London Xmas Lights 2012

By | December 2, 2012

For the past decade or so, I’ve made sure that I am in London during Xmas time. I personally believe its the best time to visit London: Decorated shops and streets, lights everywhere, amazing new merchandise to buy, happy -often disgrunted- shoppers milling around, gift wrapping mania, and Read more »

A Sneak Preview of the Opening-Soon Sections in the Avenues Mall

By | November 12, 2012

We were invited by the Avenues to a sneak preview of the soon to be opened new sections of the Avenues: The Prestige Section, The Old Souk Section, and The Soku District section. So on Friday afternoon we were all gathered up in the Grand Avenue and at Read more »

Starbucks Clover Coffee Machine is now in Kuwait!

By | November 8, 2012

 

Good morning! Did you drink your cup o coffee yet? Crazy about coffee? Then I have some excellent news for you. If you’ve been a fan of my blog from the begining you might remember that in 2009 I wrote a postabout an expensive $11,000 coffee machine that produced the most amazing cup of coffee and that it was only available in a few select Starbucks branches in Read more »

Event: Starbuck’s Espresso Perfection

By | March 21, 2012

Yesterday we had the opportunity to venture into a place rarely seen by the general public, the Starbucks training room in the M.H. Alshaya head office!

It was a bloggers only event where a new Starbucks coffee was introduced, the new blonde roast! We were split into two teams where team one went to the Barista training room first. The training room was set up to resemble a Strabucks cafe with a white board and a fully functioning coffee counter.

Here is the coffee counter where my fellow bloggers were taking turns making their own lattes! It reminded me of my coffee training days of Gloria Jeans Coffee (post) and I immediately felt nostalgic to grinding, tamping, frothing, and getting a perfect shot of espresso <3

I got into a green apron and made myself a nice tall cup of Cappuccino with a beautiful froth! I have to say it was the best cappuccino I’ve ever tasted in Starbucks, after all it was made by moi, barista Danderma (3eshtaw) :p

7safa ma7ad 9awarny :( Anyhoo, after blogger team one made their coffees we moved into another room where Starbucks conducts the coffee tasting for their employees.

In the room various posters were hanging on the wall and there was a big table spread with freshly brewed coffee of different types alongside plates of spices, liquids, fruits, and jelly beans!

If you follow my blog you might recall the coffee tasting test I’ve posted about before in my coffee course (post). I recall the techniques of coffee tasting given that I’ve not only done it more than once but I’ve already conducted it on poor people :p

Basically they guide you on the ways your tongue can recognize flavors and aromas with different types of coffee. They however didn’t say anything about the body of the coffee. They used jelly beans for the aroma technique which weren’t very sharp. The mentos would work much better.

While tasting the coffee we jotted down our observations. When it was over we went into the coffee training room again to be treated into a feast of sandwiches and mini desserts then we were given goody bags with their newest coffee blend and a new Starbucks coffee mug.

If I was to describe yesterday’s event it would be a crash coffee training course. Now Starbucks since you have this awesome specialized training room why don’t you offer training courses? So many people would love the opportunity to learn about coffee training. I was lucky enough to get trained by Gloria Jeans coffee and many people were interested in a similar training course.

Thank you so much Starbucks for a lovely evening. I really want to open my own coffee shop one day. I enjoy making coffee as much as I enjoy drinking it <3 Thank you Mr. Matthew, Ms. Kerry, Ms. Rana, Ms. Rawan, and Mr. Faisal for the invitation and being gracious hosts :)

Event: Launch of the Starbucks Card

By | February 22, 2012

Yesterday evening I was invited to the launch of Starbucks’s first “Starbucks Card”. If you read my blog you would know that I love store cards of all types (post) and I couldn’t be happier to know Read more »

New: Starbucks’s Fresh Yogurt & Mango Granola

By | January 12, 2012

A few days back I heard that Starbucks had a new Yogurt and Mango Granola cups available. Ever since I wanted to try them but everywhere I go I ask for it and its sold out! Finally this morning I was able to find it in Starbucks el Kaneesa at the crack of dawn before Read more »

Books to Read: Onward by Howard Schultz

By | September 29, 2011

When I was in London and in selected branches of Starbucks I used to find this book on sale in the Starbucks merchandise section. It was a very interesting book, Starbucks, the successful coffee chain’s business wasn’t always rainbows and roses, this is the story of how it was was put back on track, and I am always inspired by success stories.

I wanted to get this book, I really did, but I had already purchased too many books and had to leave half of them behind anyways. I am so going to get it the next time I am in London for sure for I don’t suppose it will make an appearance in Kuwait’s Starbucks branches anytime soon.

Pinkberry Jabriya is FINALLY open! Yay!

By | May 15, 2011

When my sister told me that Pinkberry Jabriya was finally open and she was going to go there with my mother right now, I changed my clothes in two minutes, grabbed my camera, and drove them personally to the Read more »

The brilliant Starbucks Cup Plug/Coffee Stirrer

By | May 10, 2011

Last Friday I had gotten a Tall Decaf Irish Cream Skinny Cappuccino for breakfast from Starbucks and when I received it I found the sipping hole was plugged with a plastic green thing. I took a closer look and I found the Starbucks mermaid itched on the plug.

I am not sure how new it is but to me its quite new, I’ve never seen it before. I was happy because it meant the cappuccino didn’t spill all over the place leaving me with half a cup drink. As I took out the plug I was surprised to see that it was in fact a plastic stirrer as well!

Now that’s awsome! It serves two purpose: Act as a stirrer and plugs in the drinking hole! Whomever came up with that idea deserves to be a millionaire. I wish I could come up with such simple brilliant ideas.

Things 2 Get 4m London: Tassimo Coffee Machine!

By | December 18, 2010

One thing worth lugging all the way from London is this amazing coffee machine Tassimo. Yes we at home have more than one brand of coffee machines (check here) and we are hopeless coffeeholics. However this machine is MORE than just a coffee machine! How? Read more »

Things 2 Get 4m London: Starbucks Aztlan Mocha Latte

By | June 1, 2010

Wherever you go in London you find this new Starbucks Latte… i know that chilled and bottled or canned Starbucks drinks have been around for a while but this is different… it tastes really good with the perfect mix of coffee and chocolate and is great if you are on the go and must grab something ASAP… plus it’s only 130 calories!

Maybe someday we will find it in TSC…  i will try to order it via Lets Ask and see

The $11,000.00 Coffee Machine

By | November 3, 2009

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Being a coffee fan and the daughter to a man who literally collects coffee machines, I found out about a machine every one is raving about: The Clover Coffee Maker! There are only 250 machines available in the world, brews one cup Read more »

Starbux Drive Thru in Q8

By | March 17, 2009

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Flying Robo3 Dinar!

By | March 17, 2009

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I went to bed with my stomach rumbling last night, actually it was rumbling so bad it was almost aching. Then i started to feel some pain in my chest, the feeling is, as if ur heart is not getting enough blood fa its shaking Read more »