8 Great Coffee Facts


  1. Coffee is second most valuable traded commodity in the world, only second to oil. (Source: GlobalExchange.org)
  2. Coffee beans are actually the seeds of coffee plants. (Source: Wikipedia)
  3. President Teddy Roosevelt may have consumed a gallon of coffee a day. (Source: Buzzfeed)
  4. The original New York Stock Exchange began in the Tontine Coffee House, a real coffee shop on Wall Street. (Source: Huffington Post)
  5. All coffee in the world is grown in the “Bean Belt,” or the area between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. (Source: The Oatmeal)
  6. Coffee provides two-thirds of the caffeine in our diet, with soft drinks in second place and tea in third. (Source: TIME)
  7. Seattle has most coffee shops per capita in the country – 35 per 100,000. (Source: LiveScience)
  8. The iconic blue and white cardboard coffee cup so often seen on the streets of New York is called the Anthora, and was designed by a refugee from Nazi Europe named Leslie Buck. (Source: New York Times)

Studying Coffee in California

file1581263009952Coffee and academics usually mix pretty well, as seen in nearly every laptop-filled coffee shop and study group. Now, the University of California, Davis is taking things to the next level.

According to the Sacramento Bee, UC Davis recently announced the creation of a Coffee Center, which will bring together leaders and learning in the field of coffee.  This week, they’ll be hosting a research conference to talk about issues like  the genetics of coffee plants, the energy efficiency of roasting beans and the health impacts of coffee consumption.

Although the center is in its early days, the school expects to develop a major in coffee science in the future.  We only have one question: where do we sign up?

Spread the Word, Earn Free Coffee

A referral is one of the highest compliments you can give. 

dreamstime_xs_14050724When we first created HiLine Coffee, we were so excited about it that we had our friends over to  to share it with them, get their feedback and refine our product. We weren’t sure if those sleepless nights were caused by all the coffee, or just our excitement about the new business.

Now, we invite you to share HiLine Coffee with your friends. As a way of saying thanks for future referrals, we’ve introduced our Refer a Friend Program. Simply login to your account here, and look for the green “Refer a Friend” button to tell your friends about HiLine Coffee.  It’s easy to spread the word to your fellow coffee lovers through e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.

When your friends place their first orders, they will save 10%. And, you’ll receive a $10.00 credit toward future HiLine Coffee orders for each friend you refer who makes a purchase!

We hope you’ll enjoy this perk of being our customer, and of course, the free coffee!

Survey Reveals Top Three Things Your Partner Wants on Valentine’s Day

dreamstime_s_22402761NEW YORK, Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – To start Valentine’s Day morning right, what your partner wants most won’t cost you. Nearly half of Americans (43%) said what they want most in the A.M. is either for you to initiate sex, make them coffee and breakfast, or confess your love, according to a new survey by HiLine Coffee Company, makers of Nespresso compatible coffee capsules. So set your alarm a bit earlier, brew an espresso and get to it!

You can even skip the flowers, chocolate and jewelry this year, because more than half of respondents (52%) hope most for a nice dinner out, a quiet night at home with their partner, or to simply have sex on Valentine’s Day. Less than a fifth of people combined (19%) wanted flowers, chocolate, jewelry, a sentimental card or letter, or a gift.

But don’t put your pen down just yet. Love letters may be the answer to more sex. When asked what would make you want to have sex more often with your partner in general, receiving romantic love letters won out over doing more work around the house, flowers, coffee in bed or even if your partner looked more like a celebrity. Not much of a writer? Then you may want to take advantage of the romantic holiday to get some action now.

Join the conversation on Facebook at /HiLineCoffee or Twitter @HiLineCoffee.

The survey was conducted by YouGov Plc., a full service market research agency. Total sample size was 1151 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 7th - 10th February 2014. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all US adults (aged 18+).

About HiLine Coffee Company

Founded by two coffee-loving best friends, Gene Kakaulin, a certified barista, and Ted Snyder, a serial entrepreneur, HiLine Coffee was created with the goal of bringing new quality to the emerging Nespresso coffee market at an affordable price. With its small size and limited production, the company is taking a fundamentally different approach to capsule coffee production with an emphasis on quality from the farm to cup, with no celebrity spokespeople or expensive boutiques.

For more information about HiLine Coffee, visit www.HiLineCoffee.com.

Espresso-infused Chili for Sunday’s Big Game

This Sunday, we’ll be watching the Seahawks and Broncos face off — right in NYC’s backyard! If you’re hosting a party, try our recipe for vegetarian espresso-infused chili. This classic mouthwatering dish — with a coffee twist — is sure to be a hit!



  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 8-12 garlic cloves, crushed or minced
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
  • 1 can of olives (black or green), drained and chopped
  • 1 28-oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 28-oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 4 15-oz cans of beans, drained and rinsed (can include black beans, cannellini beans, chick peas and/or kidney beans in any combination)
  • 5 HiLine Coffee espresso shots
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Assorted toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped cilantro, chopped scallions


  1. Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until tender, about 5-6 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add chopped bell and jalapeño peppers and sauté for another 2 minutes.
  4. Pour in cans of tomatoes (including liquid), olives and beans. Stir together. The mixture should be thick.
  5. Brew shots of HiLine Coffee and pour them into the chili.
  6. Season with chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt. Mix well.
  7. Turn the burner down to low heat. Simmer uncovered for 1.5-3 hours (the longer, the better flavor!), stirring occasionally to prevent the chili from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  8. Create a chili bar for your party by placing toppings in individual condiment bowls. Ladle chili into bowls and let guests add their own toppings.

Adapted from Epicurious and some testing in our own kitchen!


New York Start Up Coffee Company Takes On Global Giant Nespresso For Capsule Business

NEW YORK, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – HiLine Coffee Company has announced the close of its first round of financing after raising $500,000 from an oversubscribed group of private investors.

Nespresso Capsules alternativeSince launching on July 4th, 2013, HiLine Coffee has experienced rapid growth and is already selling hundreds of thousands of coffee capsules per month. With the proceeds raised, HiLine Coffee will work on new product development and expanding its coffee selection.

According to a recent Mintel Group survey, the U.S. single serve coffee capsule market was expected to exceed $3 billion in 2013, which is a 213% rise from 2011. HiLine Coffee stands to profit from this substantial industry growth rate.

HiLine Coffee was created with the goal of bringing new quality to the emerging Nespresso coffee market at an affordable price (20% less than brand). With its small size and limited production, the company is taking a fundamentally different approach to capsule coffee production with an emphasis on quality from the farm to cup, with no celebrity spokespeople or expensive boutiques. The founders, Gene Kakaulin, a certified barista, and Ted Snyder, a serial entrepreneur, stand by their product and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

“After trying HiLine coffee and understanding the innovative business model, I wanted to invest,” said Zachary Smith, Co-Founder of Voxel, a New York-based cloud hosting company. He added, “HiLine’s mission to provide the highest quality product in the single serve category is a great technical challenge, which is why this company is so exciting.”

HiLine Coffee’s strategy is to reach beyond in-home use and target businesses that pride themselves on offering their employees finer in-office perks, such as convenient specialty coffee. HiLine has already received favorable reception from high profile companies such as Paddle8, Citi Bike, Tough Mudder, Samsung, Union Square Ventures, Plated, Pixable, and many others.

Aditya Julka, co-founder of New York-based online auction house Paddle8 said, “Our office relies on HiLine’s premium coffee—and our energy has certainly increased since we began stocking the coffee!”

For more information, visit www.HiLineCoffee.com.

Introducing Two Blends in Newly Designed Capsules

We’re keeping busy at HiLine Coffee! We’re really proud of our tasty new Greenwich Village Dark Roast and Grand Central Medium Roast blends, inspired by (you guessed it) our favorite city.

The two new blends are packed in capsules that are pre-punctured and come individually wrapped to keep them fresh. These newly designed capsules will work in all Nespresso models, including machines bought after November 2013. They should also be a bit easier to use in all Nespresso models, as they will not require as much pressure to close the machines.

Greenwich Village Dark Roast and Grand Central Medium Roast come in packs of 20 capsules and are priced at $9.99 per pack, still less than $.50 per capsule. And of course, we still have all of our classic blends in the original capsules. CoffeeCup-Red-GreenwichBox GrandCentralBoxHighAngleView-Product

Give them a try and let us know what you think!

Descaling Your Nespresso Machine

dezcal_1oz_packetLike most appliances, Nespresso machines require a little TLC. Take 20 minutes to maintain your machine and extend its life — and make your coffee taste even better.

What is descaling?
All coffee machines, including Nespresso machines, build up deposits of calcium and lime from water. Descaling your machine will remove these deposits, improving the taste of your coffee and keeping your machine in great shape.

How often does it need to be done?
We recommend descaling your Nespresso machine twice a year, or after about 300 uses.

How do I descale my Nespresso machine?
Descaling your Nespresso machine is a simple process that can be done in four easy steps. Essentially, it involves adding a descaling solution to the water reservoir and flushing the solution through the machine. Here’s a how-to guide:

Prepare your machine

  • Remove capsules and capsule container.
  • Put in 1 liter of warm fresh water (4 cups) in the water container.
  • Mix in a sachet of descaling solution.
  • Turn the machine on.
  • Put a container than can hold up to a liter of water under the coffee outlet.

Descale your machine

  • Pixie, Essenza and Citiz – simultaneously press on two buttons for three seconds.
  • U – simultaneously press all three buttons for three seconds.
  • Lattisima – put in the descaling nozzle, press the cappuccino button.


  • Rinse the water container.
  • Pour in fresh water in the water container.
  • Run the cycle again without the descaling solution in the water.
  • Empty and rinse the drip tray.

Exit the Descaling Mode

  • Pixie, Essenza and Citiz – press the two buttons simultaneously for three seconds.
  • U – press and hold three buttons simultaneously for three seconds.
  • Latissima – take out the descaling nozzle.

Still have questions? Visit Nespresso’s YouTube page for videos on descaling your machine.

Order HiLine Coffee’s descaling solution for $4.99 and start your 2014 with a clean machine!