Monthly Archives: August 2009

Starbucks Takes Instant Coffee Nationwide

Few think of instant coffee when they think of Starbucks.  Well, that’s about to change.  Starbucks is launching their instant coffee nationwide in the US and Canada on September 29th.

Starbucks has been testing the product in Illinois and Seattle since February of this year.  Howard Schults, CEO of Starbucks, said that they are “overwhelmed and humbled” by their customer’s response to the product.

The instant Starbuck’s coffee will be served in a single-serve packet, which will be sold in books of three for $2.95 or boxes of 12 for $9.95.

Toffee For Your Coffee

After  challenging customers to create a new doughnut, Dunkin Doughnut’s has named a champion.  On June 5th, which is Annual Doughnut Day, Dunkin’ announced that  that the “Toffee for Your Coffee” doughnut will “officially join the company’s famous lineup of doughnut varieties and be available at participating shops nationwide through Oct 6.”  Toffee for Your Coffee was created by Jeff Hager of Hoover, Al.  The new doughnut is ”a sour cream cake donut topped with glaze and chopped Heath Bar” bits.

Starbucks Raising Prices

Starbucks prices will begin changing next week.  The more elaborate and larger drinks will be more expensive, whereas the smaller, plain coffee will be  5 to 15 cents less expensive.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that the prices will change as of Friday in a few markets, but will go nationwide within the following months.

Vinti drinks, the Starbuck’s large size, will be 5 cents to 30 cents more.  This will also applyto some of the flavored Macciatos  and  Frappaccino’s.  Extra shots of espresso will also be more.

Prices may not be consistant from store to store.  The price will depend on whether the store is company operated or a licenced and depending upon which market the store is in.

Black & Decker Coffee Maker Recall

Black and Decker has issued a recall of approximately 9,800 coffee maker sold between April of 2008 to July of 2009 due to a burn hazard. The product in question is an 8 cup coffee maker with model number TCM1000IKT. If you suspect you have purchased this product, you should look on the bottom of your coffee maker and compare the model number.

If you have purchased this particular coffee maker, do not take any chances. Stop using it immediately. Although no injuries have been reported as of yet, it can be very dangerous as one of the coffee makers is reported to have overheated and melted, creating a potentially dangerous situation.

The coffee maker was sold at small retail stores as well as larger chains, including Wal-Mart. They sold for between $50 to $65. If you have purchased one, please contact the coffee maker’s distributor, Applica Consumer Products, at (866) 699-4595 or . They will replace the coffee maker for free.

The Clover Coffee Machine

A Laugh for Your Friday

This is really funny. Mad TV presents “Coffee twins” Hope you enjoy it and have a laugh.

Go Green With Your Coffee Brewer

We are all looking to Go Green for the environment. Hourglass has created a new coffee maker to help us do just that. The catch? It uses no electricity.

The Hourglass Cold Brew Coffee Maker looks sharp with its hourglass design. Its very easy on the eyes, and on your electric bill. Its easy on the back too, weighing only 2.8lbs.

The high heat and fast brew times of hot brew coffee makers can create bitter tasting coffee that’s often high in acid, causing stomach aches. Hourglass coffee maker solves this problem, with cold-brewing. Because the coffee beans are not exposed to heat, bitter acids and oils are not released. Hourglass claims that this brewing process results in 69.6% less acid than hot brewed coffee.

Centuries ago, native cultures perfected the art of coffee making. These ancient coffee connoisseurs hand-selected the best beans, dried them in the sun, coarsely ground them, and soaked them overnight in pure, cold water to produce a rich and smooth tasting coffee extract. The Hourglass coffee maker brings the Lost Art of cold brewing into the 21st century, and into your home.

World’s Most Expensive and Caffinated Coffee

Kopi Luwak.  Something you have to see to understand. Is it tasty? Can you get past where it comes from to find out?

ICEE Introduces Iced Coffee

We all loved it as a kid.  ICEE made our mouths turn blue and red and left us full of delight.  Now, as adults, they are about to make us even happier. 

ICEE has teamed up with Javo Beverage to introduce 2 new iced coffees in North America under the trademark name of Java Freeze.

Cody C. Ashwell, Javo chairman and CEO, said, “ICEE is a stand out supplier to the foodservice industry and has longstanding relationships with some of the most important foodservice operators in our industry.” Ashwell added, “We believe this alliance will complement our own sales efforts because ICEE has reach to thousands of independent foodservice operators seeking to capitalize on the growing market for iced coffee but require a non-concentrated dispensed beverage solution because of lower daily cup sales.”

Mr. Ashwell added, “As the leading provider of dispensed beverage iced coffee, we have the infrastructure, service, and distribution capabilities to supply national foodservice operators with specialty iced coffee as well as hot coffee and tea. Our products are cost effective and eliminate waste, and in this challenging economic environment, foodservice operators are committed to offering great tasting beverages in the most cost efficient manner possible.”

The company will intitially start out with two tasty flavors, caramel latte and mocha latte.  Look for them soon anywhere ICEE’s are sold.  Come back to and let us know what you think of ICEE’s frozen coffee.

The Plug is Being Pulled on Laptop Use in Some Coffee Shops

Due to the economic downturn, many New York coffee shops are pulling the plug on laptop use by their customers. Some are limiting hours that laptops are allowed to be used, others are locking down the electric plug-ins.

So what is the problem? With so many people on unemployment, coffee shops are filling up with people who are using too much table time and buying too little product. Some patrons are bringing their own tea bags and asking for “hot water” at the coffee shops. Others are bringing sandwiches from home. All of this adds up to coffee owners struggling to keep their doors open, even if the place is packed with bodies.

“You don’t want to discourage it, it’s a wonderful tradition,” says Naidre’s owner Janice Pullicino, 53 years old. A former partner in a computer-graphics business, Ms. Pullicino insists she loves technology and hates to limit its use. But when she realized that people with laptops were taking up seats and driving away the more lucrative lunch crowd, she put up the sign. Last fall, she covered up some of the outlets, describing that as a “cost-cutting measure” to save electricity.

Norm Elrod was “devastated,” he wrote on his blog — called “Jobless and Less” — when he spotted “little plastic covers on the electrical outlets, secured with little padlocks” at Espresso 77. “But I knew why they had done it. I used to be one of the abusers,” Elrod confesses on his blog, “sipping a two-dollar cup of coffee in a to-go cup for hours.” He now tries to spend more while he is using the coffee shop’s internet service.

Some shops are charging for internet connection to combat this growing problem.

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How Astronauts Drink Coffee

This is a really neat video about how astronauts drink coffee in space.