Coffee Flour – Revisited

So it’s been a while since the Victor crew wrote about Coffee Flour and we were wondering where they are with the selling process. It seems the original site that was working on it is still in the process of making it available.

Meanwhile we thought we’d see if there were any other options and it appears there are.

Nuts.com has a coffee flour available. It is not cheap. It costs $8.99/1-lb bag or $43.60/5-lb bag. You can get an auto delivery for it as well.

We found Trader Joe’s had limited availability on their site. BUT we also found their product on Amazon.com.

So the flour is available not widely yet.

Coffee Extract

You can buy coffee extract in the store for about $7 per ounce or you can make your own! The Jody Victor crew came across a recipe for just that!

Ingredients
1 1/2 to 2 cups of vodka (for gluten free, choose a non-grain alcohol)
1/2 cup of coffee beans, ground coffee beans, or instant coffee

You will grind your beans if you are using whole beans (grinding enough to equal 1/2 cup.) Place the vodka into a blender and add the coffee grounds to the blender. Blend for about five minutes. Don’t let the mixture get too hot.

After this you will need to strain out the grounds. In the blog post, the author said the coffee didn’t drain well through a filter and recommends using a muslin bag to extract the grounds.

If you want an even stronger extract, you can put the strained liquid back into the blender and add more grounds and straining again. You can use the extract along with chocolate flavors to make a lovely mocha flavor. Use it to make coffee flavored ice cream as well.

Read the full post.

Does Coffee Interfere with Your Potential?

The Victor crew found an interesting article from the Huffington Post that talks about coffee interfering with your performance.

They state people start drinking caffeine to be more alert and get into a better mood. There are also studies that say that coffee improves memory and attention span, however, they don’t take into consideration each person’s actual caffeine habits. They claim that in one study they think the upsurge is due to having caffeine after going through withdrawal and that is giving the positive results. Caffeine withdrawal actually does negatively affect your mood and cognitive performance. So in other words, the caffeine is actually just bringing you back to your caffeine normal.

Caffeine releases adrenaline. In the fight-or-flight response this produces, you could be in a hyper-aroused state, allowing emotions to take over. Large doses of caffeine can also raise blood pressure, and deprive your brain of oxygen.

Caffeine can also affect sleep. You’ll want to stay away from it later in the day. Caffeine has a six-hour half life. It takes a full twenty-four hours to be depleted. If you drink it at 8:00 am, you still have 25% in your system at 8:00 pm. Caffeine also affects your REM sleep.

Caffeine withdrawal can cause headaches, fatigue, sleepiness. Some even go through depression and anxiety. It is better to taper off caffeine if you decide to stop drinking coffee (perish the thought.)

Jody Victor: Yes you can …

… drink more coffee! In a study released April 21, 2017 by ScienceDirect, it was determined to be safe for healthy adults to consume up to 400 mg of caffeine per day. Pregnant women should limit to under 300 mg per day. For children, they should keep their consumption to less than 2.5 mg per kg of weight per day. For us Americans, that would be approximately 1.14 mg per lb weight.

The problem is, there is a large gap in how much caffeine is in a cup. Brewed coffee has about 95-165 mg per 8 oz. cup. As a rule of thumb, if you measure the amount of cofee, each 10 grams of Arabica coffee has about 100 mg caffeine. So no matter how you brew, that amount of beans will yield no more than that much caffeine. Somebody from coffee.stackexchange.com did the research for this. This is not an entirely conclusive way to measure. Someone later on this page does say you would need to send about 4 samples of coffee brewed the same way from different batches to a testing facility to see what is really in your brews.

Just know it’s safe to drink about 4 cups coffee per day!

Jody Victor: A Jolt of Environmentalism in a Cup of Coffee?

Laura Holden, writer for the Oxford Student, illuminates coffee lovers of the environmental impact the grounds of their favorite beverage have on the environment and the very easy solution to the issue.

She writes:

“The organic waste of coffee drinking is an environmental headache. It may keep us awake in lectures, but coffee waste ends up in landfills, contributing to greenhouse gases and further increasing the wasteful output of human activities.”

Holden also notes that in the U.K alone, coffee drinkers consume 55 million cups of coffee per day. And of those many cups, the grounds to create them end up only 18-20% used.

Holden describes one student run coffee grounds program:

“The Coffee Run is a project run by students volunteering with the Oxford Hub and with collaboration from the Oxford Circular Collective. Its aim is to redistribute coffee waste from cafés to allotments, using the waste as fertilizer and compost and creating a circular economy, where waste production of one good (coffee) is reused in the production of another good (fruit and veg).

It works by combining two fads of the day: coffee addiction and a Deliveroo style delivery system. On Coffee Run Fridays, volunteers will pick up the coffee grounds at a coffee shop, and then subsequently deliver them to an allotment over the weekend on their infamous Oxford bikes. “

While many of us do purchase to-go coffee, where we have no control over what happens to the grounds, many of us still brew coffee at home and can initiate a similar program, on the micro level, in our own daily lives.

Holden tells her readers that the coffee grounds have phosphorus and potassium, even a little nitrogen. “Acid-loving plants” will like coffee grounds best as and are even know as a slug and snail deterrent. It seems coffee grounds from the average household could easily be recycled into the environment through any lawn, flower garden or planted patch of mulch.

Holden even cites a recent Leeds Beckett University study which concluded that coffee grounds “represent an under-utilised high nutrient material with potential to be exploited.”

What will you do with your grounds?