Specialty coffee from Silverskin now in Kildare Village

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Specialty coffee from Silverskin now in Kildare Village

We are delighted to be now serving specialty coffee beans from Sliverskin Coffee Roasters here in Kildare Village.

This renowned Dublin coffee roaster was founded by Brian Kenny who has 20 years experience in the coffee industry. He also represented Ireland in the World Cupping Championships in 2006 and is one of the most passionate specialty coffee people working in Ireland.

Over the years, he has developed strong links with growers and suppliers and was probably most famous at one point for his iconic Coffee Kiosk in Ballsbridge. At just 37 square feet, it was probably the smallest roastery in the world!

Here’s Brian on the Silverskin approach: ‘Only the highest quality specialty coffee is purchased and roasted onsite. Strict quality measures are used when sourcing green beans. All green beans are measured for moisture, density and size. This allows for specific roasting profiles to be assigned to individual coffees. Our coffee is craft-roasted daily in small batches to guarantee freshness and allow us to maintain strict quality control throughout the entire roasting process. It is packaged immediately in airtight, one-way valve bespoke packaging to maintain freshness.’

They recently opened a new state of the art roastery at Blackwater Road in the Dublin Industrial Estate in Glasnevin.

We are thrilled to be working with people like Brian and his team who are so passionate about their coffee. They also provide excellent support and training to all our staff. And they also now use Silverskin coffee beans in the two Itsa Cafes in Dun Laoghaire and in Arnotts at the Abbey Street entrance, as well as in the Kemp Sisters Gallery Cafe in Imma.

We hope you love Brian’s coffee as much as we do.

Thanks.

Team Alchemy

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Reusable cups in Alchemy

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Reusable cups in Alchemy

Reusable cups with our branding have arrived in Alchemy here in Kildare Village and they look super cool. They are now available to buy; just ask in store.

These Alchemy-branded ‘keep cups’ represent part of our efforts here in Alchemy to go 100 per cent green. We’re doing away with as much plastic, packaging, straws etc as we can as we move towards a wholly eco-friendly offering.

This includes joining the Conscious Cup campaign, which offers discounts to customers bringing in reusable cups, proper cutlery, glass bottles, etc etc. It will take time but we are definitely getting there and we really appreciate your support along the way.

Note that our sister companies Joe’s Specialty Coffee Shops in Arnotts on Liffey Street in Dublin 1 and on Leeson Street and on Montague Street in Dublin 2 and the Itsa Cafes in Arnotts and in Dun Laoghaire are doing the same. They also have branded reusable cups for sale in their stores.

Our Alchemy cups are also really good value and we sell them at a lower price than a standard keep cup. They are made from the same reinforced glass and have a removable rubber sleeve (unlike the cork sleeve keep cup) so the glass can go in the dishwasher. (Note: the rubber lid and rubber sleeve should be washed by hand in tepid water.)

These cups are also 100% Irish-made so we are keeping it local too.

A lot done, more to do . . .

Thanks.

Team Alchemy

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Autumn opening hours!

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Autumn opening hours!

Folks, these are our new opening hours for Alchemy in Kildare Village from today (September 2nd) until Friday, October 25th:

Monday: 9:30am to 7pm

Tuesday: 9:30am to 7pm

Wednesday: 9:30am to 7pm

Thursday: 9:30am to 8pm

Friday: 9:30am to 8pm

Saturday: 8:30am to 8pm

Sunday: 9:30am to 8pm

Thanks and see you in the village!

Team Alchemy

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MORE THAN 'JUST WATER'

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MORE THAN 'JUST WATER'

We have taken another step closer on our path to full eco-friendliness here in Alchemy in Kildare Village! We now use Just Water here in the village. It is still spring water in a paper-based carton (54% paper and 28% plant-based plastic; it is 82% renewable content) with a plant-based lid.

Less plastic equals fewer carbon emissions!

We’re getting greener and greener . . .

Thanks.

(Green) Team) Alchemy

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Juicy couture in Kildare Village

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Juicy couture in Kildare Village

Have you tried our range of healthy, raw, cold-pressed juices here in Alchemy in Kildare Village?

We have:
GATEWAY: Spinach, cos, celery, pineapple, apple, pear, parsley, lemon and ginger.

MEAN GREENS: Kale, spinach, cos, celery, cucumber, flat leaf parsley, apple, lemon, ginger and mint.

ANTI-EVERYTHING: Carrot, apple, fresh turmeric, lemon, ginger, black pepper, cold-pressed flax oil.

BEAT IT: Beetroot, spinach, cos, celery, flat-leaf parsley, apple, lemon, ginger.

Refreshing and super-tasty!

Thanks.

Team Alchemy

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NEW SUMMER HOURS!!!

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NEW SUMMER HOURS!!!

Folks, we are delighted to announce that we have extended our opening hours here in Kildare Village for the summer, so you can more Alchemy more of the time!

We now open in the village from 8am-8pm from Saturday to Wednesday and from 8 am-9 pm on Thursday and Friday!

While we’re here, we thought we’d share two really good articles we’d come across recently, one from Healthline Authority Nutrition and one from Nutrition Advance:

We figured you might get something out of them too.

Thanks.

Team Alchemy

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The smoothie operators!!!

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The smoothie operators!!!

Here in Kildare Village, we have the:

SLUSH PUPPY: strawberries, mango, apple, lemon, ginger, cayenne and coconut water.

BERRY BUDDY: banana, blueberries, strawberries, acai powder, Himalayan pink salt and coconut water.

OMG: banana, dates, almond milk, almond butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and Himalayan pink salt.

and the

GREEN BRUTE: avocado, fresh-pressed green juice, almond milk, spinach, banana, dates, lemon juice and ginger.

Also in Joe's specialty coffee shops on Montague Street and Leeson Street . . .

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SUMMER LOVING IN KILDARE VILLAGE

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SUMMER LOVING IN KILDARE VILLAGE

Kildare Village is celebrating the launch of its Summer Stories Festival with a late-night shopping event where all boutiques are open until 10pm this Friday, June 21st. And all restaurants, including Alchemy, will be staying open until 11pm.

The Village will play host to some of the top names in Irish street music, ranging from guitarists and drummers to pianists with an eclectic mix of entertainment to excite and create a festival atmosphere. Performances will take place throughout the mall over the weekend. The launch event will build up to a grand finale on Friday with a performance from the headline music act, Hermitage Green.

The street performers will perform throughout the weekend include some of Ireland's most exciting musicians such as Allie Sherlock, David Owens and more!

Experience art installations as well as a wide selection of delicious food and drink and sampling pop-ups throughout the mall as well as BBQ options.

As well as exciting music and food, discover The Extraordinary Sale at your favourite boutiques.
More here: https://www.kildarevillage.com/en/campaign/summer-stories/summer-stories-launch/

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EVER GREENER!

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EVER GREENER!

We at Alchemy Juice Co here in Kildare Village are delighted to have completed another step on our sustainable journey!

The entire Itsa group run by Peaches and Domini Kemp - including us, Itsa Cafes and Joe's Coffee - has removed all single-use plastic bottles from our production. This will equate to 1,600 single-use bottles having been removed or 40kg of plastic . . .

Along with joining the Conscious Cup campaign, this is another important step for us. We still have more to do but we’re getting there!

Thanks.

Team Alchemy

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EXTRAORDINARY!!!!

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EXTRAORDINARY!!!!

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY? You'll find it in Kildare Village at The Extraordinary Sale! You will discover some spectacular savings at some of your favourite boutiques in the renowned Kildare Village Retail Outlet.

And, of course, if you’re looking for extraordinary coffee from Cloud Picker Coffee Roasters, extraordinarily tasty treats, extraordinarily healthy salads, extraordinarily super sandwiches and extraordinarily gorgeous soups and hot pots, including our extraordinary bone broth and extraordinary vegan soups, you’ll find all those and more here in Alchemy Juice Company!

So drop into us for extraordinary food during your extraordinary day shopping in the village!

Thanks.

Team Alchemy

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A TONIC FOR THE TROOPS

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A TONIC FOR THE TROOPS

Want to get a better understanding of why our Golden Turmeric Tonic is so good for you? Read this on Healthlinehttps://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric
And here's the short answer! Turmeric contains curcumin: Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
So our cold-pressed tonic is a perfect anti-inflammatory potion, plus it contains black pepper and some cold pressed flax seed oil. This is important because the black pepper makes the curcumin much more effective, and it is fat soluble, so again, you will get the greater benefits consuming it with black pepper and some "fat" which is exactly why we have created this delicious tonic!

It's strong and pure cold-pressed juice. We don't add water or sweeteners. Just cold pressed lemon juice, ginger juice, fresh turmeric juice, flax oil and black pepper. Bottled in glass bottles to eliminate any unwanted BPAs, we believe this is the perfect summer tonic.

You’ll find our Golden Tonic in our restaurant here in Kildare Village as well as in Joe’s Coffee in Arnotts, in Dundrum Town Centre and on Leeson Street and Montague Street.

Thanks.

Team Alchemy

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SALAD DAYS IN KILDARE VILLAGE!

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SALAD DAYS IN KILDARE VILLAGE!

With the weather getting warmer - we hope! - salads are becoming even more popular! That’s why here in our restaurant in Kildare Village, we have the best ones around!

Check them out here:

KOREAN CHICKEN: Sticky grilled Irish chicken, mixed greens, pickled cucumber, carrot, spring onion, mango, crisp onions, sesame dressing

VEGAN JAPANESE MISO BOWL: Leaf spinach, red rice, pickled kohlrabi & carrot, roasted aubergine with miso & sesame, edamame, crisp onions, tamari & ginger dressing

SALMON MISO BOWL: Charred Irish salmon, leaf spinach, red rice, pickled kohlrabi & carrot, roasted aubergine, edamame, crisp onions with miso & sesame, tamari & ginger dressing

CHILLI BEEF NOODLE SALAD: Grilled Irish beef, roast Portobello mushrooms, spinach, mange tout, Asian vegetable ‘noodles’ glass noodles, tamari, ginger, tahini dressing, sesame seeds, crisp onions, cashew nut brittle

SALMON POKE BOWL: Marinated Irish salmon, spinach, wasabi, sesame & citrus, red rice, pickled carrot, cucumber & kohlrabi, edamame, avocado, spring onion, cucumber, radish, snow peas

ASIAN BREAKFAST BOWL: Baked eggs, Asian greens, avocado, sesame, spinach, sweet potato & portobello

VEGAN SUPER CAESAR: Kale, avocado, tahini dressing, edamame, nutritional yeast, cashew brittle, sweet potato.

Thanks.

Team Alchemy

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NEW VEGAN SOUPS!!!

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NEW VEGAN SOUPS!!!

We are delighted to announce our new range of vegan soups! Plant-based, super-tasty and lovingly created by Peaches and Domini! Check them out in Alchemy Juice Co in Kildare Village today!

Our current Vegan Minestrone contains: onion, celery, fennel, potato, courgette, mixed herbs, veg stock, leeks, chopped tomato, salt & pepper, olive oil, garlic, quite a bit of flavour and lots and lots of love! It’s vegan, diary-free and gluten-free and very lovely

We think all our new vegan soups are pretty special and we hope you love them too!

Thanks.

Team Alchemy

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BEST. NEWS. EVER.

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BEST. NEWS. EVER.

We are open all four days this Easter bank holiday weekend if you're here in Kildare Village shopping or letting the kids enjoy the pop-up Imaginosity - Dublin Children's Museum! Having Imaginosity here is an inspired ideas as it lets you shop while the kids have fun. Then you can all grab a specialty coffee, some tasty treats or the loveliest lunch in the coolest cafe around!!! To find out more about Imaginosity, go here: http://www.imaginosity.ie/

Our opening hours for the Easter bank holiday weekend are:

Good Friday: 9am-8pm

Easter Satureday: 9am-8pm

Easter Sunday: 10am-8pm

Bank holiday Monday: 9am-8pm

So have a great weekend in the village and drop into Alchemy for the finest coffee, best soups, tastiest sandwiches, hottest hot dishes and the nicest salads around!

Thanks and have the best one ever!

Team Alchemy

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RECIPE: Chocolate Hazelnut Bites

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RECIPE: Chocolate Hazelnut Bites

Folks, we are delighted to share with you another delicious recipe from our healthy treat competition. They were all gorgeous so we thought you could make them too!!! These fantastic Chocolate Hazelnut Bites by Cliona Brennan were our joint winner on the day and they most certainly should not be kept a secret.

“These are so good they taste like you shouldn’t be eating them. Chewy, nutty caramel squares with a dense chocolatey topping; they have been compared to a Ferrero Rocher. Similarities would be the luxurious flavours of the chopped hazelnuts with a rich chocolate taste. When you look a little closer you realise that everything in them is insanely good for you. The three layered bite size treat is easy to make and is ideal for a midday snack or serving with coffee when friends call round.”

INGREDIENTS (Makes 14 bite size portions)

Base:

● 55g quick oats

● 80g medjool dates, pitted

● 1 tbsp coconut oil

● 1 tbsp cocoa powder

● 1/4 tsp salt

Hazelnut caramel filling:

● 180g hazelnuts, roasted

● 1 tbsp coconut oil

● 105g medjool dates, pitted

● 1 tsp vanilla extract

● 1/4 tsp salt

Chocolate topping:

● 100g 70% chocolate, chopped

● 2 tbsp coconut oil

● 100g whole & chopped hazelnuts

METHOD

  1. Prepare a 8'x8” square baking tin with parchment paper on all sides.

  2. Make the base: Put oats in food processor and process into flour. Add medjool dates and pulse until blended. Then add coconut oil, cocoa powder and salt. Pulse until well mixed. Empty the mixture into the lined tin, and use your hands to pack mixture down firmly. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out the mixture. Transfer to freezer while you prepare remaining layers.

  3. Prepare the hazelnut caramel filling: Add the remaining 180g roasted hazelnuts to a food processor, alongside coconut oil. Mix until it forms a smooth nut butter, giving your food processor breaks and scraping down the sides as required. Add dates, vanilla extract and salt. Process until the mixture is blended into a paste. Remove baking tin from freezer, and smooth filling over the base. Use a spatula to press the filling down firmly. Transfer to fridge.

  4. Melt the chocolate topping: In a heat-proof bowl set over a saucepan, melt chopped chocolate and coconut oil. Whisk together until smooth. Pour on top of the hazelnut caramel filling. Give the remaining whole hazelnuts a rough chop, then sprinkle on top of the melted chocolate. Place in the fridge until chocolate layer has set (approximately 2-3 hours). Remove and slice into 14 smaller bars.

    Enjoy! We did!

    Thanks. Team Alchemy

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PRIVATE SALE NOW ON!

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PRIVATE SALE NOW ON!

We are delighted to be part of the Private Sale here in Kildare Village. It is a really exciting event when the village really buzzes with excitement. There are so many special offers and so many boutiques participating. It really is a retail therapy dream!

It’s on until April 7th and you will find all details here: https://www.kildarevillage.com/en/campaign/private-sale/home/

And if you need to refuel, drop into us! We have perfect pastries, specialty coffee from Cloud Picker Coffee Roasters, the best juices and smoothies on the planet, as well as a selection of soups, salads, sandwiches and hot pots. You’ll find details on menu!

Thanks and see you in the sales!

Team Alchemy

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A bit of low-carb science

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A bit of low-carb science

Alchemy founder Domini Kemp, co-author of The Ketogenic Kitchen, wrote this piece recently for EvolveWomen . . .

Let’s just make one thing clear again: There’s no perfect diet for everyone. Although low-carb diets can be incredibly beneficial for many people, this doesn’t imply that all high-carb foods are “bad”. There is no doubt that there are a number of foods high in carbohydrates that have health benefits and that provide lots of essential nutrients, like for instance buckwheat, quinoa, bananas, beetroot, oranges, sweet potatoes, kidney beans or chickpeas. It is the high-carb foods that are refined and processed - like white breads and pastas - that we should try to reduce.

But these benefits can only be reaped if your body actually knows what to do with carbohydrates and can use them efficiently; otherwise carbohydrate-rich foods can wreak more havoc with your body despite all the nutrients. In order to understand how this happens, the role of insulin in the body needs to be explained.

The role of Insulin

Insulin is a crucial hormone; without it, we simply wouldn’t survive. Insulin tells our cells to pick up glucose from the bloodstream if levels become too high. It’s also the “fat storing hormone” that triggers our cells to store energy, either as glycogen (the stored form of glucose) or fat. Dr Robert Lustig, an American paediatric endocrinologist, sums it up: “Insulin shunts sugar to fat. Insulin makes fat. More insulin, more fat. Period.” And by this, he means chronically elevated insulin levels.

Across the span of human evolution, insulin production became the mechanism by which the body could choose which form of energy to burn (fat or glucose), depending on what foods were available.   When we have a healthy metabolism, the body produces sufficient amounts of insulin to remove any excess glucose from the blood stream so that it can’t harm us.  In times of starvation (winter, in ancient times), this enables us to switch into a fat-burning mode to provide more energy, but when there’s lots of food available, we become insulin resistant in order to store extra food as fat.

The problem is that in modern society we have access to, and consume, far more carbs than our ancestors – even our parents!   And in combination with a high carbohydrate intake, insulin resistance can lead to big issues: Glucose isn’t getting into the cells and so it builds up in the bloodstream. The pancreas is getting signals that there’s still too much glucose and therefore keeps producing insulin. Eventually, this can cause Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders.

Elevated Insulin & Disease

The evidence is mounting that chronically elevated insulin levels are implicated in causal pathways in many modern diseases such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and neurological issues. In the book “What the Fat?”, Professor Grant Schofield emphasises that it’s not only dietary factors that affects our level of insulin resistance, but many other lifestyle aspects like stress, poor sleep, smoking, sun exposure, pollutants, toxins, our activity levels or genes. But reducing insulinogenic foods (i.e. foods that raise insulin, like sugar, carbohydrates and excess protein) from our diet, keeping an eye on Omega 6/3 ratio and correcting micronutrient deficiencies is the first and foremost step to managing- or indeed preventing- some of the most prevalent chronic conditions.

After reading all this, you might ask why more people aren’t adopting this dietary approach and, more importantly, why?

more doctors aren’t recommending it. We believe that it’ll take time to shift the current mindset of “fat is bad and carbs are good” and to move away from the food pyramid/ healthy eating plate that is at the core of most government policies across the globe. Most mainstream health organisations recommend restricting dietary fat to less than 30% of total calorie intake. But in the past 12 years, an increasing number of randomized controlled trials (the gold standard of science) have successfully challenged the low-fat dietary approach.

Low carb and very low carb/ketogenic diets can be a useful lifestyle tool. Most people can safely reduce processed carbohydrates and embrace a diet that is full of green leafy vegetables, low sugar fruits (like berries), good and moderate forms of protein (like oily fish, eggs and offal) and healthy fats like olive oil, butter, coconut oil. The problem is that unless you take the time to educate yourself, you hear of people adding butter to coffee and still eating sandwiches at lunchtime and not really understanding that you can't just load up on fat and expect a good outcome.

If you find a low carb diet suit you and that don't have any of the contra indications or illnesses that would prevent you from going on a ketogenic diet, (see page 239 of our book) then get informed and well prepared as a keto diet can be challenging. Sadly, many people plunge in and eat steak, bacon and butter at every opportunity and don't consume a well-designed and nutrient dense ketogenic diet. Low carb and ketogenic diets can offer people a huge range of benefits, but these lifestyle changes don't suit everyone. It's important to get educated, start cooking and to remember that sleep, exercise, non-burning sun exposure and being part of a community are all vital ingredients to add to whatever diet you follow.

 

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HEALTHY TREAT RECIPE!!!

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HEALTHY TREAT RECIPE!!!

Folks, we are delighted to share with you some of the recipes that were entered into our healthy treat competition. They were all gorgeous so we thought you could make them too!!!
First up are these amazing Lemon & Spirulina Bars by Angela Bruni, one of our two joint winners!
Angela says: 'These delicious bars are the perfect on-the-go snack. It requires no baking and can easily be adapted to be vegan and gluten-free. Enjoy! These were great fun to make.'
Lemon and Spirulina Bars
(Makes 6 bars)
INGREDIENTS 
1 tbsp Coconut Oil
3 tbsp Honey or Maple Syrup
6 Medjool Dates
1 tbsp Almond Butter
1 Unwaxed Lemon for juice and rind
2 tbsp Goji Berries
2 tbsp Sesame Seeds
1 tbsp Ground Flax
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
1 tbsp Spirulina 
50g Pumpkin Seeds
100g Oats
METHOD
1. Chop dates into small pieces and add chopped dates, coconut oil, sweetener of choice, almond butter and lemon juice to a small pan. Cook on medium until the dates are soft and make a paste with the other wet ingredients. Set aside. 
2. In a separate bowl add the goji berries, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, ground flax, chia seeds, spirulina and oats. Mix until everything is well incorporated together. 
3. Add wet ingredients to the dry and combine until the mixture has a sticky consistency. 
4. Take a loaf tin and line with parchment paper. Add the bar mixture in and press down until uniform. 
5. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours and cut into bars. The recipe makes 6 decent shaped bars perfect for work, school or even post workout.

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