French Press Technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st571…
V60 Technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI4yn…
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Sitting longer than about 2 minutes in a French press didn’t extract more caffeine, surprisingly.
Dark roast had higher caffeine per ounce, but not a huge difference.
Instant coffee had less caffeine than expected.
0:53 How the analyser works
2:39 Test 1 Filter vs. Espresso
3:59 Test 2 Cumulative Extraction
7:53 Test 3 Contact / Steep Time
9:17 Test 4 Instant Coffee
13:28 Test 5 Light vs Dark roast
16:42 A Note On Caffeine Variance in Different Coffees
18:09 Wrap Up
I’ve been enjoying these zero drop and wide width shoes, but may have a thicker sole: Altra
100% Grass Fed Beef *Patties* are half the price of the bison (grass fed) that he shows though, and also has the great fats. Super tasty if not overcooked!
In Anchorage, at this time, Costco doesn’t have the pasture raised OG eggs, just OG cage free.
OG seaweed is a great, nutritious, inexpensive bargain.
Their OG *frozen* blueberries (he shows fresh only) are relatively inexpensive and healthy!
Costco’s Kirkland brand D3 is useless. Get Nature Made D3 there instead.
Costco’s Chosen Foods mayo is 100% avocado oil based, and is tasty!
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Currently, I’m blending 75% Colombian (medium roast) with 25% French roast (dark), which Costco has locally roasted at Steam Dot in Anchorage. I ran out of a wonderful African roast that I also added. Costco got rid of their roaster, and thus all of their specialty coffees. Steam Dot bought their giant roaster, but continues only three of their blends. Colombian is very good. None are organic.
I store them in the freezer, most often vacuum packing them first in jars.
Instead of cream, I add generous amounts of coconut cream that I get from a local Asian market.
Ground nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice from Frontier Coop (available locally at Natural Pantry) tops it off.
We live 2.5 miles from what I’ve been told is their 2nd most profitable Costco store. They bought Toys-R-Us next door, and are planning on joining the two buildings with an enclosed walkway, which would make it the largest Costco in the world, I am told. One manager still has to approve the project. They’re already using Toys-R-Us in other ways.
Some interesting ideas in this short video:
This guy is SERIOUS, for serious results!
I’ve been taking cold showers for about a year, and sometimes baths, after discovering Wim Hof. Our tap water temperature in Anchorage, Alaska is ideal:
Dr. Berg recommends 20 minutes, but that’s probably for water that’s not as cold. Wim Hof says at least 3 minutes.
Continue reading “Dr. Berg: The 7 Benefits of a Cold Shower”
Pyrex straws can be used to minimize contact with tooth enamel too:
Teenie Greenie Wide Straight Glass Straws Smoothie Milkshake 9 in x 12 mm Clear Color Tip 4 Pack, Shatter Resistant Pyrex-Glass + 2 Cleaning Brushes, No BPA, Non-Toxic, Reusable, Eco-Friendly
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I just ordered one of these from what’s-really-going-on-truther Nathan Stolpman (Lift the Veil – “Usually right. Always honest.”).
Nathan’s wife designs the shirts.
Continue reading “‘Truth Matters’ Tee Shirt from Lift the Veil – “Usually right. Always honest.””
Red cedar looks outstanding!
Preserving wood with fire!
Bois Brulé. Burnt wood, an alternative to aging … according to ancestral techniques came from Japan for giving a durable finish to wood siding. The ancient technique of charring the wood to make it more durable is rooted among the Aztecs. The Japanese, who named it Shou-sugi-ban, have extensively used it. The charcoal acts as a protective layer that resists decay and fire, producing a long-lasting and maintenance-free material. This method of wood preservation is restarted by architects looking for green solutions in different parts of the world including Japan and Europe. In simple terms, the wood is burned for about 7 minutes using a torch or more traditional methods, before being doused with water and brushed to remove char dust, revealing a light silvery sheen. The timber is then washed and dried. It can be left unfinished or a finished oil can be applied to bring out shades of gray, silver, black or brown. This technique is used for siding, decking and outdoor furniture. The method earns interest both for its environmental history and for its aesthetic appearance. The materials can last at least 80 years, without chemicals. (YouTube comment)
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If you have some weight problems, be sure that the coffee will help you in fat burning. Mix coconut, cinnamon, honey and cocoa, then add it into your coffee, and you can lose up to 20 pounds in a month. These ingredients will make the taste of your early morning coffee better, accelerate your metabolic process and you will get a new body very quickly!
I used to regularly get water here.
A 3-inch hole in a rock wall at Mile 109 of the Seward Highway quenches many thirsts.
Tourists pull over for a cup of refreshing liquid Alaska, wild and cold. Locals, suspicious of treated city water, make the drive regularly to resupply their homes, even though there’s less known about this source of water than the water from their sinks. Others simply prefer the taste of the water that trickles there, supplemental hydration they take away one Nalgene bottle at a time.
This drainage hole in the rock between Beluga Point and Windy Corner on Turnagain Arm draws visitors all day long. Anyone who has driven the highway with any regularity has seen them, perhaps wondered why, and maybe had to brake for them as they dart across the road. …
Mica Sexton pulled up next. … People are too trusting of the government and media, he said. Fluoride is one reason, he said, that he “won’t touch” tap water.
“I think most people, when you tell them that somebody that they trust to look out for their good is putting something bad in their water, most people just look at you and tell you you need a tinfoil hat,” Sexton said.
Sexton said he also suspects city water treatment removes healthy minerals he believes he’s getting from this large drinking straw poked into the Chugach Mountains. …
…Alaska Dispatch News collected a sample and delivered it to ARS Aleut Analytical….
In short, all categories fell within the maximum contaminant limits set for drinking water by Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation. At least they did that day. ARS Aleut Analytical lab manager Ian Schacht said that a water quality test is just a snapshot of one point in time, which can’t replace regular monitoring. Results could fluctuate for many reasons.
AWESOME NEW CHEESE AT COSTCO!
Costco has product similar to this one, called “Smoked Sharp White Cheddar.” It must be a brand new product for Tillamook, because I can’t find it on the net. It looks like this one, but is aged 9 months instead of 2 years.
Made from milk from cows NOT treated with artificial growth hormone.
WONDERFUL! Highly recommended. Really strong natural wood smoke flavor!
“Get it while you can.”
$11.49 for 2 lbs.
From: Natural News
Studies show that olive oil benefits our heart and mind
Monday, January 19, 2015 by: Michael Ravensthorpe
(NaturalNews) Olive oil, which is obtained by pressing the fruits of the olive tree, is considered to be one of the most nutritious oils in the world. According to Hippocrates, it could heal a large number of serious ailments, including mental illness. The ancient Greeks and Romans generously poured olive oil over their food, cherishing it for its pleasant taste and medicinal qualities.
..a study published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience in 2013 showed that another phenolic compound in olive oil, called oleocanthal, had neuroprotective properties and could shield us from Alzheimer’s disease, which is a leading cause of dementia.(7) These results might explain why the Mediterranean diet, which uses olive oil freely, is associated with better cognitive function and lower rates of cognitive decline.(8)
Is it safe to cook with olive oil?
A lot of people assume that olive oil is unsafe to heat, since fatty acids can oxidize during cooking and become carcinogenic. The truth, however, is that only polyunsaturated fats become damaged when heated. Studies show that oils that are high in monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, are fairly resistant to heat.(9,10)
Costco has this great, organic herbal tea! The first ingredient, Rooibos, is a yummy, South African tea that I discovered at a specialty tea shop.
These other ingredients also rock!
Rooibos, chicory root, natural flavor, rosehip, cinnamon, lemongrass, peppermint, chamomile, ginger root, anise seed, orange oil, orange peel.
It must be super healthy, and probably even fights diabetes, etc.!
I don’t remember the price, but it’s less than $10 for four boxes of 18, each.
The tea bags are individually packed in their own flavor-sealed aluminum pouch, which is really important to maintain flavor and health benefits!
I bought one of these “natural daylight” 5,000K LED bulbs at Lowe’s:
Utilitech 7.5-Watt (40W Equivalent) A19 Medium Base Daylight (5000K) LED Bulb
They say they’re 40-watt equivalent, but my estimate is they’re more like 60 watts, using only 7.5 watts, and lasting for an estimated 25,000 hours!
With my colorimeter (for my monitor), it tested about the same output as the less expensive, but short life, CFL version that is supposed to be 60W equivalent. And they both did test at about 5,000K. Daylight is about 5,500K.
This puts out beautifully, refreshing (Alaska doesn’t get much sun right now) light that really is anti-fatiguing.
I highly recommend these! 5,000K is much preferable to the 3,200K and less, more yellowish bulbs that are most common. This has enough blue light to definitely feel the difference during our short daylight, winter days.
I’m not crazy about the name, but this is a GREAT beer, made with real vanilla bean and other spices!!
King Street Brewery is on King Street, north of Dimond Costco in Anchorage, Alaska.
Poltergeist Pumpkin – 5.0%
We captured the spirit of a pumpkin and put it in a beer! King Street’s Poltergeist Pumpkin is a sessionable pale ale with flavorful hops supported by fall spices. Aromas of pumpkin, vanilla and nutmeg greet the nose and are followed by cinnamon and spice following in the sip. Despite being brewed with over 160 pounds of pumpkin, this ale is lite on the palate making it the perfect beer for Halloween parties and holiday dinners.
I finally, successfully made FISH HEAD SOUP, based on Chef Rob’s video below, made with silver salmon. YUMMY! I substituted lots of cabbage and fresh dill for the sea vegetables.
I tried making it before from a 50-pound King salmon that I caught in the ’80s. I didn’t know to remove the gills, and it stunk up my roommate’s apartment! Had to throw it away.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZGpkQe27rs]Salmon Head Soup: Traditional Foods, Contemporary Chef Southcentral Alaska
Published on May 20, 2012 by ANTHCStoreOutside
ANTHC’s Store Outside brings you an amazing, nutrient-dense Fish Head Soup recipe! Watch Chef Rob Kinneen prepare a contemporary twist on a classic Alaska Native recipe. Alaska Native Elders always ask for Fish Head Soup, as it is both a delicacy as well as loaded with nutrition! Salmon is Omega-3 Fatty Acid rich as well as high in Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium and trace minerals. This truly is among the top of Alaska Native soul foods! Special thanks to Elder Myrtle Vandorn, Southcentral Foundation’s Kim Aspelund, Mayor Lester Lunceford/City of Whittier, Cook Inlet Housing Authority and the State of Alaska Division of Public Health!
NOTE: The white shirt does not have this great info on the back.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jgnk8-YS95E]Fluoride In The Tap Water – Blue Shirt
Uploaded by TheAlexJonesChannel on May 17, 2011
The majority of Americans believe the government lie that drinking fluoride is good for them without evening questioning it. Wake them up with this informative blue t-shirt.
The front of the blue t-shirt conveys all the dangers of adding fluoride to the drinking water in one very simple, yet powerful symbol: a skull within a droplet of water. The front also has the phrase “THERE IS POISON IN THE TAP WATER” to succinctly explain the image. Our website infowars.com is also on the front and back.
The back also has the skull/droplet of water image and explains the dangers with a powerful list stating that fluoride is:
An industrial waste added to the drinking water by our government for the purpose of medication.
More toxic than lead.
The active ingredient in many pesticides.
Linked to increases in bone cancer, brain damage & lower IQs.
Wear this great shirt and do your part to wake up those around you to the dangers of adding fluoride to the water supply.
Get yours today at
I may get a ‘9/11 = inside job’ cap too [entire 9/11 Truth category at ToBeFree], but I would be careful where I would wear it. Some Republicans who watch Fox News and listen to Rush Limbaugh (but not Alex Jones) might freak! [I just updated my collection of Fox News illustrations: [updated] FOX News Illustrated: “We Spin, We Decide” — Because Sometimes You Can’t Handle the Truth]
Whereas this shirt rocks and is so pertinent that it can be worn freely. Let the world see!
Help wake up America and free Anchorage from this rat poison, which it literally is!
It’s unconscionable what they’ve done to Alaska’s pristine water. The only way to get this toxic waste out is to take all of the other good minerals out too!
Our media won’t discuss it, but we can.
Fenske’s Rant! | Fluoride in Water Linked to Lower IQ in Children — In addition to this study, and the 23 other IQ studies, there have been over 100 animal studies linking fluoride to brain damage
We need everyone’s minds razor sharp during these difficult days ahead.
Help your neighbor; spread the word!
Jeff : )
NOTE: The white shirt does not have this great info on the back.
|The majority of Americans believe the government lie that drinking fluoride is good for them without evening questioning it. Wake them up with this informative blue t-shirt.The front of the blue t-shirt conveys all the dangers of adding fluoride to the drinking water in one very simple, yet powerful symbol: a skull within a droplet of water. The front also has the phrase “THERE IS POISON IN THE TAP WATER” to succinctly explain the image. Our website infowars.com is also on the front and back.The back also has the skull/droplet of water image and explains the dangers with a powerful liststating that fluoride is:
Wear this great shirt and do your part to wake up those around you to the dangers of adding fluoride to the water supply.
If you site at a desk and like listening to the intricacies of sounds and don’t need to be hit with bass thump, read on.
I thought I’d put in a plug for some really great yet really inexpensive desktop computer speakers: Logitech Z130 — $20 (qualifying for Super Saver Shipping) at Amazon. I got mine at Best Buy, locally about 6 months ago for a tad more.
These little babies throw a great soundstage. Soundstage is a hifi term indicating how clearly the sounds are placed in the air. Some audiophiles spend many thousands of dollars to get seamless soundstage for their he-man rigs. The main goal is go have each instrument in its own place (for CDs that are recorded with this in mind), and for there not to be any audio gaps.
The reason it’s even possible for $20 speakers to throw a good soundstage is because they only have 1 speaker in the cabinet, so there is no need for an electronic crossover, of which the cheap ones kill the soundstage. When there are different size speakers in the cabinet, or if it’s attached to a subwoofer, crossovers split the freequencies, so the subwoofer just gets the lows and the cabinets get the mid-to-highs, for example. Or if there is more than one speaker in each cabinet, the crossover will send the lows to the woofer and the highs to the midrange/tweeter.
Many people think that Bose would have the best sound, because of their clever marketing. They can do some amazing things with ports to get bass out of small boxes, but they have no soundstage, of those I’ve tried, anyway.
Because the Logitech Z130s are so small, maybe 5 inches high, they actually don’t have bass, which is a big drawback. We’ll be missing the full timbre of the larger instruments. But there is no way to avoid this tradeoff without spending many hundreds of dollars more. But if you can live without bass (reggae especially takes a hit) in order to treat your mind and soul to spacial sound delights, the $20 may be worth it. The only way that I know to get full range audio with a single speaker is via the close proximity of headphones.
These aren’t going to fill a room with great volume either. They’re for placing on either side of the computer (the wider the better until you lose soundstage). We have to sit in the sweet spot. But they’re plenty loud if you’re working on your computer. I turn the volume up fairly high on the speaker (even all of the way — there is no noise), and then adjust the volume from the computer’s keyboard.
I also toe the speakers in a bit — an audiophile trick. Point the speakers directly at you — they’re not going to soundstage well pointing forward — and then angle them even further toward each other. Experiment.
The better the source material the better the soundstage. CDs will soundstage far better than MP3s. And “high quality” 192 kbps Pandora (requires subscription — worth it!) is going to do much better than “Normal quality” that the free Pandora app puts out.
And the recordings, themselves vary GREATLY too. Some recordings won’t have any soundstage at all. I listen to a variety of music, and have always liked what is called “New Age;” though, I don’t like the term, because much of it isn’t about the new age religion at all. Some is though. I avoid the weird stuff and go by feel.
Recently, I found a very interesting Pandora channel: Ryan Stewart radio. Type in Ryan Stewart into Pandora and be amazed! Almost every one of the artists’ songs are melodically deep, full of drama. It’s music that will move you while you’re working on whatever.
Pandora sometimes picks songs that really are similar to the artist we typed in, and sometimes the songs they choose aren’t even close.
if you’ve followed my blogs lately, you’ll see that I instantly became a big Rhydian fan. I love how he sings! But type Rhydian into Pandora, and they’ll only include his songs from his second CD, along with mostly big-voice Christian songs from other artists — though his first CD is pretty much secular, and his second is quite a bit too.
Here is to listening to some great music before it’s all over. And once revival hits (when ONE happens) it should then be again easier to find real Christian music. It’s slim pickins, currently. When people get close to God the music will get anointed again.
I miss when Vineyard music was hot in the late ’80s/early ’90s. Typing in Kent Henry into Pandora pulls up some good songs like “More Love, More Power.”
Jeff : )