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Nespresso VertuoLine

[Translate] Nespresso recently released a new machine and espresso pod line, VertuoLine ($299). It is a sturdy coffee and espresso maker with a delightfully intuitive layout. Unlike its bland single cup counterparts, Nespresso spiced up its design with some retro style elements. Nespresso is known for making espresso-centric machines. The Vertuo is Nespresso’s very first single cup espresso and coffee maker. It pummps out regular serving of espresso or an eight-ounce cup of coffee. Nespresso pods have are redesigned for the new machine. They currently look more like tiny space ships with barcodes on the printed on the edges than..

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2014

[Translate] What to get for your old man? That’s the question that tends to brew in my mind when every year arrives to Father’s Day. It’s hard to pick a gift for my dad personally because he pretty much has everything he wants and needs in life but there’s always something that could surprise him, especially when it comes down to the quaffable and edible. The Booze… Greenore 8 Year Old Single Grain Irish Whiskey won Gold three years in a row at the International Wine and Spirits Competition between 2008 and 2010. This whiskey is an interesting expression made..

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

[Translate] A new coffee bean find for me is Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, a micro-roaster based out in La Jolla, California. What I like a lot about this coffee roaster, beyond the fact they purchase the best possible green coffee beans from various regions around the world and directly from the farmers, is the fact they give back to the local community within the coffee growing region as most regions are under corrupt or oppressive governments that overlooks the underserved. For example, Bird Rock Coffee supports the Change the Truth organization. This organization supports the needs of the children at..

El Rey Coffee – A Great Coffee Spot in the LES

[Translate] Interior of El Rey Coffee & Making my Cappuccino El Rey is a very new coffee shop that just opened in the Lower East Side by Nicholas Morgenstern of a very good East Village restaurant, Goat Town. If you have not realized this, the Lower East Side doesn’t have many options for very good coffee compared to other parts of Manhattan. El Rey is a caffeine life saver for the area. They exclusively use Counter Culture coffee beans and make espresso shots off a gleaming Strada machine (makes a wonderful cappuccino and every coffee geek’s dream if he/she has..

Hario Sommelier Coffee Siphon & Largo Tea Dripper

[Translate] Hario Sommelier Coffee Siphon (Model # SCA-05) Hario‘s recent coffee and teaware releases for the spring/summer season are the Sommelier Coffee Siphon (Model # SCA-05) and the Largo Tea Dripper. The Sommelier siphon is very similar to the siphons you’re familiar with but this is so much sleeker, elegant, and less parts to build this unit, to brew your beloved coffee in this technique. For those who are picky about which filter to have in your siphon, it does include both a cloth and fine mesh metal filter. (The cloth would arguably be cleaner tasting and less potential of..

Hario Sommelier Coffee Siphon & Largo Tea Dripper

[Translate] Hario Sommelier Coffee Siphon (Model # SCA-05) Hario‘s recent coffee and teaware releases for the spring/summer season are the Sommelier Coffee Siphon (Model # SCA-05) and the Largo Tea Dripper. The Sommelier siphon is very similar to the siphons you’re familiar with but this is so much sleeker, elegant, and less parts to build this unit, to brew your beloved coffee in this technique. For those who are picky about which filter to have in your siphon, it does include both a cloth and fine mesh metal filter. (The cloth would arguably be cleaner tasting and less potential of..

Hario NXA-5 Coffee Siphon NEXT

[Translate] Hario is a 91-year old heat resistant glass maker for coffee and tea. Their first siphon was released in 1957. Ever since, they’ve created a number of coffee brewers that I’ve learned to love and understand the many techniques to create a delicious cups of coffee. Their newest release, Hario Coffee Siphon NEXT (Model # NXA-5, 20-ounce capacity) it’s an improvement of their original siphon. First is the metal filter. The material conventionally used for the siphon filter is cloth or cotton flannel. The flannel filter is most suitable for extracting a clean cup of coffee and it’s capable..

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2013

[Translate] One of our most important and influential people, in my life at least, is my mom. Since Mother’s Day is a bit more than 2 weeks away (if you really don’t remember, it’s Sunday, May 12th) you still have some time to get her something before she’ll bite your head off. Here are some of my gift ideas: Chocolates Coco Délice Chocolates Coco Délice is based out in San Francisco, California, whose mission is to have great flavor and appearance, and utilizing the best possible, local ingredients. Their chocolates are French inspired by technique and dominantly French inspired with..

Chinese New Year & Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2013

[Translate] It’s already February, believe or not, and that usually means it’s Valentine’s Day but interestingly enough, Chinese New Year falls four days before it (February 10, 2013). If you are giving gifts to your Valentine or if you happen to celebrate both Valentine’s and give gifts to family for Chinese New Year, hopefully, this gift guide would give you ideas, ranging from spirits, non-alcoholic beverages to food items. Spirits Bridget Firtle brings small batch rum back to New York from her Brooklyn-based distillery, The Noble Experiment NYC. Owney’s Rum is named after Owen Madden, a Prohibition-era rum runner from..

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