Coffee Art - This time by Maria A. Aristidou and Irina Lichis (Check out Ellen in Coffee!)

Although I've featured coffee art in the past - it's been a long time!  This week I was looking at some of the newer artists painting with shades of coffee (instead of water colors) and I thought I'd add a couple to Coffee Talking since I hadn't in a while!

Ellen Degeneres in Coffee... who wouldn't love that?  Unless Ellen doesn't like coffee...  but I think she does. 

And then their is R2D2 for you Star Wars fans...  yes - ALL IN COFFEE!  How awesome, right?

And Bob Marley...  the talent is wonderful, even without the 'painted in coffee' factored in.

So, who did these??   The 3 works above,  are done by a very talented young lady named Maria - (I'll link to her below).  But I also found another who has a couple videos on youtube and I watched how effortlessly she whipped out a great rendition of Audrey Hepburn.

There are a LOT of artists out there who dabble in coffee.  There are so many wonderful and amazing works of art!  I chose these two randomly as I liked the Ellen print and the Audrey prints.  If you have an interest, just do a search for coffee painting or similar words and you'll be amazed at what's out there!

Maria A. Aristidou

Irina Lichis

In Action.......  watch these 2 videos to see them painting with coffee

She makes it look so effortless!!


Hoping to see the Droops Coffeemaker hit the market....

Always sipping my coffee and reading the news; I found this story numerous places on the net even though the product is not available yet.  Although I don't drink my coffee with milk or sugar, nor do I like most flavored versions; I think the idea is a good one and I hope to see it come to market.

Eamon Chow Wai Tung hoping to have a hit with his Droops Coffeemaker, the first system with edible pods. Each one would have coffee grounds in the center, a layer of solidified milk around them and then an outer casing of sugar. All three layers would dissolve in hot water for a cup of coffee as easy to brew as a K-Cup with none of the waste.


The soaring popularity of home coffee machines has led to a increasing amount of waste generated by the pods. Now, inventor Eason Chow believes his new product could be the solution - and found inspiration from the sugar-coated sweets dispensed from gumball machines.

It involves covering coffee granules in milk powder then dipping the whole lot in sugar to create a revolutionary capsule with no waste created whatsoever. Eason Chow believes his disolvable pods solve the problem of the rising waste generated from coffee capsules

"Soaring popularity of home coffee machines has led to increasing waste
Eason Chow believes his innovative new product could be the solution
Pods are made of coffee granules in milk powder are then dipped in sugar."

Mr Chow says the sugar coating will come in varying thickness and flavourings to suit all tastes - and he has also made a stackable coffee maker to use the capsules with.

He came up with the idea after realising how much waste packaging is generated from coffee capsules each year.

The product, called Droops, is still in the early stages.  Mr Chows says he wanted to incorporate an element of surprise and fun in the design.  He explained he drew 'memories to my childhood' and 'the surprising and fun element of dispensing sweets from a gumball machine'.

'Therefore, I decided to adapt this element of surprise and fun into the design and even personalizing the coffee pods with different possibilities to heighten the desire of tasting different coffee types.'

He added that most coffee machines on the market are very industrialized and made to process coffee out of convenience.

'They neglect the importance of the visualizing and the social responsibility through its usage,' he said.

'Droops coffee maker aims to be a benchmark that identifies and exemplifies the importance of these elements to fun coffee drinking.'

 You might also be interested in these related products;

 Kopiko Coffee Candy
San Francisco Bay OneCup, French Roast, 80 Single Serve Coffees
6 x Solo Coffee Pod Filters Compatible with Keurig K cup coffee system--Reusable Coffee Filter (DESIGN 1, 1)



Homemade Coffee or Vanilla Latte Lip Balm

While online looking for some fun ideas to do with my soap-making projects this week, I stumbled upon this homemade lip balm with coffee butter and cocoa butter - which together, smell like a yummy vanilla latte.  I make my own homemade soaps, salves and balms - and it really is quite fun and easy if you have an interest at all in them.   This is not my personal recipe, but the source is noted. 

I thought since this blog is all coffee related, a coffee lip balm would fit right in! 

Coffee or Vanilla Latte Lip Balm

4 oz Cocoa Butter
2 oz Coffee Butter
.6 oz Avocado Oil
20  Lip Pots

In a small heat-safe container, use a microwave to melt the Cocoa Butter. It helps to break it down to the smallest chunks possible before heating it or you can mix it with the Avocado Oil to help the butter melt down smoothly. Cocoa butter has a higher melting point that other solid oils, so be sure your heat-safe container is able to withstand prolonged temperatures and if it’s glass, remove it from the microwave with a pot holder.

Add the Coffee Butter to the Cocoa Butter and stir until the Coffee Butter is completely melted and the mixture is no longer cloudy (you may have to zap it in the microwave for a few more seconds).

Add the Avocado Oil and mix well (if you didn’t already during the Cocoa Butter melting phase).

Line up the Classy Lip Pots (sans lids) and pour the mixture into the containers. Allow mixture to harden. Twist on the lids and enjoy!

This recipe does not make use of any flavor oils, so what you’ll taste is just the natural flavor of the Coffee Butter and Cocoa Butter. As-is, the flavor is much like a great cup of black coffee. But if you usually take your coffee with sugar, try adding a bit of Stevia to the recipe. Prefer cream? Why not try Vanilla or Buttercreme (or Caramel or Coconut or…) flavors. As written, this lip balm recipe is on the softer side for ease in application with the finger from the lip butter pots. Adding  25% beeswax works well for giving the lip balm a bit harder texture if desired!

You  might be interested in the ingredients; you can get them from many places, including Amazon;
Fantasea Acrylic Jar 0.20 oz. (Pack of 12)
100% Pure Unrefined Raw SHEA BUTTER
Raw Cocoa Butter 100% Pure
Avocado Oil, Moisturizing


The iCoffee Opus Single Server Brewer... Next on my 'Wish List'

Although I have a list of reasons I have been living in a cave for the last 6 months, I'm still not sure it's a good enough excuse as to why I had never heard of the new iCoffee Opus single serve brewer. Giving Keurig a run for their money, I found out about them after I saw an ad on my Bed, Bath & Beyond flyer.

Since I lack the female gene for shopping, shoes or purses, I don't peruse stores for the fun of it and thus; another reason this was 'new to me'.  But now my eyes are opened, my interest is piqued and after debating the pros and cons, I really think this is next on my 'coffee maker' wish list.  (I know, I know... like a really need another coffee brewer!?  Who are you, my husband?  Yes.  Yes I do.)

ICoffee ® Opus Single Serve Brewer 2.0

First stop?  The Remington iCoffee site themselves;  let's hear what they have to say about their coffee brewer.

"iCoffee® K-Cup compatible single serve brewers feature patent pending SpinBrew™ Technology, which delivers Impossibly Smooth™ coffee taste. SpinBrew™ jets spin, steam and stir right inside the K-Cup, creating a mini French press-like effect that produces a noticeably smoother tasting coffee with a more pleasant aftertaste and aroma."

I only thought they offered the Opus, however, while on their site, I found more options!  The Express, Picasso, DaVinci and Mozart. (I see what you did there.)  

Next stop?  Let's check out some reviews on Amazon.  The ICoffee ® Opus Single Serve Brewer 2.0 had one entry as of today's posting.  Here is the product description from the site;

Product Description

"iCoffee Opus Single Serve Brewer provides an exquisite cup of smooth tasting coffee every time Adjustable brew strength Includes bonus iCup reusable cup for brewing your own coffee SpinbrewTM technology steams, spins and stirs inside the K-style cup to virtually eliminate acidic and bitter aftertaste Works with all single-serve style cups including K-Cup®, OneCupTM, and RealCupTM capsules, plus every other private label brand Not compatible with K-Carafe® packs Removable drip tray allows for travel mug Brews up to a 12 oz. size mug of coffee 75 oz. removable water reservoir Dial-a-BrewTM feature lets you select a size from 4 to 12 oz. in 1/2 oz. increments Auto shut-off control and energy saver mode Plastic exterior Wipe clean exterior Measures 13'' L x 10'' W x 13'' H UL listed 1-year manufacturer's warranty."

Next, I popped over to Cnet and although they weren't too crazy about it (3 stars) they didn't have very good reasons for the rating.  Their reasoning mostly came down it to how it looks (I'm not sure how old the person writing the article is, but they mentioned how it would look in a college dorm room) and the fact they didn't taste anything 'special' about the brew compared to a few other similar brewers.

They did however have a really good comparison chart.

iCoffee Opus Keurig K500 Cuisinart SS-700 Bunn My Café MCU
Brew time (8 oz. cup) 53 seconds 49 seconds 46 seconds 42 seconds
Drink size range 4 - 12 oz. 4 - 10 oz. 4 - 12 oz. 6 - 14 oz.
Brew temperature range (F) N/A N/A 187 - 192 N/A
Brews K-Cups Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brews off-brand cups Yes No Yes Yes
Brews Vue Packs No Yes No No
Brews fresh grounds Yes (reusable cup sold separately) No Yes (reusable cup included) Yes (brew head included)
Reservoir size 75 oz. 80 oz. 80 oz. N/A
Suggested retail price $140 $190 $200 $170

From my research I like that I can use any brand k-cup or my own coffee.
I like the spinbrew technology - it doesn't just shoot water straight down the k-cup, making a tunnel by the end of the brew cycle, but you get 'more from your beans' this way.
I like that I can choose the size from 4-12 ounces

The only 2 things that are a 'con' to me is the inability to choose the temperature of my cup.  I like my coffee hot. Very hot.  As in at least 192 degrees hot.  And the fact that in order to use your own grounds, apparently you have to use their reusable cup - the eco-cups and other reusable cups I already own for my Keurig won't work.

For me this isn't  a  deal breaker.

Tonight when my husband gets home from work I'm going to tell him I think I've found the next coffee brewer I want to try....  

Do you own one?
What do you think?
Pros?  Cons?  Do you hate it?  Love it? 


Mmmmm Milkshake

G&B Coffee Shake credit: Dylan and Jeni
So, almost everyone I know has basically made this on their own before and hardly requires a 'recipe' but I saw this photo on another page when I was looking up cake recipes and doesn't it just look so yummy?

You just take some ice cream, add some espresso and blend it.  Hardly 'recipe' worthy but maybe you just needed a little reminder about how awesome coffee and heavy cream are together in frozen form.  I use vanilla ice cream and because I like the flavor, I always add a touch more of either vanilla extract or a shot of sugar free vanilla syrup.  You could also drizzle with chocolate syrup, add whipped cream, caramel with a sprinkle of salt, a little mint... the varieties are probably endless.

1 1/4 c ice cream
4 shots espresso
1 t ground espresso

Combine all ingredients, blend until the majority of the ice cream is incorporated and pour into a glass.

G&B Coffee, Los Angeles