Coffee not working!

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I am at a conference today in San Jose (BlogHer) and the combination of lack of sleep with intense concentration and networking has left me yawning.

Over the course of the day I’ve had four cups of coffee and it seems to have stopped working. Trying to see if tea can give me a jump, although my comfort association with tea might just put me to sleep.

Do you ever have those days where caffeine just doesn’t seem to work?

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Just not the same with soy

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Today we ran out of milk and both of us were too busy/lazy to run to the store for more. So I opted for soy milk instead of no milk.

Oy, so different. Way more tart. Doesn’t let through the coffee taste at all.

Now, if it were a superb Americano, I could go black. No sugar or milk. But with the French Press, no matter how fabulous the beans, I still like my milk and sugar.

I do like Soy in some things. Love soy milk alone. Love it in an iced coffee from Starbucks (why not, the coffee is not great to begin with). But not in good coffee.

Today I’m not having a good cup of coffee. Note to self: get milk for tomorrow.

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Caffeine Content

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How much caffeine is in your coffee? Does it depend on the coffee?

Nutrition Action Healthletter has a Caffeine Corner chart that gives the mg of caffeine in beverages. For example:

  • Caffe Americano, short (8 oz.) Starbucks 35mg
  • Coffee, tall (12 oz.) Starbucks 375mg
  • Coffee, non-gourmet (8 oz.) 135mg
  • Cola (16 oz.) 50mg
  • Tea, leaf or bag (8 oz.) 50mg

So, if you are looking for a caffeine jolt from Starbucks, avoid the espresso based drinks (latte, etc) and go for plain old coffee. And if you are going based on caffeine only, Starbucks packs more caffeinated punch than other coffee houses.

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Starbucks Nutritional drama

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Is Starbucks the next McDonald’s… in more ways than one?

Not only is the coffee chain experiencing the same explosion of growth the burger giant saw, but perhaps we can also lay to it the same unhealthy nutritional standards as our greasy food giant:

"Regular consumers of Starbucks products could face Venti-sized health problems. If Starbucks cared about its customers’ health, it would at least list on the menu board the calorie content of its offerings."

Several of Starbucks’ popular beverages are loaded with calories, fat, and sugar. The popular GrandeLatte weighs in at 260 calories with almost half the calories coming from fat. The big-selling Grande White Mocha packs in 510 calories and 24 grams of fat. The summer line continues the trend with the award for least-healthy drink going to the heavily advertised Venti Banana Coconut Frappuccino. The massive drink weighs in at 730 calories compared to 560 calories for a Big Mac from McDonald’s.

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So-called ‘cream of Vancouver coffee shops’

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The Vancouver Sun just came out with a list of the so-called ‘cream of Vancouver coffee shops‘.

The criteria seems to be: independently owned, has coffee. The title of the article seems to imply that you will get the ‘creme de la creme’ of coffee shops, but in reality it’s just a listing. Each listing talks about atmosphere, for the most part.

I had a quick glance through their list of 10 ‘top’ coffee shops and spotted a few I would never dream of having a good cup of coffee.

Perhaps the article should be renamed ‘good Vancouver hangouts’ instead.


Commodore 64 espresso maker

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This is a scanned 1985 ad from the Italian computer magazine Microcomputer for an espresso maker you attach to your Commodore 64. Where can I find something similar for my laptop? :)

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Coffee in Lucca, Italy

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This is our coffee from a small town in Italy called Lucca. We were there on a Sunday so most of the town was closed, but this one Piazza (S. Michelle) was bustling with activity. From kids chasing pigeons to street performers and people on their bikes.

It’s a nice Piazza to sit in and enjoy the town life - not as big or showy as the other Piazza’s in Lucca. The coffee - nothing spectacular. Good fare though.