America Runs on Dunkin’

You may have heard that slogan in a Dunkin’ Donuts commercial for their coffee. Well, Dunkin’ has taken it a bit further and has built a tiny house that runs on Dunkin’ coffee. It is powered on recycled coffee grounds. The oils are extracted to make a bio-fuel to power the generators that run the house.

They designed the outside to have the textures of coffee. It is decorated in Dunkin’s colors: orange and pink. The house has been recently listed at Airbnb if you are interested in staying there. It is currently in Nahant, MA.

This was made possible through a partnership of Dunkin, actress Olivia Wilde, and New Frontier Tiny Homes.

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Korn Koffee

No this isn’t coffee made from corn. It’s Koffee made by Korn…the band that is! The band just announced their latest venture on twitter. Not yet out yet, it will be available October 26.

You can preorder it now. The cost is $14.99 for 12.2 oz of this fair trade dark roast blend. For $24.99, you can purchase the bundle of 12.2 oz Korn Koffee and a Korn Koffee mug.

They have teamed up with J. Gursey Coffee to find their perfect blend of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Guatemalan Huehuetenango, and Organic Peru.

I Tried Ready-made Cold Brew and Didn’t Hate It

After a recent trip, this member of the Victor Crew wanted to drink cold brew coffee but wasn’t able to make any.

The first one was at a restaurant in Portland, Oregon. One of the more popular brands of coffee in Portland is Stumptown. It is not inexpensive. The 10 oz bottle of cold brew cost $4.50, but it was very good. Given a glass and half and half, I was able to make it tasty.

The other time I bought cold brew was from a Dunkin’ Donuts and had them add half and half. It wasnt as tasty as the more expensive one but it was pretty good as well.

The only other time I tried ready-made cold brew was from a Starbucks. It was actually too strong for me and they left no room to add a lightener.

Coffee Advice from former Googlers

Two former Googlers, Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky who worked on Gmail and YouTube, have some advice for handling your caffeine habit.

They suggest you not drink coffee first thing. Perhaps wait until after 9:30 am. Cortisol is highest before that so its not needed earlier.

They say that caffeine doesn’t give an energy boost but prevents energy from waning. “If you wait until you are tired, it’s too late.” Since energy level goes down after lunch, have your second coffee half hour in advance.

If you miss that second cup in time, they suggest you take a nap.

Instead of another big cup of coffee in the afternoon, switch to tea or espresso (small cup), which have less caffeine.

Use proper timing for your last cup. Caffeine half-life it 5-6 hours so if your last cup is 4pm, you will still have half the effect of the caffeine at bedtime.

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You might want to rethink drinking those fancy coffee drinks.

@thefitnesschef_ on Instagram has an infographic showing some Starbucks drinks and the calories they contain. The drinks listed are based on the size called Grande with 2% milk and whipped cream for the frappuccinos. Your best bet is the plain Caffe Americano showing 0 calories (of course before anything is added.) The next lowest calorie count listed on the infographic isn’t even coffee…it’s Teavana® Shaken Iced Passion Tango™ Tea.

You don’t have to rely on just this infographic. If you need more information, you can go right to the Starbucks website and look at the nutrition listed for all their drinks. They have a separate nutrition listing for their food as well. When I look at some of the calorie counts for a single cookie – that’s more than some people have for whole meal.

It’s not a pleasant subject but you should be aware of the calories you are consuming.