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  • Autumn Espresso Muffins

    Put a twist on traditional muffins with this German Espresso Muffin recipe! These fluffy treats are quick and easy to make, and the perfect way to warm the house when the weather starts to get cold. Everyone is sure to enjoy them.

    Ingredients for 12 muffins:

    1/2 cup butter
    2 eggs
    1 cup milk
    1 cup sugar
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1 shot brewed Gourmesso espresso
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    2 1/2 cups flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    Chocolate chips optional!


    Preheat oven to 325 F and grease muffin tin, or line with cupcake wrappers.

    Melt butter in a small saucepan. Once melted, combine the butter, eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, espresso, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl.

    Combine the flour and baking powder in separate small bowl.

    Slowly add the flour mixture into the egg mixture while stirring.

    Once the mixture becomes doughy, fill each the muffin wrapper to about half full.

    Bake for 18-20 minutes at 325F, rotating once at 10 minutes.


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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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  • The Memorial Day weekend is upon us! The sun is out, the grill is ready, the cooler is packed... it's the ultimate American celebration of  the start of summer.  But Memorial Day is also much more than that. It's the time when we reflect  as a country and honor all those who have served to protect our freedom. And here at Gourmesso we would like to thank those and their families who have sacrificed for us.

    Find great Memorial day coffee bbq sauce recipes here! Happy Memorial Day! Photo by Ian Sane

    To celebrate the Memorial Day weekend and the start of summer, we've come up with this great recipe for coffee BBQ sauce! Read on to find the best way to use coffee to make this unforgettable  coffee BBQ Sauce.

    Coffee BBQ Sauce

    Total time: 30 mins

    1 large onion, peeled and chopped
    2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
    2-3 jalapenos or similar peppers, seeded and diced
    2-3 brewed Gourmesso coffee capsules (the stronger the better)
    1 cup ketchup
    2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    ¼ Cup apple-cider vinegar
    ¼ Cup packed brown sugar
    3 Tbsp honey
    1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
    1 Tbsp ground black pepper
    1 Tbsp smoked paprika
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1 tsp salt

    1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and heat on medium-high until boiling. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.

    2. Allow the mixture to cool. In a food processor or blender, puree until smooth. Strain if necessary.

    3. Enjoy! This yields about 2 1/2 cups, and the coffee bbq sauce can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.

    Feel free to add a dash of your favorite bourbon for that extra kick! And enjoy the delicious sauce on beef, pork, or chicken!

    Try this delicious coffee bbq sauce recipe this weekend! Homemade coffee bbq sauce! Photo by Jules

    Have you ever made coffee bbq sauce? Do you have any tweaks or recommendations to the recipe? Please let us know in the comments!

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  • The New Machine

    A few months ago Nespresso®* came out with a new machine called the Inissia. This machine is Nespresso's®* new light weight and compact model that is similar to the Pixie. The machine has a similar loading style to the other ones, and has a 24 oz. water tank.

    And we're happy to say that Gourmesso capsules work perfectly in it!

    Nespresso®* Inissia Features

    This little machine packs quiet a punch, brewing an espresso in only about 10 seconds. Similar to the CitiZ, the Nespresso®* Inissia comes with the two programmed size options, offering the espresso and lungo button. The Nespresso®* Inissia also comes in a number of fun colors, which makes it slightly more modern (dare I say 'hip') compared to the other OriginalLine Nespresso®* machines.

    While the Nespresso®* Inissia was originally intended for the company's markets outside the United States, you can still come across a few. And since it's a new machine, we though we would try our capsules in it.

    We tested our capsules, a competitors capsules made of hard plastic, and the original Nespresso capsules. And with no surprise to us, our capsules work perfectly in the machine!

    Watch and find out for yourself!


    Do you have an Inissia machine? Have you tried our Gourmesso coffee capsules in it? We'd love to hear about your experiences in the comments!

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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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  • It's almost May 1st! Which means that summer is right around the corner. If you're looking for that coffee drink that's perfect for summer BBQs, and a little different from your average latte, try it Vietnamese -style.

    Created in colonial Vietnam after coffee was introduced by the French, this beverage has a splash of condensed milk rather than your typical cream.

    Cool off with this delicious and unique Vietnamese Iced Latte recipe.

    This brilliant Vietnamese Iced Latte is perfect with Gourmesso. The perfect iced latte. Photo by Kenny Louie

    2-3 tablespoons condensed milk
    1/4 cup milk or cream
    2-4 Gourmesso coffee capsules
    1 latte glass or medium mason jar

    1. Brew your favorite Gourmesso coffee capsule in your Nespresso machine. Use 2 capsules for 1 latte glass. Let cool for 2-5 minutes
    2. Load up your latte glass or mason jar with ice-cubes to the brim
    2. Pour in your brewed espresso
    3. Drizzle in 2 to 3 tablespoons of condensed milk
    4. Add the milk or cream to your liking and stir it up
    5. Top it off with a straw, Italian-style

    If it's not quite sweet enough for you, add some more of the condensed milk!

    Try it with our stronger Gourmesso blends like the India Forte or Ethiopia Blend Forte! Enjoy!

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  • St. Patrick's Day

    St. Patrick's Day is a widely celebrated holiday in Ireland, England, the United States, and in other countries with a large Irish diaspora. The religious and cultural holiday celebrated on March 17th marks the death of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick.  Throughout history (and the diaspora) the day's celebration has moved further away from a religious tone, to one that generally reflects a celebration of Irish culture and heritage. Celebrations tend to include parades with colorful floats, the wearing of green, and other traditions related to Irish culture. The large consumption of alcohol on this day stems from the Irish Church lifting the Lenten restrictions of drinking alcohol, as well as the relations to having a good pint in Irish culture.

    Here's the best Irish Coffee recipe for your St. Patrick's Day celebrations The perfect Irish Coffee. Photo by Kenn Wilson

    One of the most well known drinks that comes from Ireland is the Irish Coffee. This delicious drink usually consists of espresso, whipped and cooled cream, and a shot or two of Irish Whiskey. In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, we have found the best Irish Coffee Recipe out there for you to try with Gourmesso espresso. We hope you enjoy it, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Irish Coffee Recipe:

    Cooking time: 5 minutes

    1fl oz Irish Whiskey
    1 tsp brown raw cane sugar
    1 heaped tbsp whipped pouring cream
    1 hot double espresso made with any Gourmesso blend

    1. Use warmed coffee glasses and add the whiskey.
    2. Add the sugar and dissolve in the whiskey.
    3. Add the coffee and stir well.
    4. Whip the cream lightly but still able to pour.
    5. The lightly whipped cream is carefully poured over the back of a spoon initially held just above the surface of the coffee and gradually raised a little as you pour, the cream should float on top.
    6. Serve and enjoy this Irish Classic.

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