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Is Wicked Coffees a religious group? 

 

I don’t mean to confuse with my wicked humor, but some “seekers” have been asking if “Wicked Coffees” is a religious group. Not really. But that doesn’t mean that drinking Wicked Coffees is not a religious experience.

 

Coffee and religion have a long history.

 

For example, early after its discovery, African monks drank the brew to stay awake for their late night prayers and vigils. Later, “Cappuccino” was named thus for its resemblance to the robes of the Capuchin monks. And today, at many Christian churches, the most robust hour of Sunday is the coffee hour.

 

We recommend that you enjoy Jehovah Java, Disciple’s Decaf or Devil’s Delight on Sunday through Saturday to the inspired mantra, “Caffeination. Not condemnation. Caffeination. Not condemnation.”

 

It has a religious tone, doesn’t it?  Mmmmm.

Hell Fire trio available only at Wicked Coffees

 

Are we a religious cult? Java-dazed disciples? Koffee Kooks? Holy heretics? Deluded devotees? Biblical imbibers? Come to the Farmers Market and see for yourself.

Single-serve coffee makers have sold millions of units since they hit the market a couple years ago. “Single serve” makes sense for many families that have different tastes (one likes decaf, one likes dark roast) or where only one member drinks coffee and it makes little sense to brew an entire pot.

The single-serving brewing units are often $100 or  more (even at the discount stores), making a cup of coffee very expensive. (Depending on the price paid, single-serve for 365 days a year is about 30-70 cents a day just to pay for the brewer.) As if that weren’t enough, there is all the environmental waste associated with the individual-sized coffee pods. We do admit that a cup of coffee from a Keurig, Nespresso or Tessimo is less than a cup at Starbucks. It’s also slightly less than a cup at McDonald’s or 7-11, the nation’s three leading “coffee-ing holes.”

What seems to bother my clients is the lack of availability to get Wicked Coffees in the single serving pods. That market is all zipped up by large, commercial coffee roasters. But there still are solutions if you want the convenience of single serve and the devilishly delicious taste of Wicked.

Solution One: Use the “My K-Cup” adapter that either came with your more expensive Keurig, or is available separately in the less expensive models. This wire basket model will hold the coffee grounds of your choice. Once inserted into the brewer, the process is similar. It may work for you. It doesn’t brew exactly the same, so the results may disappoint. The difference is due to the mesh unit that allows the hot water to seep through more quickly, so some flavor may be lost. But many people like it and it’s worth a try. The My-Kap usually sells for about $15.00.

Solution Two: Wash and reuse the disposable pods. This ingenious solution allows you to use your favorite brand of coffee and seal the pod with a reusable cap. (Available from the folks at www.my-kap.com.) This solution is available as a reusable cap or reusable cap and brand new, reusable pods. Many testimonials on the site say they like the reusable cap more than the “My K-cup” made by Keurig.

This system has adapters for Nespresso single-serving units as well. Check the website to see what specific units my-kap is designed for.

And when your single-serve unit has broken down, I suggest:

Solution Three: No fancy equipment required. It’s the old fashioned pour-over method, used all over Europe for a really fresh single serve cup of coffee. These cone-shaped devices sit on top of your waiting mug and hold your favorite coffee grounds in a cone-shaped filter. Pour the just-off-boiling water over the grounds, enough to wet them. Wait for the grounds to foam a little. (It’s called “blooming.”) Then, using  a steady stream, fill the unit with enough hot water to fill your cup. The aroma is wonderful! The clean up is a snap. No plastic to toss and each cup of coffee is even less expensive than the prepackaged coffee pods. And no coffee waste, either. Impress your friends and save yourself a load of money. That money would be better spent on quality coffee than an appliance that takes up a square foot of space on the counter.

Bottoms up, Wicked Fans!

ps… check out Kalita Kantan One Cup Drippers at Sweet Maria’s. They are disposable, paper and cardboard pour-overs, excellent for travel.

Over a million Tassimo coffee makers have been recalled due to risks of severe burns. Dozens of reports from users have prompted government action from spewing steam, hot liquid, coffee grounds and tea leaves, according to the Associated Press.  37 cases of the 140 reported cited second degree burns.

Turn those suckers in!

Sometimes we need to be reminded that we are dealing with scalding water when we make coffee. And we are doing it only half awake sometimes! Even cold brewed coffee gets heated to over 100 degrees to get that hot coffee satisfaction.

Please be careful,  coffee fiends.

Read the article on the Tassimo recall.

Drinking coffee is not living on the edge, but it may give you an edge over others that are not drinking coffee. Yes, tests show that coffee drinkers do better on tests than those not drinking coffee (or drinking decaffeinated coffee).

But I love this quote I found on the site for the new movie “Connected.” It’s the author Leonard Shlain’s thought:

“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking too much room.”

Acrylamide is a subject of ongoing investigations with the FDA. Why? It is a suspected carcinogen. It tends to form in foods that are overheated when cooked. Most notorious are heavily cooked (as in burned) or fried meats. But acrylamide is also found in toasted breads and fried potatoes, such as french fries and potato chips, according to Science News.

The FDA study sampled many common products and found acrylamides in roasted almonds, fish fillets, Starbucks Columbian roast, Wasa Crisp bread and Hershey’s Cocoa. The State of California also has required Starbucks to post a warning in their stores that their coffee contains chemicals (acrylamide) known to cause cancer. This is not something Starbucks adds the the coffee beans. It is a result of coffee roasting.

Then there is the problem of benzopyrene. According to an article in Wikipedia, benzopyrene is a component of  pitch and can be found in coal tar after a forest fire, in the air after a volcanic eruption, in wood and cigarette smoke  and “in burnt foods such as coffee. Evidence exists to link benzo[a]pyrene to the formation of lung cancer.”

Due to the common practice of burning a dark roast coffee, it behooves those of us that want to enjoy many more years of the brew, to drink roasts that have not been burned. (BTW, the FDA found more acrylamide in instant coffees than in typical brewed coffees.)

With the lack of conclusive evidence, the presence of these compounds may not be significant if these foods are ingested only occasionally. But coffee is a daily routine and ingesting anything possibly carcinogenic several times a day is cause for concern. Take cigarette smoking, for example. Recurring and consistent exposure leads to increased risk of cancer.

How do you tell if a coffee roast is burned? One way is to drag one of the beans over a white coffee filter. If it leaves a brown trail, it is burned. Another way is appearance of the bean. A burned bean is dark brown and very dry, looking much like a cinder. Another way is taste and smell. Sometimes the burning isn’t from roasting, but is brewed coffee that sat too long on the hot plate.  That you can taste and smell.

Many of our customers remark that Starbucks coffee is burned. One even called it “Char-bucks.” Whether or not it is, let your palate and nose steer you away from burned coffee. Not only is it possibly unhealthy, it tastes bad and there is no excuse for drinking burned coffee. Especially when you’ve got the master roaster at Wicked Coffees making sure each roast is full of roasted flavor, but never burned.

Sample one of our dark roasts to educate your palate. Compared to Starbucks, you will likely immediately taste nothing ashy, burned or bitter in our double dark Devils Delight or triple dark Hell Fire. I can’t help saying this: great coffee does not have to be burned, mediocre or a light roast. Try wicked good, micro-roasted coffee like ours and live to tell the tale.

Wicked isn’t just one way. Wicked Coffee has personality, rather, personalities. While many swear that Devils Delight is the best they’ve had, others like an espresso-dark coffee like Hell Fire or they want the higher caffeine of Jehovah Java.

Did I say “custom blends?” Yes. Wicked comes many ways. If you haven’t heard, our popular blends include Jehovah’s Delight (a satisfying blend of Jehovah and the Devil), Half Heretic (an organic, lower caffeinated blend of Decaf Disciple and Organic Disciple) and Espresso Everlasting, a secret blend and the cure for coffee limbo.

Just for a laugh, here’s the coffee blends to choose from at Wicked Coffees, along with the tag lines.

  • Devils Delight- Roasted in Hell. Makes you well.
  • Jehovah Java- Caffeination. Not condemnation.
  • Hell Fire- As Dark as You Dare.
  • Organic Disciple- Dark, Hot and Natural
  • Decaf Disciple – This One Won’t Betray You
  • Jehovah’s Delight- Jehovah Lifts while Devils Kick
  • Half Heretic- Pure Organic Coffee. Less Caffeine
  • Everlasting Espresso- The Cure for Coffee Limbo

Wicked is sooo fun when it means “delicious blends of coffee.”

P.S. Some blends are not at all of our locations. Feel free to contact us to make sure it is available.