Part of a Balanced Breakfast

Episode #64 May. 13, 2016 30m 6s Download
In this episode: Joseph Darnell and Eric Rauch
Eric and Joe discuss JAB Holding Company taking ownership of Krispy Kreme, what a ‘balanced breakfast’ consists of, and review Joe’s new Baratza Encore conical burr grinder. How does it compare to the popular Bodum Bistro he used for the last two years? What does Eric think of the Baratza Virtuoso? Listen and find out.

Highlights and Show Notes

Krispy Kreme is purchased by JAB

Highlight from the report: “JAB Holding Company subsidiary JAB Beech Inc. has announced the acquisition of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. for approximately $1.35 billion, an approximately 25 percent premium over the company’s closing share price on May 6. …Within the past four years, JAB or JAB Beech Inc. have acquired majority stakes in other major coffee brands including Peet’s Coffee & Tea (2012), Caribou Coffee (2012), Jacobs Douwe Egberts (2014) and Espresso House (2015). Under JAB’s ownership, Peet’s has since acquired the specialty coffee brands Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Intelligentsia Coffee.”

Dunkin’ Doughnuts’ glazed doughnut nutritional info

We find it interesting that, on the site, the menu puts hot beverages ahead of food, and bagels, cookies and danishes ahead of doughnuts.

Krispy Kreme’s Original Glazed® Doughnut

Turns out, Krispy Kreme puts the doughnuts at the top of the site’s menu, and the glazed doughnuts is a registered product, with a picture and everything (Dunkin’ doesn’t have pictures of specific doughnuts on their menu).

Pepsi Throwback

This is a fun video review of the Pepsi Throwback product and a comparison with the regular beverage. (Like the JunkFoodTasterDotCom YouTube channel in general.)

Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder

Joe originally learned of the Bodum Bistro grinder from the great site Tools & Toys. This grinder is terrific for the starting coffee enthusiast’s kitchen, for for the advanced enthusiast that isn’t interested in experimenting with many coffee makers.

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Grinder

This is the grinder that Joe just upgraded to. It’s larger than the Bodum Bistro, offers 40 degrees of coarse-to-fine grind settings, and a plastic reservoir.

Baratza Virtuoso Conical Burr Grinder

Eric is no stranger to this grinder. While it’s more elegant with the metal finishes, and the dial offers more precision in every grind, the end resulting grounds aren’t all that different from the Encore’s. However, if you want more sophistication and professional grade in your kitchen, go with the Virtuoso. It excels at elegance.