A few years ago when on one of my major coffee kicks a good friend of mine passed me a bag of coffee from a local roaster. The name of the company on the bag was The Unseen Bean. I thought it was interesting and wanted to hear the story. My buddy proceeded to tell me an amazing story about a coffee roaster out of boulder who did all his roasting by audio and smell due to the fact that he was blind. I eagerly took that bag home and created many cups of oh so good coffee. I since have been to the Unseen Bean location in Boulder and enjoyed a cup or two there as well. I was out the other night and had the chance to meet Andy, a gentlemen starting his own roasterery called, “I have a Bean“. His roastery also has a cool story and I was reminded of the Unseen Bean of which I proceeded to share with Andy. He then sent me this video the next day of which I really enjoyed! Have a look and then have a cup!
The Unseen Bean: Roasting Coffee In The Dark from Dark Rye on Vimeo.
If you are a huge fan of coffee and the mixing and creation of various coffee drinks it is time to grab a copy of “I Love Coffee” by Susan Zimmer. This book if chock full of all sorts of recipes and information about coffee. Towards the front of the book you get to experience a great little section on various coffee equipment and general instructions on how to use that equipment. I was blessed to receive this book for Christmas a few years back from my lovely wife. She knows how I love the bean!
I have been eating these microwave vegetable steamers for over a year now. I am always impressed by the simple graphic in the top left corner with the heating time. So simple. So basic. So functional. Thanks steamer packaging people. No searching for some cook time on the back of the package in small text. One of the small joys of lunch time at the office.
A brew from Grand Lake Brewing Co. and they are not lying about the hoppiness on this bad boy. If you like an ale with a heavy hop taste I would say this is something to try.
OK, so my wife was cruising the internet the other day and stumbled across something called the GM Diet. This diet or detox plan was created by GM to help keep their employees stay in shape. I jokingly told her that I would totally give it a shot for at least a full seven day cycle if not for the rest of the month. The joke turned into a challenge and I just finished the first day. You will supposedly lose anywhere from 10-17 pounds by the end of the seven day cycle. Most of this is probably going to be water weight and probably muscle but at the same time there is some science behind the detox of it as well. Truth be told I am still reading about the whole thing. I will post about it a few different times if not every day to give you an idea of the progress and how I am feeling. Tonight and the later half of today was not too bad although I have found myself a little light headed. The first and second day are pretty straight forward. Today was an all fruit day excluding bananas while tomorrow is an all veggie day. I imagine tomorrow will be a little easier than today as I am not a huge fruit eater to start. Weighed myself this evening and I was 208 pounds with jeans, shoes, etc. I will try and check a boxer only version later tonight and try and keep track of the progress a bit. Should be interesting. Here is a quick and dirty explanation…
During the first seven days you must abstain from all alcohol
You must drink 10 glasses of water each day
Day One All fruits except bananas. Your first day will consist of all the fruits you want. It is strongly suggested that you consume lots of melons the first day. Especially watermelon and a loupe. If you limit your fruit consumption to melons, your chances of losing three lbs. on first day are very good.
Day Two All vegetables. You are encouraged to eat until you are stuffed with all the raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. There is no limit on the amount or type. For your complex carbohydrate, you will start day two with a large baked potato for breakfast. You may top the potato with one pat of butter.
Day Three A mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet. No potatoes today.
Day Four Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as eight bananas and drink three glasses of milk. This will be combined with the special soup which may be eaten in limited quantities.
Day Five Today is feast day. You will eat beef and tomatoes. Eat two 10 oz. portions of lean beef. Hamburger is OK. Combine this with six whole tomatoes. On day five you must increase your water intake by one quart. This is to cleanse your system of the uric acid you will be producing.
Day Six Beef and vegetables. Today you may eat an unlimited amount of beef and vegetables. Eat to your hearts content.
Day Seven Today your food intake will consist of brown rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables you care to consume.
Hopefully I don’t kill myself. You can also learn more at www.gmdietworks.com