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Time to grab that cup of gourmet coffee cause it’s getting cold.  Normally we do not see our first snow until the first week of Nov, but here it is the second week of Oct and we had our first snowfall.

Not to worry, it’s Minnesota, if you don’t like the weather then have a cup of coffee and it will change for ya LOL.  We are a tough lot up here and this little bit of snow (2 inches in some spots) do not keep us from cranking out our gourmet coffee, flavored coffee.   We are looking at coming out with some new flavored coffees here in a few days after a bit more testing both in house and some tastings we have upcoming.

People often wonder where do we hold these tastings?  Well we can’t tell people ahead of time cause we want real world tests so we pick a shop that we offer sell our coffee too and set up a free tasting.  We want to find out what just regular people think about the flavors we are offering, and it also brings a bit of interest to the coffee shop when we do a tasting.

So for those of you that are here on the internet looking for great gourmet coffee, and flavored coffees you can be assured that our flavored coffees have been tested and tested and tested again before we make them available.

Try to stay warm and if you need a cup of coffee, well brew one up

Sparky

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Cappuccinos & Espressos In order to make sure that you are able to taste both the milk and the coffee together in the cup, as opposed to that odd “broth with a froth” that unfortunately too many coffee shops tend to pass off as an Italian cappuccino, the barista must check the milk temperature by keeping a hand on the jug throughout the steaming process and be so experienced as to make sure that the jug itself does not get over 72 centigrade degrees. Indeed, if the temperature is any higher that this, the overheated milk instantly loses its proteins and taste.

Besides this, the milk must be frothed up until it becomes creamy as opposed to thin and airy: the core ability of the barista lies in allowing no air bubbles to form inside it, so that the milk does not go flat within seconds as it typically does if the cappuccino is not prepared properly.  The coffee can be layered with chocolate, hazelnut, custard, or zabaglione-themed creams, or else with a liqueur base of either Limoncino, Amaretto or Marsala. All of them are the result of sheer hand skill, tradition and flair.

Mariano Semino, who has won the much prized Italian championship in cappuccino- making, is working for the Ca’puccino branch at Harrods. He is an expert in creating any taste nuance of cappuccino and espresso you can wish for and is set to bring his expertise to the Westfield branch. Apart from making a big point of cleaning the steamer properly each time, so that milk can never curdle on it and spoil your cappuccino, he jealously guards his secret recipes for the creams he prepares on site to spike his special espressos.

You can find espresso coffees ready in our gourmet coffee roasts section.

Hope you find a new joy in how to make a proper espresso

Sparky

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A new study is out that says it is not the gourmet coffee that causes coffee breath but rather it is the milk and cream people use in their drinks. Cup of coffee a day keeps bad breath at bay
Apparently the cream and milk products produce and environment that the bacteria loves and that causes your bad breath, The study also says that coffee actually helps to reduce those nasty things that give you bad breath.
So now you know you drink your gourmet coffee, or flavored coffee, and your breath is better than if you didn’t. But if you add milk or cream look out coffee breath.
Hope everyone is enjoying the great summer we have had so far. While it could have been better up here in Minnesota, not much rain and not as warm as it normally is, but it has still been a great time to enjoy the great coffee.

Have a good one and now you have another reason to drink that cup a coffee each and every day.

Sparky

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