Engineering the Perfect Cup of Coffee

In March, Café de Colombia—the Colombian National Coffee Federation—brought me to Colombia to learn more about coffee. It was awesome. Though they paid for my trip, they didn't require me to write anything or dictate what I wrote. Still, that is why this post is about coffee. And illustrated with photos of Colombia. In March, Café de Colombia—the Colombian National Coffee Federation—brought me to Colombia to learn more about coffee. It was awesome, but I wish my husband could have come. Not because I’m one of those weird co-dependent people that can’t bear a few days without my spouse, … [Read more...]

Kombucha: A Love Story

Certainly, I did not fall in love with kombucha because it is cute and cuddly. Mention of the fermented tea often garners the same looks as when I tell people about the time I ate uncleaned pig intestine in Laos. Commercial kombucha can often be sour or spicy; it often has too much bite. The flavored versions are unappealing and sometimes seems as if they’re trying to cover something up. So it’s amazing that I ever found out that homemade kombucha was my McDreamy of beverages. “Would you like a scoby?” sounds like something a teenager would ask his buddy under the bleachers, but in fact, … [Read more...]

Spicy Mango Bubble Tea (with Boba Pearls from Scratch)

Did you know that the internet doesn't know everything? Hard as I looked, I was unable to find a reasonable recipe for how to make bubble tea bubbles. Just a few people seem to have tried it, and most of them didn't seem to be bothered to write down, you know, like, amounts, and helpful stuff like that. Lucky for me, I had a vague idea of how to do it, since I'd accidentally made something pretty similar a few years back while trying to thicken blueberry sauce (for salmon) with tapioca flour. So what I knew going into this was that tapioca flour dropped in, rather than whisked in, to a … [Read more...]