Coffee is often touted as being fermented but is it really? Can we really consider it a fermented food or beverage? Find out in this week’s conversation and decide for yourself.
We also discuss a British dairy farmer who makes vodka, a cheese festival in China, a Finnish festival in the US, and a new study that examines the like-ability of food when paired with caffeine.
|[Michael Pollan on The Colbert Report||Michael Pollan](http://michaelpollan.com/media/the-colbert-report/on-the-colbert-report-talking-about-cooked/)|
Short clip from Michael Pollan’s appearance on The Colbert Report.
|[British Dairy Farmer Creates Pure Milk Vodka||TIME.com](http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/04/12/british-dairy-farmer-creates-pure-milk-vodka/)|
British dairy farmer makes cheese from the curds and vodka from the whey of his cow’s milk.
The Danone Institute International, the American Society for Nutrition, the UK-based Nutrition Society joined forces to create a yearly summit called the Yogurt Nutrition Initiative for a balanced diet with a focus on the health benefits of yogurt.
|[Europe cheese firms hope time is ripe for China||Malaysian Insider](http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/litee/food/article/europe-cheese-firms-hope-time-is-ripe-for-china)|
Cheese festival hopes to spread the love of European cheese to China.
This festival is in it’s 30th year. If you love viili or anything else Finnish, then consider attending this June.
|[New studies examine caffeine’s effect on cognitive tasks, food pairing||Science Codex](http://www.sciencecodex.com/new_studies_examine_caffeines_effect_on_cognitive_tasks_food_pairing-110844)|
Interesting preliminary study looking at how caffeine influences the like-ability of foods.
Another form of “processing” of coffee beans through the digestive tract of a wild cat.
Selling the story.
|[Coffee: Growing, Processing, Sustainable Production||Amazon](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/3527332537/fermup-20)|
This is a detailed book on the farming and production of coffee.
|[Espresso Coffee, Second Edition: The Science of Quality||Amazon](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0123703719/fermup-20)|
If you want to read more on the science of coffee and of coffee brewing, then this is the book for you!
|[Coffeed Forums - For Professionals and Fanatics||Coffeed](http://www.coffeed.com/)|
Looks like this coffee forum dried up in 2012, but it is still a great resource for deep discussions on everything related to professional coffee production, roasting and sales.
|[Confused? Naturally||The Coffee Shrub](http://coffeeshrub.com/shrub/blog/confused-naturally)|
An interesting look into the aspects of fermentation as it relates to coffee processing.
A discussion on the enzymatic and fermentation effects involved in coffee processing.
|[Home Processing Coffee - Wet Process Method||Sweet Maria’s](http://www.sweetmarias.com/homeprocessedcoffee.html)|
Images of the wet process method on a few beans.
|[Hario for two TCA-2 Siphon Coffee||Amazon.com](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000IKLQVY/fermup-20)|
If you want to make the best coffee you have ever tasted, then find one of these 2-cup Hario vacuum coffee pots. With enough practice and experimentation, you too can drink amazing coffee. Use a dose of 28 to 32 grams per brew for a 10oz cup of coffee.
|[Micro Flame Tabletop Burner||Amazon.com](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B005ZENJHM/fermup-20)|
This is the butane tabletop burner recommended for control over the temperature of a vacuum pot coffee brewer.