Gloria Jean’s Coffees

Gloria Jean's Rolls Out XPress Nationwide

Gloria Jean's Rolls Out XPress Nationwide

Gloria Jean’s Coffees Brews Up Portable French Press with XPress Lid by SmartCup, Inc.

October 29, 2010 – SmartCup, Inc. announced today that Gloria Jean’s Coffees is introducing XPress lid, the world’s first disposable, portable, recyclable French press in a lid, to their outlets nationwide this November.

Gloria Jean’s Coffees uses the finest quality 100% Arabica coffee beans to ensure premium quality and integrity of its coffee flavors. The coffees are sold as whole beans fresh from coffee bins in each coffee house, as well as in pre-packaged amounts. In each Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ location, whole beans can be ground to order.

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DIY: Buy Starbucks Coffee With Your iPhone

Reported by Business Insider
Steve Kovach and William Wei | Jan. 19, 2011, 2:30 PM


Starbucks launched its iPhone mobile payment service at each of its almost 7,000 retail locations today. 

The app lets you load your Starbucks card credit to your iPhone to make payments from special scanners at each store. The app also tracks your spending and offers you rewards like free coffee, but you can always opt out of registering if you don’t want to provide your billing information.

Each register is equipped with a scanner and our barista seemed well-trained in what to do. She took our phone, scanned it, and our gift card balance instantly reflected the new purchase.

The Starbucks Mobile Card app is free in the App Store. Download it here.

grahamwich, Graham Elliot’s sandwich shop, finally opens


Dateline: Chicago, Time Out Chicago

In the mornings, grahamwich will sell only coffee and pastries. The coffee is French press from SmartCup (Elliot says grahamwich is the only place in the city that uses take-out French press cups, which replicate the French press process in disposable plastic); the pastries come from Fritz.

Posted in Restaurants and bars by David Tamarkin on December 15th, 2010 at 10:32 am

Yesterday afternoon, Graham Elliot invited a few chefs to 615 N State St, the site of his about-to-open sandwich shop, grahamwich. The chefs—Grant AchatzRyan Poli, Giuseppe Tentori—arrived and instinctively stashed their bags and coats on the seats of the communal table in the back of the restaurant. Elliot saw this and experienced some minor panic: He realized, suddenly, that there was no place in the restaurant for people to hang their coats.

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Peet’s has done it again.

Peets coffee press
From The Blog – The Model That Eats

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
French Press, To Go

Peet’s has done it again. The French Press lid is a new spin on coffee to go.

You do have to wait a couple of minutes to press it down, so you don’t get that instant gratification sip the second it’s handed to you… but totally worth it.

I like it because you can get a stronger cup, and it’s a great way to try all of the pricey blends that line the walls (for the price of a regular cup).

Canandaigua Shop Infuses into Coffee the Herbs you'd get in Tea


Is This A New Trend?

Perfecting his roasting technique, dubbing himself “The Dalai Java,” developing a following for his organic and fair-trade coffee beans at local farmers markets — that was the easy part for Scott Taylor. The real challenge: persuading his wife, Andrea, that the robust amount of coffee he was drinking wasn’t hurting him. That called for a truly creative solution.

Andrea Taylor, you see, owns an acupuncture business in Canandaigua and practices Chinese herbal medicine. She has nothing against coffee — in Chinese medicine, the green unroasted coffee bean is classified as an herb — but drinking too much affects the energy, or “Qi,” within the body, she says. Qi is believed to help the body cope with stress and prevent illness.

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Starbucks Brews Up Movies, e-Books & News

Starbucks has teamed up with Yahoo to offer their customers e-books and movies in an attempt to encourage them to “stay a while” and purchase more items at Starbucks.

Starbucks, who traditionally charged for wireless internet, began their free wireless internet campaign in July of this year. Now when you access Starbucks’ wireless service, you will be welcomed to watch moves, read books or enjoy access to some paid sites from their partners, some of which include:

  • The Wall Street Journal
  • USA Today
  • The New York Times
  • Apple’s iTunes
  • Patch
  • Zagat

The move comes as Starbucks faces steep competition from McDonald’s Corp. and other fast-food chains pushing increasingly fancy coffee drinks. But it also offers Starbucks a chance to make money by selling songs, e-books and other material to customers who linger over its free Wi-Fi.

Customers will see the network as soon as they connect to Starbucks’ Internet on their smart phones, computer or tablets, such as the iPad. A welcome page allows customers to scroll through various sections including entertainment, wellness, business and careers, and “my neighborhood,” where they can find community news, restaurant reviews and more.

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Something Very Nice in Venice

Remembrance of Espresso Past

Remembrance of Espresso Past


The tricked-out 1972 La Marzocco GS2 espresso machine that Intelligentsia has had restored for the Venice, Calif., cafe is a dazzler. With its polished walnut, glass panels and laser-engraved knobs, it’s part vintage amp, part Apple Cube and not like any other machine out there.

That’s because it also has a pedigree: it’s the first La Marzocco, from the original Starbucks cafe.

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Recently Added to Terror Weapons List: Coffee Cups and Thermoses

Coffee Cups and Thermoses Have Been Added to Terror Weapons List
If you are carrying a thermos or coffee cup in the airport you can expect to be looked at a little more closely than those who don’t because such items could be used to conceal explosive materials, according to an official advisory.

Passengers travelling with insulated beverage containers can expect to see additional screening of these items using procedures currently in place, including X-ray screening, physical inspection and the use of explosives trace detection technology, states an advisory issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Its best to leave a little extra time when you are traveling, especially during the holiday season, due to increased security measures.

Reviewing a Vintage Coffee Machine

by Andres.

by Andrés Castro, in Colombia

For many years, I thought that beautiful Espresso machines, sophisticated programmable drip ones or other fancy artifacts to extract coffee were better if bigger. Last week, traveling around the Colombian coffee region I stopped by a traditional bakery and asked about their old and big coffee machine. In the past, this exceptional looking coffee maker caught my attention, but I did find downsides about its operation and outcomes that I would like to share.

I would like to by reviewing some typical ways to prepare coffee. The following brewing methods are used today around the world:

  • Steeping (brewing method of coffee grounds mixed with hot water sometimes for an arbitrary length of time, includes the French press, siphon method, coffee bags
  • Boiling preparation (Includes the Middle East traditional style); filter, which is commonly used in our Western countries
  • Pressure machines

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Specialty Coffee Association Update

April 27 – May 1, 2011

Specialty Coffee Association of America Brings World’s Largest Specialty Coffee Event to Houston, Texas, April 27 – May 1, 2011 — The  Specialty Coffee Association of America’s (SCAA) 23rd Annual Exposition & Symposium will be held in Houston, Texas this April 28 – May 1, 2010.

At the annual Exposition  thousands of coffee professionals from more than 40 countries will converge at the George R. Brown Convention Center to focus on specialty coffee, learn about  the latest  innovational trends and products in the coffee marketplace, and engage with fellow industry professionals for the ultimate purpose of delivering a better experience for coffee drinkers.

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