A Brief History of Coffee

By Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Permalink 0

by Brian Yarvin

“Collectively, Europe’s coffeehouses functioned as the Internet of the Age of Reason.”–Tom Standage

I once asked a friend how much coffee he drank and he boasted “500 billion cups a year.” I knew instantly that this was wrong because the entire world drinks only about 400 billion. No matter where we are — in the car-crazed west, the subway riding city of New York, a town square cafe in Kansas, or a science lab in Antarctica — coffee is our fuel.

Coffee is so powerful that it has its own creation myth. We are told that it was discovered by a guy named “Kaldi.” He was an Ethiopian goat herder who noticed that when his animals ate certain red berries, they got so excited, they began to dance. So he chewed on a few berries and felt that now universal coffee buzz. Afterward, he picked some more, and then told an Islamic holy man about his discovery. The holy man declared them evil and threw them on the fire. When they smelled the roasting beans, they gathered them up, threw water on them, and enjoyed the world’s first cup of coffee.

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Ethical Coffee: How far can one go to suit customers and remain ethical?

By Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Permalink 0

When Ethics and Business Meet

When you choose a coffee shop, do you think about ethics? How far are you willing to go to remain ethical and natural? Should it be natural pure cane sugar, recyclable cups and napkins, and ethical coffee beans, or can you throw in a little artificial sugar and refined sugar so that everybody is happy? What are your thoughts?

These are just some of the questions raised by Chris MacDonald on Canadian Business.

 

Roasted coffee beans Español: Granos de café tostado (natural). Bahasa Indonesia: Biji kopi alami yang telah disangrai. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Roasted coffee beans Español: Granos de café t...

 

 

 

 

 

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Salone del Gusto versus Good, Clean, and Fair: Part 1

By Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Permalink 0

 

Salone del Gusto versus Good, Clean, and Fair: Part 1

by Diana Zahuranec

Salone del Gusto, an event held biannually in Turin, Italy by the organization Slow Food, gathers artisanal producers from around the world in five days of selling organic or biodynamic, high quality, artisanal, innovative and traditional products; tasting workshops; and conferences about the state of the world’s food system and what can be done to promote sustainable growth. It’s an amalgamation of the green movement and everything it could possibly stand for before such a thing as “green washing” existed.

So what were the Italian supermarket COOP, the internationally famous Italian espresso company Lavazza, and the ubiquitous road-side Italian convenience store Autogrill doing at the Salone?

A supermarket is the antithesis of Slow Food’s “good, clean, and fair” motto. Products are available at any quality, starting at “low” and often not reaching above “decent;” produce and packaged goods come from all over the world, with little thought as to what other countries deem as “safe” pesticides, and with less thought about the energy used to transport everything; and finally, it’s anyone’s guess as to how many products lining the shelves were made under unpleasant or dangerous working conditions with low wages as poor compensation.

Coffee beans are notorious for their high demand pitted against their low cost, possible only through unfair working conditions and wages. Coffee plants are harvested using mono-cropping methods, which is environmentally friendly only in the interests of that particular crop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Simon Says: Daily Food Quote, March 28, 2012

By Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Permalink 0

by Simón de Swaan

Vodka is cursed, tea is twice cursed, coffee and tobacco are thrice cursed.–Russian proverb

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Make your own pumpkin pie spice for pies and lattes

By Tuesday, November 22, 2011 Permalink 0

Save money on those pumpkin spice lattes by making your own pumpkin spice with this recipe. Click here to see recipe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find variations on this spice recipe here.

 

And if you get a craving for pumpkin pie spice lattes from time to time, here’s a low-calorie version. For an all-out version, whipped cream and all, you might go for this recipe. For a simple version using fresh pumpkin purée, click here.

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17 ways of eating on a budget without sacrificing your health

By Wednesday, October 5, 2011 Permalink 0

by Rosa Mayland

  1. Never shop on an empty stomach.
  2. Buy in bulk.
  3. Visit your supermarket as little as needed and make precise shopping lists.
  4. Don’t buy more than needed. Stick to your shopping lists.
  5. Make a budget, stick to it, and keep track of all expenses.
  6. Know your supermarket well and be wise to supermarket tricks.
  7. Limit your dining out. Eat at home.
  8. Shop seasonally and locally. It’s cheaper and healthier.
  9. Avoid all bagged, fancy packaged, ready-to-eat and processed food/meals (unless it is straightforward canned food). Avoid junk food unless it’s a treat you make at home from time to time.
    Swiss food pyramid.

  10. Eat more frugally (smaller portions) and only when you are hungry.
  11. Eat less meat, but more sustainable fish, cheese and eggs.
  12. Emphasize grains, legumes and vegetables (understand the food pyramid).
  13. Make double batches when you cook — one batch to eat straight away and one to freeze.
  14. Recycle leftovers and don’t waste food.
  15. Always stock your freezer with a selection of ice-friendly food, your kitchen pantry with imperishable and your spice cupboards with lots of condiments.
  16. Drink lots of tap water. Limit your consumption of alcohol, coffee, tea, sodas cut out most bought beverages. They represent a large expense.
  17. Take an interest in foreign and exotic culinary dishes, as they use bargain ingredients and small quantities of costlier ingredients.
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Food News Daily: September 27, 2011

By Tuesday, September 27, 2011 Permalink 0

Mainstream Anglo Media and Press

Nigel Slater’s classic salsa verde recipe, The Guardian

Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?, The New York Times

Small Factories Take Root in Africa, Wall Street Journal

For Rosh Hashanah, honey, you have options, Los Angeles Times

A new generation of student cooks?, Is the accepted wisdom about students being uninterested in cooking still accurate or is it a myth kept alive by those who graduated years or decades ago?, The Guardian

Asian snack time is all the time, The Seattle Times

Munch ado about Doritos, one man’s iconic snack, The Washington Post

Best of the Anglo Food and Travel Blogs

From Polenta to Peach Cobbler, Measure Free Hippie Cook

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Food News Daily: September 16, 2011

By Friday, September 16, 2011 Permalink 0

Mainstream Anglo Media and Press

Time for Tea in the Kitchen, The Times of India

Insects: the future of food? Would you find it easier to eat insects and arachnids if you knew you already do?, The Guardian

Food for Art: From Time Immemorial, Man Has Always Craved a Good Meal, The Wall Street Journal

A French Feast From a Political Pot, The New York Times

Market Watch: A new tack in farmers market regulation, Los Angeles Times

Coffee’s caffeine fix may be a placebo, AFN Thought For Food

Best of the Anglo Food and Travel Blogs and Sites

Mystical Rock Salt Rocks Restaurant Design, Chow

New French Symbol for Made in France, BK Wine

How to Send Wine Back — Outsmarting Wine, Food Network

Two Kinds of Chef plus bakers, cooks & ninjas, Brave Tart

The Obamas: The new First Foodies, Friends Eat

Long Live the Kouign, Chow

Praline Cake Squares, She Wears Many Hats

Essential Wine Etiquette, Cooking Light

The Unthinking Man’s Case Against Backyard Slaughter, Chow

Food Justice or Junk Food: Will more supermarkets equal more access to healthy food in underserved communities?, Democracy in Action

Exotic Granola: Four New Versions That Don’t Use Oats, Chow

Food Photography

Vienna with coffee, Fotografia

Alternative Press/Sites

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Your Dinner, Rodale

When Healthy Foods Backfire, AOL Healthy Living/Huffington Post

EXPLAINED: Why We Crave The Foods We Crave, Huffington Post

World

Behind the Medieval Walls of Murten, My Kugelhopf

Sorbet aux pêches, miel et romarin…, La Cuillère

Pork Medallions with Prunes, Taste of Beirut

Milky whole grain wheat with orange zest and pumpkin seeds, almonds and coconut chips, Lemon Love Notes

 

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Food News Daily: September 1, 2011

By Thursday, September 1, 2011 Permalink 0

Mainstream Anglo Media and Press

Gordon Ramsay’s Australian Nightmare, The Wall Street Journal

‘The Art of Eating’ from Flemish painters to Ferran Adrià, Phaidon Press

The Art of Picking the Perfect Meal for Beer, The Wall Street Journal

Cargill sees cocoa demand up 1 mln tons by 2020, Market Watch

Food is the ultimate security need, new map shows, The Guardian

How Many Calories Do You Need to Eat Per Day?, The Atlantic

Think outside the box: Top cooks reveal how to perk up your children’s packed lunches, The Independent

Nine Tips for Digging Through Local Farmers Markets, Dallas Observer

Best of the Anglo Food and Travel Blogs and Sites

Praising farm wives: The spirit can exist in anyone, Culinate

A Cardiac Surgeon on the Glory of Saturated Fat, They’re Good for You, The LRC Blog

Plums – Food of the Month, Health Castle

Alternative Press/Sites

Potatoes reduce blood pressure in people with obesity and high blood pressure, Eurek Alert

A Classy Model-Egg Chicken Coop (Coupe) (shaped like a Model A),

How the Soaring Price of Bread Will Shake the World Economy, AlterNet

World

The Famous Anzac Biscuit, Honest Cooking

Red Velvet Crêpes, duhlicious

Melon au citron vert, Ma p’tite cuisine by Audrey

$1 Million Of (Mollydooker) Wine Destroyed In Forklift, Accident, Technorati

Food Photography

Coffee bean owl, Image Shack

The Evolution of Coke, Pete

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