Archive | 2011

Albanian makes world’s largest coffee bean mosaic

TIRANA | Mon Dec 12, 2011 5:19pm EST (Reuters) – A mosaic made with a million coffee beans by Albanian artist Saimir Strati, depicting five musicians, entered the Guinness World Records Monday as the world’s largest coffee bean mosaic. Strati used 140 kg (309 pounds) of coffee beans, some roasted black, some averagely and some not roasted […]

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Coffee roasting class at the Domestic Institute of Technology

If you want to start roasting your own coffee beans at home — or are at all interested in how beans are roasted — check the website of the Institute of Domestic Technology for upcoming classes. The first coffee roasting class took place in October, taught by LA Mill coffee roaster Ian Riley. Another is scheduled for Jan. 22, says Joseph […]

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The Science of Stage Fright: How Stress Causes ‘Brain Freeze’

By MAIA SZALAVITZ When presidential candidate Rick Perry froze during a recent GOP debate — unable to remember the name of a government agency he wanted to eliminate — his brain was clearly under stress. Now new research helps explain why at moments of peak pressure, virtually all of us are vulnerable to similar failures, finding it harder […]

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Short Lived Summer Barista

One summer back in college, in need of some extra money, I took a second job working at a coffee shop. It had recently opened and boasted a mix of flavored coffees, blended drinks, teas and food. I figured it wouldn’t be a tough gig and would help fund my summer. Let me tell you. […]

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Holiday Drinks, Yum!

I happen to know that Christmas cannot come soon enough when a certain coffee chain starts pimping their festive coffee cup as early as November 1st. I’m not sure what it is about the cup: If it’s the promise of the pending holiday cheer; the start to the jolly season; the looming conclusion to the […]

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Thai Iced Coffee

Now I know, you’re thinking, iced coffee? In November? But here me out. Years ago my mom, sister and I visited my aunt near San Francisco. She took us to a tiny Thai restaurant where I experienced Thai iced tea for the first time. It was, in one word: delicious. Sweet and smooth and so, […]

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A Holiday Warning

Can you believe it’s November? I feel like I blinked and summer was over. The leaves have changed, we’ve handed out the Halloween candy, and now the countdown is on to the best holiday of the year — Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving. There’s no agenda, no gifts to buy. Just friends and family around a […]

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Cocoa Marshmallow Bars

A good friend of mine recently had a baby, and when I go to visit her I’d love to bring her something to eat. One less thing for her to worry about! The problem, however, is that she is gluten-intolerant, so finding things she can eat can be challenging. One thing I do know, though, […]

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Anniversary Traditions

We just returned from New Hampshire where we celebrated our third wedding anniversary. We’ve returned to this particular spot every year since we were married, and have sort of a routine we follow each visit.. There’s the restaurant where we eat lunch, the shops we frequent afterwards. There’s the drive around the lake and the […]

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Breath of Coffee Air

I remember commercials. Not every one I’ve ever seen, of course, but there are some that remain etched in my memory. Usually because of the jingle that accompanies them — marketing at its finest! There’s one for a doll, another for a car. And of course, one for coffee. It is the best part of […]

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