Don’t throw out those grounds!

This is what happened when I Googled “used coffee grounds” last night:

10 Uses for Coffee Grounds: Stash the leftovers from your morning pot of joe for these clever household uses

12 New Ways To Use Coffee Grounds

15 Surprising Things You Can Do With Coffee Grounds

15 Creative Uses for Coffee Grounds

14 Genius Ways To Recycle Used Coffee Grounds

The Starbucks coffee compost test: Those free grounds really are good for your soil

There were more than 2 million results. You can find the one that works for you.


National Coffee Day! Here’s a list of freebies | USA Today

Happy National Coffee Day! I knew there was a reason I took the day off from work!

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Trouble is brewing for the coffee industry |

Oh nooooo!

Leaf rust is devastating Central American farmers, affecting 50 percent of crops, and ruining millions of bags of coffee.

If you made yourself a nice cup of coffee this morning, you likely didn’t stop to wonder about how secure the coffee supply chain is. It’s easy to take coffee for granted, as it’s so readily available. The reality, however, is that the coffee industry in Central America is in turmoil. Coffee growers are experiencing the worst epidemic of coffee leaf rust, or ‘roya,’ that they’ve seen since this disease was first discovered in 1976.

Leaf rust is a fungal pathogen that infects coffee plants and causes them to shed their leaves. This inhibits photosynthesis and the plants die. It also prevents the current season’s berries from ripening and lowers carbohydrate accumulation in roots and shoots, which is where the next season’s berries are supposed to grow. Eventually, rust can kill the entire tree, setting a farmer back by 2 to 6 years, which is how long it takes for a replacement tree to grow harvestable fruit.

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Coffee IV – STAT!


Spotted this in the local Trader Joe’s. I immediately wonder: 1) can a person run a line, invert the bottle and have an IV coffee drip?; and 2) what would it be like to crack open one of these bad boys and tip one back? Either way, might be worth a try!




Coffee from an elephant’s gut fills a $50 cup | The Associated Press

I like coffee — a lot — but …

Coffee from an elephant’s gut fills a $50 cup | The Associated Press

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Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like | The Atlantic

Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like

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Coffeehouse observation No. 356 – Sunday coffee …

Sunday coffee. … And lots of it! At Empresso on the Miracle Mile in Stockton. … AC is off, though. Not so fun.

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Food Network star host coffee showdown at five state fairs | The Milford Daily News

Food Network star host coffee showdown at five state fairs | The Milford Daily News

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Doh! Coffee is not for kids, apparently

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Empresso wins again!

Meant to post this the other day. The coffeehouse I frequent won a local prize as the best coffeehouse in the area. I believe they have won this at least one other time. Cool!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 355 – No AC? I’ll take my coffee hot

The AC is down at the coffeehouse today. That would be a death sentence in California’s Central Valley in the summertime, but there’s a breeze coming in from the Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta that’s cooling things off just a bit. And they just cranked up some fans. It’s warm. Not particularly comfortable, but not bad, either.

Oh, and I ordered hot coffee, of course.

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Coffeehouse observation 354 — Changing the world as we know it

Three, um, older women are having a loud conversation at the next table in the coffeehouse. They are sooo making Facebook something completely different.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 353 – I see Jesus in my coffee

The baristas at Empresso, the coffeehouse inside The Empire Theater on the Miracle Mile in Stockton, know how to make coffee a religion.

Or, at least, they know how to put Jesus in the coffee.

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Coffee drinking linked to longer life |

Coffee drinking linked to longer life |

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Coffeehouse observation No. 352 – Resolving to drink more coffee (No kidding!)

The new job has kept me away from blogging and has drastically cut into my very valuable coffeehouse time. It’s sad, really, to have to turn our backs on something as vital to our existence as coffee and the coffeehouse experience simply to make a living wage. Something is wrong in that. Especially since coffeehouses – most specifically Empresso on the Miracle Mile in Stockton – have provided a sanctuary during the two and a half years that I was unemployed.

So here are some coffeehouse resolutions for the new year.

Coffeehouse resolution No. 1: Drink more coffee. I know what you are thinking – is there really a need for this resolution? I mean, after all, “more coffee” makes complete sense. Resolving to drink less coffee would just be, well, silly.

Coffeehouse resolution No. 2: Drink more coffee. Yeah, it’s so important to the very fiber of 2012 that “Drink more coffee” is listed here twice.

Coffeehouse resolution No. 3: Learn more about coffee. You would think that I know a lot about coffee – and I do. But I consider it vital that I be a “lifelong learner” when it comes to coffee. I consider this an investment in continuing education.

Coffeehouse resolution No. 4: Be bolder when it comes to my caffeinated beverages. I tend to be in a rut when it comes to my beverage choices. I tend to go with straight coffee – mild rather than bold because I heard once that there was more caffeine in mild coffee. Usually Sumatra. No sugar or cream. I think it is time to branch out just a bit more.

Coffeehouse resolution No. 5: Visit more coffeehouses. I love Empresso – well, except for the occasionally four-legged creatures that that run across the old theater’s lobby floor. But other than that, it’s been a great place to look for work, get a caffeine high, and network just a bit. But I cannot help but think that I might find comparable features in other coffeehouses. We’ll see. Some changes might be “just too much.”

OK, that’s it for now. Have a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 347 – Miles Davis, coffee do a soul good

“Birth of the Cool” … Miles Davis … It’s what does a soul good. … That and coffee.

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Vegetarian French Onion Soup (Made with Coffee)|

Vegetarian French Onion Soup (Made with Coffee)|


Coffee and Cream Risotto |

Coffee and Cream Risotto |

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Former lovers meet in coffee shop for one last cliché | The Onion

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Former lovers meet in coffee shop for one last cliché | The Onion

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Scientists crack the physics of coffee rings |

A lot of simple things in science turn out to be quite complicated. Take, for example, coffee: You may have noticed that a spilled drop of coffee doesn’t dry as a brown blob, but rather as a clear blob with a dark ring around the edge.

It’s taken physicists more than a decade to figure out why this effect, known technically as “the coffee ring effect,” happens. But now they think they have an answer.

The scientists who cracked the problem weren’t initially studying the coffee ring effect at all. Peter Yunker and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania were studying how different-shaped particles — like spheres, egg-shaped, or even more elongated particles — pack together when the liquid they are in evaporates.

So first they looked at what happened when liquids with spherical particles evaporated; these formed a ring like coffee does.

“But when we evaporated the drop with the elongated particles, instead of forming a ring, they were spread out across the entire area covered by the drop,” Yunker says.

This was the aha moment: Maybe it was the shape of the particles that were responsible for the coffee ring effect. Coffee does have particles in it, but Yunker didn’t know whether they were spherical or not.

So he did what any good scientist would do: “We went down to the building coffee machine, put 35 cents in, got a cup of coffee, went back upstairs to the microscope, put it on a slide, took a look, and, at least on the micron scale, the particles that we saw were spherical in shape,” he says.

Click to listen to or read the rest of the story by NPR’s by Joe Palca.