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Does anyone know if this is enough #crema for an #espresso?
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How he credit cards are working to make your credit cards more secure. I hope by the time tokenization is implemented it's not easily broken by hackers.
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It's amazing the difference the #coffee bean variety can make. I had the pleasure to compare the Maui Yellow Caturra and Maui Red Catuai side by side recently. Beans were sourced from +MauiGrown Coffee  by my favorite coffee shop on Long Island: +Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company 

I drink French Pressed coffee primarily so this is the basis for my comparison as well as the look, feel and smell in addition to the taste. 

In February I came across some Maui Red Catuai beans from Batch #1823. 

From a farm located in the West Maui Mountains and grown under the guidance of owner Kimo Falconer. This coffee is grown overlooking the famous western coast of Maui. Full bodied with great consistency and subtle sweet notes. As an island coffee this tends to have lower acidity than many other beans.

In March the Maui Yellow Caturra from Batch #1877.
From a farm located in the West Maui Mountains and grown under the guidance of owner Kimo Falconer. This coffee is grown overlooking the famous western coast of Maui. Unlike most coffee varietals the Yellow Caturra's coffee cherries are yellow instead of red. Cups mild and clean with a spicy character.

I also noticed that the Yellow Caturra beans are definitely a bit smaller than the Red Catuai beans. The beans are also medium to light roast which I like over the darker roasts. I noticed a much stronger aroma of the beans when I ground them before making my coffee. By contrast the Red Catuai beans do not produce a strong aroma when ground but the beans themselves have a strong roasted smell with a hint of tobacco and caramel. The Yellow Caturra on the other hand are almost neutral in smell. In the photos you can also see that there's a significant difference in oil content in the beans with Yellow being a lot drier while the Red is producing a bit of oil on the beans. This resulted in a much bolder flavor of the Red beans while the Yellow is a much mellower flavor profile.

I can see the Red Catuai being used for #espresso (I will give it a try soon) and people who love the bolder coffee profile without the bitterness of some coffee beans while the Yellow Caturra is just a great overall coffee similar to the Ethiopian. Actually the Red Catuai beans remind me a bit of Starbucks, again without the bitterness. 

Can't wait to try the Bajawa Flores and Coomcafe Maragogype.
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Catching up on my coffee drinking today by opening up the Bolivian roast from +Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company that was sent in the January subscription. The first month had a nice French Press reference along with beans from Ethiopia (Yirgacheffe-Kochere), Bolivia (Bolivian FECAFEB) and Costa Rica (Castro Zeledon - Tarrazu).

I had the Ethiopian beans from previous batches and it's very very good. So after finishing what I had, I went into the uncharted territories and opened up the Bolivian.

I brewed the first press of the Bolivian and have some comparison and sampling notes on this roast.

-Definitely a darker roast than Ethiopian
-Bold but not burnt flavor you typically get with Starbucks dark roasts
-Nice and woody aroma and initial tasting
-a bit of sweetness
-Very rich flavor but it is probably enhanced by the French press vs drip brewing.

Definitely a good roast for a cold winters snowy day.

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A really good article in the +The Economist this week about the future of jobs. Detailed analysis of Keynesian economics, historical trends and how that translates into the future of jobs. It also shows that it's not just the manufacturing jobs that are at risk for being converted into automation but other types of jobs requiring analysis may be computerized and automated. 
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Testing out the espresso machine for iced drinks this summer... double shot shaken with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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Seems like there is a clear message in the article. Personal beliefs are great but expect a backlash when you force them on others. Focus on business first.
Some chefs have entered willingly into American social debates while others have found themselves unwittingly caught up in cultural wars.
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I love the new Business Card scanning in Evernote! Too bad it's iOS only for now. That feature alone is worth the $5 a month for premium. Nice if you have a stack of business cards that you want to keep. 
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Having used an iPhone (4s with IOS7) for a little over a month, I have made a few observations.

First and foremost...The "It just works" bit people love to tout when it comes to Apple products is a fallacy. My iPhone 4S regularly soft reboots itself with a friendly Apple logo screen. A minor nuisance but it's fairly consistent.

Second, the "simplified" and locked down keyboard on the iPhone is terrible. I find it frustrating not being able to press and hold a key to get a number, or special character. Although in general typing it's fairly good at predicting, typing anything with special characters (passwords, code, etc) is a PITA.

I had to adjust to the other way of thinking enforced on me by Apple, where only Apple vetted apps show up in the "share" function, while the Android method allows you to use any app able to handle the intent to show up in the list. It's a slightly different way of thinking where you, at times, have to take a step back and go into the app from which you can access your gallery/videos.

I found out that I can't "download" files to my phone (Multimedia excluded). Something as basic as: 
Download file with phone, connect phone to computer to move the file over didn't seem possible with an iPhone but easy to do with Android.

Moving a captured image without using iTunes is a pain as well. I took a video and wanted to mount my phone as a drive so I can directly attach that video to an email and I wasn't able to.  Had to jump through some hoops to get it onto the computer first.

I'm sure there are other annoyances that I haven't discovered yet....But the iPhone does have some positives. The camera is better than my old phone (But that's to be expected as my phone was ancient). 

Battery life is decent (Even for a used phone)...I supplemented it with an Incipio battery case and I can easily go a whole day with moderate to heavy usage without running out of battery. 

iMessage is nice, I like being able to go between the phone and computer and get all of my messages and continue the conversation. 

A few nice features with browsing the internet but Safari and Chrome and tied overall. 

I am still looking for that "must have" feature that sells the iPhone/Apple ecosystem to me. 
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Great to see that younger kids are getting interested in coding. Amazing that kids as young as five will be coding. Looks like UK is getting ready for the next digital revolution and prepping their kids for the jobs of the future, whether it's encouragement by parents or educational elements. 
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There's a lot to see in this world and a lot of things to try. The Internet has made knowledge readily available for everyone, it's up to the individual to invest time and effort into the journey. 

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