The Best Cafes In Tokyo To View The Cherry Blossom Trees

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Canal cafe in Tokyo overlooking the cherry blossom tress
Photo credits to TRAVEL WITH NANO B. | Canal cafe overlooking the beautiful cherry blossom trees.

Although it’s officially spring, we can’t feel yet here in the United States the spring vibe because it is still cold and snowy outside. But in other parts of the world, they are sure rocking the springtime and enjoying the beautiful weather under the cherry blossom tree.

One of the most beautiful city to visit during springtime is the Land Of The Rising Sun. Japan’s Cherry Blossoms flourish brilliantly all around during Spring, especially in Tokyo, the most visited city in the country by international tourists, is one of the best places to view cherry blossoms.

There are hundreds of parks in the city where you can view the cherry blossom trees, but you can’t enjoy the beauty of spring in Japan by just walking in the park.

One of the best places to go and enjoy the beauty of spring in Japan is by going to cafes’ and enjoy some good coffee while looking the breathtaking view of the cherry blossom trees.

Here are seven Tokyo cafes that you should check in, while in the area to grab some Japanese Iced coffee while viewing the cherry blossom trees.

1. Canal Cafe

Canal Cafe is an Italian restaurant, opened in 1918. This cafe is one of Tokyo’s best alfresco dining spots where they served tasty wood-fired pizzas, seafood pasta, and grilled meats, while over on the self-service ‘deck side’ you can settle in with a sandwich, muffin or just a cup of coffee.

2. Thrush Cafe

thrush cafe in tokyo overlooking the cherry blossom trees
Pto credits to HAPPO-EN | Thrush Cafe is overlooking the beautiful gardens of Shirokanedai Happo-en

Thrush Cafe is overlooking the beautiful gardens of Shirokanedai Happo-en. You can see the beautiful contrast of the pink cherry blossoms and green trees, which make it easy to forget you’re in the city. The serves a casual Frensch cuisine, which incorporates traditional Japanese ingredients such as sesame and miso.

3. Cafe Friends

Coffee Friends is one of the best cafes in Tokyo to view the cherry blossom tree. The cafe is glass covered, allowing the people to see the beautiful cherry blossom trees while having their cup of coffee. What’s great about this cafe’ is that it connects to Yoyogi Park in Shibuya, where when you get tired of walking around the park you have easy access to the cafe and take a break to grab some coffee.

4. Starbucks Ueno Onshi Park

The Starbucks of Ueno Onshi Park
The Starbucks of Ueno Onshi Park is decorated with the cherry blossoms and offer the special menu of “Sakura”.

Starbucks Tokyo is one of the best Starbucks in the world where you can have access to their exclusive Starbucks Cherry Blossom merchandise. The Starbucks in Ueno Onshi Park is one of the best spots to view the cherry blossom trees while having your Starbucks coffee.

5. Park Side Cafe

 

Parkside Cafe in tokyo
Photo credits to Park Side cafe Fb     

Another cafe in Ueno Park where you can enjoy coffee while looking on the cherry blossom trees. Park Side Cafe offers various desserts from tarts, cakes, and apple pies. Iside the park you can also enjoy the Ueno Zoo and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.

6. TULLY’s COFFEE Sumida Park

Tully's Cafe Tokyo in Sumida Park
Tully’s Cafe in Sumida Park is one of the best places to view 1,000 cherry blossom trees that are in line along Sumida River.

Tully’s Cafe in Sumida Park is one of the best places to view 1,000 cherry blossom trees that are in line along Sumida River. In Tully’s Cafe, you can experience the beautiful scenery of the cherry blossom trees up close, and affordable.

7. Cafe Randy

 

Cafe Randy Tokyo
Cafe Randy is a hidden gem viewing spot for cherry blossom trees, located at Roppongi

Cafe Randy is a hidden gem viewing spot for cherry blossom trees, located at Roppongi. The cafe is surrounded by rich nature of cherry blossoms line along the street through its location in the centre of Tokyo. While enjoying the scenic view of the Sakura flowers, you can grab a sandwich and a hot or iced coffee.

Enjoy your beautiful getaway in Japan this Spring with these beautiful cafe spots to view the majestic cherry blossom trees

The Four Types Of Coffee Beans

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The Four Types Of Coffee Beans

Drinking coffee is our daily dose of happiness that is why knowing the difference between each coffee beans is crucial to making our perfect cup of coffee.

Let’s finds out the characteristics of the four main types of coffee beans currently in commercial circulation: Arabica, Robusta, and the less common Liberica and Excelsa coffee beans.

Arabica (Coffea arabica)

 

Arabica Coffee Beans
Coffee Arabica is the most popular coffee beans in the world; it accounts for over 60% of the world’s coffee production.

Coffee Arabica is the most popular coffee beans in the world; it accounts for over 60% of the world’s coffee production. Arabica beans are easy to cultivate for they are relatively small and easy to prune.

Coffee Arabica propagates at high altitudes in the areas that receive even amount of rainfall, and have a plenty amount of shade. Though these beans are easy to take care, they are the most sensitive to the four coffee beans. Thay is prone to diseases especially when grown in large groups where the coffee trees are more susceptible to an outbreak of disease, such as blight, that will inevitably contaminate the entire crop.

Higher quality of Arabica beans has a bright body, more acidic, and have a multi-layered intricacy of flavours and aromas. The taste is best to sample on the front palate where sweetness and salinity are most apparent. Coffee Arabica is best to serve hot, but its boldness may lessen when served cold or with creamer.

The popular types of Arabica beans are; Typica, Caturra, Bourbon, and Blue Mountain.

Robusta (Coffea canephora)

Robusta Coffee Beans
Coffee Robusta is more acidic than Coffee Arabica it has doubled the acid level of it this is because the caffeine acts as the defence mechanism

Coffee Robusta comes second with the Coffee Arabica when it comes to the types of coffee.

Coffee robusta is low maintenance compared to Coffee Arabica that is sensitive to diseases. Robusta is tolerant of its environment, and withstand a myriad of altitudes, but requires a hot climate.

Coffee Robusta is more acidic than Coffee Arabica it has doubled the acid level of it this is because the caffeine acts as the defence mechanism of the Robusta Coffee to fight against environmental diseases.

Higher quality Robusta beans have a smooth texture, low acidity, and often have hints of chocolate associated with their flavour profile. Coffee Robusta is best to taste at the back of your palate where the bitter nodes are situated.

When buying Robusta beans always check the information below of the packaging to check its coffee origin. Some coffee farmers take advantage of Robusta popularity and grow the bean in a hostile climate that produces a substandard product; that’s why if your robusta tastes like rubbery with a flat smell, you might purchase a low-quality Robusta bean with substandard cultivation.

Robusta is ideal for cream and sugar lovers. A good quality Robusta will not lose flavour when adding milk or sugar (making it a great candidate for Vietnamese Coffee and Iced Coffee).

Liberica (Coffea liberica)

coffeebean-liberica
In 1890, Coffee Liberica played an important role in the history of coffee where coffee rust decimated over 90% of the world’s Arabica stock.

Coffee Liberica is not popular as Arabica and Robusta, and it is harder to find this type of coffee beans these days. In 1890, Coffee Liberica played an important role in the history of coffee where coffee rust decimated over 90% of the world’s Arabica stock. Scrambling to find a solution, farmers and government agents alike turned to the Liberica plant; the first country to propagate into this idea was the Philippines (which was a U.S. territory at the time). This decision greatly helped the Philippines’ economy as they were the only coffee supplier for a time.

But after the Philippines gained their independence from the U.S the demand of the coffee liberica has cut down, and it wasn’t until 1995 that Liberica made an appearance in the coffee world again. Sadly, this effort did not thrive because the Coffee Arabica already took the crown as the reigning coffee varietal of the world. Today coffee liberica is hard to find, and we can only see them in some region in the Philippines who grow coffee.

Liberica is the only coffee bean in the world with an irregular shape, often asymmetrical with large coffee beans. The beans are said to have a unique aroma, has floral and fruity notes, with a full body that possesses a smoky taste. People who tried Liberica coffee says that “it is unlike any coffee they have ever tasted, it does not even taste like coffee, stating that it tastes too “woody”.

Excelsa (Coffee excelsa or Coffea liberica var. dewevrei)

Coffee Excelsa is a family of Coffee Liberica. Excelsa grows mostly in Southeast Asia and accounts for a mere 7% of the world’s coffee circulation.It was re-named as a genus of Liberica because it grows on large 20-30 ft trees like Liberica at similar altitudes and has a similar almond-like shape.

It is largely used in blends in order to give the coffee an extra boost of flavour and complexity, better affecting the middle and back palate. Excelsa possesses a tart and fruity body which flavours reminiscent a light and dark tasty roast. This mystery lures coffee drinkers from around the world to try and seek out the varietal.

Coffee Cocktails That Standout In The London Coffee festival 2018

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Orange-Espresso-Martini-London-Coffee-Festival-2018

The London Coffee Festival 2018 was a blast and everyone who went their enjoyed the event. But sadly not all coffee lovers had the chance to attend and witness the new coffee drinks the barista’s, and artisan had made.

The massive coffee festival has over 30,000+ attendees this year, and they are encouraging the guests to drink freely and mightily as companies hand out coffee-forward booze beverages throughout the day. And one of the highlights of the event at the London Coffee Festival is La Marzocco‘s annual True Artisan Cafe, where they bring together more than 20 coffee roaster and cafes’ in a series of three-hour shifts, giving all the participants the chance to showcase their inventive signature drinks.

True Artisan Bar was created to give our partners and customers the opportunity to spend time with consumers,” says UK La Marzocco Manager Paul Kelly. “The signature drinks and cocktails show creativity and passion that they don’t get the chance to showcase in their cafes.

With a very club-like setting, everyone enjoyed the atmosphere, and of course, the cheeky cocktails stood out in the event.

Here are three of the favorite coffee cocktails that were showcase at the London Coffee Festival.

Summer Is Coming – Coffee Collective

Summer Is Coming Coffee Cocktail from the London Coffee Festival 2018
Summer Is Coming Coffee Cocktail by Coffee Collective from the London Coffee festival 2018. Photo credits to SPRUDGE

 

For three hours this cocktail drink took over the La Marzocco True Artisan Cafe at the 2018 London Coffee Festival. Their team pulled shots on the Modbar espresso machine and made a light, kicky coffee cocktail they call “Summer Is Coming.”

Using a light-alcohol coffee liqueur the crew created with Trolden Distillery in Kolding, Denmark, the Summer Is Coming is a bright and refreshing cocktail with a bit of orange zest, espresso, and tonic served on the rocks.

 

 

Coco Colada – SoHo House

Coco Colada Coffee cocktail rom the London Coffee Festival 2018
Coco Colada Coffee cocktail by SoHo House from the London Coffee festival 2018. Photo credits to SPRUDGE

 

Another standout cocktail drink is this Coco Colada by SoHo House. UK Coffee Quality Control Manager Coco Deeb tell a guest, “If you come back in 20 minutes, we’ll have the best coffee cocktail you’ve ever had in your life! It’s called a Coco Colada.”

The frozen drink was created by SoHo House UK Bar Manager Erden Kayalar and blends coconut, fresh pineapple juice, cocoa nibs, cold brew concentrate from UK’s own Sandows, espresso roasted for SoHo House by Origin Coffee Roasters, and Bacardi rum infused with cocoa nibs.

 

Iced Cafe Fracais – Grind

Iced Cafe Fracais from the London Coffee festival 2018
Iced Cafe Fracais by Grind from the London Coffee festival 2018. Photo credits to SPRUDGE

 

This cocktail drink is a balance of not too sweet: like a boozy coffee ice cream that is a signature drink by a Shoreditch’s team of artisan creating their twist of Ice Coffee Francais using Grey Goose vodka. This coffee cocktail is a shaken cocktail of cream, vodka, espresso, and sugar that tastes better than an espresso martini.

 

 

 

 

This article was first to publish at Sprudg by 

 

Coffee and Whiskey Weekend Recipe

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Coffee tiramisu recipe

Hello my coffee lover friends it’s the weekend again, and we are having a little get together with my friends so while browsing I found this boozy coffee recipe that is perfect for our afternoon get together, and I know you love this too. So let get down to our business and make this boozy coffee weekend treat.

Take note this drink is not suitable for kids because we are mixing coffee, whiskey, and dessert all into one.

Ballantine’s 12 Tiramisu

Ingredients

  • Ballantine’s 12-year-old: 35 ml
  • Chocolate syrup: 10 ml
  • Half milk/half cream: 25 ml
  • Banana liqueur: 5 ml
  • Vanilla custard: 25 ml

Method

– Decorate a dessert glass or bowl with the chocolate syrup.
– Pour the Ballantine’s 12-year-old into a Boston shaker glass.
– Add in vanilla custard, half milk/half cream, toffee syrup and banana liqueur.
– Shake mixture over ice and strain into the glass or bowl.
– Dust heavily with sweet chocolate powder.

Ballantine’s 12 Cappuccino

Ballantine's 12 Cappuccino coffee recipe

Ingredients

  • Ballantine’s 12-year-old: 45 ml
  • Hazelnut Liqueur
  • Half milk/half cream: 15 ml
  • Caramel syrup: 5 ml
  • Espresso chocolate powder truffles: 40 ml

Method

– Pour the Ballantine’s 12-year-old into a Boston shaker glass
– Add hazelnut liqueur, half milk/half cream, caramel syrup, and espresso.
– Shake contents and strain into a glass cappuccino cup.
– Froth some half milk/half cream to create a cappuccino look and spoon over the mixture.
– Dust with chocolate powder and serve with chocolate truffles on the side.

This recipe is from Ballantine's Published in economictimes.indiatimes.com

Best Coffee Shops To Get Your Caffeine Fix In Detroit.

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ten best coffee shops in Detroit

Detroit was known as the Motor City, and the first city in the world to have an urban freeway. Today Detroit is not only the first city in development and infrastructures, but the city is also thriving in their coffee chains.

The city has now several new small batches of micro-roasters emerging throughout in the downtown corridor. And most of their cafes are taking advantage of locally sourced beans and cultivating a unique atmosphere for their customers.

With numbers of a great coffee shop in the city, it is hard to choose which coffee shop is the best to get caffeinated. Below is a list of the coffee shop in Detroit where you can get coffee this Spring,

1. Detroit Vintage

Detroit Vintage Coffee Shop
Detroit Vintage Cafe | 10335 W 8 Mile Rd Detroit, MI 48221 | (313) 341-4810

 

This Detroit Vintage’s coffee shop offered a pour-over or french press coffee, and the shop has various cakes available by-the-slice. This whimsical cafe is a great spot to relax with a cup of coffee or tea right off of Eight Mile.

2. Detroit Sip

Detroit Sip Coffee Shop
Detroit SIp Cafe’ | 7420 W McNichols Rd Detroit, MI 48221 | (313) 635-5130

The Bagley coffee shop offers comfortable bright space to get some work or studying done while enjoying their espresso, and other coffee drinks. Detroit Sip keeps customers fed with assorted locally-made snacks including cakes, brownies, doughnuts, soup, and chips.

3 Always Brewing Detroit

Always Brewing Detroit Coffee Shop
Always Brewing Detroit | 19180 Grand River Ave Detroit, MI 48223

Serving locally-sourced pastries, and a rotating selection of Michigan roasted coffees, the shop is also a community gathering space hosting yoga and other arts-focused events.

4. Oloman Café

Oloman Cafe in Detroit
Enjoy good coffee while viewing the photo gallery at Oloman Cafe. | 10215 Joseph Campau St
Hamtramck, MI 48212 | (313) 800-5089

Nestled in the heart of downtown Hamtramck, this understated cafe serves all the coffee, and espresso standards as well as a selection of paninis and French-style pastries from Golden Wheat Bakery.

5. The Red Hook Detroit

The Red Hook Cafe' Detroit City
Photo credits to Metro Times | The interior of Red Hook’s Agnes Street location. | 8025 Agnes St. Detroit, MI 48214

The shops pour Stumptown Coffee and brew a very tasty chai but what sets them apart from the pack is the wide selection of housemade baked goods — both sweet and savory.

6. Bottom Line Coffee House

The Bottom Line Coffee Shop Detroit
Bottom Line Coffee House | 4474 3rd St Detroit, MI 48201| (313) 638-2759

This welcoming, below-street-level café caters towards college crowds and is close to many Midtown hot spots. In addition to making french pressed coffee and espresso, this spot regularly hosts open mics and arts events.

7. Cairo Coffee

Cairo Coffee Shop in Detroit
Photo Yelp | Cairo Coffee | 2712 Riopelle St Detroit, MI 48207

Hidden in a corner of Eastern Market’s Savvy Chic shop, Cairo Coffee owner Monica Isaac brews beans from a rotating selection of respected roasters including Madcap Coffee in Grand Rapids and Counter Culture Coffee in North Carolina. Drop in and grab a pour-over or an espresso drink.

8. Germack Coffee Roasting Company

Germack Coffee Roasting Company Detroit CIty
Photo Yelp | Germack Coffee Roasting Company | 2517 Russell St Detroit, MI 48207 | (313) 566-0062

Germack is known for two things: pistachios and coffee. The Eastern Market roastery offers a wide selection of wholesale beans as well as smaller packaged coffees for home brewing needs. The shop also houses a popular cafe ready to fix up a latte or hot tea.

9. New Order Coffee Roasters

New Order Coffee Roasters Detroit
New Order Coffee Roasters | 3100 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48201 | (313) 784-9164

New Order features a bright white, minimalist interior with lots of seating and large windows overlooking Woodward Avenue and Watson street. The shop roasts its beans in small batches and offers a variety of espresso drinks and coffee dressed up with colorful M&Ms or fluffy flavored marshmallows.

10. Astro Coffee

Astro Coffee Shop Detroit City
Photo Yelp | Astro Coffee | 2124 Michigan Ave Detroit, MI 48216 | (313) 638-2989

A beloved spot on Michigan Avenue, Astro Coffee offers more than a caffeine buzz. The shop’s selection of sandwiches (the egg sandwich is legendary) and other baked goods are some of the best in the city.

This list if from Eater Detroit

 

Recyclable coffee cups are the best investment you can have.

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Takeaway coffee cups
Takeaway cups are difficult to recycle because the materials are hard to separate. Although predominantly made of cardboard, there’s a polyethylene liner to allow the cups to hold liquids.

Tons of garbages are being collected and thrown each day, and this is one of the major crisis the world is facing today. The outgrowing garbages are not just destroying the marine life but the entire ecosystem. And as the coffee industry is continuously booming, where more coffee shops are opening across the world, therefore, our caffeine addiction could also lead to millions of waste are produced.

We often ordered our coffee in a takeaway cup, that most of the time only 1 in 400 takeaway cups are recycled according to a report published by Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee, even though 9 in 10 customers put their coffee cups in recycling bins.

Takeaway cups are not 100% biodegradable though they are made of cupboards, it doesn’t mean they are eco-friendly because there’s a polyethylene liner in it that allows the cups to hold liquid.

Last week, Waitrose joined the reduce plastic and packaging waste bandwagon in the UK “announcing that takeaway customers will have to bring their own coffee cups. By banning single-use takeaway coffee cups, Waitrose expects to save 52 million disposable cups each year.”

Bringing your own coffee mugs every time you buy your coffee will not only save the earth, but you will also save money. Most coffee shops these days offer discounts to people who bring their own mug, and sometimes they even give coffee for free.

Coffee shops in the UK that offer the biggest discounts can be found at Pret, and Patisserie Valerie, where taking your own cup will save you 50p. Starbucks, Costa, and Paul all offer a 25p discount, and you’ll get 20p off at Greggs. Caffe Nero has a slightly different system, where you get double loyalty points when you take a reusable cup.

According to The FT, “this is equivalent to a 47p discount if you buy five regular cappuccinos at £2.35 each.”

How many coffees do I need to order to return my investment?

Well, that depends on the price of your reusable coffee cup.

“At Starbucks, you can get a reusable cup for just £1. You’d only need to buy two coffees at Pret or Patisserie Valerie to recover your money. A Waitrose cup will set you back £3 – or six coffees.”

If you are not comfortable carrying cups, you can always choose a collapsible one like the Stojo Collapsible Cup on Amazon that cost $32.01. It’s a bit expensive, but investing in a reusable cup can save you money, while also helping the environment.

We hope everyone will join this bandwagon to make the world a better place.

Source: inews.co.uk

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What is special about the flat white coffee?

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Flat White COffee

How do you drink your coffee? We have different preferences on how we like our coffee some like black, others like espresso, cappuccino, latte, mocha and more.

Nowadays the world of coffee is evolving keeping the classic and developing new ways to be timely in today’s generations. Like the rise of the flat white coffee, well this might be your first time hearing it, or this might be your new favorite coffee drink, or you already see this on the menu but didn’t bother to try it. We say that you need to try this coffee if you haven’t tried it yet.

Flat white has become an emblem of the millennials, and this coffee drink started in Australia, and New Zealand then made its way to the US.

So what is unique about this coffee drink?

Well, it is a coffee, but “not just coffee”, as journalist Harriet Marsden likes to put it.

Flat white is a mixture of a double shot of espresso blended with steaming and slightly frothed organic milk, according to the McDonald’s UK website.

The uniqueness of this coffee is how was made that start with the milk, “only the whole milk should be used, and the milk-heating technique has to be perfect. It should be heated to about 65 degrees.”

According to Lavazza’s head of training Dave Cutler, the milk “needs to be very well-stretched and well spun to make sure it has plenty of tight bubbles – a microfoam – which makes it very, very creamy.”

“Whole milk is steamed and folded through the coffee, creating a velvety texture before the drink is presented, usually with latte art on the surface,” Cutler adds.

Flat white is becoming more popular with the public not just where it’s rooted, but also widely spread worldwide.

“Since its arrival into the UK, the popularity of this now king-of-coffees has skyrocketed. This can be put down to the fact that the public’s interest in coffee, in general, has seen unprecedented growth,” says, Andrew Knight, founder of independent coffee roaster Andronicas.

“People now understand the difference between a really great coffee and a substandard one.”

And because of the popularity of the drink coffee aficionados predict that there may come a time that flat white may challenge the “global ubiquity of the cappuccino and the American consumerist latte.”

What can you say about the flat white coffee? Will it overshadow the coffee classics in the future?

Experience coffee in a “death” and “painful” way at the Bangkok Death Cafe.

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Kid Mai Death Awareness Cafe.
Inside the Bangkok Kid Mai Death Awareness Cafe.

A coffee shop in Bangkok that lets you experience the other side of the world and experience your death through their cup of coffee.

With the rise of social media these days everyone now can be an instant celebrity, and with just one click on your mobile phone or just entering that push button on your keyboards, you can be the trending topic in the world-wide-web.

You don’t need to exaggerate things to be trendy because what people want to see are unique topics that are out of the ordinary. Like this extraordinary coffee shop in Bangkok, that lets you imagine and feel your own death.

This Bangkok new coffee shop is named “Kid Mai (Think New) Death Awareness Cafe” a loathsome cafe theme with a Buddhist spin where customers are hankered to face their own death, and understand the importance of life to love in better society.

A Thai teenager climbs out of a traditional coffin at the Kid Mai Death Awareness Cafe, an exhibition space built to educate the public about death in Bangkok. – PHOTOS: AFP

“I feel like I am in a funeral,” 28-year-old Duanghatai Boonmoh said with a laugh as she sipped a chocolate “death smoothie” on a recent Saturday afternoon.

The cafe is located in the Thai Capital, where they let you experience to lay inside the coffins for a few minutes to contemplate with your final moments and you can get a discount on a drink when you do this. You can also mingle with the skeleton displays while enjoying drinks called “death” and “painful” coffee drinks.

The costumers enjoy climbing the wooden boxes and putting their selves inside to experience the feeling of death.

Duanghatai said, “The first thing that came to my mind was, what if no one opens it?”. “How you going to tell everyone that ‘I’m here, I’m still alive,’? I think that’s probably the feeling you have when you know you’re going to die soon,” she added.

A traditional Thai funeral wreath (above) and a skeleton (below) on a chair are seen at the Kid Mai Death Awareness Cafe. Cafe owner Veeranut Rojanaprapa believes the concept of ‘death awareness’ – the ideas of impermanence and selflessness – is the key to ridding the Thai society of chronic problems like violence and corruption

The cafe owner says the concept of his store is not a gimmickry and different from the cute and cuddly coffee shops that are usual in Thai Capital, which caters from a cat, husky, unicorn and mermaid-themed cafe’s.

A professor and social researcher Veeranut Rojanaprapa say, “the cafe is a way to teach Thai people, some 90 percent of whom identify as Buddhist, about the benefits of, “death awareness”.

“We found that having an awareness of death decreases greed and anger,” explained Veeranut

He believes the Buddhist concept, rooted in the ideas of impermanence and selflessness, is the key to ridding Thai society of chronic problems like violence and corruption.

“When one is aware of their own death, they will do good. This is what our Lord Buddha teaches,” he explained.

The casket experience is also a way to nudge the country’s technology-addicted youth to step back and reassess their personal lives.

“When teenagers go down to the coffin and our staff close the coffin, because of the darkness, because of the small space, they will be aware of themselves … they will recall the things that they still haven’t done,” said Veeranut

A skeleton on a chair at the Kid Mai Death Awareness Cafe, an exhibition space built to educate the public about death and Buddhism, in Bangkok.
PHOTOS: AFP

Kid Mai Death Awareness Cafe is the not first to offer the resurrection experience in Thailand, where a temple outside Bangkok is famous for hosting symbolic funerals for devotees looking to clear their souls of bad karma.

But what makes this cafe’ stand out is that it sits in the heart of the city that offers a unique concept for the community and tourist who is curious about not just the coffee but as well as the feeling of death.

The cafe has also spread out to a public walkway, which has signs asking questions like: “What is the purpose of your life?”

Though some of their neighbors are not happy with the concept and complain that it is disturbing, but Veeranut says he welcomes any controversy as a sign of success.

“I love all of the complaints. Because if they are complaining it means they are thinking about death, they are aware of death.”

What can you say about this death cafe coffee lovers? Do you want to experience it or you are also one of those people who find it disturbing?

Boozy Coffee Milkshake – Weekend Coffee Treat

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Boozy Coffee Milkshake
Image courtesy via A Night Owl Blog

The weekdays are so fast it’s like a speed train passed by, and it’s the weekend again! So we are excited to share you a new coffee treat.

We are thrilled to share you this week’s coffee treat because this is something exclusive only for adults, and perfect for an afternoon party. This drink is a scrumptious frozen treat combining coffee, Kahlua, vodka and Cinnamon Horchata Ice Cream. OMG, this drink is addictive!If you are a coffee lover, then you will be in heaven with this adult dessert beverage.

This coffee drink is called Boozy Coffee Milkshake by Kimberly Sneed, well we can’t wait to get started so here we go.

Ingredients

  • 4 scoops Cinnamon Horchata Ice Cream
  • 4 oz Iced Coffee
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1½ oz Vodka
  • 1 cup Ice

Instructions

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Pour into your favorite glass, and enjoy with your favorite cookie or brownie.

Source: A Night Owl Blog

Coffee Vs. Tea Which is Healthier?

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Coffee vs Tea

Are you a coffee person or tea person? Whatever your preferences this two beverage is what get us out of bed in the morning.

But have you ever thought which of this two caffeinated drink is healthier? Here’s what Victoria Drake, Ph.D., Manager of the Micronutrient Information Centre at the Linus Pauling Institute at America’s Oregon State University says about the tea vs. coffee.

Disease Prevention

Most of us drank coffee or tea because of its health benefits but sometimes, we go overboard to our daily cups with the excuse “it’s healthy.” And most of the time we get hooked up in the advertisement we see on TV and social media about the health benefits of drinking coffee or tea. But despite what headlines on Facebook might lead you to believe, unfortunately, coffee and tea aren’t miracle ingredients.

“These findings come from observational studies instead of controlled intervention trials, so it is difficult to say which of these effects are due to coffee or tea drinking alone, or which effects are stronger than others,” Drake explains.

For example, the antioxidant benefits of tea and coffee are probably not as big as the commercial for your favorite brew brand claims.

“Some components of tea (catechins, theaflavins, ECGC) and coffee (chlorogenic acids, trigonelline) have shown antioxidant activities in vitro [in a test tube], but the extent of these antioxidant activities in vivo [in a living organism] is not clear,” says Drake.

“Most of these compounds don’t make it into your bloodstream, and when they do, your body often works hard to remove them. They often don’t spend enough time in the body to play a big role in antioxidant defenses.”

This news sounds disappointing for coffee lovers or tea lovers because it sounds like the health benefits of this caffeinated beverages is just placebo effect.

However, don’t lose hope because, based on reviews of the research, it’s reasonable to conclude that coffee and tea do have some purported health benefits, Drake says.

“Regular coffee consumption has been linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease and some types of cancer: oral/pharyngeal cancer, colon cancer, liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma), prostate cancer, endometrial cancer, and melanoma,” Drake says.

In this case, coffee appears to be a better choice than tea. So, we can rejoice now coffee lovers, but of course, always remember to drink your coffee moderately because drinking too much coffee has also negative side effects on the body.

“Regular tea drinking has been linked with protection against cognitive decline and cardiovascular disease,” explains Drake.

A recent study in China found a link between tea, especially green, and a lower risk of cardiovascular-related mortality – it appears they have the same benefits to coffee that drinking tea can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.

But as Drake points out, animal studies are needed to determine if this would prove true for humans.

“True longevity studies would need to be undertaken in animal models, and the results of such studies might not translate to humans.”

Diet

We usually have coffee or tea as our breakfast in the morning, but whether you drink black coffee or tea with no added milk or sugar are equally healthy choices. Remember that what you put in your coffee or tea determines the healthiness of your beverage.

“Coffee and tea have virtually no carbohydrates, protein, or fat and thus no calories,” Drake explains. “Anything you add – sugar or milk – will add calories.

“Amount is everything and makes the difference between something considered ‘healthy’ versus ‘a poor choice.’”

So if you love your lattes or whipped cream on top of your coffee, but if you drink you drink your tea with no added sweetener, then it’s obvious that tea has a lower calorie and a better choice.

But if you drink both coffee and tea with just a dash of milk, there is no difference between the two. Although, coffee is higher in caffeine, so if you’re trying to lower your caffeine intake, stick with tea

So which is healthier coffee or tea?

The health benefits of coffee or tea is a hot topic for the coffee lovers and tea lovers. But between this argument doesn’t have a clear winner. While research has indicated that coffee can lower some cancer risks and tea may prevent some cardiovascular diseases, there’s not enough evidence yet to prove the benefits for humans health.

So as long as you don’t exceed two to three cups of your favorite caffeinated beverage per day and keep it simple by not adding too much to it, then there is no problem enjoying our daily cups of happiness.

Source: nine.com.au

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