Tea in Teapot or Glass: There’s a Cozy Day for That

As a popular alternative to soft drinks in the United States, iced tea makes up about 85% of all tea consumed. That’s probably why tea drinkers celebrate a national iced tea day and month in June each year. But hot tea holds its own in other countries, especially the United Kingdom, and no fewer than eight celebratory occasions honor this esteemed beverage around the world

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Coffee substitutes: Can you cozy up to them?

Have you heard of “coffee substitutes”? I don’t mean separate alternatives, such as matcha or kombucha, which don’t try to imitate coffee’s color and flavor. Here I’m talking about “coffee” made with chicory or dandelion roots—often without caffeine—that are intended to imitate coffee.

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How War Has Influenced Coffee Drinking

War has unfortunately been a part of world history for thousands of years, and we see its influence every day in American culture. Not surprising, then, that it also has influenced the history of coffee drinking and (sometimes) how people must adapt when coffee is scarce.

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Coffee, coffeehouses, and the French Revolution

A common theme in places where rulers banned public coffee drinking (see earlier posts in June) was the danger of coffeehouses as meeting places for talk against the king or government. Enforcement of these bans, from fines to beatings to beheadings, may have helped keep revolt at bay. But in 18th century France, the monarch’s luck ran out.

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Coffee drinking under siege: A not so cozy history (Part 3)

After a couple posts on coffee bans in exotic locations from Iran to England, we’re moving to the 18th century and back across the English Channel to Sweden and Prussia (Germany). Monarchs in these two countries tried to control or ban coffee partly because they believed it was unhealthy and partly to bring money into their treasuries through license fees and taxes.

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Update on California Coffee Growers

This article updates information in our March 2018 blog post about plans by Jay Ruskey and Frinj Coffee cooperative members to produce and harvest a new crop in San Diego County, as well as to make Southern California the next leader in the “super specialty coffee industry.” Their first full harvest is in!

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French Coffee Scene: Roasters and Retailers

This second blog in a series of three about the French coffee scene surveys specialty coffee roasters and chains that are becoming more popular in France. Café baristas haven’t quite reached the status of wine sommeliers in France, but the French are finally starting to come around to specialty coffee.

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