Happy International Coffee Day! Or…belated America’s National Coffee Day… (Seriously, America, pick up your skirts and shuffle over a few days so we can all be together.) I thought I’d celebrate by making sure the end of my “year” of coffee nail art fell on this day so there’s been a bit of a gap between this and the last coffee nails.
And it also had to be green. Because I wanted to share a little information I learned about green coffee (the beans, not the extract or any weight-loss stuff). Y’see, coffee actually grows as a berry that is apparently quite tasty. It’s not a bean; it’s a seed. And in its green, unprocessed form it has an amazing shelf life. As in years. Meanwhile, the roasted stuff passes peak tastiness in less than a day and really begins to degrade after six weeks. 😭
Not only that, but the darker your roast, the less caffeine it has in it. Noooo! 😱
So if you ever want the best of all coffee, get it raw, roast it yourself, and drink it right away (or find a coffee shop that does). Check out this great video about green coffee. It explains everything I’ve said more eloquently, although he is trying to sell his roaster a bit.
Want to learn more about coffee? The World of Caffeine is a fabulous book that I have actually read and enjoyed. It made me want to try butter in my coffee, but you’re supposed to use nicer butter so I’ve been lazy.
Now I feel like I need another cup of my ancient, degraded brown water. Just for the ambience. 😉
- Base Polishes:
Native War Paints’ “Zombie Unicorns Love Brains” w/a little Maniology (formerly Bundle Monster) “Tree of Life” gradiented on top
- Stamping Polish:
Maniology (formerly Bundle Monster) “Tree of Life”
- Advanced Stamping Polishes:
Revlon’s “Lime Basil”, Sinful Colors’ “Whiteboard”, and Zoya’s “Ness” + a mix of “Whiteboard” and “Ness”
- Stamping Plates:
Born Pretty BP-X53
This really was the perfect stamping plate for today’s design since it has the coffee plant on it. And I don’t know about you, but I hope I get to taste an actual coffee berry before I die. Hey, we all get to make our own goals. 😉
Also, do they come covered in chocolate? Because the seeds alone are divine with chocolate… *crunchcrunch* *vibrate*
I tried painting this several weeks ago, but couldn’t bring myself to finish it because my nails were shorter than I wanted. I think the extra mm or so really helped to add to the look. Gotta have room for those baby boomer french tips, amiright? 😉
Check out the rest of the “year”
Around a year ago, I noticed that coffee nail art was generally really brown. While coffee itself is brown and I have no problem with that (or any desire to dye my coffee), I thought that was very limiting. And since my favorite color is rainbow, I decided to make the nail art I wasn’t seeing. So here is my rainbow(-ish) collection of coffee nail art.
Should I continue?
I probably will, though I will likely relax the once a month thing. What floors me is that I still have one more stamping plate dedicated to coffee that I haven’t used yet. How can this be? LOL
Or perhaps it should be more amazing that I don’t own all the coffee-only stamping plates. Hmmm…