Zojirushi Coffee Makers

Zojirushi has some small appliances. Their bread machines are popular as a higher end home baking system. They also make a couple coffee makers. What makes them different is that they have ways of making iced coffee easier.

Their Fresh Brew Plus 12-Cup Coffee Maker allows you to brew iced or hot coffee in the same machine. The iced coffee will be more concentrated to make up for the ice you add. It has 4 settings for the warming plate so you can turn it off if you make Japanese iced coffee – coffee that is brewed directly into ice. It has a glass carafe. It comes with an ice basket that helps with measurement of how much ice to use.

The Fresh Brew Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker brews up to 10 cups of coffee. It has a pre-infusion cycle that wets the coffee grounds that allows the coffee to bloom.

Both coffee makers have a filter basket that side loads making it easier to keep under cabinets.

Coffee in Philly

It’s hard to have a blog about coffee and not notice the problems that arose in Philadelphia, PA this past week. For those who may not know, two black men went into a Starbucks Coffee shop for a real estate business meeting. They walked in and sat at a table. One of them asked to use the rest room and was told they were for paying customers only. They were waiting for a third person to show up so they hadn’t bought anything yet.

The store manager called 911 and police came and handcuffed them and escorted them out. The third person they were waiting for came in as they were being led out.

As a result of this, all (over 8,000) Starbucks Coffee shops will close on May 29 for racial bias training. The CEO met with officials in Philadelphia and Starbucks along with these 2 men will be working together for solutions.

Of course, on top of this is fake news that Starbucks is offering coupons for free coffee for those of color. This can be ignored.

Coffee and Cancer Warnings

So in California, your coffee must now come with a warning. A cancer warning. Why? Because of a substance called acrylamide. It is a chemical that is formed during the roasting of the beans. Acrylamide is also formed when making toast. It is found in potato chips. And French fries. It can be found in cookies. It is found in just about any starchy food that is heated to higher temps.

Acrylamides are thought to be a carcinogen. So a judge in California has ruled that coffee needs to come with a cancer warning. Major chains will need to start carrying the warning. Even though there is no proof that coffee itself is harmful, if you visit California, you will see these warnings.

The Coffee Maker You Didn’t Know You Needed

You may have heard of Makita. They make power tools. You may have seen them in your local hardware store. Makita has ventured into making a coffee maker. They have a cordless model, the DCM500Z, already out but this is is an 18V lithium ion model.

This new one is not your typical coffee maker. The CM501DZ runs on the same lithium ion battery packs that many of Makita’s power tools run on. The largest battery pack, the 18V BL1860 is good for brewing about 5.3 cups.

That may not be much, but if you are a construction worker on the job and crave your brew, you can make coffee on the spot. They already are selling in Japan. They expect this model to popular with construction workers. But you can take it camping, on a hike, or even use it during a power outage.

Source: TheVerge.com

Earl Grey Tea

We recently tried Earl Grey tea for the first time. We didn’t really know what it was so we found out a little more about it. Usually it is a black tea, although some companies may use green or oolong, that is flavored with oil of bergamot – a type of orange found in Italy and France. It is considered a blended tea because o f the flavoring added to it.

The original Earl Grey tea is said to have been made from a recipe presented by an envoy on his return from China according to the Twinings website. It was named after Earl Charles Grey, the second Earl Grey.

The Victor Crew