caffeinated heaven: hiline coffee nyc rolls out MORE fun!

photo1I believe in living life caffeinated.  I love coffee and have a definite attachment to my French Press and Nespresso machine.

Although I love my Nespresso machine I am less than enchanted with Nespresso capsule prices.  Which is why a few months ago I ordered from HiLine Coffee for the first time. And I just keep going back for more.

Why?  Good, small batch coffee.  And the guys that started this company went to Penn.  So there is that Philadelphia-area connection too!

Like myself, these fine gents (Ted and Gene) eventually discovered Nespresso machines.  Like me they found the capsule price points a source of irritation.  So these enterprising guys decided to build a better bread box….err coffee capsule.

Voila!  HiLine Coffee was born!

coffeeThe prices on the capsules are so reasonable and the coffee is amazing.  I just received my box of new flavors and I am like a kid in the proverbial candy store.

Their new collection is named after different parts of New York City, so how fun is that?  I had Wall Street Dark Roast today and it is strong and bold, but has no burnt taste like many dark roast coffees can have.  Next up to try is the Chelsea Light Brown Roast.

Seriously, give this company a try. If you love coffee, and own a Nespresso machine, this company gives you more choices.  I will *note* that there are other companies introducing Nespresso compatible capsules but HiLine  does the best job price-wise and with being truly Nespresso machine compatible.

I have tested other capsules and they are too small, and the capsules just don’t dispense coffee correctly.  HiLine has spent the time to really do a good job. So if you want coffee that is so good you wonder if you are sitting at Bubby’s in Tribeca for brunch or want espresso good enough to make you wish you were sitting in Café Reggio in Greenwich Village, then this is your company. And they have excellent customer service, so no Soup Nazis there!

HiLine can be found on the web on Facebook, their own website, and on Twitter at @HiLineCoffee .

Tell them you heard about their product on Chester County Ramblings.  Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for the occasional money-saving secret code!

Please note in spite of what the Diva of Domesticity known as Martha Stewart says, I am as a blogger qualified to review coffee capsules.  No, my palette wasn’t trained in Paris but I know what I like!


mmmmm coffee

DSC_0008I love good coffee.  Good coffee to me is not Starbucks which always tastes bitter and burnt.  Folgers simply never passes my lips and Keurig machines are o.k.

But if you are really interested, what I prefer is a French Press, an old school stove top espresso machine, and a Nespresso machine.  Truthfully I am so picky about my coffee I only order it out at certain places, because the brown water so many people pass off as coffee is just gross.

I have a Nespresso Pixie- my sister gave it to me as a Christmas present and we (the Nespresso machine and I) have been inseparable ever since.

Now the thing about Nespresso is it is controlled by Nestlé and you can only buy their coffee capsules which are do not misunderstand me, excellent.  But they are going up in price and I would like to be able to get capsules that are sometimes a little less expensive and a different brand of coffee – preferably small batch hand roasted kinds. Not flavored. Flavored coffee is simply gagalicious and I don’t mean that as a compliment – it is right up there with flavored or any kind of non-dairy creamer.

Well I was cruising around on looking and came across this company in NYC that was new called HiLine Coffee Company. So I went to their website to read about them

HiLine Coffee Company:

Our mission is to sell high quality coffee in Nespresso compatible capsules while offering great value and more choice to our customers. We believe Nespresso manufactures the best single-serve coffee machines and we like their espresso too; however, we feel it’s time to offer consumers a new choice of capsules to use with their Nespresso machines…We’re Gene and Ted, the founders of HiLine Coffee. We share a love of coffee going back more than a decade, when as undergraduates and best friends at Penn we stumbled upon La Colombe, a café near Rittenhouse Square. Just like many remember their first great wine, we remember our first great coffee.


So I figured how bad could coffee be from a couple of guys from Wharton? After all, a few years ago there was a coffee company I was crazy about that was also created by a guy from Wharton whose coffee I missed as the stores went away – New World Coffee.

I ordered a few sleeves and oh my I tried it today.  

One word: fabulous.

The flavor was bold and rich and not the least burnt.  It had that great espresso taste I love.  You see that is what hooks people on Nespresso machines: they can actually produce consistently good cups of coffee and espresso.

So look if you are a coffee junky like me and you own a Nespresso machine for $5 a sleeve for coffee produced in small batches, why not try it?  The coffee is good, and trust me I am picky about my coffee.

Read about the HiLine Coffee team by CLICKING HERE. They are on Twitter @hilinecoffee and on Facebook too.

Seriously? If they keep producing a product this good they will be the next hot thing sooner rather than later and you read it here first.HandsomeRoasters9photo-sa-fig-12-caffe-reggio-1

If  you do not own a Nespresso machine but want amazing coffee for your French Press or stove top espresso pot or whatever I buy from a place called Handsome Coffee Roasters from Los Angeles – like HiLine their coffee is super fresh and flavorful and roasted in small batches – all of their coffees are good but I recommend trying their “Roaster’s Choice”. I was introduced to   Handsome by a friend who designed their webpage whose girlfriend is a barista.  


And if you want to check out one of the best coffee houses anywhere which is also steeped in tradition, check out Cafe Reggio in New York City in the Village around the corner from The Blue Note at 119 MacDougal Street.  They are the first place to ever make a cappuccino in the US and have been doing it right since 1927.