It actually is rocket science: Scientists design a coffee cup for space – Quartz

… announced at the American Physical Society’s 68th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics in Boston. Thanks to the effects of microgravity, coffee-sipping astronauts have had to drink their morning brew from a closed container with a straw. But recent tests of six cups could soon make it much more familiar. Back in 2008, NASA astronaut Don Pettit used a cup he co-invented through the Capillary Flow Experiment to demonstrate how the fluid dynamics could improve fuel transfers in space. …

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

… offering in their local cafés. Cascara is a tea-like drink with a fine, fruity flavor and plenty of caffeine, and it’s popping up everywhere. For this new addition to chalkboards nationwide, credit Aida Batlle. Batlle is a fifth-generation coffee grower in El Salvador, whose coffees have won international awards. One day a decade ago, she arrived at a coffee cupping —where coffees are sampled for flavor — and detected a pleasant, hibiscus-like scent in the room. When she asked the …

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 …

12 most annoying things customers do when ordering coffee

… “I have lots of time to brew anger.” Uh oh. Here, the 12 most annoying things that customers do when ordering coffee. 1. Talking on a cell phone This is the number one offense according to every barista who I interviewed. “It makes my side of the transaction a little bit harder,” says Sam Penix, owner of New York City’s Everyman Coffee. “I just want to get you your drink so you have a nice rest of the day. I didn’t get into this business to be a vending …

10 best bean-to-cup coffee machines

By Kate Hilpern | November 2, 2015 Enjoy a barista-worthy drink made in your kitchen Bean-to-cup coffee machines make the freshest coffee because they grind the beans as you use them – no time, in other words, for all those flavoursome oils to evaporate, which so often happens with ground coffee. You’ll find huge price variation in the machines we’ve recommended, with the most expensive generally being the most automated and making the cup of coffee a barista would be most proud of. There …