I Bought A Home Coffee Roaster!

So, I have been having a blast roasting my own coffee beans at home! I started with a air popcorn popper and got okay results. I then roasted them in my cast iron skillet on my gas grill but I ran out of propane before I got to medium roast. Frustrated with the process, I decided to buy a reasonably priced home roaster on Amazon. I was very excited when it arrived. This type of roaster works best when roasting anywhere from 300 – 500 grams of beans. I tried 400 grams of Anthony’s green coffee beans with my first […]

Why Does Naturally Cooled Coffee Taste Nasty?

Okay, so what we’re talking about is coffee that has been brewed hot and slowly reaches room temperature. We’re not talking about cold brew coffee or hot brewed coffee that is quickly chilled, say with ice. Now that we got that out of the way, here is what happens. From USA Today: “As hot coffee cools, these lactones break down to become carboxylic and chlorogenic acids. These acids present themselves via a bitter/acidic flavor in the cup,” he said. “This combined with the oxidization that is also occurring as coffee cools down just makes for a super unpleasant taste most […]

Let’s Thank The Birds And Bees For Our Morning Coffee!

So coffee isn’t the first thing I think of when discussing the Birds and Bees…😳 But here me out! Birds help control pests that eat/ruin the coffee fruit and Bees help to pollinate the coffee plants! Plus, there’s more! From Phys.org: A recent study researched how birds helped control pests and how bees helped pollinate coffee farms. The research showed how working with wildlife can help farmers make more money. But it is just one example of the benefits nature gives us that we take for granted. Nature purifies the water we drink and the air we breathe, it helps […]

Is Global Warming Affecting Coffee Production?

In a word yes. this article explains it much better than I can.  From  CircleOfBlue.org Extreme weather is affecting the cost of coffee. Between April 2020 and December 2021, coffee prices increased 70% after droughts and frost destroyed crops in Brazil, the world’s largest coffee-producing country. The economic ramifications could be profound, since it’s estimated that as many as 120 million of the world’s poorest depend on coffee production for their survival. John Furlow, director of the Columbia Climate School’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), said coffee farmers in places like Costa Rica and Jamaica can’t just move […]

Does Coffee Actually Dehydrate You?

So, conventional wisdom says that, since caffeine is a diuretic, drinking coffee would dehydrate you. Not so fast! A new study suggests that moderate consumption of caffeine beverages like coffee can actually be hydrating. from LifeSavvy: As you’re likely already aware, coffee contains caffeine which is a diuretic. It causes your body to create more urine and could increase blood flow to the kidneys. The result is that you pee more, and that could affect hydration. That caffeine content paired with how often you drink coffee can determine whether it could be hydrating. So the idea that coffee dehydrates you? […]

I Roasted Coffee Beans At Home!

I was watching this TedX talk that my cousin in Portugal forwarded to me. It was about how roasting your own coffee leads to a far better tasting coffee that keeps its vitality for about a week. I became a little obsessed about trying to roast coffee at home! So, I did some research on the different ways to roast coffee at home and found out that using an air popcorn popper works fairly well. I’ve got one of those!! So, I went online to find some green coffee beans to roast and bought Stone Street Colombian Supremo from Amazon. […]

Coffee Can Prevent Kidney Stones: New Study

A new study shows that drinking coffee may prevent kidney stones. From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Our findings show that going from, for example, one cup a day to 1.5 cups per day, reduces the risk of kidney stones by 40 percent,” study co-author Susanna C. Larsson, PhD, said in a press release. “Our findings strongly suggest that regular coffee consumption reduces the risk of kidney stone formation.” A kidney stone is a hard object made from chemicals in the urine. After formation, the stone may stay in the kidney or travel down the urinary tract into the ureter. More than […]

YIKES!! Study: Drinking Coffee Makes You Spend More

Whoa! So, do you want to avoid overspending when shopping? Don’t drink coffee! I can’t believe I just typed that!! From Science Daily: If you’re trying to scale back on impulse purchases, then you may want to hold off on drinking that coffee. An international study led by the University of South Florida (USF) found that caffeine impacts what you buy and how much you spend when shopping. The research team ran three experiments in retail stores — an industry that’s increasingly been adding coffee bars near their entrances. In their study published in the Journal of Marketing, they found that shoppers […]

Drinking Coffee Can Extend Your Life: New Study

Another study from The Annals of Internal Medicine links drinking coffee to living a longer life. From MSN: “The newest study analyzed coffee consumption habits of more than 170,000 people in the United Kingdom ages 37 to 73 and followed them for an average of seven years. Researchers found that those who drank between 1.5 to 3.5 cups of coffee per day were 16% to 21% less likely to die from all-cause, cancer-related and cardiovascular disease-related mortality during the study period than non-coffee drinkers.“ Yup. A steady stream of studies that continue to show how beneficial coffee can be to improve your health and […]

Drinking Coffee Lowers Coronavirus Risk

Did I read that correctly?!! There is some good news for coffee addicts regarding COVID-19. According to a recent study in The UK, drinking at least one cup of coffee a day reduces your risk of contracting the disease! From WION: A study conducted by researchers from the Northwestern University has revealed that people who consume one or more cups of coffee per day have nearly 10 per cent less chance of getting infected by the deadly coronavirus, in comparison to those who are not consuming coffee at all. So, what are we to take from this study? Is it […]