Coffee Cupping For The Fun Of ItWritten by Gary Gresham
Coffee cupping is a method to compare different characteristics of a coffee bean. Cupping lets us compare different coffees against each other to evaluate uniqueness between them. This information can give us a better understanding of each different region and their basic tastes. Having a coffee cupping party at home is a great way to socialize and enjoy coffee while evaluating and sharing thoughts on different blends. It can be fun and a sense of adventure discovering flavors and nuances you never thought existed in a cup of coffee. Gather some coffee lovers together with a small cupping supply and let fun begin. Coffee cupping is not difficult and will take some practice and patience but reward will give you invaluable knowledge about coffee. Your cupping supply will consist of following : 1. Fresh filtered water, not distilled or softened. 2. A coffee scoop that holds 2 tablespoons. 3. Small cupping cups that hold 5 ounces each (3 for each sample; if cupping 3 coffees you will need 9). 4. Small rectangle plastic trays to hold beans; 1 for each coffee. 5. Cupping spoons that are deep for holding samples and slurping. 6. Whole Bean Coffee; enough for 3 cups each-six tablespoons. To Begin: · Bring water to rolling boil and let stand. · Put your cups on table in 3 groups of 3 each. · Using your scoop measure 1 scoop of beans per cup.
Poor Man's Beef Stroganoff - Quick & EasyWritten by Abigail Baker
Did you ever come home in a rush and in a panic realize you have forgotten to plan dinner? I keep a boneless chuck steak in freezer for just such occasions!
Quick & Easy Poor Man's Stroganoff
1 1/2 to 2 lb Chuck Steak (frozen or fresh) 1 Medium onion - Sliced 1/2 Can condensed cream of mushroom soup Non stick spray (ie. PAM)
Quick thaw meat in a microwave - I am lucky to have a defrost setting. I thaw just so that meat is easy to slice thinly with my butcher knife. Slice into strips about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness.