December 30, 2013

Big Shot Espresso Stout - Beer with a Coffee Kick

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Let’s start the after holiday festives with a lead up to the New Year celebration that’s on tap for this week. Everyone loves a little coffee in their beer and AB received some Big Shot Espresso Stout as a gift.

From AB: I received this as a Christmas present from my daughter. As a stout beer, it was good. All the flavor you would expect from a good quality stout. As a coffee flavored beer it left a lot to be desired. When you first take a drink, you are hit by the bitterness you would expect from a stout beer. Then you get this syrupy coffee after taste that was a bit on the sweet side. It was like drinking a beer and taking a shot of coffee syrup.

Big Shot Espresso Stout is Twisted Pine’s Brewing most award-winning beer. With its mocha head and stallion-black body, this powerful pint has intense flavors of chocolate, roasted malts, and espresso. Big Shot is a delicious drink to sip with food. Cheeses like Gouda, Piave, Cheddar, Ricotta, and Gjetost.

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December 6, 2013

What's Your Coffee IQ and Can You Improve It?

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Have you ever wondered - What's Your Coffee IQ? There’s a pretty entertaining quiz which is more informative making you answer questions over at Healthy Living. So if you’ve ever wondered how much per cup you’re paying (no the survey isn’t single serve coffee focused) this is the place for you.

Some highlights for us included:

  • Whole bean and ground coffee will set you back .30 cents a cup versus about .50 cents for single serve coffee
  • Can make you smarter? We know the answer - go find out.

So What's Your Coffee IQ?

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December 4, 2013

Avoid Coffee Before Job Interviews

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Over at Lifehacker they’ve got a pretty cool article on how to Avoid Caffeine Before Interviews for Better Composure. This for us is a no brainer. If you don’t want to be jittery, sweating, and a general mess avoiding stimulants before anything stressful is probably a  great idea. Also the big one - sweaty palms.

"Avoid drinking caffeine before an interview to help prevent the 'sweaty palm syndrome'. Caffeine is anxiety inducing and can make you seem too chatty. Lay off the coffee before you head in for an interview."

However if you’re going for a public relations job and want to seem chatty - then maybe getting hopped upon caffeine is a great idea. Probably not. Have you ever had too much caffeine and it caused you to be too stressed out or sweaty in a situation? We can remember several coffee tastings where we felt a bit overwhelmed and never really thought how much the caffeine was the culprit.

Before interviews it’s best to be well rested, and have a full belly of things non-caffeinated. We also recommend feeling prepared and ready for the interview by researching the person or company you’re talking with and make sure and do a little rehearsal about some topics that might come up. Be prepared and then after you’re done get a nice cup of coffee post interview to sit back and reflect with on how you might get that new job.

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October 2, 2013

Coffitivity - Coffee House Ambient Noise Maker for iPhone

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One of the big complaints I hear from lots of friends about Single Serve Coffee drinkers is our at home mentality and lack of coffee house need. They often complain to me that the main reason to go to a coffee house isn't just for the coffee but for the ambiance. I've thought about how to fix this and now I can stop thinking - Coffitivity for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch brings the coffee shop to you.

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August 2, 2013

How Much Caffeine is in that Cup of Coffee?

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I'm always wondering how much caffeine is in my cup of coffee every day. I always feel that Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts are equivalents with Dunkin Donuts always seeming to have more caffeine. Well I was wrong. It looks like Dunkin' Donuts only has 12.7mg of cafe per fluid ounce, and Starbucks tops out at 20.6 mg / fl. oz. That means Starbucks knows how to do their job and caffeinate all the coffee junkies properly including myself.

There's of course always Deathwish Coffee at 54.2 mg / fl. oz but I think I don't have a death wish and I'm not really into dying for a cup of coffee. And if you've ever wondered why McDonald's coffee continues to suck big wind - just look at the measly amount of caffeine at 9.1 mg / fl. oz for drinking a cup of their flavored water. 

I'm going to stick with Starbucks when I'm out, and I also do enjoy a cup of Peet's from time to time.

Via Gizmodo

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July 8, 2013

What's Better? 5-Hour Energy or Coffee?

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If you've been drinking single serve cans of 5 hour energy over drinking a cup of single serve coffee then you could be in for a shock. A recent study had students consume either 5-Hour Energy, caffeine, or water before performing an attention task. Scientists found that the energy drink and caffeine both improved alertness better than the placebo, but there was no difference in brainwave responses between them.

And because that 5 hour energy drink has a bunch of other stuff that scientist don't know the long term affect of - they in the end recommend our good old friend coffee over using a 5 hour energy drink in it's place. The calories are the same and coffee has been under study for far longer.

Via Men's Health News

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April 12, 2013

Drinking Coffee Can Save Your Life

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io9 has a great article on how caffeine (if ingested while driving) can really save your life. Why? Drivers hopped up on caffeine have a 63% reduced chance of crashing. Yep - that one cup of coffee could improve your chances by as much as 63% while the caffeine is in your body. But the study really recommends:

While comprehensive fatigue management strategies for these drivers should consider the provision for adequate breaks and sufficient sleep and the promotion of regular exercise, the use and influence of caffeinated stimulants should be considered as an effective adjunct strategy to maintain alertness while driving.

SO remember getting proper sleep is also really important over just downing cups of coffee to stay awake while driving. Still - it's nice to see all the benefits coffee brings us in all the places and travels of our lives.

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September 11, 2012

Maple Syrup With Caffeine Gets You Going in the Morning

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We always knew there would come a time that our lives would be filled withe Caffeinated Maple Syrup. Yes. We knew. Wyatt's Wired Maple Syrup is such a syrup, and each delicious tablespoon of sugary flavor contains 88mg of caffeine. Now that's a lot of caffeine, and that means if you take two it will equal a good cup of coffee. A bottle that contains 14 servings of the stuff is $13.

Via OhGizmo! at Think Geek

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August 10, 2012

Caffeine Up Close and More than Personal

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Though it might look like splinters of multi-colored wood it's not. This is a false-colored scanning electron micrograph showing caffeine crystals in close-up detail. Photographed by Annie Cavangh and David McCarthy, the image was one of the winners of this year's Wellcome Image Awards. This crystal group, formed on the end of a larger crystal, measured around 40 microns in length.

We're all about science and caffeine, and the Welcome Image Awards are trying to excite everyone about how cool and amazing science can be, and we think rainbow colored crystal caffeine images get us excited.

Via Gizmodo at Welcome Image Awards

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July 20, 2012

Oregon is Caffeinating the Pacific Ocean from Coffee Grounds

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Oh Oregon with your amazing amount of caffeinated aging hipsters, and you're penchant for all things coffee we knew you'd spread coffee's pleasures to tourists but to life in the sea as well? A new study from Portland State University researchers has shown that the Northwest's fame as a destination for coffee (and caffeinated techies) does indeed have some environmental costs. Waters off the coast of Oregon were found to have elevated levels of caffeine. Where does the caffeine come from? Humans.

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