Giveaway: Know Your Coffee?

Italy takes its coffee seriously—so seriously, in fact, that the country has its very own Università del Caffè.  The coffee-centric educational mecca was founded by illy in Trieste and they have since opened nine international locations, each dedicated to disseminating knowledge about the origins, harvest, and preparation of world-class coffee. This year illy’s Master Barista (and Università del Caffè professor) Giorgio Milos is on a mission to bring some serious coffee knowledge to America’s java hounds. Lucky for us, his itinerary includes monthly stops at the Beard House where he chats with Beard on Books attendees and pours a mean espresso. For the next

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Giveaway: illy Francis Francis X7 Espresso Machine

Getting caffeinated is a treasured part of our day here at the Beard Foundation. Whether it’s the routine morning espresso or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, we’re lucky to have illy espresso grace our cups. We want to share the rich, smooth flavor and balanced taste of illy with our readers, so we’ve teamed up with our sponsor for a very special giveaway: a brand-spanking-new Francis Francis X7! This vibrant, stylish, and innovative machine (which retails for nearly $400) allows you to make a perfect espresso every time with illy’s iperEspresso capsules. So how are we going to pick one lucky winner? With

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Eye Candy: Turkish Coffee Sundae

Haim Cohen—Israel's premier celebrity chef and cooking show host—spun a menu of reinvented Israeli cuisine at the Beard House last month. This Turkish coffee sundae, layered with puff rice and feathery halva, was a real crowd pleaser. Click here to see more photos of chef Cohen's dinner. (What's the deal with chefs pairing coffee with puffed rice in their desserts? Cohen's is the second one we've seen recently. Look at David Katz's here.)

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Eye Candy: Coffee as Dessert

David Katz, chef and owner of the popular Mémé Restaurant in Philadelphia, treated Beard House diners to his beautifully crafted New American cuisine last week. We loved his playful, multitextured dessert: coffee gelée with almond cream, chocolate puffed rice, and orange powder. See more photos of his marvelous menu here.

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Recipe: Café Brûlot

Imagine starting your Monday with a cup of coffee like this: scented with citrus and cinnamon, spiked with liqueur, and... set on fire! While we don't recommend that you actually try making this popular New Orleans drink after rolling out of bed, we do think it would make for a eye-popping dinner party finale.

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