“By Carl Engelking | April 11, 2014 2:56 pm
Growing, harvesting and roasting the coffee beans for your morning cup of java generates a lot of waste. But a Vancouver-based startup company now turns coffee castoffs into bread, cakes and pasta dough.
Coffee beans are actually seeds, extracted from fruits called coffee cherries. Once coffee producers remove the beans, the leftover fruit is usually cast aside and left to decompose. That is, until a company called CF Global Holdings came up with a method to convert the discarded fruit into nutritious flour.
This coffee flour is gluten free and contains more iron than spinach, more protein than kale, and more fiber than whole grain flour, Businessweek reports. It doesn’t contain high levels of caffeine — a person would need to consume 16 slices of coffee flour bread to get the jolt of one cup of joe. And instead of tasting like coffee, the flour’s flavor has hints of floral citrus and roasted fruit.
“My wife made some shortbread cookies and granola,” CF Global’s Dan Belliveau told Businessweek. “When it actually tasted good we thought, wow, we’ve got something here.”
In addition to minimizing waste from coffee production, Belliveau also hopes the flour will help coffee growers take home additional income, and give them a leg up in a globally competitive market. Coffee flour is currently being produced in factories in Hawaii, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico and Vietnam. The flour should be available for purchase by next year, according to the coffee flour website.
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Carrying on with the thread of colour theme posts :…read & see the gallery…….
Paris colors — one photographer’s multi-hued take on the city
When Nichole Robertson relocated to Paris from New York more than four years ago, she roamed the city.
She soon hit upon a distinctive way of documenting her wanderings.
She took photos of particular colors she found popping out against that characteristic Paris gray, then went on a scavenger hunt to find where in the city those colors — a certain rust red, say, or eggshell blue — recurred.
She posted the resulting photographic series on a blog (now archived at Obvioustate.com).
And then the part that doesn’t usually happen: the blog went viral and led to a bestselling book, “Paris in Color.”
The images are clearly Parisian, but organized in a novel and engaging fashion.
Like so many new arrivals in Paris, Robertson at first traipsed around the city’s most popular sights, such as Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe.
She noticed visitors dutifully pulling back to snap pictures of their travel companions in front of these classic attractions and then dutifully putting their cameras away.
Robertson decided to go for an opposite approach: focusing in on detail and color.
She took shots that highlighted the varying shades of brown in a row of baguettes, a bicycle saddle bag and an aged stone building façade, for example.
She focused on yellow as it cropped up in a café façade, a tart in a patisserie or flowers in a window basket.
Capture the details
“The details are the things that you will actually remember — capture those,” Robertsonadvises photographers.
She seeks out culture, bits of nature thriving in the city and moments of human interaction.
Neutral grays and browns are featured prominently in her work; bouncing against each other, they feel lively.
Robertson’s color-seeking approach is surprising, given the uniformly neutral shade that prevails in so much of Paris.
Buildings are typically off-white or gray — an ideal canvas for shocks of color, as well as the more subtle shades, she sought out.
Robertson prefers a dull, overcast sky.
When the sun is shining and the sky is blue, she puts down her camera and heads to a café.
Robertson’s project is, in a sense, all about surface — surface color — but she also feels it gives her a sense of the city’s underlying rhythms and quirks.
Shapes or theme
You needn’t just focus on a color, Robertson suggests.
Any repeating shape or theme will do.
Parisian typography, pastries or transportation methods are all good starting points for re-focusing the way you see things.
“It might seem absurd just to wander around Paris,” Robertson says, especially if you have limited time there.
But to really get to know the city she recommends choosing a particular area and doing just that, even for one day, noticing the quirks and repeating themes — and photographing them.
The same approach works equally well in many other old European cities, such as Rome.
As for Robertson, she returns again and again to Montmartre, the Left Bank, and the banks of the Seine, all of which she also documents in an iPhone app, The Paris Journals.
“Paris gets distilled down to one or two icons that don’t capture all the other equally good stuff you see,” she says.
“The good stuff is in the side streets.” “
The ” Intelligent Wired Home “…… Nest Thermostat.
Part of a much larger picture of Building Automation …….lives and liveability intersecting.
The Smart Home: Where Design, Technology Intersect – Businessweek…..the video ( see within this link ) expands
on the basic explanation of the core technology.
Core technology described at : http://www.lowes.com/cd_The+Nest+Learning+Thermostat_1335274929_
“The Nest Learning Thermostat™ was designed to keep you comfortable while helping you save energy. Nest turns itself down when you’re away, optimizes itself based on what kind of system you have, gives you a detailed Energy History and monthly Energy Report and can be controlled from anywhere over Wi-Fi by a smartphone, tablet or computer.
Meet the Nest, the World’s First Learning Thermostat
Your thermostat controls almost half your energy bill — more than TVs, computers, appliances and lighting combined — but a lot of that energy is wasted. A properly programmed thermostat can cut your heating and cooling bills by 20%. The problem is 89% of thermostats are rarely or never programmed. They’re just too complicated.
The Nest Learning Thermostat is simple. Nest works with its owners’ lives because Nest doesn’t need to be programmed: It remembers your temperature adjustments and programs itself.”
Gleanings from : Maria Popova & Brain Pickings
Goethe on the Psychology of Color and Emotion | Brain Pickings….please see link for complete article….
“Color is an essential part of how we experience the world, both biologically and culturally. One of the earliest formal explorations of color theory came from an unlikely source — the German poet, artist, and politician Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who in 1810 published Theory of Colours (public library;public domain), his treatise on the nature, function, and psychology of colors. Though the work was dismissed by a large portion of the scientific community, it remained of intense interest to a cohort of prominent philosophers and physicists, including Arthur Schopenhauer, Kurt Gödel, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.
One of Goethe’s most radical points was a refutation of Newton’s ideas about the color spectrum, suggesting instead that darkness is an active ingredient rather than the mere passive absence of light.
…light and darkness, brightness and obscurity, or if a more general expression is preferred, light and its absence, are necessary to the production of colour… Colour itself is a degree of darkness.
But perhaps his most fascinating theories explore the psychological impact of different colors on mood and emotion — ideas derived by the poet’s intuition, which are part entertaining accounts bordering on superstition, part prescient insights corroborated by hard science some two centuries later, and part purely delightful manifestations of the beauty of language.”……
The Fascinating Neuroscience Of Color | Co.Design | business + design…….click on the link for the complete article.