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All We Owe to Coffee Farming Dads

All We Owe to Coffee Farming Dads

Guadalupe Roastery

There’s never enough ways to thank our fathers. So much of their work and effort for us goes largely unnoticed, but there’s no father out there who doesn’t sacrifice out of love for their children. Having one day to celebrate them is more about having a day to reflect on this and show appreciation. Undoubtedly, fathers are the ultimate influencers. On that note, I made myself a large cappuccino and thought of all the ways my dad and other father figures have shaped me for the best.  For starters, my dad taught me to wake up early and work. He...

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The Secrets for a Good Iced Latte

The Secrets for a Good Iced Latte

Johanna Duncan

Iced lattes have the reputation of being the most basic drink. Closely followed by the seasonal hot lattes. There is a magic to coffee being simultaneously refreshing and energizing, and no drink delivers such like lattes do. That is why they are so popular. Nonetheless, they carry the bad rap of being the lowest quality coffee available at coffee shops. Here is how you can fix that.  Most coffee shops advertise selling freshly brewed black coffee. Have you ever wondered what happens with the coffee that they don’t sell fast enough for it to remain “freshly brewed”? Well, they let...

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Saint Drogo: The Patron Saint of Coffee

Saint Drogo: The Patron Saint of Coffee

Johanna Duncan

The history of coffee and Catholicism is quite an interesting one. Initially coffee was the Arab drink, but with time, it became a cultural emblem closely tied to Italian culture and to this day it is regularly served at the Vatican. Vendors throughout all of Rome make a living out of selling rosaries, coffee, and replicas of Michelangelo's work. How did it all come to be? The short answer is that during the Middle Ages Italy became an important merchant port and coffee was one of the new hot commodities in the market. Coffee consumption spread throughout Italy but it...

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Crema: The Unique Secret About Espresso

Crema: The Unique Secret About Espresso

Johanna Duncan

Even though coffee has been drunk for centuries, espresso only came about at the beginning of the twentieth century, after numerous Italian inventors took on a quest to make stronger and purer coffee. The experimental methods varied but they all worked around brewing the beans under high pressure for a short amount of time instead of the typical steeping and pouring. All the testing and trying resulted in the densest coffee ever made, and as a consequence of the pressure used in this process for the first time, coffee goes through a carbonation process.  If you’ve ever had a good...

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What Makes A Good Bean?

What Makes A Good Bean?

Johanna Duncan

Activate 20% OFF   Some things about coffee are a matter of preference, but some others are absolute truths. Coffee beans are routinely examined and graded. Sometimes they may pass and sometimes they don’t. If they don’t, the beans are sold for a lower price. This exam is taken quite seriously. So seriously, that the test is not done in regular kitchens where different factors can affect and corrupt the coffee. Instead, the test is conducted in a lab; specifically, these labs tend to be called coffee labs and they are up for hire. Anyone can submit beans to be...

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How Coffee First Became American

How Coffee First Became American

Johanna Duncan

Coffee has been at the forefront of many political and social conflicts. To this day, economies are built, destroyed, and rebuilt over coffee beans. One of the most fascinating coffee upheavals included the American Founding Fathers and a rowdy Bostonian called Samuel Adams (yes, the beer man). It was December 16 of 1773. A day well remembered by patriots as the Boston Tea Party, an event that marked the beginning of the end of British colonialism over America and the start of a quite special bond between Americans and the drink tea was replaced by -coffee.  These were the days...

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