Coffee Advent Calendar

Hello Coffee Lovers,

Would you or a loved one want 24 bags of coffee for advent? Or would you prefer 12 larger bags?

JenEric Coffee has you covered.

Order Now!

This is a pre-order for our Advent Calendars. Flavours will be picked from our current selection and a few experimental flavours.

We will be doing 2 waves; the first wave will ship mid-October. The second will ship mid-November.

Pick up will be available at Can*Con 2019 (October 18-20) or Ottawa Comiccon: Holiday Edition 2019! (November 9-10)

We will be delivering or shipping any orders received before the 31st of September in mid-October. Any orders received between the 1st and 31st of October will be delivered or shipped in mid-November.

Order Now!

Enjoy!

Éric

Éric’s 2019 Resolution Mid-Year Review

Hello My Imaginary Friends,

It’s July 2nd and that means half the year has passed us by… whoa. That was fast.

Let’s see how I’m doing with my resolutions.

Doofenshmirtz: You there, what’s your New Year’s resolution?

Writing

1. Write a Monthly Serial Story (Succeeding)

So far, so good; I’ve written one every month except for April. But I wrote an extra chapter to make up for it so I consider that good.

Go Read Seren Plentyn and the Secret of Hokulua Station

2. Write the Bookend Material for the Short Story Collection (Failing)

I haven’t touched this yet… Hopefully I’ll get a chance this summer.

3. Finish Paragenesis (Succeeding)

I’ve written 8 of 15 chapters… so that’s good.

4. Get to the 2/3 mark on Mystery of the Dancing Lights (No movement)

I started the year with 10 of 30 chapters… so that’s a good thing… I’m not sure I’ll get this done but I’d really like to.

JenEric Designs and Coffee

5. Continue to ensure there’s content 5 days a week on JenEric Designs (Failed)

We broke our 6 year streak with a missed post in February. The post was set for the right day but didn’t actually post and we didn’t notice until the next day; so it’s a fail.

6. Test, Design, and Produce 2 new coffee flavours (Succeeded)

We debuted Mighty ThOrange, In Another Castle, and Unbirthday Cake this year. So I went a little overboard.

You can buy them and JenEric Coffee!

Editing and Marketing

7. Edit and send Dinosaur Road Trip to a willing beta reader (No movement)

I haven’t looked at it… 🙁

8. Submit Everdome for blurbs (Succeeding)

I wrote a draft letter, list of names, and started things off. It’s all up to my publisher now.

9. Playtest the higher levels of FADDS (Succeeding)

I’ve playtested level 10-11. In the fall, I’ll start a level 12-17 campaign.

10. Figure out how to market and sell CoasteRPG (No movement)

After a lot of thought, I’m come to realize this is a great concept, but not an easy thing to implement… I’ll think of something.

The game is great and works, but I have to find a better way to market/gimmick it.

Personal

11. Read 20 books (Succeeding)

I’ve read 13 of 20 so that’s great. I’m kinda hating the book I’m reading now, but we’ll see if it gets better.

12. Don’t Burnout (Succeeding)

I’m doing okay. I’ve come close a few times and been really in need of some rest, but overall I’ve done okay.

13. Be More Patient (Succeeding)

I’m trying… Really I am. I have my moments, but overall I think I’ve been better. My wife confirmed that I have been. Yay!

I still need to work on it. Especially at bedtime when all I want is sleep.

14. Play Some Video games with Dragon (Succeeding)

I’ve played some mobile games with her; she helps a little. Hopefully on parental leave we can try some console stuff.


So the breakdown is Succeeding/Succeeded 9, Failing/Failed 2, and No movement 3. At this rate I’m on course for a 60%+.

Hope you’re doing just as well!

Éric

Dragon at Comiccon 2019

Hello My Imaginary Friends,

This was Dragon’s third Comiccon and she had a blast! (Read about last year here)

She spent this year playing with her new (they were actually her mum’s) Fisher Price Little People, hanging out with Vic, Aunt Lindsay, Modryb Sonia, and all the other wonderful people who vend around us.

Her favourite thing to do was stand on the cooler and “help” me sell coffee. Other things she enjoyed include:

  • Playing in the wagon
  • Hanging out with Vic, Lindsay, S. M. Carrière, Madona Skaff, and Grannie.
  • Walking around the Con floor
  • Fries
  • Pepperoni Sticks
  • Saying hello to everyone
  • Getting her face painted by Paint Me Playful – Face and Body Painting

The two big highlights for her were Daleks and amazing cosplayers. (Tinkerbell by Princess of the North, Sailors Moon and Venus by Mysticfae, and Rapunzel and Eugene by East Coast Speedster)

Dragon had another great year at Ottawa ComicCon.

Thank you to everyone who interacted with her and helped us this year.

Éric

Thank You Ottawa ComicCon

Hello Imaginary Friends, Coffee Lovers, Blushers, Fandom Travellers, TARDIS lovers, and Crochet aficionados,

THANK YOU! To everyone who came to see us this past weekend at Ottawa Comic Con. It’s not the venue or the guests that make a great con, but the attendees, and this year you were extra awesome.

Without you ,there would be no JenEric Coffee, Designs, Travelling TARDIS, or Blush. (Aspiring Something would still exist because I don’t think I could stop writing, but it would be much less fun alone.)

Thank you again and see you next year at Ottawa ComicCon 2020!

Éric

Ottawa Comiccon 2019

Hello!

JenEric Designs, JenEric Coffee, The Travelling TARDIS, and Eric Desmarais will be at this weekend’s Ottawa Comiccon. We’ll be at booth 2606 and 2608 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

We have two new flavours for this years event: In Another Castle (Peach) and Unbirthday Cake (Cake Batter).

We’ll also have another 16 flavours available.

We’ll also have new Captain Marvel crocheted awesomeness!

Hope to see you this weekend at Ottawa Comiccon!

How’s Éric?

Hello My imaginary Friends,

This year has been extremely busy. I’m trying not to fall into old patterns of stress and overwork but it feels hard to avoid sometimes.

I’m surviving and I’ll be okay.

Writing

The past few weeks I’ve written a Ghostship story for July. You’ll get the next instalment in the Sun Speaker Series while we recover from the arrival of baby Pegasus.

Beyond that, I’m going to try and push to continue writing the novels that are calling me. I have two on the go and little to show for my writing this year. But I’m going to start… today even. I hope.

I do have an outline for another novel, which is awesome, but it’ll be a while before I get to it.

Coffee

I’ve been frantically roasting coffee. I’m roasting almost 150 lbs this year which is more than we’ve ever had before. We’ll have 17 flavours available for Ottawa Comic Con.

I’m loving the new roaster and the new method is working great. I’m still getting used to getting the perfect roast, but overall I’m extremely happy with it.

Keladry (Dragon) was helping us package coffee but after an hour got bored and started playing.

Editing

I have the edits for A Case of Synchronicity and will work on those this week. I’m still waiting on the second round of edits for Everdome but they should be here soon.

Gaming

I’ve been playing very few games. Haven’t touched Lego Incredibles in a few months. With most weekends dedicated to roasting, I don’t have as much time.

I have been playing Elder Scroll Blades on my phone. It’s an extremely beautiful game. It’s also repetitive and nearly impossible to do anything without paying. There are chests you can never encounter in the game but you can buy. Overall, it’s very much a micro-payment play-to-win style game.

Pegasus

Preparations for the baby are in full swing. We have a room, it has a bed, we have decorations, and a GIANT pile of clothing.

I got my tattoo this weekend. (More on that in another post.)

Things are feeling more real. I think after comic con, I’m going to quickly transition to impatiently waiting.


So in an eggshell (Easter joke intended) things are going well and I’m busy.

Now lets get to writing… after some breakfast and coffee.

Later Days,

Éric

Guide: How to Brew the Perfect Coffee

Hello Coffee Lovers!

I’ve been asked a few times what makes a great cup of coffee and how do you brew it. Making hot coffee is simple, just pour hot water on ground coffee beans and you have coffee.

Let’s get more in depth, shall we? I’m going to stick to drip and submersion methods. Nothing against Turkish or Espresso coffee, but I’d like to keep this short.

Choosing your Coffee

The coffee you choose is extremely personal to your tastes. I recommend JenEric Coffee.

What you want is coffee that has been roasted within the past month or two and sealed. My preferred sweet spot is a week after roasting. The flavour has settled and you get the smoothness of great coffee.

Choosing a Coffee Maker

The variety is astounding. You can find $10 pour-over coffee makers all the way to $20,000.

What you buy will depend on the amount of work and the strength you like in your coffee.

French Press

These make fantastic and flavourful coffee, but get a little more bitter and less smoothness in the actual coffee.

Most french press are the same; get one made out of glass and that holds the amount of coffee you like to drink. Don’t get one too big or too small.

I don’t recommend the travel mugs with french press built in. the longer your coffee is submerged, the more bitter it’ll get.

Use hot water and submerge your ground coffee (coarse or you’ll get an unfun surprise.) Leave them in between 3-6 minutes and then pour. I usually forget mine for upwards of 10 minutes and it’s ok but around 15 it gets bitter.

Drip Machine

These are the standard home coffee makers, and they make okay coffee. I like Sunbeam and President’s Choice for the cheap end and Hamilton Beach, Mr Coffee, and Black + Decker for the mid range.

All you need is a coffee maker that makes coffee. Avoid all the bells and whistles; they just take power away from heating the water.

This is what I use at home when I’m making coffee for more than just me.

Grind your coffee medium fine and let the machine do the rest.

Pod

DON’T!!!!!

Pour-Over

This is the hidden gem of coffee makers. It makes the best coffee. Just put in the filter and the coffee grounds (medium fine) and pour boiled water over it.

I really enjoy the Melitta Signature I have. I bought my father-in-law the Bonavita Wide Base Porcelain Immersion Dripper which lets you control the speed of drip in order to control the flavour.

It’s a cheap and easy way to make fantastic coffee. Melitta also always has special deals, sometimes so cheap you just pay shipping.

Water to Grinds Ratio

The standard ratio is 1 TBSP of coffee grounds for 3-5 Ounces of water.

I recommend 1 TBSP (14.7 ml) of ground coffee for 4 Ounces (118ml) of water.

*WARNING*
A cup of coffee on your machine is equal to 6 ounces and not the standard US cup of 8 ounces. This can cause some serious confusion.


That’s the quick and easy way to make a great cup of coffee. There are plenty of other methods but these are the most common and simplest.

Thanks for reading and enjoy your cup,

Éric

Geek Market 2019 (This Weekend)

Hello!

Come join us this weekend at the Nepean Sportsplex for Geek Market.

We’re at booth 606.

Map designed by the talented Morgan Dunbar
JenEric Designs will be at booth 606 in the Curling Rink.

New Merch

We’ll have the following new merch!

For sale we’ll have the following coffee flavours:

Hope to see you all there!

Éric

New Roaster and New Flavour

Hello Coffee Lovers,

I’ve been complaining about capacity for the past few years. We used to roast with the fantastic Behmor 1600+ Coffee Roaster, two of them. They are great but lack in capacity. Doing roughly 1.5lbs each every 45 minutes.

To give you an idea, for a medium convention we’d roast 40-60 lbs of coffee. that would take us roughly 16-20 hours of roasting. It was getting to be too much work. Taking 4 days or more to roast for a large convention like Ottawa Comiccon was tedious.

I looked into all kinds of options and discovered RK Drums. They custom-build roaster drums, turning motors, and a whole lot of other awesome stuff. We took the plunge with last years profits and two weekends ago I spent a long day building a bbq and modifying it for coffee roasting with equipment from RK Drums.

Isn’t it pretty?

The first roast came out a little burnt and smoky, but this past weekend I spent 5 hours roasting and I’m confident the coffee will be up to our high standards.

New Flavour!

This coming weekend at Geek Market we are debuting the newest JenEric Coffee flavour:

The Mighty ThOrange

Yay for coffee!

Hope to see you this weekend at Geek Market.

Éric

Molecular Coffee

Hello My Imaginary Friends,

Atomo Coffee sounds like something from a science fiction story. Coffee that isn’t from coffee beans. It’s the lab grown meat of coffee.

My biggest worry with this sort of thing is allergies. I have a severe intolerance to coconut oil and milk, along with IBS, so I try to be very careful.

Here’s what they say:

Atomo will not have any allergen components or materials that impact metabolic disorders.

For the insoluble, non-volatile portion of the molecular grounds, we are still exploring many options and targeting an upcycled play that would take the byproduct of a current commercial operation and add value to it by using it as the carrier matrix for our flavor and mouthfeel compounds – essentially the proteins, carbohydrates and oil components you can expect from coffee grounds. Some examples of that would be watermelon seeds or sunflower seeds husks. Much of what we are doing at this stage is still proprietary as we have a good journey ahead to optimize the perfect molecular coffee that can be enjoyed as your daily ritual. All compounds and strategies will be shared as they evolve and are optimized.

The kickstarter is already funded and has 22 days to go.

I’m interested and a little skeptical. What do you think?

Éric