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.
You can listen to her podcast on SoundCloud.
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.
No we don’t necessarily mean different ways to make cold brew but what you can do with cold brew too. Here are a few ideas:
To the concentrated cold brew, you can add 3 parts coconut water to 1 part cold brew concentrate.
Add 6 TB sweetened condensed milk to 2 cups of cold brew to make into popsicles.
Use in recipes that ask for coffee but heat it up.
Make an extra batch of cold brew and turn them into ice cubes so you don’t dilute your coffee.
Experiment with different milks like cashew milk, almond milk, macadamia nut milk. You can also experiment with different extracts or spices like cinnamon or cardamom.
We’ve even tried it in banana smoothies.
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.