COFFEE TIME!

IT’S COFFEE TIME! Wake up and smell the coffee!

Take a Break, Read this Blog about Coffee and Have A Hot Cup of Joe!

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Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Welcome to the dark side!

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Coffee Service – French Press Iced Coffee with cream

Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, which are the seeds of berries from the Coffea plant. The plant is native to subtropical Africa and some islands in southern Asia. The plant was exported from Africa to countries around the world and coffee plants are now cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in the equatorial regions of the Americas, Southeast Asia, India, and Africa. The two most commonly grown are the highly regarded arabica, and the less sophisticated but stronger and more hardy robusta. Once ripe, coffee beans are picked, processed, and dried. Dried coffee beans are roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavor. Roasted beans are ground and brewed to produce coffee as a beverage. (from Wikipedia)

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Illustration of Coffea arabica plant and seeds

“Enjoyin’ my coffee. Finishing my coffee.” ~ Walter Sobchak in “The Big Lebowski”

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“I like cappuccino, actually. But even a bad cup of coffee is better than no coffee at all.”
~David Lynch

Coffee and Donuts.
Today is Flashback Friday!
Sugar High Me!

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“Buy Tuscany” event at the Italian Cultural Institute (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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ESPRESSO:

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Noble Coffee – Espresso with whipped cream

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“Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second.”
~ Edward Abbey

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AM Coffee and Pastries in the Press Room at the 9th Annual Travel & Adventure Show – Long Beach Convention Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Enjoying my coffee. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Coffee and Strudel at the Sugar Cafe in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” ~ T.S. Eliot

Coffee is brewed by several methods: boiling, steeping, or pressure cooking. Brewing coffee by boiling was the earliest method, and Turkish coffee is an example of this method. It is prepared by grinding or pounding the seeds to a fine powder, then adding it to water and bringing it to the boil for no more than an instant in a pot called a cezve or, in Greek, a bríki. This produces a strong coffee with a layer of foam on the surface and sediment (which is not meant for drinking) settling at the bottom of the cup.

Coffee percolators and automatic coffeemakers brew coffee use gravity. In an automatic coffeemaker, hot water drips onto coffee grounds that are held in a paper, plastic, or perforated metal coffee filter, which allows the water to seep through the ground coffee while extracting its oils and essences. The liquid drips through the coffee and the filter into a carafe or pot, and the spent grounds are retained in the filter.

In a percolator, boiling water is forced into a chamber above a filter by steam pressure created by boiling. The water then seeps through the grounds, and the process is repeated until terminated by removing it from the heat, by means an internal timer/thermostat that turns off the heat when the pot reaches a certain temperature.

Coffee may be brewed by steeping in a device such as a French press (also known as a cafetière, coffee press or coffee plunger). Ground coffee and hot water are combined in a cylindrical vessel and left to brew for a few minutes. A circular filter which fits tightly in the cylinder fixed to a plunger is then pushed down from the top to force the grounds to the bottom. The filter retains the grounds at the bottom as the coffee is poured from the container. Within the first minute of brewing 95% of the caffeine is released from the coffee bean. Because the coffee grounds are in direct contact with the water, all the coffee oils remain in the liquid, making it a stronger beverage. This method of brewing leaves more sediment than in coffee made by an automatic coffee machine. 

The French press method’s sediment issue can be minimized by using the right type of grinder. For most brewing methods a burr grinder is superior because the grind is more even, the grind size can be adjusted and it uniformly grinds the beans into consistently-sized grinds, allowing the coffee to settle uniformly and be trapped by the press. 

The espresso method forces hot pressurized and vaporized water through ground coffee. As a result of brewing under high pressure, the espresso beverage is more concentrated (as much as 10 to 15 times the quantity of coffee to water as gravity-brewing methods can produce) and has a more complex physical and chemical constitution. A well-prepared espresso has a reddish-brown foam called crema that floats on the surface. Other pressurized water methods include the moka pot and vacuum coffee makers (Nespresso & Keurig machines).

Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coarsely ground beans in cold water for several hours, then filtering them. This results in a brew lower in acidity than most hot-brewing methods.

ICED ESPRESSO:

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Iced Coffee with Breakfast

“I never laugh until I’ve had my coffee.” ~ Clark Gable

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Iced Espresso with Chinese Food

“Without my morning coffee I’m just like a dried up piece of roast goat.”
~ Johann Sebastian Bach

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Starbuck’s Venti Mocha Frappachino with whipped cream

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Coffee and Dessert

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Pacific Palm Hotel Resort (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

“Once you wake up and smell the coffee, it’s hard to go back to sleep.” ~ Fran Drescher

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Make Coffee, Not War

 

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How do you like your coffee?

Cocoa Brownies 2.0 – with optional Alice B. Toklas substitution

Cocoa Brownies 2.0

Chocolate Brownies!

Chocolate Brownies!

Ingredients:
4 large eggs
7 ounces granulated sugar
6 ounces light brown sugar
5 3/4 ounces natural cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
2 1/2 ounces all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
8 ounces unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions:
Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees Farenheit.
Prepare an 8-inch square baking pan with vegetable oil or non-stick spray. Trim a piece of parchment paper so that it fits just inside the baking dish with overhang on two sides and place it inside the pan.
Beat the eggs until fluffy and light yellow.
In a separate bowl, combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cocoa powder, flour and salt. Mix slowly and introduce the sugar mixture. Follow with the melted butter and vanilla. Continue mixing until nice and smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake the brownies for 15 minutes, then remove them from the oven for 15 minutes.
Put them back in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Cool in the pan for 3 minutes, then lift the brownie out using the parchment paper as a sling. Cut the brownies into 4 large pieces and move to a rack to cool completely.

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I Love You Alice B. Toklas with Peter Sellers

“I Love You Alice B. Toklas” with Peter Sellers

OPTIONAL SUBSTITUTION TO MAKE ALICE B. TOKLAS BROWNIES:

Cannabutter

Recipe makes 1 pound

Ingredients: 

1 pound of unsalted butter
1 ounce of cannabis – good to excellent grade is recommended

large saucepan

cheesecloth
spoon
Tupperware container with a lid
rubber band that will fit around the Tupperware

Instructions: 

• Pour 2 inches of water into the saucepan and boil.

• Once boiling, add the butter into the saucepan, being careful that the butter does not burn. Once melted, turn the heat to low.

• Stir the cannabis into the butter, and simmer on low heat. Let simmer for at least 3 hours. The longer the simmer, the higher the potency. Make sure to stir often.
Strap 2 sheets of cheesecloth overtop the Tupperware bowl using the rubber band.

• Slowly pour the cannabis butter through the cheesecloth and into the Tupperware.

• Remove the cheesecloth, and ring-out any extra butter stuck in the cloth into the Tupperware.

Put the lid on the Tupperware and put it in the fridge until the water and butter separate. Carefully pour out the water—the remaining block is cannabutter.

Cannabutter, ready for cooking.

Cannabutter, ready for cooking.

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Mrs. Hochmeyer’s Banana Bread recipe

Mrs. Hochmeyer’s Banana Bread (serve warm with butter)

Mrs. Hochmeyer's Banana Bread!

Mrs. Hochmeyer’s Banana Bread! (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Ingredients:

  • 2 or 3 large bananas (or 4 small) – smashed, not pureed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter,
  • 3/4 cup sugar – white & brown mix,
  • 1 egg – beaten,
  • 1 tsp vanilla,
  • 1 tsp baking soda,
  • pinch salt,
  • 1 & 1/2 cups flour
  • add 1/2 cup or 1 cup nuts or chocolate chips if desired
  • add honey or other fruit if desired (adjust baking time if needed)

Preheat oven to 350, mix bananas & butter, mix sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda & salt, combine and add flour last. Don’t over mix. Bake 1 hour in lightly greased bread pan.

Mrs. Hochmeyer's Banana Bread (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Mrs. Hochmeyer’s Banana Bread (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

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14-JUN-13: Duke Kahanamoku Statue on Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Oahu

On this day in 1900, Hawaii became a US Territory!

Duke Kahanamoku Statue on Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Oahu (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Duke Kahanamoku Statue on Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Oahu (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Duke Kahanamoku Statue on Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Oahu

August 21, 1959 – Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States.

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