Category Archives: Coffee

Vlog 121 Organo Gold coffee review

As soon as I had posted the last coffee review, I was contacted by Hot & Muggy from UK, check them out at: https://www.facebook.com/HotAndMuggyDrinks/ You know by now I love my coffee, so I was more than happy to accept their offer of free samples. And until I get more coffee delivered to my house than I have time to drink, the rule is I will make an honest review of everything sent to me.

I must admit I was sceptical, as this was instant coffeeโ€ฆ Over all I am not a big fan of instant coffee, but the Organo Gold products blew me away a bit. Also the good news is that it is actually really good for you ๐Ÿ™‚ Head over to Hot & Muggyโ€™s Facebook page HERE to find out more.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free goย HERE

Vlog 109 Maria Sole coffee review

Right so, itโ€™s been some time now since we talked about coffee in my vlog ๐Ÿ™‚ So when the first parcel arrived to my new address, I knew we had to do a coffee review. The good people at www.mariasole.co.uk were kind enough to send me some of their fantastic coffee. The beans are high-grade, organic and roasted in an open fire. I can tell you, this stuff is smooth! The full review is in the vlog. Hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free goย HERE

Vlog 10 Coffee beans

Few people asked me this in the past few weeks, so I thought to share it on a new Vlog. Iโ€™ll talk you through my favourite coffee beans and my everyday beans. Iโ€™ll also talk about the one thing I believe makes the biggest improvement in your coffee. Here are the links to the stuff I talked about in the Vlog:

Fallon & Byrne

LaVazza

Tefal Coffee Grinder

Aeropress video

Let me know in the comments what’s your favourite bean. Also let me know your thoughts on the vlog, more of this kind of vlogs? or would you like to see something else?

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free goย HERE

Broke And Out Of Coffee

This week’s song for a change actually have a positive story to it. This is a good example of how sometimes the small struggles in life can be a good source of inspiration. As well as how the artist and music consumer relationship should be a two way street.

I got back from my holidays at the end of September. I’ve had a great time, but as often is the case, especially as an independent artist, the bills and rent had me short on cash. I was in a shop and realised I had to buy a different brand of coffee to my usual preference. Now before anybody gets on a “high horse” about posh coffee, lets just say my everyday coffee bean choice is very reasonably priced, well known and respected brand, which I will not name ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sure, I was broke until my next paid job, but that’s the nature of the game. If you are not willing to be broke form time to time, you should not enter the music industry in the first place!

So I did what is the only sensible thing to do, I laughed. Now imagine me standing in the ail of a shop holding a cheap supermarket brand of coffee in one of my hands, shopping basket in the other and laughing (loudly) my head off. So when I got home I tweeted the the following line: “Being broke and running out of is not a good combination :-D” In a matter of minutes, a twitter friend of mine Mike form Colorado replied with: “What, there’s no country and western song about that already!”

That was it, that was all I needed. I dropped everything I was doing at that moment, picked up the guitar and wrote this weeks song “Broke And Out Of Coffee.” The song it self looks at how sometimes we make these small problems in life into bigger problems, while we are well able to keep some of the bigger problems in perspective.

So keep your eyes and ears open, you never know where the inspiration is hiding. So I was broke for few days (and had to endure some not so great coffee,) but I got a song out of it. That song will have life of its own and will last (hopefully) much longer than my misery ๐Ÿ˜‰ And all it took was the ability to laugh at your own situation, willingness to share it and someone with outside perspective to point out the obvious. Thanks Mike!

If you like the song, you can download a copy of it from my Bandcamp page right now HERE. As always, you can choose to name or your own price, or download it completely free by setting the price to $0.00. Either way, the most important thing for me is that you enjoy the song ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for listening and please share this post. As always, I have not budget for fancy PR, so you guys spreading the word is extremely important to me. You guys rock!

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free goย HERE

Coffee

coffee-beansI think I’m long overdue to write this blog post ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m sure many of you know I like my coffee. To me it is kind of like soul food. It makes my mornings worth getting up for. In Finland, where I was born and grew up, coffee is a stable part of every day life. If someone comes to visit you, the first thing you do is make a pot of coffee. I remember my mother teaching me how to make coffee in a percolator when I was very young, and I’d used to make it for her on weekend mornings before she woke up.

In Finland we had coffee for every occasion, Christmas, Easter, Sunday, even evening coffee! So you could say it is in my blood. But my true love for it has developed through traveling in the past 15 or so years. As a musician it becomes a bit of a startup fuel. To dull the boredom at a long drive, you get a coffee at every petrol station pit stop.

As you can imagine, I am used to drinking any kind of coffee, even the bad ones ๐Ÿ˜€ Now straight out the gates I can tell you I am not a fan of instant coffee. To me it tastes artificial… And yeah, I have tried every one of those fancy instants that promise you real coffee taste and I have been disappointed every time ๐Ÿ˜€

But lets forget about me for a second ๐Ÿ˜‰ Coffee has a long history throughout cultures and more often than not, it is associated with socializing. It used to be something we did not just rush in to us in the morning on our way to work, but we stopped to have coffee and a chat with friends. This was the way it was enjoyed throughout the Arab world and still is. This is the way the coffee shops in Vienna served it, where once you purchased a cup of coffee, they would let you stay as long as you liked. If you go to the countryside in France, you’ll find cafe full of old men sipping and talking away, same all around the mediterranean. When I came to Ireland eighteen years a go, the concept of coffee shop was a new one. The Bewley’s cafe was the place to go. Now Dublin have some of the best coffee around, and most coffee shops are buzzing all through the day.

So I think it would be beneficial for us once in a while take a break from our busy schedule, grab a friend and take them for a coffee. Or even just on your own, sit down for few minutes in your favourite cafe and enjoy the coffee, instead of running off to work. Those few minutes lost is not the thing you will regret late in your life, it is the constant rushing. Teach your self to appreciate these small pleasures of life.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free goย HERE

Saturday Morning Coffee

Coffeegrains Saturday morning peaks it’s light through the shades. My eyelids are struggling to find the strength to open up. The seagulls are making a racket feasting on the Friday night’s leftovers on the streets of the city outside. Music is my job and my life, so I have nowhere to be for several hours, no reason to get up just yet. But I don’t mind. I like the light in the morning. I like the feeling of slowly getting to grips with reality and my surroundings. I love being alive.

Little by little I let my body wake up. I move my toes, feel my calf muscles, my back and I thank for another day it is letting me not be in pain. I slowly lift my body and sit on the edge of the bed. My dazed mind making sense of the sounds coming from outside. I rise up, and make my way down the stairs. Coffee, man needs coffee to start the day.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free goย HERE

Cup of Coffee my way

AeropessI got my self an Aeropress coffee maker few weeks back and I thought I’ll share with you a quick video on how I make a very nice cup of coffee with it ๐Ÿ™‚ Few people recommended this little gizmo (designed by the inventor of frisbee) to me, so I decided to find out what the fuzz was all about. I must say I have been blown away by it. I was a sceptic at first, which I am sure many of you are right now, but all I can say is give it a try ๐Ÿ˜‰

Just a few quick notes to ad to the video. The manual that comes with the device instructs you to make the coffee other way around. I tried both and the way I do it in my video results in a better cup in my opinion. The advised amount of coffee is 18 grams in the instruction, but a barista friend of mine advised me to try 16 grams. I probably land somewhere between most of the time and as you can see from the video, it is more of a rough estimate. Hope you like it ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know what is your preferred method of making coffee.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get two of his free songs go HERE and click Download