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Reading the Leaves: The Legendary Origins of Tea

According to Arab folklore, coffee was discovered by dancing goats several hundred years ago. But tea — the world’s most popular beverage aside from water — has a longer and more genteel history. Chinese folklore credits Emperor Shen Nong with … Read More

Turn Your Bakery into a Bakery Café

Bakery Cafe

Baked goods and coffee go together like, well, donuts and coffee.  Because not every bakery takes advantage of this natural pairing, adding specialty coffee to your bakery menu can make you stand out in a crowded marketplace. Coffee houses learned … Read More

Celebrating Independence

July 4, 2012 begins the 236th year of independence for the United States of America. As the national holiday approaches, we feel deeply grateful for the patriots who formed our nation on a foundation of liberty and justice. And for … Read More

Kopi Luwak Coffee and Your Bucket List

Most java junkies probably know that Kopi Luwak is the world’s most expensive coffee, typically selling for $100 per pound and up to $50 per cup in fine restaurants. Consumed primarily in Japan and other Asian markets, Kopi Luwak gained … Read More

From There to Here to You: Creating a Coffee Community

Coffee is the world’s most valuable commodity after oil, worth more than $15 billion annually. The cultivation of coffee trees in the shaded, mountainous terrain where the best coffee grows is back-breaking work. Calloused palms plant seeds, transplant seedlings to … Read More

A Few Great Books About Coffee

Few experiences in life are more enjoyable than savoring a cup of specialty coffee while perusing the pages of a thought-provoking book. Here are a few volumes to consider if you’d like to learn more about the drink you’re sipping. … Read More

A Drop of Coffee History: Kaldi and His Goats

The coffee tree is indigenous to only one small African country: Ethiopia. So how did coffee become so popular around the world? According to a popular legend, it all began with a young Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi.  Many centuries … Read More