Pardon our absence on the blog, we’ve been busy setting up our roastery (details to come!). We learned a great deal in at Coffee Fest (even took a barista course!). While there we chatted with several vendors including the company that produces our compostable bags,
In addition, we learned a great deal from others in the industry! One can only imagined exactly how many cups of coffee and espresso shots we consumed….
It was tremendously encouraging experience, we enjoyed being immersed in coffee culture and saturated with info! We were also able to attend the latte-art championship, this one went on to the finals:
I don’t think the photo does justice to the actual masterpiece–it was a breathtaking display of technique and art. Latte art lessons were not in the budget this time around, thus my latte art attempt turned out like this:
Some claim, it’s a rainbow, others, a lion, still others, a hedgehog, the interpretations are endless. Neither Pollack nor Picasso could have been more pleased, right? Who am I kidding, we’ve definitely got lots of work to do in the art dept!
Finally, we got to attend a party hosted by Counter Culture coffee in their support of, Coffee Kids (an organization we hope to support in the future). It was an incredible event for many reasons, first, our friends and hosts, the O’Donoghues joined us and second, we felt like we were really among other like-minded individuals–those who are extremely passionate about coffee but also about social justice!
Aside from the coffee and our friends, other highlights included, viewing the Lichtenstein exhibit (amazing…apparently it took 5 years to put together), and for the grand finale, our friends even took us to see a Banksy!
That’s it for now! We’ll be disclosing photos of the new place here, shortly!
In the past, we used biodegradable bags for custom orders but had difficulty finding ones with one-way degassing valves (for keeping coffee fresh). Our search ended when we stumbled across biotre film bags that possess the one-way degassing valves. Apparently, it took PBi over two years to develop these bags and they just debuted them at the SCAA this in April. You can read more about them, here.
[photo credit: PBi]
Social justice and sustainability are important to us as individuals, so when we hear of these bags, we didn’t hesitate at the thought of switching to this method of packaging. As it stands, Mariposa is the only roastery in Oklahoma that packages their coffee in biodegradable packaging and we are really glad that we are different in that regards, but we do hope to have other coffee roasteries join us in our fight for environmental sustainability! Anyway, when you purchase our coffee you can rest assured that your purchase is going toward many wholesome causes!
One of Mariposa’s passions is building relationships with others in the coffee industry and we’re debuting our very first post about another cafe, Birch Coffee. We had the opportunity to help some friends move up to NYC a couple weeks ago and went on a mini-tour-de-cafe! While many of the coffee houses and local roasteries were wonderful, we were particularly impressed with Birch Coffee’s Iced Coffee!
Iced coffees are often served with cream and sugar, but we always like ours black so we can get a better grasp of a particular bean’s taste. Anyway, Birch’s iced coffee (without any additions) was a smooth-creamy blend that leaves a super sweet finish on the palate!
We spoke with Jeremy of Birch and discovered that they’ve created a special blend for their iced coffees and we think that may be what has achieved such a stellar taste profile. If you’re headed to the Big Apple, take some time and pay them a visit.
If you’re in the NYC area, they sell their iced coffee by the jug and deliver them!!!
Many studies from leading institutions such as, Harvard School of Public Health, American Association for Cancer Research, and MAYO clinic suggest that coffee can actually GOOD for you.
Yep– you read that right, there are many positive associations that have been linked to moderate coffee consumption. In the latest edition of Coffee Talk, Rachel Rogers summarizes the top 10 reasons and gives supporting studies for each reason. We thought this would be interesting information to pass along…
Top 10 Reasons Why Coffee is Good for You (by: Rachel Rogers)
Myths about food and health are endless, including those about coffee. “There is certainly much more good news than bad news, in terms of coffee and health,” stated nutrition and epidemiology professor, Frank Hu, from the Harvard School of Public Health. Coffee expert, Forrest Graves, of JumpinGoat Coffee Roasters elaborates on the subject of coffee and health, “I see a very small percentage of people that have negative concerns, but sometimes I do hear concerns over caffeine, calories or acidity. The good news is that each of those concerns is easily mitigated. Few people realize that a 6 oz. cup of coffee without sugar or cream contains only 7 calories. There are also coffees that are naturally low in acidity and non-chlorinated decaf coffees which can be approximately 98% decaffeinated with absolutely no noticeable difference in taste.” Certainly, the biggest myth of all continues to be that coffee has no health benefits whatsoever. Check out the ‘Top 10 Reasons’ below to debunk this colossal myth.
Top Ten Reasons why coffee is GOOD for you
- Lowers risk for skin and breast cancer. According to Robert J. Davis, PhD, author of Coffee is Good for You, flavanoids in caffeine have been found to inhibit the formation of UVB-induced tumors. Furthermore, the American Association for Cancer Research referenced studies which examined the risks of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma in connection with coffee consumption and discovered coffee consumption decreased the risk for basal cell carcinoma. Even better, using coffee topically is being touted as a new method to “fix” the UV damage already done to your skin. Dr. Leslie Baumann sites recent studies where the topical application of coffee offers promising results at fixing damage done by the sun.
- Lowers risk of depression. Health Watch aired findings where certain chemicals in coffee lower the risk of depression. Studies indicate the more coffee you drink, the less likely you are to be depressed. According to research results by Alberto Ascherio, MD, DrPH and team at the Harvard School of Public Health, women who regularly drink four or more cups of coffee a day have a 20 percent lower risk for developing depression than those who rarely or never drink coffee.
- Reduces diabetes by 50%. Several studies indicate that certain elements of coffee block the chemical process which leads to type II diabetes. Researchers at UCLA have discovered a relationship between coffee consumption and a protein called SHBG, thought to play a role in the development of type II diabetes. Once again, research indicates the more coffee you drink, the better protected you are against type II diabetes.
- Reduces inflammation. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded consumption of coffee had beneficial effects on subclinical inflammation and HDL cholesterol. Other sources support these findings by indicating that the anti-oxidants in coffee will neutralize certain free radicals in the body which cause inflammation.
- Increased fiber intake. The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry expressed results exhibiting significantly higher amounts of soluble dietary fiber in coffee than other common beverages. The Mayo Clinic recognizes the importance of fiber in dietary nutrition for maintaining bowel integrity and health, reducing blood cholesterol levels and controlling blood sugar levels.
- Lowers risk of Alzheimer’s. Results linking caffeine to lowered risk of Alzheimer’s and enhanced brain function can be found in the European Journal of Neurology. Additionally, the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease states that the lowest risk (65% decreased) was found in people who drank 3–5 cups of coffee per day. They further suggest that consuming coffee at midlife is associated with decreased risk of dementia and AD later in life.
- Human hair growth. The International Journal of Dermatology found that caffeine alone led to a significant stimulation of hair follicle growth in in-vitro studies. Clinical research in Berlin implies a topical application of caffeine-infused shampoo or ointment will penetrate the hair follicle faster, lending credence to the possibility of an effective treatment for androgenetic alopecia (baldness) or other reasons of premature hair loss.
- Acne prevention and skin health. Barista Bath and Body performed extensive research related to the effects of topical coffee creams and scrubs. The slightly acidic pH of coffee constricts pores, creating a protective layer and providing the appearance of younger looking skin and aiding in the prevention of acne. The exfoliating and anti-oxidant properties of a coffee facial polish are comparable to (if not better than) other beauty and skin products currently on the market. Founder of the University of Miami Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute also recognizes the ability of caffeine to quickly and effectively constrict blood vessels, making it a particularly valued asset and potential treatment for suffers of rosacea.
- Lowers risk of Parkinson’s. PloS Genetics reports research results consistent across studies corroborating the robustness of interaction between consumption of coffee/caffeine and the gene GRIN2A. Caffeine has already been proven to be neuroprotective, but researchers indicate other ingredients in caffeinated coffee may also affect the development of Parkinson’s disease.
- Protection against cirrhosis of the liver. As noted by the Journal of the American Medical Association, research concluded that there is an ingredient in coffee which protects against cirrhosis, especially alcoholic cirrhosis. Joe Vinson, PhD regards the study, “In a cross-sectional study, coffee consumption was also significantly related to a lower prevalence of transaminase enzymes [markers of liver damage], with a stronger association for those who drank large quantities of alcohol.” While some speculate that the active principle may be caffeine, Vinson strongly supports the hypothesis that it is the polyphenol antioxidant compounds in coffee that are the causative agents and that they act in concert with caffeine, which is also hepatoprotective.
A myriad of research continues to support the healthy nature of coffee, giving optimism to those who partake in the beloved beverage and pause to those who do not. Considered an authority on coffee, Forrest Graves summarized quite nicely, “The positive medical research and findings around coffee have obviously been mounting since the 15th century, making it the largest consumed beverage in the world next to water. Who knows? A cup a day could keep the doctor away.”
A few weeks ago, we blogged about a couple of our more eclectic brew methods, vac-pot and Chemex. While we had all the intentions of going back through and posting about specific differences but then we stumbled upon a site with pretty thorough tutorials so we thought we’d share(here). Anyway, do keep checking back on our Brew Gear’s page for more Brewing tips and techniques!
The Tapestry Project is a organization that focuses on the revitalization of one specific low-income neighborhood in OKC by restoring homes and building community. It is their hope to establish a model that can be used to reach women and children in crisis in other neighborhoods of OKC. Read more about them here.
We’re all about supporting local, so we went with a local manufacturer in Oklahoma City, U.S. Roasters Corps. They were given the title of best overall roast in 2010 by the Roasters Guild of America. In 2011 U.S. Roasters Corps coffee roasters were recognized to match roasts profiles generated by other leading roasters (Probat and Dietritch). We are proud to have such a talented bunch as a part of our local coffee community!
Hi there! There have been many new and exciting developments since our last update–one being that our new coffee roaster is built and awaiting shipment (photos to come). As for now, we’re starting a new series about brew methods and tehcnique— thought it’d be fun to breifly blog about a couple of our favorite brew techniques:
1. Vac pot
“Vac-pot” is just short for, vacuum pot, this method uses steam pressures and the resulting vacuum seal to brew coffee in what some would say, it’s purest form (becasue the beans are only in contact with the glass and its mesh filter). Coffee brewed in this manner results in delicate and smooth cup!
The Chemex method utilizes an unbleached conical filter that’s slightly thicker than drip filters. In body, the coffee that results is similiar to that of the standard drip, except Chemex produces a much more aromatic and rich cup of coffee (though, not as rich as coffee from french press).
That’s it for now, our next couple posts will outline specific steps for these two methods–we’re hoping to return to a much more routine blogging rhythm.
We recently used our 15% to purchase art supplies for the talented entrepenuers of Bee’s Knees. Bee’s Knees is a program of Youth & Family Services, Inc., a non-profit, community-based charitable organization based in El Reno, Oklahoma. The mission of Bee’s Knees is to encourage independence, promote self-sufficiency for young adults with special needs through entrepeurial experiences and business skills. The entrepreneurs of Bee’s Knees create handmade functional products and original one-of-akind masterpeices to sell at various venues and exhibits. All proceeds from their products sold benefit the program through purchase of supplies, afurther pursue forms of entrepreneurship, and social activities.
During this past year, one of the Mariposa team members had the opporutnity to serve as a LEND intern and was exposed to the myriad of challenges and triumphs that accompany children with special needs and their families. As a result, I had the opproutnity to meet several of the youth that create art fo Bee’s Knees at this year’s State Autism Conference and Governor’s Conference honoring those with disabilities. Please check out their accomplishments at:
Visit them at the Paseo Art Walk in January!
Check out their 2012 calendar – all proceeds go to their program!
We’re partnering with Zach Winters as he releases his new album, They Were Longing For a Better Country on October 15th at 7pm at The Backroom (228 W. Hefner, OKC). In a way to show that we absolutely love his new album, Mariposa will be giving away free take-home samples to anyone that signs up on the mailing lists for Mariposa Coffee and Zach Winters music. Not only that, but anyone that purchases Zach Winters’ new album will also receive a free bag of Mariposa Coffee! This is definitely an event to listen to great music, and get your free Mariposa fix.
Listen to free music on his website: http://zachwintersmusic.com/.
For more information, see the event on Facebook, cover is $7 at the door.