Today’s Caffeine quote: “The voodoo priest and all his powers were as nothing compared to espresso, cappuccino, and mocha, which are stronger than all the religions of the world combined, and perhaps stronger than the human soul itself.” ~ Mark Helprin, Memoir from Antproof Case, 1995
Monthly Archives: January 2015
Famous Coffee Drinker: Balzac (1799-1850)
In a treatise devoted to the stimulants of his day, Balzac naturally wrote several pages on the subject of coffee. Keep in mind that the writer was an avid coffee drinker. He said that the beverage produced in him “a sort of restless energy.”
Would la Comédie Humaine (The Human Comedy) ever have been written, were it not for coffee? Coffee may not induce creativity, but it has provided mankind with a faithful weapon against the sweet slumber of sleep that would have aborted the many masterpieces concocted in the middle of the night with coffee in one hand, a pen in the other, and feet soaking in warm water.
caffe (espresso) — a small cup of very strong coffee, i.e., espresso
caffe Americano — American-style coffee, but stronger; weaker than espresso and served in a large cup
caffe doppio — double espresso
caffe freddo — iced coffee
caffe Hag — decaffeinated coffee
caffe latte — hot milk mixed with coffee and served in a glass for breakfast
caffe macchiato — espresso “stained” with a drop of steamed milk: small version of a cappuccino
caffe marocchino — espresso with a dash of hot milk and cacao powder
cappuccino — espresso infused with steamed milk and drunk in the morning, but never after lunch or dinner
granita di caffe con panna — frozen, iced beverage (similar to a slush, but ice shavings make it authentic) and topped with whipped cream
Coffee can be good for you! Coffee can increase the effectiveness of pain killers, reduce headaches and can help fight asthma, possibly due to the enhanced adrenal effect from the caffeine. Coffee may reduce the risk for some cancers and Parkinson’s disease. Recent studies have shown that caffeine reduces the incidence of diabetes by 54% for men and 30% for women. Lastly, coffee’s stimulant effects and fat burning potential has some in the medical field pushing it as a means of lowering the incidence of heart disease.
Although it tastes “stronger”, dark roasted coffees actually have LESS caffeine than medium or light roasts. The longer a coffee is roasted, the darker it becomes and the more caffeine burns off during the process. Similarly, contrary to popular assumptions, espresso coffee actually contains about one-third of the caffeine of a brewed cup of coffee. This is partially due to the fact that espresso is typically made using top premium arabica beans which have a lower caffeine content than robusta beans, which are found in many coffee blends used for standard brewing. Also, in the espresso brewing method, water is in contact with the grounds for only 20 to 25 seconds and extracts less caffeine than methods that put water in contact with the grounds for several minutes.
Here’s another tip for brewing a great cup of coffee – Tip #4
Amount of Coffee – Using the right ratio of ground coffee to water is one of the most important things you can do to ensure a good cup of coffee. Use enough coffee, and don’t use too much or too little! If the below measurements sound like a lot, then you have probably been making less than full strength coffee. Make sure to spread the grounds evenly in the coffee filter so full brewing is achieved.
Professional coffee tasters use: exactly two (2) tablespoons (7 to 9 grams or 2 scoop of a standard coffee measure) of ground coffee beans for each six (6) ounces of water.
For 4 cups (6 ounces each) of coffee, measure out 8 generous tablespoons (30 to 35 grams) of fresh ground coffee beans.