Coffee mate to Offer Unusual But Interesting New Creamers Early 2021

Coffee mate (owned by Nestle) has a new coffee creamer flavors coming out in 2021 and these probably won’t be for everyone. They have not partnered with a candy bar or ice cream company to bring you yet another perhaps-painful-to-the-tooth sweet creamer as in the past. If you can believe it these creamers are for the folks who usually don’t take cream at all.

The new line is called “Unlocked.” The creamers in the Unlocked series will be coffee-flavored coffee creamers. But before you go Mr. Spock with logic, step back a moment and think on this: the purpose of this creamer is not to turn your black coffee into a cake or doughnut (and there isn’t a thing wrong with that if that’s what you like) but rather it is supposed to cut the bitter flavor of bad black coffee and make it taste more like a smooth, high-end brew.

Initially, Unlocked will offer two flavors. First, Classic Colombian that will have a rich, creamy flavor of rich roasted beans and bright notes of fruit. Second, Italian Espresso that is supposed to have subtle notes of chocolate, a smokey smell and a creamy texture.

Neither sound alarmingly awful and seem like they would add something to coffee for the “I’ll take it black” crowd when someone at the office makes a pot of sludge (again!).

These should starting hitting your local grocery’s shelves around January 2021.

 

3 Top Rated Single Cup Makers

The internet has spoken. After looking over a few sets of reviews of single cup coffee machines three stand out as royalty among the rest, in three categories: Best in Show, Best Budget Single Cup, Best Luxury Single Cup.

Best in Show: Nespresso VertuoPlus

The internet seems to agree that the Nespresso VerturoPlus (about $169.99) consistently made a great cup of coffee at a perfect temperature and also does espresso. It is an easy to use, pod-based machine that has a lot of brewing options. The pods help guarantee you’ll get a great cup of coffee but check the cost on the pods before purchasing as they are pricey. There is a pod recycling program if you are trying to be green, but it isn’t effortless. Finally, people seemed to think it looked great in most kitchens with a sleek, modern all black design.

This could make an excellent gift for the coffee snob on your giftlist looking for a single cup, pod-based machine.

Best Budget Single Cup: Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker

If you are looking for something that is lower on cost but high in quality look no further than the Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker (about $58.95).

The internet seemed to agree on two things. It is small, but it does a lot!

It gives one many cup size options as well as the ability to brew ground coffee or K Cups. Some reviewers noted that the recommended amount of ground coffee made a weak cup; however most noted this experience is common with most single cup makers. Add more to your taste. Its water receptacle is only big enough for one brew but has very easy to read lines to get the amount of coffee you want.

Sure, it doesn’t do a lot and the coffee doesn’t get pipping hot, but for the cost it seems to be a favorite.

Best Luxury Single Cup: Moccamaster Technivorm Cup One Coffee Brewer

The Moccamaster Technivorm looks like it belongs in a fancy café and will make you feel like a barista (about $201.22). This machine is going to give you one hell of a cup of coffee and that is partly because of the copper heating element that heats the water and fast. Additionally, it uses a drip system that ensures great flavor.

This machine, as you might have guessed, is grounds only. So, on the convivence end of things this won’t be the choice for many. It also uses paper filters. It also takes up much more counter space than the others. However it is made to last and besides being a tad slower than the other machines in total cup prep time any amateur who follows the directions can make a top notch cup of coffee.

 

 

New “coffea arabica” Genetic Group Discovered

A new coffea arabica genetic strain has been discovered and will finally be on the market soon. Yemenia or the “Yemeni mother” represents many years of work by Oima Coffee. Oima is a Yemeni coffee exporter. They worked together with coffee geneticist Christophe Montagnon.

Yemenia may be an answer to the very real lack of diversity among the genetics of arabica coffee. It also has the added benefit of tasting good. Oima called the cup quality “exceptional.”

Alliance for Coffee Excellence will hold a private collection auction that focuses on Yemeni coffee. This will be the first place Yemenia will be available on the market.

Montagnon and Oima were on the chase for several years and genetically fingerprinted 137 different coffee samples. They traveled some 25k kilometers to do it.

Many believe this to be a very significant finding and are comparing it the centuries old discovery of Typica/Bourbon and SL arabica strains. These are the groups that gave way to the world’s other arabica coffees.

 

Coffee as Therapy for MS Fatigue?

According to a study published in Nutrients, coffee can help reduce Multiple Sclerosis related fatigue for those who have milder cases.

MS related fatigue is a huge problem affecting about 70% of MS patients and the fatigue they report is more than just being tired. It as been described by many as “extreme exhaustion” which can occur suddenly for no reason or be triggered by things like stress, infections, digestion or simple activity. Most experts agree that there is no clear therapeutic recommendation to treat this fatigue.

However, researchers at the University of Regensburg Hospital in Germany saw that coffee helped patients with mild MS symptoms concentrate better and helped them achieve a more structure daily routine.

The study’s authors noted that in the absence of any severe side effects and any other effective fatigue therapy that coffee consumption might be an approach for some patients with MS-related fatigue.

The self-reported study was limited to just 124 subjects and is not conclusive. However, it is a step forward.

As always it is recommended that both those that are healthy and those who have acute or long-term illnesses consult with a doctor before making changes to their diet or trying new therapies.

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J.M. Smucker Joins in On Farm to Table Transparency Movement

The J.M. Smucker Company is hoping on the supply chain transparency bandwagon by starting to use blockchain technology.

Smucker’s partnered with Farmer Connect; this startup uses IBM’s blockchain to trace products from farm to table for consumers. Once a customer scans a QR code on the packaging of their coffee, their phone or table will take them to the Thank My Farmer website where they presented with information about where the coffee was grown, processed and exported. Smucker’s is trialing the software with their 1850 100% Colombian bagged coffee.

Sustainability and environmentally responsible brands are very important to many consumers who are willing to pay a premium for brands who meet their high standards. IBM’s blockchain technology provides this information in an easy way for both the producer and the consumer.

People also like a story that comes along with a hand-grown, hand-crafted product. Who produces it, their name, their history, their story can be equally valuable to a consumer. In vast ocean of faceless or celebrity endorsed products knowing the story of “the little guy” who grew your coffee or whatever the product is can has value.