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A wealth of information on all hot drinks such as coffee and tea. We cover everything from coffee trivia to the proper way to serve tea.

Coffee Accessories

For coffee drinkers, there seems to be an ever present search for the perfect coffee accessories, such as the right mug or thermos, a good storage container to keep beans fresh, or even the best grinder to ensure a...

Health Effects of Coffee – Is Caffeine Harmful?

If you find yourself looking forward to that hot cup of coffee each morning, but feeling guilty because you think it is time to kick the habit to become a healthy individual, relax! After hundreds of studies, researchers have...

All Coffees Are Not Created Equal

As a famous coffee retailer has said before, the best part of the morning is the smell of brewing coffee. In the U.S, few of us are able to face the day without at least one cup of liquid...

How much Coffee is too Much?

Coffee is a drink that almost everyone enjoys. Whether you drink it because you enjoy the taste, or because you use it as a ‘pick me up'’, it may be good for health but how much is too much?...

The Latte – It’s Made from Espresso and Milk

In Italy, ordering a latte gets you a tall glass of milk. In North America however, where people are apparently too rushed to ask for a ‘café latte,'’ a latte order will get you a steaming mug (or more...

Buying a Coffee Maker – Creating a Great Cup of Coffee

Oh no…you have just woken up to find that your coffee maker, a machine you have relied on each morning for the last five years of your life, will not work. Disgruntled, sleepy, and downright irritated, you set out...

Caffeine in Food – It’s Found in Chocolate and Energy Drinks

As a stimulant, caffeine has found a place among consumers needing a kick of energy – a wake-up call of sorts during the day. Although coffee is the leading source of caffeine among drinks, caffeine is also found in...

Espresso – Interesting Facts and Statistics

Looking for a way to decrease his worker’s coffee break time, Luigi Bezzera created the very first espresso machine in the early 1900s. Espresso has since undergone a great deal of refinement, and is now a highly coveted drink...

Coffee Producing Regions

Coffee beans are grown in within an area known as the ‘bean belt,'’ which is roughly bound by the tropic of cancer to the north, and tropic of Capricorn to the south. The best growing areas offer moderate sunlight...

Buying Coffee Beans – What you Need to Know

The fine art of creating a cup of coffee has changed a lot in the last few decades. Whereas coffee used to be – for most consumers – something that came from a can or a jar, today there’s...

Ham Trivia and Interesting Facts

All hams begin as a roast from the hind leg of a hog, which is called a fresh ham. Before this roast is prepared, it is no different from any other pork roast. Because hams are prepared in several different ways, how it gets to be a ham is...

Barbecuing Turkey – Cooking Times and Techniques

The fine art of barbecuing turkey is one of those life skills that everyone needs to have. In fact, officials at the North Carolina Turkey Federation believed this so much that they teamed up with the 4-H Clubs and created a way for 4-H club members aged 9 through...

Scalloped Potatoes – An Highly Under-rated Potato Dish

One of the most under-rated potato dishes has got to be scalloped potatoes. This tasty potato dish is my second ranked favorite potato dish, right behind mashed (whipped) potatoes. However, they are not a dish that I get to enjoy too often because I think the only person that...