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Crew Review: Francis Francis Y5

If you are in the market for a capsule espresso maker, the new Francis Francis Y5 for illy is the way to go. This is largely because the machine is both sophisticated and very convenient. With brushed and mirrored stainless…

Crew Review: illy Monoarabica Coffee

One of the most venerable names in the coffee business, illy is credited with creating the machine that eventually led to the espresso machines we know and love today. They’ve also been roasting coffee in Trieste, Italy, for a heckuva…

Tasting: E.S.E. Pods

In the search for a clean, caffeinated world, Easy Serving Espresso (E.S.E.) pods make a tight little case for themselves. Individually wrapped and ready to rock, they make shot extraction a breeze — and clean up even breezier! But how…

Nitrogen-Flushed Coffee

We offer a couple of different coffee varieties that are treated with a nitrogen flush during their packaging (specifically, Lavazza and illy employ this practice), and we often have folks ask about what this is and why it’s done. Once…

Recipe: Caramel Apple Tea

You know we’re getting into the thick of the Autumn season when we start combining our favorite holiday treat (caramel apples!) with our favorite cozying-on-the-couch drink (Darjeeling tea!). Ingredients 8 oz. freshly brewed Dammann Darjeeling tea 3/4 oz. Monin Caramel…

Cupping: Decaf Coffees

Sometimes you just don’t want too much extra skip in your step, but you’re not willing to give up the flavor of a great cup of coffee. We asked the crew to blind taste the four different decaf coffees we…