Friday, March 9, 2012

of coffee.

One thing I love at least as much as chocolate? Coffee. I had to ask myself where I would be every morning without it. Then I bed. Where else? O.o

(Love this quote:)
Did you know. . .

Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth (oil is the first). Clearly we have a thing for black, drippy liquids. :]

George Washington invented instant coffee in 1906! (No, not that George Washington, a Belgian by the same name:)

Contrary to popular belief light roast coffee actually has more caffeine than dark roast coffee. The reason for this is that the longer coffee is roasted the more caffeine cooked out of the bean. 

Over 500 Billion Cups of coffee are drunk each year and over half of those are drunk at breakfast. Think about that for a minute...that's a lot of coffee! 

How it's made

Coffee trees take 3-5 years to produce their fruit and they require special attention to soil, light and climate to produce a quality harvest. 
The cherries are either picked by hand or machine harvested.  Once harvested, the fruit must be removed from the cherry to get to the beans. 

Soon after harvest, the beans have to be processed to avoid the sticky fruit from fermenting and spoiling the beans. There are two ways of processing beans: wet and dry. 

Dry processing is a centuries old method in which the harvested beans are laid out in the sun to dry for about 15 days or so.  They are periodically turned and spread to dry evenly. 

Wet processing is a more modern approach that takes place just hours after the beans have been harvested.  It involves a cycle of washing and fermentation.  This allows the pulp left on the beans to soften making it easier to rinse the fruit off. This processing method is preferable because it causes less damage to the beans.

The final and most important step is the roasting.  Roasting beans requires an exact science of time and temperature to arrive at the perfect roast.  Roasting is actually cooking the beans to a certain roast (Mild, Medium, and Dark Roasts).  During the process, the bean splits and the waxy coating called the "chaff" is released and discarded. The longer the beans are roasted, the more their flavor and fullness are released.  This is why lighter beans tend to be milder and darker beans tend have more fullness and flavor.   (via)

A few truths. . .

Sleep is a symptom of caffeine deprivation. -Anonymous.

Caffeine isn’t a drug, it’s a vitamin -Anonymous.

I don’t have a problem with caffeine. I have a problem without caffeine. -Anonymous.

Just give me my coffee and nobody gets hurt! -Me. 

. . .Perfect. :]

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OK, Starbucks is not my absolute favorite coffee in the world. It's my second. Really good coffee is more often found at small, family owned cafes. Well...sometimes. :]

My favorite drink at S-bucks happens to be a Grande, skinny, extra hot, extra foam, Caramel Macchiato. Just thought I'd share. :]

Coffee/Latte art is so cool! Have you ever attempted it? I have. I failed.


This one is too. 

And this one is...awesome.

I think I'll go and have some coffee now. I made myself need it. Heh. 
Oh, by the way, people who drink a lot of caffeine usually hit an afternoon slump. Word of advice? Drink extra coffee in the afternoon. It works. :]

(All photos via Google)

Do you like coffee? 


  1. I love coffee...a lot!:) haha all of those facts are really cool! I like Starbucks too, I always get the Java Chip Frappuccino! but it's always so expensive! ha! so I don't go there too often:)

  2. I love Java chip Frapps! Love, love, love. :) That's awesome!

  3. Do I love coffee! :D Yes
    Grande, non-fat, Caramel Macchiato is my regular order as well.
    I was at Starbucks last week and there was this lady behind the till (I almost thought she was a sumo wrestler...she definitively looked like one!)and when I asked for my non-fat Macchiato she was like "Little miss, humanity's gettin to skinny! Never order a a non-fat drink" But I insisted due to the fact that I'm already pushing a size 14. I just love coffee shops! You never know what kind of conversation is going to develop.
    Hope your day is full of sunshine, and coffee!