• Experiments

    Homemade vegan probiotics; attempt 1

    All probiotic drinks for sale in the supermarket closest to my house are with milk, but I would like to see if it is also possible to make a probiotic drink with plant based milk. For this experiment I bought probiotic pills. The bacteria are supposed to survive the way through the stomach and end up alive and kicking in the intestines. Right now I don’t know if the probiotics also need to the stomach to be activated. So I will compare probiotics with a stomach simulation (lemon juice) and without stomach simulation. Experimental set-up Materials Probiotic pills Coconut drink Soy yogurt Three jars Lemon juice Mortar Method Make a…

  • Factories,  Production sites

    Fikardos winery – Paphos Cyprus

    I went to the Fikardos winery in Cyprus with a group of friends. We went on this holiday together to celebrate that we’ve known each other for 7 years. Wineries are the perfect place to celebrate friendships, I think.  This winery was especially a good choice to celebrate our anniversary. You can find them on this website. The winery was easy to reach with public transport, although the bus was a bit late and only goes twice a day. So obviously we had to take a taxi back to the place we were staying. Locals were surprised when we said that we didn’t want to drink and drive and that’s…

  • Experiments

    Homemade probiotics

    Probiotics in the supermarket are quite expensive, so being able to make them at home makes a difference. Then the question arises: Are you able to make them at home? I don’t have a lab at home, but I’m willing to try. First, what are probiotics and why do I want them? Probiotics are bacteria that supposedly can grow in intestines and benefit the host. Research is still being done to really prove the beneficial effects. We all have bacteria in our intestines. If the bad bacteria start to outgrow the good bacteria we get sick. So, as long as the good bacteria have the upper hand it’s all fine.…

  • Samples lab fermentation
    Factories,  Production sites

    Yakult – Almere Netherlands

    Getting to the Yakult factory was quite a tour. For me, this was a two and a half hour route from home to the factory. Now, if you’re staying in Amsterdam I guess it would be only one hour. The factory itself is very recognizable as there is a big Yakult bottle outside and of course a sign outside. The tour group was gathered in a special room designed for a big group of visitors. I enjoyed a nice cup of coffee and wondered how all these people decided to go to a factory tour of Yakult. Most of them weren’t specifically interested in food. To them, this was just…

  • Factories,  Production sites

    El Catador – Pisco – Ica Peru

    Pisco is a common alcoholic beverage in Latin America. Both Peru and Chili are famous for it. Even though I enjoy the Chilean pisco more than the Peruvian one, I still went to see how traditional Peruvian pisco is made, out of pure interest. Peru Hop promotes this tour as part of their bus tickets. So that’s how I found out about this production site. Peru Hop also arranged the transportation to and from the pisco production. Ideal, since I was going to drink at the pisco place. You can check out Peru Hop on https://www.peruhop.com/ if you’re considering visiting Peru. The tour guide started by explaining how Peruvians like all…

  • Farms,  Production sites

    Starbucks coffee – Alajuela Costa Rica

    Starbucks has a coffee farm in Costa Rica open to the public, so I visited the farm. In all honesty, I did not know about this Starbucks coffee farm before coming to Costa Rica. As soon as I found out I was determined to go of course. Turned out this coffee farm is really the only coffee farm Starbucks actually owns, therefore Starbucks uses this farm as the example how it wants all the farms to work. It also uses its power (and money) to treat the berry pickers as good as it can. The farm is in a beautiful location, surrounded by other coffee plantations and nature. Starbucks of…