Khaled rambles technology, tea/coffee, consumer rights and other interest from Saudi Arabia

October 16, 2013

How to clean stainless steel coffee mugs

Filed under: General — Tags: — Khaled A. @ 1:52 pm

My favorite travel mug is this Zojiroshi model, it keeps the drinks hot for a long time compared to everything else (it replaced my Contigo). Here’s a link with a review at The Sweet Home.

I noticed that it’s cheaper on eBay.


I have to quote this section of the article as it covers how to clean these stainless steel mugs and what to use:

Care and maintenance

If you’re drinking anything besides water, gunk will build up over time. If you don’t like gunk, you’ll need to clean your mug from time to time and the best way to do that is with a bottle brush and some baking soda and vinegar. After a couple hours of research, we found that the best bottle cleaning set out there is the $13 OXO Good Grips Bottle Cleaning set. It comes with a large bottle brush, a skinny straw brush, and a looped detail cleaning brush, all kept together by a handy ring so you won’t lose any of the parts. The set is dishwasher safe, and after 96 separate reviews it doesn’t have a single one-star review on Amazon, so it’s a pretty good bet for anyone looking to get gunk out of their hard-to-clean items. We bought a couple sets to confirm their quality and they are as good as we thought they would be.

The competition offers similar products for a similar price point—the OXO set is $12.99—but there are downfalls. A $9.99 set from Contigo generally serves the same purpose, but some users think the bristles are too soft and that the entire set is difficult to store, especially since they are not held together by anything. There is another bottle brush kit for just over $14 from Camelback, but it doesn’t come with a detail brush and users generally feel the quality isn’t as high as the brushes from OXO.

Photo Credit: flickr.

May 1, 2013

Great Espresso Video – Taking a Coffee Break

Filed under: Videos — Tags: — Khaled A. @ 3:09 pm


In the tradition of Stomp, this video takes a walk through a simple coffee break in the Sanremo UK shipping dock. This maker of espresso machines takes a fun look at what that coffee break might sound like.

Via Giz

March 12, 2013

Coffee Links [12 March 2013] روابط عن القهوة

Filed under: General — Tags: — Khaled A. @ 1:40 pm


هذه تشكيلة من الروابط عن القهوة التي أعجبتني:

Table Service: 5 Great Coffee Table Books About Coffee ٥ كتب عن القهوة
Grind it Out: 10 Best Coffee Grinders أفضل ١٠ طواحن للقهوة
Frigid Brew: 5 Best Cold Brew Coffees أفضل ٥ قهوات مُعدة بشكل بارد
I’ll Take Mine… How 16 Men of Note Take Their Coffee كيف يتناول بعض المشاهير قهوتهم
5 Best Automatic Coffee Machines أفضل ٥ أجهزة قهوة أوتوماتيكية
Espress Yourself: How-to Buy an Espresso Machine دليل شراء جهاز إسبريسو
Grace Under Pressure: A Photo Glossary of Espresso Drinks صور للإسبريسو

February 25, 2013

Coffee Links [25 Feb 2013] روابط عن القهوة

Filed under: General — Tags: — Khaled A. @ 1:12 pm


هذه تشكيلة من الروابط عن القهوة.

Grounded Literature: 5 Great Books About Coffee ٥ كتب عن القهوة.

High and Dry: 5 Best Instant Coffees أفضل ٥ أنواع من القهوة الجاهزة (عند عدم توفر القهوة الحقيقية).

The Complete Guide to Brewing Coffee الدليل الكامل لإعداد القهوة.

Espresso, Intelligentsia

فيديو عن الإسبريسو.

Espresso, Intelligentsia from The D4D on Vimeo.

February 11, 2013

فيديو: القهوة المتخصصة (لمحبي القهوة) for Coffee Lovers

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 4:00 pm

أنصح محبي القهوة بمشاهدة هذا الفيديو.

Specialty Coffee: The Pursuit of Deliciousness

In this episode of Subculture Club, Thrash Lab gives you an inside look at three of our favorite specialty coffee companies. We start off at the roasting plant for LAMILL Coffee, then visit the Oakland headquarters and cupping room for Blue Bottle Coffee Co. and then take you to the roasting works at Handsome Coffee in downtown Los Angeles. The things that happen in a coffee house are really magical! Watch and see how the taste, the look, the smell, the pour, the perfect cup and the traditional drinking experience of coffee is created by some of the experts in the business.

To order some specialty coffee:

لطلب القهوة من تلك الشركات:

February 22, 2012

What to do with Old Coffee Grounds

Filed under: General — Tags: — Khaled A. @ 12:26 am

Don’t mind me, I’m just testing blogsy + sharing something I hope you find useful.

21 Ways To Use Old Coffee Grounds


Finding new uses for the old is a creative and fun way to live a little greener.

Have you ever wondered what other ways coffee grounds could be used after making that much needed morning pot of coffee. For all you java junkies, here are some tips for using coffee grounds.

Used coffee grounds get rid of cellulite. Here is the recipe we found at DIY Maven. “Mix 1/4 cup warm, used coffee grounds and one tablespoon of olive oil. While standing over an old towel or newspaper, apply the mixture to your problem areas. Next, wrap the areas with shrink wrap and leave on for several minutes. Unwind the wrap, brush loose grounds off your skin and then shower with warm water. For best results, it is recommended to repeat this procedure twice a week.”

Now, on to other tips for using old coffee grounds.

1. Soften and add shine to hair. When washing your hair, rub coffee grounds through wet hair and rinse. For brown hair, coffee grounds add highlights.
2. Use coffee grounds as an exfoliant for skin. Pat on skin, massage over skin, rinse.
3. Add coffee grounds to your skin mask beauty routine.
Make homemade tattoos (temporary) with henna and coffee grounds.
Fertilize plants. Old coffee grounds are nutrient-rich for plants that thrive in an acidic soil.
Add used coffee grounds to the pots of indoor plants.
Work used coffee grounds into your garden soil before seed planting. After your plants start to emerge, work in coffee grounds near the plants. Used coffee grounds are said to repel snails and slugs as well as adding nutrients to the soil.
Increase your carrot and radish harvest by mixing seeds with dry coffee grounds before planting the seeds.
9. Use coffee grounds to repel ants.
Keep cats from using your garden as a kitty box by spreading used coffee grounds and orange peels throughout flower beds.
Deodorize a freezer. Place a bowl with used coffee grounds in the freezer to remove unwanted odors. Add a few drops of vanilla to coffee grounds.
Rub coffee grounds on hands to get rid of smells from chopping or cutting up pungent foods.
Make a used coffee grounds sachet. Fill old nylons or cheescloth with dry used coffee grounds. Hang in closets to absorb odors.
When you need an abrasive cleaner, coffee grounds can be used. Be careful of any surfaces that might stain.
Remove furniture scratches with wet coffee grounds.
Got a fireplace? Sprinkle wet coffee grounds over the ashes to keep from becoming engulfed in the plume of dust ashes create when you need to remove them.
Dye fabric, paper or Easter eggs. Simply add used coffee grounds to warm water and let sit a bit to create a dye.
. After you give your dog a bath, rub coffee grounds through the coat of your pet. Coffee grounds are said to repel fleas.
19. Keep bait worms alive by mixing coffee grounds into the soil before you add worms.
20. Grow mushrooms on old coffee grounds.


May 30, 2009

Running A Successful Coffee Establishment

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 10:01 pm

Someone should point this video (start at minute 26) to the coffee shops in Saudi Arabia. Austin Baker’s talk at Ignite Phoenix. The title of his talk was Running A Successful Coffee Establishment.


January 15, 2009

Three cups of coffee a day ‘triples risk of hallucinations’

Filed under: General — Tags: — Khaled A. @ 1:31 pm

Yeah, like that will make me stop drinking coffee. It’s interesting how it mentions “instant coffee” though, instant coffee is not coffee! It’s crap! From slashdot:

“The Telegraph and other sources are pointing out a study on 200 students which has found that a high caffeine intake can cause visual and auditory hallucinations, and can make people think that others are ‘out to get them.’ The abstract (and full version if you have access) is available. ‘The volunteers were questioned about their caffeine intake from products including coffee, tea, energy drinks, chocolate bars and caffeine tablets.'”

September 26, 2008

Clover Coffee Machine

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 1:58 pm

The Clover single serve coffee maker is now available at Starbucks. Starbucks has acquired the Clover company earlier this year.

Here’s how the $11,000 machine process the coffee:

The barista pours ground coffee onto an extremely fine filter atop a piston that descends into the machine. After the coffee steeps, the piston rises, creating a vacuum that pulls water through the grounds. The finished coffee flows through a spout into a waiting cup. Despite its price tag, a Clover can increase cafe owners’ profits by allowing them to charge more per cup according to the bean.

The follow video from Wired shows the process, CHOW have more details about the process.

I love French Press coffee and this machine will be interesting, the question is how soon until the local Starbucks in Saudi Arabia use it? They have increased their prices by 2SR last year so they better do it. I will be watching this Find a Clover map and hopefully one will appear in Saudi Arabia soon. Links of interest: The Coffee Fix: Can the $11,000 Clover Machine Save Starbucks?, Clover FAQ. Review: Clover РThe Best Single Serve Coffee Machine for Caf̩s, Clover Equipment.

February 14, 2008

Starbucks offer Free Wi-Fi in the US

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 4:58 pm

I would hope that local Starbucks would do the same, 12SR per hour for a crappy Internet connection (the Internet timer doesn’t work on non IE browsers, so if you used Firefox or, like me, a Mac, then you cannot logout to resume it later!).

There’s a slight catch to the free WiFi deal: you get two hours free, but only if you buy coffee with a Starbucks card. This doesn’t sound like a total scam to us, though: just put your coffee money on a gift card instead of handing it over directly. After the first two hours, you can get additional hours at a rate of $3.99 for two, and the unlimited monthly plan is $20. If you’re already an AT&T customer, you can log in and use the new Starbucks hotspots for free.

I don’t mind getting an hour or two of Wi-Fi access with my 19SR drink, I think I deserve it. Via DownloadSquad.

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