Starbucks Art

by TheGroundBean on September 29, 2012

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It seems like everyone wants to make a new counter top 1 cup coffee machine. It seems to be the in thing in home brewed coffee. Well the leader themselves Starbucks wants a piece of the pie as well and they introduce the Verismo.

From the Starbucks site:

The Verismo™ 580 Brewer – Our lattes. Our espresso. Our brewed coffee. Your home. Impossible until now.

This single-cup brewing system lets you use specially packaged pods to recreate the Starbucks recipes we use every day in our coffeehouses. With its 1-liter water tank and storage for up to 10 used pods, it’s easy to make plenty of your favorite drinks at home. Enjoy everything from caffè lattes and espresso to brewed coffee. You can also use our all natural milk pods for a rich, creamy hot cup of steamed milk.

With your Verismo™ machine purchase, we’ll include an 8-serving box of Verismo™ Caffè Latte Pods to get you started.

High-pressure brewing system heats up and is ready to make Starbucks-quality beverages in less than 15 seconds.

Variable temperature system allows for optimum coffee extraction and milk steaming.

Integrated rinse function helps keep machine clean.

Height-adjustable drip tray accommodates different sized cups.

Auto-off activates after 5 minutes to save energy.

Easily removable water tank makes refilling simple.

Built-in used pod removal automatically moves up to 10 pods to storage for easy cleanup.

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John Lennon Java Fans

by TheGroundBean on September 22, 2012

Imagine all the people..drinking espresso!!!

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Colada Cuban EspressoMiami, the sexy modern city in the south is home to some of the best coffee on the planet. When we think of coffee, we think of Starbucks but the reality is, if you are looking for a good place to meet and network, Starbucks is the choice. But if you are looking for a good cup of coffee you might be better served off the beaten path to a local latin cafe. Simply ask for a colada, a colada is a small cup of cuban espresso served with 5 or more little shot cups. Ideal for sharing with friends, this tasty strong coffee will delight you.

Some other great choices include:

Cortadito, which in Spanish literally means “small cut”, is an espresso topped with steamed milk. It can be between 50/50 to 75/25 espresso and milk. It is similar to a cortado served in other countries, but pre-sweetened.

Café con leche, or “coffee with milk”, is a Cuban espresso served alongside a cup of hot or steamed milk. Originally served separately, the cafecito is poured into the glass of hot milk and, then, stirred. It is the traditional Cuban breakfast beverage, served with slices of buttered, toasted cuban bread which can be dunked in the coffee cup. In addition, traditional Cuban “café con leche” contains a dab of salt (popularized by the Chinese immigrants who arrived in 19th century Cuba) and a pinch of butter, giving it a unique taste.

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Pilon, The Perfect Home Espresso Roast

by TheGroundBean on May 21, 2012

 

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Living in Miami it’s hard not to find a good cup of espresso on just about every corner.  But getting one at home is another story. With so many different espresso roasts available on the supermarket shelves it’s often confusing to try and find the right coffee for that perfect cup of espresso. I’ve been through them all and finally found the perfect coffee. Pilon, this is the absolute perfect espresso roast I have had to date and is also often used in many of the cuban cafes around Miami.

Pilon has a strong yet smooth flavor that keeps you always asking for a second cup. What I love about Pilon is you don’t get that strong after taste some espresso roasts leave in your mouth. Pilon; a great coffee valued priced so anyone can enjoy it.

Pilon Espresso Roast a 5 Bean Review.

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Editors from 10rate spent some time researching and trying out some of the newest espresso machines and rating and reviewing them on the following criteria:
1. Ease of use
2. Style and design
3. Serving capacities
4. Durable and easily cleaned parts
5. Preparation time
6. Convenient tools and accessories
7. Quality coffee
For the most variety, we included stovetop, steam, and pump-driven models.

The annual 2012 Top 10 Best Espresso Machine Coffee Makers awards list was topped by the Breville 800ESXL winning the top quality spot and a 9 out of 10 rating. The review noted several strengths of the maker including the following exerpt, “You won’t find a sleeker, shinier machine than this espresso maker from Breville. Featuring a solid die-cast stainless steel construction, its thermoblock heating system maintains…”

The best value machine as rated by the authors was the Nespresso D120 which editors noted is strong in many areas such as the following:
“Featuring a unique retro design, this Nespresso automatic espresso machine produces rich, creamy coffee in just a couple minutes. It uses pods, so you get consistent results every time”
Makes milk-based drinks like cappuccinos and lattes
Energy-saving mode
1-liter removable water tank
Adjustable cup support holds espresso shot or macchiato glass
19-bar pump gives a full-bodied coffee with thick crema on top “

Next, the best budget award from the Best Espresso Machine Reviews was the Bialetti 6799. Commentary from the review of this maker comment, “Cleanup is simple but requires hand-washing, and you’ll have to wait for the pot to cool down first. For an inexpensive device, only $23, this Bialetti stovetop espresso maker produces high-quality coffee and looks uniquely attractive at the same time.”

Delonghi was the only company in the Espresso Machine Ratings that was listed twice. The top price among these products was listed at $799 while the lowest priced unit was $23.

10rate.com 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.

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Cool Coffee Ad

by TheGroundBean on May 18, 2012

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America’s Addiction…Could Help Cure Cancer?

by TheGroundBean on May 18, 2012

We’re talking about coffee, folks! Did you know that if you were to donate the cost of your morning latte just ONCE this year, you could cover the costs of numerous cancer research projects?

That is, if 31,249 other people joined you.

With May being recognized as National Cancer Research Month, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliancehas launched an initiative to persuade some of America’s 100 million daily coffee drinkers to donate the cost of one cup towards cancer research; a small sacrifice as compared to the 18 billion dollars spent on specialty coffee drinks each year.

“Kick the Coffee for Cancer Research,” a week long initiative, begins on May 18th and lasts until May 26th. During this week, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is hoping to raise $125,000 for cancer research. It may not seem like much, but a sum as low as this could help fund numerous projects, like this one by the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center costing only $5,000. It could even cover the National Cancer Institute’s requested funds for clinical trials in 2012.

With more than 570,000 Americans dying of cancer each year, the need for cancer research is paramount. By participating in MCA’s “Kick the Coffee for Cancer Research” campaign, clinical trials can be funded and research efforts can bring the medical community closer to finding a cure.

To view the full infographic and participate, please visit the Kick the Coffee for Cancer Research campaign page. All proceeds will be directly donated to the Cancer Research Institute, one of the highest rated non-profit cancer research organizations in the world.

Join the Movement! Kick Your Cup for Cancer Today!

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Celebrities With Coffee – Hilary Duff

by TheGroundBean on May 17, 2012

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Starbucks Pikes Place Roast Keurig Review

 

If you own a Keurig coffee machine and are a Starbucks fan…even if you’re not a Starbucks fan you’ll love the Pikes Place Roast brew. First let me start by saying I have a love hate relationship with Starbucks. I don’t get a good cup of coffee every time I visit a Starbucks. Sometimes it’s perfect other times it bitter. I tend to get the Pikes Place Roast because I find it the best tasting brew they serve but often times the taste is inconsistant, a comment I’m sure the Starbucks brass would not appreciate.

I have had a Keurig machine for some time when I came across Starbucks Keurig disks in the grocery store. Not surprised that they are by far the most Starbucks Pike Place Roast Keurig Cupsexpensive disks for the Keurig machine. Walking away empty handed on several times, I found them on sale one day and tried the Pikes Place Roast. In my office alone we have about 12 boxes of different brews for the Keurig so competition for Pikes was going to be tough. After drinking them for about a week now I have to say it might be my very favorite Keurig brew, amazingly every cup tastes exactly the same. Smooth and rich, a wonderful cup of coffee this Pikes Place Roast is a great tasting Keurig brew. Starbucks might think about installing Keurig machines in their stores and brewing from the disks.

Starbucks Pike Place Roast Keurig disks earns 4 beans out of 5.

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