I haven't posted this week because I have been very busy getting ready for the SCAA show in Minneapolis. For those of you who might be there this weekend, shoot me an email, or stop by the El Salavador booth or the Ethiopia booth, as I will be holding cuppings at the former and hanging around promoting the auction at the other. I'm sure I will also spend some quality time hanging out around the United States Barista Championship.
Everyone's been talking about how Kyle Glanville from Intelligentsia LA is more or less unstoppable this year. I believe it. I don't want to jinx him, obviously. This is the man who taught me how to pull my first proper shot of espresso, so he has that going against him. But other than that, he's a master crafstman. I say, look out, USBC.
Competition should be awesome again this year.
I will post about SCAA while I am there. And when I get back, there are events at Café Grumpy and at BODUM USA (scroll down for that one). Oh, and a note on the Bodum/Edible Manhattan event: I just went by Bodum's new Chelsea headquarters today. Positively gorgeous. Beautiful, spacious interior design in a huge industrial loft space on the far west side of Chelsea. The gigantic north windows overlook a train yard far below, so there are no other buildings blocking the view and you can see miles uptown and along the Hudson. This is going to be a spectacular place to cup some coffee.
But now I am way behind on sleep and I haven't packed yet. Looks like I might be sleepy on the plane tomorrow. But for that particular malaise, I see the New York Times has discovered my favorite travel-lag cute: coffee before sleep.
In fact, experts said, for most trips it might be best to make the most of the alertness you can muster when you need it. That comes down to “naps and caffeine,” Dr. Rosekind said. Studies of pilots showed that a 26-minute nap in flight — while a co-pilot took the controls, of course — increased performance by 34 percent and overall alertness by 54 percent.
Using simple caffeine to raise alertness in conjunction with naps during a trip is a winning strategy, Dr. Rosekind said. Caffeine takes 15 to 30 minutes to work, and an effective nap should be less than 45 minutes, to avoid going into the kind of deep sleep that leaves people groggy. So drinking a cup of coffee just before a nap, he said, can ensure that you will awaken with a little extra zip. The caffeine and nap working together “can actually show a performance boost greater than either one alone,” he said. “It’s not rocket science.”
... from an article that's actually about the anti-lag properties of Viagra. Hmm.