May 31, 2011 |
In early April, two weeks before she opened her latest restaurant, Talula's Garden, Aimee Olexy, crowned royalty of the region's culinary scene, met with her coffee supplier to choose beans she would serve at the end of each finely tuned meal. He'd brought her usual favorites from Nicaragua, Brazil, and Africa. But a stranger in the cache caught her eye. "What's in that little unmarked bag?" she asked. The supplier didn't answer. Instead, he brewed a small batch and poured her a cup. "I loved, loved, loved it," Olexy said.
September 28, 2011
WASHINGTON - Compared with uncaffeinated women, those who drink the equivalent of four or more cups of coffee a day are more likely to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes and less likely to volunteer in church or community groups, a new study has found. But it also found that well-caffeinated women have a key health advantage over their more abstemious sisters: They're less likely to become depressed. The latest study of caffeine suggests that women who get several jolts of java a day may do more than get a quick boost: Their mental health may see sustained improvement even as the physical stresses of aging accumulate.
April 29, 2013 |
HAVANA - Clarinets, reedy and thin, played something I'd never heard before. The low whine hung like humidity up and down narrow Consulado Avenue in Old Havana. I cocked my ear and detected the music coming from somewhere upstairs, through windows of a decaying, Spanish colonial-looking apartment building within sight of the national opera house. Brightening with each step as I drew closer, the sound wove an unforgettable sonic tapestry somewhere between laughing klezmer and the noble shriek of bagpipes.
November 2, 2014 |
First we knew him as "Johnny Mac" McDonald, the rising star chef at Snackbar tricked-out with molecular gastro powders and gels. Then we knew him as Jonathan Adams, the more mature, back-to-basics fish-and-chips master at Pub & Kitchen. Then he became a coffee roaster with a food truck - and ultimately quit restaurants altogether. These days, you'll find the father of three boys grilling toast and serving pour-overs at Rival Bros., the sleek corner cafe he recently opened with partner Damien Pileggi at 25th and Lombard.
January 3, 2013
The Gryphon Cafe, with its artful mural, open mikes and laid-back vibe, has been a fixture in Wayne for nearly 17 years. But for the last three, owner Rich Mattis has been house-roasting the cafe's own beans, too. "I'm still new at this," Mattis concedes as explanation for his constant experimentation with different roasts. No matter, I've been impressed at each visit with both the quality and complexity of his beans. Whether it's the round and fruity GST espresso (Gryphon Standard Time)
March 17, 2011 |
With an espresso bar on every block, our appetite for coffee beverages is clearly insatiable. But while the rest of us are hopped up on latte art, dripped cups, and bean-origin debates, chefs are sneaking coffee into the kitchen and starting to percolate recipes that maximize its culinary potential. "As an ingredient, coffee is bitter on its own, but if you use it the right way and balance its flavor properly, it can add great depth to food," says David Clouser, chef-owner of Sola BYOB in Bryn Mawr.
November 1, 2012
* DANGEROUS GROUNDS. 10 p.m. Monday, Travel Channel. New episodes will be at 9 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Nov. 13. EVEN OVER the phone, Todd Carmichael sounds caffeinated. The co-founder of Philly-based La Colombe Torrefaction probably doesn't need his own high-end coffee to stay awake, though. He's an adrenaline junkie, having set a world record for a solo, unsupported trek to the South Pole and twice tried to do the same with Death Valley. And that's just what he does for fun. "I can't deny the fact that I like to kind of move outside my own comfort zone and outside the kind of traditional path," said Carmichael, who, starting Monday, will be letting Travel Channel viewers in on the dicier parts of his day job as his new show, "Dangerous Grounds," premieres after the series finale of "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
May 31, 2012 |
DAVID TIMBERS, the hotheaded patron who tossed a cup of coffee in the face of a doughnut-shop employee two weeks ago, calmed down enough Wednesday to waive his right to a preliminary hearing at the Criminal Justice Center and later apologized to the victim. "What happened was, I made the biggest mistake of my life and I'm truly sorry for the physical pain that I caused the victim as well as emotional pain, and I just wish it never happened, but it did," Timbers told reporters outside the courthouse . "And I'm truly, truly sorry to the victim.
April 17, 2014 |
A West Philadelphia man was sentenced to 111/2 to 23 months in prison Tuesday for throwing a cup of scalding-hot coffee on a doughnut shop cashier as they argued about his bill. "I want to apologize to the victim for the harm I caused her," David Timbers told Common Pleas Court Judge Rayford A. Means. "There's no excuse for what I've done. " Means sentenced Timbers, 54, well below the 48 to 66 months in prison recommended by state sentencing guidelines, because, he said, he wanted the victim's medical bills reimbursed as soon as possible.
March 17, 2011 |
If most normal humans are made up of nearly 90 percent water, I am at the very least 80 percent coffee. Not only do I drink it from morning to night, loving the hot black spark perking through my body and mind, I've come to savor its myriad roasty flavors, the manual craft of brewing gear, and especially its culture of rituals - which can be oh-so-hard to change. Like most discerning Philadelphians, my ritual for more than a decade has been a cup of La Colombe, the city's "house brew," judging by the number of restaurants and cafes that have a pot of Corsica or shot of Nizza at the ready.