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  • How much do you want to spend for your daily cup of coffee? As one of the oldest luxury goods still being consumed by most everyone on the planet, the price of coffee can be as exclusive as you want it to be.

    Most expensive coffee in the world Coffee is one of the oldest luxury goods. Photo: McKay Savage

    A popular method of conspicuous consumption, the extremely wealthy are always on the lookout for a barrier of entry high enough to show how much better they are than everyone else! Luckily, modern advances in cultivation, collection and roasting mean a really good cup of coffee is actually in anybody’s reach.

    What does it take to be the most expensive coffee in the world? A combination of strange circumstance, a really interesting story, and intensive labor requirements. And don't think most expensive necessarily means best, because there’s a few reasons you might want to steer clear of this particular cup.

    Kopi Luwak: $75 Per Cup for Something the Cat Dragged In

    One of the highest priced cups of coffee you can find in the world today involves a unassuming omnivorous mammal native to Indonesia known as the civet cat.

    When the Dutch originally opened colonial Indonesia to coffee production back in the 18th century, multiple species of these civet cats soon modified their natural foraging behavior to sneak onto these plantations to feed on the ripe coffee berries. Digesting only the pulp, the coffee bean passed through the civet cat's digestive system relatively intact.

    It was only a matter of time before a brave native inhabitant tried to roast, grind and brew those expelled beans.

    The result was a surprisingly smooth coffee.

    Soon "Kopi Luwak," aka "Cat Coffee," became a distinct regional phenomenon around Indonesia and other parts of southeast Asia. But it wasn’t until the 20th century that the popularity of the beverage traveled westward, eventually to Europe and even the United States.
    Today, Kopi Luwak can be found at only the most expensive coffee establishments, and the taste is all the rage among the most daring and affluent coffee drinkers. A single cup of Kopi Luwak can run upwards of $75. The beans are in high demand, and they are very difficult to collect in sufficient quantities thanks to civet cats not always cooperating.

    And that's how you get the most expensive coffee in the world!

    You may have also seen "Black Ivory" Coffee, which is almost the same process only with elephants instead of civet cats. Rather than a traditional preparation, Black Ivory Coffee is a modern development with the purpose of supporting rescue elephant populations in Indonesia. It's also very expensive, thanks to the habit of elephants of chewing many of the the beans into oblivion.

    While the well-off might be clamboring for these special treats, among seasoned coffee drinkers it’s a well-known fact there’s not much different about the taste of Kopi Luwak you can’t get anywhere else. The flavor is described as smooth, with a distinct reduction in bitterness. But the flavor profile itself is also diminished, as many of the more complex chemicals present in normal coffee are destroyed or altered by the enzyme-soaked digestive journey.

    Exclusive Single-Source Coffee Locations

    If you choose to stay out of other animal’s digestive systems, the exclusivity of coffee suddenly drops quite a bit. Today, one of the most exclusive coffee sources are Jamaica Blue Mountain Beans. A pound of beans might run you as high as $50, but far from the $200 to $600 price tag the civet cats are charging.

    The big problem is this: coffee drinkers can’t seem to decide what the best coffee really is!
    Depending on who you ask, the best coffee could come from Columbia, from the Antigua region of Guatemala, the Sidamo Province of Ethiopia and other places around the globe.

    Much like wine, the flavor profile of good coffee is intensely complex and incredibly diverse.
    Arabica coffee beans are some of the most prized, and they can be grown easily in many regions. And wherever it grows, the taste is slightly different but not necessarily better or worse.

    Gourmesso Offers Coffee From All Over the World

    So, for good or bad, the search for the most expensive coffee can lead down many paths. And as any mature coffee drinker knows, the act of discovery is one of the most enjoyable parts of expanding your coffee horizons!

    That's why Gourmesso carries a variety of different types of coffee instead of just one. Some of them are single source, like the Tarrazu (from one of the most prized coffee regions of Costa Rica). While others contain coffee from multiple sources like our Etiopia Blend.

    No matter what you pick, you certainly won't find the most expensive coffee in the world. But you'll find something immeasurably delicious!

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  • Although the debate over whether coffee is healthy or not has been going on for decades, most recent studies suggest that regular coffee consumption is not harmful, and may even offer some protection against diseases like Type II diabetes and liver cancer.
    While coffee isn't harmful, some people find it beneficial to reduce or even eliminate caffeine for a variety of reasons. Doctors sometimes recommend cutting down on caffeine to patients with health conditions including insomnia, acid reflux, pregnancy, anxiety disorders, hypertension or heart problems, while other people may simply dislike the idea of “relying” on a stimulant to get through their day.

    Caffeine Withdrawl Symptons To some people the idea of a caffeine-free life may be daunting. Photo: Pascal

    To someone who’s been drinking coffee every morning for the last five, ten or twenty years, the idea of adjusting to a caffeine-free life may be daunting. In fact, the effects of caffeine withdrawal can be serious enough that the American Psychiatric Association decided it warranted inclusion in the fifth edition of their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). But understanding what caffeine withdrawal is, and how to avoid it, will make the idea of going caffeine-free less intimidating.

    What Are the Symptoms of Caffeine Withdrawal?

    One symptom that will be familiar to many people who have skipped their regular coffee for a day or two is a persistent, unpleasant headache. A study found that about 50% of people who ceased caffeine consumption experienced one, and the intensity can range from mild to severe.

    Other common symptoms of caffeine withdrawal include sleepiness, fatigue, and an inability to concentrate. Emotional effects such as irritability, mood swings or depression occur in many people.

    In some cases, even physical side effects like nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, digestive distress, and constipation can accompany caffeine withdrawal.

    The Causes of Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms

    How can simply quitting caffeine wreak such havoc on your body? One reason is because caffeine molecules fit neatly into the adenosine receptors in our brain, which prevents natural feelings of sleepiness and also boosts the effects of dopamine (a “feel-good” neurotransmitter). Caffeine also causes our adrenal glands to release adrenaline, which gives us a feeling of alertness. When the caffeine is taken away, our dopamine levels plummet, and we start to feel tired and moody.

    Researchers believe that withdrawal headaches happen because once the adenosine receptors are no longer blocked by caffeine, blood vessels in the brain dilate, causing a temporary feeling of pressure or pain.

    Because coffee stimulates gastrointestinal function, some people who suddenly reduce their caffeine intake experience problems with their stomach or digestion, but these side effects are less common.

    How to Avoid Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms

    It’s impossible to predict how your body will react to a caffeine-free lifestyle, but there are a number of strategies to blunt the discomfort of withdrawal:

    1) Instead of cutting your caffeine intake drastically, plan to gradually taper down by reducing your caffeinated coffee consumption by moderate increments over a period of days or weeks. If you drink three cups a day, try limiting yourself to two, and then eventually to one, or half a cup. This will hopefully reduce the intensity of any withdrawal symptoms you experience.

    2) You can also try switching to decaffeinated coffee and teas. One cup of decaffeinated coffee contains about four milligrams of caffeine, much less than the 100 milligrams found in a typical cup of regular coffee. Some people like to mix caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee together to adjust their intake. Watch out for other possible sources of caffeine in your diet, including sodas, energy drinks, and chocolate.

    3) Keep hydrated and get some exercise. Drinking water will help your body flush toxins, and exercise triggers the release of mood-boosting dopamine in your brain, which will be diminished with the lack of caffeine.

    4) Allowing yourself to rest is also important. Without caffeine artificially stimulating your adrenal system, it’s natural to feel much more tired than usual. Sleeping for eight hours a night will give your body time to repair itself. If a withdrawal headache is keeping you awake, you might want to take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

    5) Although the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal can be unpleasant and even awful, most people report feeling better in a week or two. Planning ahead by gradually decreasing your caffeine intake, staying hydrated, and allowing time for plenty of sleep and moderate exercise will help make the discomfort of withdrawal pass even more quickly.

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  • Caffeine Facts Myths

    Caffeine: it’s a substance that’s been used for centuries, in countries around the world, and extensively studied by researchers. Yet despite the wealth of scientific data that exists, many feel confused about it. How do you distinguish the facts about caffeine from the myths? Below are five popular beliefs about caffeine—do you know which are true and which are false?

    Caffeine Facts & Myths The chemistry Is right, but how about these caffeine related myths? Photo: Greg Rodgers

    Caffeine Is Bad For You

    The origin of this belief is unclear, though some think it arose because coffee consumption is often paired with other unhealthy lifestyle choices, like smoking or eating trans-fat-laden doughnuts. However, the bulk of current research suggests that there are no health risks associated with regular, moderate caffeine consumption (the equivalent of up to four cups of coffee a day).

    Indeed, some studies suggest that caffeinated beverages like coffee and tea may have health benefits. Regular coffee consumption is linked to a reduced risk of type II diabetes and some cancers, while teas have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. While a normal intake of caffeine is likely to be safe, there are risks associated with very high intakes (about 500 milligrams or more at once). An overdose of caffeine can cause anxiety, muscle twitching, rapid heartbeat, and stomach distress, among other symptoms.

    The verdict: false for most people, though very high doses can be dangerous.

    Caffeine Dehydrates you

    The idea that caffeinated beverages are dehydrating is a widespread belief, but is it true?
    Studies have shown that caffeine does have a diuretic effect, meaning that it increases water loss from the body. However, in most cases, any potential water loss is offset by the water consumed as part of the caffeinated beverage. The average cup of coffee, for instance, is 98% water.

    Additionally, some studies suggest that the diuretic effect of caffeine is more pronounced in people who don’t regularly consume the substance; for regular coffee and tea drinkers, the effect will be weaker.

    The verdict: false, for most intents and purposes.

    Caffeine Can Help You Lose Weight

    Many people believe in a link between caffeine and weight loss, and it’s true that caffeine is added to many diet supplements for its supposed metabolism-boosting and appetite-suppressing properties. But does it really work?

    The evidence is mixed—some studies have found that caffeine did reduce subjects’ appetite, but other studies have found no appetite reduction effect from caffeine. While caffeine can stimulate the metabolism, most experts agree that the fat-burning effect is likely to be minimal, and out-weighed by other factors that affect weight loss. Studies do suggest, however, that caffeine can give you a performance-enhancing boost in the gym. Athletes who consume a small amount of caffeine before a workout have been found to exert more energy and burn more calories.

    The verdict: Partly true, but the effect is likely to be small, and to vary by individual.

    Caffeine Can Sober You Up

    Someone who’s had too much alcohol might ask for coffee or an energy drink to “snap them out of it,” but does it really work? While caffeine can create a feeling of alertness that hides alcohol’s depressant effects, it cannot reduce or counteract the effects of alcohol. In fact, it can be dangerous to combine the two substances, as drinkers who are stimulated by the caffeine may not realize how much alcohol they have consumed. People who combine alcohol and caffeinated beverages are also more likely to binge drink.

    The verdict: false.

    Caffeine Is Addictive—And Quitting It Can Cause Withdrawal Symptoms

    Many people are familiar with the “caffeine headache” that results when you skip your regular morning coffee, and as a result, the idea that caffeine is addictive has taken hold in the popular imagination. But is it true?

    People don’t use caffeine compulsively and pathologically enough to qualify as “addicts” in the strict sense of the word, but many people have developed a physical dependence on caffeine. A physical dependence occurs when a substance is used chronically, and the body undergoes physiological changes to accommodate it. Studies have shown that people who consume 100 milligrams of caffeine a day (about the amount in one cup of coffee) can develop a dependence on the substance.

    Physical dependence on caffeine is why many people who suddenly stop their regular consumption will experience a variety of side effects, including headaches, irritability, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. But the majority will find that these symptoms pass within a week or two, and the withdrawal from caffeine is not dangerous like withdrawals from illicit drugs are.

    The verdict: somewhat true, but withdrawal symptoms will vary from person to person, and are temporary.

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  • Fun Facts About Coffee

    Coffee is great for those longs nights and early mornings, but it seems that coffee has many more benefits than just that rush of caffeine. Here are ten fun facts about coffee you might want to know.

    1 - The first webcam was created to supervise a coffee machine.

    Have you ever made a trip to the office coffee pot, only to leave disappointed, because the pot was empty? In 1991, a camera was placed to face a coffee pot, by scientists at Cambridge University. This was to let them know if the pot had any coffee left and prevent them from having to make the trip if the coffee pot was empty.

    2 - Coffee Might Help Drinkers Prevent Depression

    If you have more than two or three cups of coffee, it might help to keep depression at bay. In a study done on over 50,000 women, it was found that those who consumed about 2 or 3 cups of coffee a day could decrease the risk of depression by 15%. Although, it has been decided this is not enough research to say this is certain.

    3 - Coffee Wasn’t Always Consumed as a Beverage

    Coffee hasn’t always been turned into the warm cozy drink you consumed today. It has been found that one of the first African tribes used to chew crushed berries mixed with some animal fat. The beans weren’t turned into a liquid until 1000 C.E. and it was turned into a wine at this point.

    4 - The New York Stock Exchange Was Built in a Café;

    Coffee shops aren’t just for first dates, or meeting up with friends. Opened in 1793, Tontine Coffee House is where the New York Stock Exchange began. It is a real coffee shop located on Wall Street. This coffee shop was frequently used by a group of stockbrokers as a meeting place. It was one of the busiest places for buying and selling stocks back in the day.

    The NYC Stock Exchange started in a café. Even the famous New York Stock Exchange started in a little café. Photo: Simon Cunningham

    5 - Coffee Doesn’t Dehydrate You

    It was once thought that caffeine was a diuretic. This isn’t true though - unless drank in large quantities, which is usually more than two cups of coffees a day. Studies have shown that a person’s urine output does not change, whether they drink a beverage with caffeine, or something without caffeine. As long as you drink in moderation, this isn’t something to worry about.

    6 - Coffee Is the Second Most Valuable Traded Commodity

    Only second to oil, coffee is the second most valuable traded commodity in the entire world. With about 25 million farmers, located in over 50 different countries, it’s no surprise coffee is close to the top of the list. With many coffee “addicts” needing that caffeine rush to get them through the day, coffee isn’t likely to fall down the list any further in the next years.

    7 - Coffee Contains Many Important Nutrients

    Coffee isn’t just great for the boost of caffeine it can give you; it also has some valuable nutrients. These nutrients include 11% riboflavin, 6% vitamin B5, 3% Manganese, 3% Potassium, 2% Niacin, and 2% Magnesium. These nutrients are an important part of your diet and are needed to help your body function at its highest levels.

    8 - There Are About 1400 Million Cups of Coffee Consumed Everyday

    You read that right; there are about 1400 million cups of coffee consumed daily, throughout the whole world. It is world’s second most popular cup filler, only second to water. In America about 83% adults contribute to this number. Of this, the average adult coffee drinking in America drinks on average three cups a day.

    9 - Coffee actually made from the seeds of the plant

    Before it actually makes it to the coffee machine, the coffee bean goes through a whole process to get to you. It all starts with harvesting the fruit of the plant, called the coffee cherry, which is deep red. Once separated from the fruit, the beans are then brought through a drying and roasting process. Only then do you receive your precious coffee grounds that get you through a hard day.

    10 - Iced coffee is more expensive to make

    If you have ever wondered why those coffee shops feel the need to charge you more for iced coffee, it’s because they are more expensive to make. This is because they use up more resources. These resources include plastic cups and the need to double brew the coffee.

    Coffee is easily one of the most popular beverages, found throughout the world. Whether you consume it for the taste, or the rush of caffeine, know you are one of millions. There are many interesting facts and health benefits to drinking this beverage. This was just a small list of things you might not have known.

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  • Caffeine Addiction

    For those who enjoy a bit of a pick-me-up, there are few beverages more refreshing than a cup of coffee . Indeed, considered “the best part of waking up” for many, coffee and other caffeinated beverages remain a staple food in many households across the globe. In fact, studies have shown that up to 90% of American adults drink this beverage on a daily basis. That being said, there is a thin line between love and addiction. While there is clearly no shortage of coffee fans, the percentage of those who are totally, and uncontrollably addicted to caffeine remains unknown.

    What’s the Big Deal About Caffeine?

    Although caffeine is technically considered a ”drug”, can it really cause enough damage to be considered an addiction? Well, yes and no. For most of us, caffeine will never be a real issue. Barring any unforeseen complications, (never forget: even too much water can kill you ) the fact of the matter is most of us don’t drink nearly enough of it to be considered addicted. Quite the contrary, despite the fact that much of the world is very much dependent upon coffee, and other caffeinated beverages as a means of boosting our energy, there is a huge difference between that and addiction. (The latter of which, involves receiving literal impulses which compel you to partake in said substance.) This distinction may be tough to distinguish, (especially when you are observing your own behavior) so, how can you tell if you have a caffeine addiction?! That’s a great question!

    The Caffeine Curve Secret confessions of a caffeine addict? Photo: emdot

    Do I Have a Caffeine Addiction?

    The reality of the situation is, no matter how many cups of caffeine you may consume in a day, you are likely nowhere near the threshold for addiction. That is to say, being dependent upon caffeine comes with its own set of withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include:

    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Difficulty Concentrating
    • Depressed Mood
    • Irritability
    • Anxiety
    • Lethargy
    • Muscle Pain / Stiffness
    • Flu-Like Symptoms
    • Insomnia
    • And Several Others

    In other words, if you are a regular drinker of caffeinated beverages, you will likely experience one or more of these symptoms within hours of skipping your usual serving. Furthermore, depending on your level of dependence, these symptoms can go on for hours or even days. To take it a step further, although these symptoms may mirror the symptoms that many experience when going through a withdrawal as a result of a drug addiction, it is imperative to understand that there is a huge difference. The main contrast being how these symptoms are managed. Yes, you may be inclined to make yourself a cup of coffee to help stifle the onset of a looming migraine. However, that is vastly different from ignoring responsibilities or not being able to function until you have ingested a sufficient amount of caffeine. That is to say, it’s fine to feel a bit irritable because you haven’t had coffee. On the flip side, if you are the type to literally walk out of your place of employment or ignore other vital duties in favor of getting your fix, this is more in line with addiction-driven behaviors.

    Positive Aspects of Caffeine

    There are not only negative aspects of drinking caffeine. In fact, coffee in particular, has a host of associated benefits . These benefits include:

    • Improved Brain Function
    • Helps with Weight Loss
    • It Contains Several Essential Nutrients
    • Can lower the risk of type II diabetes
    • Has properties to help protect from Alzheimer’s and dementia
    • It has been known to lower the risk of Parkinson’s
    • It also has Protective Effects on the Liver
    • It Helps Fight Depression.

    The Bottom Line

    Although coffee and other caffeinated beverages sometimes get a bad reputation within the health community, there is clearly an array of benefits to drinking it as well. Everyone is different, therefore drinking anything on the daily basis will be beneficial for some but may be detrimental to others. No matter how often you choose to drink coffee, the best way to ensure your personal health is to make sure that it is a part of a balanced diet and coupled with a healthy level of exercise.

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  • Every Wednesday we try and bring you new and interesting facts about coffee!

    This week we have put together a collection of some of the most interesting coffee fact infographics we could find. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have. (Be sure to click on them to make them bigger!)

    1. The Multiple Personalities of Coffee

    This just shows how many amazing coffee facts there are! Infographic by Luko

    2. How Coffee Changed America

    These coffee facts really show how coffee has change America! Graphic by Lumen Interactive

    3.  The Espresso Field Guide

    Know how to order the best espresso with this coffee fact infographic. Infographic by coffeenate

    4.  The Coffee Economy

    This coffee fact infographic shows just how the economy is affected by coffee consumption! Coffee Infographic by Mint

    5. Coffee Knowledge - The More You Know

    These general coffee facts are great for everyone to know! Infographic by Zoesvg

    Do you know of any fascinating coffee infographics that we missed? Share them with us in the comments or on our Twitter!

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  • 4 Facts About Caffeine

    People sometimes wonder if their caffeine intake is at an unhealthy level. Well we're here to set the record straight. Here's 4 things you didn't know about caffeine.

    1. Caffeine Helps You Burn Fat!

    There's certain chemicals in caffeine that help burn fat.

    The facts about caffeine in this coffee show that it's not that bad for you! Drink up this delicious caffeine! Photo by Heather Berghmans

    Studies have shown that caffeine helps to increase a persons metabolism from 3 to 10%! That means the natural chemical is helping your body break down all those fat cells on its own. Caffeine is one of the only naturally occurring elements that does this, so you might as well enjoy! However, everything in moderation. It's not recommended to consume more than 500 grams of caffeine a day, more than 4 cups of coffee.

    2. Caffeine Helps You Perform Better When Working Out

    Just like it boosts your metabolism!

    Caffeine has been shown to increase the endurance of some runners and other athletes who consume coffee before working out. The chemical helps to increase adrenaline in your body, which ultimately helps you feel stronger when working out!

    3. Caffeine is Actually a Crystal

    Yep, but it's safe!

    When scientist actually examine the molecules that make up caffeine under a microscope it's possible to tell the the substance is actually tiny, tiny crystals! The crystals are only 0.0016-inch and are responsible for giving you that edge you so badly crave!

    4. Caffeine is Not Actually That Dehydrating

    Despite what everyone tells you, caffeine is not as dehydrating as previously believed.

    Facts about caffeine have shown coffee isn't very dehydrating! Drink up!

    Coffee and caffeine have often been stigmatized as being a diuretic, but that's not actually true. Unless you are consuming large amounts of caffeine a day (more than 500 grams) then caffeine will not actually have a dehydrating affect on you.

    These interesting fact about caffeine just go to show that the more you know, the better you feel. So go ahead and have one more espresso, the benefits are there!

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  • Wednesday Coffee Facts, Round Two

    It's Wednesday! That means that here at the Gourmesso office we've been busy collecting some new and exciting coffee facts for you! Read on for your weekly dose of coffee knowledge.

    1. Coffee is actually a fruit!
    Coffee beans actually come from inside a coffee cherry, officially making them a fruit.

    2. Bees love the caffeine in coffee
    It's widely known that coffee was possibly first consumed by a goat herder who noticed how active his goats became after eating some coffee berries. Scientist have also found that bees get the same caffeine kick from the berries! It even helps the bees long term memory, and most likely has the same affect on humans.

    There's more to come!

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  • The History of Single Use Coffee Brewers

    Machines that brew espresso coffee from pre-apportioned single use containers of ground coffee were invented and patented by Nestle employee Eric Favre in 1976.

    First marketed solely to businesses, they did not take off with the consumer market until 1990, when Nestle licensed the hardware and process to a number of different global manufacturers and marketers, including Krups, DeLonghi, Philips, Siemens, and other.

    The Single Use Coffee Capsule

    The hermetically sealed coffee capsules are made of aluminum foil, and are placed in a special receptacle in the machine.  The start button is engaged to super heat the water quickly, though some consumers find an advantage to leaving the machine on continuously, so the beverage can be available on demand.

    When the signal indicates the water is the right temperature, a lever is engaged to pierce the top and bottom of the capsule, allowing the hot water to be pumped through the capsule at high pressure and directly into a cup positioned at the bottom of the machine. The capsule can than be disposed of.

    Widely available and now commonplace in consumer homes, the Nespresso®* machine is used to brew a single cup of regular or flavored coffees and other hot beverages, in less than a minute.

    Nespresso®* Capsules

    Nestle markets a wide variety of beverages for the machines, including regular coffee, strong, decaf, half caf, vanilla and hazelnut.  The Nestle capsules are sold exclusively by Nestle, and are available in twenty-one different varieties as well as several limited editions that are released annually.

    Adding milk or cream to the beverage adds a new dimension and taste to the hot drink; putting your favorite dairy or non dairy creamer into the cup and allowing the hot beverage to run into it enhances the experience even more.

    Is There an Alternative to Nespresso®* Capsules?

    The marketing effort and the price points underscore Nestlé’s plan to position the equipment and brews to 'discriminating' buyers, and consumers not opposed to paying a premium price for a product.

    While Nestle makes a great fuss in their marketing that their proprietary capsules are the only option for the Nestle and other branded machines, in fact, an alternative is available from a company called Gourmesso, and purchasing your coffee and beverage capsules from them can save you up to thirty percent.

    Gourmesso - Costs Less, Delivers More

    Gourmesso coffee capsules are compatible with all Nespresso®* machines. Based in Berlin, and long popular in Europe as the leading manufacturer of Nespresso®* compatible capsules, Gourmesso capsules are now available in the United States.

    Using special blends of the finest Arabica and Robusta coffee beans which are roasted and flavored utilizing Gourmesso's proprietary methods, the capsules are available in different intensities from the most renowned coffee growing countries in the world, in both regular and decaffeinated versions.

    Flavored blends, in chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut and caramel are also available.

    Gourmesso has developed special "Lungo" (long) blends, which use the same amount of ground coffee, but twice as much water, resulting in a slightly less intense brew than regular espresso.

    Gourmesso capsules are not only perfect for home users of Nespresso®* machines, but also offers custom programs designed for varying sizes of business users, and can create a plan that suits your company perfectly.

    Shopping for Gourmesso capsules can be handled quickly and efficiently, online.

    No more running around to stores looking for a capsule designed for your Nespresso®* machine. The online shopping at Gourmesso is safe and secure, and not only accepts credit and debit cards, but you may also pay by PayPal if desired.

    Shipping and Returns

    Your Gourmesso capsules will be shipped within twenty-four hours of the order being received and payment processed, Monday through Friday.  All orders are shipped by the United States Postal Service Priority Mail.  You can track your order online and know precisely when your delicious coffee capsules will arrive at your home or business.

    Orders over $50 always receive free shipping, and smaller orders are charged only $4.99 for priority delivery in one to two days.
    If, for any reason, you are dissatisfied with your order, contact Gourmesso within fourteen days of receiving your order and they will email you a return label, and happily issue a refund for unopened product. Your payment will be refunded to your original payment method.

    Great Coffee, Great Price

    Gourmesso will soon be as popular in the United States as it is in Europe, and will be delighted to become your supplier of high quality Nespresso®* compatible capsules at about thirty percent less than you would pay for brand name coffee.

    With a wide variety of regular blends, decaf, and flavors, Gourmesso knows that once you try their capsules, you'll never feel a need to go back to Nespresso®* brand.

    One final "perk" - with Gourmesso Rewards Points, you'll earn bonus points good for discounts on future purchases, with ever single pack of coffee capsules purchased.  Signing up is free, and you'll be able to track your points on your personal account page.

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  • Your Weekly Coffee Facts

    Here at Gourmesso we strive to enrich your coffee drinking experience with not only our premium espresso blends, but also with useful coffee facts.

    Do you know what a Miami Vice is? Or ever heard of a Cafe Zorro? Click on this great infographic to read some of the unique nicknames for different types of coffee drinks.

    Whether you're the average every-day drinker, or you consider yourself more of a coffee snob, check back here every week for new and exciting coffee facts!

    Have you heard of other unique coffee nicknames? We'd love to hear about them in the comments!

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