In case you weren't aware AeroPress is a manually operated espresso maker. It works just like a giant syringe but instead of getting a shot of medicine in your arm you get a shot of espresso in your mug. It has a cult following and has become quite popular. One of the down sides to the device is that it requires you to purchase and use paper filers for each use. This causes the device to become useless if you run our of filters.
So the solution is to use a metal reusable filter from Coava Coffee roasters. The 008 DISK coffee filter is reusable and is specifically designed to be used with an AeroPress coffee maker. This type of filter is also used in stove top espresso makers as well as in most espresso machines. It will however let in a little mud or sledge into the coffee making it darker and a little heavier, which might be better for some. The filter sell for $15 which is fine especially considering how many filter it will replace. 008 DISK coffee filter
I just wrote a post about the Hario pour-over coffee maker which I posted to Facebook. A good friend of mine saw it and having a huge knowledge of coffee sent me a link to the Clever Coffee Dripper and I couldn't help myself from writing about it. it's the same basic principle behind the Hario pour-over with one big difference. The Clever Coffee Dripper has a valve on the bottom that allows you to steep the coffee in the top before filtering. It's much like a french press brewing but with the nice clean finish of a filter drip coffee.
The best part about the Clever Coffee Dripper is it doesn't require a special technique or equipment. All you need is the $15 pour-over dripper and something to catch the coffee in. The valve in the bottom releases the coffee when placed over a glass for filtering. In my opinion its brilliant. The people over at Sweet Marias
have a great article on the Clever Coffee Dripper and how to use it.
Everyone seems to be going crazy over the pour-over coffee method which have been around for a while now. It seems local and independent coffee shops are trying to boost their coffee game with alternate brewing methods like the pour-over. After the Clover was bought out by Starbucks they most likely have been seeking a replacement.
The recent New York Times article
featured the popular Japanese pour-over coffee maker by Hario
. Hario is becoming the go to brand for pour-over coffee equipment for coffee shops and stores like Williams-Sanoma.
Pour-over coffee is like a deconstructed version of regular drip coffee. With the pour-over coffee you get to control the temperature of the water, how course the grind is, and how quickly the water floes through the grinds. It's the perfect situation for brewing coffee with a paper filter for a nice clean cup of coffee. This method isn't for the person who just want's to throw down a cup of coffee before running out of the door. It takes time and only make a small amount of coffee at a time. The larger Hario brew system only makes up to 4 cups of coffee at a time.
You can purchase the equipment in pieces to better meet your needs. The Hario v60 kettle is pretty standard must buy, and yes you will want the special $60 kettle that has a nice long narrow spout for slow controlled pours. The Hario pour-over Dripper and filers come in two sizes 1-2 cup/size 1 and 1-4 cup/size 2. You don't really need a server if you want to drip your coffee right into what you're planning on drinking out of, but the servers do come in different sizes and shapes. Hario also offers a Woodneck dripper/server combo that comes with a reusable flannel filer. Checkout the Hario offerings on Amazon
Starbucks has just announced that the new 31oz Trenta beverage size which will begin to roll out to 14 states and then to all 50 states by May 3rd. The Trenta is only going to be available for iced beverages like the iced coffee, iced tea and iced tea lemonade. It's 7 oz larger than the current iced venti cup and will cost .50 cents more.
I can see why Starbucks would do this. I think 31oz of coffee might be a bit much, but the iced drinks have so much ice in them that you don't quite get the same amount. I know a lot of people that would love another 7oz in their iced beverage. As you can see from the image I stole from Geekosystem the new beverage size is a little bit larger than the average stomach size, which is always fun.
I am a big fan of the french press, it has got to be one of the best ways to make coffee I have ever come across I have converted many people to coffee lovers after they get their hands on a french press. It makes the smoothest, strongest, most delicious coffee in a very simple apparatus. The down side to a french press is the mess it leaves behind. You always have to try and scrape the grinds out of the bottom and it usually makes a mess.
The Coffee Catcher makes french press cleanup a lot easier. The Coffee Catchers consists of a plate the sits on the bottom of your french press. When you are done with your press and want to pull the grinds out you just connect the little handle and pull out the grinds in one swoop. It's a pretty clever little device, but I'm not sure it's worth the price they are asking for them, between $16 - $22 depending on the size of your french press. It's definitely a great thing to have and would make a great gift for the french press enthusiast. Coffee Catcher Website
- 8 Cup Coffee Catcher @ Amazon
Starbucks is now offering free unlimited Wi-Fi at all it's company operated stores nationwide starting today July 1st. Starbuck had been offering 2 free hours of internet free a day, when you had a Starbucks card with at least $5 on it. So you had to have a Starbucks card, it had to have money on it, and you still only got two hours a day. The new Wi-Fi is free, it's unlimited, and it's a one click connection. No more Starbucks cards, not more logins, and no 2 hours restriction.
Yeah! Starbucks has finally caught up with every other coffee shop in the world. It's pretty much a given that you will have free Wi-Fi at a coffee shops, but no, not at Starbucks you have to pay for it. I use to work for Starbucks and I thought it was the dumbest thing ever. Here we are the largest coffee house in the US and we don't have free Wi-Fi. I'm glad they finally came to their senses.
Starbucks isn't stopping with just free Wi-Fi. They are planning a Starbucks digital Network to provide exclusive content, community news, and local volunteer opportunities. With a growing list of partners like Yahoo, Wall Street Journal, Apple and Zagat it's sure to be interesting. The new digital network is coming to stores this fall.
Starbucks in their quest to become a more green company, as many large companies are trying to do, is sponsoring a green coffee cup contest. The contest is called "Betacup" and its goal is to come up with a biodegradable and reusable coffee cup, to reduce the amount of paper waste.
Starbucks already makes their coffee cup sleeves out or recycled materials, and offer discounts to customers that bring their own coffee cups. The winner of the Betacup contest will win $10,000 and and retain ownership of their design. Submissions are being received until June 15th.
There is no mention of the winning design being implemented at Starbucks or anywhere else. I hope that there will be companies that will adopt the new design but the contest will be all for not if no one uses it. Betacup Contest Website
VIA The Consumerist
A wallet is never something I have cared that much about and because of that I have had several different kinds, everything from traditional leather wallets to money clips or even duct tape wallets. I have never had a coffee bag wallet however and I think it is about time I do. I always have a bag of coffee around the house and it's about time I use the bags for something productive instead of just throwing them away.
There are several ways you can make your own coffee bag wallet, and I have found a few on one of my favorite websites Instructables.com. This Instructable (Coffee Bag Wallet
#1) is a little bit harder to do and requires a little more sewing, which is not my cup of tea, but I think it makes a pretty good wallet as far as construction is concerned. You could replace the sewing with duct tape but it just wouldn't look as good. The second Instructable I found uses the same folds as the Paper Wallet (How to make a Paper Wallet
) Instructable, but with some modifications (Coffee Bag Wallet
#2). This one only requires you to sew up the ends with I think I could handle.
Good luck and enjoy your new wallet!
I thought it was pretty interesting to see what chemicals and substances are in coffee. I drink probably too much coffee and have never really thought about what is in it other than the run off from coffee beans. I think people forget that things taste the way they do because of the different chemical reactions and changes that happen when you mix and cook things. This is perhaps why I like Alton Browns cooking show so much, because he explains all the science to you.
I think the WIRED article is interesing because it shows you all the differnet things in your coffee and what taste it adds to the drink. Something that most people don't think about on a regular basis. Anyways here is a copy paste from WIRED.
This is why the world produces more than 16 billion pounds of coffee beans per year. It's actually an alkaloid plant toxin (like nicotine and cocaine), a bug killer that stimulates us by blocking neuroreceptors for the sleep chemical adenosine. The result: you, awake.
Hot H2O is a super solvent, leaching flavors and oils out of the coffee bean. A good cup of joe is 98.75 percent water and 1.25 percent soluble plant matter. Caffeine is a diuretic, so coffee newbies pee out the water quickly; java junkies build up resistance.
Creates a tarlike, medicinal odor in your morning wake-up. It's also a component of cockroach alarm pheromones, chemical signals that warn the colony of danger.
Gives coffee its slightly sour flavor. On the plus side, it's one of the starter chemicals in the formulation of Tamiflu.
3,5 Dicaffeoylquinic acid
When scientists pretreat neurons with this acid in the lab, the cells are significantly (though not completely) protected from free-radical damage. Yup: Coffee is a good source of antioxidants.
A product of roasting the green coffee bean, this compound is just at the threshold of detectability in brewed java. Good thing, too, as it's one of the compounds that gives human feces its odor.
That rich, buttery taste in your daily jolt comes in part from this flammable yellow liquid, which helps give real butter its flavor and is a component of artificial flavoring in microwave popcorn.
Ever wonder what makes spoiled meat so poisonous? Here you go. Ptomaines like putrescine are produced when E. coli bacteria in the meat break down amino acids. Naturally present in coffee beans, it smells, as you might guess from the name, like Satan's outhouse.
Chemically, it's a molecule of niacin with a methyl group attached. It breaks down into pyridines, which give coffee its sweet, earthy taste and also prevent the tooth-eating bacterium Streptococcus mutans from attaching to your teeth. Coffee fights the Cavity Creeps.
Trigonelline is unstable above 160 degrees F; the methyl group detaches, unleashing the niacin—vitamin B3—into your cup. Two or three espressos can provide half your recommended daily allowance.
I want a little cute robot to make me coffee in the mornings. I know all i have to do is put coffee in the coffee machine and add water and hit a button and 2 minutes later i have coffee, but I want a cute robot to do that for me. Maybe I could even get one that does a little dance in the middle of making coffee, that would be awesome.
Anyways enjoy the coffee making robot.
I know this may seem like an unusual product to be writing about but I can’t help myself from loving unusual kitchen items. Bodum reigns supreme when it comes to making interesting and creative products. This is a new product by Bodum and is super cool. It’s a gravity pepper grinder
. All you have to do is shake it up and down over your food and the ceramic grinder will eject freshly ground pepper. How awesome is that. You can also adjust the grinder so you can grind all sorts of things like salt and spices.
I know you might be thinking what does this Bodum gravity grinder have to do with coffee? Well Bodum makes some of my favorite glassware and coffee products. So to satisfy your coffee craving I’ll offer this coffee product as a copout.
It’s a double walled porcelain cup this is apart of Bodum’s 2009 collection
. It’s made out of porcelain but it’s double walled which means it will keep your coffee hotter longer. It also has a silicon no slip grip so you don’t drop it you clumsy fool. They come in 16 different colors, which is super cool for person who wants them to match the kitchen. Check all the colors out here.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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