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:

Tea facts: Did you know?

Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water. It can also be found in almost 80% of all homes in the U.S. Last year (2015), on any given day, 158 million Americans drink tea. That’s over 80 billion servings, or 3.6 billion gallons!

People who consume three or more cups of black tea daily can have reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. It can also reduce heart attack risk and lower LDL. There have even been studies to show benefits in reducing cancer risks.

There are about 40mg caffeine in a cup of black tea.


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Coffee Snobs

Are you a coffee snob? Some people call themselves coffee snobs and think they know a lot about coffee. So somebody put them to the test to see if they could guess the prices of the coffee they were drinking. They started with Starbucks for $2.45 then there was expensive Intelligentsia coffee for $7.00 a cup and commissary coffee at a price of $5.00. Lastly, there was 7-Eleven coffee for $1.79.

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Coffee creamers

What kind of creamer to you use? Do you even use creamer? You might want to consider what you are really putting in your coffee.

Non-dairy doesn’t always mean it. It can still contain casein, a milk protein. Why is it called creamer if there is no cream? This is kind of an oxymoron. It is usually full of oils and not always good oils. Another thing to look at is the other ingredients.

Some non-dairy creamers contain trans fat. Just because it’s non-dairy doesn’t mean it won’t go bad. Be aware of the best-by date.

So why not try something more healthy like half and half, soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk, or even just plain milk?

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