Archive for June, 2011

URLove it Link: Live Free–Drink Coffee

June 30, 2011

Fireworks soaring, bands playing, flags waving and coffee percolating are symbolic of festive July 4th celebrations.   Dear readers, coffee is the ultimate All-American beverage.  Founding fathers met over a cup of coffee (or two) to craft the American Revolution.  Abigail Adams, among other women, choose coffee over tea as a symbol of independence.

In honor of coffee’s patriotic role, Coffeesnoblogy prepared Coffee Marinated Pork Chops.  The tantalizing sweet aroma of chops roasting in red wine and coffee filled the kitchen.  Ohhhhhs and Ahhhhhs were heard all around.

Coffee Marinated Pork Chops
6 pork chops
3 TBS olive oil
2 mashed cloves of garlic
2 tsp minced parsley
2/3 cup (150 ml) of red wine (save some to sip)
2/3 cup (150 ml) of strong black coffee
3 tsp honey
Salt and pepper, freshly ground
Juice and grated pulp of a lemon or lime

*Put chops in a large, low stewpan.
Mix remaining ingredients and pour over chops
Let marinate overnight, stirring every now and then
Grill until browned
Replace browned chops into stewpan and bake in the oven 360 F or (180 C) for 30 minutes.

Last word,
At our July’s URLove It Link www. describes the patriotic activism simmering in Boston’s Green Dragon Coffeehouse and Merchant’s Coffeehouse.

A revolution was brewing.



Wordless Wednesday: Slugger Sips Coffee

June 28, 2011

Coffee Fact Friday: Something’s Out There

June 23, 2011

On the eve of World UFO Day, Coffeesnobology heeds Carl Sagan’s observation that “Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake….”

Around the world believers and non-believers are staying vigilant to watch the night sky for Unidentified Flying Objects.

True Coffee Fact Friday:  On June 24, 1947 Idaho pilot Ken Arnold witnessed an unidentified flying object over Mt. Rainer.  Unable to determine what these objects really were spurned fear of extraterrestrial invasions or a government cover-up.
Traveling at warp speed is the ancient truth that caffeine will accelerate your ability to take a quantum leap through a wormhole to a coffee shop.  Stock up on a full-bodied coffee, and settle back to scan the starry night.  Maybe, just maybe, you will glimpse a UFO making it’s way to the nearest drive-through at Starbucks.

Newsbreak:  E.T. wasn’t saying “Call Home.”  E.T. loved his coffee (don’t we all) and he was really saying “No foam.”

Wordless Wednesday

June 21, 2011

Wordy Wordless Wednesday: Spent the afternoon trying to hunt down an eclair (what’s with all the cream cheese brownies?) for a Wordless Wednesday photo – Found one. Photographed one. Ate one.

Latte Literature: News to Me

June 19, 2011

Laurie Hertzel’s memoir News to Me:  Adventures of an Accidental Journalist affectionately captures life in the Duluth News Tribune newsroom.  Readers are swept up in the noisy and busy newsroom where reporters and copy editors work against deadline in smoke-filled air, “punctuated by the rich smell of percolating coffee.”

In the chapter “Not Making Coffee,” Hertzel’s first job as newsroom clerk included answering phones, writing obituaries, compiling the marine log, and making coffee, a responsibility she cleverly found ways to avoid until “that responsibility just sort of evaporated…”

The room lived on coffee.  The men drank it by the gallon, all day, and into the night, and it was up to me to make sure the big urn in the corner never ran dry.
And then I made coffee…badly.  Undrinkably so.  In a newsroom that’s saying a lot.  

Hertzel’s cheerful account of reporters and copy editors gathered around the coffee urn got coffeesnobology wondering about the origin of coffee breaks.

The first coffee break probably happened around 1000 A. D. when goatherd Kaldi chewed the same red berries that his goats did, but it was most likely an unauthorized coffee break.

Howard Stanger, historian at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. describes the dreary and dangerous late 19-century workplaces where workers had few breaks from the drudgery.  Because of social reform activists, Buffalo N. Y. companies and manufacturing employers in 1901 and 1902 installed in-house lunchrooms, so workers could take brief mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.

The actual phrase coffee break is credited to a 1952 Pan American Coffee Bureau ad campaign urged consumers to “Give Yourself a Coffee Break—and Get What Coffee Gives to You.”

Coffee Fact Friday: Father’s Day Coffee

June 16, 2011

Short, Tall. Skinny, Grande.  American, Italian. Those words (plus a few more)  define both coffee and fathers.

Coffee and fathers have a long history together, one that goes back farther than suburban commutes and to-go cups; farther than stagecoaches and saloons, farther than…well, dear-ole-dads have pretty much been downing their morning joe since that Ethiopian goat juiced-up on coffee berries danced with the stork.

Let’s face it. Dad’s need their coffee to face the day.

To celebrate Father’s Day, coffee shops around the country are featuring special events for their loyal customers and our beloved role models, such as the Father and Son Poker Tournament at the Buzz Cafe in Oak Park, Illinois. But if that’s not in your neighborhood, no worries. Just check your local happenings – Bostonians, scan the Globe’s website for the Father’s Day coffee break on, ah, Friday.

By the time Father’ Day rolls around on Sunday the church basements will be brimming with after mass coffee and donuts.  The question is, will it be filled with coffeesnob dads? It seems after service communing around the urns is dwindling. To combat the devilishly tempting gourmet fare to which they are loosing their parishioners, Holy Spirit Church in Zagreb, Croatia has opened the Prayer Cafe. You can buy a cup of coffee for only three Our Fathers. No word on what the price is if your religious denomination isn’t Catholic.

Any way you pour it, anyway you pray it, we say: Happy Father’s Day


Wordless Wednesday

June 14, 2011

CFF: Holy Cow, It’s National Dairy Month

June 9, 2011

Do you want cream with your coffee?  Yes, is this coffeesnobologist’s response.  A true coffee purist would not add cream, half n’ half nor milk, but this coffeesnobology wannabe loves how the cream swirls to a rich brown—pure coffee comfort.

Coffeesnobology’s in-depth research reveals that in 1607 Captain John Smith, founder of Jamestown, Virginia, brought coffee to the new world.  Upon further research (okay, drinking coffee and googling) coffeesnobology discovered that cows were shipped to Jamestown in 1611.  Coffee and cream are classic pairings, and no doubt a patriotic proprietor soon began to concoct coffee drinks with steamed milk or a dollop of cream.

Celebrate National Dairy Month by impressing coffee clutch friends with these dairy facts.
In a single day, a dairy cow produces 100 pounds of milk.
And 100 pounds of milk will make 93.6 lbs. of 1% milk and 6.4 lbs. of 40 % cream.  Go Betsy!
Adding milk to your favorite elixir supplies nine essential nutrients, calcium, protein, potassium, vitamins D, A and B12, phosphorus, riboflavin and niacin. 

Take the Coffeesnobology IQ Quiz
How do you take your coffee?
a.  Black and organic…Thank you very much
b.  I’ll have what she has…black and organic. Okay?
c.  Latte, skim milk, no froth…pleased.
d.  Maybe a decaf.  I really try to drink coffee, I really do—it’s just I don’t know, well all my friends drink coffee.

Coffee lover types
a.  Grande!  You know your coffee and all things java-related, and you only brew with cold, reverse Osmosis water.
b.  Closet Coffee Snob.  You act like you don’t care if the beans are not freshly ground, but are secretly calculating how to get a real cup of coffee.
c.  Coffee Snob Wannabe.  You think you are a coffee snob, and you certainly want to be one.  After all, you order your latte, “No flavors please,” at local trendy cafes.  But alas, the whirr of a coffee grinder is never heard in a wannabe’s kitchen.
d.  Coffee Snob Groupie.  You don’t necessarily stalk baristas or throw your panties at the espresso machine.  You don’t even drink coffee!  But you do love the Coffee Culture Club scene and hold a torch, match, lighter or cell phone, if you will, for the lifestyle.

Wordless Wednesday

June 7, 2011

June’s Coffee Quote of the Month

June 3, 2011

“Ah, that is perfume in which I delight;  when they roast coffee near my house, I hasten to open the door to take in all the aroma.”

Jean Jacques Rousseau