The Victor crew came across this video about coffee called “How ‘Bad’ Coffee Took Over America”. Taste in coffee is subjective but there are people who say it isn’t. There is coffee certification test that tasters take.
In a process known as “cupping” they taste the coffee and give it a rating. The rating is based on fragrance, aroma, flavor, aftertaste, acidity, body, overall impressions, sweetness, balance, and the clean cup. If the coffee scores 80% or higher it is called a specialty grade coffee. Anything below is considered bad coffee.
Coffee drinking in America dates back to the Boston Tea Party, where drinking tea after that was considered unpatriotic.
Not the kind who buys instant coffee, we thought it was interesting to find this article from DailyMail.com about ways to use instant coffee. Here is their list of uses:
Add a teaspoon to Bolognese sauce.
Mix a teaspoon into chili con carne.
Make a body scrub by mixing a few teaspoons with some sugar and either coconut oil or olive oil.
Add a teaspoon to your cookie dough batter, or other batter, like brownies, or even buttercream icing.
Add to your meat rub.
Sprinkle on vanilla ice cream.
Add to smoothies or milkshakes.
Looks like we’ll need to rethink our aversion to instant coffee.
A few weeks ago we talked about Cheese Coffee. Now we find out about Cheese Tea. It was started in China. The basics of it are that cream cheese or mascarpone cheese are mixed with milk, whipping cream, sugar, and salt. They are whipped together to a soft foamy peak. You should have cold brewed tea.
After you make the cheese mixture, pour your tea into a glass (with or without ice) and carefully spoon the cheese on top. Top with green tea powder.
You are supposed to drink it so the cheese stays on top and you get the mixture through the foamy topping.
We’ve posted about cold brew in the past. We just recently heard of New Orleans style cold brew. Of course we wondered what that is and how it’s made. Here is what we found out.
To make New Orleans cold brew, you need to add chicory to the grounds when you brew them. That may sound a little strange. I remember as a little girl, my grandpa making brewed chicory and drinking it in place of coffee sometimes. Let the grounds and chicory brew for about 12 hours. Using ground chicory, you don’t need too much. Add about a teaspoon or two for every half cup of ground coffee. It is supposed to enrich the taste.
I have seen chicory in tea bags in my grocery store. Perhaps you can open one of them and add to the grounds before cold brewing your coffee.
In a report from JAMA, it was found that in the heavier drinkers, coffee inversely affected mortality rate in those who drink 1 to 8 cups of coffee per day. This was for both regular, decaf, and instant coffee.
In another study, it was found that coffee is good for your skin. Those who drank four cups of coffee a day, had less risk of rosacea incidents.