At The Nespresso Pleasure Dome In San Francisco

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Earlier this month, I received an exclusive invitation via promoted tweet to an exclusive tasting of the all-new Nespresso VertuΦline pod coffee maker, as well as Nespresso's new line of pod coffees, the Grand Crus Coffee Range. It was to be, according to press materials, a "revolution of coffee." My editors urged me to attend. It wasn’t hard to … [Read more...]

We Talk Coffee With Project Runway’s Tim Gunn

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December 26th-31th, Sprudge.com is revisiting some of our favorite stories from the very exciting past year in coffee. Enjoy! Our intrepid Hollywood reporter Julie Wolfson recently attended a grand opening gala at the Nespresso Boutique in Beverly Hills. In attendance was Nespresso brand ambassador and fashion icon Tim Gunn, who spoke to Sprudge … [Read more...]

Yunnan: Coffee Crisis As Nescafe Bid Hits Five Year Low

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Kang Xiaxiao of the Morning Whistle reports that "Nestle provided a purchase price of 17.9 yuan per kilo for coffee beans produced in Yunnan over the 2012 to 2013 purchasing season on Nov. 20, which is the lowest bid in the past five years." That's about $1.30 a pound, which according to Xiaxiao, "is very close to the break-even point for coffee … [Read more...]

Sit Down, Strand Up: The Price Of Capsules

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2012 Sprudgie Award recipient Oliver Strand writes on the true cost of single-cup convenience pods (very costly) versus, say, Stumptown's Grand Cru offering (decidedly less costly): In fact, most high-end coffees cost less than $20 a pound, and the coffees you find on supermarket shelves are substantially cheaper. A bag of Dark Espresso Roast … [Read more...]