Portland’s Cacao Shop Featured in Sunday New York Times
In the travel section on Sunday June 17, the NY Times wrote about our local chocolate shop, Cacao. It’s a tiny little article, but oh so, as zee French would say, enchante. I betcha the NYT writer that wrote it just wanted an excuse to come to Portland to eat chocolate. Can you blame her?
Researchers have linked a rare disease called amyloidosis to Foie Gras
Tests on mice suggest the liver, popular in French cuisine which uses it to make pate de foie gras and other dishes, may cause the condition in animals that have a genetic susceptibility to such diseases, Alan Solomon of the University of Tennessee and colleagues reported.
You can read the whole terrible explanation of your fate here. Be brave, poor readers, be brave. What a way to go.
A documentary called “Burnt Chocolate Water”, talks about coffee and the coffee culture. Also, coffee made from civet, a mongoose-like animal, poop.
Unfortunately, it’s already ended its run in Portland, but maybe it will come back around. From the promo:
Jeff Grinta hates the taste of coffee but decided to learn as much as he could about it and see if there was a type of coffee he would like. Living in the Pacific Northwest proved a natural testing ground.
He visited local coffee shops and tried many cups of coffee ranging from Starbucks to the independent shop to free coffee at rest stops. He even tried rare coffee made of Indonesian cat poop.
He interviewed coffee lovers and coffee haters, attended cuppings and found a shop where the baristas serve coffee in lingerie. This film is full of amusing and enjoyable coffee characters who really have a unique outlook about the bitter bean.
This is all fine and dandy, but what caught my eye is that ‘cat poop coffee’. Also called Kopi Luwak Coffee, and somewhat rare, it is created when the Indonesian civet (a cousin of the mongoose), ingests coffee cherries, which are then passed through its digestive tract. Let’s just say it comes out the other end largely unchanged. The droppings are collected by farmers, the beans cleaned and shipped to roasters.
From Life After Coffee.com,
Why would you want to drink this shitty coffee? There are a lot of theories on why kopi luwak is different. Research has determined that coffee passed by a luwak has been changed chemically. Specifically the process seems to break down some of the bean’s proteins which are known to contribute to the bitterness of coffee.
Interestingly enough, I was at a Starbucks the other day and thought their coffee reminded me of poop, but it wasn’t anywhere near the $30 for a four-ounce sample that the genuine stuff goes for. Anyway, this all has me thinking. Does anyone want to invest in a civet farm? We could get Ristretto to provide the beans and make us a fortune!
This whole thing reminds me of the time I bought this girl a beautiful gold wedding band. She only took it off her finger to do the dishes. One day she set it down and our Husky jumped up, snatched it off the counter and swallowed it whole. I said I’d buy her a new one, but she thought it just wouldn’t be the same, so every morning she’d collect all the er.. poop from the yard, put it in a bucket, and carry it out to a nearby field where she’d poke through it looking for her ring. On the third day, a neighbor stopped her and asked why she was carrying a bucket of poo. When she explained he said, “wouldn’t it have come through by now?” At about the same moment I was sweeping the kitchen floor and discovered the ring had actually fallen under the dishwasher. Ah, the things we do for love.
Potential investors, feel free to drop me a note. Previous civit experience a plus.