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Remove strong odors from hands: If your hands smell of garlic, fish or other strong foods you’ve been handling, a few coffee beans may be all you need to get rid of the odor. Put the beans in your hands and rub them together – the oil released from the coffee beans will absorb the foul smell. When the odor is gone, wash your hands in warm, soapy water. Coffee beans…they’re not just for grinding and brewing!!
With whole beans you know what you´re getting
When you buy whole beans from a reputable source, you know what you´re buying. The trouble with a lot of ground coffees is that they contain a whole mix of different beans from different growing areas. And sometimes, when coffee prices go up, even big coffee companies will add cheaper coffee types to their ground blends, just to keep the price down.
What if your coffee tastes too weak?
If your coffee tastes a little on the weak side, here are the three commonest causes:
1. You didn´t use enough coffee in the brew. Make sure you use 2 tablespoons of ground coffee beans for every 6 ounces of water.
2. The coffee was too coarsely ground. In other words, you´re not leaving the beans in the coffee grinder for long enough.
3. The coffee wasn´t brewed for long enough. (For example, if you are using a French Press, you didn´t leave the coffee to brew for long enough before pushing down the plunger.)
If you are doing everything right, but still want a ´stronger´ taste, you´ll want to look at the origin of your coffee beans and the darkness of the roast. These don´t, strictly speaking, relate to the ´strength´ or ´weakness´ of the brew. But they do impact the body, flavor and taste of the final cup.
Famous Coffee Drinker: Louis XV (1710-1774)
The reign of Louis XV is fondly remembered for giving rise to aristocratic cuisine. The cuisine itself was on the path to refinement, and the noble men and women of the king’s court were known to partake of the actual cooking. Louis XV went as far as to grow his own crop of coffee beans in greenhouses on the Versailles Palace grounds. He handpicked the beans, roasted and ground them. He derived the greatest pleasure from making his entrance in a salon with coffee pot in hand, ready to pour for his guests. Needless to say, when a certain Madame du Barry exclaimed “Hey, la France, your coffee’s lousy,” she was not addressing the king, but rather, a steward by the name of La France!