Coffee 101, Part Two

Coffee101 Part Two

Coffee 101 - Acidity

ACID: Now what about acidity? There is a lot to say about acid in coffee hence it receives its very own singular position as Part 3 in Coffee 101.

Coffee beans have been found to have about 30 types of acids, many familiar such as those found in citric fruit, malic acid found in apples, and acetic acid found in vinegar. The primary acids in coffee are part of a group called chlorogenic acids and are largely responsible for flavor. These are actually antioxidants and beneficial.

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Coffee 101, Part One

Coffee 101 Part One

Coffee 101

That old cup o' joe. So, you think you know your coffee? Maybe you know what you like, and that is as far as your interest goes. But if you have a curious, questioning mind for a deeper understanding of the brew that opens your eyes every day, let’s explore.

Coffee is thought to be the result of a 10thcentury Ethiopian goat herder who noticed his goats became very energetic after eating berries off the coffee trees in the forest of the Ethiopian plateau. It was only a question of time before the energizing effects of coffee were recognized and exploited. By the 15thcentury coffee had made its debut on the Arabian Peninsula and became all the rage with coffee houses opening and coffee moving out of homes and into the commercial market place.

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A Good Read, What’s That Mean To You?

A Good Read, What’s That Mean For You?

Does it mean picking up a book?

Does it mean reading an ebook?
Does it mean listening to an audiobook?

Regardless of your choice of book formats where do you read?

Is it on the couch with your feet up and a cup of coffee or tea by your side?
Do you have a favorite chair where you can cozy up and sip tea or coffee as you read?
Is it on the beach under an umbrella listening to the surf roll in and out?
Is it in your backyard on a lounge chair?
Is it while you drive or even vacuum with earbuds in your ears?
Is it standing in line at the bank or post office?

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Wow, $500 a pound for coffee!

Wow, $500 pound for coffee!

Wow, $500 pound for coffee! What is up with that???

Research expensive coffees and you’ll find the most bizarre harvesting for some of these coffee beans. For instance, there is a blend called Black Gold priced around $500 a pound and the coffee beans are harvested out of elephant dung. Another $500 a pound coffee is Finca El Injerto; a rare, rich very small coffee bean which is twice washed. It is not harvested from dung, but the beans are incredibly small. Harvesting coffee beans are done by hand and the smaller they are the harder it is to pick. Hacienda La Esmeralda coffee beans have sold at auction for $350 a pound. It is from Panama and grows in the shade of guava trees.

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Cowboy Coffee / Pioneer Coffee

Cowboy Coffee / Pioneer Coffee

Back in the days of the wild, wild, west, life consisted of one bath a week, if you felt the need. Going to sleep when it got dark was the norm because there was no electricity. Precious coffee was made by dumping roughly ground beans into a pot, adding water, and letting it boil on an open fire.

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