Friday, 19 April 2013

Pickled Cherry Blossom and Saukura Leave Powder

I am always fascinated with the Japanese Cherry Blossoms (樱花) which is also known as Sakura which blooms during the season in from late March till early May but peak in April. Since centuries ago, Cherry blossoms are  pickled to preserve for occasions whereby they are soaked in Ume plum vinegar to preserve it's pink color and then pickled in salt.

Friday, 12 April 2013

MELODY by NESCAFE Dolce Gusto

Recently NESCAFE Dolce Gusto has launched anther new Automatic Beverage system known as MELODY. This sexy smart multo-beverage system is able to churn gourmet artisan beverage such as Black and White Coffee, teas to even hot chocolate. On top of it, it is also the only beverage system that offers cold beverage options such as iced peach tea and iced cappuccino. 

Overview of NESCAFE Dolce Gusto MELODY

To make a cup of cafe style beverage, just filled the water tank with water. Switch on the machine and it's exclusive Thermoblock technology will heat-up the water in less than one minute (the powder light will be in green colour which indicate ready for use). Next place your desire flavour capsule on the magnetic capsule holder which ease capsule entry with a soft push.

Pull down the Locking handler to secure the Capsule holder then select from the dosage scroll wheel according to your preferred dosage or intensity of the beverage taste.  This unique patented Custom Control Lever help to put you in control to customize your coffee's strength and mixture (for multi-capsule drinks).

MELODY is also the only system available now that makes both Hot an Cold beverage such as Cappuccino Ice and Peach Tea within a touch button and convenience capsule variants. 

Furthermore with it's All-in-One function, even without a separate milk frother, by using the milk capsules also allows anyone to easily produce frothy foam on varieties like Green Tea Latte and Vanilla Latte Macchiato with the convenience of a single machine.

On top of the existing capsule variants, recently NESCAFE Dolce Gusto has launched another THREE new flavour such as:- 

1. Espresso Intenso produce a 50ml short black coffee with an extra strong intensity which similar to 8 on the strength scale of Espresso range to give you that perk-me-up effect.

2. Cafe Au Lait which is the first and only capsule product that offers coffee with frothy milk in one single capsule in less than 1 minute.

3. Whereas for Grande Intenso, it has an intense and bold flavour that makes a 180ml long black coffee for a slow slips enjoyment.

NESCAFE Dolce Gusto MELODY (SG$279) Automatic System and the range of Beverage Capsules are available in all electrical chain stores, selected departmental stores, supermarkets and hypermarkets too. So if you are thinking of getting a small and home use Automatic Beverage machine, perhaps you could consider getting one which makes cafe-style beverage in less than a minute.



*Photos taken using Canon EOS M, M18-55 lens on Manual mode

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