Month: March 2014

Where to store your coffee

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Where to store your coffee.

It is a common misconception that coffee, especially the beans, are best stored in the freezer.
However, coffee beans are porous, so this is not a good idea at all. You run the risk of loosing some of the flavour, but you also risk the beans absorbing other unwelcome odours from your freezer or fridge.
The best place to store your coffee is in a cool, dry place – and in a sealed container. This will give you the best results!


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Spring Haikus

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Spring breeze—

the pine on the ridge

whispers it



Steam on the bay

past midday…

spring rain




Licking a bamboo leaf’s

spring rain…


– Kobayashi Issa

spring morning

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A Spring View

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A Spring View

Though a country be sundered, hills and rivers endure;  And spring comes green again to trees and grasses  Where petals have been shed like tears  And lonely birds have sung their grief.  …After the war-fires of three months,  One message from home is worth a ton of gold.  …I stroke my white hair. It has grown too thin  To hold the hairpins any more.

– Tu Fu (c. 750)


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A Forenoon of Spring

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On A Forenoon of Spring

I’m glad I am alive, to see and feel The full deliciousness of this bright day, That’s like a heart with nothing to conceal; The young leaves scarcely trembling; the blue-grey Rimming the cloudless ether far away; Brairds, hedges, shadows; mountains that reveal Soft sapphire; this great floor of polished steel Spread out amidst the landmarks of the bay.

I stoop in sunshine to our circling net From the black gunwale; tend these milky kine Up their rough path; sit by yon cottage-door Plying the diligent thread; take wings and soar– O hark how with the season’s laureate Joy culminates in song! If such a song were mine!

– William Allingham (1824 -1889)


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Wake Up and Smell The Coffee

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Wake Up And Smell The Coffee

Ask not about what the future may bring.
Whether sorrow shall reign or happiness ring.
Breathe deeply the aroma from life’s belfry.

Seek not to know when death shall call.
Whether bells shall toll or cardinals sing.
Instead find joy in each moment’s acme.
Wake up and smell the coffee.

Think not about ghouls and banshees
Or wonder what makes hopes cloudy.
Rest your thoughts upon here and now.
Wake up and smell the coffee.

Worry not about why bereavement calls.
Do not dwell on words of war.
And if at days start your mind seems clogged,
Wake up and smell the coffee.

Be happy enjoying life’s fragrant…peace.
Turn long-term goals into shorter leaps.
Set life’s table with roses and daisies
Then, wake up and smell the coffee.

Steadfastly time steals; days pass away.
And memories too soon fade as well.
Trust not what bouquet the future holds.
Wake up and smell the coffee, today.

– Dane Smith-Johnsen