Goldfish tea bags will catch your heart, hook, line and sinker

By Sarah Spigelman Richter | December 8, 2015 You can relax — that’s not a fish swimming in your teacup. It’s just a tea bag designed to look like one. The newest craze to hit the tea world is goldfish tea bags. The bags are shaped like fish, and when you pull the string that is attached, it looks like the fish is swimming. Charm Villa, a Taipei-based creative agency, started the production of these fish-shaped tea bags in 2013. The bags are now available to enjoy in America. …

Cascara ‘Tea’: A Tasty Infusion Made From Coffee Waste

By Murray Carpenter | December 3, 2015 Cascara is made by brewing dried coffee cherries, which typically would have otherwise ended up as compost. “We have been throwing away this perfectly good coffee fruit for a long time, and there’s no real reason for it, because it tastes delicious,” says Peter Giuliano, of the Specialty Coffee Association of America. Murray Carpenter for NPR Coffee lovers may have noticed a new …

How is chocolate made? – Ask Dr. Universe, Washington State University

This article is from Ask Dr. Universe, a science-education project from Washington State University. Here’s a question posed by Lydia, age 6 from Bedfordshire, England “How is chocolate made?” This is Dr. Universe’s response: Dear Lydia, A few thousand years ago, humans discovered that beans inside the bright green pods of cacao trees could be made into a real treat. In South America, people harvested the beans to make a warm, chocolaty drink. Ever since, we’ve found …

Peace Corps service plants seed for Tiny House coffee business 

… moved to Austin and started Tiny House Coffee Roasters, which sources its beans directly from the producers he met while living in Central America. By buying beans directly from the farmers, Thomas could ensure they were getting more per pound than if they went through a distributor, but he has also established a revenue-sharing model that he says helps the producers make twice as much as what they would get selling to an exporter. After buying the beans, Thomas roasts them here and has started …

To tame bitter coffee, skip the sugar and add some salt instead 

America, treat bitterness as a defect, describing it as “caustic,” “phenolic,” “creosol,” and “alkaline.” So, recently when my dentist suggested that I cut down on sugar, I wondered, “How could I enjoy coffee without sugar?” The answer seems to be to add a pinch of salt instead. My preference is to add salt once the coffee is brewed, but there are other methods. Serious Eats, a food blog, suggests that adding salt to coffee powder or coffee beans before brewing can work …