Coffee for Dogs

A woman from has invented coffee for dogs. Unfortunately Agota Jakutyte has named it Rooffee. She was trying to combine the words “roots” and “coffee” but being she is Lithuanian, she may not have heard of “roofie,” the infamous drug rohypnol. This has caused quite a buzz on twitter.

Now we all know dogs should not have caffeine, but this does not contain any coffee or caffeine products at all. It comes in such mixtures as dandelion root, burdock root, carrot seed, hawthorne seed, or chicory root. You combine it with organic coconut butter, MCT oil (sounds almost like bulletproof coffee) and hot water. People can drink this too and she gives a short description of what each one does on her kickstarter page.

Storing your beans

First off, the Victor crew wants to point out it is better to buy whole beans rather than ground coffee. Why? Because you wanted the freshest cup you can get. Storing them in bean form helps protect the quality in and of itself. Once the bean is broken, the coffee oxidizes quickly. It is best to grind right before you brew.

For the best filter brewed coffee, it is better to get it as close to the roast date as possible. But note that coffee needs a day or two of rest after it is roasted before using it. This helps any gas trapped in them to escape. For espresso, you want to rest the beans for about five days. If you can, get your coffee within three to ten days from the roast date.

It also helps if you store the beans correctly. Paper bags will lose the flavor quicker. Try to use sealed one-way valve foil bags. If it comes in one, leave it in. If it is in a paper bag, transfer to an air-tight container kept out of sunlight.

Don’t freeze or refrigerate your coffee. When it thaws it won’t taste the same. Also it may pick up flavors from items in the freezer or refrigerator. In the refrigerator, it may pick up condensation and push oils to the surface and age the coffee faster. If you stock up and already have a few bags go ahead and store in freezer but thaw to room temperature. It won’t taste the same.

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Tips for your coffee

Bon Appetit has some tips for making a better cup of coffee. These are for regular brewed coffee and not cold brew.

Pre-warm your mug. If you pour your just-right temperature coffee into a cold mug, you’ve blown it. Make a little extra hot water and (especially if you do it pour-over method) and pour some into your cup. They say you will keep the temperature and flavor longer.

Don’t boil the water for your coffee. They say the optimum temperature is 200 degrees. If you boil your water for pour over, let it cool down a little.

Use your beans up. Don’t let them sit around for special occasions. This is also assuming you are buying whole beans. The further out the beans are from the date they are roasted, the weaker the flavor is.

Use the Golden Ratio. They say the ratio is 1:16 as a general rule, or 22 grams coffee to 352 grams water or about 3 tablespoons for every 12 ounces water. The ratio can be played with to your liking, depending on how strong you want your coffee.

Wet your filter ahead of time. If you are making your coffee pour over or drip, wet the coffee filter before putting ground beans in. Using some water first will help remove any flavors in the filter and hold tighter to the machine.

Citrus+Coffee+Soda

Looking for a new flavor profile? Try Keepers Citrus Coffee Soda. They roast their own coffee using a Japanese flash brewing method. They paired citrus juice with it and turned it into a soda.

You can buy a case of 12 cans from their site for $48.00.

Update: 9/22/17
The people from Keepers Citrus Coffee Soda have struck a deal with Whole Foods Market and now you can purchase it locally.

Tisane / Herbal Tea

Sometimes we drink “real” tea and sometimes we drink “herbal” tea. So what is put in herbal tea. Some people prefer the term “tisane” overe “herbal tea.” The definition of tisane is “an infusion (as of dried herbs) used as a beverage or for medicinal effects.” If you were to do an internet search of “tisane” you would also get many sites about herbal tea. Tisane can also be defined as a tea made with anything other than tea leaves.

Tisanes are usually chosen for flavor profiles. It is often used by people who want a hot drink made without caffeine. Many tisanes are mixed with certain remedies in mind, such as stress relief, digestive discomfort, to reduce fevers, or other such remedy. If you are using this for certain conditions, you should see an experienced herbalist as some of the mixtures could cancel each other out.

Some tisanes are fruit based. Sometimes they are even mixed with real tea as it will change the flavor and spice it up. It may also help you not want to mix sweetener in your tea. You can read more about herbal teas on a previous post.

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