Monday, February 27, 2012

Togo

Togo is a great place to be. It is the little neighboring country of Ghana in Africa. It has beautiful landscape, wonderful waterfalls, and amazing coffee plantations. They bag and bag arabica coffee. The coffee plants grow to be more than 4 foot over the pickers heads. In Togo they grow more than just arabica. They grow more than 5 different kinds of coffee. The weather can get pretty hot there, but it still remains great for growing coffee. It can also get kind of cool there. Which is not bad either.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of those remarkable places not only for the nature, or the whether. They grow great coffee in Costa Rica.  It is like a coffee drinkers dream to go there. They have the best conditions for growing coffee there. They have high-altitude, good moisture, cool nights, volcanic-based soil. oceans around it. and a stable commercial government. It may be difficult for coffee to be transported because of the high altitudes and the worry of volcanic activity, but through it all Costa Rica grows amazing bagged and socially acceptable washed arabica. This small Central American republic drinks more than twice the amount of coffee than what is consumed in Italy.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

When Brewing...


When brewing do you consider the degree of the ground?
or maybe you consider the grind
Do you at least make sure the cup is round... 
You might even use just what you can find.
When brewing do you make sure you have the correct ratio of water to coffee
or does it all depend on what you pay for a fee... 
What is the water temperature?
Does the coffee make you lure?
What is the contact time between the water and the coffee?
Will you share it with your friend, family, or me?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Who was Starbuck?

Starbuck was the young chief mate of Pequod. This took place in the book Moby Dick. Being a Quaker from Nantucket he thought alot and was very intellectual. This was the name the three partners who started Starbucks agreed upon.

The team that started Starbucks consisted of an English teacher, history teacher, and a writer. So, it was only natural that they settled on a name in a book.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

What do you know about Starbucks Coffee?

         I went to a Starbucks barista and let me tell you.... The people working there were genuinely sweet. They tried hard to take care of me. They try hard to take care of each customer that comes in the right way.
       Over forty years ago, they started with just one store. It was the year 1971, when it all took place. It was a cloudy day in the city of Seattle and somebody had made a plan to have a coffee shop in the historic Pike Place Market. They decided to offer arabica beans in which they freshly roasted the whole beans and served it up through several options.
       The name "Starbucks" was inspired by Moby Dick. 

Check out www.starbucks.com/about-us for more info.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Need a Coffee Fix That Won't Keep You up all night?

Do you need a coffee fix for those late studying hours that won't keep you up past your studying? Here is a recipe that I often make for myself that just gives me a little boost in order to stay awake , but does not keep me up all the night long. It also is just enough to sweeten up my day in order to get  me through those stressful moments.....

Ingredients:
  • Nestle's French Vanilla Coffee-mate
  • Instant Coffee
~Boil a cup of water
~Put 3-4tbsp. of the French Vanilla in and mix it up
~Put 1-2tbsp. of Instant Coffee into the water and mix it all up

Enjoy Sipping it while it lasts!!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Mark Twain's view on American Coffee

Mark Twain and many people that have earlier lived in America or traveled to America during the 19th and 20th century definitely did not prefer American coffee. Instead, they really enjoyed their own home brewed coffee. Here is a quote from what Mark Twain once wrote:
                       "You can get what the European hotel keeper thinks is coffee, but it resembles the real thing as hypocrisy resembles holiness. It is a feeble, characterless, uninspiring sort of stuff, and almost as undrinkable as if it had been made in an American hotel."

A Cold Winter Day

I sit here in the office writing this post
drinking the drink I love the most.
It snowed outside last night
and it is a sight. 
To behold
while I sit here drinking this warm coffee alone.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Did you know that you can make Biscotti with coffee in it?

I found this recipe in the the wonderful book called The World Encyclopedia of Coffee today and decided to remix the recipe and make it while editing it a little bit to make it even better. The original recipe called for coffee beans and for grinding it yourself.

What you need:
  • 1/3 cup ground coffee
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 tbsp. strong brewed coffee
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon for dusting
  • 1/3 cup raisins
~Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.
~Rub in butter until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
~Stir in the sugar, ground coffee, and raisins.
~Beat eggs and brewed coffee together in a separate bowl.
~Add the egg and brewed coffee mixture to make a firm dough.

~Lightly knead for a few seconds until smooth.
~Shape into 2 equal bread rolls.
~Place on a greased baking sheet.
~Dust with cinnamon.
~Bake for 20 minutes in a 350degree oven.

~Use a sharp knife and cut the rolls into slices.
~Arrange the slices on the baking tray (the slices should be laid out so they are not touching and each one is lieing on it's side) and bake for 10 minutes more.
~Cool on a rack.
~Store the biscotti in an airtight container for a day before serving.

Biscotti is a cross in between a biscuit and a cookie. It's a treat that's very common to the French.

ENJOY!