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November 2008 - Posts

Bodum Granos Espresso Machine - Product Review

 

 

Bodum makes some really cool stuff. They make some of the best French presses I have ever seen. They always take into consideration the design when making a product. I have had the pleasure of using the Bodum Granos espresso machine. I have to say that I am impressed with it. This machine is really easy to use.

The Granos won the Good design award from The Chicago Athenaeum. The Granos also features a 19 Bar pump with a dual-wall filter and a stabilizing baffle in combination ensures a consistent, correct release of pressure. This is important because some machines don’t have this system and its up to you to make the espresso come out at the right speed by tamping the coffee harder and grinding it finer.

If you were wondering, like I was, what the bubble at the top was for it’s a cup warmer. The Granos can be used with ground coffee as well as espresso pods. A very unique feature of the Granos is its attachment that allows you to connect a bottle of water directly to the machine, which is really cool. Oh did I mention that the button controls are completely programmable. Not to mention that it’s equipped with a steaming wand that allows you to steam milk for lattes or cappuccinos of course. The Granos also espells the unused water from each shot so it doesn’t go back into the water supple like most machines.
   
    What doesn’t this machine do? Well it doesn’t grind and tamp the coffee for you. Some of the high-end espresso machines will actually grind and tamp the coffee into the portafilter for you. So all you have to do is just hit the button and it grinds and tamps then pours. These types of machines will even eject the used coffee into a bin for you to empty when it’s full. Most of these machine are in the $1,000 range were the Bodum Granos is about $500. So half the price but you have to do the work or grinding, tamping and cleaning the filter out after every shot. This is the worst part if the job. It’s the messiest part of making espresso, coffee gets everywhere and then you have to scrape out the used coffee out of the filer. Other than that I say that this machine can do just about anything you want and it’s a pretty good buy for your money.

     

Posted: Nov 20 2008, 02:57 PM by Alexgreene | with 3 comment(s)
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New Thanksgiving Blend Coffee at Starbucks

    

     Starbucks has a new coffee out for Thanksgiving called, yup you guessed it, Thanksgiving Blend. Thanksgiving Blend is a coffee from Guatemala that has a subtle spice and coco notes to it. Thanksgiving blend is a full bodied coffee that has a hint of fine herbs.
    
    The Thanksgiving blend is designed to pair well with all the foods that a families love to have on thanksgiving. So watch out turkey and pumpkin pie because here comes the coffee.  

Posted: Nov 18 2008, 05:36 PM by Alexgreene | with 1 comment(s)
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New Starbucks Gold Card - Get a Discount Card for Starbucks!

 

     Starbucks has a new “Gold” card that they are offering customers. The card is designed to give customers a discount and other pretty cool benefits. Some of the benefits include:

  • 10% off purchases in the US stores
  • a free drink when you sign up.
  • Free beverage on your birthday
  • Exclusive offers and discounts throughout the year
  • Free Wi-Fi for 2 hours each day



     The card is a good deal if you come go to Starbucks everyday. Lets say that the average amount of money you spend on drinks a day is $3.50.  10% of 3.50 is 35 cents which doesn’t sound like a lot but after a month you have saved about 10 bucks. In about 2 and a half months it has paid for itself. If you do the math after subtracting what you paid for the card you would save $93.10 a year on coffee. And that’s if you just spend 3.50 a day at Starbucks. I know a lot of people that spend more than that.

    
     I think it’s a great deal and you can still pay with cash or credit when using your benefits card. Check it out at http://www.starbucks.com/GoldCard/index.html

Posted: Nov 18 2008, 05:08 PM by Alexgreene | with 1 comment(s)
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Free cup of coffee at Starbucks for Voting

 Free cup of coffee at Starbucks for Voting

 Starbucks is going to give away a free tall cup of coffee to people who voted in the election. All you need to do is go into a Starbucks tomorrow Nov. 4th, and tell the Barista behind the counter that you voted and they will give you a free cup. Just another way that Starbucks is pushing to be a great company participate in the community.

Posted: Nov 03 2008, 05:34 PM by Alexgreene | with 4 comment(s)
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Starbucks Joins (RED) to Save Lives in Africa

Starbucks Joins (RED) to Save Lives in Africa

   

     Starbucks coffee company, a company that is dear to my heart after working there for 2 years, has now joined (RED), a company that is making great strides to address AIDS in Africa. Starbucks will be caring (PRODUCT)RED products starting on November 27th through Jan. 2, 2009. Starbucks is also going to be selling (STARBUCKS)RED exclusive beverages. Starbucks will donate 5 cents for each sale of a (STARBUCKS)RED Beverage to (RED). After the holiday beverages leave the store Starbucks will continue to offer (RED) options to their beverages.

    The announcement was made during the 2008 Leadership conference in New Orleans. Starbucks is pleased to be giving back to Africa since Starbucks currently buys coffee from ten different countries in Africa including Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Starbucks is also planning on opening a Starbucks Farmer Support Center in Ethiopia and Rwanda.
   
    I think that it’s great that Starbucks is going to start selling (PRODUCT)RED products as well as offer (STARBUCKS)RED beverages. I know that 5 cents a beverage doesn’t sound like a lot but take into consideration that there are 16,000 stores. I think this is going to be a great thing for Starbucks and the people in Africa.

Little more about (RED)

(RED) is a business model created to raise awareness and money for the Global Fund by teaming up with the world's most iconic brands to produce (PRODUCT) RED branded products. A portion of profits from each (PRODUCT) RED product sold goes directly to the Global Fund to invest in African AIDS programs, with a focus on women and children.

Who is (RED)


Bono and Bobby Shriver created (RED) to engage the private sector in the fight against AIDS in Africa. Our partners include: American Express (UK only), Converse, Gap, Emporio Armani, Dell, Windows, Apple and Hallmark. Discussions are ongoing with other potential partners.

How it Works


Established brands partner with us and license the (PRODUCT) RED mark to create (PRODUCT) RED products and services. (PRODUCT) RED partners send a portion of the profits made on (PRODUCT) RED products directly to the Global Fund, to fight AIDS in Africa. The consumer does not pay extra for this. (RED) never handles this money – it is sent directly to the Global Fund.

A licensing fee for use of the (PRODUCT) RED mark is charged to manage and market the (RED) brand. This fee is paid by (PRODUCT) RED partners, and does not infringe on the amount of money they send to the Global Fund via sales of (PRODUCT) RED items.

Posted: Nov 03 2008, 03:51 PM by Alexgreene | with 1 comment(s) |
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