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Urban Steam (Colorado Springs)

Urban Steam Coffee
~ 1025 S Sierra Madre St, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903 | (719) 473-7832 | urbansteamcoffee.com ~

A off in the warehouse district, hiddem gem of a grunge style gear head hang-out. They offer drinks, cocktails, panini, creative waffles, salads, sandwiches, and of course coffee n’ espresso. WiFi … chill … and sometimes busy. Limited parking. Very laid back.

Rated: 4 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Easy Way Tea, Brisbane Square




Easy Way Tea, Brisbane Square
* http://easywaytea.com.au/ * Shop 4, Brisbane Square, 232 – 270 Corner of Queen Street & George Street * Brisbane, QLD, 4000 *


A great little bubble tea kiosk just off to the side of Brisbane Square to offer walkers a quick refreshment while enjoying the sights. “Easy Way Tea” was first started in Taiwan beginning in 1992 and today (2011) has become an international ever-growing phenomenon. Having received multiple awards for their franchise, “Easy Way” offers a wide range of unique teas and healthy beverages around the world. They hit Australia (Sydney in 2001) and branching out to most of the main cities in Asia-Oceania. I’ve only visited (twice) the Brisbane Square location, and was very pleased with the service, the quality, and the taste. They prepare the bubble tea directly in front of you so you can see the preparations and crafting. They tailor make their teas with ingredient combinations that serves most requests. They pride themselves in quality and nutrition. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. Visited 4/12/11; 5/23/2011.

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Shindig

Shindig

http://www.shindigenergydrink.com/

As I was wandering around Dublin exhausted and looking for a quick energy fix I discovered a nifty little green can with a comical Leprechaun on it. It’s called “Shindig energy drink” and is apparently one of Ireland’s newest energy drinks promoting “That Top of the Morning Feeling in a Can”. They claim to boost energy by means of contained caffeine, taurine, vitamins, and herbal supplements in the can rather than calories. Shindig originated in London, England rather than Ireland but takes on an Irish image.
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Lucazade Energy Drink


Lucazade Energy Drink
Lucozade.com

Lucozade is an English Sports/Energy drink created by GlaxoSmithKline plc in Gloucestershire in 1927. It first started out as an experimental source of energy for those sick with the cold or influenza being distributed throughout the United Kingdom’s hospitals under the name of Glucozade. In 1929 the name was changed to Lucozade. When first porduced, it came in a glass bottle with a cellophane wrap until 1983 when it was branded as an energy drink as to move away from associations with illness and on to empowerment. The slogan “Lucozade aids recovery” changed to “Lucozade replaces lost energy”. It had a infamous ad campaign featuring world Olympic chamion Daley Thompso to a Iron Maiden song of Phantom of the Opera. One liter of Lucozade contains 700 kCal and is 0.01% ethanol, which prevented observant Muslims from being allowed to drink it until 2004 when Muslim Law Council decreed no one would be committing a religious crime if they drank it. A 500 ml bottle contains approximately 21 teaspoons of sugar (85g) causing health criticism by world media. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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Club-Mate (Germany)



Club Mate
While in Ansbach had the privelege to try a friend’s favorite beverage called “Club Mate”. I don’t think its available in my part of the United States yet, but I look forward to its arrival. Club-Mate is a caffeinated carbonated Mate-extract beverage made by the Loscher Brewery near Münchsteinach, Germany and is apparently extremely popular in Germany-speaking Europe’s Hacker scene because of its high caffeine content. First well known in the Berlin club scene during the 90s as an alternative to the more expensive energy drinks like Red Bull. They made special drinks at the Clubs in Berlin called Vodka-Mate and Chunk (combination of Rum and Club-Mate). It was originally formulated by Geola beverages of Dietenhofen, Germany and marketed Club-Mate under the name Sekt-Bronte. High in Caffeine (20 mg per 100 ml) and low in sugar content compared to other beverages of the energy drink persuasion. It’s available in 0.33 and 0.5 liter bottles. As a special holiday brew called “Winter Edition” in December 2007, they made a limited-edition of the original formula mixed with cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, and citrus extract which was very popular. Due to is astringent flavor, low sugar content, high Catechin and Flavonoid contents it has an unusual acquired taste that the manufacturer won’t deny, in fact they made the drink motto: “Man gewöhnt sich daran” translates roughly as “One gets used to it!”. Club-Mate contains: Water, Inverted sugar syrup, Sugar, Mate Tea Extract, Citric Acid, Caffeine, Natural Flavors, Caramel Color, Carbonic Acid. Club-Mate is available throughout Germany and is growing in popularity and availability in Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Poland, and the Netherlands. Recently (2008) Club-Mate made a USA site called club-mate.us and was recently registered with announcements of its initial US availability at 2600 magazine’s The Last Hope conference in New York. [ more information: Wikipedia ].

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