Tag Archives: coffee

What about May showers?

If April showers bring May flowers, what’s with this rainy Monday? Sure, we see an upswing in people wanting coffee, but I’d rather a bright, sunny day and smiling people. We’ll get through it, together.

My latest coffee news is information on the caffeine withdrawal headache. To justify everyone’s belief that yes, one does get headaches if you don’t get your coffee, a study was done that proves the effect is real. During the experiment, participants were given either caffeine or a placebo so the results could be tracked. What kind of a bad joke is a caffeine placebo, anyway? Personally, I don’t get headaches and can go days without my coffee, so I would not have been a good subject. But it was determined that, “stopping daily caffeine consumption produces changes in the cerebral blood flow and quantitative EEG that are likely related to the classic caffeine withdrawal symptoms of headache, drowsiness and decreased alertness.” Blah, blah, blah. I don’t think we need studies. People get headaches because they have as much a psychological as physiological withdrawal. As one cut to the chase shop has put it, Gimme Coffee! Nuf said.


What is the world’s most popular drug?

Since coffee is our business, today’s caffeine lesson is brought to you by LifeScript, “The #1 Website Dedicated to Women’s Health;”  9 Caffeine Myths Explained. And yes, caffeine is the world’s most popular drug. I believe the key, as with anything, is not to abuse, and caffeine consumed within reason can actually be beneficial. We like to think our house blends really tastes good, so if it’s caffeine you want why not enjoy our cup of coffee — note the flavor and appreciate the difference between ours and just any coffee while getting your fix. Our house coffees (Mr. Smooth and InTheHouse), both featuring Sumatra (a medium to heavy body, a mild sharpness and a rich, smooth taste), are meant to satisfy those looking for a mellower coffee, but having a fairly bold taste. So, for that caffeine fix, one or two cups of our coffee not only satisfy, they’re good for you!

On another note: ahem, today’s date is significant to many so for anyone interested, your urban lesson for the day can be read here. Ours is not to place judgement but to inform.

Spring is here?

Woke up and HOT coffee is still in vogue. At 27˚ we aren’t moving many iced americanos. But, we’re looking forward to expanding fans of our signature drink (at least we like to think it is). So as things start to warm up and the sun shines, be sure to drop by for a treat, possibly the best iced caffiene (or decaf) drink in town.

We’re also going to introduce a few new smoothies this spring. The Dr. Smoothie acai (for anyone trying to pronounce it, try “ah.sigh.ee”) or Frobidden Fruit. The acai is blended with banana, and Forbidden Fruit features a mix of guava, white guava, and passion fruit. Both healthy and delicious.

On a final note, we heard there’s a simple solution to rising ocean levels: ShamWOW! Someone’s thinking.

Sniffing around for a pick-me-up

Wow, almost a month to post something new. I hope it’s because we’ve been busy, not lazy!

Gotta love the persistency of coffee lover’s attempts to justify our jones. Now there’s research that indicates simply smelling coffee can get you started. I can’t disagree with that. I’ve often thought someone could make a buck from an aftershave or perfume (“he may not be hot, but did you catch that aroma? grrrr”). Although it’s not as catchy, it appears one can “smell the coffee and wake up.” Personally, for satisfaction I need to wet my whistle with some java, but I’d like to see how this might test: ” They suggest pumping them (coffee aromas) into factories to help revive tired workers who can’t sip coffee while operating machinery.” On that basis, I wonder what productivity is like at a whiskey factory? For more insightful info you can share at your next cocktail party, sniff around coffeechemistry.com.

Never saw this coming

Never saw this coming: Starbuck’s instant coffee

Seeing as how Pittsburgh is recognized as one of the largest consumers of coffee, but not necessarily good coffee, maybe they’ll see us a good place to dump some advertising dollars! I don’t know though, $2.95 for three packs? A buck a cup for instant Joe. That may be a long shot when you can stop by one of Pittsburgh’s specialty coffee houses for a nice hot FRESH cup of coffee. Wait and see….

SCAA Mid-Atlantic Barista Competition Finalists

Nice turnout for the competition. Unfortunately, the talent was exceptional and as strong as out local baristas performed, only one local compeitior made the final six: Dana Waelde of Crazy Mocha. Quick post on the finalists:

Allie Caran (Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore, MD)
Allie Turner (Murky Coffee, Arlington, VA)
Dana Waelde (Crazy Mocha, Pittsburgh, PA)
Jeremy Sterner (Peregrine Espresso, Washington, DC)
David Nigel Flynn (Peregrine Espresso, Washington, DC)
Katie Duris (Murky Coffee, Alexandria, VA)

If you have time and interest, finals begin this morning at 10:30, Marriott North in Cranberry.

Coffee… good for your mental health!

Always on the lookout to support my addiction to caffiene, “A new study suggests an intriguing potential link to mental health later in life.” A New York Times article, “Coffee Linked to Lower Dementia Risk,” offers the latest in a series of medical reports supporting the benefits of coffee. As I continually promote to all that’ll listen, it not only tastes good, it’s good for you. Made my day… we may not be able to replenish those brain cells, but we might be able to help you keep what you’ve got!