Monday, December 29, 2014

Scoring Ink in Inc: Yes, the Bonavita BV1900TS Coffee Brewer Gets More Love

Not bad company to keep… the new iPhone, drones and the new Bonavita brewer!  Inc. magazine cited it as "One of the 15 Biggest Tech Releases of the Year".  Read about them all here.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Giving Spree: Seattle Mag's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Showcases Gordon and Gretchen Raine's Pink Diamond Ring from the Gordon James Fine Diamond Store in Bellevue

Looking for excellent holiday gift ideas? Seattle magazine's Ali Brownrigg has curated a selection of local gifts to inspire.  This 3.62 carat pink sapphire ring from Gordon James Fine Diamonds is one. Thanks for including Gordon and Gretchen Raine's design, Ali!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Expert Brewing Tips on Thrivewire: Bonavita's Marcus Boni Says "Buy Your Beans Fresh from a Roaster"

Check out this video on tips for brewing coffee and the common foibles many folks make.  Thanks to Kristin Wong for including Bonavita.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Seattle's Bonavita Coffee Brewer BV1900TS Listed as # 15: BEST 48 PRODUCTS OF THE YEAR from Men's Journal Mag, Gear of the Year

Ballard based Bonavita made it onto a major "Best Of" list.  Yes, their brewer really is THAT good.  Click here to read all about it and thank you to Stephen Treffinger and all the editors at Men's Journal magazine.  Check out all 48 picks here too.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Terrific Travel Destination or a Local's Daytrip: Woodinville Whiskey Co.'s New Distillery. KING 5's Evening Magazine Airs Story on How to Bottle Whiskey with the Pros

Thanks to Evening Magazine for the story on Woodinville Whiskey Co. which you can catch online here.  Learn how you might be able to score a spot at one of the upcoming bottling sessions where you'll roll up your sleeves on the line and help bottle, label and pack whiskey. 

Or if something more leisurely is your idea of a good time, take a tour of the distillery and slide up to the bar for a guided tasting.  The distillery shop has great gifts for the holidays including a gorgeous limited edition gift pack.

Upstairs, there's a terrific event space overlooking the distillery equipment for private events and parties.

Woodinville Whiskey Co.

Bourbon, rye and more! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Criminal Minds" Location Crew Takes Honors: Jeffrey T. Spellman, Walter Roshetski and Team Honored with a Cola Award. Today's Variety Magazine

Jeffrey T's team won Location Team of the Year for their Full Season in the "Episodic Television" category!  Read all about it in today's Variety. Way to go Jeffrey, Walter Roshetski and the ABC Studios Location team for the TV series Criminal Minds.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Diamonds in Bellevue. The Raine Family: An Article on Gordon, Gretchen and Matthew Raine in Reflections Magazine.

In this story, "House of Diamonds", local jewelry legends Gordon and Gretchen Raine are profiled. "Long before they were set up on the blind date that would eventually lead to marriage, Gretchen and Gordon Raine were both determined for a life of jewels."  Click here to read the story on the Raines, their sons and Lindsey Patrick who, together, make a sparkling team at the diamond boutique on Main Street in Bellevue.  It's an inspiring story!

Monday, August 11, 2014

She Keeps Cafes Buzzing. The Puget Sound Business Journal Profiles Laura Sommers of Bonavita and Espresso Supply Inc.

Thank you to Rachel Lerman for the terrific article on Bonavita's Sommers. The story offers "Sound Strategies" and "Lessons Learned" for fast growing companies.  "Coffee? How Big Could THAT Get?" writes Lerman.  Ballard-Based Espresso Supply Inc. whose "Bonavita line of small kitchen appliances is carried by more than 350 retailers," got its start in 1993. "It was a big move for (them) to add consumer products, but sales of (Bonavita) brewers have grown 26% in the last year and kettles are up 70%."  To read the full story, click here.  Photos by Marcus Donner, PSBJ.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Photo Styling Project. Chef'n's New Ice Cream Making Product, the Sweet Spot, Now Available at Williams Sonoma

Our photo crew (that would be Kristin Zwiers and Kat Spellman) was excited to do a shoot for the new Chef'n Sweet Spot ice cream maker for the Williams Sonoma website.  Anytime you spend the day with ice cream and creative, talented people is a good one. Right?

Head on over to Williams Sonoma to purchase one of these simple, fun products that instantly transforms cold cream and sugar into ice cream with a simple scraping motion. No liquid nitro involved!

Add "Whiskey Bottler" to Your Resume? This Evening Magazine Segment on Woodinville Whiskey Co. Tells You Just How to Do It

Thanks to producer Anne for coming out for a recent Bottling Party at Woodinville Whiskey Co.'s new distillery adjacent to the Hollywood Tavern and around the bend from Columbia Winery, Redhook Brewery and more.  Watch the story here and head on over to Woodinville Whiskey Co.'s Facebook page so you can sign up for one of these fun, roll-up-your-sleeves/sip-some-fine-whiskey work parties.  @kimholcomb

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Cyclists Love Coffee. Bicycle Times Magazine Editor Reviews Bonavita's Coffee Brewing Method in the June Issue

Thank you to Maurice of Bicycle Times mag for showing Bonavita's Porcelain Immersion Dripper some love with your unsolicited, rave review of the product.  Good news for folks who are curious about this simple brew method that makes an amazing cup of coffee (or tea). Bed Bath & Beyond just started carrying it too, along with tons of other retailers nationally.

Friday, May 30, 2014

New Way to Brew Tea: Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Dripper Recognized for Innovation

Traditionally Used for Coffee, New Invention Nominated for World Tea Expo Award

Seattle, WA    For years tea-drinkers have steeped their tea using traditional methods, many centuries-old.  Borrowing from coffee culture, some tea experts have recently begun experimenting with improved ways to brew and extract the flavors of tea.  A breakout new method centers on the Bonavita® Porcelain Immersion Dripper which has been nominated for a New Product Award by the World Tea Expo.

Beginning in June the Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Dripper will be available at 120 Bed Bath & Beyond stores and via the Bed Bath & Beyond website.

Cooking Light magazine recently reviewed the Porcelain Immersion Dripper, writing,Bonavita’s Porcelain Immersion Dripper is a pour-over meets French press situation.  Lock the base over a mug, and gently pour in your preheated hot water (recommended: 200 degrees F) through the kettle’s slender gooseneck spout.  Let (it) steep for a few minutes as you would for an immersion brewer, then draw back the lever and release the results...  Full flavor and simple to prepare… you get the best of both worlds.”

This brew method allows precise control of the water to tea/coffee contact time, much like a French Press, but with the added benefit of filtration to produce a “cleaner” cup.  Its porcelain construction is great for durability and heat retention during brewing up to 16 oz. of tea or coffee.  (Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Dripper 29130 MSRP $39.99.)  The brewer is excellent for brewing teas for serving chilled and on ice as well.

Bonavita’s innovative, inspired kitchen products are carried internationally including in the United States by boutique shops such as Seattle Coffee Gear, plus larger retailers including Chef’s Catalog, Starbucks, Sur la Table and Williams Sonoma. 

Bonavita, an Espresso Supply Inc. brand, is based in Seattle.  Espresso Supply Inc. has been a leader in the specialty coffee industry for 21 years.  With the Bonavita collection they have expanded into a new category of home electronics and equipment for the kitchen.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Seattle Times Showcases A Crowded Coop (from Star Trek to Elvis and Brands in Between) in Article

Thank you to the Seattle Times' Coral Garnick for the feature story on Pacific Northwest company, A Crowded Coop.  "Elvis, ‘Star Trek’ pet projects inspire marketing duo. When they started A Crowded Coop in 2010, Mary Olson and Brandy Tanner resolved to work only on brand marketing projects they would enjoy. The outcome has been whopping growth for their Monroe business...

Olson, 51, and Brandy Tanner, 31, went into business together in 2010, forming A Crowded Coop, a company that creates consumer products, such as backpacks, phone cases and dog leashes, with licensed brand names, photos and characters.

They resolved to work only on projects they enjoy — animals, cartoons, video games, “Star Trek” and the king of rock ’n’ roll. The team has been successful, with quadruple-digit growth over three years, most of which can be attributed to their work in pet products. They declined to disclose the company’s current revenue...

Once their noncompete agreements with BDA expired in 2011, they started snatching up licenses to make and sell branded products, starting with the rapidly growing Kirkland gaming company Valve Software.

The pet line for Dickies, a U.S. company that historically made uniforms and workwear, came next and was followed quickly by pet lines for “Star Trek” and Elvis.

After the “Star Trek” pet line came out, the women had decided not to accept any other licenses and to focus on the ones they already had.

“But when Elvis calls, you better listen,” Olson said.

The creative team is finalizing the Elvis line, which will be launched in early summer.

The designs include a blue-suede-shoe chew toy, a “Jailhouse Rock” ball-and-chain knotted rope, and classic Elvis outfits from “Viva Las Vegas” and “Blue Hawaii.” There is, of course, a poop-bag dispenser for the Elvis line. It is in the shape of an old microphone and says “TCB,” for Takin’ Care of Business — a catchphrase Elvis took on shortly before he died.

“Anytime you can weave in a poop joke, I consider it a win,” Tanner said laughing.

The company also holds pet-product licenses for Justin Boots and “Adventure Time,” as well as other nonpet pop-culture licenses for “Halo 4” and “Bravest Warriors.”"

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Thank you to Cooking Light Magazine's Darcy Lenz for Writing About "Bonavita's Winning Combo": The Electric Gooseneck Kettle and Porcelain Immersion Dripper

"The sleek and chic kettle allows for pinpoint precision with ease," she writes.

"What's hot at Cooking Light right now?"  Thanks to the team at Cooking Light magazine and especially to Darcy for putting these Bonavita kitchen products to the test.  After brewing coffee using the kettle and dripper, "All unanimously agreed that the coffee we shared that day was some of the best we’d ever had the joy of sipping."  Fabulous!

Read the article here to learn how Cooking Light brewed and sipped. 

"Full flavor and simple to prepare… you get the best of both worlds. "

Monday, February 3, 2014

Parade Magazine- Star Trek Pet Collection, the Latest from A Crowded Coop, Covered in Parade

Thank you to Michele C. Hollow, pet columnist for Parade Magazine, for the "DOES YOUR PET HAVE SUPER POWERS" story on A Crowded Coop's new Star Trek The Original Series pet collection. 

Hollow wrote, "Beam him up Scotty! Star Trek fans can dress their dogs in this new collection from A Crowded Coop. Their Star Trek line includes uniform shirts, USS Enterprise warp speed chew toys, and uniform collars and leashes. There's also a captain’s chair bed and a dog-bag dispenser disguised as a communicator."

Photo of A Crowded Coop's Star Trek pet collection in Parade magazine. 
Hollow also authors the Pet News and Views website here.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Instagram Co-Founder Picks Seattle's Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle as One of His Tech Essentials in This Week's Wall Street Journal

Talk about an incredible surprise!  Love it when the Wall Street Journal's photo editor gets in touch seeking a photo of your product because Mike Krieger of Instagram's included it in his must-have list of Tech Essentials. 

This was a case of unsolicited love from a loyal, creative customer who just so happens to have the ear of the editors of the WSJ Off Duty Section.  Check out how he uses the kettle beyond just coffee.  The article read:

"My Tech Essentials.  Instagram's Co-Founder Mike Krieger's Favorite Gadgets.  Mike Krieger, co-founder of Instagram, shares his favorite gadgets and apps for setting goals, brainstorming and keeping his house plants healthy.
"For my morning coffee-making ritual, I used to wait until the temperature of my water was exactly 192 degrees before doing my single-pour—yes, bordering on OCD. But this Bonavita lets you set a precise temperature and then holds the water at that temperature while you go about your morning. Someone told me that the neck is also great for watering plants, so I've tried that, too. Apparently plants like water that's slightly above room temperature. Anything to help keep them alive!""
The entire list of Krieger's essentials may be read here.  Congratulations to Espresso Supply, Bonavita and a big thanks to Mr. Krieger.   

Friday, January 10, 2014

The TODAY Show. The Editor of Epicurious, Nilou Motamed, Picks a Coffee Brewer from Seattle's Bonavita as One of the Best

Congratulations to Espresso Supply's Bonavita team for the outstanding press coverage yesterday.  Bonavita was on the TODAY show on Thursday in a segment on best kitchen appliances. editor Nilou Motamed showed the 8-cup Bonavita brewer with thermal carafe and, duly noted, that it brews "the perfect cup".  (A fact to which I can attest.)  

The category? "Splurge vs. Steal".  Bonavita's brewer was cited as a "Great Buy"-- an honor Cook's Illustrated bestowed on them as well as the Specialty Coffee Association.

Next up? We'd love to see Bonavita's own Roger Wittmann show folks how to brew.  TODAY Show in his future? Now that would be fun!

Congrats Bonavita and thank you to Nilou and the TODAY Show.  Watch the segment here.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Gordon and Gretchen Raine and the Things They Love: 425 Magazine Taps the Designers and Owners of Gordon James Fine Diamonds about What Inspires Them

This jewelry box of a boutique in Bellevue, Gordon James Fine Diamonds, offers the Pacific Northwest's most rare, vast and gorgeous collection of diamonds anywhere in the region. Naturally the editors of 425 Magazine turned to the owners/designers to hear what they love, what they rely on and what inspires them.  A gorgeous golf divot tool to mark that hole-in-one perhaps?  Online link to the entire article coming soon.