The chilled one – Cold brewed coffee

Fear not, coffee lover! If you have never tried the cold brew method, you are missing out on great coffee flavor.

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“Cold coffee?”, I hear you say.  “That is just not right!”, you say.  Well, you are probably robbing yourself from a great coffee experience and a simple brewing method.  Let me take you on a magic carpet ride…

So what is it?  I can tell you first what it is not; it is not hot coffee gone stale and cold when you got busy at work.  It is not the method of pouring warm, strong coffee over ice, though that is a recognised coffee preparation method.  Instead cold brew is a method whereby you use cold or room temperature water to do your brew.  It creates a non acidic, coffee concentrate that some describe as syrupy.  It is high in cafein and full of flavour!

There is a large and expensive list of equipment you can use for your cold brewed coffee, but you can get awesome results with run…

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Inventor of K-Cups feels bad about their use, doesn’t use ’em


There’s little happiness in the story, really. John Sylvan invented those little individual-serving coffee cups one places into the machines that seem to pop out of the woodwork almost everywhere, like mushrooms from the forest floor. (The irony of his name immediately strikes me–sylvan means “in or of the woods or forest”; one could take it more generally as “green”.) Yeah, the K-cup was his idea.

Some years back, Sylvan came up with the idea of small disposable containers of coffee, pre-blended, packed and sealed, that could be popped into a machine, a button pushed, with the result being a decent cuppa joe with almost no effort.

But there is the waste. Last year, nearly 10 billion of those little cups were sold. It might be important to stipulate that some are “recyclable”. But Sylvan himself maintains it is not: “No matter what they say about recycling, those…

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Good Earth Sweet and Spicy

Good Earth Tea and Cup

You might think I would be more of a tea snob, but some packaged teas are really good. This one has three important features:

1. Consistent quality

2. Convenient tea bag

3. It makes me happy.

The flavor is exactly what it says: Sweet and Spicy, but it’s not too much of either. This tea pairs well with a girl scout trefoil cookie or a fresh sugar cookie. I love that it is caffeine free and needs no added sugar but is not overly sweet. As an herbal tea, it has a rooibos base with a hint of citrus and a nice bite. If you find it too strong, add hot water. If you find it too weak, use two bags and steep longer.

Sometimes it’s the little things. The tags always have a cute or interesting quote. Mine says “Every now and then, bite off more than you can chew.” That’s a nice message to start your day.

Where I live, this tea is easily found in the local grocery store. I’m including the Amazon link here because there is an organic version that has some bad reviews. Normally I would choose organic first, but the reviews say that the organic one has no flavor. Click on the picture below for the right version. *

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WRITING 101: Coffee Shop Observations

Coffee Shop observations. Well done.

Caffeine and Books


For today’s Writing 101 assignment we were given the theme of a coffee shop, and as soon as I read that I knew I had something for it. I have a notebook which I sometimes take into coffee shops and write what’s around me. It’s quite short, and I have edited it a bit and added a few things, but this is what I do in a coffee shop – when I’m not intending on spending hours in there writing blog posts that is.

My head is in a book I just bought from the bookshop across the road, a chai tea latte with soya milk next to me. I try to immerse myself in the story, but no matter what I did I could still hear everything. I could hear the strangely hypnotic, but irritating, music. I could hear the hissing of steam and the grinding of coffee being…

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Innovation Leads The Way When It’s In The Ground

The perfect cup for the perfect cup.

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Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 7.51.42 PMKaffeeform is leading the way with their innovative new material that allows coffee enthusiasts to enjoy their favourite brew right down to the grounds. The German independent company produces mugs made out of, you guessed it, coffee grounds.

Kaffeeform is a renewable material that is the result of five years of research and experimentation. The result: a solid material made out of coffee lead that is able to resist heat and is washable.  To add to your coffee drinking experience, each cup is unique in design and also retains a hint of coffee aroma.

Want to get a set? A new batch will be ready starting October 2015.

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French Press

French Press, when done right, produces some of the best coffee. Follow these instructions and you’ll see why.

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French Press?  Sounds like the paparazzi, but it is probably one of the most accessible brewing methods.  In it’s simplest form it is a tubular container with a removable metal filter used to press down on the coffee.  This is the first in the series of blogs about alternative brewing methods from the steeping group.  This is the brewing methods that is the Jacuzzi group where coffee  chills in the water for a while.

It has had a bad rap, as producing harsh, murky or bitter coffee.  Here is a guideline to making good French press coffee. I searched wide and far on the wild, wild web and have distilled the best advice I could find. Following this guideline, should produce a full-bodied, robust coffee with intense flavours.

What you need


  1. A French Press. The best value for money in most likely a Bodum.
  2. Coffee beans. Ideally, you should grind it yourself, but…

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