Lot’s Happening here at Fat Jack’s

Lots Happening here at Fat Jack's

So many exciting and crazy things are happening here at Fat Jack’s. When Fat Jack’s launched, we were amazed at the interest and excitement showed. It's incredible how we’ve grown, expanded and diversified. In the works is a contract with a new coffee roaster, fingers crossed, we're excited about this roaster! We're a firm believer of supporting women-owned businesses and cooperatives in countries throughout the world.

We have been amazed at the talent that is out there in the world, often just down the street. We love being a marketplace for diverse artists, as well as introducing you to good reads, imaginative art, one of a kind jewelry, greeting cards, and vintage treasures. It's a pleasure to offer you the handcrafted products of so many creatives.

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History of Tea

History of Tea

A Brief History of Tea Culture in Korea

Modern Korean tea culture dates back to a 2,000-year-old rich ceremonial tea heritage that has caught the devotion of tea drinkers, philosophers and poets. Tea-drinking in Korea focuses not only on the taste sensations but incorporates an accompanying appreciation of the purification of the mind, spirit, and body.

Excerpts from An Introduction to Korean Tea Culture By Seung-Hee Kam

“Modern Tea Culture in Korea” By Yeonok Kim

The History of Tea in Korea An Introduction to Korean Tea Culture (Issued by the Korean Education Institute of Tea Culture) By Seung Hee Kam

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Mar Preston – Author

Mar Preston - Author

About Mar's Mysteries

FJ: What interesting facts have you learned when writing your mysteries?

Mar: I had the pleasure of reading gossip magazines and calling it research. By Accident, currently with my publisher, is set in the Hollywood celebrity circles in Santa Monica, and follows on from six novels with Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department. Dave Mason and his activist girlfriend have me by the throat. I thought I’d written myself out with these characters and the Santa Monica setting. Not so.

FJ: What are you trying to achieve with your books?

Mar: Oh my gosh, I don’t have any soaring ambitions about changing the world with my writing. I try to sneak in observations about the way I see life and all its peculiarities, the things that amuse me, enrage me, perplex me. I write to entertain myself and other people.

FJ: What got left out in the final draft?

Mar: An extended version of an orgy scene. It was all from my imagination, which made it seem pretty naïve and unimaginative once I began research on orgies. Uh … online research.

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Coffee 101, Part Three

Coffee101 Part Three

The Beans

The core component of any coffee is the coffee bean. DUH! But there are many varieties, grown at different elevations, in different soils and with the addition of cultivated or hybrid methods diversity seems unending. So, what is up with that?

Coffee cherries grow on trees and look like cherries. When they are bright red, sometimes purple depending on the type of coffee tree, they are ripe for the pickin’. The picking can be done with machines at lower elevations going down the rows of coffee trees shaking the coffee cherries loose. At higher elevations with steep slopes the picking is done by hand.

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Coffee 101, Part Two

Coffee101 Part Two

Coffee 101 - Acidity

ACID: Now what about acidity? There is a lot to say about acid in coffee hence it receives its very own singular position as Part 3 in Coffee 101.

Coffee beans have been found to have about 30 types of acids, many familiar such as those found in citric fruit, malic acid found in apples, and acetic acid found in vinegar. The primary acids in coffee are part of a group called chlorogenic acids and are largely responsible for flavor. These are actually antioxidants and beneficial.

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