If you use a French press and the carafe is glass get a spare even if you haven’t broken it…yet. You never know when the slightest tick will crack the glass. I was cleaning my press carafe and just lightly tapped it on a plate while putting it into the drying rack.
If I didn’t have a backup then I might go a day or two with no way to press coffee!
Coffee has magazines, books, movies and even a Broadway musical in the works and in the last couple of years we can add apps to that list.
The first tab on the Intelligentsia app
Many of the apps are set for casual drinkers or serious roasters, the two extremes. One app that seems to have a nice mix between the two is the Intelligentsia app. The app consists of four categories.
The Coffee tab is information about what coffee is currently in season. Tapping on the coffee will bring up a simple description but if you swipe to the left you’ll find detailed information (Farmer, Altitude, Varietal, etc.) and some pictures, videos a comment section. Some of the images are really nice if you like to look at coffee farms.
The Brewing tab is some drawn pictures of different brewing methods. If you’ve heard of a Pourover or a Chemex but you’re not sure how to brew that way these diagrams are really easy to understand.
My most used tab is the Brew Timer. This is really simple, choose your method of brewing and it’ll time it for you and alert you when it’s done. I’m constantly choosing French Press to get a little bell after four minutes. Simple and easy. The only thing I would change is that I have to choose the brew method every time and I’m really just doing French Press.
Learn how to brew coffee from these instructions.
The last tab, About, seems like nothing because it’s just a bunch of logos but tap on those logos and you get more cool information. If you’re a little intimidated by the coffee information in this app then go to this About section and you’ll get some answers to what they are talking about when they say in season or Black Cat Project.
This was posted on gravesendblend.com back in July 3, 2011.
This post is directed towards the uneducated coffee drinkers out there. I want to talk about when to drink coffee. If you’ve ever wondered why coffee tastes better in the morning, this should explain why.
One of the other popular beverages to drink socially is wine. With wine you want to let it breath and as the wine reacts with the air it opens up. Wine drinkers know that opening up means taste better. Coffee is exactly the opposite. Coffee begins to go stale immediately so the rule with coffee is to drink it as soon as it’s done brewing and, believe it or not, you gulp it as fast as you can. I know that most people treat coffee like wine. They get a cup and then sit down and relax or begin a job but usually coffee is left to sit for a little while. I’m not the kind of guy to scold people or say that they are doing it wrong because everyone has their preference but the fact is, coffee goes stale quick.
So why does that mean it tastes better in morning? I’m talking about those of you who do not brew at home and, instead, get your coffee out at a café or deli. When you go to work in the morning the place you buy your coffee from is brewing fresh pots often to keep up with the morning demand. It’s almost always all fresh coffee until the morning rush is over.
If, before you buy coffee, you ask how fresh it is or if it was brewed recently and you get a dirty look or an irritated answer, don’t buy that coffee. It’s completely reasonable to ask when the coffee was last brewed. You wouldn’t expect a bakery to sell you day-old bread without disclosing it first right? A lot of places brew a pot after the lunch rush and then they keep it until it runs out. That coffee that you go for at 3 or 4 pm could be two or three hours old. You’ll know if you put milk in the coffee and it turns gray instead of light brown.
I avoid almost all afternoon coffee by ordering espresso drinks in the afternoon. They are always brewed on the spot. Keep it fresh by drinking fast.
I never thought that bees and coffee would make for good news but it does. A study recently determined that certain levels of caffeine enhance memory by shortening the time it takes to recall the memory. They called it memory consolidation. This all started because someone gave bees caffeine at certain flowers and the bees remembered those flowers. Next was a test on humans. The humans were shown cards and then they took a caffeine pill or placebo and were asked to look again at the cards and recall which images they remember. The kicker was that some of the images weren’t the same but similar and the caffeine crowd picked out those differences.
He concludes that caffeine enhances long-term memory by improving the process of memory consolidation. “This doesn’t mean people should only drink coffee after they’ve studied, and not before,” says Yassa. “I think you would get the boost regardless.” That’s because the process of consolidation is likely to begin as soon as new memories form.