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Americano: the Italian-American Coffee

Americano: the Italian-American Coffee

Johanna Duncan

Italian-American culture has brought the best of both worlds. Think of New York Pizza and It’s a Wonderful Life, the iconic American film is actually directed by Frank Capra, an Italian born American. Neighborhoods such as Little Italy can be considered as important part of American cities as it is to Italian identity. And where does the Americano fit in all this? Let me tell you, it fits like a glove.  Americano simply means American in Italian. It is said that it was the Italians who coined this term because it was the type of coffee American soldiers enjoyed drinking while...

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Is Coffee Healthy? Is Coffee a Drug?

Is Coffee Healthy? Is Coffee a Drug?

Johanna Duncan

Once long ago, someone tried to convince me that coffee was really bad for my mind and body. They insisted that coffee negatively impacts the nervous system, the heart, and my bones. Not to mention my skin, brain, and teeth. As someone hoping to be strong and healthy, I cared about this possibility and took it upon myself to research what coffee truly does to my mind and body.  Stress  New studies done in England show that the stress resulting from coffee consumption has more positive than negative effects on our bodies. The adrenaline kick we get from caffeine increases...

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The Unique Connection Between Padre Pio and Cappuccinos

The Unique Connection Between Padre Pio and Cappuccinos

Johanna Duncan

Happy feast my friend! Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, better known as Padre Pio, and baptized by his parents as Francesco Forgione. The twentieth century saint was born so poor that he spent his childhood sleeping with a rock as a pillow. His parents were illiterate, but they never failed to cultivate their son's curiosity and narrated Bible stories from memory. His parents went through great effort to hire a tutor for young Francesco when he expressed his interest in joining the Franciscan order. Religious life required a somewhat higher level of education than what was available to Italian peasants and...

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The Past and Future of Coffee

The Past and Future of Coffee

Johanna Duncan

The history of coffee is fascinating. It intertwines cultures and values, and even the simplest recipes speak loudly about the people who harvest, roast, and brew coffee beans around the globe. For the Southern Europeans, the South Americans, Africans, and Middle Easterns, coffee is a matter of national pride; but the most exciting thing is that as rich as the history of coffee is, its future is even more promising than its past.  Globalization and the technological revolution has allowed all of us to enjoy fresher and higher quality coffee. The advances in biology and ecology have encouraged scientists to...

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The Journey From Coffee Cherry to Bean

The Journey From Coffee Cherry to Bean

Johanna Duncan

Coffee beans come from a cherry-like fruit. The bean itself is more of a pit than a bean when it first appears in coffee bushes. This fruit and later bean is quite sensitive and the way each lot is tended, the way cherries are picked, washed, dried, and roasted determines the aroma inside the bag. That is why coffee bags have such lengthy labels, and the more specialized it is, the more there is to say.  We’ve covered in this article how wide coffee production is and what a difference it makes. No bean is truly the same and the...

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The Magic of Cuban Coffee & How to Make it

The Magic of Cuban Coffee & How to Make it

Johanna Duncan

Known for its distinctive kick and incomparable strength, Café Cubano is a cultural staple as it speaks loudly about Cuban culture and Western history. The Cuban soil has always been ideal for coffee, but coffee only started being grown and brewed in Cuba by the end of the 1700s when the Haitian Revolution exploded and the French colonialists moved to Cuba. At the time, Cuban plantations consisted mainly of sugar cane. Once the French started growing coffee the mix of these two commodities gave birth to Café Cubano.  Directions,  Café Cubano must be made on a Moka pot or espresso machine....

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