Archive for the ‘snob’ Category

Love Your Coffee: Love Logevity

July 6, 2012

Good news for coffee drinkers.  Coffee drinkers are more likely to live longer. National Institute of Health and AARP studied 400,000 people over a period of years to determine the question: does coffee help or hinder?  Neal Freedman of the National Cancer Institute reports “There may actually be a modest benefit of coffee drinking.”

To Coffee lovers everywhere, it’s not the caffeine that may be the cup of youth, but it most likely is the helpful antioxidants.

Pour a second cup while you read on.  The study is based on observing people’s habits and their resulting health.  Drinking coffee (regular or decaf doesn’t matter) and living longer seems to be related.            Thanks, Joe! Coffee drinkers live longer, May 16, 2012

The New England Journal of Medicine


Loving Coffee and Poetry

April 29, 2012

The Truth is a chewy

treat, like

toffee, only

less sweet,

and slightly

nutty, like

birch bark,

with a salty

aftertaste as

steely as a

flint spark,

best doused

with straight

whiskey or

dark coffee.

Todd Boss


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Coffee Fact Friday: Third-Wave Coffee Surging

March 29, 2012

Around the nation, sophisticated coffee drinkers are willing to switch from something pretty good to utterly sublime.  Discerning Coffee lovers consider coffee as artisanal foodstuff and are willing to pay.  No compromises.

Coffee as a global agricultural commodity was the first wave.  Coffee consumption is big business.  American coffee drinkers lead the world in coffee consumption by drinking 400 million cups every day.   We love our coffee.

In the late 1970s the groundswell of Starbucks Coffee shops swept in the second wave.  The thirst for rich coffee evolved into a new generation of independent coffee shop owners dedicated to serving exquisite elixirs.

Cream of the crop third-wave coffee shops owners are committed to establishing stronger relations between growers, traders and roasters of single-origin coffee beans.  Competition-level baristas pull shots to order demonstrating meticulous techniques.

At first just a ripple, but today independent third-wave cafes are an undulating force.  In Minneapolis and Saint Paul, we coffee snobs can savor third-wave coffee at Kopplin’s, Angry Cat Fish, Blue Ox, Quixotic, Spyhouse, Urban Bean Peace Coffee and Bull Run.

The caffeinated buzz heard among coffee enthusiasts “I’ am coffee snob, hear me brew.”


Coffee Buzz: Be Merry, Healthy and Wise in 2012

December 31, 2011

Daily, 150 million Americans drink about three cups of coffee.  Join the crowd, join the celebration and make one New Year’s resolution and reap the benefits all day, all year long.

Be Merry

Drinking a delicious cup of freshly brewed wonderful coffee improves coffee drinkers mental health.  Just inhaling the rich aroma has a positive effect of boosting your mood.

Be Healthy

Savoring two or three cups of coffee each day may lower the risk of developing Type 2Diabetis.  A cup of Joe counters the disease’s onset by lowering the blood sugar and promoting delivery of insulin to the blood stream.  Coffee is loaded with antioxidants that seem to improve the body’s sensitivity to insulin.  But—and here’s coffeesnobology’s caveat:  moderation is key.

Be Wise

Brew a cup of jolt to jumpstart your brainpower.  Cognitive performance and short term memory is improved while sipping, and that’s a Java truism every college student pulling an all-nighter lives by.

As one coffee enthusiast remarked “If you want to improve your understanding, drink coffee; it is the intelligent beverage.”

Huffington Post offers more grounds to join the caffeinated party.  Drink up!  Be merry, healthy and wise in 2012.

Coffee Quote of the Month

January 1, 2011

The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.”  ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., “Over the Teacups,” 1891.

Anniversary of First US Perculator Patent: An Evolving Concept

December 25, 2010

 Wiki-drip – It is a misnomer that James H. Nason of Franklin, MA invented the percolator on December 26, 1865.  Nay say the whistle-blowing facts. An examination of patent history and documentation courtesy of under “The Evolution of Coffee Apparatus” shows that the coffee pot’s transformation into the percolator is the brain storm of many a coffee snob.  Nason, however,  is credited with obtaining the first U.S. patent on a percolator – one with “fluid joints.” Which just goes to show us that the Brain Children of the Mother of Invention do not always spring from the womb of originality.   

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Patent Drawings of Early French Coffee Makers 
Patent Drawings of Early French Coffee Makers
Left, drip pot of 1806—Next two, Durant’s inner-tube pot, 1827—Next (fourth), Gandais’ first practicable percolator, 1827—Right, Grandin & Crepeaux’ percolator, 1832

EARLY FOREIGN AND AMERICAN COFFEE-MAKING DEVICES1—English adaptation of French boiler. 2—English coffee biggin. 3—Improved Rumford percolator. 4—Jones’s exterior-tube percolator. 5—Parker’s steam-fountain coffee maker. 6—Platow’s filterer. 7—Brain’s Vacuum, or pneumatic filter. 8—Beart’s percolator. 9—American coffee biggin. 10—cloth-bag drip pot. 11—Vienna coffee pot. 12—Le Brun’s cafetière. 13—Reversible Potsdam cafetière. 14, 15—Gen. Hutchinson’s percolator and urn. 16—Etruscan biggin

URLove It Link: Pour-Over Method

December 2, 2010

Coffee lovers, do you desire sweet, clean tasting coffee? And who doesn’t.
Do you wonder what’s happening in all the cool coffeehouses? And who doesn’t.
Do you feel snubbed when seeking brewed coffee?  And who doesn’t.

Read Leslie Cole’s “Enter all-analog coffee, hand-brewed by the cup” in The Oregonian.  Read it via.

Costumes Then and Now

October 31, 2010

When I was a kid (never mind how long ago), our candy-soliciting attire was simple. We were resourceful. In my neighborhood there were no polyester pre-fab superhero, super-star, super store purchased costumes. True, there was the occasional plastic monster and princess mask. You know the ones with a stapled on string, two small holes over the eyes that enabled minimum visibility, and one over the mouth that allowed a muffled “trickortreat,” which also enabled the hot-breath turned drool from running house to house to collect inside. Instead, we raided the back of our parent’s closets for retro clothing and sheets. We rummaged through the Avon sample bag of lipstick colors to paint our faces.  Most girls were gypsies and witches, while many boys were ghosts and vampires.  But – and maybe this was because the railroad went through the middle of town, or maybe because our parents and grandparents were impacted by the Great Depression, or perhaps the clothing in the attic dictated it – but, a hobo was the transformation of the middle school masses (junior high back then). No self-unassured pre-teen or teen would be caught (un)dead in one of their mother’s homemade costumes.

Enter the Age of the Crafters. Leave it to Queen Martha herself to feature a costume for the coffee snob: ***(read disclaimer) Coffee-Filter Fairy Godmother No-Sew Halloween Costume – Introduction –

***WARNING!!! Before clicking on to see this …I can only call it a Creation… put down your coffee cups, lest you be frightened into spilling hot liquid in your lap and scaring the dog with your high-pitched screams.

Wordless Wednesday: A Brewing Theme

October 13, 2010

Coffee Quote of the Month: Coffee an Exorcist?

October 2, 2010

“A cup of coffee – real coffee – home browned, home ground, home made, that comes to you dark as a hazel-eye, but changes to a golden bronze as you temper it with cream that never cheated, but was real cream from its birth, thick, tenderly yellow, perfectly sweet, neither lumpy nor frothing on the Java: such a cup of coffee is a match for twenty blue devils and will exorcise them all.”

 ~ Henry Ward Beecher, ‘Eyes and Ears’

…BOO. Happy Halloween Month