Tips and Tricks for Brewing Bolder Coffee

Darth Roast CoffeeDark roasted coffee is an acquired taste to be certain, and most coffee lovers either love it or hate it. Starbucks is known for their bold roasts, such as Pike’s Place or Cafe Verona blends, but even they realized not everyone likes the intense, more acidic flavors of dark roast and added a blonde roast to their stock.

If you consume dark roasted coffee, or you want to give it a second chance, here are some tips and tricks to help make that bold coffee less acidic and ashy-tasting, and give it a fuller flavor.

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Coffee, the New Biofuel

Coffee may be your own personal fuel, but Arthur Kay is working on making coffee a viable biofuel.

Kay was in the process of designing a coffee shop and roaster when he noticed that “coffee was being wasted everywhere. It was pouring out of coffee shops, office blocks, transport hubs and factories.” He knew there had to be a use for this discarded coffee, especially when he considered the high oil content in used coffee grounds.

And now Kay has created bio-bean, a company that has partnered with several coffee chain companies to collect London’s 200,000 tons of wasted coffee grounds. He then converts the grounds into biomass pellets that can be used for heating buildings. He’s in the process of helping coffee oil become a viable biodiesel, which could then power our modes of transport.

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Coffee World Records

Did you know that Tuesday, September 29th was National Coffee Day? If not, better drink up a few more cups to make up for the oversight.

To continue the celebration (because seriously, every day should be National Coffee Day), here are a few world records regarding the coffee industry and the consumption of coffee.

World Record for Largest Cup of Coffee

The largest cup of coffee was created by Caffee Bene in South Korea on July 17, 2014. The mug holds 3,758 gallons of coffee.

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Coffee Myths Debunked


Coffee has numerous myths surrounding it, and it’s hard to weed them out from the old wives’ tales and those that have actually been proved true. Here, however, is a list of coffee myths that have been debunked by research and science. Pour yourself another cup of coffee, and get ready to appreciate your java even more than you already do.

Coffee Causes Insomnia – Myth

It takes between four and five hours for your body to process and remove caffeine consumed, so that cup of coffee you like to drink every afternoon will not keep you up all night. That said, it’s wise to not consume caffeinated coffee six hours before bedtime. Of course drinking coffee late at night will keep you awake; that’s not rocket science. But drink in the afternoon to your heart’s content. Continue reading

What’s Our National Coffee Brand?

If you had to guess which coffee brand Americans love the most, which would you pick? The one you drink? The one you see the most commercials for? The one you see the most of in grocery stores? America’s preferred coffee brands may surprise you.

8535006_f520According to Statista, a web source that does nothing but collect mounds and mounds of statistical data for our viewing pleasure, the following are the US’s top 10 coffee brands. This stat is based upon reported coffee sales throughout 2015.

  1. Folgers
  2. Maxwell House
  3. Private label (independent roasters)
  4. Starbucks
  5. Dunkin’ Donuts
  6. Gevalia
  7. Peets Coffee
  8. Community
  9. Eight O’Clock
  10. Chock Full o’ Nuts

These are based upon ground coffee sales, not popular places to purchase coffee. Sales include all bags of ground coffee sold in coffee shops, but not cups of regular coffee sold in said shops.

Based upon bags of ground coffee sold, Folgers would be our National Coffee. But how about decaf coffee? Is Folgers decaf coffee just as favored?

Decaffeinated coffee undergoes a water soaking process to eliminate the caffeine, which removes a bit of its flavor as well. It’s partially why people have a hard time making the switch to decaf; many will claim it tastes different even though what they miss is the jolt, although it is true–it does taste slightly different.

The following are America’s top 10 favorite decaf coffee brands, based upon bags of ground decaf coffee sold:

  1. Folgers
  2. Private label (independent roasters)
  3. Dunkin’ Donuts
  4. Starbucks
  5. Maxwell House
  6. Peet’s Coffee
  7. Gevalia
  8. New England
  9. Folgers Simply Smooth
  10. Eight O’Clock

In other words, Folgers makes some really fantastic decaf coffee. The label made it twice in the chart.

But now that K-cup single-serve coffee has gotten so popular, what are America’s favorite K-cup providers? It’s not Folgers this time.

  1. Keurig Green Mountain Coffee
  2. Starbucks
  3. Private label (independent roasters)
  4. Folgers Gourmet Selections
  5. Eight O’Clock
  6. Gevalia
  7. Donut House
  8. Newman’s Own Organics
  9. Maxwell House Cafe Collection
  10. Donut Shop

Are the top brands your favorite brand?

The Coffee Consumption Trends of Men and Women


Men and women continue to differ in strange ways, and apparently how they drink coffee is one of them.

In Zagat‘s third annual National Coffee Survey, over 1,500 people responded with their personal coffee consumption. The results revealed the following statistics about the coffee habits between men and women.

50.8% of men said they consume coffee, whereas only 32.8% women do.

This stat is a bit mind boggling when you take into consideration how many more women than men one often sees in a coffee shop. It always seems when talking to others that more women drink coffee than men, but perhaps that’s just in the realm of coffee drinkers. We only talk to our own, so perhaps in our world, there are more women than men, percentage-wise. Continue reading

Beat the Heat with Coffee and Ice Cream Treats

It’s hot. Oh dear God it is so hot. It’s almost too hot to enjoy the morning cup of coffee, but who are we kidding; of course it’s never too hot for coffee. Yet, it would be nice to cool down with our favorite beverage, but with something different than the usual iced coffee or cold brew coffee.


How about coffee and ice cream? I don’t necessarily mean coffee ice cream, such as coffee-flavored ice cream. What about an ice cream with coffee dessert? Sure, you can simply pour coffee over your bowl of ice cream as though it was a chocolate topping on a sundae, but here are some other creative ways to combine coffee and ice cream during these dog days of summer. Continue reading

How to Clean Your Keurig Brewer

We’ve posted tips before on how to clean your coffee machine, which you should do at least once a year, and your Keurig Brewer deserves the exact same treatment.

However, the Keurig is a slightly more complicated beast, and it’s not as simple to clean as is your regular, run-of-the-mill coffee machine. Keurig themselves posted a YouTube video on how to clean your K-cup machine, breaking down the process as simply as possible. All you need is a paperclip, a few minutes of your time, and a keen awareness so you don’t stab yourself with that puncture needle. Trust us, it hurts to scrape your finger on that thing. Continue reading

More Evidence that Coffee Promotes a Healthy Heart


We have discussed numerous times and posted several studies that suggest coffee helps maintain a healthy heart, but we can’t emphasize the greatness of coffee enough. When new evidence and new studies appear, we have to share. Coffee is indeed good for you and your heart, and even more evidence has come to light on this topic.

The Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to studying how coffee affects health, submitted a detailed report to the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation at their 2015 meeting that listed several recent studies regarding coffee and heart health. One study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology (that we happily pointed out) found that drinking three to five cups of coffee per day could reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 21%.  Continue reading

Why Add Chicory to Coffee?

You may have heard of adding chicory to coffee or drinking chicory coffee, you may wonder what chicory is. Is it a natural herb to flavor the coffee? Is it a type of bean such as the arabica bean?

Chicory is natural, but it’s not exactly an herb. It’s a full flower, and it’s the chicory roots that are added to coffee. Chicory naturally has a coffee taste, so it’s often used to enhance the coffee flavors. However, adding the root to coffee has been around for centuries.


The first documented use of chicory is from Napoleonic history, when Napoleon’s blockades caused a massive java shortage throughout the country in the early 1800s. Continue reading