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You can’t get through your day without this. What is it?

June 23, 2012 By: jessicazafra Category: Coffee, Science 2 Comments →

Caffeine! The stimulant in your coffee. This is an electron micrograph of a 40-micron (40/1,000,000 meter) caffeine crystral group, one of the winners of the Wellcome Image Awards 2012.


May 07, 2012 By: jessicazafra Category: Coffee, Food 3 Comments →

Nescafe Dolce Gusto hosted a lunch at Beso in Central High Street to introduce their new coffee machine. The chef prepared a degustacion—small portions of Mediterranean dishes, each course paired with one of the Dolce Gusto coffees.

If you place a good cup of coffee in front of us we will drink it. So during the starters we were quite chatty.

Dinna mentioned cosmetics. We brought up a factoid we’d heard somewhere that Joel Cruz sold a billion pesos worth of scent last year. Yes, one billion pesos. We are clearly in the wrong line of work. Liza noted that Bench’s bestseller is scent, hence all the movie stars/celebrities launching their own perfume brands.

During the main course hilarity ensued.

We noted that Hayden Kho had his own perfume, and Dinna said it had been sold to Ever Bilena. We said how odd it was that the billboard for his perfume showed him fully-dressed when he is best remembered in a state of undress. That perfume should’ve been called Careless Whisper. (But would he have to pay licensing fees to George Michael?) Or Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am, Pia added.

By dessert we felt like walking all the way home, a bad idea as it was the height of summer.

Jiggy showed us how to use the Dolce Gusto machine. First you choose a capsule (Caffe Lungo, Espresso, Capuccino, Latte Macchiato, Mocha, Chococino or Peach tea). Then three easy steps: pop the capsule in the thingy, lock the compartment, and drop the latch. Voila, good coffee in a minute. (It is not a sushal na 3-in-1, it is a sushal na coffeemaker.)

Nescafe Dolce Gusto is available in supermarkets for Php4,999. A box of 8 capsules costs Php402.

Coffee shop tour of Korea

June 04, 2011 By: jessicazafra Category: Coffee, Places, Traveling 4 Comments →

It’s easier to score a good cup of coffee in Ansan and Seoul than anywhere I’ve ever been, and that includes Italy.

Down the street from the hotel is Paris Baguette, which serves French pastry, croquettes, and coffee. (Kind of like Bread Talk but not as fluffy.)

The tables are upstairs. The wi-fi comes and goes, though.

Coffee: Good news, bad news

December 31, 2009 By: jessicazafra Category: Coffee 1 Comment →

WSJ/Good news in the daily grind

Good News in the Daily Grind by Melinda Beck in the Wall Street Journal.

Nervous, but not demented

January 26, 2009 By: jessicazafra Category: Coffee No Comments →

Research conducted in Stockholm suggests that drinking coffee might lower the risk of dementia later in life. Might—there’s no evidence that if you start chugging coffee today you will be protected. If you do start chugging coffee today, I suggest black, no sugar, no mountains of whipped cream.

“After controlling for numerous socioeconomic and health factors, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure, the scientists found that the subjects who had reported drinking three to five cups of coffee daily were 65 percent less likely to have developed dementia, compared with those who drank two cups or less…

“Dr. Kivipelto and her colleagues suggest several possibilities for why coffee might reduce the risk of dementia later in life. First, earlier studies have linked coffee consumption with a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, which in turn has been associated with a greater risk of dementia. In animal studies, caffeine has been shown to reduce the formation of amyloid plaques in the brain, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. Finally, coffee may have an antioxidant effect in the bloodstream, reducing vascular risk factors for dementia.”

Cat coffee pot and espresso cups

But what if there’s free espresso?

December 22, 2008 By: jessicazafra Category: Art, Coffee No Comments →

In line with our ongoing discussion on art, Chus alerted me to a new installation at the Guggenheim in New York, in which three baristas operating espresso machines hand out free cups of coffee. Why is this art? Are the good-looking espresso machines art? Are the baristas performance artists? If it’s in the Guggenheim, is it art?

Or maybe this is a comment on how everything these days is called “a work of art”, so “art” has ceased to mean anything.

Or maybe the fact that people keep asking the baristas how much is a statement on the commodification of art.

There’s also a hotel bed, which you can book for US$700 a night. You can walk around the museum, trailed by a security guard.

I suggest that three guys get dressed as a horse, approach the barista, and say, “Three coffees, please.” Then the barista can recite this verse:

One horse who wants three coffees.
I don’t know.
I just don’t know.
If he wants three coffees I’ll give him three coffees,
but I know there’s only one of him.

Yes, that’s from Sesame Street. It does not explain what a horse is doing in a coffee shop, or why three guys would get into a horse costume, but it sounds like many of the answers you get when you ask, But is it art?