Part Two of the Nespresso Pixie Post (RECYCLING THOSE COFFEE PODS)

When I was doing some quick research on espresso makers, I found out a very interesting thing (to me) about the Nespresso Pixie - they offer collecting and recycling of the used capsules in their brewing.  I gathered this information from the Nespresso website online and was up to date as of this posting.

"The pods are easy to use and can be recycled."

Collecting and recycling used capsules in the USA

The Nespresso capsule recycling program has been designed to provide convenience for our Club Members while ensuring that capsules are properly recycled at their end of life.  Due to the complexities of the recycling process and inconsistent recycling infrastructure across the United States, we believe a dedicated recycling program separate from local curbside collection is currently the best way to ensure that capsules returned by our Club Members can be traced throughout the recovery process.

Capsule Recovery Process

Recycling used capsules is an important element of Nespresso’s commitment to sustainability. This is why we encourage Club Members to collect their used capsules in a dedicated container or Nespresso recycling bag and return them for recycling. Nespresso has set up three convenient return options to make it easy for Club Members to recycle. To divert capsules from landfill and give them a second life, capsules can be returned to:

1.     Collection points in all Nespresso Boutiques

2.     TerraCycle® collection points in retail partner locations across the country

3.     UPS through Nespresso’s mail-back program in select states*

Both the OriginalLine and the VertuoLine capsules are accepted for recycling.

As we continue to grow in the US market, we will continue to work to expand our capacity to recycle, to explore innovative programs that increase awareness and convenience, and to continually increase the number of capsules recycled. Recycling is one of the areas that Nespresso is committed to as part of its overall sustainability commitments.

Used capsule storage at home

Custom-designed plastic recycling bags are provided to Club Members free-of-charge for storing used capsules at home.  Recycling bags can be ordered through the Nespresso Customer Relationship Center, online or picked up at a Nespresso Boutique.

o   Customer Relationship Center: Inform your Coffee Specialist that you wish to receive a recycling bag             with your order.

o   Online:  You will be prompted to add a recycling bag to your order.

o   Boutique:  Club Members are encouraged to take recycling bags home with their purchase and will be          provided recycling bags at no charge by staff when requested.

Collection points in all Nespresso Boutiques

We encourage our Club Members to collect their used capsules at home in a dedicated container or Nespresso recycling bag and return them to their nearest Nespresso Boutique. Many of our Club Members find it convenient to drop off their used capsules when they come to the Boutique for their next purchase. The Boutique team will consolidate capsules returned from Club Members and send them to our partners for separation and recycling.

Collection points at retail partner locations across the country

In collaboration with our retail partners, such as Sur La Table, Williams-Sonoma and many others, Nespresso collects used capsules in nearly all 50 states. 

You can find out more about this program or any updates to locations and collections on the Nespresso website here.

These stupid email scams are just so laughable! OMG.

My email automatically sends them all to a "JUNK" folder and I don't see them unless I want to - but sometimes, while sipping my coffee and checking emails, I see I have a couple new junk emails and I look in that folder just to get a chuckle.

Like this...  seriously!?

So I've started to wonder if I should start posting some of them online just for the smile over morning coffee.  

I know you will be surprised to read my email. Am an American
citizen,apart from being surprised, you may be skeptical to reply me
based on what is happening on the internet all over the world. one has
to be very careful because a lot of scammers are out there to scam
innocent citizens and this has made it Very difficult for people to
believe anything that comes through the internet but this is a
different case.

If you are willing to show me your honesty and trust, I think I will
be able to trust and work with you. I am an American and you should be
rest assured that I cannot be Involved in scam My name is Capt. Wendy
Schwartz, a member of the US ARMY medical team, deployed to Iraq Just
Because of the ISIS Problem. I just discovered two trunk boxes
containing consignment of America $100. I know you must Have Been
reading mails like this on the internet but i want you to understand
that out of 100, one can be true. I have deposited two consignment
boxes with a security company in Iraq. Am looking for a trust worthy
individual who will assist me to receive the funds before i will come
over and join the person immediately the funds get into your
care.Please, I want this to be between i and you since I am still in
the army. To prove my sincerity, you are not sending me any money,
because most of these scams are all about sending money. Though, I
would like to hold back some information's for security reasons for
now unitil i hear from you.Please view the below site.

Also, could you get back to me having visited the above website to
enable us discuss in a more clarifying manner to the best of your
understanding.I must say that I'm very uncomfortable sending this
message to you without Knowing truly if you would misconstrue the
importance and decide to go to the public. In this regards, I will
not hold back to say that the essence of this message is strictly for
mutual benefit between you and I and nothing more. I will be vivid and
coherent in my next message in this regards, meanwhile, could you send
me an email confirming that you have visited the site and that you
have understood my intentions? I would like you to get back to me with
the Following information's;
1.Full Name...
5.Your Telephone Number..
As soon as i received These information i will get back to you.
Best Regards
Capt. Wendy Schwartz

A nod to Starbucks: Caramel Macchiato and Caramel Frappuccino Cupcakes

You that little saying "No good deed goes unpunished"?  Well, this is kind of, sort of like that.  In a very tiny way.
You see, while be-bopping around the net I saw these yummy cupcakes - COFFEE inspired - so I thought;  OH, I WILL FEATURE THEM ON COFFEE TALKING.  Readers would love to make these little guys.

And I thought it would be simple.  But it wasn't.  Because as I clicked on the recipe to give credit to the author, I found that the photo was by the author, who used another sites recipe for the cupcake portion - but that person's site admitted they used someone else's recipe, which was heavily adapted from yet another site.

It was like a internet scavenger hunt.  In the end, here are the places I had to dig through and apparently everyone threw in their own little version.
and noted their recipe was "heavily adapted from Apartment Therapy's The Kitchn"

But here's the deal....  you can use ANY CUPCAKE RECIPE.  This is just a typical, regular, boring, basic recipe - but they added some espresso powder or instant coffee to it.

The fact is - it's a regular cupcake recipe, with some instant coffee, and then the whipped cream center and a yummy basic buttercream frosting with (again) an addition of a little bit of coffee to it - and drizzle it with some store bought caramel ice cream syrup.

This is the first in a series of fun 'coffee themed' cupcakes and it's the most difficult to track down the original so I give credit to all four sources and hope you enjoy your cupcakes.  :)

Coffee Cupcakes

1 1/4 c flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 t instant coffee or 2 t espresso powder
8 T butter, softened
1 c sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 c milk

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 12 cupcake wells with paper liners.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the instant coffee or espresso powder.
Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter with the granulated sugar until light, 1 minute with a stand mixer or 2 minutes with a handheld mixer. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue to beat the mixture for 1 minute with a stand mixer or 2 minutes with a handheld mixer. On low speed, alternately add the dry ingredients and the milk in 2 additions, stirring until incorporated after each addition.
Pour the batter into the paper-lined cupcake wells. Bake until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, then remove from the pans.

Whipped Cream

1 cup whipping cream  - whipped
confectioner's sugar to taste
vanilla to taste
Dissolve 1 tsp of instant coffee in 1 tsp of hot water and whip into the cream

Coffee Buttercream

Add 2-3 tsp of strong coffee or espresso to your favorite buttercream recipe
Caramel drizzle of caramel ice cream topping

To assemble, core your cooled cupcakes with a paring knife or a cupcake corer. Fill with whipped cream, and add a spiral of caramel on top.  Pipe your buttercream on and generously drizzle caramel all over. Finally cut up green straws into 3" lengths and point them in at an angle.

You might also be interested in products related to the post:
Dark Green Glassine Cupcake Baking Cup Liners 50 Count
Drinking Straws - GREEN (Box of 250)
Hershey's Syrup, Caramel, 22 Ounce


Back to the 50's.... Iced Coffee that is!

Source:  Good Housekeeping in 1957

I'm sipping iced coffee this morning (because it's after 11:am and I've already had 3 cups of hot, strong, black coffee so far this morning... don't judge me).  I am gearing up for a product review that involves a brand new product to make your iced coffee but that got me thinking about iced coffee in general and I stumbled upon a quick little recipe Good Housekeeping posted way back in 1957.  

Today I tend to make my iced coffee a variety of ways; from using leftover coffee in my mug that got too cool to drink because I was busy working and ignored it, to brewing strong espresso strength and cooling it down specifically for iced coffee or one of my summer favorites; using my Mr. Coffee 20-Ounce Frappe Maker... yada yada.  There's lots of ways.  But back in the 50's most things were a little more time consuming to do... including coffee.  But if you want to be authentic, and make it the popular housewife magazines instructed to do back then, here it is!

Old Fashioned Iced Coffee

For 6 ounces of iced coffee:

In a small pitcher or 1-quart measuring cup, whisk together 1/3 cup ground coffee and 1 1/3 cups cold water until all the lumps are gone. Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 5 hours, but it's best left overnight (not much longer or it'll get bitter).

Strain the coffee through a coffee filter-lined strainer set over a tall glass of ice, pushing it through with a spatula.

You might also be interested in some products related to this post;
Takeya Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker, 1-Quart, Black
Grady's Cold Brew Iced Coffee Bean Bags (Pack of 12)
Mr. Coffee 20-Ounce Frappe Maker


News with your Morning Coffee: Writes down a bogus code for citation and messes up a woman's life and record

I'm not a smoker, but this story shouts of injustice and it fact that it starts with a tiny little cigarette butt is a minor detail.  

It's no secret to anyone that the American courts are backed up, clogged and justice is handed out at the speed of a slug.  On a cold morning. Trudging across the concrete.

So when a cop has a chance to give a warning for a very, very minor infraction, it's not only ridiculous he would instead write out a citation (except if he's trying to boost his ticket writing goal for the day... which is a very real thing) but even more ridiculous when he bumps the charge to a faked, trumped up charge...  that causes havoc in an innocent person life, gives them a record, makes them hire a lawyer and spend time either in jail or going to court to fight it.

All over a tiny little burned out cigarette butt.

And here is where it starts.

A Tennessee woman is driving her husbands car for the day and didn't realize until too late that it did not have an ashtray.

Heidi Bowers, 33, was running an errand for work on Aug. 24. She drove her husband’s car that day, which doesn’t have an ashtray.

“In a panic moment, my cigarette was running down, and I’m like, ‘There’s no ashtray in this car. What am I doing?’” said Bowers. “I ended up tossing it out the window. I absolutely admit I was wrong. Lo and behold the lights started spinning behind me.”

The wife and mother said she hadn’t been pulled over in years, so she thought what happened next might be new procedure.

“He asked me to step out of the car, which at that point was very weird,” explained Bowers. “He asked me to put my fingerprint on this little scanner he had. Then he asked me to back up and take my picture.

“The whole time I was thinking ‘this is new,’ but I haven’t been pulled over in a while, I’ll go with it.

“Then he said ‘Today you’ve been arrested for littering. Criminal littering.’”

The officer told her to go to the courthouse and report for booking “or you will go to jail,” she said. “And I thought my smile’s gone. What’s going on here?”

When Bowers got home, she researched Tennessee littering laws, which revealed the officer must have made a mistake.

“It’s [TCA] 39-13-503, a minor class C,” said Bowers. “You send in $50 to the county clerk and go on with your life. He wrote me up for a 504, which is criminal misdemeanor littering.”

 Tennessee Code Annotated 39-13-504 defines criminal littering as 
an amount more than five pounds in weight or 7.5 Cubic feet in volume.

So the officer was wrong - either intentionally or accidentally.  Maybe he just felt like being a dick that day, but perhaps his finger slipped or was too fat for the tiny little electronic button the screen and hit wrong the next more serious charge.  We don't know.

But common sense should prevail right?  Not in this day and age.  In the past 10 years we've gone insane as a nation.  Common sense is NOT common anymore.  And police officers being 'public servants' is long gone.  It's just a moniker used on paper... we tend to know them more as state or county level militants.  With ego's and bad attitudes.  

Bowers got a lawyer who agreed that it was obviously the wrong charge and he would clear it all up.

When the two showed up for booking, that didn’t happen.

“You take your mug shot then go out to the courthouse,” said Bowers. “Meanwhile, I’m literally around people that have really committed crimes, assault, drunk driving, marijuana and I threw a cigarette butt out the window.”

Once in court, the judge wouldn’t budge. Bowers accepted four hours of community service and the charge for criminal littering would stand.

“You go through your life trying to be a good person, always, and this happens,” said Bowers. “You’re getting arrested. It’s crazy.”

For the record; the original source of this story; Channel 4, asked Metro Police about Brewer’s case.

“It is the officer’s discretion to issue that citation. It is then up to the court to determine whether the citation should be amended,” police said in a written statement. “If there was an error on the part of the officer, he’ll be made aware.”

He'll be made aware!?  After 2-3 months of her life is bungled up in this mess, hundreds of dollars spent trying to get the charge cleared at least down to what it was SUPPOSED TO BE (a misdemeanor that you send 50 bucks to the courthouse to pay for and it's done and over), missed work, a permanant record, community serve time served... just because an officer messed up on the paperwork and he'll be "made aware" if he ---cough cough--- made a mistake ---cough cough---.

Every officer that wears a uniform, is speaking for all officers, everywhere.  And if you want to continue to make people hate law enforcement, have ZERO TRUST IN THEM, distrust the SYSTEM and have FEWER young people want to BE police officers...  well, this is the way to do it.  Keep it up.


Soup and Oatmeal from your Keurig Coffee Brewer... Fresh Brewed Soup Pods Coming to a Store Near You

Back in 2011 we were in the middle of a cross country relocation that had me driving back and forth across the US while selling one home, buying another home and visiting my husband and daughter in the 'new' state while being Mom to other kids in the 'old' state.  Whew.  Did ya get all that?

The point is... I was on the road -solo- quite a bit, we were strapped for cash as we were paying for 2 households in 2 different states and I was driving back and forth cross country - driving about 10-15 hours at a stretch.  Many times it was 9:30 at night when I'd check into a hotel. 

Ramen noodles the rescue.

A cheap, easy, hot and filling dinner in a hotel room - a package or a cup of Ramen Noodles.  Cooked with my coffee maker.

These are photos I took and posted back in 2011...  me making my dinner in a coffee cup in the hotel bathroom.

Now, it seems Keurig Green Mountain has caught on to the idea...  

Keurig, which is known for single-serve pods of coffee and tea, hopes consumers will warm back up to the company's products with fresh-brewed soup cups.


"Keurig and Campbell's Soup Co. have partnered to sell single-serve Fresh-Brewed Soup in K-Cup pods. The 70-calorie soup servings are available in Homestyle Chicken Broth & Noodle Soup Mix and Southwest Style Chicken Broth & Noodle Soup Mix.

The companies announced the partnership in 2013, and have spent the past two years making sure they got "the product right," Michael Goodman, marketing director of innovation at Campbell Soup, told USA TODAY Network.

The Campbell's Fresh-Brewed Soup Kits come with a packet of noodles and a K-Cup pod of soup, which is placed into the Keurig machine. Goodman said some consumers worried the "soup would taste like coffee, or coffee would taste like soup," so Keurig suggests running a brew cycle after making soup.

The soup launch comes just weeks after Keurig announced plans to cut its workforce by 5% after reporting a massive sales slump in the third quarter. Likewise, Campbell's sales and earnings have been sluggish. On Sept. 3, the company said revenue for the latest quarter fell 8.6% to $1.69 billion, the Wall Street Journal Reported.

Goodman said Campbell's is trying to get its products to consumers in the quickest, easiest way.

"For us this is about building a major innovation platform, which is around convenient snacking," he said.

And while this is Keurig's first official stab at food, soup and oatmeal pouches and pods are already on shelves. General Mills produces Progresso soup and Nature Valley Oatmeal pods, although the company notes it is not affiliated with Keurig on its website."

Idea:  Instead, you might want to think about buying a little 4 pack of dry soup mixes that sell for about a dollar, and pouring them into your mug.  Add the hot water from our coffee brewer and you're good to go for 'little bucks' instead of 'big bucks'.  The Ramen noodles sell for about 3-5 for a dollar and if you opt for the 'cup' version (already in a styrofoam cup) they run about $.50 each and the servings are pretty filling!

You might also be interested in;
Campbell's Chicken Broth and Noodle Soup K-Cup (.67 oz, 16 ct.)
Campbell's Southwest Style Chicken Broth & Noodle Soup Mix Broth K-Cup Pods & Noodle Packets
Nature Valley Bistro Cups Oatmeal for the Keurig® Machine, Brown Sugar Pecan, 22.1 Ounce




Back around 1999 or 2000 I stumbled across a poem on a website with an audio playing in the background. I loved it, lost track of it for a few years, tried to find it later and found a couple different audio versions that I couldn't stand to listen to, and finally... in the last couple years, there are a lot of versions of this on Youtube and on websites all over.

THIS is the audio I first heard with it - and the only version I can stand to listen to as the other men's voices reciting this poem on other videos and websites are like listening to fingernails on a chalkboard.

It's more true today than ever... and probably not going to get better any time soon. You can hit play to listen to the audio in the background if you like as you read the poem or if listening to the audio is not your thing, you can just read it. 

... and ponder it over a nice cup of hot coffee.


I had a dream the other night I did not understand,
A figure walking through the mist, with flintlock in his hand.
His clothes were torn and dirty, as he stood there by my bed,
He took off his three-cornered hat, and speaking low he said:

"We fought a revolution to secure our liberty,
We wrote the Constitution, as a shield from tyranny.
For future generations, this legacy we gave,
In this, the land of the free and home of the brave.

The freedom we secured for you, we hoped you'd always keep,
But tyrants labored endlessly while your parents were asleep.
Your freedom gone - your courage lost - you're no more than a slave,
In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

You buy permits to travel, and permits to own a gun,
Permits to start a business, or to build a place for one.
On land that you believe you own, you pay a yearly rent,
Although you have no voice in choosing how the money's spent.

Your children must attend a school that doesn't educate,
Your moral values can't be taught, according to the state.
You read about the current "news" in a very biased press,
You pay a tax you do not owe, to please the IRS.

Your money is no longer made of silver or of gold,
You trade your wealth for paper, so life can be controlled.
You pay for crimes that make our Nation turn from God to shame,
You've taken Satan's number, as you've traded in your name.

You've given government control to those who do you harm,
So they can padlock churches, and steal the family farm.
And keep our country deep in debt, put men of God in jail,
Harass your fellow countryman while corrupted courts prevail.

Your public servants don't uphold the solemn oath they're sworn,
Your daughters visit doctors so children won't be born.
Your leaders ship artillery and guns to foreign shores,
And send your sons to slaughter, fighting other people's wars.

Can you regain your Freedom for which we fought and died?
Or don't you have the courage, or the faith to stand with pride?
Are there no more values for which you'll fight to save?
Or do you wish your children to live in fear and be a slave?

Sons of the Republic, arise and take a stand!
Defend the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land!
Preserve our Republic, and each God-given right!
And pray to God to keep the torch of freedom burning bright!"

As I awoke he vanished, in the mist from whence he came,
His words were true, we are not free, and we have ourselves to blame.
For even now as tyrants trample each God-given right,
We only watch and tremble -- too afraid to stand and fight.

If he stood by your bedside in a dream while you're asleep,
And wonder what remains of your right he fought to keep.
What would be your answer if he called out from the grave?
Is this still the land of the free and home of the brave?

Studies show 3-5 cups of black coffee per day may in fact be good for you.

I've had this in my files for a few weeks now, but admittedly, I didn't get it posted, because it's from a long and boring PDF that when you copy a section of text from, it formats it pretty much in the most difficult, hard to read format ever with about 3 words per line, many spaces and each line number included in the middle.

Today I finally retyped it in a format you could read so I could add it to my Coffee Talking files.  This little tiny 'blurb' is in regard to food safety. Updated and previously unexamined areas of food safety were studied and is published on this government website.

"Currently, strong evidence shows that consumption of coffee within the moderate range 3 to 5 cups per day or up to 400 mg/d caffeine) is not associated with increased long-term health risks among healthy individuals. In fact, consistent evidence indicates that coffee consumption is associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in adults. Moreover, moderate evidence shows a protective association between caffeine intake and risk of Parkinson’s disease. Therefore, moderate coffee consumption can be incorporated into a healthy dietary pattern, along with other healthful behaviors"

"However, it should be noted that coffee as it is normally consumed can contain added calories from cream, milk, and added sugars. Care should be taken to minimize the amount of calories from added sugars and high-fat dairy or dairy substitutes added to coffee."

The government wants to you to watch your health in regards to the extra fat and calories all those additions to your morning coffee might bring you, but for people like me that like it strong, hot and black; that's not an issue at all.  Drink on!  And enjoy your morning brew.