Alton Brown Is Finally Giving Us A Coffee Shop!


By Cooking Panda

Alton Brown has hinted on Twitter that he wants to open a coffee shop in his hometown of Marietta, Georgia, which really has everyone buzzing.

Eater Atlanta reports that when they reached out for a comment, Brown confirmed but only in a vague manner. “It is my intention to open a coffee shop in Marietta, Ga., though I’m not at a point where I can release any details,” he told them via email. “I can tell you this — no, no, I’ve said too much already.”

He’s leaving us all on the edge of our seats here! We do have access to our fair share of Alton Brown’s recipes through his “EveryDayCook” cookbook, which means most of us (the fans, at least) know what his style and capabilities are. Brown told AJC that his cookbook is different from his normal recipe style, because it covers only what he likes to eat when he’s hungry. It’s a simpler, more everyday version of good eats. That’s the type of stuff you’d see in a cafe, right? I’m just trying to get ahead of the curve in figuring out what to expect.

The Marietta Daily Journal has its own thoughts on the idea, and asks a very relevant question: “Would a celebrity coffee shop in Marietta work?” Good point. The Journal reports that the town’s local shops were worried about their business waning when a Starbucks moved in. How do they feel about a celebrity setting up shop?

The mayor has an optimistic outlook, however, mentioning that the Starbucks didn’t hurt the business of their local “Cool Beans” at all, because it reaches an entirely different audience. He says he thinks Brown would have something new to offer customers, something with a twist.

When Councilman Philip Goldstein was also asked, he agreed that another coffee shop could work in Marietta. Well, there we have it, I guess! Alton Brown may be opening a coffee shop in his hometown, and we’re expecting it to have a twist to set it apart from the others. Perhaps being owned by a celebrity offers that twist already?

Sources: Eater, AJC, Marietta Daily Journal / Photo Credit: Ozgur Ascioglu/Instagram

Tags: Alton Brown, coffee, coffee shop, georgia, Marietta
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Alton Brown Makes Ice Cream In Record Time


By Cooking Panda

Alton Brown has taught Stephen Colbert and his audience how he makes ice cream in 10 seconds, and it is even carbonated ice cream!

In the video below, you’ll see that Brown had a major contraption set up, and that he and Colbert joked about causing homeland security problems when traveling. If we didn’t know it was an ice cream maker, it could certainly look scary!

So the way the process works is there are two fire extinguishers set up and connected to two taped-together jugs. The ice cream flavor this time around was pumpkin spice, so the fire extinguisher on one end was filled with a gallon of pumpkin spice latte, while the other end was filled with a gas that would bring the temperature to negative 100 degrees and also carbonate the beverage coming from the other end to make 10-second carbonated ice cream.

The process appears to have possible danger attached to it, since Colbert must wear crazy long gloves (for heifer birthing) and goggles! Brown says that the process rarely goes wrong, but when it does it can get crazy … whatever that means. He seems to find the idea of it exciting, though.

This ice-cream-making process has to be performed by two people, one on each fire extinguisher, and the two must coordinate time exactly to avoid a mistake. Brown is very clear on this. He tells Colbert, don’t turn on at “1” in the “3-2-1” countdown, but just after the 1. Also it is very important that they turn off exactly at the end of the count to 10. I can’t deny I’d like to see what happens when the process is done wrong.

Every time Colbert goes to touch something he shouldn’t, Brown very aggressively stops him from doing so. Colbert even jokes that Brown “would be a scary grandpa.” That he would. And he also has me thinking that making this 10-second carbonated ice cream should not be tried at home. Then again, maybe more professionals can give it a try and we can someday try carbonated ice cream ourselves!

Source: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert/YouTube / Photo Credit: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert/Youtube

Tags: Alton Brown, ice cream, Ice Cream Making, Stephen Colbert
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