Topic: instant coffee

So we all love our coffee. But what if we don’t have time to stop at that favorite coffee shop every morning on the way to work or class or whatever our destination may be? Instant coffee.

Instant coffee is essentially freeze-dried coffee, a product made to be kept for a longer period of time. It was actually invented back in the day (1906) by George C. Washington (not the president), who was a coffee addict just like us.

The most popular instant coffee brands are:

Folgers

Maxwell House

Nescafé (Taster’s Choice)

Also on the market just recently, and quite controversial, is Starbucks Instant VIA. An instant coffee that Starbucks claims tastes just like their famous fresh brewed coffee.

But I’ll let you decide. On the go? Try instant coffee!! Many swear by it. (and PS: it’s cheaper!)

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Published in: on April 24, 2010 at 2:21 am  Leave a Comment  
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Fan MUG and PAGE – Laura

Laura A, of Winona, MN gave us a rundown on her favorite coffee beverage and her review of a book.

Her favorite drink?

White Chocolate Mocha:

As described on Starbucks.com, a white chocolate mocha is Espresso with white chocolate flavored sauce and steamed milk. Topped with sweetened whipped cream.

And a book she recommends?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. As Laura describes it:

“This novel is written as a series of letters written by a young boy named Charlie to an unknown recipient.  The letters account Charlie’s life and times as an awkward and thoughtful adolescent.  It follows him through issues with school, drugs, love, loss, and family.  This book had a very profound impact on me, as well as many of my friends that have read it.  I am a self-proclaimed wallflower myself and it was nice to read such an honest portrayal of what it is like to be ‘standing on the fringes of life’.  Charlie is a complex character that represents the dork in all of us.  This book is sure to remind you of your awkward teenage years, or if you are still in that stage, it will reassure you that you are not alone.  Along with the painfully poignant story, it is also beautifully written.  I have read this book three times and I find something new that resonates with me every time.  This a must read for everyone!”

PAGE – The Classics

Today I want to talk about a passion of mine. Reading of course. And even more specifically, the Classics.

Many people, mostly teens and young adults my age, don’t appreciate the classic books that are oh so important to our culture and books of today. They may be difficult to read, whether it be because of outdated language and slang, length of the book, or shear un-relatable content. But what I say to those readers is: have an open mind.

To me, the classics may not be as “fun” to read, and you may not say “oh hey! I can totally see where this girl is coming from when she says she hates wearing a corset and being betrothed to the local butcher,” but these books are important. They force you to have an open mind and immerse yourself in a time and culture you are not familiar with. It forces the reader, in a way, to put himself/herself in the shoes of the characters and learn about a different time.

I also love owning my own books. It is great to go to a library if you want a quick read, or even better, to have book exchanges with friends or relatives. But if you are looking for the classics all in one place, Barnes and Noble is the place to go. They have a collection called Barnes and Noble Classics, which includes all the big classics, and some others, that i recommend you look into.

Many libraries and writers have published lists of the best classics to read. here are just a few:

Cincinnati Library

The Best 100 lists

About.com

Amazon.com

Read the classics. You will learn so much.

Published in: on April 12, 2010 at 3:16 am  Leave a Comment  
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PAGE – The Nanny Diaries

I just finished reading The Nanny Diaries by Nicole Kraus and Emma McLaughlin.

Being a nanny myself during the summer, I found the book to be strangely relatable, even though Nanny in the book works for a super-rich super-snobby family. The book is a very simple read and is pretty entertaining, but I definitely think you need to appreciate looking after children to love it.

Nanny struggles with school and family and friends all while watching a 4-year old with parents who demand her services more than she expected. While the ending is a little dull, I didn’t ever find a dull moment until then.

There is also a movie made and sequel book to The Nanny Diaries.

Check it out!

Published in: on April 7, 2010 at 4:08 am  Leave a Comment  
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Light vs Dark: what does it mean?

“Which roast would you like” The barista asks.

Your mind races. You always hear dark roast is more superior. But light roast has a certain je ne sais quoi sound to it. You ask which they would recommend, to which of course they reply with “both are delicious I hear,” or something of the sort.

In a few seconds you have to decide between two types of coffee you kn0w nothing about.

Well my friend, I am here to tell you about the difference between the two. No more roast dilemmas for you.

LIGHT ROAST

The length of roasting time determines the if the roast is light or dark. Although light roast is “lighter” it actually has more caffeine. The reason for this is that more of the actual bean is burned the longer is roasts, so it also loses caffeine.

“Usually a light roast has a more acidic flavor as apposed to the darker roasts which if brewed correctly usually have a more chocolaty taste. sometimes we confuse this acidic taste to strong caffeinated coffee.” (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/364047)

DARK ROAST

Roasting the beans longer gives them a smoother flavor, but too long leads to a burnt flavor. Dark roast simply means that the coffee bean has been roasted to a higher temperature and typically for a longer period of time. This causes all of the flavor molecules stored within the coffee beans—both the good and bad flavors—to be burnt away. By roasting so dark, the end consumer (you) can’t tell whether it’s a good bean or a bad bean because all the natural flavors have been turned to charcoal. (http://www.ineedcoffee.com/06/darkroast/)

Here is a chart describing the different coffee roasts and their flavor results:

chart courtesy of http://www.roastmagazine.com/roasting101/leaving/leaving.html

Published in: on March 27, 2010 at 3:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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Why drink coffee?

Coffee drinkers often get grouped with drug addicts: it is a bad thing to need.

But studies have shown that there are actually many benefits to being a regular coffee drinker. Here are just a few!

– Lowers your risk of getting diseases such as

+ Diabetes

+ Parkinson’s

+ Colon cancer

– Can lift your mood

– Treats headaches

– Lowers your risk of getting cavities

Web MD

– Helps to improve muscular work capacity in most if not all exercises

– Help provide protection against the development of liver disease

– Did you know that driving a vehicle when feeling sleepy causes more deaths and serious injury than drunk driving? So coffee can help reduce accidents! (caffeinated of course)

– Positive effect on mental performance

Positively coffee

– Prevents Alzheimer’s

– A good source of antibiotics

– Coffee’s dietary fiber, soluble fiber, helps prevent cholesterol from being absorbed by the intestines.

Coffee Detective

So go ahead! Drink that coffee. Your health will thank you

Published in: on March 19, 2010 at 2:32 am  Leave a Comment  
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Know your coffee drinks

Ever wonder what all those weird names are?

well here is your quick start guide to the types of coffee beverages!

Americano: A single shot of espresso with about 7 ounces of hot water added to the mix. The name for this coffee drink stemmed from an insult to ‘uncouth’ Americans who weren’t up to drinking full espressos. (http://www.talkaboutcoffee.com/types-of-coffee-coffee-varieties.html)

Cappuccino: made of strong coffee espresso, steamed milk and frothed milk in equal parts: espresso at the bottom, steamed milk and frothy milk at the top. (http://food.qandas.com/coffee/what-is-a-cappuccino.html)

Espresso: A 1-2 ounce drink made in by forcing hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans.  Typically, espresso beans are darkly roasted but this is not a requirement. (http://www.namastecafe.com/coffee_names.htm)

Latte:A drink of coffee made from espresso and steamed milk, generally topped with foam (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/latte)

Mocha: This popular drink is basically a Cappuccino or Latte with chocolate syrup added to the mix. Sweeter, not as intense in coffee flavor, and a good ‘gateway’ coffee for those who don’t usually do the caffeine thing.(http://www.talkaboutcoffee.com/types-of-coffee-coffee-varieties-ii.html)

I hope this helps in your coffee drinking endeavors!

Published in: on March 6, 2010 at 4:05 am  Leave a Comment  
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Location #2 – PAGE

Emily Templin also suggested the book for the week,

A little-known novel titled Tuesdays with Morrie.

This book by Mitch Albom is about, in Emily’s words, ” Is how a younger man connects with Morrie on his final days of life, and how Morrie realizes the simple pleasures in life.”

In 1999 this book was even made into a movie, starring Hank Azaria. After its 2002 release on paperback, this book became a hit in america and worldwide, selling over 11 million copies.

Check out more about this “feel-good” book here.

Published in: on February 13, 2010 at 1:26 am  Leave a Comment  

Books and Coffee. The perfect combination.

Hello coffee lover and reader!

I wanted to have a place where my two loves, and I hope yours, can come together to create one.

Thus, this blog was born. Welcome.

This is for me, and you, to tell others your favorite combinations of great books, coffee concoctions and cafés.

I will post a suggested book and great coffee place or drink to try together. Some books or drinks/places may be from a fan, or a friend, or just someone I meet on the street. Or of course, from me.

I hope you enjoy this blog, as it is about what I love: reading and drinking a cup of coffee.

❤ Jackie

Published in: on January 20, 2010 at 7:49 am  Leave a Comment