A loci is a term used in genetics and recently eight loci were identified as genes that determine coffee drinking behavior. And I always thought I just liked the taste!
The study was conducted with 120,000 people so they have a good sample but they said that, “the scientists were able to determine why some people need more of the stimulant than others for optimal caffeine effect.” This leads me to believe that preference for the taste has little to do with genetics. They mostly seemed to link the genetic need to drink coffee to smokers and alcoholics that are addicted and, of course, coffee has that little part called caffeine.
Apparently people cannot live for more than 24 hours without coffee. That’s funny that I am being sarcastic when I’m writing about coffee on a blog but even I think that it gets a little ridiculous.
Do you need fresh espresso, not powered or pre-ground, but fresh espresso when you’re:
At the beach
In the desert
Because I live in such a large city I find it difficult to imagine anywhere that doesn’t have access to a few coffee places or stores to buy coffee but I must be wrong. Check out the Minipresso in this YouTube video and get your hand muscles ready.
I know that coffee is popular now but this is ridiculous. I see a new gadget or toy for coffee every day and sometimes twice a day. Are people really buying this stuff? Some of it seems great and others are just pure indulgence.
No electric needed espresso. The ROK Manual Espresso Maker. Looks great, but at $200…I don’t know. It sure is cool-looking on your countertop.
My favorite so far…coffee cubes that only need hot water. I like to camp and this is perfect provided you can heat up some water. Only $15 for 24 cubes AND they’re pre-sweetened! The bad reviews on Amazon say that the taste isn’t so great but…it’s coffee, in a cube, while you’re camping! What’s your alternative?!?!
As I surf the internet throughout the week I come across some very interesting coffee gadgets and I keep meaning to post them on GravesendBlend.com but often I don’t do it because I have nothing to write about them. Take this one, for example, the HG One Grinder. It’s over $900! I love coffee and I think you need a good grinder to get good tasting coffee but I can’t afford that.
Having said all of that, here is a link to a $900+ coffee grinder, that looks really cool, but I cannot review.
I’ve never been a big fan of the effects of caffeine from coffee only because I like to drink coffee and after too many cups I get jittery. I’ve tried a few decaffeinated coffees and I think they are quite good so maybe that’s the way to go forward.
Anyway, I find this a stretch but now they are tying coffee drinking in with ethics. “They” say that when you’re sleep deprived you can be more susceptible to unethical behavior. If that’s an excuse to have fresh coffee available at work, I’m all for it!
“Our research shows that sleep deprivation contributes to unethical behavior at work by making you more susceptible to social influences, such as a boss who tells you to do something deceptive or unethical,” said Michael Christian, an organizational behavior professor at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. “Caffeine can help you resist by strengthening your self-control and willpower when you’re exhausted.”
If you want to see the future then take a look at Textspresso by ZipWhip. This company hacked a De’Longhi espresso-maker and set it up to receive brewing instructions from texting.
Instead of me writing about this just watch their three-minute video. You’ll find out soon enough that this is not for sale but if that depresses you then get a Starbucks app on your phone. Their next version will allow you to Pre-Order your coffee. The most ridiculous part of this machine is that it prints a number ON TOP of your coffee so if it’s done before you get there and someone else texted an order you’ll know which one is yours.
ZipWhip is a company that makes texting software. ZipWhip
Samantha Cristoforetti doesn’t have to go to the International Space Station and experience the dark, cold and lonely feeling of outer space.
Samantha Cristoforetti official portrait in an EMU spacesuit
Her mission will bring the most exciting piece of technology in the last 200 years and will make space travel something everyone can participate in. Mars will be next and we’ll be buying our Mars tickets on JetBlue.
The ISSpresso machine (the ISS stands for International Space Station) changes the game in outer space.
Luca Parmitano is the astronaut who nearly drowned during a spacewalk last July when his helmet filled with water from his suit’s cooling system. He’s also known for missing espresso and he talked about that often. Donald Pettit, another astronaut that missed coffee while in space, offered some ideas for the design. Pettit invented and patented a zero-gravity cup for sipping coffee versus sucking it with a straw.
Antonio Pilello, a spokesman for the company making the machine said, “You know, coffee is very important for Italian people. We are really hard to please about it!”
This was posted on gravesendblend.com back on Tuesday, July 19, 2011.
Sometimes you just have some bad luck. The last couple of beans I’ve bought have been disappointing.￼
I had ordered two (1) pound bags from Caribou Coffee and once they started to get low I went local and bought a can of Illy in my neighborhood. Illy is not bad coffee and it’s not cheap either. This 8.8 oz can cost about $13. I was surprised to find out that this just didn’t have a lot of flavor and even came off a little weak. I think that part of the problem is that it’s a medium roast but I have not yet pressed this coffee and I’m expecting better things once I use it in the press pot.
illy Coffee Can
Mud Truck Coffee
My next attempt was at a store in Park Slope Brooklyn called Union Market. This store is full of high-end, fresh food. I only needed a few items and seeing the prices I was happy that this wasn’t the store I use for my ￼usual shopping. In the coffee isle I assumed that all of the brands would be good but one bag really caught my attention, the Mud Truck. Sometimes I’m a sucker for a colorful bag but I also remember getting coffee from this truck (and other trucks) in New York City so I wanted to give this one a try. I chose the darker roast but again, the coffee disappointed.
I’m expecting both of these to be better once I send them through a press pot but in the drip machine, they are just average. I’ll be making another entry on both of these once I drink them out of the press pot.