3 Reasons To Compost With Coffee

Cafe_D_3 Reasons To Compost With Coffee

Just when you thought that coffee was perfect simply by virtue of its presence in your morning mug, we come along and tell you about all the other ways coffee is useful in everyday life. From skincare to garden support, coffee’s brilliance can be utilized well outside the kitchen. As we approach spring (far sooner than usual) we thought it prudent to share three reasons you should absolutely be composting with coffee grounds. Now, let’s get those garden beds ready for success with our good pal coffee!

Nitrogen

Nitrogen is critical for a plant’s developmental process, and coffee has plenty to spare. Coffee grounds can provide the necessary nitrogen for chlorophyll production, resulting in big, strong plants.

Insect Repellant

Countless studies have shown coffee grounds to be effective in protecting your garden from the most notoriously destructive pets; slugs and snails. Save your saucers of beer, your circles of salt and your caustic repellents in favor of your daily used coffee grounds and effectively repel pests while you fertilize.

Acid Neutralizer

A healthy soil PH is vital to a healthy garden.  Typically, the acidity of your soil should be close to neutral (toward acidic end of the scale) Coffee grounds are a neutral fertilizer; acids in the beans are water-soluble and are washed away during brewing.

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America’s Favorite Coffee Drinks Right Now

3 International Coffee Drinks Every Coffee Lover Needs To Try

It seems like there’s always some new coffee creation or discovery or trend taking over our social media feeds. There’s eternally something delicious just waiting for you to discover it, but why wait? Here are three fads captivating coffee connoisseurs throughout the Northwest—jump on these trends, snap a pic, and be your social circle’s #coffeetrendsetter.

International Brews

A chocolate Caffè Marocchino a la Italia, or a frothy Cortado a la Espana—these are pretty common coffeehouse drinks in their regions but are lesser known stateside. Jump in front of this trend by sampling a few more international variations of espresso.

Bitter Brews

While sweet coffee concoctions have held the public’s attention for some time, a slow shift back to the essential aromas, flavors, and nuances of skillfully roasted whole bean coffee is on the horizon. If your taste buds are begging for a break from overly sweet, candy comparable beverages, ease into this trend with a mild Americano.

Buzzed Brews

It’s official, the west coast is cannabis central, so expect to see a lot of THC- and CBD-infused roasted coffee beans, ready-made coffee drinks, and coffee flavored edible treats.

Cafe Delirium is Downtown Gresham’s favorite coffeehouse. Visit us in Historic Downtown Gresham today to make your own coffee history. Check out our menu or ask for your own specialty coffee drink!

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Forecasting 2018s Hot Coffee Trends

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There were some truly memorable coffee trends of 2017, and we expect more in the coming months. But what, you may be asking, can we expect specifically? Well, there’s no concrete answer, just speculation—which we’ve been doing plenty of. That said, here’s our forecast for 2018s hottest coffee trends.

More Experimental Fraps

Once summer arrives, the coffee consuming public becomes rabid for frosty blended coffee drinks to cool their overheated bodies. While we wholeheartedly endorse a well-made, ice blended coffee drink, we expect that last year’s maniacal Unicorn Frap trend will inspire more coffee aberrations to be consumed solely for social media views, on which our position is neutral at best.

More International Favorites

With the sudden popularity of the Flat White, a super-common Australian coffeehouse drink, we expect an rise in popularity for more international coffee classics heretofore unrecognized in the states.

More Interesting Roasts

As more and more small-batch coffee roasters find their legs, many of us are being introduced to small roasts we may not have enjoyed otherwise. We predict that small batch roasters will continue to grow into an even more robust craft industry, possibly even competing with beer for Oregon’s #1 craft beverage.

Visit us at Cafe Delirium today to make your own coffee history. Check out our menu to create your own exciting new coffee creation for 2018!

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3 Coffee Gadgets Every Coffee Lover Needs

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Coffee lovers have millions of silly items marketed to them each year, from scripted workout tanks demanding coffee before sit-ups to outrageously caffeinated pounds of ground beans. As coffee lovers, it’s our duty to make smart choices when it comes to coffee-themed gadgets and accessories. Navigating the minefield of decorative tin wall hangings proclaiming that coffee is, in fact, served here, and increasingly complex coffee brewer chemistry sets can be ridiculously difficult. However, we sifted through pages of coffee ephemera to bring you these three gadgets sure to be appreciated by any true coffee aficionado.

A Milk Frother

For those days when you just can’t make it to the coffeehouse for your daily latte, this frother will enable you to achieve frothy milk in no time. Enjoy your own versions of your favorite coffee house beverages with this simple device that fits snugly in your kitchen tool drawer.

Suitcase Coffee Cup Holders

For the constant traveler forever juggling carry-ons, newspapers, and a hot cup of java, this clever tool is for you. It easily snaps on to your rolling luggage’s extendable handle to create a cup holder perfect for your active lifestyle.

French Press Mug

A travel mug that serves two purposes—brewing and holding your precious coffee is perfect for the French press devotee who could use the extra few minutes this device will spare up.

When you’re done experimenting in your own kitchen, we’ll be waiting for you at Cafe Delirium. Check out our menu to plan your next hot cup of delicious coffee!

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Image source: Kinto To-Go French Press Mug, Food52

 

How Decaf Is Made

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There are some among us that, even though they adore the taste and smell of coffee, can’t stomach the caffeine. For those, the subject of decaf coffee is perfectly acceptable. One may wonder how it is that coffee beans are stripped of their natural caffeine and if that process somehow affects the quality of the coffee.  Decaf coffee is notoriously hard to roast, and as such, there is a noticeable difference in the flavor of decaf. The natural caffeine found in coffee beans contributes to the beans overall flavor; removing it naturally alters the flavor.

The original method for coffee decaffeination required soaking green coffee beans 160-210-degree water. A solvent or activated carbon was then used to extract/dissolve the caffeine. This is when the beans would lose some of their unique flavors, but once the dissolving liquid was drained the remaining batches tended to hold onto their singular flavors. In more recently developed methods, coffee beans from the first batch are be re-soaked in the water solution to reabsorb some of the flavor compounds lost during the decaffeination process.

While decaf coffee typically lacks the robust flavors of traditional coffee, there are several flavored roasts that serve to enhance the decaffeinated bean’s true flavor.

Coffee friendly but caffeine averse? Visit us at Cafe Delirium for decaffeinated versions of all your favorite coffee house drinks. Visit our menu to see both our caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee drinks.

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2017’s Best Moments in Coffee

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This year, like most years throughout recorded history, has meant a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and while we know our own experiences inform how we perceive the world around us and how we do (or do not) interact with our fellow human beings, we also know there is one inescapable element that unites us—and that element is coffee. Coffee brought us together for some of the most memorable moments of the last year—let’s look back at these moments together and remember that regardless of the state of the world in 2017, coffee was always, really, truly, there for us.

Starbucks Premiers The Unicorn Frappuccino

In what was one of the most internet-hyped food releases of the year, this purple/blue/turquoise/pink sugar bomb dominated most of our social media feeds for at least a week (which is an eternity in internet time). The meme peaked with a gif of pop star Katy Perry sipping and immediately spitting out the multicolored slush after looking into a camera and saying, “It’s like taking a sip of myself.”

Agent Cooper Returns, For Coffee

Twin Peaks fans rejoiced (or grimaced-depending on the fan) with the news that the long-loved, sleeper soap opera would be resurrected for short run on cable television. Sure enough, 90s kids from coast to coast squealed when Agent Cooper once again crossed the threshold of the Double R for “cherry pie and damn good coffee.”

The Oregon Trail Gets A Hipster Makeover (from FoodandWine.com)

“… Travel Oregon recently unveiled an ultra-modern version of everyone’s favorite old-school computer game, The Oregon Trail. …(T)he web title features artisanal coffee, craft beer, and kombucha alongside a rotating cast of yoga teachers, Willamette Valley winemakers, and heritage apple farmers.”

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3 Coffee Drinks To Try In 2018

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If you’re wondering just how you’re going to make 2018 your best year ever, we have a few simple, coffee-based suggestions we’d love to share with you. While your enthusiasm for your well-made resolutions may fade, it’s not likely your love of coffee will so let’s throw caution to the wind and make 2018 the year we indulge our deepest coffee desires. Make time to try these ostensibly challenging coffee drinks—you’ll thank yourself for your bravery and you may even find a fave new brew.

Peanut Butter Mocha

While not entirely out of the box, flavor-wise, this custom latte has the potential to be your new go-to perk. Simply ask for a shot of Peanut Butter syrup in your next mocha and voila—a PB cup you can rely on to wake you up and carry you through (at least) the first few hours of your busy day.

Peach Ring Latte

For those who favor sugary treats over savory delights, this peach infused latte is sure to please. Ask for a shot of peach syrup in your latte to achieve this peak unification of candy and caffeine.

Spiced Mocha

There are traditional holiday flavors with no intention of ever going out of style, yet their popularity drops off after the last gift is opened or the last candle is lit. Celebrate those flavors straight through winter with this cinnamon syrup spiked mocha.

Try these drinks and more at Cafe Delirium. Check out our menu to create your own exciting new coffee creation for 2018!

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After Dinner Coffee Drinks You Can Try At Home

Cafe_D_After Dinner Coffee Drinks You Can Try At Home

Concluding your sophisticated dinner party with a special signature coffee drink will make you the most memorable host on the block. These few coffee recipes are sure to perk up after dinner conversation and maybe even lead to a bit of lively after dinner gaiety.

Coffee Milkshake

Why not offer your guests dessert and after dinner coffee in one dazzling, sweet package? Blend cold brewed coffee, vanilla ice cream, and heavy whipping cream in your blender to create a silky smooth, super decadent, after dinner treat that will satisfy sweet tooths and caffeine fiends alike. Make it fancy with a drizzle of chocolate syrup and a dash of ground cinnamon.

Pumpkin Coffee Frappe

Another frosty variation of an after-dinner coffee, this frappe calls for cold brew coffee, heavy whipping cream, a heaping tablespoon of pumpkin puree, a handful of ice and a generous dash of pumpkin pie spice all blended together. Your guests will marvel at your ability to condense the pumpkin pie experience into a delightfully chilled frappe, but you don’t have to share the recipe unless you really want to.

Cafe Cubano

This traditional Cuban coffee delicacy offers an ultra-rich layer of sweet crema (cream) floating over strong espresso. To perfect your Cuban crema, whisk about 1 tablespoon of your freshly brewed espresso with sugar until becomes light and foamy. Finish by pouring the pot of espresso over the foam. Voila, the perfect end to a perfect meal!

Visit Cafe Delirium’s blog for curated coffee recipes you can try from our menu including 3 Coffee Drinks To Try In 2018 and Our Three Favorite Coffee Drinks To Study With.

Café Delirium is Gresham’s favorite coffeehouse serving the best coffee. Visit us on Main Street today to sample our gorgeous coffee drinks while you enjoy charming Historic Downtown Gresham. Check out our menu or ask for your own specialty coffee drink to inspire your next cocktail or dinner party!

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3 More Coffee Cocktails Perfect For Your NYE Party

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If this New Year’s Eve, while spending the night laughing and dancing you find that as the evening progresses, your enthusiasm wanes, it’s most likely because it is straight-up getting too late for you, and, hey, we understand completely! That’s why we’ve curated yet another fabulous list of coffee spiked cocktails perfect for your festive affair. Keep the bar stocked with these inventive and caffeinated cocktails and everyone is sure to make it until (at least) midnight.

Cafe Amore

Punctuated by rich flavors of amaretto and cognac, this is the perfect cocktail to get your guests in the mood for boozy interaction. Use a light roast coffee with this recipe to maximize your caffeine boost.

Flaming Spanish Coffee

Yes, you read that right; this is a flaming cocktail. When attempting to entertain party guests with this dramatic potation be sure to practice your technique a few times so that you can perform it flawlessly once your guests arrive.

The Truffle

Add a touch of classic sophistication to your NYE bar with this beautifully bright combination of equal parts Frangelico, vodka and cold brewed espresso—about one-ounce of each. Garnish with a sliver of orange rind and voila—the perfect perk to welcome the new year.

 

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3 More DIY Coffee Cosmetics

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Coffee is more than just a delicious, globally revered beverage. It is also a bit of a wonder product when it comes to health and beauty. Coffee grounds can be reused and incorporated into your beauty routine in innumerable ways, but these three are definitely among our favorites.

Puffy Eye Treatment

Use a bit of your morning coffee grounds the same way you may use cucumbers; place over your eyes while relaxing in a warm bath before rinsing thoroughly with cool water. The caffeine will lift and tighten the skin around your eyes as well as stimulate collagen production and blood flow.

Self-Tanning and Exfoliating

Blend used coffee grounds with your favorite body lotion and just a hint of gentle body wash/liquid soap for an all over skin treatment that will leave you bronzed and luminous. Use this treatment while you shower and remember to place a debris catcher in your drain lest you clog your pipes with coffee grounds and lotion.

Scalp Stimulator

Winter months can be particularly brutal on dry skin, especially dry scalps. Counteract this atmospheric dryness by very gently scrubbing your scalp every other week with a combo of used coffee grounds and your favorite gentle shampoo. The caffeine will stimulate your hair follicles while increased blood flow will make for a supple scalp and an enviable head of hair.

Coffee is what we’re all about at Cafe Delirium, be it via a steaming cafe au lait or a dozen coffee themed beauty products. Visit our other blog topics for more coffee themed posts to bookmark and share, and visit our menu to plan your next trip to our cafe.

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