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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.

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Crap Factory Coffee!

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

Who knew shit could taste so good?! There is nothing I would enjoy more then to dry some of this shit, crush this shit, run pressurized water through it, and enjoy every last drop of the oily water! Confused yet? I know, personally, if someone was going to tell me that they were going to drink something that came for poo, I would be a little confused… and very skeptical… Well, as it turns out, what they’re really doing is waiting for coffee beans to be eaten, digested, and excreted from the Asian Palm Civet, and making coffee from it!

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These coffee beans are called Kopi Luwak, and are the most expensive coffee in the world! How expensive? Well, it sells for between $120 and $600 US dollars per pound! It’s really quite something… The civets will eat the coffee berries, the bean (inside the berry) will pass through their system undigested, and will come out with a decreased amount of caffeine, and a unique palette of tastes (none of which are shitty!).

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The reason for such a high price isn’t a hard answer to come up with… for instance… the workers have to follow around a weasel-like rodent waiting it to shit…. does that help a little? What about the fact that the civets can only eat and shit so much (Low Quantity)? And if its increasing the flavors in the coffee bean, this means it’s going to be an increase in demand for coffee connoisseurs!

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This makes me wonder about people using this information to make money… If the civet-poo coffee is so delicious, why not put them onto farms, feed them beans, and harvest the poo? Of course people do this! But I wonder about the quality… If in a nature setting these civets create masterful coffee beans, what happens when you collect them, feed them a food substitute as well as coffee cherries, and then collect their poo? It probably won’t be as authentic as the real product, nor as high quality. Unfortunately this is all true, and new processes, such as chemically stimulating the civet’s digestive system, have been developed in order to create more and more of a supply…

Well… I am yet to try Kopi Luwak… Our local coffee roaster Cupper’s brought it in once, but there is no way I can afford upwards to $100 dollars a pound for coffee on a tight university budget. Someday… someday I will get to indulge in flavors that have been created by sitting in a animals crap factory…!

Coffee Shops – A cool place to Hang??

Posted in Coffee, music, percussion, unique with tags , , , , , , on January 22, 2008 by howsoonis08

This post will concentrate mainly on the music side of my blog. I found this video while Stumble!-ing around the internet. To tell you the truth, I was quite dumbfounded when the video began to play… I had no prior knowledge of hang drums, and am very interested in percussion instruments. This video knocked my socks off, and led to an afternoon (and the majority of the evening) of research in the attempts to gather more information on hang drums, and how I could own one! So please, please look at the video! An musician or music lover will receive great pleasure!

As you can see, hang drums (pronounced ‘hung’ or ‘hong’) are very similar to a steel drum, and uses many of the same principals to operate. What amazes me is the variety of sounds you can generate! For more information, make sure you google search ‘Hang Drums‘, or you can check this site out here!

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I’d love to here something like this in a coffee shop! If you were interested in buying one yourself, take a look at this link here!

Let us get started by first saying hello!

Posted in atmosphere, Coffee, connoisseur, Matching, music, Owls, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2008 by howsoonis08

What does this —–> turkish coffee

And This —–> Owls [Self Titled]

Have in common?? Well… they are both very interesting… and each involve individual taste! I would like to thank you for visiting my blog, and hope that you are compelled to visit again! What I’m going to attempt to do, as often as possible, is match music with coffee.

In the same way that I select my music (mood, atmosphere, etc…), I also select my coffee. I start to select brews of coffee based on factors such as: what time of day it is, how I’m feeling, time constraints, etc… So… just like a wine connoisseur will match particular foods with wine, I’m going to attempt to match particular kinds of coffee with particular artists or genres of music.

So lets get right to it! Above I’ve selected a traditional Turkish coffee and matched it with the music of Owls. Lets take a closer look at both shall we? Turkish Coffee is most likely very very similar to how the earliest coffee makers made their coffee! It’s a combination of very finely ground coffee, sugar, and water boiled three times before being served. What you do is place the grounds of coffee, the sugar, and the water into a small brass jug – in that order – much like the one shown in the picture above, boil three times, and get ready to enjoy a unique, sweet, and delicious treat! I usually only drink these on occasions when I’m craving a sweet pick-me-up, and usually it’s after dinner or later in the evening.

Owls formed in 2001 from members of the screamy emo/hardcore sensation CapN’ Jazz, and disbanded in 2002… rumors attributed the lead guitarists heroin addiction as the cause for the falling out. None the less, Owls are amazing! Tim Kinsella’s off kilter voice will pound you like a seal clubbing mad man, Victor Villarreal’s spinning, undulating, puzzle of guitar playing will leave you in a mess on the floor, and Mike Kinsella’s intense and complex drum patterns is nothing short of extraordinary! I’ve matched this up with Turkish coffee because you can achieve the same unique experience in both situations!

Please try both! Make or buy a Turkish coffee, and listen to Owls, you will not be disappointed!