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Starbucks Launches “Starbucks Reserve”

Starbucks has announced the introduction of an ultra premium coffee, Starbucks Reserve, to their menu.  A 12 oz cup will sell for nearly $3 in Seattle and other select markets.  The coffee will be released on August 31st.

Starbucks has chosen to pitch the product in New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Boston, Seattle, Portland, Ore., Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Miami.  Starbucks will preview the coffee in select markets on August 28th.

Beans Prepared By Animals

In the Philippines coffee is becoming a big business.  Coffee trees grow abundantly on these islands.  But the Philippines have a little more help in making coffee “extra special” than other counties do.  How is that?

Some Philippine beans get a little extra  processing which makes them the most expensive coffee beans in the world.  This processing is handled by an unlikely employee who gets paid in coffee cherries.  His taxes, if you will, are then pooped out in the form of processed coffee beans which are quickly collected and packaged for your enjoyment.  So just who is this little worker?

The civet is a catlike creature, although not actually a cat.  He is nocturnal and furry.  He loves coffee cherries and in return for his delicious feast the enzymes and acids in his stomach ferment the beans and when they are excreted from the animal’s intestinal track they produce a lovely chocolaty and smooth brew with no bitter aftertaste.  These lovely beans sell for hundreds of dollars a pound.  As you can imagine, civet farms are popping up all along this impoverished region.  Indonesia also has this coffee, better known to the world a copi luwak.

The fact that these coffee farms are on the rise may help; the consumer by bringing down cost.  However, with such high margins one as to wonder if they are getting the genuine deal or a knock off of the origional. 

“Because of its increasing popularity, there is more civet coffee than ever, but I don’t trust the quality,” said Rudy Widjaja, 68, whose 131-year-old family-owned coffee store in Jakarta, Warung Tinggi, is considered Indonesia’s oldest.

Goad Sibayan, a purchaser of these coffee beans, has found some issues with the much sought after coffee.  He went to Cordillera to a arm known as Pat-ogs and inspected their beans.  Upon inspection he said he would pay just under top-grade price. He had found some impurities — inferior beans that the civet had spat out; beans chewed on, not by civets, but bats — that were indiscernible to all but Mr. Sibayan’s expert eye or, rather, tongue.

To read more about Mr. Sibayan’s trip to the Philippines, please visit http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/18/world/asia/18civetcoffee.html?pagewanted=2

Starbucks Introduces TRINTA

Americans love their coffee.  It seems we can’t get enough of the stuff.  Well, Starbucks is going to try to fill our unfillable thirst and addiction to java.

Starbucks introduced us to the 24 ounce Venti, but apparently that was not enough.  They are now introducing us to the Trinta, which will bring us a full 31 ounces off caffeinated (or decaffeinated if you are so inclined) goodness fit to fill anyone’s habit, at least for the morning.The catch, your only going to be able to get the Trinta size in iced coffee drinks and teas.  Also, since it is still in the test market stage, you will only be able to get the new size in Tampa and Phoenix. 

Hopefully the Trinta will do well in the test markets and get adopted nationwide.  Apparently the folks in Phoenix like it because Starbucks reports it’s doing well in approximately 280 stores in the area.  Its great because you get 30% more caffeine without paying for extra shots, which I think should be mandatory in the morning and early afternoon, for me at least.

Time will tell how Starbucks will fair next to its biggest competitor as of late, McDonald’s, who sales a 32 ounce coffee for $1.  I do not know the price point on the Starbucks brew, but I highly doubt it is economically competitive with McDonald’s, but the quality of the Starbucks brand and its minion of loyal followers are likely to get over the price point in a hurry.  One things for sure, we at coffeesage.com intend to give it a try.  The more the better!  Bring it on Starbucks, and bring it nationwide!

Krups Power Brew Coffeemaker Review

Coffee is getting expensive and everyone is looking for a comprable solution to going to Starbucks or another coffee shop.  I found a review on Krumps Power Brew Coffeemaker that  I thought the readers might find interesting.:

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The corner coffee shop may deliver a consistent brew, but for those who cannot wait, a home brewing machine is the only answer. The Krups Power Brew Coffee Maker is a solid alternative to the corner cafe. Featuring 1,400 watts of power, the coffeemaker belts out a pot of coffee fast and hot, delivering it between 195 degrees F and 205 degrees F. A showerhead-type nozzle gives full coverage of the grounds, assuring a brew that is well-rounded with full coffee flavor.

The stylish coffeemaker is decked out in a piano-black finish and features an easy-to-read angled LCD control panel. Programming options exist for weekday and weekend cycles, along with a small-batch setting. The glass carafe holds up to 60 ounces and is easily accessible at any time during the cycle, due to a brew-pause feature that lets you sneak out a cup before brewing is complete. Save yourself a trip to the coffee shop; even though getting there may be half the fun, it is more fun to have a well-brewed cup of coffee waiting for you in the morning.

http://www.cnet.com/8301-13553_1-10391044-32.html

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.

Learn Advanced Press Pot Techniques

I watched this video from Coffee Geek about advaced press pot techniques and though I would share it with you!  I hope you enjoy it and learn a lot about getting a better press pot brew.

Save Money: Make Coffee at Home

You can save around $100 per month simply by making coffee at home.  Many of us hit the road in the morning and go straight to the local coffee shop drive-through.  Spending between $2.50 and $5 each morning can really add up over the course of a week.  All of this adds up to one expensive habit.

Yahoo.com reported that “making your coffee at home will run about $0.12-0.28 per cu — small beans compared to store-bought. Assuming the higher end of that estimate calculates to just $1.40 per week or $5.60 each month. For that sweet price, you can afford to take a refill to the office in a reusable travel mug ($11.20 per month) for a later pick-me-up”.

As for me, I enjoy the variety and quality of coffee  that I find from www.honeybean.com ,  however, there are many of shops where you can get great gourmet coffee whether you want to order it online and have it delivered to your door like me, or go to the store itself and pick it out.  You get great coffee and a great value.  Even in these tough economic times, you don’t have to sacrifice your coffee to balance your budget, just modify your routine.

RECALL: Black and Decker Spacemaker Coffee Maker

Black and Decker has recalled their Spacemaker Coffee Maker, sold between March 2006 and March 2009. These brewers are dangerous because their brew basket can shift out of position during brewing allowing hot water to spill out and burn people. Black and Decker has received 235 reports of this happening, 10 of the consumers received 2nd degree burns. The coffee maker was sold at major retailers including Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohls, Target and Amazon.com. If you have purchased one of these coffee makers, please call 866-668-4442.

Zojirushi Fresh Brew Review

Zojirushi Fresh Brew coffee maker is unmistakeably sleek.  But, is it as good for your your coffee fix as it is for your eyes?  We have reviewed this product and found that is delivers, despite a few setbacks.

Zojirushi features a large carafe and keeps coffee hot and fresh.  It is easy to use.  It is also easy to clean, which is a must in my book and it runs quietly, also a plus.   

On the downside, the controls are on the side instead of the front, which takes a little getting used to.  It also brews a larger quantity as opposed to the one pot brewers.    The spout is small.  The carafe lid is secure but the one we tried  was also a little hard to unscrew.   

All in all, we found this coffee maker to be well worth the money
spent, especially for those on a budget.