Moka Pot

Moka PotI’ve seen them before but know nothing about them. I’ve even seen my grandmother use them to make espresso for grandpa with one. They are usually stovetop or electric coffee makers. It works by passing pressurized steam through ground coffee. It was invented by Bialetti. Water is placed in the bottom and heated up. It makes steam and forces it up through a strainer into the grounds and back down into the water.

Made of aluminum it isn’t dishwasher safe. It is a classic design since it’s been around since 1933. It won’t make coffee as well as a high-end espresso maker but if you want a stronger coffee, you can just use a Moka Pot. This pot will make the espresso stronger than you are used to having.

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Dunkin’ Espresso-Wear

Just in time for the holidays, Dunkin’ Donuts has launched some funny videos that have people wanting these products. Cappu-chinos, Americano-veralls, and Latte-nk tops. Of course it’s all in jest and there is not such product available. I’m sure someone will come up with a how-to hack to make your own. With a little ingenuity it shouldn’t be too difficult to make any one of these items for you Dunkin’ lover.

In January, Dunkin’ Donuts will complete their rebranding to Dunkin’. They plan to keep their same signature colors of orange and pink, and the apostrophe. They want to put more focus on coffee.

Learn more about their rebranding

Mushroom Coffee Anyone?

Now, I do not like mushrooms. I. Hate. Mushrooms. But I came across a mushroom coffee website – Four Sigmatic. They consider mushrooms a superfood and so this coffee is supposed to be really good for you. In addition to coffee, they have matcha teas and hot cacao mushroom blends. You can get them in little packets, dry mix in a jar, little shots.

The dark roast coffee with lion’s mane and chaga mushrooms is organic, vegan, and Whole 30 friendly. You can make one-time purchases or subscribe and save 20% on shipping. This drink shows 0 calories, 0 nutrients. This does include organic Arabica coffee and is a brewable coffee. There is also an instant option. It does include a Prop 65 warning for California residents.

The mushroom mocha with chaga has 20 calories per packet and 4g total carbs. Its ingredients are all organic including cacao powder, instant coffee, chaga mushroom, coconut palm sugar, and stevia.

Another instant coffee that is supposed to help with stress is their Adaptogen coffee mix. This organic mix also includes tulsi, ashwagandha, cinnamon, and eleuthero.

Factors in the Amount of Caffeine You are Drinking

The Victor crew came across an article* that seemed very interesting regarding the amounts of caffeine we are actually consuming is based on several factors.

One factor is what type of coffee you are brewing. Caffeine is actually a natural pesticide so it will vary in the beans dependent on where they are grown. If they are grown in regions where there are a lot of insects, the beans will adapt and produce more caffeine.

Another factor is the size you grind your coffee. The smaller the grounds, the more surface area they have. Different brewing methods use different sizes. Cold brew uses a larger grind while espresso uses a fine grind.

Water temperature can factor in as well. The higher the temperature the higher the extraction is. Cold brew would only extract about 75% of the coffee.

Brewing style matters as well. You completely cover the grounds with immersion brewing where you leave the grounds sitting as opposed to simple pour over.

*Source

America Runs on Dunkin’

You may have heard that slogan in a Dunkin’ Donuts commercial for their coffee. Well, Dunkin’ has taken it a bit further and has built a tiny house that runs on Dunkin’ coffee. It is powered on recycled coffee grounds. The oils are extracted to make a bio-fuel to power the generators that run the house.

They designed the outside to have the textures of coffee. It is decorated in Dunkin’s colors: orange and pink. The house has been recently listed at Airbnb if you are interested in staying there. It is currently in Nahant, MA.

This was made possible through a partnership of Dunkin, actress Olivia Wilde, and New Frontier Tiny Homes.

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