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Thomas Jefferson, Third President…First Barista

February 7, 2013

President Thomas Jefferson was a thinker, a writer, an architect, an astronomer, and… a coffee snob.  He favored beans imported from the East and West Indies, and detested the “green” beans that were popular in America at the time.  Jefferson was also a roaster and stocked his Monticello cellar with unroasted beans.  And like any true coffeesnobologist, he roasted small quantities of beans and served coffee made with freshly ground beans.  As a coffee connoisseur, coffee was served in an elegant silver coffee urn of his own design.

www.monticello.org/site/and/coffee-urn.

Looking to the future, he predicted, and rightly so, that “The coffee bean, is [to] become the favorite beverage of the civilized world.”

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

Dear President Jefferson, you knew your beans!  The average American worker spends around $1,000 annually on coffee.  It is estimated that Americans consume about 45 pounds of coffee each year.

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/american-coffee-habits-spend-coffee/story?id=16923079.

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Love Your Coffee: Love Logevity

July 6, 2012

Good news for coffee drinkers.  Coffee drinkers are more likely to live longer. National Institute of Health and AARP studied 400,000 people over a period of years to determine the question: does coffee help or hinder?  Neal Freedman of the National Cancer Institute reports “There may actually be a modest benefit of coffee drinking.”

To Coffee lovers everywhere, it’s not the caffeine that may be the cup of youth, but it most likely is the helpful antioxidants.

Pour a second cup while you read on.  The study is based on observing people’s habits and their resulting health.  Drinking coffee (regular or decaf doesn’t matter) and living longer seems to be related.

NYDailyNews.com            Thanks, Joe! Coffee drinkers live longer, May 16, 2012

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1112010?query=featured_home&

The New England Journal of Medicine

Coffee Fact Friday: Third-Wave Coffee Surging

March 29, 2012

Around the nation, sophisticated coffee drinkers are willing to switch from something pretty good to utterly sublime.  Discerning Coffee lovers consider coffee as artisanal foodstuff and are willing to pay.  No compromises.

Coffee as a global agricultural commodity was the first wave.  Coffee consumption is big business.  American coffee drinkers lead the world in coffee consumption by drinking 400 million cups every day.   We love our coffee.

In the late 1970s the groundswell of Starbucks Coffee shops swept in the second wave.  The thirst for rich coffee evolved into a new generation of independent coffee shop owners dedicated to serving exquisite elixirs.

Cream of the crop third-wave coffee shops owners are committed to establishing stronger relations between growers, traders and roasters of single-origin coffee beans.  Competition-level baristas pull shots to order demonstrating meticulous techniques.

At first just a ripple, but today independent third-wave cafes are an undulating force.  In Minneapolis and Saint Paul, we coffee snobs can savor third-wave coffee at Kopplin’s, Angry Cat Fish, Blue Ox, Quixotic, Spyhouse, Urban Bean Peace Coffee and Bull Run.

The caffeinated buzz heard among coffee enthusiasts “I’ am coffee snob, hear me brew.”

www.tcbmag.com/trends

Imbibemagazine.com/coffee-s-Third-Wave

Kopplin’scoffee.com

Coffee Buzz: Be Merry, Healthy and Wise in 2012

December 31, 2011

Daily, 150 million Americans drink about three cups of coffee.  Join the crowd, join the celebration and make one New Year’s resolution and reap the benefits all day, all year long.

Be Merry

Drinking a delicious cup of freshly brewed wonderful coffee improves coffee drinkers mental health.  Just inhaling the rich aroma has a positive effect of boosting your mood.

Be Healthy

Savoring two or three cups of coffee each day may lower the risk of developing Type 2Diabetis.  A cup of Joe counters the disease’s onset by lowering the blood sugar and promoting delivery of insulin to the blood stream.  Coffee is loaded with antioxidants that seem to improve the body’s sensitivity to insulin.  But—and here’s coffeesnobology’s caveat:  moderation is key.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/coffee-and-health/AN01354

Be Wise

Brew a cup of jolt to jumpstart your brainpower.  Cognitive performance and short term memory is improved while sipping, and that’s a Java truism every college student pulling an all-nighter lives by.

As one coffee enthusiast remarked “If you want to improve your understanding, drink coffee; it is the intelligent beverage.”  www.cocoajava.com

Huffington Post offers more grounds to join the caffeinated party.  Drink up!  Be merry, healthy and wise in 2012.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/31/coffee-health-benefits_n_1064577.html

Coffee Fact Friday: Shop Small is Huge

November 24, 2011

A drumstick roll, please for Shop Small on Small Business Saturday.   Ka-ching.  Small businesses like your favorite local coffee house where everyone knows your drink order–fuel the economy and energizes your community.

Shop Small.  One purchase.  Ka-ching.  And the Shop Small movement is percolating.

The G-R-I-N-D Coffee house and Roaster is this coffeesnobologist’s destination for Brazil Bourbon Machado, a sweet, nutty medium body bean.

November 26, 2011:  Shop Small—Small Business Saturday.

Coffee Facts Friday: Cup of Joe for a Joe

November 10, 2011

Let’s have coffee.  With those three words, strangers become friends.  Somewhere across the globe, a soldier is sipping a hot cup of black coffee and reading a message of support from a stranger soon to become a friend.

With Veterans Day just around the corner share a cup of coffee with troops serving as far away as Iraq, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, Qatar and Djibouti, East Africa without leaving home.  A cup of Joe for a Joe is the remarkable Joe Program launched by Green Bean Coffee.
Click on www.greenbeanscoffee.com/coj/index.php. and in a matter of minutes somewhere a soldier serving in a lonely outpost is drinking a cup of black coffee and reading a heartfelt note of thanks.  For only $2.00, the night isn’t so friendless.

Just a click away and new friendships are percolating on this Veterans Day.  Go to www.greenbeanscoffee.com/coj/index.php.

This coffeesnobolog writer received this note today.  Let’s hear from others who contacted the Joe Program. $2.00 goes a long way.
Greetings from Afghanistan! Thank you for your generosity and support, it is greatly appreciated. Thanks again and God bless.


Coffee Facts Friday: Flavorable Festivals

November 3, 2011

Grab you travel mug and GPS. Coffee festivals are percolating around the world.

Saturday, Nov 5, 2011.  Enjoy New Orleans savoring delicious java at the Coffee Festival.  A highlight of the festival, besides all that is wonderful about New Orleans, is the Cupping Flight.


Next stop:  Hawaii!   Sample the richness of world famous Kona coffee in a weeklong festival from November 4 to November 13, 2011.  Check out www.konacoffeefest.com to learn how royalty played a role in bringing the world Kona coffee.


New Delhi, India, is the place to be.   Stroll down tree-lined boulevards to savor the graciousness of this global city and rich coffee.  The India International Coffee Festival begins January 18, 2012.

And there are more grounds for celebration at Coffee fest in New York from March 9-11.  http://coffeefest.com.  The Big Apple takes pride in serving espressos.
End your coffee tour at the London Coffee Festival on April 27 to 29.  England may be best known for their teas, but a movement is brewing toward smaller, independent coffee shops where coffee is Art.
www.londoncoffeefestival.com

Coffee Fact Friday: Something’s Out There

June 23, 2011

On the eve of World UFO Day, Coffeesnobology heeds Carl Sagan’s observation that “Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake….”

Around the world believers and non-believers are staying vigilant to watch the night sky for Unidentified Flying Objects.

True Coffee Fact Friday:  On June 24, 1947 Idaho pilot Ken Arnold witnessed an unidentified flying object over Mt. Rainer.  Unable to determine what these objects really were spurned fear of extraterrestrial invasions or a government cover-up.
Traveling at warp speed is the ancient truth that caffeine will accelerate your ability to take a quantum leap through a wormhole to a coffee shop.  Stock up on a full-bodied coffee, and settle back to scan the starry night.  Maybe, just maybe, you will glimpse a UFO making it’s way to the nearest drive-through at Starbucks.

Newsbreak:  E.T. wasn’t saying “Call Home.”  E.T. loved his coffee (don’t we all) and he was really saying “No foam.”


www.ehow.com/how_219100_celebrate-ufo-day-June-24.html

www.worldufoday.com/

www.brainyquote.com/quotes/author/c/carl_sagan.html

Coffee Fact Friday: Father’s Day Coffee

June 16, 2011

Short, Tall. Skinny, Grande.  American, Italian. Those words (plus a few more)  define both coffee and fathers.

Coffee and fathers have a long history together, one that goes back farther than suburban commutes and to-go cups; farther than stagecoaches and saloons, farther than…well, dear-ole-dads have pretty much been downing their morning joe since that Ethiopian goat juiced-up on coffee berries danced with the stork.

Let’s face it. Dad’s need their coffee to face the day.

To celebrate Father’s Day, coffee shops around the country are featuring special events for their loyal customers and our beloved role models, such as the Father and Son Poker Tournament at the Buzz Cafe in Oak Park, Illinois. But if that’s not in your neighborhood, no worries. Just check your local happenings – Bostonians, scan the Globe’s website for the Father’s Day coffee break on, ah, Friday.

By the time Father’ Day rolls around on Sunday the church basements will be brimming with after mass coffee and donuts.  The question is, will it be filled with coffeesnob dads? It seems after service communing around the urns is dwindling. To combat the devilishly tempting gourmet fare to which they are loosing their parishioners, Holy Spirit Church in Zagreb, Croatia has opened the Prayer Cafe. You can buy a cup of coffee for only three Our Fathers. No word on what the price is if your religious denomination isn’t Catholic.

Any way you pour it, anyway you pray it, we say: Happy Father’s Day

http://calendar.boston.com www.thebuzzcafe.com

 

CFF: Holy Cow, It’s National Dairy Month

June 9, 2011

Do you want cream with your coffee?  Yes, is this coffeesnobologist’s response.  A true coffee purist would not add cream, half n’ half nor milk, but this coffeesnobology wannabe loves how the cream swirls to a rich brown—pure coffee comfort.


Coffeesnobology’s in-depth research reveals that in 1607 Captain John Smith, founder of Jamestown, Virginia, brought coffee to the new world.  Upon further research (okay, drinking coffee and googling) coffeesnobology discovered that cows were shipped to Jamestown in 1611.  Coffee and cream are classic pairings, and no doubt a patriotic proprietor soon began to concoct coffee drinks with steamed milk or a dollop of cream.

Celebrate National Dairy Month by impressing coffee clutch friends with these dairy facts.
In a single day, a dairy cow produces 100 pounds of milk.
And 100 pounds of milk will make 93.6 lbs. of 1% milk and 6.4 lbs. of 40 % cream.  Go Betsy!
Adding milk to your favorite elixir supplies nine essential nutrients, calcium, protein, potassium, vitamins D, A and B12, phosphorus, riboflavin and niacin.  www.education.com 

Take the Coffeesnobology IQ Quiz
How do you take your coffee?
a.  Black and organic…Thank you very much
b.  I’ll have what she has…black and organic. Okay?
c.  Latte, skim milk, no froth…pleased.
d.  Maybe a decaf.  I really try to drink coffee, I really do—it’s just I don’t know, well all my friends drink coffee.

Coffee lover types
a.  Grande!  You know your coffee and all things java-related, and you only brew with cold, reverse Osmosis water.
b.  Closet Coffee Snob.  You act like you don’t care if the beans are not freshly ground, but are secretly calculating how to get a real cup of coffee.
c.  Coffee Snob Wannabe.  You think you are a coffee snob, and you certainly want to be one.  After all, you order your latte, “No flavors please,” at local trendy cafes.  But alas, the whirr of a coffee grinder is never heard in a wannabe’s kitchen.
d.  Coffee Snob Groupie.  You don’t necessarily stalk baristas or throw your panties at the espresso machine.  You don’t even drink coffee!  But you do love the Coffee Culture Club scene and hold a torch, match, lighter or cell phone, if you will, for the lifestyle.

www.cluesheet.com/all-about-coffee-Xll.htm