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Honoring our Military Children

Did you know April is the Month of the Military Child? The month of the Military Child in April recognizes the unique challenges children in military families face. They face continually changing circumstances and often one or both of their parents enlist active duty or reserve, meaning at any given...

Caffeine..... Yes please!

Let’s start with how caffeine effects your body and your brain. Researchers have found that caffeine has positive effects on your brain, body overall, and central nervous system. Caffeine produces a feeling of pleasure and happiness…. Overall gives you positive vibes, this is because caffeine increases dopamine in the brain....

Did you know?

Did you know if you place a bowl of fresh coffee grounds in your fridge, and leave it for a day or two the coffee will absorb odors. This odor killing trick actually works everywhere else as well.  Did you know pricy cellulite creams and ointments almost always have caffeine...

Extraction

Coffee extraction refers to the process of extracting desirable compounds from coffee beans during the brewing of coffee. Extraction occurs when hot water is poured over coffee grounds, causing compounds such as caffeine, carbohydrates, lipids, melanoidins and acids to be transferred from the grounds to the water. Extraction is everything...

Acidity Friend or Foe

Let’s start with knowing what acidity is. Acidity is not that easy to define, mainly because it takes on many different forms.  A coffee that’s more acidic affects the flavor and the aroma, taking on the characteristics of stone fruits, sweet nectarines, or juicy apples. It can be understood as a...

The history behind the Irish coffee

Joe Sheridan was born in 1909 in Castlederg, County Tyrone in Northern Ireland. One of six sons, his family moved to Dublin after the death of his father, where he worked in a restaurant. In 1943, he applied for the job of chef at the airport in Foynes.  Foynes and...

Coffee Weather

According to the weather lore, coffee supposedly can foretell what type of weather is in store for you. There is a belief that if the bubbles of coffee collect in the center of your cup, you can expect fair weather. If they adhere to the cup, forming a ring, you...

Barely touching the surface of Roasting

Let’s talk about roasting. All you need to do is roast the green raw coffee until it goes brown. It doesn’t sound any more complicated than frying up a burger. But it certainly is! Coffee roasting is based on a science about which entire books have been written. How great...

How to create the perfect start each day.....

There are only two times of the day you have total control. The Start of your day and the end of your day. You can always attempt planning the middle of your day, but let’s be real, how often do tasks unfold the way you “planned” them? Sometimes your boss...

How much do you know about coffee?

For millions of people, coffee is an essential morning tradition that fuels the start of their day—and most of the time, you probably don’t even think about it. But behind every sip of coffee, there’s a fascinating story that begins in the country where it was grown and ends with...

Cupping Coffee at Home

Supplies Needed: Coffees (20 grams of each coffee) Grinder Scale (for measuring coffee weight) Timer Cupping Bowls (measuring capacity should be 160ml-200ml) Rinse cups filled with hot water Cupping spoons Hot water element  Vessel (to collect used coffee grounds) Mug or glass (to hold cupping spoons) Step One: Grind out...

Community during COVID19

There is always something you can do to help others. And by helping others you will also help yourself. Research shows that volunteering makes you happier and healthier.  Especially now, with most of us isolated from others or confined to interacting with only those in our household— it’s a great...

Seed to Cup

Have you noticed that more and more people are starting to show signs of interest in the origins of the coffee they are drinking? This new-found interest is the direct result of the Specialty Coffee movement and how the coffee industry is becoming a more sophisticated one. Coffee lovers like...

2021 Coffee Trends

Coffee trends are developing all of the time, every year there is always something new happening in the coffee industry. Nothing gets us more excited than that first cup of coffee in the morning. With 2020 behind us and a renewed sense of optimism, there’s a lot to look forward...

Espresso at Home

Preparing good espresso doesn’t have to be as complicated as you might think. With the correct equipment and a little bit of know-how, you’ll soon be pulling great shots in the comfort of your own kitchen. According to the SCA “espresso is a 25–35 ml beverage prepared from 7–9 grams of...

Welcome to chapter 2021

We have all had quite the experience in 2020. We may have been in the same waters, but we were not in the same boat. We have had silent battles, crying nights, jobless days, virtual hells, boredom, endless DIYs, and countless days at home. But we have also had more...