Central Perk – The Most Famous Coffee Shop

Now I don’t know about you, but in days gone by, I liked nothing better on a Friday night than settling down with my favorite mug full of frothy coffee and watching one of the greatest comedy shows to come out of the US in years. That show was ‘Friends’.

And the focal point of the whole show was the wonderful and welcoming coffee shop, ‘Central Perk’. Like ‘Cheers’ before it, the main location where characters gathered and shot the breeze was the public drinking place, be it coffee or beer.

So many classic moments were played out in Gunther’s famous gathering spot. Who can forget Ross’s virtuoso keyboard performance, or Phoebe’s wonderful rendition of ‘Smelly Cat’.

Ross, Phoebe, Monica, Joey, Chandler, and Rachel. Names and faces so familiar that it’s hard to believe there was a time when they weren’t well loved and permanent fixtures on our television screens. The show started in the US in 1994.

It was the year after Cheers had ended and it almost seemed as if Friends was the successor to the crown of America’s most loved TV show. As in Cheers, the characters were not only amusing and likable, but there was a depth to them so often not seen in your average sit-com.

Also in common with ‘Cheers’, I would sometimes imagine what it would be like to actually visit ‘Central Perk’. I’d wander in through the front door, walk down the steps and order a coffee from the wonderful Gunther (who we all know had the hots for Rachel). Imagine sitting down, enjoying your coffee and eavesdropping on the conversation going on on that couch between the gang.

We all have our favorite Friends episode and for me personally, it has to be the fantastic one where Ross performed his keyboard ‘skills’ in Central Perk. Who can forget Phoebe’s classic line “Oh my God, he’s not even appreciated in his own time.”

Who knows if the gang will ever reunite. It’s a nice thought, but you have to wonder, if there was a movie, what would the story be and how could they possibly better the television show. Still, you never know, ‘Sex and the City’ mad a movie and there’s already a sequel on the way.

When I sit down on a Friday night now with my coffee (now made with coffee pods), I still enjoy my Friday nights, but it just ain’t the same without those very special ‘Friends’. Let’s hope there’s a movie!

Various Coffee Maker Accessories

For many, the cup of coffee is more than a beverage of choice, but rather a way of getting through the day successfully. When you enjoy drinking coffee regularly, your craving for this beverage is real, and the need for caffeine is paramount. For the perfect daily cup, or two or three, the perfect coffee maker accessories are necessary.

You don’t have to be a scientist to make the perfect cup. Start with a quality coffee maker, and go from there. It is fun to experiment with the different tools and options to find just the right way of making your ideal drink.

No longer a tool for the professional, a coffee mill or coffee bean grinder is a great place to start your journey to the best cup of coffee ever. Fresh beans are the main ingredient for a great cup of coffee, and the ability to grind them as needed is cost-effective and preserves the great taste and aroma. Enlisting the proper storage of these beans is important, and researching the ideal choice for keeping your beans is a good recommendation. Finding and investing in just the right coffee bean is a matter of taste, it would be a shame to lose their rich flavor because they are not properly stored.

Just as important as the coffee, surprisingly, is the coffee filter. Whether you buy them in a jumbo size sleeve of paper filters at a big box retailer or make the investment in a gold filter, the proper use of a filter makes the difference between a lousy cup of coffee and bliss in a cup.

Paper filters are the least expensive and can be found everywhere. The choice to use cloth filters is more cost effective in the long run and appeals to those who are more conscious of the environment. Gold filters are an investment over the cost of paper and cloth filters but enjoy a substantially longer life, and some will argue that the coffee they produce is without compare.

Your filter, regardless of how it is constructed; paper, cloth or gold, is important not only to keep grounds out of your drink but also to take impurities out of the water being used. This is especially important when using tap water, to make sure your taste is not compromised with unwanted additives or minerals.

Not only available in retail shopping locations, but the internet is also brimming with coffee maker accessories to make your coffee experience more pleasant. Check the websites of popular manufacturers and use search engines for more information. Don’t be intimidated; follow the directions, your taste buds and your heart, and soon you will be enjoying your best cup ever!

Your Guide To Roasting Coffee

Article courtesy of Russel @ Lake City Coffee

Roasting is truly the process of turning proverbial trash into treasure: the pits of coffee berries become something capable of rendering the perfect brew. As roasting progresses, water is removed from the green bean, causing it to swell and audibly crack. Then, the oils are pulled to the surface, and there is the second crack. By the time the process is complete, the beans are twice their green size and half their green weight.

You could spend hundreds of dollars on a roaster, but our goal here is to give it a try with minimal investment. For this reason, the oven method is the best place to start.

Oven Method

The equipment for roasting in the oven is pretty straightforward:

  • an insulated cookie sheet
  • a single layer of green beans
  • the middle rack of a preheated 500° oven
  • a metal colander
  • a good exhaust fan—set to high

Place the cookie sheet of beans onto the middle rack and wait for the magic to begin. In 8-10 minutes, the puny greens beans that you’d figure for split pea soup will begin their little happy dance. As the beans’ interior temperatures rise, they will start to swell and eventually begin cracking. It’s also at this point where you’ll get the first sign of smoke and that awesome, hopeful smell of coffee.

Once you have smell and smoke, it is imperative that you watch closely. What happens from here on out, happens quickly! Just when you think the process is over, as there is a short lull of activity, the beans come to life again for what is called the second crack. Here, the oils are being pulled from the bean, rather than simply moisture. The beans will now begin to darken—and will eventually burn. The trick is to stop the process as soon as your desired roast level is achieved. (Below is a description of each roast level.)

Pull the pan out of the oven immediately and carefully pour the beans into a metal colander. Swirling the beans in the colander will help drop the temperature more quickly so that no further roasting occurs. The swirling motion also helps remove the chaff. (Chaff is the thin outer coating of the bean that comes off during the process and should be discarded. Gently blowing on the beans in the colander will help accomplish this.) Allow the beans to cool and rest in the colander for 3-5 hours before grinding—if you can wait that long.

Roast levels

The degree to which the oils are brought out and/or burned off determines the roast level.

  • Light Cinnamon – Very light brown, dry, taste resembles toasted grain.
  • Cinnamon – Light brown, slightly toasted grain taste, beginnings of an acidic undertone.
  • New England – Moderate light brown, slight acidic undertone, typical of lower-end coffee in Eastern US.
  • City or Medium – Medium brown, typical of Western US, variations in the bean’s character come through more notably at this profile. This is the beginning of the second crack.
  • Full City – Medium dark brown, some surface oil, bittersweet, variations in the bean’s character still coming through.
  • Light French – Moderate dark brown, light surface oil, more bittersweet, becoming caramel in flavor, acidity beginning to reduce.
  • French – Dark brown, shiny with oil, slightly burned undertone, acidity further reduced, good for espresso.
  • Italian or Dark French – Very dark brown, very shiny, burned undertone, acidity nearly gone.
  • Spanish – Very dark brown—nearly black—losing oily shine, charcoal undertone, the very second in the process when caramelize becomes carbonization.

Roasted Bean Storage

If you need to store the beans beyond the resting and cooling stage, use an opaque breathable container, or one that is opened daily, such as a canister. Remember that as soon as the oil is brought to the surface of the bean, it begins to go stale. Roast only what you will use within a week’s time.

There’s Money in Coffee

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