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Which Coffee Would You Like?

Monday, January 27th, 2020

Ever catch yourself in a coffee shop, staring at the menu, wondering why ordering a simple coffee has to feel like such a task? I mean, it’s coffee. Why are there 47 variants on the board? Why are you being asked if you want a single or double shot? What does it all mean??

Don’t worry. We feel you. So, as the ever supportive buddies (and coffee lovers) that we are, we’ll help you sort out between cappuccino, espresso, latte, and every other variant leaving you cross-eyed.

 

1. Espresso

Since it’s often the beginning of most coffee options, we’ll start with this. An espresso (often wrongly pronounced as expresso), is a highly concentrated coffee made by forcing near boiling water and steam through finely ground coffee. A single or double shot is basically a single shot or double shot of espresso. 

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Image Source – Caffe Society

 

2. Americano

This is basically an espresso shot (or two), with the same amount of hot water added to it.

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3. Macchiato

A Macchiato is an espresso with a bit of milk added to it.

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Image Source – Pinterest

 

4. Cappuccino

A Cappuccino is made with a 1:1:1 ratio of espresso, steamed milk, and foam. This is also the one that you’ll find on social media posts the most, since the foam floating at the top makes a perfect base for creative designs.

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Image Source – YouTube

 

5. Latte

Very similar to a cappuccino, expect there’s more milk, and less foam. Basically, it would be espresso and steamed milk in a 1:2 ratio, topped with a bit of foam.

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Image Source – Nespresso

 

6. Cafe Mocha

A latte mixed with either chocolate syrup or hot chocolate.

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Image Source – UB foody

 

Now that you know the basics of which type of coffee means what, we hope you can not only find it easier to order your cup, but maybe even help out that one other person in line stuck saying “Yeah, I just want coffee. Like regular coffee”.

Coffee Benefits? Sign us up!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

We love our coffee! No, seriously, it’s a never ending affair. And we’re tired of hearing how caffeine and it’s addiction is bad for you. So we went on a little hunt, and discovered, lo and behold, that coffee has its benefits too! Here’s what we found.

 

1. It can help burn fat

Caffeine is found in almost every commercial fat-burning supplement — and for good reason. It’s one of the few natural substances proven to aid fat burning. Several studies show that caffeine can boost your metabolic rate by 3–11%

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Image source – Entrepreneur

2. It cuts the pain

Two cups of coffee can cut post-workout muscle pain by up to 48%.

3. It ups your energy and smart levels

Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels. That’s because it contains a stimulant called caffeine — the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. Many controlled studies in humans show that coffee improves various aspects of brain function — including memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general mental function. 

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Image source – Eating Well

 

4. A warrior against cirrhosis of the liver

Another more recent study also showed coffee’s liver protecting benefits. Yet another study showed that both coffee and decaffeinated coffee lowered the liver enzyme levels of coffee drinkers.

 

5. Lowered risk of Alzheimer’s

There is considerable evidence that caffeine may protect against Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study also isolated the compounds in roasted coffee that may be responsible for preventing the build-up of the brain plaque believed to cause the disease. 

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Image source – BBC

 

6. Lowered risk of Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative condition, right behind Alzheimer’s. It’s caused by the death of dopamine-generating neurons in your brain. Studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, with a risk reduction ranging from 32–60%

 

7. Contains essential nutrients

A single cup of coffee contains:

  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 11% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI).
  • Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5): 6% of the RDI.
  • Manganese and potassium: 3% of the RDI.
  • Magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3): 2% of the RDI.
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Image source – Shambala School

 

8. Lowers risk of Type II Diabetes

Those who consumed 6 or more cups per day had a 22% lower risk of diabetes. Hint Hint!

 

9. Less risk of heart disease

Korean researchers found that study participants who consumed 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day were less likely to show the beginning signs of heart disease. Another study conducted in Brazil found that those that consume at least three cups of coffee a day tend to develop less calcification in their coronary arteries.

 

10. May lower risk of cancer

Coffee appears to be protective against two types of cancer: liver and colorectal cancer. Studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer, while similar studies found that those who drank 4–5 cups of coffee per day had a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer.

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Image source – oatleyvigmond.com

So, come on over for a cuppa!

 

Say Cheese!!

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Thich Nhat Hanh once said “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

Every day can’t possibly be a great one. We all face our troubles, our low points, and our failures. After all, without our lows, why would we celebrate our highs?

But battling our blues isn’t the only reason we should be smiling more. Here’s a list of reasons to show off those pearly whites!

 

1. Because you quite literally like to say “Cheese”(It’s ok. It’s a perfectly valid reason)

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Image source – JustStickers

 

2. Because it relieves stress (Try it. Do eeeeeeeeeeeee)

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Image source – The Journal

 

3. Because it makes you more attractive (Really. You look fabulous)

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4. Because it makes people wonder what you’re up to (Works especially well if you do it in a serious or tense situation)

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5. Because it elevates your mood (Just call it the poor man’s drug)

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Image source – Roeselien

 

6. Because it lowers your blood pressure (Though we’re not sure what to do if you’re already suffering from low blood pressure. Growl a little maybe?)

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7. Because it is contagious (Like a horrible disease. And don’t even start on the giggles. We would need to quarantine you. Professionals will need to be called in)

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Image source – Yakubiv

 

8. Because it’s easy (Best reason yet!)

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Image source – Deposit Photos

 

9. Because it boosts your immune system (Keeping those germ fighting ninjas energized and at the ready)

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10. Because, if you are still reading this, you obviously want to!

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Image source – Crazy Frankenstein

 

So go ahead! Saaaayyyyy Cheeeeeeeeese!

Coffee Quiz: How well do you know your favorite beverage?

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Do you proclaim coffee to be the only beverage that can brighten up your day? Do you believe it can put a smile on your face? Do you claim to know at least three different ways to prepare your daily brew? If your answer to these three questions is a resounding ‘yes!’ then you’re surely a die-hard coffee lover. But, do you really know your favourite beverage as well as you think you do? Here’s a quick quiz to check your coffee IQ and EQ. How many of these can you get right?

(Answers at the end of the quiz. Don’t cheat!)

  1. Where was coffee first discovered?

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  • Ethiopia
  • Turkey
  • Brazil
  • Columbia
  1. Where do you find coffee beans?

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  • On the bush
  • On vines
  • On trees
  • At the roots of the coffee plant
  1. What is the colour of a ripe coffee bean?

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  • Black
  • Green
  • Red
  • Brown
  1. How large is a shot of espresso?

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  • 30 ml
  • 35 ml
  • 37 ml
  • 40 ml
  1. What type of coffee is equal parts espresso, steamed milk and foam?

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  • Cappuccino
  • Flat white
  • Latte
  • Macchiato
  1. A cappuccino is called so because it’s colour resembles:

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  • The walls of the Capuchin crypt in Rome
  • The robes of Capuchin monks
  • The colour of the fur of the Capuchin monkey
  • The Italian puccino meaning “light brown one”

Answers:

1. Ethiopia

2. On the bush

3. Red

4. 30 ml

5. Capuccino

6. The robes of Capuchin monks

Has this quiz made you thirsty for coffee? Step in to QTube Cafe and enjoy a warm cuppa Joe for free! You can also pull out a book from our well-stocked library shelf to go with your coffee.

5 Reasons Why Cafes Make Excellent Work Spaces

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Cafés are perfect for grabbing a coffee or hanging out with buddies. But, apart from being a perfect ‘chilling place,’ it’s also a great space to work in. It might feel odd to sit in a café and busy yourself with work, but, if you do so, you’ll actually realize it’s one of the best things to do in a café! Read on to know why it makes perfect sense to work out of a café.

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Work doesn’t feel like work!

In a café, you can tackle the most boring presentations with a smile. Why? Because the relaxed ambience makes you feel relaxed too. This, plus the pleasant buzz that permeates the atmosphere has an uplifting effect on your spirit and this helps you focus better on the work at hand.

Bid distractions goodbye!

This might seem like an odd point to make, especially since coffee shops are known to carry more gossip than your old neighbour aunty, but, in a coffee shop, no one’s going to ask you to answer the doorbell or run an errand or leave your desk some 500 times! In a café, you can stay put at your table and have people wait on you instead. With nothing and no one to distract you, you’ll be able to get a lot more done than usual!

Creative space for creative plans!

Coffee shops are vastly different from your drab office cubicle. Where in the latter, stray calendars and perhaps, an old photo frame are the only objects that decorate the space, in the former, you have artsy frames, curios, wall-hangings and comfy seating to glam up the space. The creatively-designed coffee shop stimulates your senses and motivates you to think creatively too!

Coffee!

Coffee is that magical drug that lubricates rusty synapses, restores confidence and basically, helps you do anything you want. In a café, you can guzzle one cup after the next without having to put in any real effort. Plus, you can switch from one variety to the next, so if the cappuccino isn’t working, you can always opt for a potent espresso shot instead.

If you don’t want to rake up a high bill, visit cafes that offer free coffee. Wondering where on earth will you find such a magnanimous café? On S.V. Road, Bandra! Visit QTube Café to enjoy not just free coffee, but free Wi-Fi as well (plus many, many charging ports!) What more could a man ask for, right?

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Get inspired over a chat!

Cafes are visited by so many people. While some might be students, others might be professionals or business women or painters or poets. You never know who you might strike up a conversation with, and what you could stand to gain from that conversation. You might even get a few ideas from your new acquaintance which could help give your creation a brand new flavour! So, head on down to the nearest café and get ready to get inspired!

Bare Facts about your Favorite Brew (Coffee)

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Coffee is that one delectable addictive we’ll probably never be able to give up. For many of us, it is the magic potion that banishes sleep, anger, hunger and a bad mood. We cling to our coffee mugs like we cling to hope and just like that optimistic emotion, coffee too helps us feel like everything is going to be okay. If you too love this warm brew as much as we do, here are some facts about this bitter-sweet liquid you’ve probably never heard of before.

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  • This piece of trivia will particularly interest cappuccino drinkers; the word ‘cappuccino’ finds its roots in a name used to address 16th century Italian friars. Called the Capuchin friars, these holy men wore brown tunics and lived a hard and simple life. Later on, the name Capuchin was given to a breed of monkeys covered in brown fur. Eventually, the word came to be associated with coffee lightened by milk, cream or egg! Well, so how do you like to have your cup of cappuccino?
  • Coffee is still an integral part of Turkish culture. However, a couple of decades ago, it played an important role in matrimonial matters as well. Men would gauge a woman’s homemaking skills based on her ability to brew coffee. Women in turn were legally allowed to divorce their husbands if they didn’t bring home a daily supply of coffee!
  • Love how you can just hold a cup under the coffee dispenser and get all the coffee you want? Well, a few centuries back that wouldn’t have been possible, and that’s not because dispensers hadn’t been invented yet. In the days of yore, many countries tried to ban coffee as rulers and governments feared the stimulating powers of the beverage. Mecca banned coffee is 1511. In 16th century Europe, clergymen labelled it a satanic drink and demanded it be banned. The Ottoman ruler Murad IV prescribed harsh penalties for coffee drinking, like flogging or drowning. In 1746, the Swedes went an extra mile by banning not just coffee, but coffee cups and dishes too!
  • Would you pick brewed coffee over filter coffee any day? Well, you might want to reconsider your preference as brewed espresso is believed to contain 2.5% fat, while filtered coffee contains just 0.6% fat!
  • In 2001, The Brazil Postal Office launched coffee-scented postage stamps to publicize and celebrate aromatic Brazilian coffee. The smell is said to last up to 3-5 years!

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Enjoy coffee and art at QTube Cafe!

Well, if all these strange and captivating facts have made you crave for a strong cup of coffee, waste no time and make your way to QTube Café, for here, you can sip on cups of coffee for free! Plus, you can indulge in some reading or a board game to pass time, for the Café is stocked with both! Come on down to enjoy your favorite beverage at your favorite hangout!

QTube Café: One of the Most Unique Cafés in Mumbai

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Ten minutes away from Bandra station, adjacent to the conspicuous Wildcraft showroom, one spies a new addition in the shops that line the sidewalk on S.V. Road. Nestled between two furniture stores lies a bright board, displaying a logo that reminds you of an activity you’re all too familiar with – train travelling. Only, instead of announcing the name of a station, the blue rectangle spells ‘QTube Café.’ A peek inside this glass-walled café reveals a comfortable setup and even in this one glance, you can tell that this is no conventional coffee shop.

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Inside the café, three colourful bookcases line one of the walls. The shelves are stacked with options that would delight any bibliophile. From fictional masterpieces to massive volumes on architecture to informative essays on business trends to intriguing biographical works, a host of options greet the glance of the avid reader. (Lookout for some delightful offerings like ‘Jest in Time’ – a book that compiles the best illustrations of India’s top cartoonists, ‘DJing for Dummies,’ and an interesting publication that strives to familiarize the reader with the habits and habitat of the mighty Gir Lion!)

If reading isn’t your idea of having fun (it’s understandable) there is a pile of board games to explore. From scrabble, to Business to Jenga to the always enjoyable UNO, you can pull out any game and battle it out with your friends.

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As you manoeuvre through the seating, you immediately find your eyes scanning the walls, for almost every wall in the café is decorated with an interesting objet d’art. Whether it’s the music album-themed clocks, a trippy Pink Floyd doodle or a set of humorous Mario Miranda prints, there’s a lot that delights the eye of the art-lover.

The seating in the café is comfortable and functional. There’s the table and chair set up to facilitate intimate conversation while the high table, lined with tall chairs is perfect for those who wish to read or dive into some work. It’s also the perfect place to recharge a dying battery for the table is lined with multiple charging ports. There’s no such thing as too many charging ports, right? Apart from these, you can also choose to slump into one of the comfy beanbags strewn around.

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If the physical description of this café hasn’t intrigued you, we don’t blame you. For there are cafés that offer a similar ambience. But, what sets QTube Café apart is the fact that it doesn’t offer food. We’re kidding (it still doesn’t offer food, but that’s not what sets it apart) Firstly, at QTube, there’s a lot that’s offered out of love, that is, without any charge. This applies to the coffee served, W-Fi access, the books, the games as well as a set of musical instruments. Although you can’t take any of these home, you’re free to tinker around with whatever delights you while inside the café. You might just end up spending hours here without shelling out a penny!

Another reason why QTube Café is unique in the world of coffee shops is because it also functions as an arts incubation centre, a performance café if you may. Every day, an interesting line-up of events is planned for patrons. From live music/theatre/dance performances to exhibitions to workshops to open mics and meetups, a host of interesting performing art-related events are hosted here. Anyone with an interest in such activities can come participate, without having to pay an entry fee of any kind. Quite a cool initiative, isn’t it?

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Feel free to play any of the instruments lying around.

The best news, though, is reserved for artists in the city; those creative souls who are always on the lookout for venues that’ll host them and their work. We all know how difficult such venues are to come by, especially if you aren’t interested in shelling out too much cash. Here’s where QTube Café comes to the rescue. The Café is designed to function as an artist-friendly space, a welcoming space that can be used by artists to showcase their talents. To achieve this motive, QTube Café invites artists in the city to use this space to promote their work, and not a penny is charged from them. So, all an artist needs to do is give the team a call and mention how he or she wishes to use the space. The artist is given a feasible slot and just like that a performance/exhibition/poetry reading or anything else can be hosted here!

Isn’t this a really unique initiative? If this creative café has made you curious, come visit the café so that you can enjoy the wonderful ambiance, while also treating yourself to some interesting performances. Come to sip some coffee, have a chat, relax and recharge!

If you are an artist and would like to grab this opportunity, give us a call on 022 – 26401645. Or, you could also write to us at qtubecafe@nspa.in and tell us how you wish to use the space. We’ll get in touch with you as soon as we can and help you host an event here.

QTube Café is an initiative by Quantum AMC and is powered by NSPA (Natural Streets for Performing Arts) Foundation.