Egg Coffee

The Victor crew has heard of a lot of things but this is the first time we heard of Egg Coffee. Turns out it’s a thing. It originated in Scandinavia and to this day out west, the Scandinavian-Americans still make it. Here is their method:

Egg Coffee
9 cups water to boil plus another 1 1/4 cups cold water separated
3/4 cup medium to coarse ground coffee
1 egg

Bring the 9 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan or enamel coffee pot. While that is boiling, stir togeter ground coffee, 1/4 cup water and the egg. You can even use the crushed shell if you want. When the water is boiling, pour in the egg-coffee mixture being careful not to let it boil over. Boil for 3 minutes. The grounds will float in a single mass. After the 3 minutes, remove from heat and pour in 1 cup cold water. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Pour through a fine-mesh into cups. (10 cups coffee.)

Hmm… Maybe we’ll have to try this!

Source: http://scandinavianfood.about.com/od/beverages/r/eggcoffee.htm

Cleaning your coffee mug

If you procrastinate to clean your coffee mug … Good News! You don’t have to worry about it (that much). It doesn’t need to be cleaned every day. Washing your mug at work could be a much less sanitary option, in fact. That is if you drink your coffee black. It may even be more sanitary if you are the only one using the mug to not clean it. If you use sugar and creamers or lighteners, you should probably clean it more often. If you do use them, you really shouldn’t even leave it over the weekend or it grow mold.

BUT when you want to clean it, what you should do is bring it home to clean it. You may just swish around the germs using a communal sponge at work.

http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/11/how-often-should-you-wash-your-office-coffee-mug-never.html

The Victor Crew

Here’s a new concept in making coffee

The GINA smart coffee instrument by Goat Story is now on kickstarter. As of today there are 45 more days to back it. So what makes this one different? The Victor crew will give a synopsis:

First of all, this instrument has a built-in scale and an app. It will also brew coffee as pour-over, immersion, or cold drip. WHAT?! The only thing it doesn’t do is grind.

So there is a Bluetooth scale that will show amounts on the app on your phone so you can make sure you have the right ratio of water to coffee. You can save your data and even share it. There is a valve that allows you to choose which brewing technique you prefer: open it for pour-over, close it for immersion, or set the drop flow for cold drip. Note: Cold brew will still take 8 1/2 hours to make. One drawback is it will only make 10 oz. using any method. They claim it would destabilize the construction. They recommend you make it stronger and add more water after you pour it.

If you were early, you could have gotten Gina for $145; there are 7 left for $160; you can pledge $175, $200 (you’ll also get a mug and specialty beans), $290 (2 Gina coffee makers), $540 (4 Gina coffee makers), $550 (one gold-plated Gina), or $990 (9 Gina coffee makers). You can also just pledge $25 for a Gina mug.

Pour over with GINA

Immersion with GINA

Cold Brew with GINA

Find out more here.

Cold Brew machine that never was

Usually when you make cold brew coffee, you grind the beans and let them brew in the refrigerator for anywhere from minimum 8 hours or more. There was a campaign on Indiegogo for Prisma Cold Brew back in August that makes a pot that brews cold brew in 10 minutes. It was designed by FirstBuild, a co-creation community backed by GE Appliances. It used vacuum infusion to extract the coffee faster.

With their campaign completed, it only reached 97% goal of $150,000 ($145,228) so they will be refunding all the money. They believe some of the problem was that their potential buyers haven’t discovered cold brew yet. It may have been the steep price – they had an early bird special for $229 at $70 off so that means the regular price would have been $299. That’s a steep price to pay for a cold brewer.

Death Wish Coffee

Death Wish Coffee got its first notice back in February during the Super Bowl when it aired as the winner of the Intuit contest. The founder couldn’t find coffee strong enough for him so he developed his own blend. Most coffee you buy varies from 9.1 mg/fl. oz (McDonald’s) to 20.6mg/fl. oz (Starbucks). Death Wish coffee has 54.2mg/fl. oz – about 6 times McDonald’s coffee and more than 2 1/2 times Starbucks. They also have a Valhalla blend that is a little milder but they aren’t sure how much caffeine is in this blend.

The cost is $19.99/lb one-time purchase or $15.99/lb if you sign up for a subscription or $37.99/2 lb one-time purchase or $30.39/2 lb. subscription. You can also get a 5 lb subscription for $63.99. If you have a Keurig, you can get a 10 pack ($12.79) or 20 pack ($23.98) of cups. For subscriptions they let you choose from weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, and bi-monthly as a the subscription interval.

Here is the commercial they put in the Intuit contest that won and aired on the Super Bowl: