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!)

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!”

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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Go green with your caffeine

I love coffee. But I also love the environment. These days there are so many ways to help save the earth, and look cool while doing it!

My new favorite thing: reusable coffee sleeves

They come in TONS of fun colors and patterns, and you can even make your own.

Here are some links to some sleeves:

cotton sleeves

knit sleeves

portable sleeves

So have fun drinking your caffeine in style.

I love whipping out my reusable beverage sleeve at coffee shops and looking like an earth-friendly lady!

Published in: on February 20, 2010 at 5:41 am  Leave a Comment  
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Location #2 MUG

Source: Emily Templin

Emily Templin at Acoustic Café

Drink: Caramel Delight

This drink from Acoustic Café is Emily’s current favorite

The Caramel Delight consists of:

– 2 shots of espresso

– real caramel

– steamed milk

“I’ve only gotten it a few times, but the caramel is so delicious, as is the guy who made it!”

Emily also likes to get 1/3 turkey hoagies with chili “But you have to chip in the extra $.30 for the cheese. You just have to,” Emily says.

So if you visit Acoustic Café make sure to try the Caramel Delight!

Published in: on February 13, 2010 at 1:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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Location #1 – Mugby Junction

Mugby Junction

Winona, MN

451 Huff Street

Mugby Junction

For the first location of Pages and Mugs, I decided to start with the coffee shop I frequent most often, Mugby Junction.

It is located right across the street from Winona State University, and is a hot spot for coffee-addict college students such as myself.

Mugby Junction, known around town as Mugby, is run by Carew Halleck, an owner who also works the bar making lattés and sandwiches on a daily basis while ordering and running the shop. There are four Mugby Junction locations in Winona. The location on Huff street is the full sit-down shop, sharing a building with the Winona State Lutheran Campus Center. The other location operated by Halleck is a drive-thru Mugby, located at 718 Mankato Ave. There are also two kiosk locations, selling Mugby coffee. One in Somsen Hall at Winona State and one in the Winona Health and Clinic campus.

Mugby offers many types of coffee drinks, inventing new concoctions daily. They also offer sandwiches and soup, of which I have never heard a negative comment.

A local favorite, Mugby Junction is always hopping with college students doing homework, clubs holding meetings, regulars chatting with the employees, or kids buying cookies with their parents.

Mugby is unique for many reasons, here are just a few:

– Mugby displays are of local artists on their walls. If you paint, draw, take pictures, blow glass, or more, you can offer your art for show.

– A local bottling company provides Mugby with soft drinks in glass bottles. When you bring the bottle back, you get a dollar in cash right away. what a deal!

– a piano is available for anyone to practice or play on at any time of the day, (In fact, I am listening to a guy play right now!)

– Mugby has their own brew, called the Pickwick Blend, named after the nearby Pickwick Mill.

– Mugby recycles their coffee collars. Working like a penny bowl, take one or leave one as you please so you can be part of the recycling process.

– There are hundreds of books at Mugby that are free for your reading pleasure, right on a bookshelf along the wall. As long as you don’t take them with you. (Only in Minnesota some may say 🙂 )

Make sure to visit Winona, Minnesota soon and stop by at Mugby Junction!

Published in: on February 5, 2010 at 5:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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