Saturday, 26 January 2013

There is always room for coffee

A Professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the Professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The Professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes."

The Professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the space between the grains of sand.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things--your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions - things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else -the small stuff.

"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. "Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The Professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Carrots, Eggs, And Coffee

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans.

She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me, what do you see?" "Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft and mushy. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hardened egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee.

The daughter smiled as she tasted its deep flavour and inhaled its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What's the point, mother?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity - boiling water - but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin, outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.
The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?"

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong? But with pain and adversity, do I wilt and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a fluid spirit but, after death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water - the very circumstance that brings the adversity, the pain, the hardship – into something quite wonderful. When the water gets hot, it releases it's fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better, and change the situation around you for the better.

When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level? How do you handle adversity?


(Somehow, wake up and smell the coffee takes on a whole new meaning)

-Author Unknown

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Most Remembered Coffee Scenes in Movies

If we are to look back at some of the movies we’ve watched, we will most probably remember several memorable scenes that involved coffee. It may not have been the main point in the scene but we cannot imagine such without the coffee.  So here goes a list of memorable coffee scenes from movies.

1. The Bucket List
 The coffee-loving billionaire played by Jack Nicholson gets the shock of his life when his adventure companion played by  Morgan Freeman reveals the not-so-desirable nature of producing the rare Sumatran coffee beans of which he is very fond of.  According to Freeman’s character, cat’s dung plays a role in flavoring the beans.  Nicholson’s character ends up accepting such revelation good naturedly, in the best way a dying man would.

2.  Green Hornet
The art of coffee-making gets featured in the scene showing a cup of coffee with a distinctive leaf pattern.  It is supposed to be some form of latte art called the Rosetta.  Though not specifically explained in the scene, it presented another side to Kato’s character especially since crime fighting and artful coffee-making does not exactly mix.

3. Amelie
Scenes involving coffee in this charming French movie cannot be avoided since the main character plays the role of a shy waitress in a small cafe.  She has resolved to find ways to make other people happy after one successfulattempt.  In one scene, she purposely spills coffee on a customer in one her matchmaking attempts which ended with positive results.

4. The Usual Suspects
Dropping coffee three times in a movie does not happen very often.  When Chazz Palminteri’s character finally figured out the truth, he had to emphasize it with the shattering of cups of coffee.  It must be the coffee that awakened him to the truth.

5. Pulp Fiction
The movie that started a new generation of crime movies features a humorous scene when the characters of John Travolta and Samuel Jackson took the time of discussing the quality of coffee in spite of the more pressing concern about a dead body.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

What Goes Best with Coffee?

Many people who drink coffee often prefer to have it with cookies or pastries and even fruits. It’s been a long tradition.

But did you know that there are specific food that go best with certain coffee flavors? Coffee and cake is a classic pair, for example. You need to find out more here so that the next time you go out with friends and family, you would know what to order together with your coffee regardless whether it’s the hot or cold type you want.

Chocolate cake is best paired with roast coffees, medium or dark. The chocolate mousse cake goes well with most Arabica coffees. Carrot cake, on the other hand, matches well with Columbian coffee. Then there’s coffee cake that can be eaten along with light- or medium-roast Hawaiian and Nicaraguan coffees.

Brownies can be paired with coffee from Indonesia or Guatemala.

Biscotti is perfect for coffee if you’d like to go Italian. The full flavored type can be paired with espresso. Biscotti comes in a variety of flavors including almond, cherry and chocolate.

Cinnamon buns go well with Guatemalan and Colombian coffees. The unique taste of cinnamon is always a nice mix with coffee, don’t you think?

Doughnuts, whether the plain or sweetened type, are also often paired with coffee. They’re best eaten with sweet Costa Rican coffee.

Muffins never go out style when served with any coffee. Some people, however, prefer them with Costa Rican and Mexican coffee.

Breads are a perfect match as well. The short bread is ideally paired with Costa Rican or Brazilian coffee, the banana nut bread with Costa Rican, Kenyan and Kona coffee and the pumpkin bread with Colombian or Costa Rican coffee.