Crew Review: Capresso Coffee TEAM

Any drip coffee lovers in the house? If you’re looking to swap out an older drip coffee brewer and are interested in a high quality grinding-and-brewing combo, Capresso’s Coffee TEAM is an awesome solution. You can program it to freshly grind and brew your drip coffee in the morning, so you’ll be lulled out of sleep by the softly wafting scent of java creeping out of your kitchen. Well, it’ll be either the scent or the sound of the grinder, but we’re all about accentuating the sumptuous here. In this video, Gail shows us the Coffee TEAM and brews up a delicious cup of coffee.

Stumptown Takes on the World

Well, maybe just New York City — but if you ask any of its residents, that is the world.

Portland’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters founder, Duane Sorenson, is expanding their artisan roasting business from it’s Pacific Northwest roots directly into the heart of the city that never sleeps. As coffee lovers, we know that the complexity and diversity of flavor in coffee rivals the oft-lauded wine, but it’s an appreciation that hasn’t transcended coast to coast. Sorenson wants to change that by introducing the Big Apple to freshly roasted coffees and changing their perception of what coffee can be.

They’re one of our favorite roasters in Seattle and so if you’re in the NYC area and interested in expanding your coffee palate, definitely check them out.

Recipe: Black Irish Latte

“I’m black and I’m proud!” declared Jimmy Rabbitte in the 1991 film The Commitments — drawing a parallel between James Brown’s seminal song and the plight of the so-called ‘black Irish’. On this day chock full o’ Irish goodness, add a little bit of funk to your luck by whipping up this tasty cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz. Espresso
  • 1/4 oz. Monin Blackberry Syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Irish Whiskey
  • 5 oz. Half and Half
  • Ice

Directions
Combine all in a spindle mixer and mix until cold & foamy. Pour into a pint glass and top with whipped cream and cinnamon (to taste).

Coffee, The Hard Way

It’s 1999, we’re in a crowded London disco sipping on the almost revoltingly medicinal cocktail rage that’s sweeping the British club scene: Red Bull + vodka. Sure, the energizing-yet-woozy effect balances well with the surreal lighting scheme and the pounding drum and bass, but we only needed one head-to-head with that high sugar and caffeine concoction to give it up for good — we had no love for ourselves the morning after.

But we liked the idea — you know, a little bit of a pep in your step balanced by vodka’s ability to smooth out the wrinkles — so when we read about Bendistillery Spirit’s coffee-infused vodka, Cofia, we thought it might be right up our alley. They’ve taken their delicious vodka and blended it with hazelnut-flavored coffee beans to create an award-winning flavored vodka that has a bit o’ caffeine and sugar, but nothing close to the heart-race-inducing levels you’d find in an energy drink. If it’s anywhere near as tasty as their Crater Lake Vodka, we can’t wait to sip it over ice.

International Sipping Tips

If you love coffee as much as we do, you make some time to hunt it out in any city you’re traveling in so you can experience that culture’s unique approach to the delicious brew. Since we’re in Seattle, we have tons of options, but few really excellent cafes with skilled baristas serving up espresso in a talented and thoughtful way — but that culture is slowly changing (we hope!).

So when we ran across this article, which gives recommendations on the best coffee drinking cities in the world, we were quick to bookmark it for future reference. While we wish we had the time and money to make a grand tour of it, when we do end up in Vienna or Buenos Aires, we’ll definitely refer to these tips to make the most of our java experience.

Health Watch: Coffee & Liver Disease

Good news for all you coffee lovers out there:multiple studies indicate coffee has liver protective benefits.

Dr. Sanjiv Chopra regularly quizzes his patients about their coffee intake and, if it’s not contraindicated due to other conditions, he recommends they incorporate about 2 cups of coffee per day as a preventative therapy. The evidence which swayed Dr. Chopra’s practice includes:

  • People who drink 2 cups of coffee each day had a 50% reduction in hospitalization and mortality from chronic liver disease
  • Two cups of coffee per day decreases the incidence of primary liver cancer by 43%
  • 1 cup of coffee per day can equal a 20% reduction in their risk of developing alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver — and two cups will reduce that risk by 40%

Similar effects weren’t found in tea or decaf coffee, so the metabolic cause of this protective behavior is still being studied. And no, this doesn’t give you license to down numerous coffee-and-alcohol bombs, seemingly yet another example of the sage advice to do everything in moderation.