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Holiday Coffee Survival Guide 2006

Posted: 11/21/06
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Entertaining this holiday season? Whole Latte Love is here to help. We’ve chosen some of our favorite products to help you impress visitors of all kinds! And, since we know the holidays can be stressful, we wanted to make your shopping experience more fun. Here are some of our favorite holiday picks, with our take on the 12 days of Christmas!

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
A Whole Latte Love Latte Cup.

On the second day of Christmas, my grandparents arrived...

Grandparents with TeaposyI gave them a Teaposy Garden Gift Set so they could enjoy Silver Needle White Tea with a visually stunning floral display. Complete with a Tea for Two teapot and matching cups and saucers, the Teaposy Garden Gift Set was the perfect choice for my grandparents. They were amazed to see their gift blossom into a beautiful flower as they sipped their tea, and my grandpa exclaimed, “Back in my day, tea was just for drinkin’.”




On the third day of Christmas, the fellas from my barbershop quartet showed up at my door…

I invited them in to join me for a cappuccino, compliments of my shiny new Gaggia Titanium. Complete with separate brewing and steaming boilers and an auto-frother, my Titanium whipped up our drinks while we grooved. They were so impressed by the Titanium’s sleek looks that my wife suggested they each go home and get their own …doo wop!

On the fourth day of Christmas, my old friend Steve and his Euchre pals flew in…

After a quick hello they got right to the game, but I was able to quell a table-talking feud with some quick gifts. I gave each one of them a tamper from Reg Barber that I picked out just for them- Steve got the Radical Pro tamper, because I felt it would go really well with his Flock of Seagulls haircut and stone-washed jeans.

On the fifth day of Christmas, five of my son’s fraternity brothers came over for a visit…

Frat boy with Gaggia BabyI got them a brand new Gaggia Baby espresso machine for their house, so my son will have no more excuses to be late for class. When I told them we’d be doing shots they got pretty excited. Luckily, I was able to stop them from putting their faces directly under the spout, and I showed them how to brew the perfect shot of espresso. Now that the boys have a trusty Gaggia Baby in their kitchen, I hope my son will stop spending my money on a $6 latte at the local coffee shop each morning.


On the sixth day of Christmas, my Improv class arrived…
We did a quick scene that required an uncooked turkey and a rubber glove—and comedy ensued. Then, we popped in the Wizard of Oz and I served everyone a hot steamer in my new set of Rainbow Cappuccino Cups. Unfortunately though, my beautiful Rainbow cup set didn’t survive the re-enactment of the flying monkey scene.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my cousin Eddie, his wife and five kids walked in…

Eddie’s kids were like a pack of raccoons—opening every door, drawer and cereal box without a second thought. I was so impressed with how they had turned rummaging into an art, that I was compelled to introduce them to some art of my own. When they saw me top off a latte with a beautiful rosetta, the kids were amazed, so I showed them David Schomer’s Caffe Latte Art DVD from my Latte Art Beginner’s Pack. I let a few of them try out what they had learned, but I realized too late that the last thing these kids needed was a double espresso.

On the eighth day of Christmas, we went to a Star Trek Convention...

Beam me up, Jura Capresso Impressa Z6

Star Date: 60469.9. As First Officer of the Starship Enterprise, it was my job to present our honored guest, Mr. William Shatner, with a gift. I chose the Jura Capresso Impressa Z6, the most luxurious and sleek super automatic there is. With a futuristic look and fully automatic brewing and frothing, I knew it was the most logical gift to impress Captain Kirk. Unfortunately though, I wasn’t able to present it to him directly, and I must’ve done something wrong because the Vulcan neck pinch had no effect on the security guards. I was, of course, escorted out.


On the ninth day of Christmas, there arose such a clatter…

I thought “It must be Santa, except these guys are way fatter.” Instead of 8 reindeer out on my front lawn, I saw a band of bellowing baritones singing a song. With my wife in her kerchief and I in my hat, I invited them in for a nice evening chat. Away to my grinder I flew like a flash, tore open some Lavazza and prepared for the bash. These jolly carolers could not have been kinder, as they relaxed to the music of my Baratza Virtuoso grinder. They took their hot mochas and lattes with glee, singing, “Merry Christmas to all and thanks for the coffee!”


On the tenth day of Christmas, my daughters’ friends from Karate class stayed over…

Coffee karateConfined to my den, I was interrupted from my evening nap to the sound of scattering coffee beans on a hardwood floor. The girls had destroyed a bag of Torrefazione Settebello with their tiny fists of fury. When I found them, they were karate chopping Java Joe’s Espresso Adoration from my Exotic Espresso Sampler. I put a halt to the destruction and brewed myself a tearful cup of Aloha Island Gold Kona Espresso—the lone survivor from the wrath of the Karate Kids.


On the eleventh day of Christmas, it was my turn to host the David Hasselhoff fan club bi-weekly meeting…

I had a Knight Rider marathon all queued up in the DVD player, and once each Hasselhoffian grabbed a quick cup of coffee or tea from my Bunn My Café Pod Brewer, we were ready to get the party started. With a universal pod holder and a brewing time of just 30 seconds, we didn’t have to worry about anyone missing K.I.T.T.’s Turbo Boost during the opening credits.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, the Jury was in…

ExpobarNo really, I had 12 jurors over. I may or may not have cheated at the Annual Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, and my town takes that event pretty seriously. My only chance was to bribe the 12 angry men in my living room with some Mocha Mini Cream Puffs and some dynamite holiday drinks. They took a vote between lattes and cappuccinos, but couldn’t come to terms, so I declared it a hung jury and decided to whip up both. I didn’t want them discussing my case until they were happily caffeinated, so I called up my neighbor for some quick reinforcements. He’s the proud owner of an Expobar Brewtus II semi-automatic espresso machine. With 2 boilers and the best temperature stability, the Brewtus can crank out double shots of espresso continuously, and it can froth faster than you can say “mistrial.” Needless to say, I was able to swing the jury my way.

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