Government by Coffee?

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How much coffee is consumed these days? It is getting close to a half billion cups per year. Why not replace big government with government-by-coffee. Replace those austere chambers where catastrophic courses of action are suggested and wars declared with Starbucks-like coffee chambers, so that the great issues of the day can be decided in a cozy and fraternal atmosphere over a leisurely Cappuccino and toasted bagel rather than in great halls which so often serve as settings for policies based on the blood-and-iron approach to problem solving.

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How to Make a Cafe Mocha at Home

cafe mocha


 How to make a cafe mocha at home

Explore: A Cafe Mocha is a delicious hot beverage made by combining chocolate, espresso and steamed milk. It is sometimes also called a Mocha or a Mocha Latte. Continue reading

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Coffee Fest 2014

By Marc Wortman is an invaluable resource for anyone who loves coffee and is looking for interesting and informative tutorials about the art and science of coffee making. There is also a steady stream of coffee and coffee equipment reviews as well as general reportage on ndustry news and events.



This past weekend, I attended the Coffee Fest show In Portland, Oregon.  I had attended this same show a couple years ago when it took place in Seattle.  This year, the72nd edition of Coffee Fest moved to Portland, and to Oregon for the first time in its history.

Read: Seattle Coffee Fest 2012

Coffee Fest is an industry trade show, primarily for coffee roasters and cafe managers.  The emphasis of the show is on how the business owner can grow their sales, so ironically, there’s less coffee at Coffee Fest than I would’ve expected.  The emphasis is definitely on keeping a coffee business current, but also on the different worlds that a coffee business can get into.

I didn’t take count, but it seemed that the largest business segment exhibiting at Coffee Fest was tea.  Many successful coffee business owners expand into offering a variety of teas.  I don’t mind tea, but I also don’t know enough about it to speak with exhibitors in this space.


Another large segment in exhibitors was coffee importers, and these were the people that I came mainly to see.  I’ve been shopping around for a coffee roaster, and I think I have the one I want picked out.  With that decision behind me, I’ll need larger quantities of green coffee than I’ve bought before, and I wanted to meet the importers that make that possible.  I was able to meet with sales people who work for these importers, and made some great contacts.


…Coffee Fest 2014

Another large segment in exhibitors was coffee importers, and these were the people that I came mainly to see.  I’ve been shopping around for a coffee roaster, and I think I have the one I want picked out.  With that decision behind me, I’ll need larger quantities of green coffee than I’ve bought before, and I wanted to meet the importers that make that possible.  I was able to meet with sales people who work for these importers, and made some great contacts.

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For an interesting look at a coffee tasting at a local coffee roasting company, visit

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About the National Coffee Association


A few words about the National Coffee Association

The National Coffee Association Is dedicated to coffee in all its forms, uses and manifestations. Its web site offers sections devoted to market research, government affairs, a knowledge bank, events, education and scientific affairs – all of which revolve around coffee.  The organizations holds a convention every year, Continue reading

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Best Coffee Roasters in America?

  • …the following is a list of those considered to be the best coffee roasters in America by a panel of professionals:

    By Dan Gentile at Thrillist

    The history of American coffee’s broken down into three distinct waves: Folgers in your cup, Starbucks on your block (whose caffeine content is graphed here), and a new crop of artisan roasters building brands based on sustainability, quality, and really, really cute packaging.

Read on for a coffee industry jury’s list of the best coffee roasters in America…?

“So to pick the crema (coffee term, not a typo) of the crop, we pulled together a cast of the nation’s most notable coffee writers and shop owners to pick their 11 favorite roasters and tell us why they’re so buzzed about them. The illustrious cast includes Bill Walsh (Pure Coffee Blog), Jordan Michelman (, Brian Jones (Dear Coffee I Love You), Kelly Stewart (Roast Magazine), Chris Cusack (Down House), Sean Henry (Houndstooth), Sarah Allen (Barista Magazine), Joshua McNeilly (Black Black Coffee), and Greg Martin (Urban Bean).

Once the ballots had been cast, we tallied the votes (10 points for #1, 9 for #2…) and ranked the roasters to decide once and for all which brand is The Best Part Of Wakin’ Up.

To see the results go to,%20as%20voted%20by%20coffee%20nerds

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A few facts and statistics about coffee

“With the coming of coffee to Venice in 1615, the local clergy condemned it. The controversy was so great that Pope Clement VIII was asked to intervene. Before making a decision however, he decided to taste the beverage for himself. He found the drink so satisfying that he gave it Papal approval.”
– From the history of coffee article on the National Coffee Association’s website.
– Today, 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee on a daily basis
– Statistic Brain /

According to legend, coffee was discovered by an Ethiopian goatherd who noticed that his goats were extra-energetic after eating berries from a certain highland bush. He took these wonderful fruit to a local abbot, who after brewing the beverage noticed that it allowed him to stay through the long period of evening prayer.
Word quickly spread across Ethiopia and over the Horn of Africa into the Arabian Peninsula.
Coffee soon became the beverage of choice all over the ear- and Middle East, since the majority-Muslim population was forbidden to drink alcohol. Coffee houses sprouted like mushrooms after a spring rain, and became important social and entertainment centers as well as dispensaries of coffee and tea. With the age of European wanderlust and the speedy acceleration of trade with the East, coffee houses became a commonplace in 17th century Europe.

Here are some statistics:
$4 billion is spent importing coffee to U.S. each year, and $164.71 is spent on drinking coffee by the average American coffee consumer. Almost a quarter of same drinks more than 13 cups of coffee per week. In addition, 30 million of the total 100 million U.S. coffee drinkers drink specialty coffee – lattes, mochas, espressos, etc. – and spend an average of $2.45 on each espresso-based drink.
Re coffee production the hands-down winner as far as sheer quantity goes is Brazil, which is responsible for 30% of the world coffee output.

According to, 119, 664, 910 bags of coffee (60 kilos) were exported by coffee producing countries between February of 2012 and January 2013. Each bag yields approximately 87 5.3 oz cups of regular or “house” coffee after attrition due to the roasting of the beans.

RE countries/regions, Northern Europeans are the world’s biggest coffee hounds. Switzerland, Scandinavia, Holland, Finland and Iceland lead the rest of the world in coffee consumption by leaps and bounds with an average consumption of between 6.8 and 12 cups per day per capita.

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A Few Notes About Coffee

A few Notes about Coffee…

Can you imagine a world without coffee?

Almost like taking a drink of water!
2.25 billion cups consumed each day worldwide.

This drug is strictly legal!
According to legend, the beverage was made possible by a
fortuitous discovery made by a Somalian goatherd.
He noticed one of his goats getting buzzed on something
and discovered that that the critter had been nibbling on berries
from a nearby coffee bush. This is said to have taken place
a little more than a thousand years ago.

Beware: coffee is highly subversive
Both the American Revolution and the infamous French Revolution were born in coffee houses.
The American Revolution grew from roots planted by patriots in the Green Dragon (some say it
was the Green Lion) Public House in the Lloyd’s District of London. The infamous French Revo-
lution happened in 1789 when the Parisians, spurred on by Camille Desmoulins’s verbal campaign,
took to the streets and two days later the Bastille fell, marking the overthrow of the French Govern-
ment and changing France forever.

This is one Delicate (coffee) Bean!
When the beans reach the temperature of 400F during the roasting process, the beans “crack.”
The bean develop oils in a process called pyolysis. The outer part of the beans darkens.
When the beans “crack” a second time, the hot beans are then dumped from the roaster and
cooled immediately, usually with cold air. During the process of roasting coffee beans, coffee
oil gathers in pockets throughout the bean. This substance is forced out to the surface of the
beans of darker roasts, as moisture is lost. Hence the bean has this oily appearance.

After four cups just say no…if you don’t your body will!
Special studies conducted about the human body revealed it will usually absorb up to about
300 milligrams of caffeine at a given time…about four normal-size cups. Additional amounts are just
metabolically ignored, providing no further stimulation 20% of the caffeine in the system each hour
is dissipated by our bodies.

Coffee School…Pass, Good Job, go to the head of the Class
Coffee beans are graded in various ways. Example: Kenya coffees are graded as A, B and C.
AA is the best coffee. In Costa Rica, coffees are graded as Strictly Hard Bean, Good Hard Bean,
Hard Bean, Medium Hard Bean, High Grown Atlantic, Medium Grown Atlantic, and Low Grown Atlantic.
Those coffee beans from Colombia are labeled as “Supremo” “Excelso”, “Extra” and the lowest grade,

Un Espress, s’il vous plait!
Cafe Procope was the first true Paris coffeehouse. It was opened in 1689 by a former lemonade vendor, Francois Procope. The cafe faces the Theatre Francais, where it drew the artists and actors of the day.


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