Inaugural Communique - Deep Sky Coffee Blog November 2019

Hello there!

First and foremost, thank you all for your support. Three months ago, I was still working on the name for my dream, and now Deep Sky Coffee is a reality. 

Deep Sky News:
We are thrilled to announce our coffee will soon be available in Ybor City at SOFWERX, the cutting edge innovation laboratory for U.S. Special Operations Command.  We can think of no better organization in terms of core values to partner with.

We are in discussions to have some exciting coffee/beer collaborations soon. We should have more news by the next newsletter. 
New Coffee Offerings:
We are working on an extremely exiting and innovative new offering in time to announce at the next newsletter. Stay tuned.
Coffee Tips:
Many who visit this site are already aware of best practices to ensure the best cup of coffee.  But in case you are new to specialty coffee, here are some suggestions:

- Water quality is paramount. Do not use tap water if you live in a hard water zone. If you use bottled water, use spring/mineral water (*not distilled water that has removed the minerals) for best flavor. If possible, do not bring your water to a full boil, but slightly less.  (*You can use distilled or ionized water if you add back the minerals via Third Wave Water supplements.)

- Proper grind of the coffee is critical. For maximum freshness, grind your coffee and immediately consume. (Coffee loses 40% of its aroma and flavors within 15 minutes of being ground.)  

Grind size is critical according to brewing method:
· Use course grind for longer brew methods (AeroPress, pour over, French Press)
· Use medium grind for drip machines
· Use fine grind setting for the quick extraction of espresso machines

- Purchase a quality conical burr grinder—not a blade grinder. 

- Do not store your coffee in the freezer or refrigerator—unless you want it to smell (and hence taste) like leftover pizza.  Moisture is your coffee bean's worst enemy during storage.   

- For best results, consume your bag of whole bean coffee within two-three weeks of purchase. 

On November 7th, I had the honor of visiting and making a donation to the John Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research that explores alternative treatments towards PTSD and other ailments. They are aiming over the next year to begin a psilocybin trial for PTSD patients, with preference for veterans. It is important to emphasize that my support for them does not constitute their endorsement of me in the retail sector--they have to maintain impartiality as an academic and research organization. 

Given the scourge of PTSD, depression, anxiety, and Alzheimer’s in the world, it is critical we scientifically examine new opportunities to treat these ailments. For too long, psychedelics have been unfairly maligned as having “no scientific value” beyond recreational use. The Psychedelic and Consciousness Center will play an important role in de-stigmatizing and unlocking their potential.  

Additionally, we will keep you updated on our support to International Dark Sky Association, dedicated to preserving the night sky from unnecessary light pollution.  Be on the lookout for more astronomy-themed social media content.

Last, as coffee aficionados, we cannot forget where coffee comes from and the people who make it possible. We are developing lasting connections to farmers we source from, and we will keep you updated on our direct donations to improve the farmers’ communities.

Last but not least, I have received a lot of praise for my logo, which I'm proud to say was designed by my mother, Karen Barry. Check out all the cool stuff she's designed (@karenbarry_art) and hit her up if you are in need of any design solutions. 

Thanks again for your support, and for your purchases that fuel Deep Sky Coffee’s philanthropic endeavors. Together, we can make the universe a better place, one cup at a time. 




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