Tag Archives: coffee


Coffee Spotlight: Roboostas Coffee and Dark Chocolate


From the highest heavens, Chocaohuatl, the ancient god of feasting, energy and happiness, holds a supreme vantage point over the world and its inhabitants.

Long ago, Chocaohuatl harnessed mystical energies from the equator with his magical sceptre to combine high energy Robusta coffee berries, cacao fruits and sugar cane into a delectable confection which he made to rain down upon the slumbering masses. Satisfied and naturally awake, the people of the world were able to accomplish more than ever before.

Chocaohuatl has revealed to us the secrets of his magical scepter, making it possible for us to bring his delicacy to the world again as Roboostas®, a delicious, 100% natural, energy snack that is Naturally Fortified ® with organically occurring caffeine.


Dark Chocolate (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Milk Fat, Soy Lecithin – An Emulsifier, Vanilla) Whole Bean Roasted Arabica Coffee, Sugar, Titanium Dioxide (Food Grade), Arabic Gum, Camauba Wax, Color Added (Caramel, Titanium Dioxide).


Serving Size: 1 oz. (28.34g)
Serving Per Container: 1
Calories: 120
Calories from Fat: 60
Total Fat: 6g, (9% DV)
Saturated Fat: 4g, (20% DV)
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg, (0% DV)
Sodium: 0mg, (0% DV)
Total Carbs: 18g, (6% DV)
Fiber: 1g, (4% DV)
Sugars: 15g
Protein: <1gg
Vitamin A 0% , Vitamin C 0% , Calcium 0% , Iron 2%


 About the Company
How Do You Take Your Coffee?®, Inc. is a Mom Owned® business based in Reno, Nevada that selects and roasts coffee exclusively for confectionery. Our passion is developing and sharing Occasion Creating® coffee products crafted especially to eat. Read More

Company: How DO you take your coffee
Brand: Roboostas
Slogan: Makers of the Eating Roast
Origin: USA
Category: Coffee
Packaging: 1oz bag
Claims: All Natural
Price: $.99
Where to buy: Buy Online
Website: takeyourcoffee.com


Food Review: Coffee Flour



Coffee Flour is….

An agricultural innovation with the potential to do some really great things for the world. And we don’t just mean the food world.

Each year the billions of coffee beans that eventually make their way into the Americanos, lattes, and no-foam, extra-hot, triple-shot cappuccinos of the world are harvested by milling and extracting them from the coffee plant. The surrounding pulp, known as the coffee cherry, is discarded. It often gets dumped into rivers or left to rot in heaps. So we invented something better to do with it. Something that’s better for everyone.




For farmers and families in coffee growing countries, it will create sustainable jobs and a new revenue source for some of the poorest areas of the world. For the environment, it will remove a harmful botanical waste product from streams and soil, strengthening the land and lives of the people and species there. And for the rest of us, it will add a nutritious and distinctly flavorful ingredient to the global menu.





We have a passion for coffee, and for the people, and communities who grow it. So finding a use for those discarded cherries became our purpose. We pioneered a process that converts this coffee byproduct into a nutrient-dense new super-ingredient we call coffee flour™ .

What we’re most proud of is that we’ve structured our business model so that the positive social, environmental, and economic impacts will be shared by all.

*coffee flour™ is set for commercial rollout in 2015. Please contact us if you are interested in participating.



Global Impact

coffee flour is in production in 3 continents and growing quickly.  We are now converting waste into benefit in Hawaii, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Vietnam.  But our mission is a global one, so join our movement and help achieve the greatest sustainable impact possible.



Coffee cherries are packed with nutrition.  It happens that they can be milled into one of the most uniquely dynamic and flavor-rich alternative (gluten free, that is) flours out there.



Company: CF Global Holdings
Brand: Coffee Flour
Origin: USA
Category:  Grains
Website: coffeeflour.com








Drink Review: Bustelo Cool Cafe con Leche


Deliciously strong and oh-so-cool, this is the ultimate chill-out coffee. Savor the classic flavor of Café con Leche, or indulge in the rich taste of Café con Chocolate. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.






About the Company

The History of Café Bustelo®

It all started when Gregorio Bustelo, a young man from Galicia, Spain, arrived in Cuba and fell in love with the coffee of the island. Eager to learn, he got a job at a coffee roaster, and after just a few months met the girl of his dreams — a young Cuban woman who shared Gregorio’s passion for coffee.

Shortly after the young couple married, they decided to travel to Puerto Rico, where Gregorio continued to work in the coffee industry. It was around this time that the United States Congress passed the Jones-Shafroth Act, granting the people of Puerto Rico U.S. citizenship. And so, like many others, the Bustelos left Puerto Rico to seek a new life in New York City. Read More



Company: Rowland Coffee Roasters
Brand: Bustelo Cool
Slogan: Love at first sip
Origin: USA
Category: Ready to Drink Coffee
Packaging: 8oz cans
Claims: Ready to Drink,
Varieties: Cafe con Leche, Cafe con Chocolate
Price: $2.99
Where to Buy: Store Locator
Website: cafebustelo.com




Coffee Spotlight: Blue Bottle Bella Donovan Coffee



The best selling of all of our coffees, the Bella Donovan is a solid and nuanced introduction to specialty coffee.

Our Perspective
The Bella is the wool sweater of our blends — warm, comforting, familiar. Wild and citrusy organic African paired with earthy organic Indonesian makes for a vivid and fairly complex Moka/Java blend. It seems to weather the rigors of the automatic drip machine as well. This is, perhaps, why it’s our most popular blend. It is also on the darker side: nice and thick without being inelegant. Bella stands up to milk or cream well, and is easily enjoyed black.


How It Tastes
Heavy, comforting, deeply fruited

How To Brew
Drip, French Press, Moka Pot, Chemex, AeroPress



Technical Details

Certified Organic by CCOF
The Bella Donovan is composed of coffees from Ethiopia and Sumatra, which rotate seasonally.



About the Company

In the late 1600s, the Turkish army swept across much of Eastern and Central Europe, arriving at Vienna in 1683. Besieged and desperate, the Viennese needed an emissary who could pass through Turkish lines to get a message to the nearby Polish troops. Franz George Kolshitsky, who spoke Turkish and Arabic, took on the assignment disguised in a Turkish uniform. After many perilous close calls, Kolshitsky completed his valiant deed, returning to give the Viennese the news of the Poles’ imminent rescue of their city. On September 13, the Turks were repelled from Vienna, leaving everything they brought: camels, tents, honey, and strange bags of beans, which were thought to be camel feed. Kolshitsky, having lived in the Arab world for several years, knew these were bags of coffee. Using the money bestowed on him by the mayor of Vienna for his heroic deed, Kolshitsky bought the Turks’ coffee, opened Central Europe’s first coffee house (The Blue Bottle), and brought coffee to a grateful Vienna. Read More


Company: Blue Bottle Coffee
Brand: Bella
Origin: USA
Category: Coffee
Packaging: 1 pound
Claims: Certified by CCOF
Variants: View all Here
Price: $19.00
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: bluebottlecoffee.com





Drink Review: The Frozen Bean Raspberry Mocha Latte Ice Blended Coffee Mix

Raspberry mocha latte mix is a tantalizing flavor of delicate raspberries cloaked with exquisite milk chocolate wrapped into a rich bold coffee blend that is sure to bring gratification to every sweet tooth. This frappe powder mix is versatile and does not contain hydrogenated oils.

Sugar, Non Dairy Creamer (Coconut Oil, Corn Syrup Solids, Sodium Caseinate [a milk deriva- tive], Sugar, Dipotassium Phosphate, Propylene Glycol Esters of Fatty Acids, Mono & Diglycerides, Sodium Silicoaluminate, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Carrageenan, Natural and Artificial Flavor and Color), Nonfat Dry Milk, Cocoa Powder ( processed with alkali), Coffee, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Corn Syrup Solids, Salt, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, and Silicon Dioxide (anti-caking agent).

Allergens: Milk, Soy.



Mixing Instructions

Scoop Size – 80g
Blended – In blender, pour 5 fl oz (150 ml) of milk, coffee, or water. Then add 2 scoops (8 tbsp or 80 g) of Frozen Bean mix with 12 oz (180 g) cup of ice and blend until smooth.
Iced – Add 2 scoops (8 tbsp or 80 g) of Frozen Bean mix with 8 fl oz (240 ml) of hot water or milk, and stir until dissolved. Pour into a 16 oz cup filled with ice.

Granita: Pour 2 quarts (1.9 liters) of hot water or coffee into container, add entire bag of Frozen Bean mix (3.5 lb) and stir until dissolved. Add 5 quarts (4.7 liters) of cold water or chilled coffee, stir and pour into machine.


Hot – Pour 2 scoops (8 tbsp or 80 g) of Frozen Bean mix into 14 fl oz (420 ml) of hot water, milk, or coffee and stir until dissolved.


About the Company
The Frozen Bean is a leading manufacturer of specialty desserts and beverages for the food service industry. We use only the finest ingredients sourced from around the world, delivering products that far exceed the market in taste and quality. Our research staff has developed delectable blends of specialty desserts and beverages that are simple to make and served as your own gourmet treats.

At the Frozen Bean our customers matter most, we are constantly researching and developing new flavors in efforts to provide the best tasting and highest quality products to our customers. We strive for the success and growth of our clients around the world.

We export products to over 40 different countries including: Mexico, Australia, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Denmark, South Africa, Chile, Korea and Ireland. Our sales expertise and International export knowledge makes it easy to export our products to our clients around the world.


Company: Frozen Bean
Brand: Frozen Bean
Slogan: Frappe Blends
Origin: USA
Category:  Drink Mixes
Packaging: 3.5lb bags
Claims: Kosher, Halal
Variants: Ice Blended Coffee, Chai Teas, Creme Blends, Frullati, Carnival Blends, Ice Teas
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Coming Soon
Website: thefrozenbean.com



Company Spotlight: Tom’s Roasting Co.


With every bag of coffee you purchase, TOMS will provide one week of clean water to a person in need. One for One.®
Coffee for You | Water for All

It is estimated that 1.8 billion people are drinking unsafe water. That’s why we’re partnering with Water For People to support water systems in 5 countries – the same countries we source our coffee beans from.


Featured Seasonal Roasts

Each region we source from produces a signature flavor profile, but they all have one thing in common: a proud, longstanding tradition of great coffee. Our beans are roasted locally in the U.S.A. – a custom, fine-tailored process to illuminate the defining characteristics of each region’s harvest.








About the Company
Blake Mycoskie is the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the person behind the idea of One for One, a business model to help a person in need with every product purchased. A simple idea has grown into a global movement: TOMS Shoes has provided over 10 million pairs of shoes to children since 2006, and TOMS Eyewear has restored sight to over 175,000 since launching in 2011. In 2014, TOMS Roasting Company was founded with the mission to provide clean water to developing communities with the purchase of premium coffee. Read More


Company: Tom’s
Brand: Tom’s Roasting Co.
Slogan: One for One
Origin: USA
Category: Coffee
Packaging: 12oz
Claims: Organic, Fair Trade Certified, With every bag of coffee you purchase, TOMS will give one week of clean water to a person in need. One for One.
Variants: Peru Roast, Guatemala Roast, Honduras Roast, Malawi Roast, Rwanda Roast, Carpe Diem Espresso
Price: $12.99
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: toms.com




Tech Spotlight: UP Coffee by Jawbone



Your coffee, your sleep. Science to help you live better.


UP Coffee is the simplest way to understand how caffeine affects your sleep.


Behind its delightful design, Jawbone’s world-class data scientists crunch numbers so you can learn about your body’s reaction to caffeine—without becoming jittery or disrupting your sleep.

Pair with UP by Jawbone to find out if afternoon pick-me-ups keep you awake at night, by how much, and what you can do to sleep more soundly. Don’t have an UP band? No problem. UP Coffee is for all.




See how your caffeine levels change throughout the day as you down espressos, energy drinks and even chocolate. UP Coffee knows when you’re WIRED and how long it will take you to become SLEEP READY.


Everyone metabolizes caffeine differently. UP Coffee helps you understand how your body breaks down every sip by tracing caffeine levels past and present to predict future. Know yourself. Live better.





Unlock a series of experiments that reveal how your body reacts to caffeine. Log for 3 days to see how you compare with other drinkers, for 7 days to reveal your Caffeine Persona. Knowledge is power, so get buzzed.




UP Coffee analyzes your caffeine consumption and your sleep patterns as tracked by UP. Discover relationships between how much and when you drink, your bedtime, sleep duration and nighttime awakenings.




A little experimentation goes a long way. UP Coffee guides you through personalized, data-driven behavior change. Multi-day experiments reveal small changes that can make big differences in how you live—day and night.





1 million cups of coffee,
1 million nights of sleep.

Join the world’s largest study on caffeine and sleep. Make science history.



Packaging Spotlight: Starbucks Tribute Blend

Starbucks created Tribute Blend® to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary, to honor customers and partners, and to recognize the accomplishments of the coffee producers and roasters.

“I wanted a coffee that captured the essence of our history and honored most unique qualities as company and coffee purveyor and also had a taste profile that would resonate with our most loyal partners and customer,” wrote Howard Schultz, chairman, president, and ceo of Starbucks, in his book “Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul.”

The special coffee and the book “Onward” both came out during Starbucks 40th anniversary year in 2011. Schultz described the flavor as being “like nothing we’d ever produced. A flavor that, unlike the easy approachability of Pike Place Roast or even the intensity of our coveted Christmas Blend, would pack an unequivocally bold punch.”

Tribute Blend® combines four of customers’ all-time favorite coffees from all three growing regions. The Sun-Dried Ethiopia coffee, with an exotic flourish of dark cherry, is from Africa. Aged Sumatra comes from the Asia/Pacific region, featuring deep notes of cedar and sweet. Also originating from the Asia/Pacific area is the Papua New Guinea coffee, a deep-toned coffee with juicy herbal taste. Colombia coffee, with balanced and nutty tasting notes, hails from Latin America.

Graphic designers on the Starbucks packaging team were inspired to create a bag for this special coffee after tasting the Tribute Blend®. Since Tribute has a complex taste from blended coffees, the team knew they wanted a multi-layered, hand-painted image for the bag.

“Just as coffee taste is unique to an individual’s palate, people can look at the bag design and interpret it in different ways,” said Marisa Crane, a senior designer for Starbucks.

They spent about a year designing and developing an image to complement the coffee. Green circles, representing the Starbucks logo in abstract form, are a key feature of the bag pattern.

“I am so proud and respectful of the work put in to produce something special and fitting for this celebratory event,” Schultz wrote about the 40th anniversary coffee in his book.

It’s only natural that the coffee was named Tribute Blend®. It is available in Starbucks stores beginning Tuesday, March 4th.





Coffee Review: I Have a Bean Colombia Popayan Tierradentro Organic


Our passion for the craft, quality and freshness of our coffee compels us to roast and deliver our Specialty-Grade coffee the same day it’s ordered. Our company was created for a purpose – to positively impact the lives of post-prison men and women, their families, and the communities in which we live.

Passion + purpose. It’s a beautiful thing.



Colombia Popayan Tierradentro Organic
This lot was purchased through Asociacion de Cabildos Juan Tama that grow across the Inza and Paez regions of Colombia. This is an indigenous group of coffee producers which are comprised of 8 different cabildos (tribes) and 400 farmers! Our Impressions of this coffee include: Honey, caramel, chocolate, nut. It’s quite sweet on the front of the palate, with caramel, vanilla, honey and pecan appearing mid palate. Let this coffee cool in the cup and it turns pretty chocolatey. It’s got a great finish that leans towards butterscotch and caramel. All in all, it’s a pretty ‘simple’ cup but it’s quite delicious!





Company: I Have a Bean
Brand: I Have a Bean
Slogan: A Higher State of Grind
Origin: USA
Category: Coffee
Packaging: 1lb bag
Claims: Natural
Price: $12.50 USD
Where to BuyBuy Online
Website: ihaveabean.com


Drink Review: UEL ZING Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew creates the smoothest, least-acidic coffee you can put in your face—way better than just chilled-out hot-brewed coffee (about 60% less acidic, actually). Combining freshly, locally roasted coffee with triple-filtered water in a glorified bucket, the coffee comes to life overnight. In slow motion, all the caffeine and good chocolately smooth sweet stuff extracts first, then we cut it off BEFORE the acids and bitter stuff show up. The resulting black gold is highly concentrated and extremely caffeinated, a complex blend of blueberry-sweet Ethiopian beans, chocolatey Nicaraguan, and smoky Sumatran. As an industry standard, this concentrate is then cut one-to-one with water for iced coffee, which we sell in 12 oz bottles. We also offer the concentrate straight up—great to take and share at the office or keep at home in the fridge for a week or three. You can drink it straight, cut it with water—hot water for hot coffee—milk, whiskey, etc., or experiment in other ways, like add it to your favorite gravy recipe. Concentrate -> Conc. -> CONK.



About the Company
What do you do with a B.A. in English? Study espresso. After graduating from Cornell University, UEL ZINGer samUel Sveen cut his teeth at Gimme! Coffee in Ithaca, NY—a highly-acclaimed Third Wave espresso bar and roastery. A few months at the flagship shop and about a year in Brooklyn put his heart in the rosetta and the coffee in his blood. Then a spell in Montana as manager at Wild Joe’s Coffee Spot—and a highly entrepreneurial brother there—got him thinking about his own business. Moving to Bloomington, IN (for love’s sake), Uel created Uel Zing to bring Quality coffee to the masses, for the love of zingin’.




Company: UEL ZING
Slogan: Cold Brew, Fresh Roast, Enlightening Lightning
Origin: USA
Category: Coffee
Packaging: 12oz bottle
Claims: Cold Brew, Fresh Roast
Variants: Cold Brew Coffee, Conk Concentrate
Price: $12 (4 x 12oz)
Where to buy: Buy Online