Monthly Archives: May 2014

nerds gonna nerd (the siphon)

‘siphon’ or ‘vac pot’ or ‘syphon’ is a vacuum coffee making instrument featuring two chambers, where the coffee is prepared through the combination of vapor pressure and vacuum. loeff invented this coffee making instrument in the 1830s at berlin in germany. this also happens to be my favourite city in the world, so we win on many counts here. siphon coffee makers have world-wide admiration for their capacity to brew a very refreshing beverage, but also have seen use in producing broths and cocktails by some of the world’s more adventurous chefs, due to it’s molecular mixing qualities.

siphon coffee makers are available in a range of designs, materials and compositions. they also occasionally present themselves as a creative outlet for depressed glass blowers.

siphon coffee brewing operates through the scientific principals of pressure and gravity. in the early siphons the water wass kept under hydrostatic pressure and due to this pressure, ummmm ….. oh who cares, it is basically a case of because science, and pressure differential, and removing of the environmental variables, and boom! exquisite coffee! give it a try, with a cleansed palate.

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understanding the bean

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Coffee is my LIFE.

After 21 years, I can say that my everyday will not be complete without having to drink coffee.

Most of my integral life decisions are formed while I am drinking coffee (like when to say yes or no, what steps to take)

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Lux Foundry (Hope Street, Brunswick)

always packed. always yum.

i *heart* brunch!

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Lux Foundry is right around the corner from home and was the first place we “brunched” at when we moved to Brunswick, some two years ago. We were so excited that there was such a great brunch location so close to home. We’ve been back a few times since and always intend to return, as there are so many great options on the menu.

Laying in bed this morning checking Facebook, I stumbled across a post from Lux, advising they were changing their menu and that today would be the last opportunity to have their Ricotta and Orange Hotcakes! These have been on my wishlist for quite a while and I just had to get over there and try them before they were removed from the menu!! So I recruited my favourite brunch buddy, S, and off we went.

By our usual standards, we showed up fairly late at 11am…

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palomino espresso, wynyard

i love that, the fleeting bus window oh there’s coffee maybe this is the coffee of destiny coffee i must visit this place anticipation!! nice.

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There is a cafe that my bus goes past, which has always caught my eye. Mainly due to the fact that it has a golden horse decal on the window. Nothing like something shiny to draw your attention.

So after a year of it being on my list, I finally ate there a couple of months ago. It was a quick breakfast the day before I started my first day of work.

Palomino replaced ‘Cupcakes on York’ if I’m not mistaken…in any case, it replaced a shop that sold cupcakes. It is extremely busy with the morning business crowd, and equally so during lunch. However, it was fairly easy getting a table around 9 or so.

large flat white - $4 large flat white – $4

A nice little heart to go with a very nice coffee.

bircher muesli with berry compote – $10

I had the bircher muesli which was entirely filling, and made…

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kaldi. word. goatherd.

despite the claims to facts that many historians espouse regarding where coffee was first discovered, and let’s face it who really cares shut up and keep sipping now – there is convincing evidence that coffee beans had been first used in ethiopia and later, those were exported to yemen by the traders. that’s great, but of interest to the discovery of coffee-beans in ethiopia, there goes a popular legend that kaldi – a goat-herder living in highland ethiopian forests – first noticed the stimulating impact of coffee beans. later, this drink won admiration in the monasteries. while historians believe this a myth i kinda dig the story. in much the same way you can imagine the first people to sample alcohol or taste psychedelic mushrooms would have been suprised but happy with their discovery, i like to imagine similar things about kaldi. what a dude, just chillin with the beans. and what did he do, took it to some other dudes, so they could notice the stimulating impact too. coffee-fest.

from what i can find the myth tells that one day kaldi had noticed the vigorous impact on his goat-herd after nibbling on the bushes of bright-red colored berries. now i had a bit of time on a farm as a child, and in my experience, sober goats already have some strange things wired into their circuitry. curiously, kaldi tried out some of the fruits himself. this tickles me, ‘hmmmm my goats are acting all crazy-like, i’m gonna eat what they’re eating!!’

later, he took the berries to a monastery in close proximity and the monks threw those berries into the fire with great disapproval, haters gonna hate. the roasted coffee-beans spread out beguiling aroma, and afterwards a pretty inspired monk-dude soaked the beans in hot water within the monastery and thus, the first coffee of the history was prepared unknowingly, and the bean won it’s first victory over the haters. the monks used to drink the coffee-drink to get energy for remaining alert in their night-long religious activities and prayers, so the story goes.

today kaldi coffee is a popular brand of bean globally, while i’d like to think it is the legacy of the original coffee dude, i’m pretty sure he didn’t get fat from the spoils.

time for another cup.

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Motivating molecules

art.

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caffeine physical structure Fascinating teamwork 😉

Coffee. Caffeine. The motivational molecular teamwork printed on canvas 😛

Artprint on sale at Westwing.nl

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amerika

my journey into the taste buds of all earth’s memory continues;

america has a rich history of coffee cultivation. the regions haiti, caribbean islands, mexico et al, all feature huge tracts of land covered with coffee-trees-bushes-shrubs-whatever, like almost 20 000 coffee…plants! utopia! the spread of the bean began after the entry of coffee-beans into the caribbean region in 1720 by gabriel de clieu. cultivation was started in hispaniola (the island formerly known as santo domingo) in 1734 and almost half-century later by 1788 the region started to supply almost half of the global coffee-demand. by way of reference captain james cook landed in australia in 1788 with the first fleet to colonise this place, he should have planted coffee. sadly as with most stories of colonisation the rise of coffee had its downside in this region, the cruelties of enslavement leading to events such as the haitian revolution.

in réunion (former ‘isle of bourbon’) island of the indian ocean, a different coffee-variety can be traced traced called var. bourbon, which was the origin of the brazilian coffee ‘santos’ and mexican coffee ‘oaxaca’. despite the entry of coffee-beans to brazil in the year of 1727, the coffee-cultivation machine didn’t really take off until 1822, after independence. the trend of coffee-cultivation resulted in the depletion of huge rainforest tracts in the rio and sao paulo regions. later in 1893, the brazilian-coffee spread to kenya and tanzania. after 1930 brazil acquired the title of top coffee-supplier in the world.

all the while in north america, particularly during the revolution, coffee-drinking was encouraged!!! and so from 1773 many people of america switched to coffee from tea. yeeeeaaaaahh!!

 

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