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The Battle for Cups

Posted in Coffee, connoisseur, Culture, music, unique with tags , , , , , on March 22, 2008 by howsoonis08

Have you ever tried to buy cappuccino or espresso cups before? Why is it that the vast majority of them always have to have a stupid fucking saying like “I love Espresso” or “mmmmmmmm….” I don’t want that shit on my cups… I want a plain, simple, non-jackass looking cup so that I can enjoy my drink without feeling like an asshole! Who buys them anyway?? I guess if there is nothing else to buy then maybe you would have to bight your lip and drink out of a cup that labels itself as “Espresso” or “Cappuccino.” I’ve had better success going to thrift stores to buy my cups… and now I have one nice white cappuccino cup and a nice white latte cup (proper sized… none of this 17oz latte bullshit!). Maybe it’s because I live in such a small city that this is such a pain in the ass… I wish it wasn’t…That is all…

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Coffee that looks to good to Drink!

Posted in Coffee, connoisseur, Culture, unique, video with tags , , , , , on March 11, 2008 by howsoonis08

Much like rubbing your tummy and tapping your head, pouring latte art requires that you do two things at the same time. Pour the milk at a consistent and even rate AND shake the pitcher side to side with the even tempo of a metronome. Sounds pretty simple right?

Ever since I got my espresso machine, I’ve wanted to be able to pour latte art [as cheesy as that may sound]. To say the least, it took a lot of trial and error involving steaming the milk properly [which is a much harder task than in sounds like… it has to be velvety and at the right viscosity], finding a decent steaming pitcher, and knowing what to do with the milk when I was ready to pour. Now I’ve got a pretty decent idea of what I’m doing, and recently some have been coming out looking very good!

These are just some examples of what you can do with latte art!

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‘Just Coffee’ Documentary – Striking Back!

Posted in Coffee, connoisseur, Crisis, Culture, News, roasting, unique, video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2008 by howsoonis08

Just Coffee takes a look at the different types of certified coffees on the market and assesses the benefits for coffee producers and consumers.

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The coffee industry has suffered a crisis in recent years, with the price of raw coffee reaching its lowest price for over a century. There are an estimated 25 million small-scale coffee farmers in the developing world and the drop in price has cost them a staggering $4.5 billion a year. This has had a catastrophic knock-on effect for workers, the local community and the future sustainability of the entire coffee industry.

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If you have the time, please watch the documentary and learn how the coffee industry is striking back! Just Coffee takes a look at four of the biggest certification labels on the market: Utz Kapeh, Rainforest Alliance, Organic and Fair Trade. It examines what they offer the consumer and how they benefit the producer. The film talks to large-scale coffee plantations and small-scale cooperatives in Brazil about the differences certification has made to their community and their local environment. It also speaks to coffee roasters, trade officials, labelling organisations and retailers in Europe about what they are doing to develop the certified coffee market.

You’re Daddy’s Rich, and Your Mamma’s Good lookin’

Posted in Coffee, connoisseur, Culture, fashion, Film, music, Music Video, rant, unique, video with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2008 by howsoonis08

After reading break ends, it seems as though school takes the form of a drill Sargent beating you with a non-stop onslaught of work. I’m a bit behind on my blogging assignment, but that because I’m chin deep in a pile of assignments; probably caused by my own procrastination.

Because of all of my recent late-night cluster-fucks of essay writing and studying, it’s provided a great opportunity for listening to hours of music. For me, picking music to study to is as tedious of a task as it was for John Cusack to build the perfect mix tape in ‘High Fidelity.’ You want it to grab your attention (for keeping you alert and attentive to your work), but you don’t want it to keep your attention (you focus needs to remain on whatever your doing). You want it to fill the silence, but it can’t be intruding….

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Lately, I’ve found my music of choice in Sam Cooke. It’s perfect really… the music is beautiful, his voice is beautiful, they’re smooth pop songs so you don’t really have to pay attention to what’s going on, they make you happy, and (seeing as how the songs are only about 2 and a half minutes each) there is always circulation; you’re not hearing the same song for long periods of time (I find that it can make me tired). Another favorite has recently been Guided by Voices, ‘Half Smiles of the Decomposed’ in particular. It seems as if the whole album just floats by.

On that note, I’m going to leave you with some videos of the two artists mentioned above and I’m going to get back to school work. Enjoy the shit out of these.

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I appologize for the sound on this one…. but you’ll have to turn up your speakers. This is Sam Cooke singing ‘You Send Me’

 

This is Guided By Voices with ‘Bulldog Skin’. Not off of “Half Smiles of the Decomposed,” but off their 1997 release “Mag Earwhig.”

 

So give me Coffee and TV…Peacefully

Posted in 90's, cinematography, Coffee, connoisseur, Culture, Film, Indie rock, music, Music Video, video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2008 by howsoonis08

In the early 90’s, Blur was one of the most popular emerging bands in the U.K., and carried on, as well as broke down barriers, in the Britpop scene!

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Why do I am including them in this post? Well, for one, they’re a great band…. I also just happened to stumble! Onto their Coffee and TV video from their 1999 release “13.” The song is sung by the band’s guitarist Graham Coxon, and the lyrics are apparently about Coxon’s attempt to give up drinking. It really reminds me on Blur’s earlier years, which I personally enjoy. As for the video, it features Milky (a milk carton with a mission) who is on search for Graham Coxon who has unfortunately gone missing. It’s a great video, and I’m sure that your just burning to find out how it ends!

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The video itself is great, the band is great, it has coffee in the title, it’s music… It should be incorporated into my blog… so here it is! “Coffee and TV”

Do you want to make your own Milky??? How About Miss Milky??? Click Here!It’s a downloadable layout that you can cut out and put together for your own personal enjoyment!

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Girlfriends Sex Drive Gone?? Fill Her Full of Coffee!

Posted in Animals, Coffee, connoisseur, Culture, research, unique with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2008 by howsoonis08

Alright… So this is not necessarily true, it would supposedly only for people who don’t drink coffee on a regular basis.

In the latest research, scientists gave 108 female rats a moderate dose of caffeine before a mating test to determine if the caffeine had any effect on female behaviour.

They found that administration of caffeine shortened the amount of time it took the females to return to the males after sex for another mating session.

The study said the effects appeared to go beyond a simple boost of energy for socializing, but researchers said the effect may not be repeated in all humans.

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Unfortunately, scientists are still very skeptical. “There are health benefits of coffee, but at this stage I do not think we can include this as one.” “We are not that convinced by this. Humans would have to drink 10 cups of coffee in one go to get the same effect and that is not the normal consumption level.”

Well… it was worth a shot…

I’m not sure what the hell this is suppose to be?? A Penis?? a Californian Raisin?? Mr. Hanky??

This video has no relevance at all… at least I don’t think so…?

Only Grandmothers buy this junk…

Posted in abnormal, Coffee, connoisseur, unique, video with tags , , , , , , , on February 25, 2008 by howsoonis08

This is pretty neat, almost as good as the “steaming cup of coffee commercial.” (If you haven’t seen it yet, check below)
MugMouse is a simple, playful idea, using your coffee mug as computer mouse. MugMouse rethinks the way people work at computers by making it easy to build slowness into your daily activities.

MugMouse plays on the idea of deliberately choosing to use a slower mouse for a while. Filled with tea or coffee you have to move it more carefully than a normal mouse. Do certain tasks at the computer deserve a bit more time, reflection or personal involvement? Checking your email, visiting your favourite website or blog, reading the daily news, shopping etc. MugMouse can be seen as a reward; serving as a signal to yourself and others that you are having a little time away from your work.

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You click by pushing the whole mug towards the table. It clicks very easily. The whole bottom of the mug is the mouse button.
It works on infrared and it connected by USB.
It holds about 150 mL of your favorit hot drink.