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Why You Should Be Sticking Coffee Beans In The Freezer

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Coffee lovers everywhere should be sticking their coffee beans into the freezer, at least according to a new study.

Many coffee drinkers already stick their coffee beans in the fridge to keep them fresh longer but a new study published in Scientific Reports suggests that keeping your coffee beans cold actually increases the flavor.

The researchers at University of Bath partnered with a local café to study the effects of grinding beans at different temperatures, studying four temperature variations ranging from the room temperature of 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) to a -196 degrees Celsius (-320.8 Fahrenheit.) In addition to the four temperature variations the researchers also used four different coffee bean variations.

Their research concluded that coffee bean particles get tighter with lower temperatures. This leads to more flavor for the same amount of coffee during the brewing process. In other words coffee consumers will get more bang for their bean and buck. The study also found the results of bean particle distribution to be separate from the beans origin and processing method.

Other factors that affect flavor include water chemistry and accessible surface area, but this new study is the first to find a link between temperature and flavor.  The study also says that smaller and more uniform coffee beans typically allow for better flavor extraction which results in more coffee and more flavor for beans.

The researchers used varieties ranging from light to medium roast, so it is unclear how more heavily decomposed beans, like a dark roast or French roast would be affected by temperature changes. Still, the researchers believe these results will influence both casual consumers and the coffee industry.

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Starbucks And Nike Collaborate To Create A Beautiful Pair Of Sneakers

Nike and Starbucks, two of the biggest brands in the world (ranking in at 17 and 67, respectively), have teamed up in order to bring us the next pair of shoes we don’t need but dammit we want.

This isn’t the first time two giants from the food and fashion industry have collaborated, and certainly won’t be the last.

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The Nike SB Dunk Low Premium Starbucks edition shoes have a brown suede-looking canvas with subtle, streaky swirls of khaki, made to mimic both the steam coming off of a fresh cup of coffee and the wrinkly, rich brown tone of a handful of coffee beans. The Nike Swoosh is painted in classic white with the standard Starbucks green outline, along with the heel, tongue and base of the shoes.

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The shoes are available now for a limited time in select Nike retailers. These shoes, as do many of the shoes in the Nike SB Premium line, retail at $100. Personally, I think the shoes look dope as hell, and I would buy them for the clean-looking color scheme alone. Of course, I would try to get away with calling them the Andes Mints Edition or something, because “Starbucks shoes” is just too much.

 

 

Photo Credit: Sneaker Bar Detroit 

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Church Youth Group Finds A Snake’s Head In A Can Of Green Beans

Someone at that church must be doing something really immoral because I honestly don’t think there’s a more ominous sign of impending doom and the rapture than the severed head of Satan’s #1 ride-or-die animal minion.

According to a report by KSL TV, the church women’s youth group was putting on a banquet for the elderly folks of their community when the can with Kaa’s head showed up. Youth group leader Troy Walker was the one who found the head in the can, although she was unsure of the foreign material at first.

“It looked pretty much like a burnt bean. And then as I got closer to lift it off the spoon, I saw eyes.… That’s when I just dropped it and screamed,” says Walker. Of course she dropped it and screamed, anyone with a rational fear of finding dead animals in your non-animal food would have reacted that way.

Western Family, the company that canned the beans, has already recalled the entire batch in order to find the source of the issue and fix it before it causes any more damage to the company, both in image and profitability.

Let’s just hope they got all the cans back before somebody ends up finding Nagini’s ass.

 

 

Photo Credit: Whisper, KSL TV, Consumerist

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The First Thanksgiving And What They REALLY Ate

Hint: no cream of mushroom soup or marshmallow topping

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Yankee has provided a brief rundown of the foods eaten at the first Thanksgiving, which was celebrated during the fall of 1621 at the Plymouth Colony in modern-day Massachusetts:

venison was a major ingredient, as well as fowl, but that likely included pheasants, geese, and duckTurkeys are a possibility, but were not a common food in that time. Pilgrims grew onions and herbsCranberries and currants would have been growing wild in the area, and watercress may have still been available if the hard frosts had held off, but there’s no record of them having been served. In fact, the meal was probably quite meat-heavy.

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(via Smithsonian)

Likewise, walnuts, chestnuts, and beechnuts were abundant, as were sunchokes. Shellfish were common, so they probably played a part, as did beans, pumpkins, squashes, and corn (served in the form of bread or porridge), thanks to the Wampanoags.

The magazine also mentions a few items that were not eaten at the feast: “Potatoes (white or sweet), bread stuffing or pie (wheat flour was rare), sugar, Aunt Lena’s green bean casserole.”

Written by Mary Miller // History Buff // Featured image via Community Links

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This Guy Took Scientifically Gassy Foods And Made One FART-INDUCING DIP Out of Them

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For no reason other than to ruin fancy parties, food writer Dannie Ree (Dennis Lee) boldly attempted to create the perfect Fart Dip. Yes, fart dip aimed to purposely muster the perfect amount of gas to create the most awful of smells.

Ree used ingredients like cabbage, sour cream, caramelized onions, prunes and butter beans; all of which are known to contribute to flatulence. To no one’s surprise, the result ended up tasting like “thick vomit” as Ree describes.

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The food writer stated that the nasty flavor was mostly from the caramelized onions. However, mixing it with the sour cream and other ingredients really contributed to the awful taste.

While unsuccessful (he farted, but not as much as he hoped for), Ree doesn’t let this deter him from creating more fart dip. In fact, he only thinks of this as the first step of many. The entire recipe cane be found on Ree’s blog.

Photos: The Pizzle

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Plantable ‘BREAK UP BEANS’ Are The New Worst Way To End Your Relationship

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Breaking up via text is pretty much the worst way to end a relationship. Until now! ThinkGeek is selling these Break Up Beans. It’s a kit that includes all the things you need to let your significant other know that you are dunzo with a living, breathing plant.

The beans take about 5 days to pop out, revealing the messages “It’s Over” and “Let’s Be Friends.” Just the right amount of time to skip town, change your name, and start afresh with someone new. But Karma? Oh, karma will getcha. It might be the following month or it could be years down the road, but it’ll getcha. Watch your back. Jk jk, sorry, I’ve just always wanted to say that.

Written by Brittany High of IncredibleThings

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Judgmental Kid Criticizes Father’s Dietary Habits

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Cartoon Shows How a Bean Becomes a Fart [VIDEO]

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True story: more kids would learn better if 1) school subjects were more relevant to their daily lives and 2) everything was taught using cartoons. Case in point: the following adorable animation that illustrates, using tiny anthropomorphic beans and enzymes, how precisely beans get transformed into farts.

The cartoon can explain better than my English major ever could, but the gist is that beans contain several nutrients that the body breaks down using enzymes, plus a couple more, called oligosaccharides, that it doesn’t. Unlike the proteins, fats, and carbs that get absorbed straight into the bloodstream, these oligosaccharides head to the colon to be broken down by bacteria and converted into fuel.

As you can probably guess, this process also happens to produce a familiar nasty side effect: hella gas.

Check out the video below for a moving TL;DR version of what I just wrote, courtesy of Vancouver-based production studio Giant Ant, illustrator Rami Niemi, and Men’s Health Magazine. Yay science!

H/T Design Taxi