Selasa, Januari 13, 2009

Taste of Coffee

Flavor is the overall perception of the coffee in your mouth. Acidity, aroma, and body are all components of flavor. It is the balance and homogenization of these senses that create your overall perception of flavor.
While tasting the coffee, you should try to discern whether the flavor, body, acidity and aroma of the coffee is pleasant, or unpleasant.
Here are the criteria that most tasters use to judge coffee:
Acidity is a desirable characteristic in coffee. It is the sensation of dryness that the coffee produces under the edges of your tongue and on the back of your palate. The role acidity plays in coffee is not unlike its role as related to the flavor of wine. It provides a sharp, bright, vibrant quality. With out sufficient acidity, the coffee will tend to taste flat. Acidity should not be confused with sour, which is an unpleasant, negative flavor characteristic.
Aroma is a sensation which is difficult to separate from flavor. Without our sense of smell, our only taste sensations would be: sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. The aroma contributes to the flavors we discern on our palates. Subtle nuances, such as "floral" or "winy" characteristics, are derived from the aroma of the brewed coffee.
Body is the feeling that the coffee has in your mouth. It is the viscosity, heaviness, thickness, or richness that is perceived on the tongue. A good example of body would be that of the feeling of whole milk in your mouth, as compared to water. Your perception of the body of a coffee is related to the oils and solids extracted during brewing.
Typically, Indonesian coffees will possess greater body than South and Central American coffees. If you are unsure of the level of body when comparing several coffees, try adding an equal amount of milk to each. Coffees with a heavier body will maintain more of their flavor when diluted.

Sabtu, Desember 13, 2008

Caffeine in Coffee

Be careful if you drink too much coffee, don't you worry with the caffeine? This question always come when some body know that I am a drinker coffee. I think I should know what the caffeine is. Let's we learn together for our healthy and knowledge about this favorite drink.

Caffeine, which is found in coffee and other foods (cocoa, tea), is that substance that keeps us awake, both when we need it and when we don't want it. Unfortunately, to some people this and other side effects of caffeine are not welcome.
Decaffeinated coffee or "decaf" is coffee that has had most of the caffeine removed. By weight, the amount of caffeine found naturally in coffee is only about 1% for the Arabica and 2% for the Robusta coffee beans.
When you read "97% Caffeine Free", 97% of that 1% or 2% has been removed.
There are currently two methods used commercially that remove caffeine from coffee:
European Process and Swiss Water Process.
European Process :
Most decaf coffees are made using a chemical process first used in Europe. This process involves soaking the beans in water and then "washing" them in methylene chloride to absorb the caffeine from the bean. After this, the beans are rinsed clean of the chemicals, dried and shipped to the coffee roasters.
The advantage of this method is that it provides decaf coffee with more flavor than the Swiss water processing. Although there is virtually no trace of any chemicals left in the bean after roasting, some people are uncomfortable knowing that the coffee they are drinking was chemically processed.
Swiss Water Process :
The second method is known as "Swiss water processing". This process uses no chemicals, but rather hot water and steam to remove the caffeine from the coffee. The "life" of the bean is taken into the water, and then the water solution put through activated charcoal filters to remove the caffeine. Once the caffeine is removed, these same beans are then put back into the decaffeinated solution to re-absorb everything except the caffeine. The beans are then dried and shipped to the roasters. The disadvantage is that the water processing removes more than just the caffeine. Some of the oils from the coffee bean are removed as well, making it less flavorful.
The best thing to do for those who really want this kind of decaf is to start out with a high quality, Arabica bean. Even though some of the flavor will be lost, there will still be a lot left to enjoy.
In here I learn how to make a great cup of coffee:

Easy Espresso & Cappuccino
Yield: 4 servings
4 coffee measures (1/2 cup) dark roast coffee
1 ½ cups (12 oz.) water
4 twists of lemon peel sugar to taste
Brew coffee in your choice of coffeemaker.
If you have an espresso pot or machine, follow manufacturer's suggested proportions of coffee and water. Pour coffee in demitasse cups, garnish with lemon twist, and offer sugar to guests.
Cappuccino Variation:
Pour 2 parts brewed espresso and 1 part hot milk into tall mugs. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg, or grated chocolate.
Espresso De Menthe:
Measure 1-2 tablespoons Crème de Menthe into each demitasse cup;
fill with espresso, leaving room for a dollop of whipped cream on top.

We can make the taste as we like, if me, more like Cappuccino, even less whipped cream on top, hhmmmmmm.... really delicious.

Jumat, Desember 05, 2008

Sex and Coffee

I love this words : Sex and Coffee, make me want to know what the connection or causality between Sex and Coffee. so let's we can read together and know better about this lovely drink (maybe only for me), but it really interested.

This is a part of some one site that I have been read :
Coffee has supposedly been around since about 1200 A.D., and sex has been with us since we began procreating. So it only makes sense that there would be some link between coffee and sex. And there are in fact many links; some in ways you did not even imagine. It seems that women at one point blamed coffee for everything from homosexuality, to lack of virility. Eventually it was praised for it's sexual performance enhancing capabilities, among other benefits. And these beliefs were held in times where medical and scientific practices were questionable at best. However, modern day studies and surveys suggest that coffee and sex still are linked, and important on the minds of both young adults and the elderly alike.

And this is the other one, a women from Netherlands said :

Drinking coffee is one of those things very little people don't do. All over the world people drink coffee in their own special way. And everyone makes their coffee at home in a way they like it the most. If you like drinking coffee, it's nice to know that there are many different kinds of coffee and different ways to make and drink your coffee.

I'm such a kind of person who wants to know, because of my coffee drinking habit or addiction. I usually drink more than 8 cups a day. Not those small ones. No I like to have big mugs of coffee. Most of the Europeans drink about 142 liters coffee a year per person. Not me. I'm more of a 300 liters kind of person. And I like more than one kind of coffee. Except decaf. That's like having sex without any passion. And I love to drink my coffee like I love sex. Hot, steamy, tasteful, strong and with variation and if possible every day.

But let’s get back to coffee.

Caffeine is the ingredient in coffee that makes us people more able to concentrate and being alert. One cup contains about 80 mg of caffeine. It has a stimulating effect on our central nerve system. That stimulating effect can become a problem when you drink coffee just before you go to bed, and it's hard to fall asleep (but then there is that other thing you could do). Some people are very sensitive for caffeine. For those people; don't drink coffee or when you like the taste, drink decaf.

And now what do you say ???

Kamis, November 20, 2008

Caffeine Increased the Female Libido

Thank's for every comment in my last blog, I was very happy when I read that comments, many people likes coffee too. I have a joke about coffee and I think it's true. Even some people said Coffee is not good for our healthy, some of them said it's like a drug, after we drink it we will dependent on Coffee, so what? For me its not problem, because Coffee is easy to find it, from small shop in roadside until big restaurant, we could order it without shamefully and this is not the prohibition things, is it right?

As a women drinker Coffee, I never feel bad effect from this beverage. Do you know Coffee can increased the female libido? It's great...

I just read the BBC News : Coffee 'boosts female sex drive' Scientists from Southwestern University found caffeine increased the female libido in experiments on rats.
The Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behaviour journal study said the effect was caused by it stimulating the part of the brain regulating arousal.
But researchers said a similar effect was only likely to be repeated in humans who do not drink coffee regularly.
Previous research has looked into both the health benefits and consequences of coffee consumption.
The hot drink is linked to improving memory and reducing the risk of cancer, but studies have also suggested it increases the risk of heart disease.
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 socialising, but researchers said the effect may not be repeated in all humans.
After read this information, how do you think about Coffee? especially women.

Selasa, November 04, 2008

Benefits of Coffee

I just read about Health Information, about Health Benefits of Coffee, I like read more about coffee, because I drink it regularity, so I want know what the effect to our healthy. Many people said don'e drink coffee to much, I talk to my self, if I drink 3 or 4 cup's a day, is it much? for me not, but for my friends or people around me said yes, it's to much. They suggest me only a cup in the morning, but until now I can't, after meal I will thinking of coffee.
Information about Healthy interest for me, and I want share for another person who want care about Healthy.

Coffee: The New Health Food?
Want a drug that could lower your risk of diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and colon cancer? That could lift your mood and treat headaches? That could lower your risk of cavities?
If it sounds too good to be true, think again.
Coffee, the much maligned but undoubtedly beloved beverage, just made headlines for possibly cutting the risk of the latest disease epidemic, type 2 diabetes. And the real news seems to be that the more you drink, the better.

Reducing Disease Risk
After analyzing data on 126,000 people for as long as 18 years, Harvard researchers calculate that compared with not partaking in America's favorite morning drink, downing one to three cups of caffeinated coffee daily can reduce diabetes risk by single digits. But having six cups or more each day slashed men's risk by 54% and women's by 30% over java avoiders.

Though the scientists give the customary "more research is needed" before they recommend you do overtime at Starbuck's to specifically prevent diabetes, their findings are very similar to those in a less-publicized Dutch study. And perhaps more importantly, it's the latest of hundreds of studies suggesting that coffee may be something of a health food -- especially in higher amounts.

In recent decades, some 19,000 studies have been done examining coffee's impact on health. And for the most part, their results are as pleasing as a gulp of freshly brewed Breakfast Blend for the 108 million Americans who routinely enjoy this traditionally morning -- and increasingly daylong -- ritual. In practical terms, regular coffee drinkers include the majority of U.S. adults and a growing number of children.

"Overall, the research shows that coffee is far more healthful than it is harmful," says Tomas DePaulis, PhD, research scientist at Vanderbilt University's Institute for Coffee Studies, which conducts its own medical research and tracks coffee studies from around the world. "For most people, very little bad comes from drinking it, but a lot of good."

Coffee even offsets some of the damage caused by other vices, some research indicates. "People who smoke and are heavy drinkers have less heart disease and liver damage when they regularly consume large amounts of coffee compared to those who don't," says DePaulis.

There's also some evidence that coffee may help manage asthma and even control attacks when medication is unavailable, stop a headache, boost mood, and even prevent cavities.

Is it the caffeine? The oodles of antioxidants in coffee beans, some of which become especially potent during the roasting process? Even other mysterious properties that warrant this intensive study?

Actually, yes.

Some of coffee's reported benefits are a direct result of its higher caffeine content: An eight ounce cup of drip-brewed coffee contains about 85 mg -- about three and a half times more than the same serving of tea or cola or one ounce of chocolate.

"The evidence is very strong that regular coffee consumption reduces risk of Parkinson's disease and for that, it's directly related to caffeine," DePaulis tells WebMD. "In fact, Parkinson's drugs are now being developed that contain a derivative of caffeine based on this evidence."

Caffeine is also what helps in treating asthma and headaches. Though not widely publicized, a single dose of pain reliever such as Anacin or Excedrin contains up to 120 milligrams -- what's in a hefty mug o' Joe.

This is only a little information about benefits of Coffee, but after I read this, I will talk to my self again, let's drink coffee, 4 cups it's not matter :)

Kamis, Oktober 23, 2008

Health and pharmacology of Coffee

Coffee ingestion on average is about a third of that of tap water in North America and Europe. Worldwide, 6.7 million metric tons of coffee were produced annually in 1998–2000, and the forecast is a rise to 7 million metric tons annually by 2010.

Scientific studies have examined the relationship between coffee consumption and an array of medical conditions. Findings are contradictory as to whether coffee has any specific health benefits, and results are similarly conflicting regarding negative effects of coffee consumption.

Coffee consumption has been linked to breast size reduction and taking regular hits of caffeine reduces the risk of breast cancer. Coffee appears to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, heart disease, diabetes mellitus type 2, cirrhosis of the liver, and gout. It increases the risk of acid reflux and associated diseases. Some health effects of coffee are due to its caffeine content, as the benefits are only observed in those who drink caffeinated coffee, while others appear to be due to other components. For example, the antioxidants in coffee prevent free radicals from causing cell damage.

Coffee's negative health effects are mostly due to its caffeine content. Research suggests that drinking caffeinated coffee can cause a temporary increase in the stiffening of arterial walls. Excess coffee consumption may lead to a magnesium deficiency or hypomagnesaemia, and may be a risk factor for coronary heart disease. Some studies suggest that it may have a mixed effect on short-term memory, by improving it when the information to be recalled is related to the current train of thought, but making it more difficult to recall unrelated information. About 10% of people with a moderate daily intake (235 mg per day) reported increased depression and anxiety when caffeine was withdrawn, and about 15% of the general population report having stopped caffeine use completely, citing concern about health and unpleasant side effects.[81] Nevertheless, the mainstream view of medical experts is that drinking three 8-ounce (236 ml) cups of coffee per day (considered average or moderate consumption) does not have significant health risks for adults.

American scientist Yaser Dorri has suggested that the smell of coffee can restore appetite and refresh olfactory receptors. He suggests that people can regain their appetite after cooking by smelling coffee beans, and that this method might also be used for research animals.

Kamis, September 18, 2008

HIstory Of Coffee

Today I just join the site of Coffee Universe, I think I have a reason to join this site, because I love drink Coffee so I want know more about Coffee. Maybe I can get many Coffee tips and terms.
Do you know history of Coffee?
Coffee's journey around the world.
Coffee was first discovered in Eastern Africa in an area we know today as Ethiopia. A popular legend refers to a goat herder by the name of Kaldi, who observed his goats acting unusually frisky after eating berries from a bush. Curious about this phenomenon, Kaldi tried eating the berries himself. He found that these berries gave him a renewed energy. The news of this energy laden fruit quickly spread throughout the region.
Hearing about this amazing fruit, Monks dried the berries so that they could be transported to distant monasteries. They reconstituted these berries in water, ate the fruit, and drank the liquid to provide stimulation for a more awakened time for prayer.
Coffee Leaves Africa
Coffee berries were transported from Ethiopia to the Arabian Peninsula, and were first cultivated in what today is the country of Yemen.
From there, coffee traveled to Turkey where coffee beans were roasted for the first time over open fires. The roasted beans were crushed, and then boiled in water, creating a crude version of the beverage we enjoy today.
Coffee Arrives in Europe
Coffee first arrived on the European continent by means of Venetian trade merchants. Once in Europe this new beverage fell under harsh criticism from the Catholic Church. Many felt the pope should ban coffee, calling it the drink of the devil. To their surprise, the pope, already a coffee drinker, blessed coffee declaring it a truly Christian beverage.
Coffee houses spread quickly across Europe becoming centers for intellectual exchange. Many great minds of Europe used this beverage, and forum, as a springboard to heightened thought and creativity.