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December 2010 Volume LXXX

Posted: 12/15/10
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Coffee Buzz - Be Stimulated! - November 2010, Volume LXXIX
In This Issue

Product Spotlight:
Baratza Virtuoso Preciso

2 Coffee Spotlight:
Lavazza Tierra - Responsible Espresso
3 Holiday Travel And Your Espresso
4 Whole Latte Love Video Blog:
What Is A Bypass Doser?
5 Coffee Factoids:
Deici - The Drink Made Of 10 Espressos
6 Recipe: Chocolate Stout Latte
7 Expert Answers
Whole Latte Love Video Blog - What Is A Bypass Doser?

I receive questions, from time to time, asking "What is a bypass doser? How fine of a grind should I use? Should I only use the bypass for doser decaf coffee?" Well, I just finished filming a short educational video that answers these questions and more....

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Coffee Factoids: Deici - The Drink Made Of 10 Espressos

Some call it crazy. Others are intrigued. The Pulp & The Bean in Brooklyn, NY has recently started offering a 20-ounce drink consisting of 10 pure shots of espresso...and it's not decaf either....

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Whole Latte Love Recipes - Chocolate Stout Latte

I'm back with another delicious holiday recipe; this time courtesy of Monin Syrup. As you're gathering around with friends and family for the season's festivities, give this unique drink a try!

Chocolate Stout Latte

Simply combine the syrups, triple shot of espresso and milk. Pour over ice, stir and enjoy.

This recipe makes a full 16oz beverage.

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Expert Answers From The Whole Latte Love Spot

Q: I am thinking about upgrading from my entry level machine (Gaggia Carezza). I was wooed a little by the super automatics, but the Gaggia Baby Twin seems like a real nice machine, and I do enjoy the brewing process. What do you think of the Baby Twin?

A: The super automatics can woo you (and rightfully so), but if you enjoy the brewing process, the Gaggia Baby Twin would be a good step up for you. It has a dual boiler with rapid steam, allowing you to go straight from brewing your shot to frothing/steaming your milk. It is also equipped with touch sensitive buttons for easy programming.

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Product Spotlight: Baratza Virtuoso Preciso

Ceado E10 and E7 GrindersThe coffee community has been anxiously awaiting the Baratza Virtuoso Preciso for over a year. Now that the Preciso has arrived, it certainly will not disappoint.

The Virtuoso has been a wildly popular home grinder for quite some time, garnering high praise for its reliability, efficient operation and compact frame. But if espresso lovers had one gripe, it would be the grinder's lack of micro adjustments. While the 40 standard grind settings are more than adequate for most people, there are some people who desire greater control over their grind. The Virtuoso Preciso is made to cater to them. Along with the 40 macro settings, the Preciso offers an additional 11 micro settings. Each micro range is equal to one macro setting, so you'll be able to fine-tune your grind to get exactly what you need, coarser for French Press or finer for espresso....

Full Story - Baratza Virtuoso Preciso

"The Baratza Virtuoso Preciso retains a small, kitchen-counter friendly footprint and easy-to-use controls—attributes that have made previous Baratza grinders so popular with home users."
Coffee Spotlight: Lavazza Tierra

Lavazza Tierra and Tierra Intenso CoffeesLuigi Lavazza, founder of Italy’s #1 coffee brand, famously proclaimed, "I will not live in a world that destroys the riches of nature!" Since its inception, Lavazza has strived to conduct business with socially, environmentally and culturally friendly practices. The company is a strong global proponent of sustainable development, holding itself and suppliers up to high standards throughout the production process. Lavazza has also teamed up with a number of nonprofit organizations including: Save the Children, International Coffee Partners and the Rainforest Alliance.

In 2004, Lavazza launched the Tierra Project, which engaged farming communities from Columbia, Peru and Honduras as well as the Rainforest Alliance to create environmentally friendly and socially responsible coffee.

The first of these coffees, Lavazza Tierra, is a medium-bodied, 100% Arabica coffee with sweet floral notes, fruity flavors and a pleasing aroma. It is particularly well suited for lattes and cappuccinos but can also be enjoyed as an espresso or drip coffee.

In contrast, Lavazza Tierra Intenso features strong chocolate flavors and a rich aroma. It is well liked by the Whole Latte Love sales team because of its ability to deliver remarkable drip coffee....

Full Story - Lavazza Tierra Espresso

"December is traditionally the season of giving and the Lavazza Tierra Project reminds us that every one of us can do our part to give back."
Holiday Travel and Your Espresso
Bodum Travel Presses in Black, Green, Off White, Orange, and Red

It may be the happiest time of the year, but this is also a busy travel season. Chances are, you or your loved ones will be taking to the roads, rails and skies in advance of the holiday celebrations. As always, good coffee and espresso can be hard to find when you're on the go. But, don't leave it to the roll of the dice this year, pack the following items in your suitcase and you won't have to be at the mercy of others when the need for a good beverage strikes.

Bodum Travel Press
New to Whole Latte Love, the Bodum Travel Press is an ingenious combination of a travel mug and French Press.

Handpresso Wild and DomePod
One of Oprah's Favorite Things, the Handpresso Wild and DomePod will let you brew authentic espresso on the go.

Hot Water Kettles
If your holiday trip involves a hotel stay, consider taking along the Capresso H20 Pro Programmable Cordless Kettle.

Gourmet Tea
There's nothing like a cup of warm tea to calm down a hectic trip. Travel-friendly Te Teas and Teaposy sachets are the perfect treat for a long trip.....

Full Story - Holiday Travel


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