With Christmas just around the corner, we thought we’d find out who has good ideas for the coffee or tea drinker in your life. Here are some links the Victor crew found:
From Rodale’s Organic Life we found there are 23 gifts on this site. They offer ideas like pour-over coffee makers, espresso makers, coffee cups, coffee, coffee go-withs, items made with coffee, coffee wearables, and decor.
European Coffee Trip has some different coffee makers, accessories, and subscription ideas.
PopSugar has some different gifts from cups to coffee makers.
The Victor crew discovered Chocolove has a candy bar called Coffee Crunch in Dark Chocolate. It is fantastic and has ground coffee right in the chocolate. YUM!
Now for Tea:
My Modern Met has some quirky gifts for the tea lover, some of which are absolutely lovely.
World Market has some nice items from tea kettles to tea to cups.
Plum Deluxe has some nice offerings for the tea lover as well.
According to a new study by BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal), three to five cups of coffee intake was found to be beneficial, except for pregnant women. They do not suggest that doctors should recommend coffee consumption, however.
The amount is maxxed out at five cups. Any more than that are of no benefit and may even reduce or reverse the benefit. In terms of caffeine that is less than 400mg of caffeine/day. Pregnant women should keep their intake to less than 200mg/day of caffeine.
Some of the health benefits believed to be from coffee include incidence of an mortality from cardiovascular disease, incidence of cancer, fatty liver disease (non-alcoholic), diabetes, and cirrhosis.
A woman from has invented coffee for dogs. Unfortunately Agota Jakutyte has named it Rooffee. She was trying to combine the words “roots” and “coffee” but being she is Lithuanian, she may not have heard of “roofie,” the infamous drug rohypnol. This has caused quite a buzz on twitter.
Now we all know dogs should not have caffeine, but this does not contain any coffee or caffeine products at all. It comes in such mixtures as dandelion root, burdock root, carrot seed, hawthorne seed, or chicory root. You combine it with organic coconut butter, MCT oil (sounds almost like bulletproof coffee) and hot water. People can drink this too and she gives a short description of what each one does on her kickstarter page.
Bon Appetit has some tips for making a better cup of coffee. These are for regular brewed coffee and not cold brew.
Pre-warm your mug. If you pour your just-right temperature coffee into a cold mug, you’ve blown it. Make a little extra hot water and (especially if you do it pour-over method) and pour some into your cup. They say you will keep the temperature and flavor longer.
Don’t boil the water for your coffee. They say the optimum temperature is 200 degrees. If you boil your water for pour over, let it cool down a little.
Use your beans up. Don’t let them sit around for special occasions. This is also assuming you are buying whole beans. The further out the beans are from the date they are roasted, the weaker the flavor is.
Use the Golden Ratio. They say the ratio is 1:16 as a general rule, or 22 grams coffee to 352 grams water or about 3 tablespoons for every 12 ounces water. The ratio can be played with to your liking, depending on how strong you want your coffee.
Wet your filter ahead of time. If you are making your coffee pour over or drip, wet the coffee filter before putting ground beans in. Using some water first will help remove any flavors in the filter and hold tighter to the machine.
Starbucks has just announced it will be closing all 379 of its Teavana stores. Most are to be closed by Spring in 2018. Starbucks purchased the struggling Teavana in 2012. These closings will effect over 3000 workers.
Starbucks does say they are expanding their coffee stores and gradually add 240,000 jobs world-wide over the next five years. There will be major expansion in China as they expand their coffee-based shops.
Teavana stores are found mostly in malls. Starbucks will continue to sell Teavana products in their Starbucks shops.