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Uses for coffee grounds: odour control

Recently a friend told me that you can use coffee grounds as a great way to control odour. He said he uses it to get rid of the greasy oil smell after frying food. He also claimed it worked so well, that you can  use it to get that nasty teenage boy smell out of a room!

Use unused, fresh coffee grounds

Now that got my interest. It almost sounded too good to be true: just putting some fresh coffee grounds on a saucer, and letting it sit in the room and all the hormone smelliness disappears. So I stored that piece of advice in the back of my mind under the ‘I might try it someday when I have the time’ file. Until I read an article in the newspaper about how drug traffickers use coffee grounds to hide the potent smell of marijuana. If they are using it, it must be working, was my thought. And, being a desperate mom, I decided to invest some valuable time and investigate this ‘miracle worker’ without delay. It would be very nice to be able to enter my son’s bedroom without having to pinch my nose!

Coffee grounds as deodorizer.

Coffee grounds as deodorizer.

Test  result: smell gone?

And, did it work? Let’s say I am not sold yet. What did happen, was that the room started smelling a lot like coffee. I don’t dislike coffee, but having a room with an ever present espresso aroma is not really my cup of tea either. Too much of a good thing. However, my son never mentioned the fact that I sneakily tried to deodorize his cave. I was amazed: could it be true that he did not smell an odour so strong that I could detect it in the hallway, with his bedroom door closed? Or was he just ignoring me, like he usually does?

My conclusion

Over the course of a few days, the grounds lost their potency, and the room still smelled like a teenager. But that was to be expected, because he still uses his room and ‘reapplies’ the hormones, so to speak. Therefore my conclusion would be to use coffee grounds as a deodorizer after he has moved out, which probably means never, or just after frying food. At least it would give the kitchen that freshly made pot of coffee aroma!

100% Kona Coffee?

What you see is what you get? Not always. Always read the label carefully to ensure that you get 100% Kona coffee, and not just Hawaiian coffee beans mixed with other varieties. There are plenty of places to find Hawaii Kona Coffee online, but try to get it from a reputable Hawaiin company in order to get 100% pure beans.
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OK – I often think that people are loosing perspective as soon as they smell the possibility of compensation by suing someone. It is one of the great ailments of today, together with our dependency on pharmaceuticals and fossil fuels – to name but a few.

The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation is considering a law suit against the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mike Peters for a Mother Goose & Grimm cartoon he made for the January 2nd edition of the Dayton Daily News in Ohio. Agreed, the cartoon is syndicated to about 800 newspapers worldwide, but still. The cartoon jokes that violence is so rampant in Columbia, maybe “there’s a little bit of Juan Valdez in every can” of the fresh Columbia coffee beans.

The suit will be filed Friday and “would not seek any less than $20 million,” according to a note on the federation’s Web site. It will also demand a retraction from any newspaper that published the Jan. 2 cartoon, including the Toronto Star, where I found out about this controversy.

The federation, which represents more than 560,000 coffee producers, said that by linking organized crime and coffee, the cartoon “attacks the national dignity and the reputation of coffee from Colombia.”

Columbia Coffee In Da House?

In the offending comic strip, a character says: “Y’know, there’s a big crime syndicate in Colombia. So when they say there’s a little bit of Juan Valdez in every can, maybe they’re not kidding.”

The joke plays off a former marketing slogan used by the federation. The federation’s website?… Mike Peters is not allowed to poke fun at Juan Valdez, and we should be taking an ad THAT THEY CREATED with both Juan Valdez and his donkey in tuxedos seriously?

Mike Peters’ Themed Comic Series

The writer often pokes fun at products and the marketing campaigns that promote them. Some things he doesn’t even have to make up, because they are strange – but true. He writes his comics as a weekly series, and this week the theme is based on the fact that the inventor of the Pringles (canned patatoe chips) can had his ashes buried in a Pringles container. (Or so the Associated Press article says – I wasn’t there to verify ;o)

You can see where it all started…

December 30, 2008 the comic reads:

So, If the guy who designed the Pringles can had his ashes buried in one of these… [cans]

The maybe the other old advertising mascots could be scattered in everything

Well, I highly doubt…

[popcorn popping in the microwave] Hang on, Orville. I’m coming!

(see the comic here:

The January 1st comic pokes fun at Betty Croker ( and the January 3rd one is about “Mr. Pringles” (

If this case leads to a conviction we can expect to see all stand up comics apply for Employment Benefits! In my view this comic is rather harmless, and its publication should be guaranteed under the Freedom of Speech principle.

Let’s hope it’ll all just blow over.

I’m going to grab another cup of Java…


  • Article in the Toronto Star (with the cartoon):
  • The Associated Press Article:
  • A collection of the cartoonist’s website with the offending cartoon here: (it’s the 02/01/2009 cartoon)
  • The Columbian Coffee Growers federation website:

A Guide To Gourmet Coffee

by: Dakota Caudilla

Even a Coffee Bean or San Francisco Coffee outlet frequenter won’t be able to master the art of appreciating true gourmet coffee unless they know the history and info about gourmet coffee. Oh, of course, you don’t have to an EXPERT to enjoy and understand gourmet coffee, but knowing a little bit more than the grocery store owner who sells instant coffee would help you appreciate the taste, smell and absolute heaven that gourmet coffee fans know gourmet coffee is absolutely capable of.

Gourmet coffee is nothing like wine. With wine, the longer you leave (some wine, anyway), the better the taste, the higher the quality and the pricier it is. But with gourmet coffee, freshness says a lot. If possible, get coffee beans that have been roasted no more than 1 week before. And if you’re going to learn how to appreciate gourmet coffee, only buy 100% Arabica coffee. Read the rest of this entry

I was just looking up the world’s top producers for tea leaves. So it only makes sense to do the same for the other brew that I talk about on this site: coffee.

What are the top producing countries in the world for green coffee beans? I looked at the reporting from the Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations, and this is what I found:

Ranking 2006 Production
(2006 in tons)
Ranking 2003 Production
(2003 in tons)
1. Brazil 2,592,592 1 1,987,074
2. Viet Nam 853,500 2 793,700
3. Colombia 696,000 3 694,080
4. Indonesia 652,668 4 663,571
5. Mexico 287,555 6 310,861
6. India 274,000 5 275,000
7. Ethiopia 259,980 8 244,200
8. Guatemala 256,610 7 221,580
9. Honduras 190,640 10 203,148
10. Peru 174,955 9 175,284


Coffee From Brazil

One third (32%) of the world’s green coffee beans was produced in Brazil in 2006. Viet Nam, Colombia and Indonesia together have another 28% of the coffee market.