Those following me on Instagram (@shareyourkape) probably have seen that I was a tad bit too eager to pull the trigger on buying home brewing equipment, not to mention buying coffee beans frequently. Now that I’m working from home, I can’t rely on Baristas to prepare me good coffee anymore due to lockdown and the need to follow social distancing protocols. I also have more time to learn how to make coffee at home, thus I have no more excuses. So although I started the lockdown drinking instant coffee, I knew it wouldn’t be sustainable (and shouldn’t be). But here’s the thing: I’ve been doing this during one of the harshest summers in the Philippines that I can remember, and I’m still drinking hot coffee – and I think it helps.
I would not be surprised if online content of cooking anything are crushing views right now due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine (Phillippine Lockdown) caused by Covid-19. We’re in it for a more than a month now and a lot of people are either searching for new recipes or are trying to recreate some of their favorite meals from restaurants in their own homes.
Most people are scared of black coffee because they think it’s (absolutely) bitter. Most people first tried coffee in its instant form. Therefore most people associate sugar and creamer as essential ingredients for a proper cup of coffee. Sugar, aside from the cons of consuming too much, I can understand. Creamers, and I’m talking about non-dairy creamers here, I just cannot.
Happy Valentine’s Day 2020 everyone! Here are some coffee stories you may use to break the ice with your date. Yes, it’s back:
Here we go!
Breaking News: Coffee can prevent bone fracturing when you grow old!
- A study out of Hong Kong has determined that regular coffee drinkers had “significantly higher bone mineral density, a marker of strong bones”.
- 12 metabolites (read the link below, I have no idea what this means) “were significantly associated with coffee intake, including 6 caffeine metabolites”.
- Three of these were further associated with Bone Mineral Density (BMD). Simply put, these are “associated with both coffee consumption and strong bones that were less likely to fracture”
- The study involved 564 adults who self-reported their coffee consumption.
- Sources, including the published study itself, did not mention if the subjects consumed black coffee or with milk/cream. Wonder how many of the 564 only actually drank black coffee
Snails can help save coffee?
- Zachary Hajian-Forooshani found bright-orange poop on the underside of coffee plant’s leaves in Puerto Rico, poop that oddly had the same color as coffee rust
- Yes, I am now writing about poop. Read on, this is actually interesting
- The poop were from the invasive Asian tramp snail and he observed that these little things were actually eating coffee rust without damaging the leaves themselves.
- However, scientists and Hajian-Forooshani himself have reservations about utilizing these little pests on a large-scale to battle coffee rust. The small f***ers are notorious for eating anything.
Link to Haijan-Forooshani’s study: https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ecy.2966
Actual Stove Espresso, can anyone test this please?
- Coffee brewed using a Moka Pot was said to be almost espresso like. This product from the UK, the 9Barista, is supposed to actually make espresso from a stovetop brewer.
- It bears a lot of resemblance to the traditional Moka Pot, just taller (and more pretentious). It features a dual-boiler design able to accumulate 9 bars of pressure when heated.
- The makers, led by Jet Engineer Will Playford, claims it can yield espresso “akin to what’s made on commercial coffee bars”
- I’m just going to wait for someone to review this.
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Coffee breaks are an actual thing. In offices here in the Philippines, there are usually two 15-minute coffee breaks every day and these are actually discussed by HR. Of course almost everyone doesn’t really use these breaks to get coffee but that may be the company’s fault. Yes, if you want to gauge how invested your company is to your career, you should base it on the coffee available for your consumption.
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