I have journeyed to the soul of chocolate and I bring you good tidings

Yes, Simba, but in the article written by the coffee fanatic, he not only lets slip that he HAS a blade coffee grinder, but also intimates that after using it for cacao, you can wipe it off and use it for coffee again.

Very nitpicky, I agree. But I have noticed that is the nature of coffee fanatics.

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Why are you picking the nit here, and why are you calling me Simba?

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From @Missy_Pants’s comment that the nibs are really oily, and that crushing them turns them into a paste, I wonder whether a blade grinder might actually be better for this.

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It is! After I failed with the mortar and pestle I scraped it all into the blade chopper attachment for my immersion blender and pulsed them forEVER until I got a thick gritty paste. I’m sure if I’d kept going for another hour I’d have a smooth paste, but I was pretty bored of the process at that point.

(I was trying to make drinking chocolate a la the 1700s method of creating a “pastille” of cocoa solids that is dissolved in hot water and served with cream and sugar. And I did, and it was bitter and gritty, but goooooood.)

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this too will be going down tonight.

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It’s an inside joke with an audience of 1 (me), and means nothing. 15 years ago I watched The Lion King about a million times with my children (only exaggerating by a few orders of magnitude). Simba (child) says “We eat the antelopes!”, but Mufasa (dad) wants him to see MORE, so he says “Yes, Simba, but we are all connected…”

So anytime I encounter a “Yes, but…” situation, that’s my go to metaphor.

As far as nit picking goes, I guess the baboon priest would be more relevant.

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We certainly are all connected. However tangentially! :wink:

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Be prepared, it packs a punch, lots of theobromine in those beans! ;D

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Just saw this:
Here’s what happens to your brain when you give up sugar

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I always use, “We’re in the pipe; five by five…”

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“Hershey, Pennsylvania – the “Chocolate Capital of the World”…”

I do love America’s huge sense of irony.

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Why do you feel the need to challenge Jesus?

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Holy shit, it makes it glow bright orange!!!

Oh wait. That’s that stock image of the brain that’s always used. Why does the brain always glow bright orange when articles want to sound more science-y?

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Teal and Orange…

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If you’re using the blade grinder for spices, I’ve seen a recommendation that you can run a half cup of rice through it to de-spice it before using it for other things (or to de-coffee it before grinding the spices; I don’t see having interesting spices getting into coffee occasionally as a problem.)

I’ve been using the blade coffee grinder lately because the Black&Decker Burr Grinder exploded itself, and they’re no longer selling it. Everything else these days is much larger, and made for handling a half-pound or pound of beans, which isn’t what I want to do at all. My wife got me a hand-crank grinder which turns out to work just fine for coffee-press coffee, but is a bit too much work to re-adjust to make espresso, so I’m doing that on the blade.

When you give up sugar the brain gets starved for glucose, so when you inject some F-18 labeled glucose for a PET scan, the whole noggin lights up like crazy because the glucose is being burned up equally in all the nooks-n-crannies of the brain.

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I’ve been off coffee for a year now and found that making hot cocoa without sugar has been the best substitute. Its much better than instant coffee and I usually make it with just hot water and cocoa powder.

I have never found the bitterness from that drink to be a problem, so this cold brew solution solves a problem that doesn’t exist for me.

I was a fan of the occasional cold brew coffee before though so I’ll be trying it out for sure!

When I’ve tried it with poorer quality cocoas, the results have not been good.

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You can use grinders for other things and go back to coffee.

To clean a coffee grinder you grind a few tablespoons of raw uncooked rice…with a tsp of baking soda. That’ll get off all the particles and the baking soda will remove any odors.

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First, I added some heavy cream, which was so goddamned delicious that I found myself standing in the middle of my office just groaning and holding the glass.

I see Cory doesn’t indulge in the finer points of cooking that often…
-me I keep a quart of cream in the fridge most of the time.

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There’s also this possible reaction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UZJRR8OHhY

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