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Hottest Coffee Jokes

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A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning. The wife says, “You should do it, because you get up first, and then we don’t have to wait as long to get our coffee.” The husband says, “You are in charge of cooking around here and you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee.” Wife replies, “No, you should do it, and besides, it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee.” Husband replies, “I can’t believe that, show me.” So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament and showed him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says: “Hebrews” (He Brews).

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The first Catholic woman tells her friends “My son is a priest. When he walks into a room, everyone calls him “Father.”

The second Catholic woman chirps, “My son is a bishop. Whenever he walks into a room, people call him, “Your Grace.”

The third Catholic mother says, “My son is a cardinal. Whenever he walks into a room, people say, “Your Eminence.”

Since the fourth Catholic woman sips her coffee in silence, the first three women give her this subtle, “Well?”

So she replies, “My son is a gorgeous, 6′ 2”, hard-bodied dancer. When he walks into a room, people say, “Oh my God!”

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A COFFEE PRAYER – Caffeine is my shepherd; I shall not doze. It maketh me to wake in green pastures: It leadeth me beyond the sleeping masses. It restoreth my buzz: It leadeth me in the paths of consciousness for its name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of addiction, I will fear no Equal™: For thou art with me; thy cream and thy sugar they comfort me. Thou preparest a carafe before me in the presence of The Starbucks®: Thou anointest my day with pep; my mug runneth over. Surely richness and taste shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the House of Juan Valdez forever. Amen

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“I want you to drink a cup of hot water every morning,” prescribed the doctor. “You gotta be kidding, doc,” I’ve been doing that for years, but my wife calls it coffee”.  

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One morning, a grandmother was surprised to find that her 7-year-old granddaughter had made her coffee! Smiling, she choked down the worst cup of her life. When she finished, she found three little green Army men at the bottom. Puzzled, she asked, “Honey, what are these Army men doing in my coffee?” Her granddaughter answered, “Like it says on TV, Grandma. ‘The best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup.’

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COFFEE

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Did you know?

Both the American Revolution and the infamous French Revolution were born in coffee houses. The American Revolution grew from roots planted by patriots in the Green Dragon (some say it was the Green Lion) Public House in the Lloyd’s District of London. The infamous French Revolution happened in 1789 when the Parisians, spurred on by Camille Desmoulins’s verbal campaign, took to the streets and two days later the Bastille fell, marking the overthrow of the French Government and changing France forever.The square mile

Did you know?

The word “tip” dates back to the old London coffeehouses. Conspicuously placed brass boxes etched with the inscription, “To Insure Promptness,” encouraged customers to pay for efficient service. The resulting acronym, TIP, has become a byword.

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We say coffee beans although they are really berries.

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“Expresso is not a word; it comes from the same root as “express” as in “The Express Train.” The term is ESPRESSO. It comes from the Latinate root for “Press”, or “Under Pressure”. In many places if you order “expresso”, you will be politely ignored.

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That if you like your espresso coffee sweet, you should use granulated sugar, which dissolves more quickly, rather than sugar cubes; white sugar rather than brown sugar or candy; and real sugar rather than sweeteners which alter the taste of the coffee.

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Coffee in Kenya came from the Isle of Bourbon (Reunion) with the Roman Catholic missionaries as late as 1893.

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The word ‘coffee’ was at one time a term for wine, but was later used to describe a black drink from berries of the coffee tree. This black drink replaced wine in many religious ceremonies because it kept the Mohammedans awake and alert during their nightly prayers, so they honored it with the name they had originally given to wine

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Coffee beans are graded in various ways. Example: Kenya coffees are graded as A, B and C. AA is the best coffee. In Costa Rica, coffees are graded as Strictly Hard Bean, Good Hard Bean, Hard Bean, Medium Hard Bean, High Grown Atlantic, Medium Grown Atlantic, and Low Grown Atlantic. Those coffee beans from Colombia are labeled as “Supremo” “Excelso”, “Extra” and the lowest grade, “Pasilla”.

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Did you know?

The requirements for making of good espresso is summarized by the 4 “M”s: Macinazione (the correct griinding of coffee blend), Miscela (coffee blend), Macchina (the espresso machine) and of course, Mano (barista).

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Did you know?

Beethoven who was a coffee lover, was so particular about his coffee that he always counted 60 beans each cup when he prepared his brew.

Did you know?

The three biggest coffee drinkers in the world are the Americans, the French and the Germans. They consume some 65% of the total world’s consumption of coffee.

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Did you know?

Coffee has been around for over 11 centuries and is currently the most widely consumed beverage in the world. Cappuccino has become the popular choice of exotic coffee lovers everywhere. This was not always so however.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

About Coffee; Making of Coffee, Part 2

Last time, we looked at harvesting and storage of coffee. Today we pick from where we left, and focus on Roasting and blending, and Brewing.

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There are different ways to blend coffee. The main differences have to be variance in acidity and taste. Essentially, the process of blending can be summarized as the act of balancing flavors in order to make a superior coffee blend. In a general note, most of the well known coffee blends contain around 5 to 7 types of coffee beans.

It is said that coffee roasting is one of the operations coffee lovers love to do by themselves. In a summary, roasting can be said as the process of balancing addition and reduction of aroma and flavors. The expected results are a dark brown coffee if perfectly roasted and black if not correctly done.

Modern technology has come up with varied ways of roasting, but all rely on the same old concept. This concept is to roast coffee bean to evenly flavorful state. The most popular roasting methods are Drum and Hot air roasting method.

Drum Roasting Method

In this method, machines roast the coffee beans in a rotating drum heated by gas. When it is done, the beans are removed to cool to prevent them from overcooking.

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Hot Air Roasting Method

In this method, the beans are roasted on a hot air current.

Green coffee beans are mostly roasted at around 400 degrees Fahrenheit. After going through roasting process, coffee beans usually increase by half but concurrently losing considerable weight.

Mostly beans are roasted at home in an ordinary frying pan. Unfortunately, after roasting, coffee doesn’t keep the aroma for a long time. Therefore, don’t roast more coffee than you can finish in a week or two or you will be force to keep them in jars with well fitted lids in the freezer.

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BREWING

Brewing is one process of making you can either crown or break the final product. This is why even before describing the process, it is important we outline the rules to be observed.

  • Always keep the coffee maker clean, and thoroughly rinse it with hot water before brewing
  • If you work in an area with hard water or alkaline, once in a while run a strong solution of vinegar in order to clean out deposits of lime on the brewer and rinse thoroughly.
  • Always use fresh water, free from alkaline and impurities. Use filtered or bottles water for the best results.
  • If possible, brew with hot water rather than boiling or lukewarm water. The fact is, boiling water damages flavor as it vaporizes much of the coffee essence while it extracts other bitter chemicals. A temperature of 200 centigrade’s is good, which means boiling the water and then waiting for a couple of minutes to cool before the brewing.
  • Ensure you grind the coffee to the finest as it can get without losing any through the holes in the filter of the coffee maker. Remember; never grind to a powder form.
  • Use plenty of coffee, 2 level of tablespoons or at least 1 standard coffee measure per 12- ounce cup.
  • In drip and filter systems, avoid brewing less than the brewer’s full capacity. For instance if the pot is made to brew six cups, the coffee will taste if you brew the full six.

These are the most popular methods of brewing:-

Drip Brewing Method

Manual or electronic drip brewing produces better quality coffee by allowing near boiling water to slowly drip through the coffee grounds. Ensure that the water heats to 195 F, therefore a good quality home brewer capable of maintaining the required temperature. You can transfer the brewed coffee to a thermos. For convenience sake, you might consider investing in a high quality drip brewer that drips directly into a thermos.

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French Press Brewing Method

This method uses pressure and infusion to create what is mostly termed as “perfect cup of coffee”. In a plunger pot, place the appropriate amounts of coffee into the bottom of the baker and pour in just boiling water. Then allow the coffee to steep for at least 5 minutes – longer for an intense flavor – and throw coffee grounds to the bottom of the beakers.

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Espresso Brewing Method

In a stovetop espresso maker, heater water is pushed through a filter containing finely grounded coffee. Afterwards, liquid is deposited into a different chamber where it is ready for consumption. The electric, home use espresso maker is similar to those found in most coffee shops. Hot water is pushed through the coffee grounds under very high pressure creating a heavy, more intense brew.

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I hope you appreciate the process of making that cup of coffee you take regularly.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2014 in Uncategorized