October 7, 2007

Coffee News: Try these recipes for the holidays

This time of year is what we refer to as "The Holiday Marathon." Starting the middle of October, we find ourselves inundated with Harvest Festivals, Trick or Treat events, Thanksgiving meals, Christmas parties, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and, of course, it all wraps up with that wonderful New Year's Eve celebration.

In honor of all of these events, we would like to share some coffee and tea recipes that most anyone can prepare in the comfort of their personal kitchen. Let us remind you that these recipes are best prepared with fresh products and that goes most emphatically with fresh-roasted coffee beans for the coffee recipes and fresh-harvested teas for the tea recipes.

Includes recipes for:

  • Goolie Green Caramel Latte

  • Cafe Mocha

  • Authentic Masala Chai

  • Sweet Dreams Tea

  • Raspberry Delight Tea

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March 3, 2007

Coffee News: Dunkin' Brands and P & G to Bring Dunkin' Donuts Packaged Coffee to Retail Outlets

Dunkin' Brands and Procter & Gamble have signed an agreement to launch Dunkin' Donuts coffee at retail. P&G Coffee will be responsible for distributing Dunkin' Donuts packaged coffee to grocery stores, mass merchandisers, club stores and other consumer retail channels across the United States.

With Dunkin' Donuts as the #1 coffee and baked goods chain worldwide and Procter & Gamble as the #1 selling coffee roaster in the United States, the agreement brings together two leading consumer brands with extensive knowledge of the coffee industry.

"We look forward to a collaborative partnership with Dunkin' Donuts, a company that shares our passion for innovation and building strong brands," said Doug McGraw, Vice President of Global Coffee for Procter & Gamble. "We are confident that the addition of Dunkin' Donuts high-quality coffee to our existing portfolio will allow more consumers to enjoy this premium, trusted brand of coffee at home."

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February 25, 2007

Get out of any gloomy mood with coffee cake

On a winter's day, a coffee cake is an easy sell, even to the would-be baker. Warm, spicy and sweet, it's the perfect antidote to seasonal gloom.

In a larger sense, coffee cakes promote visiting, generosity and kindly feelings. Want a friendlier relationship with your neighbors (even if it's only so they'll bring in the mail, water your plants and watch for burglars when you're out of town)? Bake a coffee cake and invite them over for a nibble and a cuppa.

While most tea- and coffee-drinking societies always have served treats alongside those steaming cups and mugs, 1950s-American-housewife culture is credited with the creation of the coffee cake.

Easy enough to make on a whim, yet tasty enough to serve to friends, quick breads will keep at room temperature, loosely covered, for two to three days, according to Lou Seibert Pappas in her new book, "Coffee Cakes: Simple, Sweet, and Savory" (Chronicle Books, $18.95).

Almost all coffee cakes freeze well for up to one month, according to Pappas. Let them cool to room temperature, then freeze them in resealable, heavy-duty plastic freezer bags. (You can also slice the cake first, then freeze individual slices to defrost and toast for breakfast as needed, or microwave briefly while still frozen. Don't microwave too long, though, or the slice will toughen.)

To defrost, you should let the coffee cake stand at room temperature fully wrapped but with the wrapping loosened a bit to let moisture out, according to Pappas. When thawed, reheat in a preheated 350-degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of the cake.

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February 24, 2007

Coffee News: More fibre in coffee than orange juice?

Coffee, a well-established source of antioxidants, may also be a richer source of soluble dietary fibre than orange juice, researchers in Spain have reported.

"The dietary fibre content in brewed coffee is higher than in other common beverages such as wine (0.14 per cent) or orange juice (0.19 per cent)," stated the researchers.

Coffee, one of the world's largest traded commodities produced in more than 60 countries and generating more than $70bn in retail sales a year, continues to spawn research and interest, and has been linked to improved cognitive performance and reduced risks of certain diseases, especially of the liver and diabetes.

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February 13, 2007

101 Cookbooks: Baked Doughnuts

I have to admit, I'm dying to try these...

Mention the concept of a baked doughnut to any self-professed doughnut connoisseur, chances are you'll take some heat. The idea that a baked doughnut can match up to its deep-fried brethren is laughable in some circles. I'll concede they aren't the same, but baked doughnuts can be just as delicious - delicious yet different. They get bonus points for being healthier and for not making the house smell like a greasy fry station.

Includes recipe for:

  • Baked Doughnuts

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February 7, 2007

Coffee News: The Tricks To A Perfect Cup Of Coffee

February is specialty coffee month so we went in search of answers to this question: how can we make our coffee at home taste as good as the coffee in shops?

We talked with a woman, Bethany Kurbis, who has been working in coffee shops for nearly 10 years and is the manager of Bordertown Coffee in Dinkytown. Kurbis let us in on some coffee making tricks of the trade.

For the best possible results, Kurbis said we have to do two things at home: use filtered water instead of tap water in our coffee makers, and use freshly ground beans instead of coffee that has been ground and packaged for us. Yes, those two simple things will dramatically improve the taste.

"You get a better cup of coffee with freshly ground coffee. If you have the beans and have a grinder, then you can grind it up and put it in your basic coffee pot and that will do the trick. And like I said, if you have good water, that makes a big difference," Kurbis said.

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January 27, 2007

Coffee News: Coffee OK during pregnancy, study says

"Pregnant coffee drinkers take heart: A new study provides evidence that moderate caffeine intake will not cause a baby to be born early or underweight.

Doctors still agree it's probably not a good idea to have 10 grande lattes a day. But with the new data, "you're essentially telling women, 'Don't worry about it.' We can drink coffee during pregnancy and not have problems," said Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital."

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January 20, 2007

Coffee News: Coffee may ease muscle pain

"Drinking two cups of coffee before exercise may reduce post-workout muscle pain by over 50 percent - more relief than a pain reliever medicine like aspirin can provide, says a study.

Researchers studying caffeine's effect on post-workout muscle soreness in nine female college students, who were not regular caffeine users and did not regularly engage in resistance training, reported their findings on the online edition of health portal WebMD."

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January 7, 2007

Coffee News: Cold coffee drinks gain steam

"Even in this caffeine-soaked city, there are times Tommy Key can't make it to a Starbucks for his favorite pick-me-up.
On those grim mornings, Key's preferred stand-in is Starbucks' bottled Frappuccino, a cold milk-and-coffee concoction that he grabs on his way out the door.
''It's a quick fix, is what it is,'' Key, 43, said as he loaded a 12-pack into his cart at a local Costco warehouse. ''This will last me a good month or two.''
Hurried coffee lovers like Key will have more choices for that quick fix in the coming year, as Starbucks Corp. and others angle for the growing slice of consumers who get their java from the grocery store or vending machine.
Beverage titan Coca-Cola Co. plans to push further into the ready-to-drink coffee market this summer, introducing a new iced drink under the banner of the country's No. 2 coffeehouse chain, Caribou Coffee Co."

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December 19, 2006

Coffee News:

"More and more home appliances are now wired to receive data from other sources. The latest is the Melitta Smart Mill & Brew 10-cup coffeemaker which will provide you the daily weather report in addition to providing you with a hot cup of coffee. The coffee pot gets its news from MSN Direct and provides updates every 10 minutes to provide current conditions as well as a 3-day forecast. The machine also grinds the beans so basically it does everything but put it in a cup and shove you out the door in the morning. It sells for around $199.95 on Amazon."

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December 12, 2006

Coffee News: Deck the walls - with built-in coffee makers

"Quicker than you can say Starbucks, appliance-makers are heating things up in the kitchen with built-in coffee brewing systems designed for the homes of cappuccino- and latte-lovers everywhere.

European manufacturers Bosch and Gaggenau introduced sleek, stainless models, ranging in price from $1,099 to $1,999, earlier this year at the Kitchen and Bath Show in Chicago as the newest must-have equipment in the modern kitchen.

The upscale designs of these coffee-makers dovetail nicely with trends toward stainless stoves and refrigerators. Created largely as kitchen appliances, the machines could be installed by homeowners and set up as coffee bars in a dining room, home office, den or home theater, too.

The Bosch Benvenuto allows users to pour in whole coffee beans, set grind coarseness and return for a fresh cup of java only after "each freshly ground coffee granule is engulfed with water in a pressurized chamber." A removable water filter ensures that metallic taste and impurities are removed for a premium coffee experience.

For the hard-core coffee lover who's always in search of a higher-octane brew, this machine, complete with frothing attachment, also has espresso and cappuccino options. For those who want a lighter beverage, hot water for tea or hot chocolate is standard. The price tag for this digitized jazzy model: $1,999. A countertop version is available too for $1,499.

Gaggenau takes a similar approach with gorgeous brushed stainless or aluminum models, the CM 200. It too has six grind options and the company boasts an "aroma whirl brewing technique" that spins the drip grind so water reaches each coffee granule. A foaming dispenser steams milk for lattes to 110 degrees."

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December 5, 2006

Coffee News: Luxist Holiday Guide: Gifts for the Coffee Lover

"giftee has specific interests. While coffee isn't exactly an interest per-se, a coffee-lover will always appreciate a coffee related gift. And there are a lot of them to choose from, from appliances to beans, and every one on our list of favorites is sure to perk them up this holiday season.
A great gift is a high quality conical burr grinder. Even if your coffee lover who already grinds their own beans - which is the very easiest way to ensure that you're getting all the flavor you can from them - can benefit from the increase precision offered by a machine like the KitchenAid Pro Line Burr Coffee Grinder. $200.

The Gaggia Achilles Espresso Machine is a good choice for those who are serious about making espresso. The machine is lever-operated, so the user controls just about every bit of the process that goes into producing their shots. Price: $1,500."

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November 28, 2006

Coffee News: Roast-your-own coffee hits the spot

"America's most finicky coffee drinkers tout their caffeine connoisseurship in many, often contradictory, ways. They spend a bundle at Starbucks, or refuse to patronize big chains. They drink only espresso, or decline any cup of joe they didn't brew themselves.

Then there are people like Chris Becker of Arlington, whose coffee worship involves a ritual that places him at the outer edge of the country's java culture.

Becker roasts coffee beans at home.

"Even my less-than-good batches are fresher than any (beans) I'd buy in a store," said Becker, a 30-year-old government employee who uses a gas grill to transform flavorless green coffee beans into savory dark-brown kernels he then grinds and brews within a few days, if not hours.

It doesn't require a lot of time, money or equipment to roast coffee beans at home - less than 10 minutes in an air popcorn popper does the trick - but enthusiasts devote plenty of each to the craft.

They congregate at Web sites such as, where they exchange techniques; they get together in person to sample, or "cup," each other's beans; and many maintain logbooks, where they record details such as the amount of time and heat applied to each batch they roast.

"Some guys are over the top," said Dave Borton of Monroe, Wis., who has been roasting at home since January, belongs to an Internet-based bean-buyers' club and gives away about two pounds of freshly roasted beans every week to co-workers and members of his church. "My wife would tell you I am over the top."

To cater to this tiny-but-growing market, a cottage industry that exists mostly online has blossomed over the past decade, selling countertop electric roasters that cost anywhere from $75 to $500 and green coffee beans from the world's best growing regions priced at around $5 a pound. These items can also be found at some brick-and-mortar specialty shops, such as Fante's Kitchen Wares Shop of Philadelphia and Zaccardi's of Scarsdale, N.Y."

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October 22, 2006

Coffee News: Throwers, blowers, coffee makers recalled

"The days of fall and winter chores are upon us. And after a hard day of clearing leaves from the yard or snow from the driveway, a hot cup of coffee is always nice. But before you do any of these things, check these recent leaf blower, snow thrower and coffee maker recalls."

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