• Three-Tiered Vessel

    Irving Penn was one of the most celebrated photographers of the 20th Century. The “house” photographer for Vogue for decades, Penn also produced a wealth of still life portraiture with the simple and austere signature of subject and grey backdrop. “ Three-Tiered Vessel “ (Coffee Pot ? ) is such a work, and one of....

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  • Gloria Jeans

    The Retail Food Group ( RFG ) has had an annus horribilis. Once a market darling, shareholders have seen the company’s value decimated. The onerous franchise model promoted by the firm has been damaging to franchisees and left many distressed, both financially and emotionally. The unsustainability of that model has forced the company to embark....

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  • Makro

    Makro is a big player in the European food service sector. Here’s one of their trucks colourfully decorated with a scene from a bar. Check out the coffee machine. There’s a silicon hose on the left of the machine where the steam arm is meant to be. That must be for the barista that can’t....

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  • QLIP

    As far as capsule machines go, this one doesn’t look too bad. I like the faux meat grinder look and the Dijon mustard yellow colour is smart. The machine is the QLIP and it’s made for the Portuguese coffee company Delta. Delta has been around for over 50 years and is almost ubiquitous in Portugal.....

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  • Espressohead Office Coffee Machines

    Capsules Part 6

    It’s hard not to love George Clooney. Not only is he Hollywood Royalty, he is also a serious activist, philanthropist and entrepreneur. In a way he’s somewhat Sinatra-esque with everyone wanting a piece of him. Including Nespresso, although not as much as they used to. Nespresso has read the zeitgeist and capsules overflowing landfill don’t....

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  • Capsules Part 5

    28 July 2017

    Singapore – Nespresso The Nespresso juggernaut rolls on. It’s hard to go anywhere these days without the ubiquitous Nespresso capsule following you. I was recently in Singapore and the gambit of Nespresso machines were proudly on display at my hotel. The Citiz , small footprint, incredibly short warm up time is found in every room.....

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  • Capsules Part 4

    30 June 2017

    Nespresso and Vitorinox In a lovely piece of sustainability marketing, Nespresso has teamed with Victorinox, the iconic Swiss knife maker, to create a gorgeous pocketknife. Each knife incorporates 24 Livanto capsules that have been melted and then recast to produce a striking and elegant textured bronze casing housing the blades. Livanto doesn’t actually mean anything....

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  • Capsules Part 3

    10 August 2016

    Illy Capsules The ubiquitous capsule machine is now standard fare in any hotel room.  One of the more stylish machines available is Illy’s Francis Francis Y3. Whilst its name is a little long winded, the machine certainly is not. It’s sleek, about as wide as an espresso cup and guest proof to operate.  Illy of....

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