5 Health Benefits of Cold Brew Coffee – Why Is Cold Brew Better than Drip Coffee

Brewing cold brew coffee with a cotton bag

Cold Brew Filter BagCold brew, drip, or espresso, any sort of brewed coffee is good for us in moderation. There are numerous health benefits from drinking coffee. Coffee can boost the athletic performance, reduce risk of: diabetes, colon cancer, gall stones, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as improve the liver health. Cold brew, however, is particularly beneficial to our health, while reducing some of the side effects associated with consuming coffee. This is because the chemical profile of coffee brewed with cold water is different. I am not saying you should stop drinking your daily espresso, if your body agrees with it.… Read more

What The Heck Is A Bone Dry Cappuccino?

bone dry cappuccino

bone dry cappuccino

There are serious coffee drinkers everywhere that don’t mind standing in line to get their favorite brew. Some will even tell you to not attempt to talk to them until they have had their morning cup of Joe. Then there are those few customers that always want their coffee drink a little different, crazy almost.

Today we have a look at one of those uncommon orders: the Bone Dry Cappuccino!

So, What is a Cappuccino?

For all the non-coffee drinkers, you may not understand the hype and probably have no idea that there are many types of coffee drinks.… Read more

Kopi Luwak Is the Most Expensive Coffee – Is Civet Coffee Worth the Price?

Foraging for civet coffee
Civet coffee or kopi luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world. Why is it so expensive, many people ask? Is it all the same no matter where you buy it? The short answer is: Genuine kopi luwak is rare. There is a limited amount of genuine kopi luwak, and that drives the price up. Unscrupulous entrepreneurs though, have found ways to produce more civet coffee. We will show you how to minimize the risk of getting fake kopi luwak, and get the best quality beans. Foraging for civet coffee

What Is Kopi Luwak?

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Blue Ridge Coffee Crafters – Artisan, on Demand Roaster

Blue Ridge Coffee Crafters Stand

I met Chris Curtis online on Twitter, where he was promoting his coffee roasting business. He said that his company roasts on demand, because they want to ensure the best and the freshest coffee on the market. I got some coffee beans from him, and I absolutely loved them.

Espresso Shot and Sesame Snaps

Chris’s company, Blue Ridge Coffee Crafters is based in Charlottesville, Virginia, but they ship coffee everywhere in North America. They have some of my favorite beans, which made me curious to try them. They roast Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Brazilian Cerrado, Sumatra, and a pleasant surprise for me, their Colombian Supremo, which I didn’t try before.… Read more

How to Roast Coffee Beans at Home, and Why Do It

Light roasted coffee beans
How to Roast Coffee Beans at Home I love home coffee roasting, and I’d do it on a regular basis, if I had the time. But time for me is the most expensive commodity, so I need to manage it carefully. Because of that, I have to rely on coffee roasters for my brewing needs. Anyway, I needed some specially roasted beans for my cold brew concoction, and no roasters seemed to have anything close to my needs. I dusted off my coffee roasting skills, and proceeded with the task at hand.

Why Roast Coffee at Home?

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Coffee: From Seed To Cup

World Coffee Consumption Infographic

World Coffee Consumption InfographicAs a commodity, coffee is bought, traded and consumed all over the world. In fact, it is the second most traded commodity in the world after oil. The process of producing coffee is quite complex which results in the coffee production being one of the most labour intensive industries in the world. Each coffee harvest changes from year to year. It is safe to say that the journey of the coffee bean is a long and adventurous one! From growing to harvesting, processing to roasting right down to brewing, each step of the process is highly variable and differs hugely from country to country.

Coffee is mainly produced in tropical and subtropical countries like Colombia, Ethiopia and Brazil usually no more than 1,000 miles from the equator and will grow at altitudes between sea level and 7,000 feet. In order to produce the finest coffee possible, attention to detail is vital for each process. The international coffee supply chain is a multifaceted trade network and there are several steps that must be taken to turn the coffee bean of the seasonal fruit into a consumable (and tasty!) product. But where does it go from there? Espresso Works has created this infographic that looks at each step of the coffee process.

Coffee from Seed to Cup Infographic

The Journey of Coffee Infographic

Funny Coffee Mugs – The Best Humorous Coffee Mugs

Toilet Shaped Coffee Mug

Toilet shaped coffee mugLooking for funny coffee mugs? We have a pretty decent collection. You can even buy them online, if you want one for yourself or to give it to someone dear.Yeah, that morning cup of coffee is best when sipped slowly with the loved ones, from a funny coffee mug. The funny mug that you give to your coworker will be the attraction of the office for the next couple of months. “Ha, ha, that’s so funny!” Sure, I love the “Best Dad” or “Best Mom” mugs, but I love even more one that says: “Not entirely myself right now, I need to finish my coffee.”

This collection of humorous coffee mugs had circulated for days via email, and has made our mornings brighter.

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Coffee Culture From Around the World – The Must-Visit Cities for Coffee Lovers

coffee cup

Coffee Cup

For centuries people have been drinking coffee. It’s a global phenomenon. In its simplicity in its raw state to its ubiquity in almost every culture, coffee has a huge range of forms throughout the world. Caffeine was first found in Ethiopia in the 17th Century and has spread around the globe since then. From the simple Italian espresso shot to traditional Turkish coffee ceremonies, coffee culture is huge and diverse. In fact, the first coffee shop was opened in Istanbul, Turkey and came to Europe not long after.

Coffee is roasted, brewed, and drunk in a baffling variety of ways worldwide. Whether you like it bitter or sweet, there’s many reasons why coffee is the world’s favourite drink. For many it’s a much needed pick-me-up every morning, for others it’s a satisfying drink in the late evenings.

The guys over at Espresso Works have created this infographic that looks at how coffee is engrained in the global cultures.  We love this infographic, and we think about creating our own, from a slightly different angle.Coffee Around the World Infographic

Coffee Jokes

Unattended Children Coffee This is a page with coffee jokes to brighten up your day. The page contains both original and curated coffee humor, the best caffeinated stories, posters, anecdotes, and jokes. If you like this page, share it, all your friends deserve a little coffee break.  We have funny pictures and one liners about coffee and about coffee drinkers.

Make sure you watch the videos, they are hilarious, and touch subjects that we always thought but never discussed.

Coffee Jokes

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Coffee Gift Ideas – Practical Gift Ideas for Coffee Lovers

Coffee Gift Ideas

Coffee Themed Gift Ideas – Gift Guide

Gift Ideas for Coffee LoversWe created this list of gift ideas for coffee lovers with the practical side in mind. Sure we saw on Internet some cool looking gifts, (yeah, we read everything coffee related.)  This list, however, is not about cool gadgets, is more about giving a useful gift. Any of the gifts on this list will be used for years, and the recipient will think about you every time. We are not opposed to cool looking presents, but they do tend to be forgotten, and collect dust in a drawer.

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Espresso and Coffee Puns

Coffee Puns

Hello Darkness! My dear old friend.

I Love Coffee and I Love Jokes

I love coffee and I like jokes. My wandering mind always enjoys a good pun, or a joke. When the joke or pun is related to something I am passionate about, I enjoy it even more.

Here is a nice collection of coffee puns to get you through until the next coffee break. Whether you read these for yourself, or you want to prepare a gift for a coffee lover, or just to send a nice email to a co-worker, you have quite a few puns related to coffee and espresso to choose from.

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Beko – Electric Turkish Coffee Maker

Beko - Turkish Coffee Maker

Beko - Turkish Coffee Maker

My wife asked one morning, wouldn’t be great if we had an electric Turkish coffee maker, as we have for drip coffee, or espresso or the old and faithful percolator? Her question took me by surprize, and I couldn’t believe I didn’t know any electric coffee machines specially designed for this brew. I love Turkish coffee, and my wife loves it even more than me. I love all types of coffee brewing. As an Eastern European, however, Turkish coffee is the method of brewing coffee of my choice.

As opposed to the popular belief, brewing a cup of Turkish coffee is not as simple as it seems.

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Chicory Coffee – What Is Chicory Coffee and How to Make It

a cup of coffee

Chicory coffee beverage in white cup with flower on boardChicory coffee is a beverage prepared with roasted and ground chicory, or a blend of chicory and coffee. The ratio of coffee to chicory can be as high as 3 to 1, or as low as 1 to 3. Chicory coffee is made of the roots of the cultivated plant Cichorium Intybus Sativum, by roasting and grinding them.

Humanity has used chicory since the antiquity, both as a food and as a medicine. Many of the health benefits attributed by the ancients are recognized today, and there is still a lot to be researched in the field.

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Iced Coffee Recipe – Coffee Ice Cubes in Milk

Coffee with Coffee Ice Cubes

pouring milk over coffee ice cubesThis is an iced coffee recipe that uses coffee ice cubes in milk, or water, and not regular ice cubes in coffee, as you can find in most of the coffee shops.

Making iced coffee at home is easier than you think, and many people just do it without any recipe, or instructions. If you really want your iced coffee to taste great, better than the iced coffee at Starbucks, or Dunkin Donuts, you need some tips. There are some tricks to ensure your coffee doesn’t oxidize and taste stale, and it has enough kick to pick you up when you need it.

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Cappuccino vs Latte vs Mocha, What Are the Differences?

Latte with latte art

Latte with latte artThere are a lot of different espresso-based drinks, sometimes this much variety can be confusing. I have a friend who admitted that she didn’t like to go a coffee shop. She couldn’t choose between macchiato, latte, cappuccino, mocha, and many others because she didn’t know what they were. She was embarrassed to ask the barista what the differences were, so she started to buy a different coffee drink every day.

What makes these coffee beverages different from each other? What are the distinctive characteristics between them?

Espresso Based Drinks

All the coffee based drinks in coffee shops are a mix of two base ingredients, espresso and milk.

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