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January 2011 Volume LXXXI

Posted: 01/13/11
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story 1 Product Spotlight:
Expobar Brewtus IV
story 1 Coffee Spotlight:
Aloha Island Coffees
story 1 Urnex Grindz: No More Oil!
story 1 Coffee Factoids:
Coffee Relieves Asthma Symptoms
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Video Blog:
Pressurized Filter Baskets

story 1 Recipe:
Peppermint Espresso Martini
story 1 Expert Answers:
Help Choosing A Grinder
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For people suffering from asthma, coffee could be a home remedy worth considering. One of the byproducts of a cup of Joe, theophylline, is a common ingredient in asthma medication. A clinical study, conducted by the Cochran Database of Systematic Reviews, has found that caffeine can help improve airway functions for up to four hours.

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Video Blog - Pressurized Filter Baskets

Did you get a pressurized filter basket with your semi-automatic espresso machine? If you want to know what makes a pressurized basket unique, take a few minutes to watch this video. Todd, from our Tech Department, will show you how to properly use a pressurized filter basket and avoid common mistakes to help you get the most out of your brewing experience.

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If you're looking for a drink, give the Peppermint Espresso Martini a try.

- Ice
- 1oz of Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha
- 1oz of vodka
- 1/2 oz of freshly extracted espresso
- Whole bean coffee for garnish

Place the ice, Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha, espresso and vodka into a shaker. Shake well, strain and pour the mixture into a martini glass. Garnish with whole bean coffee for a memorable treat. This recipe makes one martini. Drink responsibly and enjoy!

Expert Answers -

Q: I have a Starbucks Barista burr grinder. I use it for French press, so I use the coarse setting. The problems are inconsistent grind—a lot of finely ground mud at the bottom of my cup and way too much static electricity, which makes a mess. What grinder would you recommend to solve both of these problems?

A: That is a good question. I think that static is a tough one to deal with. The Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder has a glass, instead of plastic, coffee container and will produce less static. Of course, you could spend a lot more on a grinder but then you would get into a grinder that is really meant to be used with espresso machines...Which is not a bad thing, if you have a semi-automatic espresso machine or enjoy drinking espresso. If you're looking for a versatile grinder designed to reduce static, I would recommend the Baratza Vario, which has very exact adjustments as well as dosing functionalities. The Vario can grind for everything from French press to espresso coffee. But, if you are only doing French press, I would recommend the Bodum.

Product Spotlight: Introducing The Fourth Generation Expobar Brewtus
Expobar Brewtus IV-R

In the world of shiny stainless steel prosumer espresso machines, the Expobar Brewtus is nothing short of a rock star. Like any proper celebrity, it has a large, devoted following. Countless forums are scattered throughout the Internet populated with die-hard Brewtus fanatics ready to debate, defend and expound upon the virtues of this semi-automatic line. Just as one eagerly awaits an album or movie debut, Brewtus devotees have been on the edge of their seats anticipating the next generation of the iconic line.

One of the Brewtus's most ardent advocates happens to our own Todd, the Tech Guy. He initiated the Whole Latte Love-Expobar collaboration and took part in the creation of the Brewtus line. Three generations and multiple upgrades later, watching him unwrap the newest iteration of these machines is still like witnessing a proud parent bring the baby home from the hospital. There's much to take pride in with the newest members of the family, the Brewtus IV, IV-P and IV-R.

Expobar Brewtus IV
The most affordable of the fourth generation Expobar machines, the Brewtus IV with Vibration Pump steams and brews using dual copper boilers. Unlike its siblings, this model is not plumbable. Water for brewing and steaming operations is drawn from the large, 90-ounce reservoir.

Expobar Brewtus IV-P
The mid-grade machine of the range, the Expobar Brewtus IV-P is equipped with a vibration pump and full plumbing capabilities. This model will allow you to connect a water line to the machine, ensuring that you never run out of water for brewing and frothing.

Expobar Brewtus IV-R
The Brewtus IV-R is the top-of-the-line Expobar model. It is equipped with a commercial rotary pump designed to work with a plumbed water line. The rotary pump allows for quiet operation.

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Coffee Spotlight: Brand-New Aloha Island Coffee
Aloha Island Surf's Up!, Volcano, and Diamond II Coffees

It's a new year and we're starting it off on a high note with brand-new coffees from Aloha Island. This company is known for its Kona and tropical coffees, which are hand-selected, all natural and organic. If you're looking for a new brew, take a close look at these Aloha Island offerings.

ESE Pods
For easy, mess-free espresso you can't go wrong with Aloha Island pods. Go for the Kona Blend ESE Pods, if you're on the search for a dark, full-bodied espresso. These espresso pods are made from pure Kona and Hawaiian Tropical coffees. Don't need the caffeine? You may want to consider the Aloha Island Pure Kona Decaf ESE Pods.

Whole-Bean Coffee
We're also proud to introduce the Aloha Island Diamond II, Espresso II and Gold II, made from carefully selected blends of Kona, Hawaiian and Tropical whole bean coffees.

USDA-Certified Organic Paradise Blends
The most notable Aloha Island additions are the Paradise Blends, in eye-catching red bags of whole bean and pre-ground coffee. With exuberant names like Bonzai Pipeline and Surf's Up, these coffees embody Hawaii's unique spirit.

Flavored Coffee
For the first time ever, Whole Latte Love is offering flavored coffee. We've partnered with Aloha Island to bring you fine Hawaiian coffee infused with notes of chocolate, vanilla and hazelnut.

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Urnex Grindz - No More Oil!
Urnex Grindz Grinder Cleaner

At some point in our espresso and coffee grinder buying adventures, all of us have been forewarned to avoid using oily beans in our newly purchased grinders. The first question you may ask is, "How do I know if the beans I'm using are oily?"

While there technically isn't a universal scientific answer to this question, one might determine how oily a bean is simply by looking at the sheen on the beans surface. If the bean has an extremely shiny appearance, you can assume it is oily. While many espresso beans will have a glossy appearance to them, you were likely advised to avoid the extremely oily offenders—for example, one of Starbucks' dark roasts. Next time you are in a Starbucks, have a look and you will see that they are practically dripping with oil.

"But, I enjoy Starbucks," you might say. Not to fear, here enters Urnex Grindz.

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