The Lavazza Calendar 2010

January 13, 2010

What ingredients should be not missed from the fabulous Lavazza Calendar in 2010?

  • the world’s best known models
  • A photographer with eclectic view
  • Six timeless Italian song : Va’ Pensiero, ‘O sole mio, Con Te Partiró, Nessun Dorma, Baciami Piccina and Guarda Che Luna

Photographer: Miles Aldridge (United Kingdom)

The models:  Bianca Balti (Italy) , Georgia Frost (United Kingdom) , Lydia Hearst (U.S.A.) , Daisy Lowe (United Kingdom) , Alexandra Tomlinson (U.S.A.) , Alek Alexeyeva



Time to “style up” with Lavazza accessories

August 17, 2009
Lavazza stirring sticks

Lavazza stirring sticks

Creating a real coffeehouse atmosphere to enjoy Lavazza espresso best is not that difficult. Get yourself a Lavazza BLUE LB 800, some coffee capsules and a suitable Espresso cup and you can start!
But wait! That is not everything. To style up your coffeehouse at home and make it a real Lavazza BLUE coffee-bar some neat Lavazza accessories are necessary.

Stirring your Espresso to dissovle the sugar or mixing it with milk is most stylish if done with a
Lavazza espresso spoon or Lavazza stirring sticks.
But I would recommend the spoon to go easy on the environment ;-)

Ooops! Spilled some coffee while stirring your drink? Use a Lavazza napkin from the napkin holder to wipe away the stains. Hoepfully you use Lavazza coasters to prevent your table from getting dirty in the first place.

Wanna go outside but not take your valuable Lavazza espresso cup with you?

Lavazza napkins
Lavazza napkins
Lavazza coasters
Lavazza coasters

Make it  Lavazza coffee to-go with the stylish Lavazza plastic cups!

All these fancy accessories are available on www.NERONERO.eu, your one-stop-retailer for all your Lavazza coffee capsule needs!!! Please also visit the present-section and you will find the espresso cup that suits your Lavazza coffee best:  genuine Lavazza espresso cups!!!

Attention: To order these accessories from NERONERO you need to place an order with at least 300 Lavazza BLUE or Lavazza Espresso Point capsules included!!!


Coffee: The New Health Food

August 11, 2009

 

1Most people are unaware of the many health benefits of coffee.  Coffee has had a bad reputation among health professionals because of the caffeine it contains. But more studies are proving that moderate coffee drinking provides many health benefits.

Enjoying a cup of coffee while reading this article? Well, keep on sipping because a new study shows that coffee has health benefits.

In the past, coffee was blamed for causing or exacerbating a variety of ills including high blood pressure and cancer. As it turns out, coffee was unfairly maligned. That’s because individuals who are coffee lovers are more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes in excess and it is these habits which contribute to increased health risk.

One of the reasons for coffee’s health benefits may lie in its high caffeine content. An 8-fl oz cup of drip-brewed coffee contains about 135 mg of caffeine. This compares with just 35 mg for the same serving of green tea or a 12-fl oz serving of Coke.

The evidence is strong that regular coffee consumption reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease and that benefit is directly related to the caffeine. A number of studies have indicated that people who drink coffee on a regular basis are up to 80% less likely to develop Parkinson’s. Researchers have been trying to determine how caffeine reduces the odds of developing this debilitating ailment of the brain and nervous system. The disease results when levels of the brain chemical dopamine fall, interrupting nerve signals from the brain to muscles. Caffeine increases the expression of dopamine receptors in the brain.

Caffeine may also be responsible for another potential benefit for coffee drinkers – protection against gallstones. After analyzing data from more than 125,000 people for almost 20 years, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health, concluded that both men and women coffee drinkers tended to have less risk of developing gallstones. The evidence was especially notable because the effect was dose dependent. According to nutrition researcher Michael Leitzmann, the risk fell by 13% among those who consumed one cup a day; 21% for people who drank two to three cups; and by 33% for those who drank four or more cups a day.

Using the same data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study and the Women’s Health Study, researchers at Harvard also calculated that by consuming one to three cups of caffeinated coffee daily, diabetes risk can be reduced by single digits. Even more compelling was that if coffee consumption increased to six or more cups a day, then the risk was reduced by 54% for men and by 30% for women, when compared to non-coffee drinkers.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University ‘s Institute for Coffee Studies believe that it is not the caffeine in coffee which reduces the risk of diabetes. Instead, they believe a group of compounds called quinines increase the capacity of the liver to use glucose and this would account for improved blood sugar control in diabetics. Unlike caffeine, quinines, which are created during the roasting process, may be unique to coffee. Coffee also contains a large amount of chlorogenic acid, tocopherols and magnesium. Each of these components has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism.

Some of the health benefits of coffee have been linked to its high antioxidant content..Chocolate, dried fruits, and dried beans are higher in antioxidants. For this reason, it’s not surprising that Hershey’s recently introduced a line of dark chocolate bars that are positioned as “good for you” because they contain a concentrated form of antioxidant flavanols found in cocoa beans.

Another compound in coffee called trigonelline gives coffee its aroma and bitter taste. But that’s not all. This compound has also shown to have antibacterial and anti-adhesive properties, which help to prevent dental cavities from forming.

While coffee is increasingly being noted for its health benefits, certain individuals should be cautious about their consumption. Pregnant women should carefully monitor caffeine intake, since more than 300 mg a day raises the risk for miscarriage. Women who are nursing should avoid drinking coffee as the caffeine can pass into the mother’s milk. Individuals who have a hard time sleeping are advised not to drink coffee. And, those with irregular heartbeats are warned against drinking caffeinated beverages.

Vita Medica

The Science of Natural Health


North America’s second Espression by Lavazza Café

August 10, 2009

espres_bigCHICAGO – John Hancock Observatory, one of Chicago’s most visited attractions, is proud to announce the opening of the world’s newest – and highest – Espression by Lavazza café.  Featuring award-winning, casually-elegant European style, the unique concept café is unlike anything else the city has to offer. The new concept café is part of a larger refurbishment, including a new multimedia Sky Tour in six languages, a dedicated concierge desk, imaginative History Avenue, kids zone, and more.

‘The new café marks the next step in enhancing the guest experience at the Observatory,’ said Daniel Thomas, general manager, John Hancock Observatory.  ‘Espression combines the finest Italian food, beverages, and desserts, with the best views of Chicago to provide an experience like no other in the city.’

Lavazza, Italy’s leading coffee company, created the Espression concept under the tag line ‘ Espress Yourself‘, and features world‐class Italian espresso and culinary specialties created by celebrity chefs.  Coffee choices range from the much anticipated espresso, mochas, and lattes to the completely unexpected Éspesso™, the coffee you can eat, and Espessone, the delicious light mousse to try with the perfect espresso.

‘We are thrilled that Lavazza’s unique concept compliments this iconic venue’, said Joerg Oberschmied, chief operating officer, Lavazza Premium Espresso. ‘With its breathtaking view and innovative coffee creations it is a memorable experience for visitors from all over the world.’

World-renowned chefs Ferran Adrià and Moreno Cedroni incorporated two key ingredients in each item on the menu – innovation and research – with regularly changing and freshly prepared breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, pastries and artisan-made gelato.  Contemporary Italian influence runs throughout this modern, inviting space, where guests can plan the day’s activities while enjoying a cappuccino or even host a child’s birthday party.

In addition to its delicious drinks and cuisine, Lavazza’s attention to innovative design extends to the annual branded calendars the company produces featuring images from notable artists – 2009’s artist is famed photographer, Annie Leibovitz.logo_lavazza

Lavazza, Italy’s leading coffee company was founded by Luigi Lavazza in 1895 where he first invented the concept of the blend, the complex art of mixing coffee from different origins to obtain a harmonious and delicious flavored espresso.  Today, Lavazza still operates as a family business that values innovation and quality while respecting its Italian tradition.  In 2008, the company was awarded a Corporate Green Globe Award, given to businesses that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to furthering sustainability, by the Rainforest Alliance.

About John Hancock Observatory
Located inside the iconic John Hancock Center, John Hancock Observatory is open every day from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and, at 875 North Michigan Avenue, stands in the heart of the Magnificent Mile next to hundreds of shops, restaurants, attractions and entertainment venues. Highlights include spectacular 360° views spanning 80 miles and four states and the city’s only open-air Sky Walk, all accessed by the fastest elevators in the country. John Hancock Center and John Hancock Observatory are owned and operated by affiliates of Golub & Company.

About Espression by Lavazza
The new café concept Espression — refers to espresso, the signature Lavazza product, and to the company’s tag line ‘Espress Yourself’ — was awarded the 2008 Grand Award for Restaurant Design at the A.R.E. Design Awards. The casually-elegant European-style coffee shops serve exceptional coffee beverages as well as a wide range of delicious, freshly prepared breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, pastries and gelato. Many of the breads, cookies and breakfast items are baked on‐site daily. The signature Éspesso™, the coffee you can eat, was named among Time Magazine’s best inventions of 2006. The décor is contemporary-chic and the walls have artwork from the annual Lavazza calendars.

article originally from Lavazza.com


Enjoy Lavazza coffee and espresso at home…

August 6, 2009

A nice couple: the LB 800 and the EP 800

A nice couple: the LB 800 and the EP 800

…or in the office or whereever you like. How? With the small Lavazza machines for the Lavazza BLUE and Lavazza Espresso Point system, LB 800 and EP 800. Prepare espresso and frothy milk easy, fast and clean.
Frothing up milk with the integrated steam spout is done as if by magic and allows you to prepare many different coffee specialties. Italian espresso, Latte Macchiato, Irish Coffee, Ice coffee, with the Lavazza machines your creativity knows no bounds. Cappuccino, tea and bouillon are prepared as easy and as fast as an espresso.
The big variety of Lavazza coffee capsules leaves nothing to be desired: 100% Arabica blends, Arabica and 40% Robusta blends, decaffeinated coffee, malt coffee, buillon, milk drink and many fruit teas and black tea from the Lavazza Di piú collection.

You can order it now on nn-eu logo and benefit from the special promotion packages offered!


See where Lavazza TIERRA comes from

July 31, 2009

The Rainforest Alliance is an organisation that offers certification of coffee-farms that put the ideals of sustainable

Picture froma RA-certified coffee farm

Picture from a RA-certified coffee farm

thinking into practice. If a farm fulfils the required conditions, the coffee products from that farm will be marked as officialy Rainforest Alliance certified. The Lavazza coffee TIERRA, available for the Lavazza BLUE and Lavazza Espresso Point coffee capsule systems, is a coffee blend that originates from several of those farms. They are all involved in the TIERRA project you should all be familiar with already, if not please read this article from the blog.

On the website of the Alliance you can now watch a nice video, taking you right to one of those certified coffee farms. See for yoursefl where Lavazza TIERRA comes from. Bon voyage!


Double your coffee – double your pleasure!

June 30, 2009

When you drink your Espresso or long Espresso or coffee specialty like Latte or Cappuccino you want two things: to enjoy a great coffee-flavour and to get energized! The great flavour is delivered via the many different tasty blends of high quality ground coffee beans contained in the Lavazza BLUE and Lavazza Espresso Point coffee capsules. The energizing effect comes from the caffeine.

To double your pleasure and the energizer-effect Lavazza released something revolutionary: the bidose capsule!double_espresso_lavazza_blue

That coffee capsule is based on the Lavazza BLUE Intenso capsule, it contains the same kind of ground coffee from 60% Arabica and 40% Robusta coffee beans but also contains 40% MORE ground coffee!!! Considering that the usual Intenso capsule contains 8g of ground coffee, the total amount has risen to 11.2g!

With that amount of ground coffee, Lavazza BLUE Intenso bidose is the perfect basis for an Espresso that delivers the good-morning-kick for breakfast or various long-coffee specialties like Latte and Cappuccino.
It is also possible to brew 2 normal cups of Espresso with that capsule, but let’s be honest: everybody will succumb to the temptation of having a double-Espresso if they can, or am I wrong? ;-)


Coffee capsules! Lavazza BLUE coffee or Lavazza BLUE tea?

May 13, 2009

It doesn’t matter what nationality you are, in which country you live, what toothpaste you use in the morning or how high your IQ is.. We all ask the same question all around the world: Why all good things come to an end?
Of course if ever come.

Coffee light

Coffee light

And of course they come! You know how coffee addicted I am. There is no difference if it’s morning or evening I just enjoy the taste of Lavazza coffee! Especially when I can make high quality coffee using my espresso coffee capsules machine. A few minutes and it’s done! But I wanted to write not about coffee making process but about the reason why I asked this worldwide question to my self. On Sunday morning I opened my cupboard where I keep all Lavazza coffee capsules ordered from www.neronero.eu and like always I wanted to make one of the best and my favorite TIERRA Lavazza BLUE coffee. I was sure one had to be left..But after fifteen minutes I gave up and made a refreshing Lavazza tea “Tisana Mela e Cannella BLUE DI PIÙ” that I bought a month ago as a new Lavazza product but have never tried it before. Excellent!!! The taste of this drink was just what I needed! One more sip! And another!..I finished it all…

tea+leaves

I was and I’m still surprised about how my taste and addiction have changed. I still like excellent 100% Arabica product made using the green coffees exclusively from the three small-scale coffee-growing communities in Honduras, Peru and Colombia – TIERRA Lavazza BLUE! But now I started to enjoy delicious, naturally light-coloured herbal tea with a fruity aroma and spicy apple and cinnamon tones – Tisana Mela e Cannella BLUE DI PIÙ.

This happening with my Lavazza coffee and tea capsules is just a simple example of how can everything end and begin again in all spheres of life. And the only answer I came up with is that all good things come to an END because it is time for another good or very good things to BEGIN!

p.s. thanks to www.neronero.eu for this wide range of products! If I finish Lavazza BLUE coffee I start Lavazza BLUE tea. The taste is different but still good…


Coffee beans journey from tropical plant to Lavazza coffee capsule

April 28, 2009

As usually I was making my breakfast coffee using Lavazza Caffe Crema Dolce coffee capsule. I could smell this aroma and fragrant going to the air at the same time my coffee was running from Lavazza capsules machine…And suddenly I came with a question – “How it is possible to get such a good quality coffee from one tiny capsule?”

My curiosity was so big that I started to search for information. And guess what? After several minutes I new the answer and now I want to shear it with you all! I want to take you to an amazing coffee beans trip from tropical plant to Lavazza coffee capsule!

Our journey starts where Coffea Arabica and Coffea Canephora (known as Robusta) grow at altitudes ranging from about 650 to 6,500 feet (200 to 2,000 m). These two tropical plant species produce little green berries that, as they ripen, grow to the size of a cherry that can be bright red or dark yellow. The harvest of the coffee cherries can be done by two methods: picking and stripping.

the-beginning-of-coffee-beans-journey

The next stage is the processing phase, where the coffee beans are separated from the fruit by eliminating the pulp and the skin. Three types of treatments can be used:
1.
Wet processing, which is used for the most highly prized qualities of coffee, yields a product classified as ‘washed’ or ‘mild’ coffee. It is uniform in appearance and has no physical defects.
2.
The dry processing yields what is known as ‘natural’ coffee and it has a rather uneven appearance. Immediately after the harvest, the fruit is spread out in layers and left outdoors for two or three weeks.
3.
Semi-washed coffee is characterized by a much lower water consumption than that obtained using the wet processing method. The pulp is removed from the cherries by a pulping machine that removes the skin (epicure) as well as the pulp, making it possible to “skip” the fermentation phase.

After the elimination process the roasting phase determines the flavor of the beverage in the cup, its body and its acidity level. This is a phase that Lavazza handles with the utmost attention and carries out using the latest technologies. With roasting, the coffee beans undergo a metamorphosis. They change colour, lose weight, grow in volume and gain aroma. High temperatures allow the beans to develop their aromatic qualities.

After going under various roasting cycles, that are specially determined by Lavazza in order to enhance the body and sweetness of all the blends, the beans are grounded and packaged. Capsules are airtight sealed, this way air cannot cause any damages to the coffee blend. Coffee capsules are only opened when brewing coffee. The machine punches holes into aluminum-foiled top, it whooshes hot water through the capsule and your espresso is done.

This is where our journey ends, how single – serving capsules are produced, preserving the unmistakable aroma of a Lavazza espresso.

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If you can use your fantasy and imagine this process from the beginning till the end, probably you have no doubt why millions of coffee lovers choose to drink espresso coffee from Lavazza BLUE and Espresso Point coffee capsules.


Talent is everythere! Even in a coffee cup

April 7, 2009

When we are kids we all dream about what we want to do when being grown ups. To save the world from aliens, sing the most famous pop song for a huge crowd, arrest bad guys, save millions lifes, reach the moon!.. These fantastic plans are in our heads until suddenly we start to think “logically” and realize that it is more easy to make business, work serious and regular jobs.

Maybe this is the reason why I am so proud of these who make something different, crazy, amazing. When I saw the following video on the internet the only thing I could utter was “this man is just amazing”! Sammy Lin is an artistic barista in New York, who serves about 700 lattes, espressos and cappuccino’s a day at Bottega Del Vino on East 59th Street. These aren’t ordinary drinks, for sure no – the former music teacher from China can design art work on your coffee foam such as a snowman, a blooming flower, an intricate leaf, a smiling face, a sleeping cat, or a mischievous monkey. He’s even designed a smiling Mona Lisa on a canvas of coffee foam – now that’s ambitious. I would call him a professional artist in the coffee world!

After watching these pictures designed in coffee cups I felt thirsty. Coffee brake? I went to make a cup of espresso from my favourite Lavazza BLUE Caffe Creama Dolce capsule that I order from www.neronero.eu and pressed a PLAY button again. Sammy Lin knows how to make people enjoy a cup of coffee, that’s for sure!  And there are many like him – doing things that make us astonished. That’s why we are never bored to live!


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