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Have Coffee will Surf

SmartCup XPress Lid

Brew Premium Coffee with SmartCup XPress Lid

Let’s Go Surfing Now with XPress Lid by SmartCup

Being in this industry, we see a lot of people enjoying their favorite coffee on-the-go. This is the first time we’ve seen our French press system used on the beach. But, we think it is a great idea.

Living the California lifestyle takes a lot of energy and enthusiasm. And what better way to keep the motor running than to take a perfect cup of coffee with you to the beach. The XPress lid is a French press in a lid. It fits all the popular hot cups and the “only” thing you need is hot water.

Britt sent us these pictures of herself before she heads out to find the big wave. She says that she likes to take her single origin coffee with her because she likes the taste and enjoys the convenience. We think she also likes to have a hot cup of Joe because the taste and the heat will keep her warm before she hits the SOCAL surf.

The XPress lid is for enthusiasts that want to take a good tasting coffee with them wherever they go. It’s a portable French press that extracts the most flavor out of the coffee bean. It’s easy to use… if you know how to put a lid on a cup of coffee then you really know how to use this. So if you are a surfer girl and want an outstanding cup of coffee, then you need to try the XPress lid by SmartCup. And if you are a coffee shop that caters to surfer girls, then you really need to try the XPress lid.

Okay… Does this happen to you?

Everytime I see the picture of the XPress Surfer, I start singing the Beach Boys song. I just can’t get it out of my head. How about you?

Lets go surfin now
Everybodys learning how
Come on and safari with me
(come on and safari with…)

Early in the morning well be startin out
Some honeys will be coming along
Were loading up our woody
With our boards inside
And headin out singing our song

Come on (surfin) baby wait and see (surfin safari)
Yes Im gonna (surfin) take you surfin (surfin safari)with me
Come along (surfin) baby wait and see (surfin safari)
Yes Im gonna (surfin) take you surfin (surfin safari)with me

Lets go surfin now…

Yum! Tea Lattes @ It’s A Grind

It's A Grind's skilled baristas convey the passion

Tea Lattes Served at It’s A Grind Coffee House

It’s A Grind Coffee House is providing Tea Lattes with SmartCup’s XPress lid. By utilizing XPress, the world’s first disposable, portable, recyclable French press in a lid, enthusiasts now will experience increased flavor, freshness and aroma with their tea lattes.

I stopped in for a black tea latte… The flavor is outstanding, I just love the whole leaf tea and spices. it’s a great way to start my Sunday morning.
– Keith “Bandit” Ball, Bikernet.com

It’s A Grind Coffee House was established in 1994 with the purpose of providing the highest quality whole-bean specialty coffees and teas in a comfortable, community-focused environment.

About It’s A Grind Coffee House
It’s A Grind has locations franchised throughout the United States, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada and Texas.

Each It’s A Grind Coffee House store has a large, comfortable seating area, an eclectic blend of music – and a wonderful sense of place that reflects the ambiance of the neighborhood.

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Suggested XPress Recipes

RECIPES FOR XPRESS BY SMARTCUP

RECIPES FOR XPRESS BY SMARTCUP


The following is a baseline for enthusiasts when they are deciding upon the amount of coffee or tea to use. XPress allows for individuals to custom craft their beverage experience based on material and brew time.

XPress Coffee

  • 12 oz Coffee – 11 grams or 1 rounded tablespoon (not heaping) medium ground coffee, fill with hot water to 1/2” from rim of cup, stir, wait 3 minutes, then press.
  • 16 oz Coffee – 22 grams or 2 rounded tablespoons (not heaping) medium ground coffee, fill with hot water to 1/2” from rim of cup, stir, wait 3 minutes, then press.
  • 20 oz Coffee – 33 gramps or 2 heaping tablespoons medium ground coffee, fill with hot water to 1/2” from rim of cup, stir, wait 3 minutes, then press.

XPress Teas

  • 12 oz Loose Leaf Tea – Add 1 slightly, rounded tablespoon of loose leaf tea into cup, pour hot water to 1/2” from rim of cup, add XPress lid, wait 3 minutes, then press.
  • 16 oz Loose Leaf Tea – Add 2 slightly rounded tablespoons of loose leaf tea into cup, pour hot water to 1/2” from rim of cup, add XPress lid, wait 3 minutes, then press.
  • 20 oz Loose Leaf Tea – Add 2 rounded tablespoons of loose leaf tea into cup, pour hot water to 1/2” from rim of cup, add XPress lid, wait 3 minutes, then press.

XPress Tea Lattes

  • Black Tea Latte 16 oz – Pour 18 grams loose leaf tea and 56 grams Zuma Vanilla Latte powder into cup, add hot water to 1” from rim of cup, stir to mix, add a splash of cold, whole milk, add XPress lid, wait 3 minutes, then press.
  • Green Tea Latte 16 oz – Pour 18 grams loose leaf tea and 56 grams Zuma Vanilla Latte powder into cup, add hot water to 1” from rim of cup, stir to mix, add a splash of cold, whole milk, add XPress lid, wait 3 minutes, then press.
  • Chai Latte 16 oz – Pour 18 grams loose leaf tea and 56 grams Zuma Vanilla Latte powder into cup, add hot water to 1” from rim of cup, stir to mix, add a splash of cold, whole milk, add XPress lid, wait 3 minutes, then press.

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We are posting receipts for tea and coffee lattes as well as strategies on how to use the XPress lid to improve revenue and margins.

Our latest recipes include:

  • Mexican Mocha
  • Citrus Twist Tea
  • Lemon Latte
  • Chocolate Coffee Latte
  • Peppermint Tea Latte

Our recipes will be posted next week.

Marie serves XPress pressed coffee @ Leven’s

Marie showcases XPress Pressed Coffee

Leven’s Coffee Company Introduces Their Signature Roasts with XPress Lid by SmartCup

Leven’s Coffee Company is a Fair Trade and Organic Coffee Roastery providing Saskatoon, SK, with select coffees from around the world and serving them with an innovative portable and disposable French press called XPress lid by SmartCup.

The XPress lid French press system allows the coffee grounds to remain in direct contact with the brewing water, and the grounds are filtered from the water via a mesh instead of a paper filter. Coffee brewed with a French press captures more of the coffee’s flavor and its essential oils, which become trapped in a traditional drip-brew machine’s paper filters.

“We feel that French press coffee is the best way to experience the flavor and aroma of quality coffees,” said Marie Tupper, Owner. “If you haven’t tried a cup of XPress French coffee, you are in for a treat.”

Leven’s is a Fair Trade and Organic coffee Roastery, which roasts single origin 100% Arabica beans that has developed their signature line of coffee including Dominican Republic – dark roast, Costa Rican – Las Amistad, Mexican – Cafe Femenino, Ethiopian – Yirgacheffe, Papua New Guinea, Guatemalan – Cafe Femenino, Sumatran, Decaf Peruvian and Espresso.

Many coffee shops may only allow you to experience what is in the pot; at Leven’s the entire inventory of coffee is available for the asking. Leven’s also prides itself on being environmentally responsible by using only 100% biodegradable cups, recyclable lids and a coffee bag recycling program.

“Leven’s Coffee Company is committed to providing the freshest, most unique and delicious brews in Saskatoon, SK, and we are proud that they are utilizing the XPress lid to showcase their roasts,” explained Kent Rhodes, CEO of SmartCup, Inc.

XPress Lid French Press Featured @ LaGuardia Airport

XPress French Press @ LaGuardia airport

XPress French Press @ LaGuardia airport

Where: LaGuardia Airport
Location: AMERICAN AIRLINES TERMINAL
What: SmartCup’s XPress French press in a lid

LaGuardia Airport is not known for their amenities but they do have something that is hard to come by… A premium cup of French press coffee delivered by the SmartCup’s XPress lid. And bleary eyed travelers are delighted to find a cup.

Sasha of Boba Panda wrote about catching a flight to Chicago… While waiting for my flight to O’Hare , I began searching for some coffee in the American airlines terminal of LaGuardia airport. This terminal has terrible options by the way. I came across this little place called Healthy Gourmet. Their coffee selection was nothing special, but I was intrigued by their french press cups.

In previous posts talked about her love of the french press method of coffee preparation. It is so simple, the coffee is freshly brewed, and you can control the strength.

    …I had never seen the french press in this form before. To have an individually brewed portable cup of french press coffee is a genius idea. You never have to wonder how long ago your cup of coffee was actually made. This cup really should be more widely available.

She also went on to explain the process… The barista at Healthy Gourmet puts coffee grounds in the bottom of your cup then adds hot water and milk/sugar as desired. The french press filter is in the lid. You wait only a minute or two and then you press down the filter. There is also a filter attached to the opening on the lid that you drink out of. This prevents any loose coffee grounds from getting out.

In another post on Instagram we heard this…

    …It’s 5 am and apparently no one told me they have french press coffee to go at LaGuardia airport. Or maybe I’m hallucinating it is 5 am, did I say that already? (Taken with Instagram at LGA – American Airlines Terminal)

2012 Coffee Fest Chicago Recap

Source: Coffee Talk

Attendees came from all over the US to take part in the educational offerings, the networking events, experience the Coffee Fest World Latte Art Championship Open and sampled from more than 190 exhibition booths. Once totaled, actual attendance was 1,805. Coffee Fest Exhibitors accounted for an additional 1,056 badges bringing the total attendance to just under 3000.

For the first time ever Coffee Fest attendees and fans determined the awards for best new products. Voting occurred on-line at www.coffeefest.com and the results were announced on Friday afternoon with awards presented as follows:

CONSUMABLE PRODUCTS

1st – Kishr – a beverage made from the dried coffee cherry, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom.
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Rollin Karoll of Spectro Oils talks French Press

Rollin Karoll of Spectro Oils talks French Press

The 15th Anniversary Giveaway Chopper Team Checks In

The Giveaway Chopper Team is checking in on their take of the XPress lid, a portable and disposable French press in a lid.

Smartcup has sponsored the build of a custom choppa that you can win from our partners at Bikernet.com and Cycle Source Magazine. If you don’t win the chopper, you can win many fabulous prizes.

“What a great idea! True French press coffee that you make on the run. The press system worked great, and the coffee was delicious. No more coffee shop stops on my morning drive! Why didn’t
someone think of this sooner? ”

– Rollin Karoll, Vice President of Sales

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