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Foodservice operators and roaster/retailers are constantly looking for new, better and more efficient tools for their establishment. This month’s product showcase features many different types of retail equipment available for coffee and tea products.
Capresso’s Whole Bean Coffee
Capresso enters the coffee category for the first time with the introduction of Capresso “Grand Aroma” premium Whole Bean Coffee, created to accompany its line of coffeemakers, espresso machines and grinders.

“We decided to expand into the coffee bean business because Kitchen Specialty Stores and Consumers asked for it,” said Michael Kramm, founder and president of Capresso. “It allows retailers to create a Capresso vignette in their stores to merchandise the perfect bean with the perfect machine. It also gives us more promotional options.”

Capresso, P.O. Box 775, Closter, New Jersey 07624, Tel: (201) 767-3999, Fax: (201) 767-9684, E-mail: contact@capresso.com, Web site: www.capresso.com.

A New Vacuum Brew
For the millions of Americans who crave robust, gourmet coffee but are tired of standing in line at pricey coffee shops, Applica Consumer Products, Inc. unveils its new Black & Decker InFuze Vacuum Brew which yields a premium-tasting cup of coffee at home.

“The immense popularity of gourmet coffee inspired us to look at not only the coffee brewing process, but to look at the entire coffee-making process - from the coffee bean to the final cup,” said Dann Provolo, senior brand marketing director, Applica Consumer Products, Inc. “The Black & Decker InFuze Vacuum Brew is a result of our research and development as we were determined to produce premium tasting coffee at home.”

Made out of a crystal clear material, the InFuze Vacuum Brew provides two to ten cups of premium-tasting coffee in less than ten minutes, and it also features a convenient 24-hour programmable clock/timer. Soft-grip handles and a permanent filter.

Applica Consumer Products, Inc., 5980 Miami Lakes Drive, Miami Lakes, Florida 33014. Web site: www.blackanddecker.com.

Starbucks White “Creme Frappuccino”
North American customers to the Creme Frappuccino, a line of velvety white blended beverages. New flavors include Vanilla and Coconut Creme Frappuccino blended beverages, frosty concoctions that get their stylish hue from an absence of coffee.

The Creme introduction represents an exciting new addition to the Starbucks Frappuccino blended beverage line alongside signature flavors such as Coffee, Mocha, Caramel, Chocolate Brownie and Mocha Coconut.

“Starbucks expanded the Frappuccino family to satisfy customers with a broader array of blended beverages,” said Howard Behar, Starbucks president, North American Operations. “The Creme Frappuccino is perfect for those in search of an ice blended beverage without coffee.”

Starbucks Customer Relations, P.O. Box 3717, Seattle, WA 98124-3717, Tel: (206) 447-1575 x82900, Web site: www.starbucks.com.

The Buzz About Bodycoffee
San Francisco-based Stephka’s Collection LLC Bodycoffee line of coffee-based skin care treatments beat out nearly 300 competing aromatherapy, fragrance and personal care products for top honors as the Best New Product Spring 2002 at EX•TRACTS New York, one of the nation’s most prestigious cosmetics and skincare products shows.

Company founder Serge Kogan, said, “The response to Bodycoffee has been phenomenal and the buzz is growing. People are intrigued by the concept, and even skeptics appreciate the quality of our products. We already have promising retail negotiations in the works.”

  • Invigorating Body Polish - a unique blend of ground Coffea Arabica, Dead Sea salt and ssential oils, it exfoliates dead skin cells, draws impurities from the body and softens the skin.
  • Moisturizing Body Lotion - created with the enchanting coffee blossom essence, it penetrates deeply beneath the skin to soften and soothe the body.
  • Hydrating Body Balm - an all-natural blend of emollient-rich, therapeutic extracts and essential oils that nourish the skin.
  • Energizing Body Bar - a glycerin-based bar soap formulated with ground Coffea Arabica and Peppermint extract.
  • Javabalm - an all-natural lip balm formulated with coffee extract, other herbal extracts, oils and essential fatty acids to soothe and nourish dry, chapped lips.
Stephka’s Collection LLC, 3274 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94110. Tel: (415) 648-6833, Fax: (415) 821-0726, E-mail: info@stephka.com, Web site: www.bodycoffee.com.

Sugar Free Guava Peach Iced Tea
Ashbys Gourmet Iced Tea has added a new Sugar Free version of its best selling flavor, Guava Peach, in response to retail and consumer demand. The new Sugar Free Guava Peach utilizes the latest in sugar substitute product development with the use of sucralose, the newest and most natural tasting sugar substitute on the market today.

Ashbys Gourmet Iced Tea is an instant powdered Iced Tea that immediately dissolves in cold water to create a delicious iced tea drink with a competitive taste profile to the most popular RTD bottled iced teas. The new Sugar Free Guava Peach enhances the existing selection of proven flavors of Ashbys Gourmet Iced Teas: Apricot Papaya Strawberry, Cranapple Raspberry, Guava Peach, Lemon Key Lime, Mandarin Orange Green and Mango Pineapple Banana. Merchandising aids include a compact counter display and poster. A sampling allowance is also available.

Coffee Masters, Inc., P.O. Box 460, Spring Grove, Illinois 60081. Tel: (815) 675-0088, Fax: (815) 675-3166. E-mail: cmaster@coffeemasters.com.

Hand-crafted Teapot Sets from Vietnam
Tetsubin teapots and accessories, Stovetop Ceramic Tea Kettles and stoneware and porcelain tea-ware are all a part of the extensive Joyce Chen “Asian Collection” of tea items. This collection continues to grow with the introduction of six hand-crafted stoneware teapot sets from Vietnam.

Helen Chen, c.e.o. of Joyce Chen Products, travels extensively throughout the Far East to make unique tableware items available to customers at affordable prices. Chen stated, “When I saw these unique hand-crafted teapot sets, I knew immediately we had to add them to our Asian Collection product line.”

This assortment consists of three and five piece sets, each with matching tea cups.

Chen concluded, “Entertaining at home with an Asian flair continues to be more popular than ever. And, with tea being consumer at a greater rate due to all the news coverage on its natural health benefits, it’s exciting to make these stunning teapot sets available to our customers.”

Joyce Chen Products. 6 Fortune Drive, Billerica, Massachusetts 01821. Tel: (978) 671-9500, Fax: (978) 671-9559. E-mail: info@joycechen.com, Web site: www.joycechen.com.

Tea & Coffee - August/September, 2002


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