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  • Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! If you’ve got a special someone in your life, you’re probably starting to wonder about Valentine's day gift ideas.

    Do they love coffee? If the answer is yes, we at Gourmesso have 5 coffee-themed ideas to jumpstart your creativity and get your gift-giving mind running at full speed.

    Valentine's Day Gifts for Coffee Lovers A Cup of Coffee With a Dash of Love Photo: Mary Anne Morgan

    1. Coffee Mug

    Picking out the right Coffee Mug should start with figuring out if your loved one needs a new Mug at all. Does he or she have a promotional mug they found at some garage sale? Do they just use one of the mugs from the dining set?

    There’s a world of online services out there ready create a personalized coffee mug of your own creation. Seeing images from your life together creates just the right mood a good Valentine’s Gift should go for.

    2. Milk steamer

    The only thing better than straight coffee or espresso is steamed milk to enrich the experience. While straight cold milk from the jug might dilute the taste of black coffee, true latte adds a sweet delicious flavor all its own.

    Using a quality milk Steamer, you can get the same frothy, bubbling, rich and creamy taste as a latte or cappuccino from the favorite coffee shop you both spent many wonderful evenings at.
    Unlike the barista behind the coffee bar, you don’t have the years of experience get the foam exactly how you want it, so make sure you’ve got a steamer that takes the hard part off your hands. So you can make the coffee, pour up the foam, and enjoy a wonderful moment together with the least amount of hassle on your part!

    3. Valentine’s Day Chocolate Coffee Cake

    If you’re planning on staying up late this Valentine’s Day, the best complement to a delicious cup of good, strong coffee is a suitably sweet treat.

    While some Valentine's day gift ideas cost a lot, a rich chocolate cake is mostly an investment in time. And if your sweetheart appreciates homemade gifts, this cake is just the thing you both can enjoy together all evening long.

    Instead of making your cake from scratch (because who has time for that?), here’s an easy way to turn boxed cake mix into an extravagant treat. This will make the cake you threw together taste like something you picked up from a bakery.

    Start with a typical boxed cake mix from the grocery store. Follow the instructions on the box, with the following substitutions:

      • When the instructions say to add eggs, add 1 more egg than instructed
      • When the instructions say to add oil, use melted butter instead and use twice as much
      • When the instructions say to add water, use milk instead. And if you are making a chocolate cake, go ahead and add ½ of a cup of strong coffee to the mix as well.

    Mix your new fortified batter together well, pour it into the pan and follow the rest of the directions for heating.

    This cake will be a tasty delight for both of you. Still a little warm from the oven, combined with a pair of steaming coffee cups, it will add plenty of sweetness to whatever else you have planned for the evening.

    4. Nespresso®* Machine

    Ever since the first person discovered the miracle of coffee, human civilization has collectively worked for centuries to find the perfect preparation.

    In our opinion, there is no better method developed than a cup of espresso from a Nespresso®* Machine. Using single-serving capsules, each cup is made fresh and almost instantly to you and your loved one’s exact specifications.

    As your love of coffee grows together, you can each experience a rainbow of coffee blends and flavorings across the entire spectrum. The same favorites can be prepared to the same perfection every time, and new delights can be experienced on a cup-by-cup basis.

    5. Gourmesso Coffee Subscription

    If you already have the Nespresso®* machine, Gourmesso offers you even more options for coffee blends and flavors. All at a significant 30% discount from what you would pay ordering your coffee capsules directly from Nespresso®*!

    And when you sign up for a Gourmesso subscription, you never have to go to the store again! The exact coffee you want arrives to your door, every month, no effort on your part.

    Get the favorite blend you love, or try a world of coffees that can all be made using the same effortless methods.Just pop the capsule in and let your machine take care of the rest.

    You’ve already decided this is the person you want to spend your future with, now’s the time to make the same commitment with your coffee.

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  • Coffee Table Books

    Coffee table books are always beautiful and often inspiring, so how did such a delightful idea make its way to our tables? The coffee table book may have been invented by David Brower an environmentalist who served as the president of the Sierra Club. He had an idea to produce books that contained color plates from nature photographers. He wanted the pages big to show off the beauty of the images. The idea for coffee table books goes back further though, when French philosopher Michel de Montaigne bemoaned the use of his essays as a windowsill dressing for women. De Montaigne's work could be considered the first of the coffee table books.

    Coffee Table Books More than just a book on your coffee table. Photo: Sarah Sphar

    What Is a Coffee Table Book?

    Origins of the idea aside, coffee table books are delightful additions to the ambiance of our homes. The books add a warm and welcoming look to our rooms and they add a finished look to a well-done design. There is a volume to prick the interest of everyone. Beautifully rendered with large color plates on fine paper the books are oversized and heavy, and the bindings are works of art. Many of these large beauties contain bits of informative text or thoughtful verses to accompany the photographs. A host or hostess will never lack for topics of conversation with a coffee table book at their fingertips.

    Well known organizations and single authors alike produce some of the best known titles and editions of great coffee table books. For instance, the National Geographic publishes very attractive tabletop offerings of charming wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. Life Magazine published its 70 years of Extraordinary Photography in a coffee table books format, and it touches on some very controversial topics. The Guggenheim Foundation funded Robert Frank's trip across the United States to photograph the feel of the United States during the 1950s, and the resulting book 'The American's' was first published in France. The Abbeville Press publishes several books devoted to Norman Rockwell's Saturday Evening Post cover paintings. Other offerings include a work by Madonna, entitled “Sex.” On the day of its release it sold 150,000 copies, and it was published by Warner Books. It sells for a whopping $95.00, but beware this jewel of coffee table books when you display it, the content is adult only.

    Work of Art

    $95.00 may seem high for a book, but many coffee table books sell for quite a bit more. A book “Michelangelo: La Dotta Mano” sold for $126,864. This handmade rendering weighs 61 pounds, and it was made in Italy. It has 264 pages, and on the cover in white marble is a relief of Michelangelo's Madonna. The bindings are of red velvet, and hand crafted by the same people that made the stage curtains for La Scala. Inside is the real treasure with color plates of the Sistine Chapel on pages of paper made from 100% cotton. There were only 99 copies planned for this exquisite work, and donations have been made to the Prado Museum in Madrid where it is displayed beside the original Gutenberg Bible. Admirers of La Dotta Mano are traveling from all over the world to view the rare piece.

    More Coffee Table Book Art

    Another book of art is called “The Art Book.” This colorful publication is only $8.94 in hardcover, but it is a little gem among coffee table books. The Phaidon Press published the work, and it took the book of the year award in 1994. Inside are illustrations of over 500 famous masters, encompassing works from the Middle Ages to present day paintings and sculptures. It is touted as a complete history of art complete with illuminated copy on each piece depicted within. It weighs 4.4 pounds and has 505 pages and its colorful binding is an eye catcher. The book is engaging, and it is a struggle to put down once picked up.

    Something for Everyone

    There are coffee table books to suit everyone's taste and pocketbook. From history to dogs, and from art to sex, these coffee table books add flavor and sophistication to your home and your conversations. No home is complete without one to peruse while sipping your favorite Gourmesso coffee. Add one or more to your collection of coffee table books today, and your family and guests will thank you.

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