Bean Press: Coffee Science with Chandler Graf

The integration of science in the art of brewing coffee. Presentation by Chandler GrafThird-Year Medical StudentTexas Tech University Chandler majored in undergraduate biochemistry and is currently a third-year medical student at Texas Tech University. Fortunately for us, he is also a former barista with Beltway Coffee Co. in Abilene, Texas! Here is his Ted talk[…]

Traveling Brew: Literary Coffee Shops around the World

Here are seven great literary cafes from around the globe. By Nicholas Parker Introduction Writers and coffee go together like espresso and steamed milk. Everywhere you look, there’s a writer plugging away on their laptop in a cafe, usually with a steaming cup of joe by their side. Caffeine stimulates the brain and increases productivity—something I know because[…]

Medieval English Brews: Recipes for 13th and 14th Century Unhopped English Ales

Making ales using only medieval techniques and equipment. By Dr. Paul W. PlacewayAlumnus, Language Technologies InstituteCarnegie Mellon University Introduction In medieval England, ale was an alcoholic drink made from grain, water, and fermented with yeast. The difference between medieval ale and beer was that beer also used hops as an ingredient. Virtually everyone drank ale. It provided significant nutrition[…]

Roast Review: Agora Coffee in Houston

Espresso in a Houston namesake of the ancient Greek marketplace. By Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction Nestled comfortably off busy Westheimer in Houston is a cozy nook to sip your coffee and read a book or have a nice conversation with friends and even strangers – Agora coffeehouse of Houston. It’s an interesting name, and[…]

Agora: The Marketplace in Ancient Athens

The agora was a political and a commercial space in Athens and other ancient Greek city-states. Introduction The agora was a central public space in ancient Greek city-states. It is the best representation of a city-state’s response to accommodate the social and political order of the polis.[1] The literal meaning of the word “agora” is “gathering place” or “assembly”. The[…]

Historical and Cultural Aspects of Man’s Relationship with Addictive Drugs

For certain people, addictive substances are the pillar of society – not only now, in the modern age, but also in times past. Nowadays, addictive substances (mainly drugs, but not limited to them) are used to enhance social experiences. However, in the past, such substances were often used for religious and medicinal purposes. Opium, for[…]

The Effect of Hookup Culture on Modern Relationships

When the inaugural commercial dating sites were launched in the mid-1990s, they were embraced by singles who could now seek prospective partners very conveniently. But the streamlined nature of these outlets has meant they are just as valid for finding a nearby hookup as developing chemistry between those seeking longer-term partnerships. Being able to arrange[…]