Cart 0

The World of Coffee - Historical & Present

What are the Main Kinds of Coffee, and Where Are They Grown?

What are the Main Kinds of Coffee, and Where Are They Grown?

There are two main species of coffee plants: Arabica and Robusta. Within these two coffee species, there are more than 60 varieties of coffees. Coffee is grown in over 50 countries around the world. Of these, 30 produce over 5 million tons of coffee per year. Most coffee comes into the United States through New Orleans, San Francisco, and New York. Hawaii is the only American state where coffee is actually grown. Around the world, coffee is grown between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, where the humid and warm climate is ideal for growing coffee. Arabica...

Read more →


How Coffee is Grown

How Coffee is Grown

The two main species of coffee plants are Arabica coffee and Robusta coffee. Robusta tends to be more bitter than Arabica, and is generally considered to be a lower quality coffee. This is not to say that there is anything bad about Robusta. The "lower quality" stigma is primarily an artifact of its being easier to grow, and hence cheaper. Undeniably, it tends to be a little bitter, and is generally not used for espresso blends. But sometimes some Robusta is added to an espresso blend to give it a little more strength and character. Robusta is primarily used for...

Read more →


The Healthful Benefits of Coffee Drinking

The Healthful Benefits of Coffee Drinking

Throughout much of the world, coffee has evolved into something more significant than just a routine morning beverage. It is also has social significance. “Coffee” is always a good excuse to go out with friends and enjoy an brief afternoon break. While coffee is good all by itself, we seem to enjoy coffee even more when we drink it with someone else. Coffee has been enjoyed by millions of people for at least a thousand years. As we are all well aware, the main chemical stimulant in coffee is a caffeine, which is a mild stimulant. It has been proven...

Read more →


Coffee Customs & Rituals from Around the World

Coffee Customs & Rituals from Around the World

Throughout history and for many substances, many rituals – both formal and informal – have evolved in which those substances are crucial elements. Certainly, coffee is one such substance. For many people, stopping at a certain point in the day or after a meal to have a cup of coffee or espresso allows them to relax for a moment, and put aside their daily problems. And when sharing coffee or espresso with friends and family, the ritual has become not only a basic gesture of hospitality, but also a celebration of being together. In many cultures, the rituals of tea...

Read more →


The New Home Coffeemakers: Keurig Machines & K-Cups

The New Home Coffeemakers: Keurig Machines & K-Cups

I am sure that you've all seen the (relatively) new "K-Cup," which works with a special Keurig coffee machine that is built to handle them. The K-Cup is a small, 2 oz., light plastic cup (shaped like a Dixie Cup), that holds a dose of ground coffee, tea, or cocoa powder. It has a foil top, so it is sealed. The K-Cup is a self-contained disposable unit that is used to make coffee, tea, or cocoa with the Keurig machine. This Keurig machine, together with the K-Cup, creates a completely new business model in the coffee industry. The entire business...

Read more →