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Everyday Design

Last Friday, Talk of the Nation Science Friday’s Ira Flatow spoke at some length with Don Norman, the user friendly half of the Nielsen-Norman group. I’ve been tremendously influenced by Don over the years. My copy of Don’s Psychology of Everyday...

You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.

Albert Freakin' Einstein

On Tasting Coffee and Sensory Memory

I was fortunate enough to learn the fundamentals of cupping coffee at Barry Jarrett’s elbow. Of the many, many things I learned from Barry, one really tattooed itself on my brain, and it has to do with how our perceptions of aromas and flavors can be deceptive,...

Tasting Two by Two

And the number shall be… three? There’s a tried and true technique called triangle cupping that’s used to identify which of three coffees is different. (For you Sesame Street fans, it’s a game of One of These Things Is Not Like The Others.) You...

Hurricane Stan, Revisited

For a little more than five years now I’ve been a keen student of coffee… of coffee’s origins and varietals, growing and processing, beans and blends and roasting. Along the way I’ve learned more about farming than I’d ever have imagined...

On Today’s Tasting Table

In which your author drinks bad coffee so you don’t have to… Imus Ranch Coffee… claims to be “100% Colombian Coffee”. I don’t see anything on the Imus Ranch package to suggest it’s 100% Arabica coffee, and given its wet...

The Kona Coffee Coup

There’s trouble brewing in paradise… You may or may not know that Hawaii is home to the only coffee-growing land in these United States. The western slope of Hawaii Island (the Big Island) is home to that premium island coffee bean, Kona. I’ve waxed...

Move Over Kopi Lewak

The Early Bird Gets the Bean? From the Strange But True (it has to be because I read it online) Department… Muruk Coffee — a curious project in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea may have the civet cat looking for a new gig. The idea: feed ripe...

Green Mountain: Special Reserve

From the shameless commerce department: Lindsey Bolger — Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ queen bee of green coffee sourcing and farm relationships — has secured a remarkable lot of coffee from Rwanda. It’s a 100% bourbon varietal, all picked in...

Lessons From A Coffee-Making Master

A playful poke at coffee snobs everywhere (be proud, coffee snobs!) from the Washington Post’s Joel Achenbach, er… Daddy Carbucks. A gem: Obviously, the perfect cup of coffee begins with exquisite coffee beans. You mustn’t buy pre-ground coffee, any...

Coffee News From All Over

Bloggle is back from extended vacation. What… you didn’t know I was taking a vacation? Neither did I. I’m pleased to say that news of my death is largely exaggerated… and that, with removal of my appendix, I now weigh some 2 oz. less than I did...

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Emergency appendectomy. Ho. Ho. Ho… ow.

Best of 2005: Coffee Grinders & Gear

Riddle me this: When it comes right down to it, your _________ can ultimately spell the difference between a good cup of coffee and a great one. Go ahead… think about it. I’ll wait. Ready? If you answered any one (or more) of these — grinder, water,...

Best of 2005: Coffee Brewers

So maybe that whole Cyber Monday thing was just a gimmick to get you online, but the bald facts remain: the holidays are upon us, the shopping season is short this year, and you’ve got coffee hounds on your list that have high hopes (and high expectations) for...

A Day of Thanks

Ah… Thanksgiving. A day to look back, reflect, and ponder all those things for which we are most grateful. And to stuff ourselves silly on carbolicious food. Since when are fresh cranberries pink? Pink?! Absurd. No pink cranberries while I’m in charge of...

The Holiday Blend, Again.

It’s about that time of year — the air thrums with the holiday melodies of Bing and Nat and Manheim Steamroller, thrills with aromas of spruce and spice, and shop-fronts and shoppers alike dress in their Christmas finery — surely, Thanksgiving Day...

Vermonter Quiz, Winter Edition

The Winter issue of Vermont Life magazine (no, the magazine title is not intended to be ironic) boasts a contest… a quiz whereby you may determine just how true a Vermonter you really are. Being a recent transplant — and a flatlander, at that — I...

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