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    Coffee Facts

    French Café Selling Coffee with Manners Goes Viral

    Beginning as just a joke, the owners of Le Petite Syrah café in Nice, France created a special menu for selling coffee, explicitly noting that manners do not cost a thing. Café owner Fabrice Pepino and his wife posted very specific prices on a chalkboard above the cash register, which Koffee Kult says went viral after a French journalist shared a photo of the menu on social media. 

    The menu says: 

    “Un café” … 7 
    “Un café, s’il vous plait” … 4.25 
    “Bonjour, un café, s’il vous plait” … 1.40€ 

    Which in English translates to: 

    “A coffee” ... $7.51 
    “A coffee, please” ... $4.56 
    “Hello, a coffee, please” ... $1.50 

    Koffee Kult explains that the clever café owners stated that they were tired of selling coffee to the numerous rude people whom entered the café and ordered their coffees mostly during lunch hours. The customers that usually visit the coffee shop during these hours are typically in a rush, so they order their coffee quickly, without any manners, so they can get in, get out, and back to work. Although Pepino thinks it is not even legal to be selling coffee for more than the standard price of 1.40, he says he is happy that his customers are smiling more since the sign has been posted up on the wall. He proceeded to state that the sign has “amused customers and helped them relax” when they come in all stressed out during the hard working hours of the day. While selling authentic coffee all day, he says he has definitely seen an improvement in the attitudes of his consumers.

    Espresso 101

    Espresso 101

    Make a good morning great with homemade espresso.

    Did you know that the main difference between coffee and espresso is how the coffee bean is ground? That’s right, you can make a perfect cup of espresso from COFFEE BEANS! Did you know this? Koffee Kult Dark Roast coffee makes an incredible cup of coffee, but it also makes an amazing espresso shot! Espresso is not a kind of coffee bean, it’s about how the coffee bean is ground and then brewed.

    Learn something new about brewing your own espresso at home!

    But espresso has more caffeine right? Well it depends. You see espresso is first ground finely into “espresso” ground. This means that the coffee beans have a much larger surface area to be exposed to water. These grounds can also be compacted tightly before brewing, or the crema will not develop. The finer the coffee grounds are, the longer it will take for the espresso to come out, creating a rich, smooth espresso shot. So much coffee comes into contact with very hot water, the end product has more caffeine.

    You are probably wondering how you can make your own espresso at home right? Well, there are a few options. You can choose a moka pot stove top espresso maker or an at home espresso machine. Let’s quickly talk about each.

    But before we go there, it’s important that you can grind your coffee beans to the right size to make espresso at home. For this you will want to invest in a coffee grinder, preferably a Burr Coffee grinder to ensure you have a consistent grind for your espresso. Nothing will ruin your espresso quicker than having uneven coffee grinds.

    Make a good morning great with homemade espresso Did you know that the main difference between coffee and espresso is how the coffee bean is ground? That’s right, you can make a perfect cup of espresso from COFFEE BEANS! Did you know this? Koffee Kult Dark Roast coffee makes an incredible cup of coffee, but it also makes an amazing espresso shot! Espresso is not a kind of coffee bean, it’s about how the coffee bean is ground and then brewed. But espresso has more caffeine right? Well it depends. You see espresso is first ground finely into “espresso” ground. This means that the coffee beans have a much larger surface area to be exposed to water. These grounds can also be compacted tightly before brewing, or the crema will not develop. The finer the coffee grounds are, the longer it will take for the espresso to come out, creating a rich, smooth espresso shot. So much coffee comes into contact with very hot water, the end product has more caffeine. You are probably wondering how you can make your own espresso at home right? Well, there are a few options. You can choose a moka pot stove top espresso maker or an at home espresso machine. Let’s quickly talk about each. But before we go there, it’s important that you can grind your coffee beans to the right size to make espresso at home. For this you will want to invest in a coffee grinder, preferably a Burr Coffee grinder to ensure you have a consistent grind for your espresso. Nothing will ruin your espresso quicker than having uneven coffee grinds.  The moka pot stove top espresso maker is easy to use. The bottom chamber contains water, the middle chamber is a filter-basket that holds the espresso, and the top chamber collects the espresso. Moka pots use steam and pressure to make espresso. The steam creates pressure which forces water through a tube into the basket with the ground coffee, which then funnels into the top chamber and creates espresso. Moka pots create the crema that gives espresso its desirable character and look. The common espresso machine that you would use in your home uses pressure using steam or a motor driven pump. These machines use pressure to force the water through the ground coffee. So it’s important to recognize that you need pressure and temperature to create a good cup of espresso. Don’t try to steam your milk right before pulling an espresso shot, you will need to give a minute or two between these actions to ensure you have enough steam to create a good cup of espresso. You can avoid this slightly by buying a machine with heat exchange system so you can pull a shot of espresso and steam milk at the same time.  So what do you do with your espresso after you spend all this time creating the perfect ounce of coffee? Well a purest would say drink it slowly, it shouldn’t need sugar or cream. But let’s be honest, we all love variety! So add it to coffee for a red eye, add steamed milk, steamed milk and chocolate or steamed milk and vanilla extract for a fun and flavorful latte!

    The moka pot stove top espresso maker is easy to use. The bottom chamber contains water, the middle chamber is a filter-basket that holds the espresso, and the top chamber collects the espresso. Moka pots use steam and pressure to make espresso. The steam creates pressure which forces water through a tube into the basket with the ground coffee, which then funnels into the top chamber and creates espresso. Moka pots create the crema that gives espresso its desirable character and look.

    The common espresso machine that you would use in your home uses pressure using steam or a motor driven pump. These machines use pressure to force the water through the ground coffee. So it’s important to recognize that you need pressure and temperature to create a good cup of espresso. Don’t try to steam your milk right before pulling an espresso shot, you will need to give a minute or two between these actions to ensure you have enough steam to create a good cup of espresso. You can avoid this slightly by buying a machine with heat exchange system so you can pull a shot of espresso and steam milk at the same time.

    So what do you do with your espresso after you spend all this time creating the perfect ounce of coffee? Well a purest would say drink it slowly, it shouldn’t need sugar or cream. But let’s be honest, we all love variety! So add it to coffee for a red eye, add steamed milk, steamed milk and chocolate or steamed milk and vanilla extract for a fun and flavorful latte! 

    How to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee

    The perfect cup of coffee is just a few minutes away. It just takes a few steps and high quality coffee. 

    Have you ever had a cup of coffee that instantly transforms you to a place of pure bliss and happiness. Alternatively, have you ever had that cup of coffee that made you cringe with the first sip. So what's the difference? Is there really a formula for the perfect cup of coffee? Well yes, we think so!

    There are so many different options on how to make a cup of coffee available to you everyday. Society has started to turn to convenience and those instant cups of coffee although not as good, have become the norm. Well we say that's ridiculous. You can have a STELLAR cup of coffee everyday in just a few minutes with little equipment.

    Before anything else, it's important to know your coffee will only be as good as the beans you use. Even if you follow all of these steps, if you aren't starting with the highest quality beans, you will always be missing out. No matter what your preference is, Koffee Kult only sells the highest quality coffee, batch roasted in small batches by real people! Each batch is roasted and tested by our team of master roasters, only allowing the highest quality to fill our bags!

    Let's talk the perfect cup of coffee:

    • Use fresh filtered water. You can use your filtered water from the fridge or buy a pitcher that filters your water for you. Removing the chemicals and chlorine taste from the water before brewing will help make the highest quality cup of coffee.
    • Use freshly roasted beans! Walk into your average grocery store, and the beans on the shelf may have been roasted months or even years ago. Instead, find a quality roaster in your community or online. Finding coffee that is roasted and immediately packaged to ensure freshness is key. 
    • Grind your beans at home. There are two options here. You can use a blade grinder or a Burr grinder. There are benefits and some compromises you will make with each, but grinding your beans at home helps preserve quality and taste of the beans. Once beans are ground, they start to lose their taste and quality within the day. 
    • You can store your freshly ground beans in an airtight container in a dark place on the counter or in a cabinet. Don't store coffee in the refrigerator. Coffee is a natural absorbent and will quickly pick up the tastes of whatever you have stored in the fridge. Unless you want blue cheese and salmon flavored coffee, keep your coffee out of the fridge!
    • Once beans are ground, one of the easiest ways to make the perfect cup of coffee is to use a french press. A french press takes just a bit more work than the auto-drip option but these steps make for quite a great cup of coffee. French press helps preserve the natural oils and all the natural flavors of the coffee bean. Filters take away the natural flavors of the final cup. If you use an auto-drip coffee machine, a cone filter with metal mesh screening is preferred. 
    • If using a french press, heat you water (around 212 Fahrenheit is preferred). Add 1 tbs. of coffee grounds for every 6 ounces of water, plus or minus depending on your preference. Pour hot water over beans and allow to steep for 3-4 minutes. 
    • Press the coffee beans down to the bottom and serve immediately. 

    Health Benefits of Coffee

    Not only is coffee a great way to get going in the morning, it's also a great way to help protect your body from disease and illness. Although there are numerous healthy benefits related to drinking coffee, it's urged by most experts to only drink a moderate amount of coffee each day (2-3 cups a day). With this being said, be sure that those 2-3 cups are of high quality coffee beans. 

    Coffee is packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight off free radicals in the body, helping maintain optimal healthy. In a study done by the University of Scranton, Joe Vison, PhD said that "Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source. Nothing else comes close."

    Drinking coffee may lower the risk of Parkinson's disease. Studies have shown that the increase in caffeine consumption greatly reduced the likelihood of developing Parkinson's disease. Studies have also shown that drinking coffee can help people suffering with Parkinson's disease control their movements.

    Coffee has proven to to be very beneficial to the liver. Research shows that drinking coffee can reduce the risks of developing liver disease and liver cancer. 

    In studies, it was shown that drinking coffee helps increase levels of SHBG, which helps regulate hormones linked to development of Type 2 diabetes. 

    Be sure to start your day with KoffeeKult Coffe. Not only is is roasted in small batches to ensure quality, ti's also a great source of antioxidants. At only 2 calories per cup, black coffee can be great for health! 

    5 Unexpected Uses for Coffee

    Ever wish you could put those coffee grounds to good use instead of just throwing them away everyday after brewing your morning cup? Well you are in luck! Discover 5 unexpected uses for your coffee and coffee grounds that will help improve your life!

    1. In the garden. Coffee grounds can be used for a number of purposes in the garden. If you are trying to grow your own garden but are constantly being plagued with slugs and snails eating away at your crops, coffee grounds can be of help. Coffee grounds are naturally acidic and slugs/snails do not thrive in an acidic environment. Just make a small ring around your crops and rid yourself of the slugs and snails. An added bonus, worms love acidic environments. Worms are great. They help aerate the soil and are a natural fertilizer. By adding coffee grounds around your plants, you are getting two benefits for the price of one! Coffee can also help add nitrogen to your compose pile, so be sure not to waste your coffee grounds by throwing them away! Instead, add them to the compose pile!

    2. In the kitchen, coffee grounds and elbow grease can help naturally remove dirt and grime that has built up on your stainless steel pots and pans. Add coffee grounds to a rag and scrub pans to get them looking brand new!

    3. Hair care! Yes your coffee grounds can even help remove product build-up in your hair! Just simply mix in with your shampoo and/or conditioner for an easy way to clean hair from all the build up from hair care products. But beware, coffee tends to ever so slightly tint the hair, so this method is only advised for people with dark hair.

     

    4. As a way to exfoliate and tighten skin! Coffee grounds can be added to coconut oil as a natural and gentle way to exfoliate skin! The added bonus is that the caffeine will help tighten skin, giving you a bright appearance all day!

    5. Cooking! By adding fresh ground coffee to a rub on tough cuts of meat can help ensure you get a tender, delicious dinner every time. Coffee will help naturally tenderize meat and even adds a smoky flavor, ensuring your guests will be pleased!