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Lux Foundry (Hope Street, Brunswick)

always packed. always yum.

i *heart* brunch!

25.5.14 Lux Foundry (1)

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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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



caffeine physical structure Fascinating teamwork 😉

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

Artprint on sale at Westwing.nl

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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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When Life Gives You Lemons…Ask For Espresso

wisdom kids.


When Life Gives You Lemons...Ask For Espresso

When life gives you lemons…throw the lemons back in life’s face and say: “you know what life? I didn’t ask for lemons; I ordered an espresso.

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why all the hate haters ?!? english coffee

reading stuff i see a pretty common thread.

the church had a beef with the bean pretty hard almost everywhere, at one time or another.

as with the spread of my beloved coffee to europe the journey of coffee to the uk was again stimulated by the travelling merchants keen to capitalise on the awesomeness. like the rest of the world admiration for coffee quickly spread over england as a refreshing drink, for some reason i am picturing it being drunk cold, like iced tea, but that’s most likely just something to do with my environment, and/or colonial servitude. british merchants of course were in wide distribution of coffee, but another group the renowned dutch‘east india company’ had a great contribution in the 16th century giving drinkers a nice variety. exploring  the history of coffee, it seems the earliest coffee house was opened at oxford’s queen lane in england in 1654 by pasqua rosée, who was a servant of turkish goods trader daniel edwards. by 1675, around 3000 Coffee-houses were established throughout the country. however, during 1660-1670 a group of religious persons forced the authority to ban coffee drinking in england, especially for women. what the hell guys. as a consequence of the religious and political turmoil, charles ii crushed a coffee house in 1675. in the course of time, the serious folly of the ban on coffee was realised and removed, coffee again infected the people with it’s refreshing quality.

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though there are controversies i’ve talked about regarding the origin of coffee and who owns its brilliance, strong evidence supports that coffee was first consumed by the muslims of arabia and the north african region. at that time, many traders used to sell various stuff among the arabic regions, africa, europe and other portions of the world. it is assumed that during this trade, coffee came to europa! european coffee history interests me greatly, its my favourite place to travel, and the bean experience ranges from spectacular to really shit, so its always interesting. leonhard rauwolf – a cherman botanist and physician – first wrote some stuff about drinking coffee in 1573 during the reign of ottoman aleppo. though coffee faced ban in some regions of arabia and africa by the religious leaders who probably had secret stashes of doom, the bans were all abandoned in the course of time. in europe pope clement viii approved drinking coffee for catholics in 1600, despite the demand of banning coffee by many religious hardcore types. everything awesome must stand the test of the zealots I guess.

the earliest european coffee house was established at venice in italy in 1645. later in austria, coffee-drink entered the city following the win at the battle of vienna against the turks. In the spirit of sharing the awesomeness of coffee the beans were supplied by the defeated turks to the austrians. coffee heals. the first big coffee house was opened in 1683 in vienna by jerzy franciszek kulczycki. the foamy coffee – brewed bean blended with hot milk and water – was referred to as ‘melange’, I call it yum. coffee in vienna is today, still yum.

in germany, coffee-drink was initially termed as ‘coffee’, later the term ’kaffee‘ originating from the french term ‘café’ replaced it. coffee was initially served in the sea ports after it’s launch in northern germany. more specifically, coffee was first traded in bremen and hamburg in 1673 and 1677 respectively. the german elites started bean fascination around 1675, and the first coffee house was established for the general public at berlin in 1721.

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Hey, you. Yeah. You. I decaffed you this morning.

the hand that rocks the cradle shall step aside, for the barista will now and forever rightly so rule this world!!!!!!!!

Grow Through It

In all fairness, you probably should have put down your phone instead of using wild hand gestures and mouthing the words “large white chocolate mocha with an extra shot” at my noob cashier. By the by, once your Ugg boot wearing self passed through that glass door, the word became “venti.” Not “large.”

Who am I? No one spectacularly important. I’m your barista. The one who laughs and jokes with you like I don’t have a care in the world as you pay me that $5 for a drink I could be spending on gas. Or food. Yeah, food. I remember that stuff. I wonder about you, though. You’re pleasant enough. What do you do in life that makes ordering an incredibly calorie dense, sad excuse for a coffee every single morning not only not worrisome to your bank account, but also doesn’t cause the need for you to break down…

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