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An Ode to the Bitter Bean   I love to drink a cuppa It always starts my day I’ll even drink a couple If I feel some type o' way I’ll drink it if it’s dark outside And I’ll drink it if it’s light As long as it has caffeine It hits me oh so right If you’ve never had it You should give it an honest try When you feel the coffee hit It’s almost like you can fly! No matter what the time of day Good Java has its place There’s nothing else that we can say It...

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There isn’t a place in the world that hasn’t been touched by coffee Coffee up until the time it entered Latin America was treasured for bringing people together to be shared over conversation, and celebrated for its energizing properties. However, the need for mass-production forced by heightened consumption began a push back that many cultures and countries have yet to recover from. Throughout the 18th and 19th century black slaves and Indeginous peoples faced forced, unfit labour conditions, and stolen lands in order to keep up with the global demand for coffee.  In the early 1700’s coffee seedlings were taken...

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No one can deny the power of coffee We’ve talked before about how coffee spread lightning-fast through Africa and the Middle East, so today we’re taking it a step further and discovering how the jump to Europe truly developed the beauty and love of coffee.  Though coffee fast became a thing of beauty in Europe, it didn't start out that way. Coffee first arrived in Europe through the imprisonment of Turkish slaves by the Knights of St John in 1565. The slaves were able to impress their captors with the ability to brew coffee, and it became a way for...

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Before coffee was a global phenomenon, it was a slightly less global phenomenon After its discovery in Ethiopia, and the amazing properties rumored to have been studied by monks, coffee beans began to be exported into surrounding countries such as Somalia, Kenya, Sudan, and the Eastern Coasts where beans boarded ships making their way across the Red Sea to Yemen.  During the Modern era, Mocha, a port city in Yemen, became the center of all coffee trade, and today coffee grown in its regions is favored for its distinctive tastes and aromas. Mocha also became a term associated with coffee...

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Dancing goats occasionally do wonderful things - like discover coffee Did you know it has been rumored that coffee was originally discovered by a herd of dancing goats? One day an Ethiopean farmer named Kaldi noticed his timid heard of goats starting to become unruly and wild-eyed after eating the red cherries off of a particular wild bush! Soon Kaldi grew eager to test the cherries out for himself, and soon he was filled with a vibrating sensation and attentive energy; it was then he truly understood his discovery of the gift hidden within the fruit.  After word had spread,...

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