It’s COFFEE TIME AGAIN!
“Wake up and smell the coffee.”
We LOVE coffee! Any time of day.
Drink it hot, warm, cold, or iced!
Cafephile: The word “cafe” derives from coffee and the suffix “phile” means showing of fondness – therefore, a Cafephile is one who is fond of, or loves coffee very much.
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Wake up and smell the coffee!
feel less tired and increase your energy level
“Sleep is a weak substitute for coffee.”
Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans,
which are the seeds of berries from the Coffea plant.
Espresso is a type of coffee made using high water pressure and finely ground beans to produce a small, concentrated shot of brewed coffee.
Espresso is a coffee-brewing method of Italian origin, in which a small amount of nearly boiling water (about 190°F) is forced under 9–10 bars of pressure through finely-ground coffee beans.
Espresso is coffee brewed under pressure and requires a dark roast with a fine grind.
When a shot of espresso is pulled, all of the components of the crushed coffee beans are extracted by the percolation of hot water through tightly packed and finely ground coffee.
8-ounces = 1 cup.
The exception is the standard (hot) mug-served cup of coffee measuring 6-ounces.
Today’s “cup” of coffee in the US is usually 4-ounces brewed using 5-ounces of water.
People consume an estimated 2.25 BILLION cups of coffee PER DAY worldwide.
Coffee improves many brain functions including memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and other general mental functions.
A tall blonde walks into a coffee house.
The barista says, “Hey, we have a drink named after you!”
The blonde says, “You have a drink named Tiffany?”
Caffeine blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine, so the amount of other neurotransmitters (norepinephrine and dopamine) increases, leading to the enhanced firing of neurons in the human brain (a stimulant effect).
“It is “generally safe” for most people to consume three to four cups of coffee per day,
and that doing so may actually reduce the risk of certain health conditions.”
We are not a medical professional. We just LOVE coffee.
Overwhelming evidence has shown that when consumed in moderation (400mg of caffeine per day) four cups of coffee are safe for the general population. Federal dietary guidelines suggest three to five 8-ounce cups of coffee per day (up to 400 milligrams of caffeine) can be a part of a healthy diet.
Coffee contains nutrients, including riboflavin (B-2), niacin (B-3), pantothenic acid (B-5) magnesium, potassium, manganese, and various phenolic compounds (polyphenols are antioxidants).
Coffee can reduce the risk of liver cancer, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and cirrhosis.
Italian researchers found coffee consumption lowers the risk of liver cancer by ~40%.
Coffee may help protect against type 2 diabetes.
Coffee may also lower the risk of gallstone disease
Caffeine may help prevent Parkinson’s disease.
Coffee in moderation (two 8-ounce servings per day) may protect against heart failure and may lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Several studies show coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Black coffee (without milk/cream) is very low in calories: only ~2 calories.
Of course adding milk, cream or sugar will increase the calories in the drink.
“Coffee is the most important meal of the day.”
Caffeine can improve mental performance:
focus, alertness, attention and concentration.
Caffeine in coffee is a mild stimulant for the CNS (central nervous system).
It is the best mood-lifting agent due to the antioxidants
and blocks mood-depressing chemicals in the brain.
And it has been associated with a lessened risk of depression.
Caffeine consumption may be associated
with an increase in the availability of dopamine receptors in the brain
Drinking at least two cups of coffee per day
promotes the greatest mental health benefits.
Barista: How do you take your coffee?
Us: Very, very seriously.
Q: How did the hipster burn his tongue?
A: He drank his coffee before it was cool.
Caffeine can boost metabolic rate by 3–11% and can increase fat burning
by as much as 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people.
Caffeine can improve physical performance by 11–12%, on average,
and it increases adrenaline levels and the release of fatty acids from fat tissues.
Coffee has a lot of nicknames:
java, joe, dirt, mud, brew, cuppa, daily grind, morning jolt,
lifeblood, tar, rocket fuel, pick-me-up, and even worm dirt.
“Why walk when you can stagger? Why stagger when you can crawl?…
Why crawl when you can block the sidewalk?”
Why crawl when you can slither to the bar?
“Why crawl when you can clutch at the grass to keep from falling off the Earth?”
“We can’t help the way you look…but we can help the way you feel!”
NOTE: Pre-Northern Renaissance Faire in 1987, we worked mobile security during the week and our good friend Dave Coker was rebuilding the alestands that had been left to rot after the Living History Centre ran out of money for teardown in 1986. We had too much fun that summer! May his memory be blessing!
Colorado Bulldog (a White Russian with Cola)
1 oz Kahlúa
1 oz Absolut Vodka
1 oz cream
Top with Cola
Shake the alcohol and cream with ice. Strain into a short glass with lots of ice, but make sure not to fill it to the brim. Leave some space to top it off with cola.
Hot White Russian
2-1/4 cups freshly brewed coffee
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup Kahlúa or other coffee-flavored liqueur, or to taste
1/4 cup vodka, or add to taste
Whipped heavy cream for garnish (optional)
In a saucepan stir together the coffee, cream, Kahlúa, and vodka.
Heat over moderate heat until it is hot. Pour into heated mugs.
Garnish each drink with whipped cream.
Iced Irish Coffee
2 oz Tullamore D.E.W. Original
1 tsp ground espresso
2 tsp demerara sugar
2 tsp hot water
3 oz cold brew coffee
Combine whiskey and espresso in a small bowl and let stand for 15 minutes.
Strain through coffee filter into a cocktail shaker.
Stir sugar and hot water until dissolved then add to shaker with cold brew and ice.
Shake, strain and serve in a Collins glass. Top with cream.
Coffee Old Fashioned
1 double shot espresso (~2 oz), at room temperature
1 oz bourbon or rye whiskey
1/4 oz simple syrup
A dash of (Peychaud’s) bitters
1-inch piece of lemon peel for garnish
Combine espresso, bourbon, simple syrup, and bitters in a shaker and then fill with ice.
Stir with a bar spoon for 30 seconds and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
Twist lemon peel over drink and rub around the rim of the glass. Garnish with lemon peel.
Hot Boozy Coffee
1/2 shot Brandy
1/2 shot Grand Marnier
1/2 shot Kahlua
4-5 oz hot coffee
1 orange peel
1/2 cup whipped cream
1/2 tsp sugar
Whip cream in a bowl with a whisk (or you can use the blender/food processor).
Whip until soft peaks form and add sugar to taste.
Lightly “burn” the orange peel with a lighter. (the oils come out and flavor the coffee)
Pour the brandy, grand marnier, kaluha, and freshly brewed coffee in a mug.
Stir with the orange peel. Spoon whipped cream on top and serve.
1-1/2 oz Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum
1/2 oz Cuban Coffee Liqueur
1/2 oz Licor 431 dash simple syrup
2 dashes chocolate bitters
Combine all ingredients in shaker. Shake vigorously.
Pour into a rocks glass with a large ice cube.
1 oz Pierre Ferrand 1840 cognac
1 oz Luxardo Cherry Liqueur
1/4 oz Cinnamon Syrup
Whipped Cream (for topping)
Cinnamon powder (for garnish)
Mix cognac, cherry liqueur, and cinnamon syrup.
Top with coffee, whipped cream, and powdered cinnamon. Serve hot.
is a cocktail made with hot coffee, Irish whiskey, cream and sugar.
1-1/3 oz (2 parts) Irish whiskey
1 oz (1½ parts) fresh cream
2-2/3 oz (4 parts) hot coffee
1 teaspoon of Brown sugar (or to taste)
Shaved, powdered, or liquid chocolate for garnish (optional)
Make the coffee. Heat the coffee, whiskey and sugar; but do not boil.
Pour into a glass or coffee cup, stir, and top with (whipped) cream.
Garnish with chocolate (optional). Serve hot.
In a footed glass mug, add whiskey (Jameson’s is recommended but any good Irish whisky will do), add the brown sugar and stir, warm it slightly (do not boil), and then ignite the vapors. This will caramelize the sugar as well as warm the mug. Blow out the flame after about ten seconds and then fill the mug with a strong coffee. Leave a finger’s width of space at the top, add heavy whipped cream by laying the cream over the back of a spoon, so it floats on top.
NOTE: Caramelizing the sugar will make the drink taste much better!
White Russian (aka “a caucasian, man”)
“Do I drink White Russians all the time? …
The reason it was White Russians is you could have a lot more fun
with a White Russian than you can with say, a vodka soda.”
– Jeff Dowd, the real Dude inspiration
The traditional cocktail known as a Black Russian first appeared in 1949.
The drink becomes a White Russian – just add fresh cream or half and half.
Neither drink has any known Russian origin.
Both drinks are named for the vodka that is the primary liquor ingredient.
The White Russian was popularized by Jeffrey ‘The Dude’ Lebowski
(aka actor Jeff Bridges), in the Coen Brothers’ 1998 film “The Big Lebowski”
– but the drink has been around since the mid 1960’s.
NOTE: Use an 80-proof vodka, mix a White Russian according to the recipe,
and it would be approximately 24 percent Alcohol by Volume (or 48 proof).
“Careful man! There’s a beverage here!” – The Dude
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