Yes I am one of those ZerotoHero bloggers still trying to catch up with the daily tasks… and because of that I sometime combine tasks and do them in a different order. So here is my next task or two all in one blog.
Task 9 was to go out into the blogosphere and find some more topics and this challenged me – should I explore the topics that already interested me but were not yet on my reading list or should I find some new ideas to look at? Then I had an inspiration – look for a topic that I don’t already blog about but which I am passionate about – and the answer is COFFEE!
Yes, my husband and I are passionate about our coffee. We taste and rate coffees just like wine drinkers. We look for body; burn; bitterness; creaminess; and strength; and rate each out of 5 stars. You don’t want 5 stars in everything or you will end up with a burnt coffee! A balance with little burn but quite a lot of bitterness, some creaminess and good strength is what you are looking for. An Arabica is usually good in London. We are using 100% Arabica from Rainforest Alliance farms. the Rainforest Alliance – http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/ -is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods. Basically it ensures that the coffee is fairly traded and is sustainable and supports the ecosystem.
We are also picky about how the coffee is made. We have the best home coffee appliance that we could buy – a Baby Gaggia – as rated by Which Magazine. And my husband carefully makes one cup at a time with perfect crema on the top. Our beans are kept in the freezer until used and we buy Volvic water to use in the machine as it has least residue to affect the taste – we tasted it to confirm this! If you look on the web you will find many scientific sites devoted to looking at the mineral contents of water and how they affect coffee – not to mention the pressure water has and so on.
So off I went into the Blogosphere to find coffee sites of the addicts like us – do they check when they visit independent coffee shops which machines they are using and which brand of coffee? Or blend used? The answer to the blend or brand is that it should be:
Has Bean; or Monmouth; or a blend especially made by a small local producer for the month.
But what did I find? People using instant coffee for making cakes… now you should only ever use instant espresso coffee if you must use instant for cake making, but ‘real’ coffee is always best Or photos of coffee cups – note I have customised my site for coffee and cake for this blog – and I hope to continue to customise my background when I find an interesting new topic to write about. So I needed to explore further and found the sites that I have created a link to – thus working on task 13 as well as 9…I have also added a ‘My Community’ and ‘Recent Comments’ but still need a Twitter timeline feed and then Task 10 will also be complete. My Twitter feed comes from this blog, so I shall have to use another Twitter feed from another of my accounts here – but Twitter is not something I use a lot, I confess.
I have started Task 11 as well as I have commented on other sites but I will talk about that in my next blog which will cover Task 12 as well as there is now something to talk about there – or two things perhaps – feminism and vegetarianism.. hmm which shall I choose – and can I relate them I wonder?
Oh, and I forgot. How can one have a good cup of coffee without some really nice cake to go with it?