7 Coffee, Tea and Espresso hacks you can try at home with Catfight Coffee.

7 Coffee, Tea and Espresso hacks you can try at home with Catfight Coffee.

 

Coffee and Tea are more present in our daily lives than ever. We can't leave the house and not see some new coffee drink that piques our interest. Here are 7 that we have been seeing creep up recently and ways to try them at home with Catfight.  

 

1) Bulletproof Coffee; You’ve heard of it and seen it at Whole Foods, but what IS it?

This high calorie coffee was originally intended to replace breakfast. Not recommended for daily drinking, it's made up of two cups of coffee, two tablespoons of butter and one or two tablespoons of MCT oil (fats found in foods like coconut oil) and mixed in a blender. Try it at home with our Eclipse Dark Roast and avoid those expensive Whole Foods Prices.

 

2) Iced Chai Latte; Growing in worldwide popularity in recent years, this spiced tea originally comes from India., Chai latte or masala chai is made by boiling black tea in milk and water with a mixture of aromatic herbs and spices, often including cardamom and cinnamon. Check out our Black Spicy Concentrate and our Golden Dore’ with Turmeric. Add to your favorite milk and add Ice.

 

3) Cortado: You know Lattes and you know Cappuccinos but what’s a Cortado? A cortado is basically a latte in a smaller package.While a latte is served with a frothy milk, the Cortado is equal parts espresso and warm milk to soften the taste and reduce the bitterness of espresso. We suggest our Catapult Espresso!

 

4) Espresso Romano: Did someone say Espresso? An espresso Romano is a shot of espresso with a squeeze of lemon and a lemon wedge. The lemon is be run around the rim of the cup to highlight the espresso's sweetness.  Did you know you can make espresso with our Iron Claw? If you have an espresso machine but don’t have our Catapult, try it with our Iron Claw.

 

5) Red Eye and Black Eye; How do you get the best of Espresso and the best of a cup of coffee? Top off a freshly brewed coffee with a shot of espresso and you have a red eye. Two shots and you have a black eye. We’ve mad this with our Tura Satana coffee and our Catapult Espresso and it was a knock out!

 

6) Dirty Chai; Same concept as a Red Eye, only add a shot of espresso to your Chai Tea. We suggest our Spicy Black Chai tea and our Catapult Espresso.

 

7) Shakerato: An Italian drink, A Shakerato is prepared using an espresso shot and ice cubes shaken together in a cocktail maker. Just like Ric Ocasek said, ‘Shake it up!’ And once you have a frothy consistency it usually strained into glass.

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Catfight Coffee Actually Wants Strangers to Text Them?

Catfight Coffee Actually Wants Strangers to Text Them?

Seriously? Does Catfight Coffee want me to text them? Is there some kind of robot on the other end? What am I getting myself into when I text CFC?

First of all...you may be strange, but that doesn't make you a stranger.

Yes, seriously we want you to text us. That text, while not our private phone numbers, your message does go straight to our phones and we, humans-are texting you back.

Catfight has said from day one that we are about community and there is nothing more personal and community building than getting (or sending) a text directly to a person.

The skeptics will reason that they will get their phones blown up with ads. We assure you that isn’t the case, in fact- It’s a fun way for us to bridge the gaps that algorithms have created. No more delay or missed information. When you are a part of the Catfight text crew, you find out all the cool things, from us as nearly as quickly as we do! For this reason, our texts will always be personal and exclusive to our texting crew.

But best of all-we want you to see that stand behind our work.

We aren’t afraid for you to tell us directly if there is a problem with your order or if there is something we could do better.

While most people start a company to work for themselves, we are very aware that we work for you.

+1 (917) 580-6406

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Monday Mayhem; Bands and books.

Monday Mayhem; Bands and books.

With entertainment being limited, and a book case full of bio and autobiographies it made senes to crack open some books by people that we are used to entertaining us.

This weeks Monday Mayhem are choice cuts from some of our favorite musicians who have had their stories laid out in print.

Some classics in my collection are some you may not be familiar with and a lot of them interweave. For example.. ‘Neighborhood Threat’ is the story of Alvin Gibbs of the UK Subs when he was on tour playing bass with Iggy Pop for the ‘Instinct’ album. A large portion of that album was written by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols who has the awesome read, ‘Lonely Boy’. I picked a song by Neurotic Outsider because that featured Steve Jones but also Duff McKagan of Guns and Roses. He has a great book called ‘It’s so Easy; And other Lies’ and that brings us to Mark Lanegan a Seattle musician who, when he sobered up, became friends with Duff and Duff helped Mark get back on his feet again. 

  Some of the newer reads include Rob Halfords, ‘Confessions’ and Megadeths book on the ‘Rust in Peace’ album.

My friend Simon Price penned the Manic Street Preachers ‘Everything’ book which is a great read.

Marilyn Manson has a great new album out, but his long ago written 'The Long Hard Road out of Hell’ is a classic.

Keith Morris from the Circle Jerks and HR from the Bad Brains both represent the birth of Hard Core Punk on separate coasts. Easily the most decadent and maybe most entertaining is ‘Fucked by Rock’ by Zodiac Mindwarp.

But, I’d have to say the 3 that top the list for me are Patti Smiths ‘Just Kids’, Mark Lanegan's ‘Sing Backwards and Weep’ and Jeremy Dean and Tom Bejgrowicz did a fantastic job with ‘Scream with Me’- a great visual history of the Misfits. Patti reminds me of what it means to be a true artist, Mark reminds me what it’s like to be a true addict and ‘We Bite’ reminds me what it’s like to be a true fan.

Have a great week everyone and please check out our Monday Mayhem on Spotify.

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Developing your Coffee Palate

Developing your Coffee Palate

If Art and music can be subjective, it stands to reason that coffee can as well!

While far from an immersive class, this Sunday we will hold a little palate developing class during Cattail Hour, 2pm EST on the Catfight Coffee Facebook Page.  If you can't make it, below are some steps you can take anytime to enhance and enrich your love for coffee. All you need is a cup of coffee or 2 and a print out of the SCA Flavor Wheel, here! But, you know how we roll-if you don't have either of those things-you are always welcome to join. 

We hope that your main takeaway from the Cattail hour class is this; What matters most is that you enjoy the coffee you brew. No coffee shaming here. You may notice that a nice side effect is slowing down and enjoying the process of making your cup of coffee. You have a busy day and coffee is the perfect accelerant. Why not savor those few minutes before the day takes off?

 

Aroma; Before we begin the brewing process, let’s take in the aroma of the coffee grinds. What does it smell like? Fruits? Flowers? Baked pastries? Remember-there are no wrong answers.

Now, after brewing your cup of coffee, smell it again! That’s right! Put your face in the cup and inhale. It’s amazing how coffee changes while it’s in it's stage of being processed. Smells different than the grinds right?

 

Acidity; Let’s start drinking or...in this case, sipping-even slurping! After the coffee has cooled a bit, try sipping just a bit. Sipping or more specifically Slurping, spreads the coffee all over your mouth to all the taste receptors. We want to keep an eye (or tongue) out for the brighter, more acidic taste. Some people confuse acidity with sour. Two different things. Imagine the difference between eating a lemon, an orange and a Kiki fruit and you will get the idea. Do you taste a lot or a little acidity. Neither is wrong, and some people prefer a brighter cup to a darker one. 

 

Body; This is my favorite part. It’s the weight or texture of the coffee in your mouth. I think of it this way, like taking a gulp…only not swallowing, holding the drink in your mouth. Is the coffee thicker like milk, or thinner like tea? Is it more 'mud' like? That's the body. 

 

Flavor; Now we are going to identify the specific tastes. You might notice a sweet taste (and sometimes salty) at the tip of your tongue or salty and sour on the sides and middle. Bitter you normally taste at the back of your tongue (now you know where your ex went! LOL).

This is where terms like ‘Cocoa’ or ‘Tobacco’ or ’Spice’ come into play. It doesn’t really mean that it tastes exactly like those things. More like a point of reference on where you are tasting things in your mouth.  Check out the Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel. Try looking at that next time you have a mouth full of coffee.

 

Finish; Think of it this way…does it was down clean like say a Corona or coat your mouth like a Sam Adams lager? Does the first sip taste different than the last? What taste is left in your mouth after you finish?

 

  Suggestions;

-Print out the SCA Coffee Flavor wheel and put it near where you drink your coffee. Pay Attention to what you taste and see if you can find it on the wheel.

-Try brewing the same coffee 2 different ways. Try it in your normal pot of coffee, and try picking up a French Press and try that! Some coffee has a lot of personality and will taste totally different depending on how you brew them. Some, are more consistent and taste nearly the same.

-Try picking up a coffee form Indonesia like our Bali Cat and a coffee from latin America like our Eclipse Dark Roast or our Iron Claw. Brew a cup of each and compare!  Try drinking both and looking at the flavor wheel.

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Monday Mayhem Week of Sept. 29-Oct. 4th.

Monday Mayhem Week of Sept. 29-Oct. 4th.

Incased you missed the memo, music is a huge part of Catfight Coffee.

Our coffee is music for your mouth. But the music for your ears is generally music considered 'Outsider' music. Everything from Johnny Cash to Marilyn Manoson. Bad Religion to Twin Temple. Metallica to David Bowie.

Every week we update our Spotify playlist. Sometimes we have special guests taking over the virtual turn tables. Other times, it's a little overview of what happened in the history of music we love for the coming week. Which is what this week is. If you haven't done so already, please join our crew and follow ou Spotify channel. 

Maybe one of the most important historical points this week is this one;  The worlds first CD Walkman was released by Sony in 1982 for about 650.00. Forever changing the way we listen to music and ushering the digital age of music files. 

This week in music, ‘Nightmare Revisited’ was released in 2008, which was an album of covers of Danny Elfman songs from the album Nightmare Before Christmas. All things considered this was a pretty slow week music news wise. Kiss Launched the Psycho Circus tour in 1998 and Gene and Shannon Tweed got married in 2011. Soundgarden released the Screaming Life.

We lost Tom Petty Passed in 2017, Janis Joplin in 1970 The Cars Benjamin Orr in 2000.

Iron Maiden released Somewhere in Time. Aerosmith’s (first) Greatest Hits was released. Happy Birthday to Tommy Lee.

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Thank you for your support!

Thank you for your support!

Hey Catfight Creep Crew!

First, let’s start with a thank you. While Keith Jewett might have been the grand prize winner of the bass (congrats to Keith!), truthfully WE were the winners. Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support in this fun contest.

It was an exhilarating 2 weeks. A lot of factors were at play. Trying to size up what hearses were actively for sale on the market and not knowing where we were going to end up financially changed our options daily.  When the lottery ended the two that were on the market were a 1971 and a 1988. Both great options.

The ’71 Hearse had been rebuilt from the ground up. That can be good or bad. If it were done right, well you have a brand new car! If it’s done wrong, you getting a whole world of problems.

The ’88 had relatively low miles, and was owned by a funeral director who never had one major problem with it. It was all 100% original and clean as a whistle.

The ’71 was a little bit cooler since it was older. It had a bit more of the Sweet Baby Jesus factor. But the 88 would be more practical for overall use.

The ’71 was also a lot more expensive.

On Sunday when we held the drawing, we  we ended up in the ‘Sheer ClasSick’ area of fund raising! Which was exactly where we had hopped to be, but this put the ’71 slightly out of range.

On Monday, the first call we made was to the ’71 and made a very low offer thinking we could work our way up and meeting in the middle.

We weren’t even close to where the seller wanted to be price wise.

The next call was to the ’88 who was entertaining several offers. He needed to think about our offer and call us back.

Now that the ’71 was off the table, the tension was crazy! What if we ended up with the funding, but now nothing on the market! That would suck, but wouldn’t be the end of the world. It just means we would have to wait till we found a suitable Hearse.

Low and behold, the owner’s son of the 1988 called us back to say our offer was accepted and that we could pick it up the next day, Tuesday.

We arrived and went to the bank to withdraw the funds, and due to us being out of stage, it being a larger than usual withdraw, we needed to clear extra security…our nerves were racked.

Finally, we traded keys for cash and hit the open road!

Our Cat-illac purred all the way down the highway!

As promised to our lottery ticket buyers-we immediately went to work.

We delivered a package to a customer of the week in the area, and then went to the roasting plant and loaded up on the brand new Bali Cat coffee to ship fresh to you!

And now, we are a last minute addition to the Rockabilly Uprising in Smithville NJ. The timing of the company Hearse couldn’t be better.

Thank you!

Your Lottery packages update...

With the lottery ending on Sat/Sunday, and printers closed on the weekend. we couldn’t place our order till Monday. Also, we needed to get total #’s on tees before ordering.

We should have the key chains, bumperstickers, cards and tee shirts by around Oct. 2 and everything ships out shortly after that.

Again, from myself and Meiling-thank you!

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You are going to love our new mugs!

You are going to love our new mugs!

We put a lot of love, detail, and thought into our coffee and our packaging. Should we have a mug that reflects that?
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Monday Mayhem! Our Spotify playlist for the week ending Sept. 6th

Monday Mayhem! Our Spotify playlist for the week ending Sept. 6th

If you haven't check out our Monday Mayhem playlist, head to Spotify and follow the Catfight Coffee Spotify page. It would mean the world to us and you get to hear new music every week! 

This week we pay tribute to Hilly Kristal, the owner of legendary CBGB's passed away this week in 2007, and this past week we lost Power Trips, Riley Gale.

Also, this week in rock history; Street Fighting Man by the Rolling Stones was released. Joan Jett and Sandy West formed the Runaways. Guns and Roses ‘Appetite for Destruction’ went to no.1 and

Metallic’s Black Album was released. Which brings us to birthdays! Happy birthday to James Hetfield,  Pat Smear (Nirvana/Foo Fighters/Germs), Pete Burns (Dead or Alive), MCA (Beastie Boys), Jennifer Finch (L7) Andy Warhol, Max Cavalera (Soulfly/Sepultura).

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The Texas Speed Trap; Coffee and Cream Soda.

The Texas Speed Trap; Coffee and Cream Soda.

This is a super easy and tasty cold coffee drink that doesn't taste like anything else. 

 

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The Gem Spa Egg Coffee!

The Gem Spa Egg Coffee!

Our homage to St. Marks Place and the legendary Gem Spa news stand hang out.
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3 other ways to wear your (or your significant others)Catfight Coffee Tee Shirt.

3 other ways to wear your (or your significant others)Catfight Coffee Tee Shirt.

You might not find this fashion tip in Vogue, but that's not our style anyway!
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Cold Brew Ginger Blackout

Cold Brew Ginger Blackout

Here is a cocktail that won't lead to a blackout! Our Cold Brew Ginger Blackout is crisp and refreshing and won't leave you with the hair of the dog in the morning.
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