Baking With Coffee
Coffee pairs so naturally with a wide variety of flavors, it's no surprise that bakers have been incorporating it into their treats for years.
Coffee can happily marry both with baked goods—muffins, cookies, and cakes—as well as with some more unusual baked fare, like Baked Oatmeal or Cowboy Baked Beans. Tradition holds that cowboys, unsure when they might strike the next river, would save their coffee for cooking beans later in the day.
Why Buy 100% Arabica Beans?
Of the thousands of varietals of coffee beans, only two are produced commercially: Arabica and Robusta.
Arabica beans, named after the Arabian province, are generally preferred to Robusta beans for two primary reasons: they are more flavorful, and contain half the caffeine.
Supermarkets often carry Robusta coffee beans or a blend of Robusta and Arabica, but only “premium” coffee has 100% Arabica beans, which means that the roasting company has formulated and supervised the blend, and that no Robusta beans were used to “fill out” the contents in an effort to cut costs. Coffee shops recognize the overall superiority of Arabica coffee beans and use them almost exclusively.
Why Does My Coffee Taste Burnt?
The subject of burnt coffee draws passionate theories from every corner. Everyone has suffered through a charred-tasting cup of joe, where the best part of waking up becomes a disappointing start to the day. Science has something to say about this, as does the army of baristas who wield the power to determine the quality of your coffee experience.
Bitter vs. Burnt
First, a distinction must be made between bitter and burnt coffee: all coffee has varying degrees of bitterness, owing to the chemical compounds in the beans. While no coffee bean starts out tasting “burnt,” bitterness in coffee is partly a reflection the kind of beans used.
I "Heart" Coffee: Celebrating American Heart Health Month with Heart-Healthy Coffee
That foam heart on your morning latté is more than just barista art. Coffee has a positive impact on heart health, from reducing the risk of heart disease to lowering inflammation.
Coffee: Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease
According to a 2010 Dutch study that analyzed data collected from 37,514 participants over the course of 13 years, moderate coffee consumption—between two and four cups per day—reduced the occurrence of heart disease by 20 percent.
Quality Coffee in the Office: Good for Employees, Good for Business
The office can be a tough place—filled with deadlines, demanding bosses, and endless meetings. Relentless emails and conference calls can make it difficult for your employees to get up and leave their desks, making the office coffee break more important than ever.
The expectation of office coffee has changed. Coffee has become an experience, one that almost everyone enjoys. It’s no longer just a drink. It is a cultural touchstone and a way for employees to recharge and connect.
Looking for Love This Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day. The pressure is on. It’s your big chance to knock the icicles from your charming personality, brush the snow off your wit, and capture the heart of that special someone.
Start with coffee—it’s low-commitment, ubiquitous and universally popular. Coffee keeps it casual and gives either one of you the option to bail out if the conversation is lagging, or move on to dinner if you want to know more.
It’s affordable. And provided you choose high-quality, 100% Arabica coffee, it tastes great. But there’s a much better reason, the one that really makes this a no-brainer: people like you better when they’re drinking coffee with you.