Monthly Archives: February 2014

Caffeine Trivia 2.28.14

Coffee Tasting Terminology

Fruity: Flavor / aroma often found in good arabica coffees, reminiscent of a wide range of fruits: citrus, berries, currants, etc, always accompanied by some degree of acidity; this is usually positive, but can indicate over ripeness or over-fermentation.

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Caffeine Trivia 02.27.14

Coffee Tasting Terminology

Acidic: Very desirable coffee quality, sharpness detected towards front of mouth; denotes quality and altitudel can be fruity (citrusy, lemony, berry-like. etc) or a pure tongue-tip numbing sensation.

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Caffeine Trivia 2.26.14

Up until the 1870’s most coffee was roasted at home in a frying pan over a charcoal fire. It wasn’t until recent times that batch roasting became popular.

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Caffeine Trivia 2.25.14

Coffee is the second largest traded commodity surpassed only by Oil, the world’s largest traded commodity.

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Caffeine Trivia 02.24.14

Leading up to the American Revolution in December 1773, The “Boston Tea Party” was the historical event that began the shift in America to a coffee drinking nation. Tea was a more popular beverage, but the heavy tax on tea imposed on the American colonies by the British forced the adoption and ultimate national popularity of coffee as the number one consumed beverage in America.

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Caffeine Trivia 02.23.14

Be careful with ANY supermarket coffee

As you browse the supermarket shelves, be careful about what you select. First, look for whole beans. If you buy ground coffee, you can be sure it won´t be as fresh as coffee you grind yourself. And if you buy tins of ground coffee, more often than not you´ll be buying a blend of all kinds of different coffees, some of which may have come from lower-quality beans. And when you buy bags of beans, make sure the packaging is air-tight and that the bag has a special one-way valve. (Sometimes hard to find – but these valves are usually on the front of the bag, near the top.)

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Caffeine Trivia 02.22.14

Did you know?

Wine and lemonade merchants in Italy in the 1600s called coffee “Satan’s drink” due to its threat to their markets.  These merchants asked the Pope to issue an edict condemning coffee.  However, their plan backfired when Pope Clement VII tasted coffee, liked it, and baptized it to make it a Christian drink.

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