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Fairmont Ditches Corporate Coffee For a Small, Artisanal Cup

December 5, 2014 at 2:45 PM | by | ()

For those that follow this site regularly, you know we take our in-room cup of coffee seriously.

With that in mind, it is in good spirits that we pass on the word of Fairmont Hotels' partnership with a southern artisanal micro-roaster from Birmingham, Alabama called H.C. Valentine Coffee Company.

We haven't yet sampled the coffee personally, but it sounds promising, or at the very least, interesting, since most corporate brands tend to offer corporate coffee, like Starbucks.

The partnership is only for Fairmont's North American line of properties, and you can find a list of participating hotels here.

[Photo: Fairmont Hotels]

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Maybe We Shouldn't Be So Jazzed About Keurig Machines in Hotel Rooms After All

April 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM | by | ()

A few years ago when Keurig machines started appearing in hotel rooms--we couldn't have more thrilled. At last! A quick and easy way to make coffee in our rooms without having to deal with an ancient coffee maker or fumble with those paper filters. But maybe this perfect cup of coffee wasn't as ideal as we first thought.

Today, Keurigs are very common amenities in hotel rooms as are Nespressos and other one-cup coffee wonders. But this article, published in 2012, has recently been making the rounds on the internet about the dangers of the plastic Keurig casings. Here's a snippet of the piece to get an idea:

So, we do our best to avoid putting hot beverages and food leftovers into plastic containers (glass, stainless steel and food-safe designated ceramics are much better choices.)

But now there are K-cups- a fresh cup of plastic, er- I mean coffee, brewed into your mug every day. Combine hot water temperatures and the acidic qualities of coffee and now there’s a chance to spike leaching and chemical contamination to new heights.

And, because K-cups can’t be recycled, there is no recycling code on them to even tell us which chemicals are in the plastic containers- their ingredients are completely hidden from consumers.


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Why Are So Many Hotels So Cheap When It Comes to In-Room Coffee?

October 15, 2013 at 11:51 AM | by | ()

On the heels of Hilton's announcement that it will put Keurig coffee makers in all its Hilton Garden Inn hotels, here's a rant from our contributor, Wake about his frustration with hotels when it comes to in-room coffee, no doubt stemming from the fact that, as a writer, he depends on it to make his living.

There's nothing better than waking up and having the ability to sip coffee while you go through your morning routine, and in turn, there is nothing worse than seeing that ability go to waste at the hands of an inadequate in-room coffee maker. Nothing. You know what we're talking about: That nasty, watery, metallic cup of joe that makes you wonder why you got out of bed in the first place.

The causes of the poor production vary, but most stem from the fact that a large percentage of hotels find it satisfactory to put $10 will-this-plastic-hold-up-under-the-heat-of-the-water coffee makers in the rooms, seemingly satisfied to merely be able to add it to the list of amenities without regard for whether it adds or detracts value in reality. Like, seriously, no one drinks from these things except people who work in offices, and there's no way anyone should be reminded of the office while on vacation, or worse, while traveling for work.

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If Coffee is More Important than Sex, Then These Hotels Are Doing It Right

September 27, 2013 at 1:38 PM | by | ()

On Sunday, it will be more than ok to have a few cups of coffee in honor of International Coffee Day. In fact, you're more likely to drink coffee than have sex, according to a new global survey done by Le Meridien Hotels.

The survey revealed that more than half of the global respondents preferred coffee to sex as the ideal wake-up call. Slightly more than half said they could go longer without sex than without coffee. (Um, yes, that's us raising our hands here.) As far as hotel coffee habits, 73 percent of respondents said they would give up TV and internet in a hotel for the perfect cup of coffee. Sixty-three percent said they would give up alcohol over coffee while staying in a hotel. (Hmmm....) And 53 percent said that if they were going to post a picture of a beverage while traveling, it would probably be coffee.

Le Meridien is concerned about your hotel coffee habits because they just launched their new Master Baristas program, which will put a "dedicated coffee expert" in every Le Meridien hotel by the end of the year. We'll drink to that!

Meanwhile, here are some of our favorite Hotel Coffee stories from the past:

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Is Coming To Every Hilton Hotel in the Americas

May 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM | by | ()

Last year, the California-based Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf started branching out to the East Coast with locations in New York and Florida, and even an outpost at the Washington DC Hilton.

Well, that move was apparently so successful, Hilton has now decided to make CB&TL the official coffee and tea provider for all Hilton properties in North America, South America and Central America, starting this summer. Which doesn't mean there will be fancy new cafes built in every hotel offering those delicious ice blended drinks, but the little coffee and tea packets found in guest rooms will all be exclusively sourced from the coffee chain (rather than Starbucks or Tazo.)

Hilton Executive VP Jim Holthouser told the LA Times:

"'One reason for the agreement is that Hilton will save money buying in bulk.'

Holthouser wouldn’t say how much the hotel chain would save but he noted that guests at the three major hotel brands drink more than 100,000 cups of in-room coffee per day."

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Which Hotel Has the Best Coffee In New York?

March 6, 2013 at 9:39 AM | by | ()

Ever heard of New York Coffee Fest? Well, it's coming up on Friday March 8, and to celebrate the hoards of baristas, latte artists and bean roasters that will be pouring into Manhattan, we thought we'd take a minute to round up the city's best spots for hotel coffee. Even if you don't consider yourself a coffee nerd, after sampling these places, you'll soon be saying, 'Starbucks who?'  

One recent Yelp reviewer called her mocha latte at Birch Coffee "just perfect," and we think that applies to pretty much the whole place. Located inside the Gershwin Hotel, Birch is essentially a neighborhood coffeeshop that's developed a cult following through its commitment to buying coffee from sustainable farms—and then turning that coffee into beautiful (and delicious) lattes, cappuccinos and the like.

We're also fans because of the friendly servers, reliable WiFi, and the fact that we always manage to find a seat in the tranquil, hidden upstairs library.

Two more of the city's top hotel coffeeshops after the jump!

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Anantara Sells Elephant-Digested Coffee For $50 A Cup!

October 23, 2012 at 12:04 PM | by | ()

Anantara Resorts has begun to sell "naturally refined" coffee beans in some of their hotels in the Maldives and Thailand, but you're going to want to read the fine print on this one: They're made from beans that have been digested and pooped out by elephants. Anantara isn't the first with Bali's Ayana resort doing strange things with coffee, cat bladders and their bowels, but they're certainly the priciest. For $1,100 a kilogram, or approximately $50 a cup, travelers can enjoy what is currently the world's most expensive coffee. The digestion of the beans apparently breaks down the proteins that cause bitterness, claiming to make this cup of Joe go down as smoothly as it no doubt comes out of the elephants.

Anyway you slice it, Anantara Resorts gets the last laugh with this one. The irony in the fact that you are paying 50 times what a cup of coffee should cost in an effort to drink what comes out of the back end of an elephant cannot be overlooked. We had to chuckle when we saw that they decided to name it Black Ivory Coffee, as if we needed any spacial imagery for this one.

Are we down? In theory, yes, but not for that price - it's just ridiculous.

Does dunking a donut in elephant dung coffee do anything for you? Let us know in the comments below!

[Photo: Anantara Resorts]

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The West Coast's Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Can Now Be Enjoyed at the Washington Hilton

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  Site Where: 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20009
February 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM | by | ()

Finally, East Coasters can now get a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf java jolt without having to take a vacation to the West Coast.

The Southern California coffee company has finally begun expanding East this year, with new locations in New York and Florida. But now Coffee Bean's Original Ice Blended drinks, along with usual specialty coffee and tea drinks as well as pastries have landed at the Washington Hilton in D.C.

Here's a shot of some hotel employees with Cupid on opening day, which was actually Valentine's Day.

“We are thrilled to bring The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® experience to our energetic, in-the-know Washingtonian neighbors seeking quality food and beverages,” said Steve Cowan, general manager, Washington Hilton.

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The Secret Espresso Bar of the Crowne Plaza London St. James

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  Site Where: 45-51 Buckingham Gate, London, United Kingdom, SW1E 6AF
September 23, 2011 at 9:31 AM | by | ()

We'll be the first to admit that even when we aren't staying in hotels, we're all for hanging out in them. Heck, that's what the all the restaurants, bars and shops are for—guests aren't the ones having all the fun. For this reason, nothing delights us more than discovering a secret little niche, an oasis of calm within a hotel within a metropolis.

And we just found one, and we're sharing it with you because you likely feel the same way about these secret hotel places. It's The Espresso Bar at the Crowne Plaza London - St. James in London, and it's cute and quiet and just around the corner from tourist and business centers like Buckingham Palace, St. James' Park and Victoria Station.

There's no free WiFi (shame on you, Crowne Plaza), but if you'd like to take your cappuccino outside, the hotel also hides a lovely little alfresco garden you've got to walk all the way through the lobby and the hotel bar to reach.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Do Tea Drinkers Get The Short End Of The Hotel Stick?

August 31, 2011 at 10:56 AM | by | ()

Coffee coffee everywhere, and not a drop to drink...

When it comes to standard hotel amenities, coffee makers rank up there with pillows, a working toilet, soap. Basic. But for many of us, a bowl of instant coffee packets is about as useful as a hairbrush to a bald person. When it comes to in-room tea options, we've found some hotels to be quite lacking.

Take a look at this picture of a recent Las Vegas hotel we stayed in. Plenty of coffee! But where's the tea? Nevermind the inconvenience of trekking to the nearest Starbucks for our early morning jolt—when equally-in-need coffee drinkers can simply reach across their nightstand—but it also raises an uglier question. What should be considered an essential hotel room amenity?

Surely, if someone took the time to fold the tip of our toilet paper roll, artfully sealing it with a small hotel-branded sticker, then that person probably had enough time to drop a few bags of Twining's English Breakfast on our desk. No?

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Guess The $15,000 Hotel Coffeemaker Revealed!

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  Site Where: 517 Lexington Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
August 29, 2011 at 12:09 PM | by | ()

We took a whirlwind tour through the newly-operational (well, almost operational) Hyatt 48Lex on Thursday morning. Amidst construction workers, multiple staff trainings, and other private tours, we got to peek the hotel's first-floor restaurant, Lexington Brass, the second-floor lounge area, Lexicon Lounge (above), and several of the rooms.

What struck us most, however, was the $15,000 WMF Bistro coffeemaker we spotted in the Lexicon Lounge. Not only will this machine be available to guests throughout their stay, they will even be able to use it to make coffee for themselves. Free coffee for all!

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Guess The $15,000 Hotel Lounge Coffeemaker

August 26, 2011 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Time for another round of Guess The Hotel! This week, we go inside a new property opening next Monday (there's your first clue) with 116 rooms and a lobby restaurant. Excited? Wait, it gets better.

To give you a feel of the space, we took a snapshot inside the second-floor lounge, whose name reflects the hotel's location. Wink wink. Take a look at this WMF Bistro coffeemaker and just let its shiny new-ness bathe you in a halo of light. In case you were wondering, this baby sells for a cool $15,000. That's almost the cost of a two-month stay at the hotel itself! Ready for some more hints? See below.

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