. So here we are again. It’s a genius marketing idea for 7-11, although it’s not going to sell anymore coffee than usual it’s an amazing conversation starter at the coffee pot or on the street. Disposable coffee cups are great advertising medium, I’m surprised we don’t see more of it.



Celebrities With Coffee – Selena Gomez

by TheGroundBean on September 29, 2012