5 traits of good Espresso – or the 5 Ms

May 29, 2009

Dear coffee-lovers, recently I stumbled upon an interesting sheet which contains the descriptions for the 5 traits or 5 Ms of coffee that are responsible for the quality an Espresso possesses. The main question is: Does my beloved Lavazza coffee from coffee capsules meet all of these 5 requirements and deserves to be called an Espresso of high quality?
Let’s find out 🙂

1. Miscela (Espresso Blend)
Naturally the most important criteria is the coffee beans itself, it determines the quality of the product in the first place! It should be fresh and of good quality. Let’s see, Lavazza coffee capsules are filled with finest ground coffee from 100% Arabica or Arabica/Robusta blends, originating from famous coffee-growing farms. The capsules are vacuum-packed and aromatically sealed and conserve the fresh state of recently ground coffee beans over months!
Critera 1 – fulfilled!

2. Macinadosatore (Grinder)
The technical specification of the grinders and the grind process itself are topic of Lavazza ‘s strict quality management policies. The ground coffee in the capsules is very fine and was grinded carefully to maintain the original flavor of the coffee beans. After grinding it was immediately packed and sealed into capsules, so there was little to no time for oxidation processes that would have a negative effect on the product-quality. With other words…
Critera 2 – fulfilled!

3. Macchina Espresso (Espresso Machine)
Now this is where the wheat is seperated from the chaff: If the brewing process is not carefully taken care of, even the ground coffee of highest quality will result in a murder case. For Lavazza capsules, these machines differ in many aspects from eacht other, but they all got one thing in common: they are specifically optimised to brew Espresso coffee with Lavazza capsules. Steaming hot water and high pressure are two of the many features these machines have, and may also be the most important for the quality of the coffee.
Criteria 3 – fulfilled!

4. Mano dell’operatore (Skill of the User)
Can the person brewing the Espresso handle the machine correctly? Well, for Lavazza coffe capsule machines, it doesn’t matter a lot. It is so easy to use, there’s no room for ANY mistakes. You should try it out for yourself one day 🙂 In the meantime, please watch this clip from youtube to understand what I mean:

Criteria 4 – fulfilled!

5. Manutenzione (Maintenance)
To clean the machine and the accessories used in the preparation of coffee should be common sense. Unfortunately the machines from Lavazza don’t clean themselves just yet, but who knows what the future holds 😉 So, this aspect is highly dependant on the individual user, but a we know that Lavazza coffee drinkers are all well-educated and have high demands in terms of quality and service they might also be capable of cleaning their machines.
Criteria 5 – fulfilled!

So, as you see my beloved coffee-fans, Lavazza coffee capsule systems like Lavazza BLUE or Lavazza Espresso Point deliever the pinnacle of good Espresso, by matching all 5 criteria for a coffee of superior quality!
Enjoy your weekend and your Lavazza!


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My machine

May 28, 2009

Dear coffee and espresso friends, today I am going to show you my very own coffe machine. To be more specific, it is a coffee capsule machine, with which you can also prepare tea capsules of course. The name of my machine-model is Lavazza BLUE 800! Got a nice ring to it, no? 🙂

Have a look at the technical details:

The Lavazza BLUE 800 in shining glory

The Lavazza BLUE 800 in shining glory

– Power supply: 230 V 50 Hz
– Nominal power: 860 W
– Material: painted steel
– Water tank capacity: 1200 cc
– Manual loading of the capsules
– Steam spout
– Size (wxhxd): cm 16x31x25 kg 4,5

With the LB 800 you can prepare Lavazza BLUE coffee and tea capsules, my favorite drinks! The Lavazza espresso is the only true original italian espresso in my opinion. The teas taste good as well, but I will always sty a cofeefanatic 😉

Please have a look at this youtube-video, to see the LB 800 in action!
You can also find that video in the video-section of my blog.


To continue where we left off yesterday

May 26, 2009

44 reasons how one can notice that he or she drinks too much coffee or Espresso 🙂
But to be honest, I never get enough of Lavazza BLUE and Lavazza Espresso Point 😉

1. You answer the door before people knock.
2. You get a tax cut for all the coffee you buy.
3. You have a bumper sticker that says: “Coffee drinkers are good in bed.”
4. You grind your coffee beans in your mouth.
5. The nurse needs a scientific calculator to take your pulse.
6. You sleep with your eyes open.
7. You have to watch videos in fast-forward.
8. The only time you’re standing still is during an earthquake.
9. You lick your coffeepot clean.
10. You’re the employee of the month at the local coffeehouse and you don’t even work there.
11. Your eyes stay open when you sneeze.
12. You only eat coffee cake.
13. You chew on other people’s fingernails.
14. You’re so jittery that people use your hands to blend their margaritas.
15. You can type sixty words per minute… with your feet.
16. You call everyone “Joe.”
17. Your only source of nutrition comes from “Sweet & Low.”
18. You don’t sweat, you percolate.
19. You buy half and half by the barrel.
20. You’ve worn out the handle on your favorite mug.
21. You go to AA meetings just for the free coffee.
22. You walk twenty miles on your treadmill before you realize it’s not plugged in.
23. All of your clothes have coffee stains.
24. You’ve built a miniature city out of little plastic stirrers.
25. People get dizzy just watching you.
26. Starbucks owns the mortgage on your house.
27. You can barely wait to drink Instant Coffee.
28. When someone says. “How are you?” you say, “Good to the last drop.”
29. You want to be cremated just so you can spend the rest of eternity in a coffee can.
30. Your hand is permanently shaped to hold your mug.
31. You go to sleep just so you can wake up and smell the coffee.
32. You’re offended when people use the word “brew” to mean beer.
33. You name your cats “Cream” and “Sugar.”
34. You get drunk just so you can sober up.
35. You have a picture of your coffee mug on your coffee mug.
36. You short out motion detectors.
37. You don’t even wait for the water to boil anymore.
38. Your nervous twitch registers on the Richter scale.
39. You don’t tan, you roast.
40. You don’t get mad, you get steamed.
41. Your lover uses soft lights, romantic music, and a glass of iced coffee to get you in the mood.
42. You can’t even remember your second cup.
43. You introduce your spouse as your coffeemate.
44. Your first-aid kit contains two pints of coffee with an I.V. hookup

first seen on:
http://www.lattemaestro.com/Academy/CoffeeHumor.php


First off, some jokes :-)

May 25, 2009

I found these coffee-related jokes while surfing the web, I hope you like them as much as I do.
But be careful not to spill your Lavazza while laughing 😉

Spouse #1: Honey, this coffee tastes like dirt.
Spouse #2: That’s not surprising, dear, it was just ground this morning.

“I want you to drink a cup of hot water every morning,” prescribed the doctor. “You gotta be kidding, doc,” I’ve been doing that for years, but my wife calls it coffee”.

I met someone in the elevator who was drinking coffee and complaining about how coffee made him nervous. I said why don’t you quit drinking coffee. He said, “because if I didn’t have the shakes I wouldn’t get any exercise at all.”

This guy walks into a coffee shop and asks the waitress: “How much is the coffee?” “Coffee is three dollars the waitress said”. “How much is a refill?” the man asked. “Free”!!!!! said the waitress. “Then I’ll take a refill”!!!!!. coffee_joke_banner

Customer: Waiter, is this supposed to be coffee or tea? Waiter: What does it taste like? Customer: It tastes like gasoline! Waiter: Well, sir, that would be the coffee. The tea tastes like turpentine.

A man went to his psychiatrist and said, “Every time I drink my coffee, I get a stabbing pain in my right eye,” the psychiatrist said, “well, have you tried taking the spoon out?”

“Waiter, this coffee is cold”.
“Oh, I’m glad you told me. Iced coffee costs a dollar more.”

“This coffee is so delicious, where did you get it from?”
“Oh, this coffee is from Brazil.”
“Oh wow, that’s incredible. All the way from Brazil and it’s still hot!”
jokes first read on:
http://www.robinsfyi.com/food/coffeelite.htm
http://www.lattemaestro.com/Academy/CoffeeHumor.php


Coffee got a conscience – its name is Lavazza iTIERRA!

May 20, 2009

Introduction

The famous italian coffee producer Lavazza launched their new product “iTIERRA!” coffee for the Lavazza BLUE and Espresso Point capsule system in 2006. It’s the latest result of the iTIERRA! – project that was started by Lavazza in coordination with the american NGO Rainforest alliance in 2004. In the whole production process of the iTIERRA! coffee product, from growing the beans to processing them, it is of utmost importance that natural ressources and involved parties are treated carefully and with respect – the basic thoughts of sustainable development.

Lavazza – a company with history and ideals

Coffee farmer in Honduras

Coffee farmer in Honduras

The italian coffee producing company Lavazza looks back on a long history. For 110 year now, the business is family-run and has stayed true to their original values: humanity, solidarity and safeguarding culture and environment for future generations. Lavazza was always commited to social services, even before the social responsibilities of companies towards their employees and to society in general got into the focus of interest in the late 90’s of the last century. For a coffee producing company it is even more important to be aware of its actions and their impact on the life of people. The reason: since the start of the coffee-crisis at the beginning of this century the labour conditions for the growers and workers in coffee-producing countries got even worse then they already were.

Lavazza’s reaction on these developments was to go public with

Sustainable thinking and acting for the future of the next generation

Sustainable thinking and acting for the future of the next generation

its involvement in social services and the top-managers decided to actually start a project on their own. That was the birth of the Lavazza iTIERRA! project. It started out as acooperation with the american NGO Rainforest alliance and VOLCAFE. The Rainforest alliance is working on ensuring biodiversity by the means of sustainable socio-economical development of the environment since 1986 and VOLCAFE is a big green coffee producer increasingly focusing on sustainable coffee production, now in business for more than 150 years. Two strong partners who played a significant role in the success of the project.

The iTIERRA!-project

Geographically the iTIERRA! initiative takes action in Honduras, Colombia and Peru where about 165 coffee growing farms are located. The goals are to improve the labour conditions of the workers and growers as well as the overall quality of the product and to safeguard the environment of that region. To achieve that evironmental, social and economical sustainable thinking and acting is necessary. The method to succeed is working hand in hand with the local population and coffee-growers. Together problems are solved in mutual agreement and positive changes are made. Changes that were made so far are the construction of a green coffee drying and processing plant, the construction respectively the renovation of homes, schools and clinics. These achievements, that were funded in a large part by the Lavazza company, led to the

The result of all the hard work - coffee beans for Lavazza TIERRA

The result of all the hard work - coffee beans for Lavazza TIERRA

official certification of the project farms by the Rainforest aliance in 2005.

As oficially stated by the Lavazza supply chain manager Mario Cerutti in 2006, Lavazza’s ultimate goal for the future is to give the local communities the know-how and technical assistance necessary to improve the quality of their coffee. This would make the coffee – growers competitive and by achieving a higher product quality they could also demand higher prices for their goods. It also leads to a high quality standard for the latest Lavazza product – the iTIERRA! coffee. It is a coffee blend of 100% washed Arabica coffee beans from the local communities that the iTIERRA! – project is supporting. The iTIERRA! coffee got a very aromatic and sweet flavor and a soft, thick crema. It is available at espresso bars and at various retailers in pods and in coffee capsules for the Lavazza BLUE and Espresso Point system. One of the retailers for the european/german market is http://www.neronero.eu/www.neronero.de.

Drinking iTIERRA! coffee means also supporting the idea and morale of sustainable and just socio-economic development!
Enjoy freshly brewed aromatic espresso prepared with a Lavazza BLUE or Espresso Point coffee capsule with quiet conscience.

sources used in research for article:
Lavazza Editorial offices: Lavazza coffee special issue 110 years, Stamperia Artistica Nazionale – Turin, 2005, pages 32-35
http://www.lavazza.com/corporate/en/company/socialreponsability/Il_progetto/Diario_di_bordo
http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/
http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/news.cfm?id=tierra
http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/news/2004/lavazza.html
http://www.volcafe.com/main.htm


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…