Espresso or Americano. I’m not sure which but coffee played an important part in the creation of some of the songs by one of the greatest bands of all times, the Beatles. The Challen upright piano used by the BBC and other broadcasting studios was also used in the late 1960’s by The Fab Four to record Paperback Writer, Tomorrow Never Knows and Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da at Abbey Road. You can only imagine John Lennon leaning against the coffee stained, cigarette burned Challen with George, Ringo in the background and Paul McCartney at the keys playing
If you really like it you can have the rights,
It could make a million for you overnight.
If you must return it, you can send it here
But I need a break and I want to be a paperback writer,
The piano was bought by the studio in 1964 and was used for 20 years by many other bands including Pink Floyd. Said to originally cost less than $400.00, it was retired in 1980. The piano was scheduled to be sold at auction last year for an estimated value of $255,000 by Bonhams in London but the lot had been withdrawn.
Not a bottle of my favorite beer but a tall cold glass of my favorite coffee. I’m not referring to hot coffee iced down or a Starbucks Frappuccino but coffee brewed without heat. Now this may seem counter-intuitive as bringing the beans in contact with boiling water was once thought to be the only method for extracting the true flavors of coffee. But according to the Internet Food Association, cold brewed coffee is much more flavorful than hot brewed with no acid or bitterness and less caffeine. This will make a lot of people happy because for some, caffeine and the tannic tendency of coffee can be a problem. Also, this method of making coffee appeals to the tree-hugger in us because cold brewed coffee requires no heat, no plug and can be brewed in a mason jar.
Cold brewing techniques vary but all begin with a coffee concentrate or extract you can prepare yourself or buy. Or you can use the tried and true Toddy system. Developed in the 1960’s by Todd Simpson, a chemical engineer who first encountered coffee extracts in Latin America, the Toddy system has a devoted following with Toddy cafes throughout the US . This site has a particularly good overview of the system by a loyal fan including his preferred choice of beans and water source!
So the next time you’ve got a hankering for a tall cold one look for the sign at your nearest internet café – Cold Brewed Iced Coffee Served Here.