Monday, March 28, 2016

Rinse the paper before brewing your coffee

Usually when I brew my cup of coffee in the morning, the procedure is always the same. Put the paper filter in the coffee maker, put the right amount of coffee into it and press the start button. It never crosses my mind to rinse the paper filter. Not until one of my friends told me that she smells paper in my coffee.  I never put any paper in the coffee and wonder how she gets the idea of paper smell. She told me that it might be due to the paper filter that I’m using. I never did taste or sense the difference until I did a test. I brew two cups of coffee using the same coffee beans, water and procedure. The only difference is using paper filter straight from the package and rinse the paper filter before adding the coffee. This way it actually tastes different. The best my sensor can tell is the odd extra smell from the coffee using paper filter directly. From that day onwards, I tend to rinse the paper filter with hot water first before making my coffee.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

This is the kind of Website you should be getting for a coffee shop

The check out the coffee shop The Grand Café or shall I say the website of this coffee shop. Just for a few second going through the website I already have the intention to go visit the actual shop. In other words, this website has successfully persuaded me to visit the shop. Judging by the looks of it, it should be fairly expensive. But if the food and coffee taste great, I don’t mind paying it once in a while for an enjoyable moment. Especially if I’m trying to impress a special person of mine, this might just be the right café to check out. So if I’m planning to open a coffee shop or a café, I will try to create similar website for my shop. I suppose we call this branding.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

How to brew the perfect cuppa?

Check out the infographic on how to brew the perfect cuppa. I actually find this chart a simple explanation on how to get the cup of cuppa you want. You won’t find any secrets or special way but a normal regular way to brew cuppa. This infographic is for beginners and those who just starting to enjoy coffee.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The coffee Chart

This coffee chart shows how to make different types of coffee with ingredient and ratio. I kind of like this chart because it helps me to search and try out different types of coffee. One thing I don’t like about this chart is the wording might be too small. The links are also a bit difficult to track. Perhaps I should just save myself the trouble and just let the coffee shop prepare the coffee I want.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

The shape of the cup and coffee content

Have you ever think about the types of coffee that can order in a coffee shop? Just by changing the amount of coffee mixing with milk will gives you several types of coffee. Again I still can’t remember their names. The coffee cup which comes along with the order too is different. At some coffee shop they even serve different types of coffee using different types of coffee cup. Unless you are having it to go with the same paper cup, the coffee cup presented on your table will be different. This is actually kind of interesting with each unique way of presentation. The problem that waitress will be facing is the amount of coffee pour into the cup and the ratio might be difficult to determine. Perhaps they can solve this problem by preparing all the coffee using the same coffee cup container before pouring into the cup for customer. It is actually a bit troublesome and causing more work for the waitress, but it can be a way to attract customers. Customers who come for coffee everyday will be wondering what kind of coffee cup they will be getting today. Check out the infographic below for the coffee espresso chart. I am currently trying to remember and memorize the names of the coffee espresso. Perhaps I should just copy this chart into my phone for reference.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Coffee names and the shape of the cup and caffeine

Honestly I am still struggling to remember the names of the coffee that I’m going to order in the coffee shop. I just couldn’t match the image of the coffee with the names. They don’t even call it small or big but instead short or tall. I just wonder when height ever applied to liquid. If you don’t find it strange, perhaps you can try walk into a restaurant or a bar and try this.

“Please give me a tall cup of water.”
“I like a beer, tall
“I would like to have a cup of tea, short
“I’ll have the orange juice, doppio

Just watch closely on how waitress react as they take your orders. Perhaps only those who visited a coffee shop understand exactly what you are trying to say.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Work begins from a slip of coffee

It might be healthy to just drink pure simple water but that might be a bit dull. Before we start work for the day we tend to have coffee. After a day’s work we usually go for a drink. Don’t you think life is a bit boring to just have water before and after work?

We begin our life by drinking water only. As we grow older we started to try and explore other drinks. Before we even notice how old we gotten, coffee has become part of our life or the way to start our work. How many of you still remember when is the first time that you take your first slip of coffee? When did you discover that your work is inconclusive without the present of coffee?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The most expensive espresso machine

Honestly I think most people don’t buy these expensive espresso machines unless you are super rich. Usually company or coffee shop is the ones who will be purchasing them. It serves not just an espresso machine to make coffee but also an attraction to gain more customers. At this point a bad espresso will not be allowed. The person who operates this espresso machine will not allow him or herself to brew a bad cup of espresso because it will just be a waste of having the espresso machine. If you happen to see similar espresso machine in a coffee shop, you might want to stop by for a cup of espresso. It is definitely worth a try. Remember to watch the process while they prepare your cup of espresso.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The cheapest espresso machine

This is the kind of espresso machine that we can buy and place it in our kitchen. It might be the cheapest espresso machine but we are still able to brew some nice cup of coffee. Of cause it will take come practice and skill to actually master the proper way to brew an espresso. Honestly, it is no doubt much easier to get the cup of espresso from a coffee shop, but you won’t be having much fun this way. Getting your own espresso machine means you get to play around with the gadgets. When you have mastered the equipment and able to make a nice cup of espresso, which means it is time to call your friends over and show them what you can do with it. Your espresso will taste better when you enjoy it with your friends who appreciate your hard work and skill of brewing a nice cup of espresso. Remember that it won’t be easy because espresso machine is not the only thing that you need to invest in order to get a nice cup of espresso.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Jobs or professions that need coffee to survive

I think almost any job or profession needs coffee at some point. Unless you are able to stay awake and focus, you won’t need that caffeine. Occasionally you will encounter one of those days that you just can’t keep your eyes open. This is the time to get some coffee and hope that your boss won’t be asking what you did last night. Usually early morning before work is the best time to get a cup of coffee just in case your energy level is not sufficient enough to keep your awake and focus for the whole day work. But if you are the type of person who always has a cup of coffee every morning, sometimes a cup of coffee just might not enough.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

13 proven health benefits of coffee?

There are a lot of articles that state the benefits of consuming coffee. The 13 proven health benefits of coffee from Authority Nutrition is the latest article which I found interesting. As much as I love coffee, having too much coffee will make my stomach uncomfortable. Although I do believe that drinking coffee does have some effect on our health, I just don’t see it directly. Perhaps it takes a longer time to see the effect. Below are the 13 statement listed in the article which come together with some questions and comments before and after I have my coffee.

Coffee can improve energy levels and make you smarter.
I am still unable to solve my problems.

Coffee can help you burn fat.
I am still fat.

The caffeine can drastically improve physical performance.
I am still unable to lift the car like Superman.

There are essential nutrients in coffee.
Does that mean it is better to have coffee instead of fruit juice?

Coffee May lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.
Good, but there are still a lot of diseases and sickness out there.

Coffee May protect you from Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia.
Two down but still a lot of diseases and sickness to prevent in the list.

Caffeine may lower the risk of Parkinson’s
Three down… but wait. Lower the risk does not mean we are 100% free from the diseases and sickness.

Coffee appears to have protective effects on the liver.
Shields up for liver. What about other parts of my organs?

Coffee can fight depression and make you happier.
Nowadays it will take a whole lot of coffee to fight off depression, especially Monday.

Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of some types of cancer.
We are still at high risk for some other types of cancer.

Coffee does not cause heart disease and may lower the risk of stroke.

We are still getting stroke and heart disease.

Coffee may help you live longer.
Having a longer life might not be a good thing.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

A day without coffee

A day without coffee usually is a day that I do not need to work. When I’m resting, I choose to have something else rather than coffee. But sometimes I am still getting my regular coffee as usual when I’m not working. That means there are other important stuff which I need to attend to but not related to work. Surprisingly the coffee tastes differently on these days even if I’m getting the same coffee from the same coffee shop. I suppose the coffee taste better when I’m not working. Perhaps this is the only time that I can really enjoying my coffee.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

The underwater mine coffee maker

That is the first impression when I look at the picture. The coffee maker sure looks like some sort of bomb. I suppose the spikes are for decoration only. Will I get this coffee maker? I will unless I’m using it to show off instead of just making coffee. It will be nice to show it to my friends when I invited them over for a cup of coffee.

Monday, March 07, 2016

I just cannot drink coffee from this cup

As much as I love coffee, I just cannot drink from this coffee cup. The toilet coffee cup is actually an interesting design but the question of who wants to drink from a toilet cup often rings in my head. If you don’t think about it, perhaps you are still able to drink from the cup. Unfortunately human is very good when it comes to imagination. Especially if you had a very unpleasant experience in the toilet, you won’t be able to get that cup near your face.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Decaf might be healthy but that is not coffee

I will choose water if decaf is the only coffee that I’m going to get. Coffee without caffeine is just not for me. I need coffee because I need something to keep me focus and stay awake when I’m working. If a cup of coffee in the morning can help to keep me productive for the rest of the day, so be it.

Friday, March 04, 2016

The evolution of the transaction

How do you pay for your food or coffee? Cash or money is what we are using currently. Back in the old days we use barter system, which is basically exchanging goods. Before currency is invented we are actually having difficulties in getting the things we need. When currency or money came out, we saw a lot of different types which evolved from vary material to represent currency or money. Lately the most interesting currency is bitcoin. This is one currency which did not mention if the infographic. I suppose it will take a longer time before people can actually accept bitcoin as a currency. But first bitcoin will have to survive as daily basic usage to exchange goods. Another idea or theory about currency is that perhaps maybe one day the world will be using only one type of currency. In other words, instead of having US dollar, Japan Yen and British pound, we will be using only one currency for all. The concept is basically the same as the launching of Euro currency which combining several currencies of Europe.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Having coffee at home is not the same having it at a coffee house

The same coffee will taste different when you are having it at home or at a coffee house. Different environment and different situation makes the coffee taste different. At home you are relax and comfortable. The coffee will be much easier to consume. When you are at a coffee house, you will be a bit alert because you are not alone. Your sensor will be up to prepare for the things that might be happening in the coffee house. Indirectly you will be able to taste the coffee better. If You are waiting for a person while having your coffee, your mood and emotion will affect your taste of coffee. I'm not sure about this but coffee seems to taste differently when you are waiting for your lover compare to your boss. Test it yourself and find out if this is true or not.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Did you feel the difference before and after having your coffee?

My personal experience is a boost to focus on my work after having my cup of coffee. Especially if you are feeling sleepy, tired and not in the mood to do anything, a cup of coffee can actually bring life and soul back to your body. Usually we won’t be able to see the changes or differences physically. Mostly it is the psychology effect. That means your speech, conversation, behavior and attitude will indicate a slight difference before and after having coffee. Especially if you are the kind of person which consume at least a cup of coffee every day, 2 days without coffee will make you a different person. In worst case scenario you might not know who you are after a week without coffee. You can say that coffee is a kind of drink which turns you into a super hero. Without coffee you will turn back into a regular ordinary person.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

The idiot guide of smarter coffee drinking

Well, I’m not sure how to drink coffee the smarter way. All I know is that when I feel the need of coffee, I just have to get myself a cup of coffee fast. Depending on the taste of the coffee that I’m getting, it is going to affect my mood and working performance for that particular day. My life is seriously depending on the cup of coffee. Thus it is very important that I make sure that I get a nice cup of coffee.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Coffee mug design specifically for coffee lovers

Honestly, the longer I watch the video clip, the higher the estimation price of the products goes up in my mind. With the same amount of money that I’m going to pay for the coffee gadgets, I probably can get myself a lot of fine quality coffee for months. I am actually very impressed with the coffee mug, but I don’t think if I’m going to pay hundred dollars for a coffee mug. I understand that it is crucial to drink the coffee under the right temperature. I also know that it is very difficult to keep your favorite coffee within the right temperature for a long period of time. I will only consider buying this special coffee mug if I’m always on the go due to my job. I am the type of person who enjoys having coffee in the coffee shop. Perhaps it is because the window for drinking the coffee at the right temperature is short and limited, it makes me cherish the cup of coffee and try to capture the moment every single time.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The coffee lamp post

This design actually makes me drive in for a cup of coffee. It basically says the coffee is served and ready for you to pick up. All you need to do is drive in. If smoke actually comes out from the coffee cup, it will make the design perfect. If I’m going to open up a coffee shop, I probably will consider getting a big size of coffee cup similar with this design. It should be sending the signal “We are brewing the coffee that you want. Come get it”

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The White and Black Coffee

This photo is impressive. I wonder if the man and woman post for the photo are actually able to maintain that position for the camera man to take the shot. The angle and color is just perfect. It looks simple but might not easy to produce such photo. It really does give a deep impression of coffee. Do you want to get a cup of coffee after watching this? I suppose there isn’t any coffee call White and Black coffee.

Friday, February 26, 2016

The great sea of Mac Donald Coffee

How much coffee do we need to brew a sea of coffee? If there is such a big sea of coffee, what will you do? Will you jump into the sea of coffee and drink as much coffee as you want? Will you swim around and check out how deep the sea of coffee? Will you take a bath in the sea of coffee? Perhaps you can try soaking your hair into the sea of coffee for the color and coffee smell. Or you can get a big tank and bring back as much coffee as you can for daily consumption. What else can you do with a sea of coffee? Build a coffee theme park?

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Mona Lisa and coffee

The first thing that comes to my mind when I saw this photo is how they manage to do it. My guess is they already work it out using a computer and calculated the numbers of coffee cup required and the specific color of the coffee. Next is just prepared and arrange the coffee cup accordingly. The difficult part is how accurate you are able to follow the blue print. It is actually a work of art using coffee to create the Mona Lisa. I don’t suppose the coffee will taste good. Most of the coffee will be too cold to drink. At the end the coffee is good for a look but not for drink. A lot of milk is used for the white color.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Ikawa Coffee Roaster

The coolest thing about Ikawa Coffee Roaster is the usage of smartphone app. I’m not sure if the coffee produce will taste good or not. Honestly I have my doubts. But I’m pretty sure this is yet another great coffee equipment to show off to my friends, especially if I’m going to invite some of my friends who love to drink coffee. Brewing a nice cup of coffee already looks complicated and difficult. I’m not sure if I’m capable of roasting some nice coffee beans. If this continues on, I might be planting my own coffee tree. I think I probably want to spend my time, money and energy on drinking coffee rather than doing all the hard work.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Mixing different type of coffee beans

We know that there are a lot of coffee beans sold in the market. If you try to brew each type of coffee using coffee beans from different countries, you will get different taste. So if you are looking for a unique taste of coffee which can’t be found in any coffee shop, the best way is to mix your own brand of coffee. The method is much easier than trying to roast your own coffee bean. The idea is simple but the process is difficult. You will have to go through thousands of combination in order to find the right taste of coffee. This suggestion is only base on the same ratio for 2 different types of coffee beans. We still have yet to include different amount of ratio and trying to combine more than 2 different types of coffee bean. If you really going into details and determine to fine the best unique taste of coffee, you might have to test millions of combination. Take for example if you are able to test 10 combination of coffee beans each day, you can only test 3650 combination within a year. So it might take years of testing in order to find the right combination.

It is actually not a bad idea trying to test different combination using different type of coffee beans. Once you get used to the combination technique and master the taste of coffee, you can easily mix the coffee beans and try to tune the best taste given the ingredients you have. Remember that you still have different type of sugar, different type of milk and different type of water to brew your coffee. A slight different using different type of ingredients can make the coffee taste totally different. The art of brewing coffee is actually the same as playing around with chemicals in a science lab.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Coffee or couple

Perhaps couple of coffee is best to describe the cinema graphic. My guess is the couple decided to have a romantic slow dance while waiting for the coffee to be ready. Although it takes just a few minutes before the coffee is ready to be serve, the waiting process seems to be very enjoyable. I suppose the coffee brew this way taste sweeter than anything else in the world.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The coffee the red lips or the scorpion?

As you can see at the left bottom of the picture, it says the bite of coffee. I wonder if they are referring to the scorpion or the mouth. The photo is very attractive and creative but I don’t feel the urge to drink coffee looking at it. I suppose for quality and artistic wise the photo actually scores a high point. Unfortunately it fails to make me drink coffee. If you are talking about branding, it actually does make a deep impression in my mind.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

It is actually easy to make a perfect cup of coffee at home

Honestly, it is actually very easy to make a perfect cup of coffee at home. Basically you just have to be strict and follow the rules accordingly. Basically you need fresh beans, grind yourself, store properly, using correct ratio of water and temperature and finally keep your coffee maker clean. Skip any of the process will eventually change the taste of your coffee. Especially if you are hoping to brew the best perfect taste of coffee that you want, you have to make sure that you did every step properly and correct. That means you need to be detail and precise in the process of brewing your coffee.

Friday, February 19, 2016

What that plate under your coffee cup is actually for?

When I was young, my grandfather used to pour hot drinks into the small plate to make it cool off faster so that I can have a taste. Well, back then it was tea instead of coffee I’m getting. But that is the only way I’ve seen people using that small plate under the coffee cup. Especially if you are staying in a hot country which it takes a long time for the drinks to cool off, that small plate under coffee cup seems to become very handy in cooling off hot drinks.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The smooth flowing espresso shot which makes you cry for coffee

I really enjoy this video clip as it really turns on my desire for more coffee. Perhaps it might be because of the color of the coffee as it flows. From the beginning as the coffee is being squeeze through the holes of the coffee machines, it begin to form a reverse shape of mountains. Several reverse mountains shape slowly gathers and finally combine into one single reverse mountain shape. The color of the coffee mix with yellow and brown shows you that this is a fresh brew coffee. I can watch this video clip over and over again without getting bored. It might be a good idea to just download this video clip into the smartphone and watch it any time I like. I can even show it to my friends who love coffee too.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Interesting coffee maker equipment from Yanko Design

If you are looking for special unique coffee brewing equipment, check out Yanko Design. I’m a coffee lover who always in search for a nice cup of coffee. Regardless of the source of coffee beans or the maker of coffee equipment used, the end result of coffee I’m getting is what I’m concern about. In other words, I will accept it as long as the cup of coffee makes my day. So if you are asking me if I’m going to buy special unique coffee equipment to brew my coffee, I won’t. I usually will just get simple ordinary coffee equipment which I can brew my coffee easily. But if you are asking if I will get special unique coffee equipment to show it to my friends, I probably will. In this case it is not about brewing a nice up of coffee but instead trying to decorate my kitchen with a unique piece of coffee equipment.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

How to start a dividend portfolio with five thousand dollars

The picture shown above might looks simple but it is actually not. The problem is that how can you maintain this cycle in a long term basis. I’m not talking about one or two years. If you really hope to make money this way, you need to do this minimum ten years. If you are not sure if you are able to make any profit or not, just do an estimation or rough calculation if you are able to practice this for ten years. How much money are you able to make if you are lucky enough to live a long life and able to practice this cycle for forty years?

Remember that if you decided to go ahead with this practice, make sure that the money you invested are extra money which you are not require to spend for the next forty years.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Have you ever thought about what is inside your coffee?

Honestly, I only think about if the coffee that I’m going to get taste good or not. If you go deep down and trying to research for the best taste of coffee that you can get, you will end up a surprise or shock to discover some of the strange ways to produce the best taste of coffee in the world. If you really want to continue enjoying your coffee, don’t open the Pandora box. Somethings are better off left in secret.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The thing that we argue always is the things that we put into our coffee

I like my coffee pure simple back, nothing inside my coffee but only hot water and coffee beans. So whenever I go to coffee shop with my friends or colleague. I get to witness or observe the things that people put into their coffee. The most common things people put into their coffee are sugar and milk. It is not just sugar and milk that simple. Sugar alone has a lot of varieties, shape and taste. We have brown sugar and white sugar. As for the shape we have skull shape sugar. If you are talking about the milk, this is the part which makes coffee interesting. Other than just flavors and types of coffee evolve from milk, we get coffee art from the foam generated from milk. What else do we put into our coffee? Mocha, lavender, chocolate, honey and creamer are the things that I can think of. Sound interesting? Perhaps you can try developing or creating something special to put into coffee. It might create a trend if people love it.

So what do you put into your favorite cup of coffee?

Saturday, February 13, 2016

You will definitely go for coffee instead of tea after this

This coffee commercial looks normal until it reach at the end. If you are a tea lover, my advice is walk away. Do not click on the video or even take a sneak peek. This coffee commercial is strictly for coffee lovers only.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Perhaps almost everybody have the same experience when visited the coffee shop such as Starbucks for the first time

Let me be clear about this. The customers and the waitress are the victims. Coffee is not to blame either. The main mastermind behind is the person who invented the names or definition. Probably Starbucks is the one we should blame. But blame only the hard difficulties of the first virgin order experience. This process makes you remember your first cup of coffee in the coffee shop for the rest of your life. You will never forget how it is to order coffee from a coffee shop such as Starbucks. The best you can do is bring a long a friend who never visited a coffee shop before and let them try it for themselves. Remember to record a video clip while they are ordering the coffee. Upload to YouTube and perhaps you might make a lot of money.

P/S: It might backfire if they already a regular customer.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Vikings or Coffee?

I fail to see any relationship between coffee and Vikings. But I do know that drinking a cup of coffee with a ship full of Vikings is not a good thing at all. Perhaps this is what it means of Death Wish coffee. Right before the mouth angle shot, the Viking skip in the middle of sea is kind of amazing. Perhaps maybe they should try combining zombies with death wish coffee. It should be pretty cool.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Why coffee in the office or police station taste awful?

Is it just me or everybody else feel the same that coffee in the office or police station taste awful? In my experience, free coffee in the office never tastes good. Thought out my working years and all the company that I’ve been through, coffee is the last thing I’ll drink unless my boss personally place the cup of coffee in front of me. Perhaps maybe it is free which makes the coffee not so good. If I’m craving for coffee or really want to get a cup of coffee, I’ll drive all the way to my favorite coffee shop. It will definitely take more time, higher price and very troublesome. But it is still worth it. Even if I’m going to be late for work, I’ll still wait for the coffee from that particular coffee shop.

As for the coffee in the police station… I never actually try it before. Perhaps maybe nobody offer me any coffee when I was in the police station. Perhaps I haven’t stayed long enough to get a cup of coffee. Maybe the coffee is only meant for those who are working in the police station. Why do I think it taste awful even if I didn’t taste it before? Well, I never heard anybody said anything good about the coffee in the police station. This includes real life experience and the dramas I’ve seen on TV. Whenever they said “Let’s go get a cup of coffee…” it usually means lets go someplace else other than the police station to get a cup of coffee.

Perhaps it is due to the environment where the coffee is brew. Office and police station is not the place to enjoy and relax. It is the aura, element and ingredient surrounding the coffee which makes it taste awful. Or perhaps it is the same old coffee every day and night that you have been consuming it like water for so many years. It becomes just like the air that you breathe in. You’ll never realize the existences until it disappear.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The third cup of coffee

This short video of less than a minute tells a lot of story and triggers a lot of imagination. The third cup of coffee might be the main issue here but the story behind is far more interesting. I suppose there is always an interesting story behind each and every cup of coffee we drink. “Life” might just be the most suitable title if we are able to abstract the story behind the cup of coffee and make it into a movie. And usually the best and worst cup of coffee makes a great movie.

P/S: I wonder if that guy puts something strange in the third cup of coffee.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Yawn for a free cup of coffee

In the world of supply and demand, you make money simply by supplying the right demand. If there is a place where a lot of people are yawning, what do they need? Perhaps a nice cup of coffee might shut the mouth and keep the eyes open. Perhaps a nice cup of coffee can help to put up a smiling face instead of a sleepy face. Perhaps a nice cup of coffee can wake them up so that they can continue on their journey. Perhaps a nice cup of coffee can remind people that it is time to get up and keep on moving. Perhaps a nice up of coffee is the key to start a fresh new day of life.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

The Coffee Bean Cup

The first impression is too much coffee, way too much coffee. My second thought is that it might be difficult to clean the cup. Dirt might catch in between the coffee beans easily. It might service as a great gift for coffee lovers and for decoration. I don’t think it can serve as my favorite coffee cup. I still prefer the simple ordinary white cup to have my favorite coffee. I suppose the white color cup matches the black brown color of coffee. A coffee cup which I’m going to reuse it for thousand times for my favorite coffee should be easy to clean and maintain.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Why Starbucks like to supersize your coffee?

First of all I’m not a fan of Starbucks. There are basically two situations that make me step into Starbucks. First situation is I need a seat with power socket and WIFI enable for my laptop to do my work. Second is when my friends or colleague invited me to join them at Starbucks. Starbucks coffee taste is consider average but with a lot of varieties. One thing I don’t like about Starbucks is that they tend to persuade customers to supersize the orders. Did you notice that Starbucks don’t offer small size of cup? Actually they don’t call it small but short. The regular size is called Tall which is 12 ounces. They even have larger size which is call Grande and Venti. Both are size of 16 ounces and 10 ounces.

I love drinking coffee and I usually have it in small size. This means Starbucks don’t have the small size (8 ounces) that I want. I have no choice but to get the Tall size. This is the time the waiters tend to persuade me to get a larger size. The most common persuasion I heard is that it only cost a little bit of money and you’ll get a bigger cup. It is actually a very persuasive deal if you think about the price of the coffee. Unfortunately not everybody wants to drink a big cup of coffee. And if the person is unable to finish the large cup of coffee, it is a waste. Besides if you really want to enjoy the cup of coffee, it is not about the quantity but quality that matters. And coffee always tastes much better when you only have just enough to drink.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Interesting way to design your coffee shop

One way to design your coffee shop is to make use of the things you have. Especially if you have a huge collection of books, CDs, action figures, posters or anything else which consume a lot of space, you might need an idea to actually store them and make full use of them. Check out the pictures below for a unique kind of coffee shop. I think the walls and floor in the pictures are covered by books. I assume these books are for decoration instead of reading purpose. The same concept can be apply by using CDs, posters, action figures, toys or anything else. Basically it is to create an eye catching environment so that customers can enjoy their coffee which takes a look at the surroundings.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Why coffee and tea are amazing for you

Coffee and tea is good as long as you don’t over consume. It also depends on your body condition. Take for example when you are sick, it is best to avoid having such beverage. Sometimes you need to be careful when consuming coffee and tea with other food. A wrong match might create chemical reaction that burdens your stomach. Sometimes it is the add on such as sugar or milk that turns the cup of coffee unhealthy.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

6 fancy ways to brew coffee

Honestly I never thought there are so many ways to brew coffee. Whenever I order my coffee I only hope that my coffee taste and smell good regardless of the brewing method used. I am actually curious if there are any significant differences when we brew the same coffee using different methods. Personally I prefer to use paper drip. It is fast, simple and economic. Unless I have the time, energy and money, I will go for siphon. I suppose that will be more than just drinking coffee but trying to enjoy the whole process before and after having the cup of coffee.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Men vs Women on coffee

Well, I think it is not just coffee. Almost anything is different when it comes to men vs women. This is actually an interesting topic because you can actually discover which customers your coffee shop is attracting. For me I like my coffee plain simple black with no adding. The most I’ll just add a little bit of sugar if the coffee is not as good as I’m expecting. 

Monday, February 01, 2016

9 coffee drinks with clever nicknames

It is fun to have nicknames for the coffee that you order daily. But if you have never heard of the nicknames or being the first customer to the coffee shop, you might have trouble figuring out the coffee that you are ordering. You will have to learn the nicknames and the coffee that it links. This is actually nothing when you compare to the coffee menu in a foreign country which you have no idea what it is about. Imagine if you are trying to order a cup of coffee in Japan, Indonesia, China, Russia, France or Germany and you don’t know the local language at all. Google translate might be able to help but be prepare to get something different. The best way to make sure that you are getting the right coffee is search for the image of the coffee online and shows it to the waitress. But if you are just trying to get a cup of regular coffee, the simple word “coffee” will do just fine. I think most people around the world understand and know the thing call “coffee”.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

How about a coffee maker which automatically brews coffee in the morning to wake you up

If you have difficulties on waking up early in the morning, perhaps an automatic coffee maker is what you need. That is if you are a coffee lover and the smell of coffee is attractive enough to move you. But if you really are a coffee lover, it can be difficult to find an automatic coffee maker which produces quality coffee that suits your taste. Check out the blog post title “Innovative Alarm Clock Wakes Users with Friendly Brewed Coffee” from My Modern Met.

Honestly, I don’t know how good this automatic coffee maker can brew coffee and how effective is the coffee maker to start brewing coffee on the time we set. My first impression is that it looks more like the tools in the science lab. Well, if you think about it carefully. It does felt like a science experiment when it comes to brewing quality coffee. You need the right combination, setting, timing and quality ingredients to produce a cup of fine quality coffee. It is actually not an easy job.

So if you ask me if it worth getting this automatic coffee maker, I’ll say it depends. Don’t expect a good quality coffee will come out from this machine. The best you can get is an ordinary cup of coffee, no more no less. If you put it by your bed side just like the pictures shown in the blog post, the smell of the coffee probably is the best enjoyment or wakeup call in the morning. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Adding coffee to your food

I love coffee but I don’t like to add coffee into my daily food. I like to have my coffee pure solely in a cup in liquid form. The normal regular black coffee without sugar or cream is the best way to actually taste the original taste of coffee. There are a lot of recipe introduce online which include coffee into other food or dishes. Just Google coffee recipe and you’ll find tons of ways to cook your food with coffee. I don’t hate to have coffee as part of an ingredient in my food but it kind of affect the way I order my food. Take for example if I’m going to have a dessert with coffee flavor or coffee spaghetti, I will order orange juice for my drink instead of coffee. I like to have separate taste for my main dishes, dessert and drink. It is a bit too much to have the same taste of coffee in all of the food.

Adding coffee into any food might not taste as good as we think. It is actually a complicated process which requires a lot of testing in order to makes sure that it tastes right. It is actually a chemical process or mixing that we are talking about. We don’t know how it will taste until we try it. Especially if you are trying to present it to a coffee lover, the standard can be very high. In other words the food has to be at least maintaining the unique taste of coffee without ruined the original taste of the food. It is actually a challenge to find the balance within.

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Coffee Stain Monster

Normally I only pay attention on my coffee before and while I’m having it. I never did think about the stain or left over coffee. When I’m having my coffee, I hate to spill it even just a little bit. When the waitress is bringing my coffee to me, I often pray that the waitress can handle the coffee cup gently and place the coffee cup on the table without spilling it. I suppose I like it perfect before I get to taste my cup of coffee. Thus I usually don’t see much stain of coffee on napkin or a piece of tissue. Check out the blog post title “I turn random coffee stains into monsters” from the real design inspiration. I find the design kind of cute. I suppose we can call it coffee art. The picture below is one of the coffee stain monsters drawn. Check out the blog for other examples. Instead of monster, I think you can basically draw anything out from the coffee stain. All you need is combining imagination and creativity. It does not have to be perfect. It is all about fun and interesting.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Coffee Love Affair Gift Guide from Hiconsumption

If you are thinking of getting a gift for a coffee lover, the first thing that you might think of is coffee. That is pretty obvious and direct way to show your love but might not be interesting. If you are trying to play safe, it is practical just to buy expensive rare coffee bean as a gift. And if you are not the only one who is going to get a gift for this coffee lover, there is a very high chance that you might be getting the same gift like others. Especially if you are trying to get a gift for your boss who is a coffee lover, you might want to think of something special other than just coffee bean. Check out Coffee love affair gift guide from Hiconsumption. You might find something interesting related to coffee. Below is some of the pictures showcase from the site just to get your attention and stir up your curiosity.

P/S: The death wish coffee might not be the suitable gift for your boss unless you are planning to resign in near future.

This makes coffee looks like beer

The coffee sure looks tasty. It felt more like beer rather than coffee. The color of the coffee sure seems like a brew from the hands of professional. Beer or coffee I can’t really differentiate it. But again this is a promotional video. Everything is perfect or shall I say must be perfect for viewers. Other than the smell of the coffee, I can smell the word “expensive” too. I am pretty interested in how this coffee machine works. I also like to know how to clean up and take care of this coffee machine. I assume we need to call for special service or maintenance every month. This I suppose won’t be cheap either. The big question is does it worth all the trouble, money and time for this special coffee machine? Well, you decide.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Coffee by Christoph Niemann Abstract Sunday

The first thing that captures my attention is the napkin with coffee stain as art. That is the first thing that I check out before reading the blog post. Honestly I won’t be reading the blog post if not the napkin. The coffee stain art actually brings out the smell and taste of coffee. Try copy only the writings to a notepad and take a look. It becomes a boring blog post instantly. I suppose it is just like a nice cup of coffee where the smell, look and taste matters.

Around the world in 31 coffee

If you are a coffee lover, perhaps you can try going around the world and trying out the local coffee. If you are planning to do so, remember to get a good smartphone and a power bank. Record the details of your journey and upload everything online. I’m sure many people will be interested in watching and reading your experience. If you are planning to try out at least one coffee in every country around the world, it should takes more than a year to complete it. Usually there is more than just one type of coffee sold or brew in each country. It will take at least couple of years to actually try out the coffees around the world. If you really plan to do so, bring along your favorite local coffee. I’m sure the coffee will taste differently in each and every country due to the weather, air and water.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

How drinking coffee before bed affects you

Coffee keeps you awake. That is the first thing that comes into my mind. Initially I drink coffee because I like it. I never did thought about drinking coffee to help me focus and keep me awake while I’m working. But after working for years and continue to drink coffee every day, it strikes me one day when I’m too busy to have my coffee. No doubt that is one of those days I will never forget. I miss my daily morning coffee that day because I was too busy on my work until I forgot all about it. I felt very sleepy right before lunch and after lunch. I can’t barely open my eyes and almost hit my nose on the keyboard. I struggle until dinner and that was the time I figure out perhaps maybe it was because I miss my morning coffee. I had my dinner late that night as I was busy with work. I decided to have a cup of coffee because I still have some work to do right after dinner. It actually helps to keep me awake until I finish my work. But when I reached home and getting ready to bed, I can’t close my eyes because my brain is still working and keeps on thinking about the work I’ve done. The late night coffee kept me awake until 3~4 am in the morning before I actually had my sleep. That is when I discover that coffee keeps me awake if I have it late in the evening. It’s not a good experience but at least I know what to drink if I decided to stay awake for the night.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Six Coffee questions that you are afraid to ask at a coffee shop

Honestly even if I’m not afraid to ask, I still won’t ask these questions at a coffee shop. As long as the coffee shop is able to brew me a nice cup of coffee, I’ll basically settle with any coffee presented to me. Normally a coffee shop which brews good coffee will be very busy. People are lining up for their favorite coffee and I don’t think they have the time or patient to listen to your question. The coffee shop employees will be smiling while listening to you but I’m guessing they are hoping you’ll just place your order, get your coffee and move on. But if you really do ask the questions, those who are waiting for their coffee might be answering your question. I suppose you might make some friends with coffee as similar interest.