Perhaps you have seen this before … dievca hadn’t.

An intriguing start to a Monday.
dievca imagines that her coffee will just taste better.

Good Morning!


I Need Coffee – but not a Blonde Roast

dievca had a conversation about coffee with Cinn of Cinnamon and Sparkles and Cinn stated that she likes a good “Blonde Roast”. dievca had no idea what that meant, so she went searching.

When Starbucks® promotes the term Blonde Roast, they define it in their advertising as not related to color so much as “light bodied and flavorful – our easiest-drinking coffee” and “a true light roast”, yet when the beans are compared to a standard roast chart, they match more to a Medium Roast level.

A true definition of Blonde is when the beans are roasted to a very light level at which a phenomenon called “First Crack” is achieved, but not beyond. Because of that a Blonde Roast will always be more acidic than darker roasts of the same coffee.

Heat breaks down the acidity of a coffee bean as it roasts longer and hotter. The high acidity of Blonde Roast is generally perceived as a lemony, citrusy or sour taste. Darker roasts experience more of the “Maillard reaction”, which primarily refers to the caramelization of sugar and reactions with the beans’ amino acids that produce buttery, caramel tones, while the citrusy notes are being reduced.

A Blonde Roast would be at the beginning of this chart before a light roast (around 415 F):

Where does that leave a Blonde Roast acid-wise?

Using the pH Scale for reference, here are a few acid/base numbers from liquids we recognize:

9.0 : Tap water adjusted for high alkalinity to avoid leaching of lead and other metals from the pipes
8.0 : Seawater
7.0 : A common “neutral” reference point for distilled water, etc.
6.3 : Naturally occurring water as found in mountain streams and many springs (not hot springs)
5.9 : A common reading for ripe-bean brewed Dark Roast coffee (see picture 3 above)
5.4 : A common reading for ripe-bean brewed Medium Roast coffee (see picture 2 above)
4.7 – 4.9 : A common reading for brewed coffee from commercial coffee brands
4.4 – 4.6 : A common reading for ripe-bean brewed Blonde Roasts (see picture 1 above)
4.4 : Tomato juice
3.0 : Vinegar (ranges from 2.0 to 3.5 depending on type and concentration)
1.0 : Battery Acid

Hmmm — that might be why dievca prefers a Dark Roast, less acidic and carmelization of the sugars…

Whew! this was a lot for a Monday – Thank Goodness dievca has her:

Thank you to the website “I Need Coffee”, click the link for a more in-depth discussion about roasts.

 


We are happy to serve you…something useful.

dievca remembers her Dad getting a “to go” coffee at  various restaurants and they came in a paper cup with greek designs on it.

The “Anthora” paper cup designed in 1963, features Greek motifs and two shields on which are written “WE ARE HAPPY TO SERVE YOU”. Millions of these cups had fed the caffeine addictions of New Yorkers during all those years. The sheer number of them coupled with their forty-year history has given the cup icon status along with the yellow taxis and the Statue of Liberty.

We weren’t in NYC, but apparently the coffee cups could be found west of I-95…

Here is a great piece about the design of the cup when the designer, Leslie Buck, passed away in 2010.

Photo: dievca 01/2019 NYC

In the photo above, dievca held her ceramic version of the Anthora cup up against a rainy backdrop on Sunday morning. The temperature dropped from 46 F (7.78 C) to 12 F (-11 C) this Monday morning and then lower. Welcome to New York City weather.

Anyways, as something useful,  the ceramic version of the Anthora cup never fails to make dievca smile – it reminds her of her childhood and, in her submission, she is happy to serve you.
Plus,

  • They stack well.
  • The cups fit into your hand comfortably.
  • It can be washed in the dishwasher (No, dievca’s dishwasher hasn’t been replaced, yet.)
  • They are microwave safe for reheating your coffee.
  • It’s been about 10 years for dievca’s cups and they are holding up well.
  • Click the photo to purchase

We (the Royal We) are happy to serve you — XO

A side note: 

The paper version of the Anthora cup had sales top out at 500 million cups in 1994. Twelve years later, it was discontinued as a stock item as popular coffee-house franchises began replacing diners as the take-out morning stop for coffee lovers.

Due to numerous requests from restaurant owners and distributors, Dart Container is bringing back the Anthora cup in 8 oz. and 10 oz. sizes in New York City and some northeastern states. 

 


Simple Coffee

Master told me that I would be exhausted when I got back.
He’s right.
Watching someone you love, pass away, is a privilege.
But it does run you through the gamut.

I just want coffee before heading to work.
A Simple Coffee.


First Monday of 2019: Fika

Fika

Let’s start with gott nytt år – A belated Swedish wish of Happy New Year. If Swedes do decide to leave the house in winter, it’s probably to “fika”.  “Fika” is both a verb and a noun. You can say “shall we fika?” or “come to mine for a fika.” It means to consume coffee with something sweet. Most offices will have a rota of who is bringing in the cakes, each day.

Who knows, maybe sitting down and having coffee plus a treat might make the World run better.
Let’s try it!


Tomtar på loftet (Elves in the Attic)

Tomtar på loftet

Think someone is crazy? They must have “tomtar på loftet”, or “elves in the attic”. Which, to be honest, with the Holiday craziness going on – would probably be everyone at this moment. They’re a bloody nightmare, elves, right?

So, perhaps you will seek clarity in a Prescription Coffee:

That might not be enough – you may have to seek your place of true peace: BDSM

Either way, please have that coffee for Christmas Eve to stave away the Elves in your Attic!


A little rhythm with the Morning Joe

kaf·fee·klatsch

/ˈkafāˌklaCH/
noun
plural noun: kaffeeklatsches
  1. an informal social gathering at which coffee is served.
    • talking or gossip at an informal gathering where coffee is served.

Good Morning!