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Becoming a Coffee Hero

You use too much paper. Yes, you. You use too much paper, and you probably don’t even realize it. But I, a blogger, can help you. I have easily set in motion a solution that will help fix your unhealthy habit, along with millions of others. The solution is simple, and shocking at first, but a wave of comfort and logic will set in and you will be put to ease of the challenging epidemic that is heading our way. When you buy coffee at a cafe, ask for a ceramic or glass cup. Yes, I know you are sighing and probably find this somewhat uncomforting and a trivial nuisance, and yes many order your cups to go, but if you are sitting down in the café or coffee shop, ask for a ceramic or glass cup. Now, sit back, grab some popcorn (or coffee) and get ready for some fact checking statistics.

Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day, equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year, making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world.

Usually hot drinks are brought out in a ceramic cup, and a cold drink is brought out in a glass cup. The thought of having a hand-crafted beverage in a cup that you would usually use when you are at home, gives you a very pleasant experience.  The taste is more pure, simple and clean. You could say it’s a renewable organic product. You just clean ceramic, whereas recycling a paper cup is much costlier for mother nature. Rather than that, the comfort along with having a ceramic instead of a paper cup is great. It invokes emotions that relate to an “at home” feeling and one that allows you to focus more and stimulate ideas. Though science hasn’t confirmed this, nor do I think that there is even a study on this topic out there, I found this true for me. On top of that, we just consume a lot of coffee, and it so happens to be a lot of them are paper.


According to the paper industry, Americans will consume an estimated 23 billion paper coffee cups in 2010. Rob Martin, the Vice President of Merchandising and Production for Tully’s Coffee, estimated the 2006 use usage at 16 billion paper cups.

To say that we consumed beverages that carried about 23 billion paper cups in 2010 has a lot to say about our economy and our social lifestyles. It is also a reason why Yimmies Café is going to be initiating a frequent consumer program. When you, the customer, are frequent drinkers at the café, we make a cup with your name on it and leave it in our store so you don’t have to carry the cup around with you. On top of that, Yimmies will holding through on weekly cup orders, so if you want a drink ready at 7am, we will make it at 6:59, so that when you walk in through that Yimmies door, it is hot and ready for you to grab and go. The systems allow for fluid use as well as preventing the waste of materials.


We want to change the world, for the better. If that means reducing the number of pointless cups we use and/or throw away, then let it be. That is what this blog is all about, the Yimmies blog is about spreading knowledge, key in power and the sharing of information that revolves around this world of coffee and tea lovers. We will make Skokie the go to coffee shop. The goal is to make Skokie the city of coffee, and we are pretty confident that this will happen. We want to have a second Seattle, and with Yimmies and Skokie, and the power of coffee, we can achieve, and we hope you will join us.


So, be a hero and pick up your stuff, grab your book or laptop, head over to Yimmies, and when you make you order, ask for your drink to be, “for here”.

Top 3 Coffee & Tea Equipment

Yimmies Coffee Tea Top 3


     Old coffee equipment is the bane of our existence. Every morning we use the same old coffee & tea brewer that has been tortured for the past 5 years, slugging along at that good old cup of Joe. But, what if I told you that, your good old cup of Joe, is actually a bad cup of Michael (Joe's great uncle). You'd be furious! How could your eyes have been deceived?! I must find Joe, and I need a good old cup of Joe!

All jokes aside, who doesn't love a freshly brewed cup of coffee or tea, that just starts your day off right. There are others ways that some might find their new favorite way of brewing their roast or leaves! Below, we rank our top 3 favorite home coffee equipment.

1. ChemEx



The ChemEx is commonly used for a pour over, or simply, a single-cup brew. The ChemEx is the most organic way to produce a hot cup of coffee and the process is simple. Take your coffee filter, put it on the top of the ChemEx, then simply scoop in your desired amount of coffee into the ChemEx. Next, you poor hot water over the coffee and wait for the coffee to drop into the ChemEx glass base. Most ChemEx equipment come with a wooden glass divider so that when the user is ready to drink the coffee, he/she may dispose of the filter & grinds and pour from the wooden grip, so that you do not burn themselves. Simple, clean and the closest you can get to a fully organic brew, ChemEx is a beautiful selection to add to your library of coffee and tea equipment.

2. Moka Pot



     The Moka Pot is our personal favorite. Such a beautiful and deep process that truly utilizes science. A Moka Pot is usually made of solid steel, with 3 separate pieces that make up the Moka Pot. First, is the base, or the, 'Bottom Chamber', where the reservoir of water is. Second, is the, 'Tube & Basket', or the, 'Funnel & Filter' as we like to call it. The tube & basket holds the coffee, tea or espresso, and is fitted into the bottom chamber. Combined, makes one whole piece. Water is poured into the bottom chamber, then the tube & basket is inserted into the water, then the grinds are poured into the basket. Next, is the 'Top Chamber', which contains a filter at the bottom. The filter's purpose is to prevent any grinds from entering the top chamber, where the beverage ends up.

Now that you understand the pieces, the process works at follows. Once the water is on the bottom chamber, the tube & basket is inserted into the bottom chamber, and the top chamber is screwed onto the bottom chamber, you simply put it over a stove around medium heat.

The brew is created when the heat vaporizes the water, and the heat causes the water to rise, through the tube into the basket, moistening the grinds in the basket. Once the heat continues to build up, the vapor shoots up the tube, into the basket, through the filter and onto the top chamber! Science! The process ends once no more vaporization appears, usually the bottom chamber is empty. The top chamber fits the same amount of liquid at the bottom chamber.

3. Samovar



     Ahh, the Samovar, or pronounced by some as, 'See-maw-ahr'. The ancient piece of beautiful equipment is commonly known throughout the Middle Eastern and European for it's fashionable ability to produce large amounts of tea or coffee (sorry espresso, you aren't welcomed here.) The Samovar is commonly used for larger parties as the quantity it produces is at large, and does not seem convenient for a single individual. As a matter of fact, Yimmies will be serving our tea in our Samovar that will be held within the store.

Samovar's where heated or brewed through coal & charcoal, but as convenience and technology meet the 2000's, the electric Samovar became the thing of the year. Some Samovar's have a built in tea bucket that holds large amounts of tea, others come directly with a removable tea kettle.

For built in tea baskets, water is heated through the middle chamber and once heated, it rises and filters through the tea basket and pours to the bottom of the chamber, which is connected to a spigot. There usually is a glass valve on the exterior that informs the user of the amount of tea left in the samovar.

For removeable tea kettles, the process is simple. The water is heated through the base, which can be accessed with a heat-proof spigot on the bottom of the container which dispenses hot water, then the individual can poor tea by handle of the tea kettle. Simple, clean, fast and can be used to serve amounts of people!


AND THAT'S IT! Our selection of Top 3 Coffee & Tea Equipment! Let us know what you think, send us a message on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram! Thanks for reading, stay tuned for the next blog and any big news that comes up. Coffee shop is opening soon.