Velton’s Bonsai Blend Gets an A!

We don’t know about you, but a 94 means a big ol’ A where we come from! The seminal coffee connoisseur and touted founder of the gourmet coffee movement in the US, Kenneth Davids, recently reviewed local roaster Velton’s Bonsai Blend and gave it a 94 out of 100!

This is an excellent rating and speaks to the artisan skill with which Velton hand roasts every small batch in his Everett, WA, location. We’ve been fans for a long time and were thrilled to learn about this excellent rating. The tasters noted the chocolatey and lemony notes in the coffee, and praised its ‘suave presence’ in milk. If you haven’t had a chance to try this delicious, medium-roasted and bodied blend, we definitely recommend you pick up a bag and treat yourself to its handcrafted sweetness.

The Grind – May 2009

The May issue of our monthly newsletter, The Grind, has hit the bricks! Including the Turkish Dee-Lite recipe, our process for making excellent french press coffee, tips on how to brew a strong shot in a superautomatic espresso machine and a directory of all the recent YouTube videos we’ve done over the last month, May’s news is a sweet little compendium of a lot of the content we’ve shared with you here.

But what you won’t find here is The Grind Special — this month: $10 off the Hourglass Cold Brew Coffee Maker! Get this special and all future specials by signing up.

Curvaceous Coffee

For lovers of eye-catching design and (possibly) great coffee, this concept design for a spherical coffee maker is on the horizon, if not quite yet available in stores.

The brainchild of University of West Bohemia Institute of Art and Design graduate Kamil Kurka, the coffee maker’s industrial look is also reminiscent of a sliced apple. The example here is in silver and black, but the other concept renderings are multi-colored — and we think we’re a fan of the red!

New! Hourglass Cold Brew Coffee Maker

We have been waiting for this for weeks! The new Hourglass cold brew coffee maker has finally hit the shelves and we are digging it. Simple to use and probably the greenest coffee preparation available, the coffee is smooth and rich — perfect for adding hot water for a straight up cup of coffee or blending up with some ice and milk for a delicious chilled coffee drink.

Watch as Gail brews up and tastes the delicious flavor the Hourglass has to offer!

New! Vita-Mix Professional Series Blenders

Vita-mix-blender-ruby There’s not much that we covet — okay, yeah, we’re a little head-over-heels for the Rocket Cellini — but we have been watching the Vita-Mix Professional Series blenders from afar for awhile now and finally had to make our move.

Powerful and sleek, the Professional Series blenders are endorsed and used by The Culinary Institute of America for a reason: Moving seamlessly between chopping and pureeing, every sauce, smoothie or frozen coffee drink you whip up will come out velvety and perfect. When we saw them in action at the CIA campus in Napa Valley, we couldn’t believe our eyes — they actually adapt to the consistency of the food in the blender and change the speed and rotation in order to produce the desired consistency! Plus, they come with a 7-year, fully supported manufacturer warranty, which just speaks to their excellent construction and build quality.

We’re thrilled to offer these awesome commercial-grade blenders in our store and can’t wait until our own Ruby model comes in so we can get to making some seriously delicious summer drinks!