May 26, 2013 |
If you stay at any of the Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton or Embassy Suites Hotels in North America, South America and Central America you will find only one brand of coffee and tea in each room. Hilton Worldwide, one of the world's largest hotel chains, has signed an exclusive agreement with Los Angeles-based Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf to provide the coffee and tea in the sealed packets that guests find in their room starting this summer. If you are a fan of Starbucks or Seattle's Best, don't fret.
March 7, 2013 |
Luxurious as it may be to sip a great cup of coffee at a coffeehouse, sometimes there's nothing better than a fresh pot brewing away first thing in the morning when you've barely got your eyes open. For some, that first cup o' joe is nothing more than a jolt to get us up and running; for others, it's still a sacred art, even if we practice it in our bathrobes. If coffee is more your passion than vice, you probably take great care about where you buy your beans. But have you considered how you store them?
February 14, 2013 |
The sixth Cafecito Organico opened today in Burbank, and the latest cafe from the local roaster -- which until fairly recently was roasting coffee in a converted garage in East Los Angeles -- is located in what was formerly a Starbucks . Angel Orozco started the company in 2004, working out of Mama's Hot Tamales Café in MacArthur Park, a nonprofit business incubator collaborating with street vendors. Guatemala-born Orozco built relationships with producers and at first focused on the supply side of the business, then started roasting and selling his coffee at farmers markets, and opened the first retail location of Cafecito on Hoover Avenue a couple of years ago, focusing on single-origin Central American coffees.
February 11, 2013 |
Right up there with forgetting an anniversary, arriving empty-handed on Valentine's Day is the biggest no-no in the book. No one wants to be a last-minute Lothario, gunning it on Feb. 13 for the nearest box of chocolates. But here's a head start on the shopping game if you've got a food lover for a significant other. A special dinner at your neighborhood joint or that spot you've been dying to try will always impress (here's our Valentine's Day dining guide ), but why not step it up with saucy kitchen necessities like a set of crimson cups?
December 14, 2012 |
Since my husband subscribed to the coffee roaster Tonx , no more mornings when we've run out of coffee and haven't had time to get to Intelligentsia or LAMILL Coffee or Handsome Coffee Roasters . Every two weeks, regular as clockwork, a small package of 12 ounces of freshly roasted coffee beans arrives in the mailbox. Each time, it's a surprise, maybe coffee from the Barichu Farmers Cooperative Society in central Kenya ("unusual sweetness, and resonant flavors that linger")
December 7, 2012 |
Starbucks raised eyebrows when it recently started offering coffee for $7 a cup. But that's nothing compared to a brew that goes for a hefty $50 per serving. Why does this coffee cost so much? Because the beans first have to be eaten, digested and then pooped out by an elephant. Apparently that's an exotic enough process to fetch a price of $500 a pound, making this one of the world's most expensive blends. The coffee is called Black Ivory and hails from Thailand. It was unveiled last month at a handful of luxury hotels catering to, well, the sort of people who can afford a $50 cup of joe. Quiz: The year in business "When an elephant eats coffee, its stomach acid breaks down the protein found in coffee, which is a key factor in bitterness," Blake Dinkin, who has spent $300,000 developing the coffee, told the Associated Press . "You end up with a cup that's very smooth without the bitterness of regular coffee.