How Do You Take Your Coffee? Clear.

What is the worst part about coffee?  For me, it’s the caffeine.  I see so many pictures and phrases that praise the caffeine and talk about how people are some sort of angry zombies without caffeinated coffee.  If you ask me, it’s the worst part because I like everything else about coffee so if I didn’t have to get so jittery I’d drink more of it.

But I digress…

Is color an issue?  If you’re concerned about stained teeth then Clear Coffee is the drink for you.  I haven’t tried it but they claim to have made coffee completely clear but kept the taste.  However the description might say different.  On their website the exact copy is,

“It is produced by methods which have never been used before. Due to this combination of technology and high quality ingredients a drink has been developed which is unique in taste and flavour.”

I find it even strange to look at.  Unique in taste and flavour?  You mean it doesn’t have that common taste of coffee?

No links to Amazon and no (real) reviews on their website so far.  The Instagram account is the typical shots of people holding the bottle and some shots of the bottle as if it’s on vacation.

Clear Coffee

Is this Old No. 7am?

Looks like everyone is making coffee now.  Good old Jack Daniel’s has decided to make a drink for the morning as well as that drink for the evening.

From what I can see the coffee is made in New Jersey (not Tennessee) at World of Coffee.  It’s a medium roast and only available ground but the “distinct caramel and vanilla notes of Jack Daniel’s® Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey are evident in each sip.”  World of Coffee is a pretty big place that’s been around for a while.  They do lots of bulk coffee and they offer to put your own logo or brand on the bag.  If you wanted, you could have them roast your own brand.  I’m not sure if they roast in New Jersey but they offer different roasting options so they do it somewhere.

I’m not a flavored coffee fan but I’ll give anything a try.  I’ll let you know if I end up brewing a batch but for now, this just makes me wonder if coffee is more popular than water.

www.jackdanielscoffee.com

Posts from the Past: Updates: Pressing Illy and Aloha Hawaii

This was posted on gravesendblend.com back in July 23, 2011

I have three updates for you today, I’ve pressed the Illy coffee and the Mud Truck coffee and the peaberry, from Coffees of Hawaii, arrived.

First the Hawaiian coffee.  I posted on July 20th that I had lost a shipment of peaberry from Coffees of Hawaii in the mail.  The tracking number stated that it was delivered but it wasn’t delivered to me.  Who ever got my bag of peaberry, I hope you enjoyed it and gave Coffees of Hawaii some business.  But today I’m happy to report that a new bag was shipped and delivered to my front door.  I will post my opinion on it’s flavor soon.

Second, I posted some disappointment on July 19th about some recent purchases that didn’t have much flavor but I had deduced that my method of brewing was to blame.  The results are in and I was right in one instance.  The Illy opened right up and when from being a 5 (on the scale of one to ten) to a 9.  The Mud Truck brand, I’m sorry to say, didn’t get much better however it did go from a 5 to a 7.

It’s pretty safe to say that all coffee will taste better if properly brewed in a press pot.  I often make American Drip coffee in the morning because I like to have more than one cup and I can make more in my drip machine without it going stale.  Pressed coffee needs to be drunk fairly quickly and coffee left in the press pot doesn’t taste good to me so I would have to clean out the press pot and start over and I’m just not interested in doing that in the morning.

I’ll be pressing both the Illy and Mud Truck from here on in.

The Swedish Coffee Truck of 1950

You have to love Sweden promoting coffee in 1950 with a truck designed to look like a coffee pot (although many say it looks like a tea pot instead of a coffee pot).  This thing could brew 1440 cups of coffee an hour!  This would be great for movie sets on location.

I found this information on the Perrabolo blog.

The rig was 17 m (56 feet) long and the trailer had its own generator, water pump and a water tank with hydrophore. Tractor cab was designed as a coffee cauldron from the trailer that also served coffee. The trailer contained three coffee makers that together could brew 24 cups / min or 1440 cups / hour. The record for a day was 12,000 cups! It was also equipped with refrigerators, coffee cream and a large dishwasher. 700 coffee cups made of porcelain were available. Aroma-courier drove the length and breadth around for a few years on in 1960.

Coffee promotional truck in Sweden, 1950

Coffee promotional truck in Sweden, 1950

Coffee promotional truck in Sweden

Coffee promotional truck in Sweden

 

Coffee promotional truck in Sweden

Coffee promotional truck in Sweden

 

Coffee Truck Service

Serving coffee, on-the-go!

Don’t Rush Us with your PSL!

I never like seeing holidays (and, in some cases, holidays that represent seasons) pushed on the public in the form of retail.  Seeing Christmas decorations in the store while I’m wearing shorts and going to the beach just feels wrong.  Apparently Sean Bauer is taking this feeling to the next level.  He has been protesting this behavior for the past couple of years but I only found out when a friend sent me this article on delish.com.  Beware, delish.com has a good amount of intrusive ads.

http://www.delish.com/food-news/a48980/pumpkin-spice-protestors-at-starbucks-wawa/

Can Coffee be Hand-Pulled?

Hand-pulled coffee is a common technique used in Malaysian coffee.  It involves mixing the coffee and milk by pouring the coffee from on container into another…and the higher your pour, the more foam you create.  And it looks really cool too.

I found this video online today about a place called Kopitiam on Canal Street in Manhattan.  The video explains a good deal about what is white coffee and black coffee but mostly it has to do with what the beans are roasted with.  Both are roasted with salt but black coffee is roasted with butter and white coffee beans are roasted with olive oil.

The Craft Movement 

When something becomes popular then everyone jumps on the bandwagon.  In the food world, one word we see a lot is craft.  Usually we see it with something involving a beverage.

So is this going to be on every bag of coffee now?

  

Posts from the Past: Beans Over Broadway.

This was posted on gravesendblend.com back in December 20, 2011.

Do you like coffee so much it makes you break out in song? Robert Galinsky does. As a matter of fact, he sings so much about coffee he figured he’d make it a Broadway play. You can guess the name, it’s called Coffee The Musical.

The project went up on Kickstarter and raised over $50,000 back in April, 2011. The last update that I could read was in July. The update said that they were almost ready for feedback on the script. Some new coffee videos were posted. They asked for actors to audition and a few other small things. A few weeks ago in December they posted a date for a staged reading but the post is only viewable to backers and I did not donate any money. Now they have an official website and it tells me that this reading will most likely take place at the New York City Coffee & Tea Festival in February. Look for another post on that later.

From watching the video on their kickstarter page it seems that the story will center around many of the things that happen in a coffee cafe such as friendships, love, business, etc. I do not think that the coffee bean itself, will have a front seat. Much like the play Rent that centered around many of the things people do to pay their rent instead of the whole process of renting. The main song is called Hot Black Stuff and it tries to cover all of the bases of coffee-drinking but ends up sounding like a song about how people need it wake up.

So who is Robert Galinsky? He’s the founder of the New York Reality TV School. I hope I didn’t ruin the secret of reality TV for anyone. The school claims that they don’t teach you how to act in a reality TV show but instead, how to find yourself and how best to package yourself. Sounds like reality TV is nothing more than huge publicity vehicles for actors and…..oops! I did it again, ruined the secret of reality TV. Either way, I can’t find any mention of Coffee The Musical on his reality TV school website.

I’ll be posting more stuff on this show in the next few days. For now here are a few links to some websites about the musical.

Official Website

Kickstarter Page

Facebook Page

New York Times Article

I’m Golden!

Once again, I did it!  I qualified for Gold Status!

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Sounds impressive and it was, about ten years ago.  Starbucks was one of the first companies where I bought their card that you could reload and use it like a prepaid credit card at their stores.  I used the card so much that I was eventually elevated to their gold card.  At the time the big perk was 30 minutes of free wi-fi.  Free wi-fi is so abundant in New York City now that many people don’t remember that ten years ago you had to pay to use wi-fi and it was usually capped at 10 minutes or so.  We even had these things called internet cafés.

About six months after I spent my way into the wonderful world of the elite gold card members of Starbucks, they made all of their wi-fi free and all I get now is a free drink on my birthday.  They also give us gold members free refills on coffee and a free drink after 12 stars.

Yes, I live the good life.

#10 out of 10 Things Baristas Won’t Tell You

We’ve made it to the end of this list.  According to several people in the coffee industry and the author of this article, we have a list of ten things that baristas won’t tell you.  It’s an old article from February of 2012 but I still felt like commenting on it.  I didn’t see that many changes in the coffee industry over the last three years.

10. “Be nice, or we might ‘decaf’ you!”

It’s tough to tell decaf from the real thing — and aggravated baristas have been known to retaliate against rude or condescending customers by serving them the former when they asked for regular coffee. “I’m not proud of it, but I’ve done it,” says Vogt. “People treat you like you’re dumb because you’re in the food industry.” Typically, the unsuspecting party won’t notice the difference and may even come back for more. But while “decaffing” is one thing, most baristas know better when it comes to the opposite, since swapping in caffeinated coffee for decaf can be a health risk. “You definitely don’t give someone caffeine if they ask for decaf,” says Vogt.

This one is funny to me only because I like coffee because of the taste and the caffeine part is just part of the deal.  Sometimes I wish that there was less caffeine in coffee so I could drink more without the jitters.

I worked in a golf club when I was a teenager and we did this at the end of parties.  We served regular caffeinated coffee but if the wedding band was still playing and it was getting ridiculously late, we served decaf to anyone that asked for regular coffee.   And they would ask for regular coffee so they could stay up longer!  It’s 2am and this party should have ended hours ago and this guy wants to push it another hour?!  Does he not realize that I still have to clean up this mess so it’s going to take at least an hour after he leaves before I can begin my trek home.  Serving someone decaf isn’t so terrible in my book but I suppose if it’s not what you paid for, it’s wrong.