The newest coffee related Kickstarter project is a portable espresso brewer called the Xbar. It employs either CO2 cartridges or a bike tire pump to create water pressure.
A pair of valves on the side of the Xbar allow for the two different pressures sources. One is a Shrader valve compatible with many kinds of bike pumps. The other valve, of course, takes one use 8-gram CO2 cartridges. Much like those in small seltzer makers.
If using a bike pump, the pump controls the upward ramp of pressure during brewing. If using a cartridge, a paddle on the top of the Xbar lets brewers control the upward ramp of pressure. In both cases a metal knob on the side is used to throttle the pressure down. A standard pressure gauge on the face of the espresso maker lets brewers monitor the pressure level.
The brew head is stainless steel. The pressure control system is aluminum, stainless steal and brass. The aluminum stand comes in two heights depending on what kind of cups brewers prefer.
Xbar says a user should get 4-8 double or triple shots of espresso from one CO2 cartridge—all dependent on water volume, extraction duration etc.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency, also known as the EPA, has approved a request from Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture to allow coffee farmers the use of a chemical fungicide in the state’s ongoing battle against the extremely devastation leaf rust disease.
Coffee leaf rust has appeared in nearly every country or region in which coffee is cultivated on a commercial level over the past 150 years. It was discovered for the very first time in the state of Hawaii in October 2020 on Hawaii’s island Maui.
It was discovered in November on Hawaii’s “big island” where a large portion of the state’s commercial coffee is grown. This includes the popular Kona coffee.
Coffee leaf rust has the ability to destroy, quickly, large portions of farmer’s crops. Between 2012 and 2017 coffee leaf rust caused an estimated $3 billion dollars in loss for coffee producers throughout Latin America.
That same threat hovers of the heads of and crops of coffee farms in Hawaii. The market value of green coffee grown in Hawaii in the 2019-2020 season was estimated at $102 million and the value of roasted coffee at $148 million. If coffee leaf rust isn’t stopped in Hawaii the outcome could easily be economically devastating for the industry.
Both tea and coffee can be used not only as the basis for some of our favorite beverages but can also be used as ingredients in the food we eat! Here is one interesting recipe. Jasmine glazed pork or chicken.
1 C brewed Jasmine tea
1 tablespoon water
¼ C olive oil
¼ C sugar
2 cloves fresh garlic, pressed or chopped
1 teaspoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Pepper to taste (salt optional)
In small saucepan heat the cup of Jasmine tea. Add sugar and boil until dissolved.
Add garlic and pepper. Simmer.
Put cornstarch in small bowl and mix with 1 tablespoon water to make a paste.
While stirring constantly add paste until glaze reaches desired consistency.
Remove from heat. Add olive oil. Let cool. Add balsamic vinegar. Marinate meat in tea glaze in a covered container.
According to research, coffee may help reduce Multiple Sclerosis related fatigue for those who have milder cases.
MS related fatigue is a huge problem affecting about 70% of MS patients and the fatigue they report is more than just being tired. It as been described by many as “extreme exhaustion” which can occur suddenly for no reason or be triggered by things like stress, infections, digestion or simple activity. Most experts agree that there is no clear therapeutic recommendation to treat this fatigue.
However, researchers at the University of Regensburg Hospital in Germany saw that coffee helped patients with mild MS symptoms concentrate better and helped them achieve a more structure daily routine.
The study’s authors noted that in the absence of any severe side effects and any other effective fatigue therapy that coffee consumption might be an approach for some patients with MS-related fatigue.
The self-reported study was limited to just 124 subjects and is not conclusive. However, it is a step forward.
As always it is recommended that both those that are healthy and those who have acute or long-term illnesses consult with a doctor before making changes to their diet or trying new therapies.
Here is another unusual coffee drink for the warming weather. This one requires you to have cold brew pre-made or pre-purchased, your favorite one will do.
The first step is to make the rosemary syrup, don’t worry this is easy. If you are worried you won’t like the recipe, the rosemary syrup won’t break the bank–you probably have two of the three ingredients at home already (water and sugar).
Ingredients for Rosemary Syrup
1 Cup Water
1 Cup Sugar
5 Fresh Sprigs Rosemary
Combine ingredients in sauce pan and bring to boil while stirring. After sugar dissolves let cool and pour into storage container. The syrup can be stored in your refrigerator.
To create your beverage combine cold brew, milk of choice and ice as you normally would. Add one tablespoon of syrup and stir thoroughly. Enjoy immediately.