There’s a new zine for coffee lovers. It is by, for, and about coffee people. These are artists. Coffee artists. Think baristas. Started by Kat Melheim, a Denver, Colorado barista, the zine focuses on everything coffee. Noticing that those involved in the coffee industry also have side art projects, she wanted to focus on the creativity of them. She wanted to connect coffee people to each other through their related fields.
She is currently taking submissions for the next zine. For more info see her website.
For the many people that follow Vegan or Paleo diets, Starbucks now has coffee drinks for you. The Starbucks Doubleshot® Coffee Smoothie. It comes in Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Honey flavors. They are made with almond milk. They have been available since May.
Later this year, bottled Frappuccino® chilled coffee drink will be available as well. It is made with almond milk and will come in Vanilla and Mocha flavors.
They will also have single-serve Cold Brew coffee in Vanilla & Fig flavor and Sweetened Black.
Starbucks also has White Chocolate Mocha Latte available at grocery stores that carry Starbucks coffee products.
Let’s talk types of coffee. From a variety standpoint, there are basically only two main categories: Robusta and Arabica.
Arabica has a more delicate flavor and lower acidity than Robusta. It is grown in higher altitudes and is more costly to grow and more difficult to grow, so they have a lower yield that makes it cost more. Robusta has higher amounts of caffeine but can grow in hot, low altitudes, and with less moisture. Most commercial beans are this variety.
Coffee beans are green so they must be roasted. They range in roast from light brown to very dark brown and are broken into three roast levels: Light, Medium, and Dark.
Light roast is considered most delicate but also has higher acidity. You get more of the original coffee bean flavor. Medium roast have a chocolate color, less acidity than the lighter roast, and a toasty flavor. The Dark roast beans are roasted until they caramelize and oils come out of the bean. They may look oily. They have a strong flavor. Blends will combine two or more of these roasting levels.
Did you know Hugh Jackman had a coffee company? It is called Laughing Man Coffee. Jackman wanted to follow in the footsteps of Paul Newman with his Newman’s Own brand donating all proceeds to charity. So, Jackman traveled to Ethiopia with World Vision to visit and shoot a documentary about the impact Fair Trade certification had on the Ethiopian farmers. He partnered with a coffee farmer named Dukale.
There are two cafes in New York where you can try the coffee.
The Laughing Man Foundation is going further and investing in housing improvements and college scholarships for the COOCentral Coop in Colombia.
Here is the trailer for his documentary called Dukale’s Dream: