Monday, January 30, 2012

Barista Prima house Sample

I have another great deal for you coffee addicts! If you head on to facebook today and like " Barista Prima house" you can request a free sample if you have never tried them before. I actually sent one to my mom today since I already got one before. Be warned this isn't for the faint of heart. all of the Barista Prima house kcups are very bold & strong. So if you like a light coffee this freebie isn't for you. Hurry these go so fast :) Have a great Monday all :)

Signing off a " free " coffee Diva

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Cafe Escapes "Indulgence Contest"

There are many contests on facebook going on. One is from Cafe Escapes. They make the hot chocolate kcups that are so yummy. Head over and like them. Then click on tab "the year of indulgence" and enter to win many great prizes. I entered. Gotta be in it to win it right :) Hope you are all having a great weekend. I had a caramel Drizzle kcup from folgers today it was yummy. It is nasty and dark out today. They say it might snow. This weather is nuts ! Well stay warm and safe all...

Signing off a " coffee Diva "

Saturday, January 28, 2012

International Delight Iced Coffee Contest

Happy Saturday all. Hope everyone is enjoying this sunny beautiful day here in N.Y.C. International Delight has come out with an iced coffee now. I am super excited to try this for the summer. They are going to be giving away a few of the coffee's to try early. If you go onto, and friend "International Delight" then you just click on "win free iced coffee" tab. Then there will be a button that says enter. So click on it and enter. You never know you might win ! I really love the International delight coffee creamers, so I think this might taste great . It might also be a better/cheaper alternative to expensive starbuck iced drinks. My only concern will be calorie/sugar count. If it's high I probably won't buy. Along with the price. But I'd love to try it either way at least once right :)

Well enjoy your weekend all. Do you guys love iced coffee ??? How do you make it ??

Signing off an " iced coffee" diva

Thursday, January 26, 2012

De'Longhi Dolce Gusto Circolo Review Pt 3

So with this Espresso maker, they have a rewards program which is really cool. Pretty much every box you buy of espresso, coffee, etc, there is a promo code number all the way inside the box. When you first receive your machine, you will register it online along with the warranty ( which is for 2 years so that is another plus). Then you just type in your codes and you get 10 points each per box. Then when you reach 100 points you can cash them in for a free box of coffee or a carousel that holds the coffee pods. I like this a lot! I feel that all the money you spend on the coffee, and the maker the least they could do is offer you some coupons, or freebies right ? I wish Keurig had this system as well. All the boxes of kcups I've bought over the past 2/ 3 years I definitely would have had a few free by now ! Plus when you register for the first time just for buying the machine, they send you a free box of coffee. I ordered Caramel. Machiatto. I like to know that my hard earned money is going to something that gives back you know. So I was very excited about this.
The only draw back is there aren't nearly as many varieties of coffee as there are kcups. But you have to remember this machine is way more advanced being that it is an espresso maker. So they haven't developed as many flavors I guess. I don't mind myself because again I'm really only using it for espresso. The specialty drinks are cool for my hubby that he loves sweet stuff. But if you are looking for that big variety over quality maybe you should go more for a Keurig.
The machine has a slight noise but that is just the bars pumping pressure to make incredible foam on your espresso as well as regular coffee drinks and the milk.
Another point I think I forgot to mention in the first 2 parts. This machine let's you completely customize your brew. When you order the machine it comes a few "cheat sheets" that have colored pictures and tell you exactly how to brew every drink. ( which is very helpful). It might tell you 2 oz for a shot of espresso. But there is a lever on top that let's you go stronger, or lighter depending on how you like our coffee. I really like this option as well because it leaves you in control. Satisfies everyone's taste whether they like it really strong, or really light. Plus you feel more like a barista , whipping up your own concoctions. And who knows maybe today you want a stronger espresso that you are feeling really tired. But tomorrow, not so much. So this gives you a million options to play with. Plus on top it goes either hot or cold. So summer time I can make iced espresso's !! So for me this is a huge plus :)

Well I hope this 3 part review helped if you were interested in buying but wasn't sure if it was for you or not. If I forgot to cover any topics just shoot me a comment and I'd love to help :)

Signing off a " coffee Diva "

Monday, January 23, 2012

iLLy Master Barista's Favorites

Hello all ! I am super duper excited to announce that my favorite football team The N.Y Giants, have made it to the Superbowl once again. It was a long season, but we did it and I can't wait to watch the big game :)

Well hope you all are doing well it is a rainy/snowy nasty day here in N.Y.C. I am doing a lot of work online in between errands, and of course espresso. Here are some cool pics from Illy master barista's for top coffee items. Enjoy

Signing off a " blue & red " coffee Diva ;)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Specialty Coffee Classes

Want to be the next top Barista ? Well here is some information on specialty coffee classes. Take a look maybe they have some in your home town :)

Signing off a " coffee Diva "

Monday, January 16, 2012

De'Longhi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo Review Pt 2

Well today I will be reviewing other parts of the Dolce gusto Circolo. So far I have tried the Cappuccino capsule, the Vanilla Latte Machiatto, and the Espresso. The positives are:It makes really good espresso. It has tons of foam on it. I even drank it straight and it was very flavorful. Full bodied, but not bitter which I hate. It reminded me of my favorite ground espresso Lavazza. The espresso boxes come 16 a pack. And are $9.99. They sell them at some supermarkets as well as bedbathandbeyond, and online. The espresso capsules do not come with milk. I guess they are meant to be drunk straight. I tried them with leftover milk from one of the other capsules. And I tried it with half n half that I heated and whipped up myself. And it tasted awesome. I would give the espresso about 4 1/2 coffee cups out of 5. The Cappuccino was also good. I'd give it about 3 coffee cups out of 5. I thought it was a bit to sweet for my taste. ( I had received a sampler pack with the machine)My husband loved the Cappuccino. That was his favorite. The Vanilla Latte Machiatto I purchased and tried yesterday. It was also good. Had a nice flavoring. Again a bit sweet for me but I liked it more that the Cappuccino. I would give it 3 1/2 coffee cups.
The pro's are convenience just like kcups. The price for espresso is about $.62 a serving which rivals a $4 espresso at starbucks or any other fru fru coffee shop which is great if you are on a budget. Plus not every day I want espresso so it could really stretch in a month. The other drinks I won't really purchase since this machine for me is strictly espresso ( although maybe here and there for my hubby lol). But those are the same price $9.99 for 16 capsules. But half are coffee half are milk. I love the idea of using the single serve milk capsules with the coffee or espresso . It brews amazing frothy milk like nothing I've ever seen. But the cons are: They don't sell the milk capsules by themselves which stinks. I hope they think of that idea one day. But honestly you can use your own milks and get a frother like i did at Ikea for 1.99 and it will still be flavorful espresso drinks.
So all in all for espresso drinks definitely an amazing machine. If you don't want to fuss , and you want the option to have an espresso drink whenever you want, for cheap in the comfort of your home. This is the machine for you. Or if you want a specialty drink to treat yourself. Or you lean more towards sweet drinks. I would also say this might be better for you than the Keurig as well.

Signing off a " coffee Diva "

Sunday, January 15, 2012

De'Longhi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo Review Pt 1

Hello all. Happy Sunday! I am very lucky to have great parents. . . My dad has just bought me an espresso maker.I chose the single serve De'Longhi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo. I got it to be my espresso maker. ( It can make coffee, and iced tea or iced coffee just like the Keurig). But unlike the keurig, it can't brew frothed milk. And it doesn't have 15 bars of pressure like the Circolo does. Which gives you amazing coffee drinks, and excellent crema for your espresso.
First off I give it 5 coffee cups out of 5 for the actual design. It is very modern looking. It does not take up much room. It has a light in the machine so you can see your coffee brew straight into the cup. A removable drip tray to put small or large drinks in the machine which makes it easy access. A hidden water tank right in the bank of the machine to make it more sleek looking. It is easily removed with the pop of the handle. There is a lever on top that makes for customizing the strength of your coffee or milk ( which also the keurig does not have) which makes for a positive when brewing a shot of espresso or a lungo. ( double shot of espresso).
Now some people might think I am crazy another single serve ??? But for me, as I've stated. I am not a barista. I do not work for Starbucks. So to buy a whole big fancy machine for thousands of dollars, try to get the right grams of espresso, tamp it, brew it, not get it too bitter or too light. Froth the milk myself bla bla bla. It's just not happening. I want good espresso but in an easy way. And at an affordable price. So this machine just seemed perfect for me. It is $149 or
I will be doing this review in parts since it is lengthy. But here is a picture of it along with the espresso pods I bought. I overall give it a 5 coffee cups out of 5 for the machine itself and would definitely recommend.

Look forward to reviewing the rest this week. This is just part 1.

Signing off an " newbie espresso maker " diva

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Free Tea Sample

Hello coffee peeps! Sorry for the delay in blogging. I was actually sick right after new years and have a family health emergency going on as well. But I am back and healthy and ready to roll. So let's start off this week strong with a free sample for 2012 since you readers deserve it! Thanks for following me up to 6,000 views. You guys rock and I love you all and appreciate it. So Hurry onto facebook, like Bigelow tea.. and you can receive a free sample :) Be quick these freebies tend to go very quickly.

Signing off a Coffee Diva :)