Coffee and Wine

I recently had this great cup of coffee at Aroma coffee.  It was delicious and reminded me of coffee regularly served in Italy.
Unfortunately once you get the taste for really nice coffee it is hard to go back.

It also made me realize how the coffee we are normally served is just not good (even in some large chains), and set me thinking about making better coffee at home.

So off to the supermarket to buy some good beans for my next brew.

Now even with my limited understand of coffee I did know that I wanted good arabica coffee beans (rather than robusta). This was the smooth taste I was looking for after all.

At the supermarket I discover, to my dismay, all coffee is marketed by country and roast, the type of bean is not mentioned.

Imagine buying wine like this. Say you could only buy French or Australian wine, red or white.
Gone would be your choice of merlot or shiraz, or cabernet grapes.

Choosing wine without the grape variety does not make sense and it doesn’t make sense in coffee either.
We need more bean detail on coffee packets.

It will come as it did in wine, however in the meantime, for the cause, however try a good coffee.
It makes such a difference.

A facebook phone in the works? Game changer?

This could be a game changer for the industry.

A Facebook centred OS would replicate the closed environment of Facebook on the web.  Everything could be routed and analysed internally, a completely controlled environment (as is many people never leave the the Facebook environment).

Obviously this could have big implications for advertising revenue, and done properly, if shared with the carriers could even be used to subsidise handsets, even free handsets.

Would this not be a compelled proposition for many consumers, a free faceback smart phone, free dataplans, free calls and messaging to other Facebook users.

It could be a compelling proposition for Facebook.  A walled garden of consumers, known location, know personal data and surfing habits.  Advertisers could pay handsomely for this try of targeting.

Very interesting development, check out the link below.

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Facebook is working on its own smartphone. It’s a rumor that sends the mind reeling with speculation. What, exactly, would a super-social phone even look like?

via What a Facebook Phone Will Look Like: Features and OS | Gadget Lab | Wired.com.

How Advertisements Seduce Your Brain | Advertisements’ Affect on Buyers’ Brains | Advertising, Impulse Purchases & Decision-Making | LiveScience

Advertisements are all around us, and they vary greatly in their attempts to attract consumers. Some ads highlight the product’s features, while other ads’ content seems to be completely unrelated to the product they’re trying to sell. It’s the latter type of ads that shoppers need to be most wary of, according to a new study.

via How Advertisements Seduce Your Brain | Advertisements’ Affect on Buyers’ Brains | Advertising, Impulse Purchases & Decision-Making | LiveScience.

Psychology researcher finds that second-guessing one’s decisions leads to unhappiness

You’re in search of a new coffee maker, and the simple quest becomes, well, an ordeal. After doing copious amounts of research and reading dozens of consumer reviews, you finally make a purchase, only to wonder: “Was this the right choice? Could I do better? What is the return policy?”

Reality check: Is this you?

via Psychology researcher finds that second-guessing one’s decisions leads to unhappiness.

“Life is 10% of What Happens to Me and 90% of How I React to It”

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.

via “Life is 10% of What Happens to Me and 90% of How I React to It”.