Archive for the ‘Coffee Snobology’ Category

Coffee Celebrations all Year-Long

October 11, 2012

For coffee lovers, enjoying a cuppa at a charming coffeehouse is always a day of celebration.  We never need an excuse to drink coffee.  Nevertheless, we at Coffeesnobology offer you a yearlong list of coffee observances all over the world.

Coming soon…November 24:  National Espresso Day

December 26…Coffee Percolator Day.  Thank James H. Nason and check out Coffeesnobology archives, December 25, 2010.

Begin the New Year by celebrating National Irish Irish_Coffee Week.  Check Coffeesnobology archives in January 25, 2011 for a recipe.

And January 25 is National Irish Coffee Day (that’s just how good Irish Coffee is)

February 17…National Café Au Lait Day.  Pronounced Kafe o le, means coffee with milk in French.

April 7…National Coffee Cake Day (try a coffee cake recipe, Coffeesnobology Achieves, June 2, 2011)

May 16 is National Coffee Day

May 24 is National Coffee Day in Brazil.  Brazil is a coffee giant.

Week of July 22…a whole week is set aside to celebrate coffee.

July 26…National Coffee Milkshake Day

August, all month long is National Coffee Month

September 6 is National Coffee Ice-Cream DaySeptember 12 is National Coffee Day is Costa Rica

September 19 is National Coffee Day in Ireland

September 29 is yet another day set aside for National Coffee Day

October 1 is the Japanese National Coffee Day.  Surprising, Japan is one of the largest coffee consumer in the world.

Coffee Conversations

January 19, 2012

“It’s about tradition.  If you’re going to do any serious talking in a gentleman’s home, he offers you some coffee first.”

Tony Hillerman’s characters solve mysteries over coffee in The Wailing Wind.

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

URLove it Link: Live Free–Drink Coffee

June 30, 2011

Fireworks soaring, bands playing, flags waving and coffee percolating are symbolic of festive July 4th celebrations.   Dear readers, coffee is the ultimate All-American beverage.  Founding fathers met over a cup of coffee (or two) to craft the American Revolution.  Abigail Adams, among other women, choose coffee over tea as a symbol of independence.  www.coffeepartyusa.com/content/little-historyrevoluntionary-coffee

In honor of coffee’s patriotic role, Coffeesnoblogy prepared Coffee Marinated Pork Chops.  The tantalizing sweet aroma of chops roasting in red wine and coffee filled the kitchen.  Ohhhhhs and Ahhhhhs were heard all around.

Coffee Marinated Pork Chops
6 pork chops
3 TBS olive oil
2 mashed cloves of garlic
2 tsp minced parsley
2/3 cup (150 ml) of red wine (save some to sip)
2/3 cup (150 ml) of strong black coffee
3 tsp honey
Salt and pepper, freshly ground
Juice and grated pulp of a lemon or lime

*Put chops in a large, low stewpan.
Mix remaining ingredients and pour over chops
Let marinate overnight, stirring every now and then
Grill until browned
Replace browned chops into stewpan and bake in the oven 360 F or (180 C) for 30 minutes.

Last word,
At our July’s URLove It Link www. baristasroating.com/page64.html describes the patriotic activism simmering in Boston’s Green Dragon Coffeehouse and Merchant’s Coffeehouse.

A revolution was brewing.

www. Keensorganiccoffee.com/coffee-and-politcs.

Wordless Wednesday: Slugger Sips Coffee

June 28, 2011

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/boxscore/06291941a.shtml

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

Latte Literature: News to Me

June 19, 2011

Laurie Hertzel’s memoir News to Me:  Adventures of an Accidental Journalist affectionately captures life in the Duluth News Tribune newsroom.  Readers are swept up in the noisy and busy newsroom where reporters and copy editors work against deadline in smoke-filled air, “punctuated by the rich smell of percolating coffee.”

In the chapter “Not Making Coffee,” Hertzel’s first job as newsroom clerk included answering phones, writing obituaries, compiling the marine log, and making coffee, a responsibility she cleverly found ways to avoid until “that responsibility just sort of evaporated…”

The room lived on coffee.  The men drank it by the gallon, all day, and into the night, and it was up to me to make sure the big urn in the corner never ran dry.
And then I made coffee…badly.  Undrinkably so.  In a newsroom that’s saying a lot.  

Hertzel’s cheerful account of reporters and copy editors gathered around the coffee urn got coffeesnobology wondering about the origin of coffee breaks.

The first coffee break probably happened around 1000 A. D. when goatherd Kaldi chewed the same red berries that his goats did, but it was most likely an unauthorized coffee break.

Howard Stanger, historian at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. describes the dreary and dangerous late 19-century workplaces where workers had few breaks from the drudgery.  Because of social reform activists, Buffalo N. Y. companies and manufacturing employers in 1901 and 1902 installed in-house lunchrooms, so workers could take brief mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.

The actual phrase coffee break is credited to a 1952 Pan American Coffee Bureau ad campaign urged consumers to “Give Yourself a Coffee Break—and Get What Coffee Gives to You.”

www.npr.org/programs/mornings/features/patc/coffeebreak/index.html