Espresso On The Go

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We’ve been talking for a while now how gadgets can enhance the way we brew and how fast we can brew coffee {See Pocket-Sized Coffee, Why Didn’t We Think of That?! and Alarm Clock with a Perk to name a few } What do you call a espresso machine that is portable, handheld, and requires no electricity? The MINIPRESSO! This little pill-like capsule holds the grounds, water, and the lid doubles as a cup for your espresso shot. It is powered through a small pump action piston the you squeeze with your hand. This forces the water through the coffee grounds at the same psi standard for all espresso beverages (116 psi).

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The convenience of this little capsule is truly well thought out. It can be filled with your own coffee grounds or with their own mini cups called Caffitaly capsules. The water capsule piece on it can also be upgraded to a larger one if you are interested in going beyond just a shot of espresso. The Minipresso is such a sleek design that makes it easy to take wherever you want and enjoy your espresso in the wildest of places, where you could have never thought possible.

minipresso pump

Before you do a Google search you should know it is not shipping yet as they are finishing up their testing and finalizing warranty guidelines. But, you can pre-order it now and receive the Minipresso early in 2015 when they release the final product and ship it.  BONUS: If you pre-order your Minipresso now, you can get it at a ten dollar discount from its already low price of $49!

What do you think about this portable espresso maker?


Earth Day Sustainability

Coffee filter earth

As we draw closer and closer to Earth Day (April 22), we look to our Earth that has given us so much. Not only is it the only planet in our solar system that is capable of human life, but it also grows all the coffee that we drink! I don’t know about you, but that is a pretty huge deal for me. I don’t know where I would be without my little pick me up coffee each morning, so lets give back to our Earth and reduce our personal footprint left on it.

Recycle Your Coffee Grounds –  Did you know that coffee grounds can be used for more than just making coffee?  Check out our previous post Don’t Just Throw Away Those Coffee Grounds that covers some alternative uses for your grounds once you are done brewing. Go ahead and try some of these out for yourself…it just may change your daily routine.

Coffee waste

Convenience Doesn’t Have to Mean Increased Waste – The convenient k-cups forever changed how coffee was consumed and sales continue to grow…but they also are piling up in landfills due to the plastic they are made from not being recyclable. Each pound of coffee equals about 50 k-cups, which then end up in landfills. This is a startling number when you think of the millions of k-cups that are purchased each year.

So what’s being done?  The leader in k-cup production, Green Mountain, has promised to create 100% recyclable k-cups by 2020 to combat this growing environmental issue. There are also some programs that collect used k-cups to recycle the grounds into the environment and incinerate the remainder. Granted, this still creates waste, but the process is continually being worked on to improve the current situation. YouTube videos have also been created to instruct and promote how to reuse and repackage the disposable k-cups.
Reusable k-cup

Reduce Your Own Footprint –  First, each person matters. Don’t be discouraged because your not solving the world’s issues right away but you are a true asset towards the solution. While it may not be as convenient, you can use a reusable k-cup (seen above). This handy little cup fits nicely in your machine and you can pack it with whatever ground coffee you so desire. If you are a frequent to coffee shops, you can use a reusable cup instead of their paper ones. This saves the use of a coffee cup and the sleeve to go around it. Most coffee shops offer their own brand of cup anyway and this almost always means a little discount for your beverage too!

Choose to purchase from companies that have the same sustainability goals as you want to achieve. is proud to be under the umbrella of Compass Group USA, the leader in food service and industry with groundbreaking sustainability policies.  Check out their blog post on composting coffee grounds!

Go ahead and spread the news on how each and every one of us can make a difference. Every small effort matters, especially when many work together. Who knows, maybe you have the next best idea since sliced bread :) ! Happy Earth Day everyone!


Coffee Is a Type of Produce

Coffee PlantEvery day I take for granted that I will have a freshly brewed cup of coffee.  It got me thinking this morning that someone, somewhere must do a whole lot to let me brew my favorite cup o’joe. Believe it or not, just like produce has it’s own season {and we know how much better it tastes when it IS in season!}, coffee has its own season as well. While it may not seem like a big deal due to the sheer volume of coffee produced around the world, different locations may yield a better cup of fresh coffee depending what time of the year it is.

Many locations around the world have a main harvest of coffee beans where they pick coffee cherries and then must let them rest until maturity before they can be shipped. This can take up to two months so keep in mind that the harvesting period will begin two months before you may receive your fresh coffee and end two months before your coffee is out of season. Some locations may have a few different harvests because of coffee grown in different locations within the country, but in general the harvesting periods and locations are as followed:

  • From February-March: Jamaica, Colombia, Kenya
  • From April to September: Rwanda, Burundi
  • From April to October: Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru
  • From May to September: Papua New Guinea
  • From June to December: Indonesia
  • From September to January: Uganda, Tanzania
  • From September to March: Cuba, Dominican Republic
  • From October to December: Kenya
  • From October to February: India
  • From October to March: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia
  • From October to April: Ethiopia

Probably with technology such as vacuum sealing, you won’t change your coffee-buying habits to fall seasonally with the coffee season of your favorite brew .  We need not be so concerned with each coffee season as the airtight seal keeps the grounds fresh for longer periods of time {Did you know that coffee was the first product ever to be freeze-dried?}. Hats off to all the people, no matter what part of the process they play a part in, to allow me my favorite morning indulgence.

Do you find that your favorite brand of coffee can taste better during different times of the year? We’d like to know!