Saturday, December 09, 2006

Arcade boy

Josh always has fun at the arcades. Its costly these days (I have turned my back on the  gourmet coffee shops and settled for a 70 cts condensed milk coffee instead many times).  But somehow the dark side manages to take my money away...  The arcade, $1.50 per game, happily sponsored by the father so that Josh can have a few minutes of adrenaline rush...  I gush with pride with every special power he delivers to the opponent in streetfighter and every corner he negotiates successfully on the VR bike.


Anonymous Ivan Chew said...

Ah, so that's what dads feel when they see their kids play. BTW, can you really buy Teh-C for 70 cents? Thought it's 90cents already! : )

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Martin Roman said...

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Specialty gourmet coffee, sometimes called premium coffee, is exceptional coffee beans grown only in ideal coffee-producing climates. These coffee beans have unique characteristics because of the soil they grow in which produce very distinctive flavors.

Gourmet coffee has a more balanced flavor and richer taste than the standard mass-produced coffee. Gourmet coffee beans go through a rigorous process of certification that is stricter to help keep the quality high.

In the 1974 issue of the "Tea & Coffee Trade Journal", Erna Knutsen first used the term 'specialty coffee' to describe these unique coffee beans that are produced in special microclimates with these distinctive, exceptional flavors.

In 1982 the Specialty Coffee Association of America was created by coffee professionals to help set quality standards for the specialty coffee trade.

Since the 1990's the growing popularity of the coffee houses and specialty gourmet coffee retailers, have made gourmet coffee one of the fastest growing food services markets in the world. In the United States alone, it nets approximately $8.5 billion a year.

Some have compared specialty gourmet coffee to wine. The aromas and flavors have similarities in how the consumer connects with the two beverages. The characteristics of gourmet coffee however, are more even complex than wine. The coffee bean is more dependent on altitudes, climate and soil variation than with the grapes used for wine.

The history and tradition of the specialty coffee grower makes this a very complex beverage. So pour yourself a cup of your favorite specialty gourmet coffee, sit back and enjoy, you deserve it.

10:43 PM  

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