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Real Joe: Greek Coffee

Real Joe: Greek Coffee

A short background, facts and fables, and how to make traditional Greek coffee. The Mediterranean is known for long, lingering meals — a tradition dating back to the Ancient Greeks. Early recordings storied feasts — appetizers of olives, figs, cheese or dried fish; main courses, pastas and desserts and wines — that would start in the morning […]

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The US Barista Championship is Underway in Boston!

We trust sommeliers to help us select and understand our wine, bartenders to create cocktails that warrant celebration, and for our first taste of the day, coffee, we look to the expertise of coffee professionals. Today in Boston, those wonderful baristas who create something that most of us can’t live even one day without, are competing […]

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The Handwriting of Honoré de Balzac

Balzac’s Writing Schedule and Epic Essay About Coffee

If you are a coffee enthusiast, you are probably familiar with “The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee”, Honoré de Balzac’s grand essay about his deep relationship with coffee. He wrote, “Brillat-Savarin has correctly observed, coffee sets the blood in motion and stimulates the muscles; it accelerates the digestive processes, chases away sleep, and gives us the capacity to […]

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Early Marketing: Nicolaas Witsen, The First Wholesaler of Coffee

Early Marketing: Nicolaas Witsen, The First Wholesaler of Coffee

In the late 15th century in Amsterdam, an already very busy and notoriously savvy businessman was seeking a new venture.  This man was not new to a busy schedule – he had been the mayor of Amsterdam 13 times.  His name was Nicolaas Witsen.  There were many professions guiding Witsen’s brave and innovative spirit.  When not performing […]

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World on a Fork

Painless Weekend Projects: How to Clean a Coffee Pot

We love coffee on weekends, late nights of work, to cap off dinner parties – and our brew pot is most likely often used and rarely cleaned.  So, why and how to clean your at-home coffee pot: Why to clean it: Coffee residue left from habitual use becomes built up acid and bacteria which breaks […]

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The Origin of the Coffee Bean (or Cherry)

The Origin of the Coffee Bean (Cherry)

Legend has it that coffee was discovered in 300 AD by an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi. One morning at the rise of sun, Kaldi set out to tend his daily path when his herd began feverishly eating red and green berries from a low-lying bush. Full of energy and an uncharacteristic charisma, the goats […]

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