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Coffee is Officially a Craze

Plain coffee is fast becoming a thing of the past. It's now quite simple to whip up a gourmet hot beverage for guest, family, or just for yourself. Nowadays there are a number of coffee clubs and circles in which coffee drinking has become somewhat of a social club. Where did the good old days go where you could get just a regular, good cup of coffee all across America. Coffee certainly is a craze these days. People are almost worshipping the coffee bean now. People get a thrill out of ordering and buying special coffees from specialty stores. Many also get great pleasure from grinding their own coffee beans. They go so far as to visit places such as Costa Rica and Africa and bringing back their own special blends. And "coffee tasting" seems to be about as popular as "wine tasting". Enthusiasts even have furniture and home interior designs with a coffee theme. Infact, such items can make great gifts for the coffee buff in your life. An interesting fact is that coffee is second only to oil in dollar vol...

 


Espresso - A Brief History

Luigi Bezzera, the owner of a manufacturing business invented Espresso at the turn of the century. Luigi Bezzera was simply trying to figure out a way to brew coffee faster. He figured if he could just add pressure to the brewing process it would speed things up. Thus the "Fast Coffee Machine" was created. His idea of a fast cup of coffee turned out much better than he had planned, what he ended up with is a better, fuller tasting cup of strong coffee, as well as a much faster process. He found that the quicker more efficient brewing method allowed for the quality of the beans to be extracted as opposed to over extracting he had previously experienced. The term "Espresso" means fast in italian, hence the term. It wasn't until later when Desidero Pavoni purchased the rights from Mr. Bezzera for the espresso machine that it became popular. Pavoni was extremely successful in marketing the product and probably changed the way people drink coffee from then on. Just look around! Coffee and Espresso shops ...

 


Perfect Iced Coffee at Home

A big chill is sweeping the coffee industry as iced coffee beverages gain popularity. According to the National Coffee Association, the percentage of Americans who drink iced coffee beverages has increased dramatically in recent years. Following the popularity of cappuccinos and mocha lattes, consumers are discovering that coffee is just as tasty - and even more refreshing - when served cold. Iced coffee can be as easy to prepare as iced tea. A variety of options, such as flavoring syrups, cold milk, chocolate and spices, allow you to create personalized coffee concoctions that are just as delicious as those served in your favorite cafe. Beverages such as iced vanilla mocha, iced rum coffee and iced latte are easy to make at home. Here are some tips for refreshing iced coffee drinks. * Pour the flavoring syrup into the cup first. To complete the drink, pour in espresso or coffee, then the ice, and top it off with cold milk. * Don't let your beverage become watered down. Cool your favorite coffee beve...

 




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