The Coffee Corner

All about how to make good coffee and what makes coffee good.

July 2009 - Posts

The Coffee Car Pool

 

 An Oregon man while driving in an apartment complex Spilled hot coffee on himself and accidently hit the gas paddle. He then hit a parked car, hopped the curb, went through a fence, and right into the complex’s pool. Sounds like a bad day to me. The tow company was called out but was baffled at how to get the truck out with further damaging the pool. The man was not hurt in the accident. 
 

I don't normally talk about such things on this blog but since coffee was the catalyst that cause the accident I deemed it appropriate.

Posted: Jul 28 2009, 12:52 PM by willburns1 | with no comments |
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Starbucks to Sell Alcohol and Drop Store Image

 


Apparently Starbucks is testing out a new kind of store one where you can buy beer and wine with your latte or coffee. They are going to turn it into what a good coffee shop should be a store where you can get good beverages whether it’s coffee, beer or wine. They are still going to sell you the same coffee beans and the same basic product but with a more local and artsy scene.


Starbucks plans on making the coffee shop more local oriented by giving them local names and having live bands, poetry readings, and other similar events. I think this is a great idea but some people apparently don’t think so. They think Starbucks is trying to pull a fast one, a bait and switch as it were. I think Starbucks is simply trying to create a better coffee shop and I don’t see anything wrong with it.
 

Posted: Jul 22 2009, 02:20 PM by willburns1 | with no comments
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Topless Coffee House Plans on Rebuilding After Fire


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Topless Coffee House Plans on rebuilding

Donald Crabtree, the owner of the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop is planning on rebuilding after his coffee shop was burnt down. The police have ruled it an arson fire so there were obviously people who didn’t like the idea of a topless coffee shop in their town.

Donald Crabtree built his 18 and over topless coffee shop last February in central Maine. He had requested to the Vassalboro Planning Board on June 2 to remain open later and to be allowed to play music his waitresses could dance to. Later that night his coffee shop was burnt to the ground.

It's not as if all people hated his establishment. When he opened his store and was hiring he received 150 applications for only 10 employment spots. Seems as if there was a place for a topless coffee shop in central Maine. Maybe one of the fathers of the employees burnt it down, who knows? 

Even though I wouldn’t go to a place like this I don’t think burning it to the ground is the right solution. Frankly if people want to drink coffee while topless waitresses wait on them I say let them. How is that any different than a strip club that sells coffee and little muffins. I bet the coffee house has pretty good coffee and if not who cares right.  :)

Story VIA  CBSnews.com

Posted: Jul 14 2009, 01:07 PM by willburns1 | with no comments |
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The Best Southern Style Sweet Tea Recipe



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I think I have finally perfected the southern sweet tea. I have to say my sweet tea is delicious and sweet but must importantly it’s dark and strong with a really smooth flavor. How do you accomplish this? I’ll tell you.

What you will need.

  • 1 gallon container

  • 2 family or Iced Tea style tea bags (the big ones!) 

  • pinch of Baking Soda 

  • 1 to 1.5 cups Sugar (I know that’s a lot but it’s so good. You can use less if you like)
  • 
cap full of Lemon extract (optional)

Okay here is what you do. Put about 4 – 5 cups of water in a pot and throw in just a pinch of baking soda. This takes away the bitterness of the tea and helps to darken it. Just throw in a little pinch it will not change the taste. Bring the water to a boil and when you got a nice boil going take it off the heat and put in your tea bags and cover with a lid. Let the tea bags steep in the water for 20 – 30 minutes. I like to stir the water a little bit to help the steeping process.

After 20 – 30 minutes remove the tea bags and add your sugar. Mix the sugar with the tea and make sure it has dissolved completely. Once the sugar is dissolved pour the tea into your container. If any sugar is left in the pot just add some water and swirl it around and pour it in. At this point you can add the lemon extract I have also heard of people putting almond extract in as well. If use choose to use almond extract it will make the tea taste a lot sweeter so you might want to back off on some of the sugar to start. Now add cold water to the one gallon mark and stir it up.  
You are all set to have some of the best southern sweet tea in the world. Good luck and enjoy.

Posted: Jul 08 2009, 02:31 PM by willburns1 | with no comments |
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