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Coffee taste test pits pricey cat scat coffee against other brews

Coffee taste test pits pricey cat scat coffee against other brews

HOLLAND, Mich.— Kopi Luwak coffee beans costs up to $600 pound, but is the taste worth the price?

That’s the question a panel of coffee experts attempted to answer during a blind taste test this week.  “The Great Kopi Luwak Cupping Challenge” unfolded at JPs Coffee and Espresso Bar in Holland.  Owner Jack Groot ran the test, pitting Kopi Luwak against other regional Sumatran coffees prices around $16 pound.

During the test, one Kopi Luwak sample rose to the top, scoring 76 points out of 100.  However, two of the less expensive, non-cat poop coffees ranked within a half-point of Kopi Luwak and the others were very close.

“It’s a very good coffee, but not worth $600 a pound.  If you bought it in a coffee shop, it would cost you $50 a cup,” said Andy Timko with Anodyne Coffee Roasters in Milwaukee.

TV Show "Cake Boss" turns Haworth chair into a cake

TV Show "Cake Boss" turns Haworth chair into a cake

A Haworth Chair design was recently the center of attention on The Learning Channel show "Cake Boss." The show's Buddy Valastro made a life-size cake of Haworth's ToDo chair in the show's final show of the season, which aired Feb 18. When the cake was done, ToDo handles and feet were added to finish the cake.

Holland Resident is One of 150 Invited to Attend NASA Tweetup for Last Space Shuttle Launch, July 7

Holland Resident is One of 150 Invited to Attend NASA Tweetup for Last Space Shuttle Launch, July 7

News Release:

Holland, Michigan - NASA will bring together 150 Twitter followers to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a two-day Tweetup, July 7 - 8, 2011, for the final launch of Atlantis before the space shuttle program is retired. Holland resident David Bos has been selected as one of 150 @NASA Twitter followers to attend and Tweet the event. Atlantis is targeted to launch on July 8 at 11:26 a.m. EDT on mission STS-135 to the International Space Station.

As a NASA Tweetup attendee, Bos and the other 149 Twitterers will interact with NASA shuttle technicians, engineers, astronauts, managers and NASA’s social media team as well as tour Kennedy Space Center and view the shuttle launch from the media area.

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Part 2 – Meet “Baldy”

I think one of the most beautiful birds is the male Northern Cardinal.  Red is my favorite color, which is one reason why I can’t take my eyes off of cardinals.  They also have those beautiful crests on top of their heads.  Cardinals don’t migrate and keep their color all year round because they don’t molt into a dull plumage like the Gold Finch.  This means the cardinals are still breathtaking in my snowy backyard all winter long.  Don’t get me wrong, the females are also very pretty, but the males are stunning.

The other thing about male cardinals is they all look alike.   The color of their feathers is the same.  They all have the black masks around the eyes.  They all have those distinctive crests.

Then one day my husband and I saw “Baldy”.  He was unlike any cardinal we had ever seen.   My husband first spotted him in early April.  There was something seriously wrong w

West Ottawa fourth-grader taking college math

West Ottawa fourth-grader taking college math

From: West Ottawa Public Schools

Derek Maas admitted to feeling “weird” on the first day of the Lakewood Elementary fourth-grader’s math class at Hope College.

But the youngest student in the Program for Academically Talented at Hope (PATH) is doing just fine now, thank you. His current grade of A and 98.66 percent average attests to that.

“Only the first day was weird but I’m used to it now,” said Derek, 9, the youngest of Ed and Paula Maas’ four children. “I like the teacher and you get to make up extra credit all the time. It really helps you learn a lot.”

Not that Derek has ever had a problem learning. He has consistently tested above his grade level since he was a kindergarten student, took sixth-grade math at Lakewood last year and has been in Lakewood’s Students Accelerating in Learning (SAIL) program.