Monthly Archives: July 2009

Ky Coffee Tree: Plant It!

Gymnocladus Dioicus, also known as the Kentucky Coffee Tree, has been deemed suitable for urban planting. The plant got its local name when early Ky Settlers noticed that the seeds of the tree resembled coffee and roasted them for that purpose. The “coffee”, when drank in large quantities, was poisonous to its consumer.

The Ky Coffee tree is resistant to all sorts of adversities, including drought, pollution, road salt, diseases and insects. On top of that, it is a beautiful tree for landscaping. They are already being used as decoration along streets in many states in the US. The tree was once the KY State Tree. To find out more about this tree, please visit www.theleafchronical.com

Coffee Addict: Honey Bean Coffee

I love this cartoon. Its so true to life. Enjoy!

Caribou Coffee Joins Forces with Sun Country Airlines

Its official, Caribou Coffee and Sun Country Airlines are partnering up. Both companies are based in Minnesota. Sun Country will be serving Caribou Coffee complementary on every flight.

“We are pleased to partner with another hometown company, Caribou Coffee,” said Stan Gadek, CEO of Sun Country Airlines. “We are proud to serve the great Caribou Coffee product on our flights. This will be yet another way we enhance the travel experience.”

“Caribou Coffee and Sun Country Airlines is a perfect partnership,” said Mike Tattersfield, Caribou Coffee President and CEO. “Sun Country works every day to deliver a world-class customer experience every day and so do we. And we know that our amazing coffee in-flight will make that experience even better!”

To read more about the companies click here

Scrubs: Coffee Addiction LOL

Charlie Chaplan Loves His Coffee

Coffee Helps You Become and Stay Fit

You have heard it for years. Personal trainers practice it diligently and so do bodybuilders. It helps your workout making you more effective. What is this miracle substance? Coffee. Plain and simple, coffee has remained a sort of “supplement” of choice among fitness buffs to become fit and maintain fitness.

Coffee is very effective when consumed just before a workout according to research by Dr. Robert Motl of the University of Illinois. It helps to block muscle fatigue symptoms, alowing you to do more and push yourself that extra mile.   Its important to remember to also consume enough water during your workout and the rest of your day to counter the fact that coffee is a diuretic.

Go ahead, drink up, workout hard and become fitter with less pain.

Roast Your Own Coffee At Home: Roaster Review

For those who are a fan of coffee, its always interesting to look into the roasting process.  From the green bean right to your cup, its all very interesting.   I have now found a new hobby, roasting my own beans at home.

There are a number of coffee roasters available for home use.  Some are affordable and some are on the very expensive side.  I tried out the more affordable FreshRoast + eight home coffee roaster which runs a little over $100.  I found it to be a good product and I got 5 pounds of green beans  for free to boot! 

This particular roaster is perfect for a small household of one or two people.  It looks very nice sitting on my kitchen counter as well.  Always a plus!  It only takes 7 minutes to roast 3.5lbs of green coffee beans.  It has timer and a chaff collector.  It is fairly quiet and does not smoke up the house.  The smell of the roasting beans is amazing.

Kona is King at Hawaii’s First Cupping Contest

Onouli Farm of Kona won top honors at Hawaii’s first coffee-cupping competition this weekend at the Hawaii Coffee Association’s 14th annual conference at Maui Tropical Plantation.  There were 69 entries who were judged by 3 judges.  The scores were based on wet and dry aromas, acidity, body, balance, sweetness and aftertaste.

In other cupping news, Rusty’s Hawaiian, a coffee company in Kau, earned the top score in a cupping of Bourbon varietal coffees by “Coffee Review: The World’s Leading Coffee Buying Guide.”

Save Money: Make Coffee at Home

You can save around $100 per month simply by making coffee at home.  Many of us hit the road in the morning and go straight to the local coffee shop drive-through.  Spending between $2.50 and $5 each morning can really add up over the course of a week.  All of this adds up to one expensive habit.

Yahoo.com reported that “making your coffee at home will run about $0.12-0.28 per cu — small beans compared to store-bought. Assuming the higher end of that estimate calculates to just $1.40 per week or $5.60 each month. For that sweet price, you can afford to take a refill to the office in a reusable travel mug ($11.20 per month) for a later pick-me-up”.

As for me, I enjoy the variety and quality of coffee  that I find from www.honeybean.com ,  however, there are many of shops where you can get great gourmet coffee whether you want to order it online and have it delivered to your door like me, or go to the store itself and pick it out.  You get great coffee and a great value.  Even in these tough economic times, you don’t have to sacrifice your coffee to balance your budget, just modify your routine.

Mocha Mondays at McDonalds

McDonald’s is giving another push in their quest to become number one in the coffee world.  Starbucks started giving away ice cream.  How will McDonald’s counter this freebie?  Two words, “Mocha Monday”. 

July 13 through August 3rd, participating McDonald’s will be giving away 7oz iced and hot Mochas on Mondays.   Admittedly, the free Mochas are smaller than the regular 12oz size that the Mocha’s usually come in.

McDonald’s is estimating that they will give away around 10 million Mochas during this campaign.  Neil Golden, chief marketing officer of McDonald’s USA said, “This is one of the largest sampling initiatives we’ve taken on as a company.”