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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.

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

Loving Coffee and Poetry

April 29, 2012

The Truth is a chewy

treat, like

toffee, only

less sweet,

and slightly

nutty, like

birch bark,

with a salty

aftertaste as

steely as a

flint spark,

best doused

with straight

whiskey or

dark coffee.

Todd Boss

Yellowrocket

Read and hear more at toddbosspoet.com

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 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 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

Coffeesnobology

July 20, 2011

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