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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...

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...

The Benefits of Black Tea

The English may be the smartest people in the world, for hundreds of years they have specifically set aside a certain amount of time each day for the drinking of tea. “Tea Time'” they call it. Although this is...

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...

White Tea – Health Benefits and Information

Though few people have actually heard of white tea, this unique tea is destined to become the next biggest thing in health teas. Apparently, the Chinese have known about the wonderful properties of white tea for more than 1,000...

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...

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...

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...

Coffee Facts and Statistics

Did you know that coffee beans are the seeds of a fruit similar to a cherry? Did you know that most of the world’s coffee is grown by small-scale coffee farming families? Coffee is actually the world'’s second most...

Paprika – Ground Fruit of the Capsicum annuum

Paprika, or Capiscum annuum, is the ground fruit of a Capiscum family pepper plant often referred to as pimento (the same pimento found at the center of an olive). Originally native to tropical regions paprika peppers, like most other plants in the pepper family, have been cultivated to grow...

The Truth about Wine Blends – Are they Any Good?

There are basically two kinds of wine in the world, single varietal and blends. One can even argue that many “single varietal” wines are in fact blends, as many are produced using grapes from different locations within the vineyards, and in many cases, grapes from another vineyard in a...

Origins of the Potato

Potatoes are one of the most common foods found today. But, do you ever wonder how this came to be. Where do potatoes come from? What is their history? The life of the potato began around 7,000 years ago in the high plateau of the Andean Mountains of South America,...

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