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The end of modern civilization

English: Coffee berries Polski: Owoce kawy
English: Coffee berries Polski: Owoce kawy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the past  weeks I stumbled upon a series of articles in the news that quite frankly were the harbingers of doom. Modern civilization is coming to an end in this century.

The Mayas missed the date, but it seems that in the later half of this century, civilization will come to a halt. At least in the way we know it today.

The articles all talk about climate change and how around 2080 wild arabica could be extinct. This does not mean that coffee per se will disappear, but it will be more difficult to keep up production of this variety of coffee.

Coffee production will not come to a halt, but we could be in for a change in the variety of coffee used in our blends. Reuters reported in an article called Analysis: Coffee roasters stick with less costly robusta that roasters are using more robusta in their blends due to cost and the possibility to maintain market share .  Consumers have switched to non-premium blends of coffee that contain a higher content of lower quality robusta.

The more resistant variety of coffee known as Robusta or Coffea canephora gives your coffee more bitterness, more caffeine and an unpleasant rubbery taste.  The best espresso roasts use primarily Arabica beans, which originated in Ethiopia, but have spread around the  world. In some blends Robusta beans are typically included in the blend because of their ability to generate crema. High quality Italian espresso blends such as Illy  use no robusta at all.

Robusta has on average half the flavour and aromatic oils compared to Arabica. These oils attack the foam and make it disappear. Less oil in your brew equals more foam – crema. But at a cost. Less oil equals less aroma, flavor and overall quality of your espresso.

COFFE REFLECTIONS

So let us reduce, reuse and recycle so as to limit our carbon footprint, lest we leave behind a world of low quality/high price coffee to those that come after us.

Here is the link to the article from PLOS ONE.

See you next time.

Posted in Agnosticism, Art, Atheism, Blasphemy, Coffee, Everyday life

Happy Winter Solstice – Merry Christmas – or whatever

La maison en pain d'épices
Image by Kermitfrog Joyeux Noël 🙂 via Flickr

To everybody out there and with special affection to my few and cherished readers, I would like to wish you all a very Happy Winter Solstice and Merry Christmas or whatever festivity you celebrate this season.

The time of year to take a bit of time to enjoy the company of friends and loved ones.

Enjoy the season!

See you next time.

Posted in Agnosticism, Atheism, Blasphemy, Coffee, Everyday life, Family, Human Rights, Morality, Politics, Religion, The Conscious Disbeliever

One in six people worldwide are “nones”

1st UK edition
1st UK edition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to a recent study 16% of the world’s population are religiously unaffiliated. That is 1.1 billion people. The “nones” include atheists, agnostics and people who do not identify with any particular religion in surveys.

The tendency for unaffiliated persons is higher in Asia-Pacific followed by Europe and North America and lowest in the Middle East-North Africa.

The Pew Research Center study is called The Global Religious Landscape – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life .

However, many of the religiously unaffiliated have some form of religious beliefs and  also engage in certain kinds of religious practices.

The age of the global “nones” is a bit higher than the average in the U.S. study ‘No Religion’ on the Rise: 19.6% Have No Religious Affiliation – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life bet there is a trend worldwide.

I would like to remind you that the Atheist Census is now underway and would ask you to take part. There are only 6 questions you have to answer. It takes a few minutes to contribute to this project that will allow us to counted. Or as the census site states Atheist Census – Numbers matter. Be counted..

See you next time.

Posted in Art, Coffee, Everyday life, Neuroscience, Science, The Conscious Disbeliever

Caffeine crystals

B0008352 Caffeine crystals

Here is an image of an important part of everyday life, seen in a different light.

This picture by Annie Cavanagh and David McCarthy is impressive, and the post-processing gives life to the otherwise monochrome crystal.

Posted in Art, Coffee, Everyday life, Music

The Rolling Stones | 50 Years of Rock n Roll

ROLLING STONES 50th, I
ROLLING STONES 50th, I (Photo credit: Newtown grafitti)

The Rolling Stones | 50 Years of Rock n Roll.

Well just in case you did not know it, the Greatest Rock Band of all times (in my humble opinion) has achieved 50 years of Rock & Roll. Happy Birthday to The Rolling Stones!

I guess you can say the were right on that affirmation!!

So breakout the bubbly, crank up the volume and lets Rip this Joint!!

See you next time.

Posted in Agnosticism, Art, Atheism, Blasphemy, Coffee, Everyday life, Humor, Movies, Religion, Science, The Conscious Disbeliever

Yo, fucknuts! It’s probing time.

Just saw Paul the 2011 movie… Yeah, yeah, I know it’s yesterdays news, but I laughed my head off watching this and if you have not seen it, well…give it a shot.

Paul (film)
Paul (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Paul is not your run of the mill alien, he is outspoken, rude, knows a cuss word or two and has a good grasp on evolution.

Get ready for a different kind of Close Encounter.

I bet you have heard this line  before…

I know it’s no Oscar material, but I enjoyed the whole 104 minutes of irreverent humor.

See you next time.