Category Archives: drink

Coffee that’s healthy and smart?

I have been trying for some time now to find a ‘healthy’ coffee that will provide energy and be a core to social functions while building an income. Wow coffee that is healthy? Who would ever believe this? I’ve checked this out and came across five reasons why this particular series of coffees and teas may be one of the best social function builders and provide a long term income:

1. There’s the product, of course — an ideal fusion of wellness and deliciousness, health-mindedness and genuine cafe indulgence. From bold black coffee to soothing red tea, luscious hot cocoa to hearty steel-cut oats, Gano Excel’s line of Café 2.0 products are unlike anything the world’s seen. And with the health benefits…well, come on. It’s pretty amazing stuff. We decided that this is what most people love: great products at a reasonable price, and a honest dedication to quality.

The product is also super-easy to market. I mean, we’re not peddling potions, lotions or pricey juices — this is coffee, affordable, delicious coffee.

2. Knowing where the product comes from! Unlike some companies, we have our own plantation in Malaysia, and a high-tech research facility where our Ganoderma-infused products are produced. If you think about it, how many companies like ours can say they control the creation of their product from top-to-bottom? Can any other “healthy coffee” company say that? That’s why Gano Excel is more than healthy coffee — it’s Café 2.0, a totally new idea of what it means to bring wellness-boosting coffee to the people.

3. The comp plan is mind-blowing. It’s like we’ve taken the best parts of every referral marketing plan you’ve seen and brought them together. It’s perfect for people who just want their coffee to pay for itself AND the serious business builder — which is, if we may say so ourselves, awesome.

4. Field and Corporate Synergy. We’re all on one big team here: field and corporate, equal and united! Whether through cool new marketing collateral, functional online tools like your back office, or hosted events and special video presentations, it’s our job to serve you. Our IT guys and our programmers, accountants and customer service reps, vice presidents and creatives, and (of course) our CEO and founder are all here to make your life easier. At out corporate offices, affiliates shares desks with corporate employees: we’re one big team at Gano Excel!

5. PEOPLE! Sorry to be all shout-y about it, but that’s one of the most important things in any company — the people you work with. We get emails from and meet with Canada, Peru, and all over the United States, and we’ve yet to find a Gano Excel affiliate we wouldn’t want to share a cup of coffee with! Our top leaders are friendly and accessible, and our affiliates are fun, people-oriented and (frankly) the best in this industry.

I know this sounds unreal to some. The thought of a healthy coffee that can build an income. Give it a try and see what YOU think!


LED rope lights for the party room and beyond!

I have been trying to figure out how to really brighten up the party room lately. I looked at strobe lights, colored spot light and many more. I just couldn’t find what I really needed. And to think, every one is looking for that ‘green’ category light that will look good and be energy aware at the same time. Maybe something like a LED rope light?

I have one of those crazy spiral shaped bulbs in some of my regular lamps but, that won’t do it simply because they don’t come in colors. What to do, what to do? How can I find a place that provides really neat looking LED rope lights that are energy saving, don’t get hot, and come in different colors? There’s this company called Birddog Distributing that fits the bill! They have these really cool LED Rope Lights that come on spools of 150 feet for a really great price. And the colors. WOW! Every one I looked for. Red,blue,green,yellow,amber,pink,purple and white this is fabulous! Ordering these is even easier once you come to the website. But wait, they not not only have LED rope lighting, they also have a very wide range of LED lighting products that you don’t need to go anywhere else. You really need to check them out.

Corn Allergens and alternatives

After watching the clips below, I thought about what was made from corn or could contain corn in some form. I was floored! Look at this extensive list:

  • Acetic acid
  • Alcohol
  • Alpha tocopherol
  • Artificial flavorings
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Ascorbates
  • Ascorbic acid
  • Astaxanthin
  • Baking powder
  • Barley malt
  • Bleached flour
  • Blended sugar (sugaridextrose)
  • Brown sugar
  • Calcium citrate
  • Calcium fumarate
  • Calcium gluconate
  • Calcium lactate
  • Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA)
  • Calcium stearate
  • Calcium stearoyl lactylate
  • Caramel and caramel color
  • Carbonmethylcellulose sodium
  • Cellulose microcrystalline
  • Cellulose, methyl
  • Cellulose, powdered
  • Cetearyl glucoside
  • Choline chloride
  • Citric acid
  • Citrus cloud emulsion (CCS)
  • Coco glycerides (cocoglycerides)
  • Confectioners sugar
  • Corn alcohol, corn gluten
  • Corn extract
  • Corn flour
  • Corn oil, corn oil margarine
  • Corn starch
  • Corn sweetener, corn sugar
  • Corn syrup, corn syrup solids
  • Corn, popcorn, cornmeal
  • Cornstarch, cornflour
  • Crosscarmellose sodium
  • Crystalline dextrose
  • Crystalline fructose
  • Cyclodextrin
  • DATUM (a dough conditioner)
  • Decyl glucoside
  • Decyl polyglucose
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose (also found in IV solutions)
  • Dextrose anything (such as monohydrate or anhydrous)
  • d-Gluconic acid
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Drying agent
  • Erythorbic acid
  • Erythritol
  • Ethanol
  • Ethocel 20
  • Ethylcellulose
  • Ethylene
  • Ethyl acetate
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Ethyl lactate
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Fibersol-2
  • Flavorings
  • Food starch
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Fumaric acid
  • Germ/germ meal
  • Gluconate
  • Gluconic acid
  • Glucono delta-lactone
  • Gluconolactone
  • Glucosamine
  • Glucose
  • Glucose syrup (also found in IV solutions)
  • Glutamate
  • Gluten
  • Gluten feed/meal
  • Glycerides
  • Glycerin
  • Glycerol
  • Golden syrup
  • Grits
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Hominy
  • Honey
  • Hydrolyzed corn
  • Hydrolyzed corn protein
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose
  • Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose pthalate (HPMCP)
  • Inositol
  • Invert syrup or sugar
  • Iodized salt
  • Lactate
  • Lactic acid
  • Lauryl glucoside
  • Lecithin
  • Linoleic acid
  • Lysine
  • Magnesium fumarate
  • Maize
  • Malic acid
  • Malonic acid
  • Malt syrup from corn (barley malt is fine)
  • Malt, malt extract
  • Maltitol
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltol
  • Maltose
  • Mannitol
  • Methyl gluceth
  • Methyl glucose
  • Methyl glucoside
  • Methylcellulose
  • Microcrystaline cellulose
  • Modified cellulose gum
  • Modified corn starch
  • Modified food starch
  • Molasses (corn syrup may be present; know your product)
  • Mono and di glycerides
  • Monosodium glutamate
  • MSG
  • Natural flavorings
  • Olestra/Olean
  • Polenta
  • Polydextrose
  • Polylactic acid (PLA)
  • Polysorbates (e.g. Polysorbate 80)
  • Polyvinyl acetate
  • Potassium citrate
  • Potassium fumarate
  • Potassium gluconate
  • Powdered sugar
  • Pregelatinized starch
  • Propionic acid
  • Propylene glycol
  • Propylene glycol monostearate
  • Saccharin
  • Salt (iodized salt)
  • Semolina (unless from wheat)
  • Simethicone
  • Sodium carboxymethylcellulose
  • Sodium citrate
  • Sodium erythorbate
  • Sodium fumarate
  • Sodium lactate
  • Sodium starch glycolate
  • Sodium stearoyl fumarate
  • Sorbate
  • Sorbic acid
  • Sorbitan
  • Sorbitan monooleate
  • Sorbitan tri-oleate
  • Sorbitol
  • Sorghum (not all is bad; the syrup and/or grain CAN be mixed with corn)
  • Starch (any kind that’s not specified)
  • Stearic acid
  • Stearoyls
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar (not identified as cane or beet)
  • Threonine
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
  • Treacle (aka golden syrup)
  • Triethyl citrate
  • Unmodified starch
  • Vanilla, natural flavoring
  • Vanilla, pure or extract
  • Vanillin
  • Vegetable anything that’s not specific
  • Vinegar, distilled white
  • Vinyl acetate
  • Vitamin C and Vitamin E
  • Vitamins
  • Xanthan gum
  • Xylitol
  • Yeast
  • Zea mays
  • Zein

How scary! (?) . This came from the Internet and I think we should know about this. So what to do from here? What would King Corn say about this list? What is even more interesting is that people are starting to have similar problems with soy based products. How do we get away from things that make us sick? Or is there a real way to do that? I also came across this site mentioned in The Daily Table Blog that is called Culinate providing some very interesting ideas on nutrition .

Hazelnut coffee, creamer, or syrup ?

The quandary begins! Looking at all the varieties of coffees, creamers and syrups that are hazelnut flavored there are just too many choices! Is this flavor really that popular to block out the actual flavor of the coffee base behind it? What’s the deal here? Why hasn’t there been an actual coffee that tastes this way with the additional ingredients added? Can you actually go buy hazelnuts and grind them into the coffee with using artificial additives?

So, The thing here is that three things will be tested. 1. Artificially flavored Millstone Hazelnut Cream ground coffee 2. Coffee Mate no sugar Hazelnut cream in liquid form 3. Hazel nut flavored syrup. The flavored liquids will be added to Folgers Columbian ground coffee as the base. But here is the kicker, I will try to find hazel nuts that can be ground with a Columbian roast whole bean as the final test!

The contenders:

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Left to right: Millstone Hazelnut Cream flavored coffee, Coffee Mate no sugar Hazelnut flavored Cream (liquid), Torani no sgaur Hazel nut flavored syrup, Folgers Columbian.

This is the test and I will share results at a future time. I will also see if I can find those elusive hazelnuts at a health food store.

Cups up!

Holy glowing cat tails Batman…What’s wrong with that cat?


After hearing about the recent project in South Korea to clone glowing cats this came to mind:

Cats that glow

Rats that take a stand

We all stumble down a genetic wonderland

Tomatoes that don’t freeze

Pollen that won’t make you sneeze

Now we have things attacking bees

Genetically altered flavored tequila

We wonder why cities are at the mercy of Godzilla!

I came, I saw …what no coffee ? Who the … didn’t make more coffee…I go home now


Who would ever do such an evil thing? What were they (not)thinking? I get into work, barely focused and low-and-behold ! The oaf that just finished off the last cup in the coffee maker forgot ( or had a fiendish plot) to make some for the next go round! This is just barbaric! It’s so simple. I mean all it takes is a few steps: toss out old grounds and filter; insert new filter and open coffee envelope; pour coffee into filter; place filter back into machine; press start button and viola, coffee, the nectar of the caffeine gods!

Oh well, I guess I better go now. I have my java ready to aid me in attending yet one more nod off meeting!


A Green Holiday ?

Here sitting after ‘recovery’ from the Thanksgiving holiday, I think was this really so green? How much fuel was used to get where every one was going? How much energy was used to not only prepare and cook the meal but what was used to get the bird from the ‘bird factory’ to the carving knife? Was this green? Maybe this is to make us think it was green if we want to be ‘happy’ ?

Well, how could you make it green for real? Solar cooking ovens/stoves, solar coffee grinders and roasters, ummmmm… maybe hybrid car What else? recycled gifts, recycled wrapping paper, junk that people win and give as gifts ( oh that goes into the economizing blog). Oh, don’t forget artificial Christmas trees made from petroleum products, LED based bulbs ( made using various hazardous materials) that save energy to light up. Those crazy recycled Christmas cards that grandma has piled around ready to send to unwitting grand children, that should work!

So what would YOU do to make it greener? I know folks are reading this and really have some input!

Oh yeah! I almost forgot! Merry multiple seasonal holidays for all nations that participate in this broohaha!