Make the Perfect Espresso at Home
Sep08

Make the Perfect Espresso at Home

When a lack of local cafes forces a coffee drinker to become his own barista. After a few sips of a perfectly prepared espresso, I knew I couldn’t keeping lying to myself. Since moving to an old farm in rural Virginia, I had convinced myself that the lack of a good local cup of coffee wasn’t a big deal. (Yes, there’s coffee about 45 minutes away, but that’s hardly local.) I have fields to walk and fences to mend, enough to fill my...

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How To Keep Wine After Opening
Feb01

How To Keep Wine After Opening

You’ve opened a fine bottle of wine and realize that you won’t finish it right away. Here are some tips on making sure your vintages, whether young or old, retain their flavour. Three tasters carried out a series of tests over three and seven days. The test subjects? For the red, a Cabernet Sauvignon, and for the white, a Chardonnay, each in a 750-mL bottle that was half emptied. The team tried a number of methods to keep the wines:...

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Coffee vs beer: Which drink makes you more creative?
Jan20

Coffee vs beer: Which drink makes you more creative?

I didn’t know what I was going to write about today. When this happens, normally I grab a coffee to help get the ideas flowing, but for the last few days in Montreal, no one’s been allowed to drink the water due to a bacteria leakage, which also means, no coffee. So instead, I grabbed the next best thing to help me get going – a beer. This got me wondering about coffee and beer and which one would actually help me be more creative and...

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6 Coffee Questions
Jan19

6 Coffee Questions

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Roasting Coffee Types
Jan16
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Wine + Penny = Problem Solved! Chemistry Hack Saves Old Wine
Dec18

Wine + Penny = Problem Solved! Chemistry Hack Saves Old Wine

Good news, wine lovers: You can revive a stale bottle of your favorite vintage with a simple chemistry experiment. More good news: It’ll only cost you a penny. A new video from the American Chemical Society (ACS) explains how to do this supercheap, wine-saving “life hack” at home. Simply pour a glass of spoiled wine (you’ll know it’s spoiled if it has a funky, sulfuric smell, akin to burnt rubber or...

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