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Coffee from Hawaii is as rich in history as in taste.
Apr 18 2014 2:21PM Posted by Jenn Douglas

Delicious coffee straight from paradise. 

No coffee collection is complete without the delicious coffees straight from paradise.  The history of coffee in Hawaii is as rich as the taste.  It is said that the British warship, H.M.S Blonde brought coffee trees to Hawaii from Brazil in 1825.  Chief Boki, the Governor of Oahu acquired coffee trees while in Rio de Janeiro on his way back from London.  The coffee was then planted in Manoa Valley on Oahu and from these small fields, trees began to grow and were then introduced to other areas of Oahu and neighboring islands.  It is said the Hanalei Valley on the North Shore of Kauau was home to the first coffee plantation.

The first coffee was planted on Kona by missionary Samuel Ruggles in 1828 or 1829.  These first Arabica trees were taken from cuttings planted on Oahu a few years earlier.  They realized coffee and Kona were a perfect match.

Hawaiian coffees are know for their aromatic, floral, sweet with some brightness as well as delicate, mild, clean aftertaste.

Purchase our Kauai Supreme coffee here. 

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From the birthplace of coffee.
Mar 14 2014 11:59AM Posted by Jenn Douglas

From the birthplace of coffee.

Legend says that coffee was first discovered in the eastern highlands of Ethiopia during the 10th century by a goatherder named Kaldi.  He discovered that after his herd ate berries from a certain tree, they became more energized and would not go to sleep.

Kaldi shared his discovery with the local monastery who made a drink out of the berries to help the monks stay awake during long hours of evening prayers. 

Ethiopian Coffee Growing Regions

Many consider Ethiopian coffees to be some of the best coffees in the world.  Most of the coffees cultivated in Ethiopia produce a vividly bright cup of coffee with fruit and floral notes.

 There are 4 regions in which Ethiopian coffee beans are grown: Sidamo, Harar, Yirgacheffe or Limu.

Sidamo coffee beans are known for its deep, spice and wine or chocolate-like taste and aroma.
Harar coffee beans are known for their distinctive fruity, wine flavor.
The Yirgacheffe region boasts of a strong, rich and fruity flavor and floral notes.
The Ethiopian region of Limu produces a light in body, sweet with notes of spice coffee.

Get 25% off our Ethiopian coffee throughout the month of March with coupon code MARCH25.  Click here to order. 

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So much easier being green!
Mar 7 2014 12:02PM Posted by Jenn

Fantastic Benefits of Green Tea

Green coffee beans, green tea, it's all about being green.  But, did you know the followinng health benefits of drinking green tea?

Here's just a few of the benefits that aren't as widely known:

Weight loss.  Green tea increases metabolism.  The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify the levels your body takes to turn food into calories.

Diabetes.  Green tea apparantly helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating.

Heart Disease.  Scientists think green tea works on the lining of blood vessels helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure.

Esophageal Cancer.  It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer and it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general.

Cholesterol.  Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ration of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.

Alzheimer's & Parkinson's.  It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Tooth Decay.  Studies suggest that the chemical antioxidant catechin in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections and other dental conditions.

 Throughout the month of March, try one of our delicious teas for $1 off with the coupon code GREEN.  
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Coffee Traditions vs. Tea Traditions      
Feb 21 2014 11:22AM Posted by Jenn

Coffee Traditions vs. Tea Traditions

With our Coffee vs. Tea Olympics underway, how did the top coffee and tea drinking countries come to such traditions?

In our Coffee vs. Tea Olympics the United States and Russia are neck in neck for most Olympic medals won in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.  With such heated competition, we found it befitting to look a little further in to the traditions of these top coffee and tea drinking countries.

According to Coffee, Americans have carved out many rich traditions in coffee drinking throughout the history of the United States.  Here are some of the top traditions:

The Coffee Percolator 
James Mason patented the first American coffee percolator in 1865. It still boils the coffee – over and over the boiling coffee is passed over coffee grounds in a basket until it gains enough strength. The electric percolators, which came out around 1910, were very popular with the day’s busy housewife because the coffee maker could now “watch itself” and be trusted not to boil over on the stove. Coffee percolators could also be scaled to very large sizes, making large pots of coffee all at one time.

Coffee and the Military 
During World War I, American soldiers were accustomed to drinking coffee - whether by large mugs from the mess hall percolators or dehydrated packets of coffee in their military rations – and heating it with the matches also included in the ration pack. The term "Cuppa Joe" came from "G.I. Joe" - who always had his coffee.

The Coffee Break 

The British may have invented “Tea Time” but America invented the “Coffee Break”. The practice began in WW II era war effort factories to give workers a brief rest and a jolt of caffeine. Thanks to a clever advertising campaign in the mid 1950s by the Pan American Coffee Bureau, 70-80% of American workers were taking a coffee break – both factory and office workers. General Eisenhower used the coffee break idea for “Operation Coffee Cup” during his presidential campaign to meet with voters, which continued to spread the social trend of the coffee break.

Tea Drinking in Russia is a long-standing and dutiful tradition.  
The History of Tea Drinking in Russia
According to William Pokhlyobkin, tea in Russia was not regarded as a self-dependent beverage; thus, even the affluent classes adorned it with a jam, syrup, cakes, cookies, candies, lemon and other sweets. Tea was made a significant element of cultural life by the literati of the Karamzinian circle. By the mid-19th century tea had won over the town class, the merchants and the petty bourgeoisie. This is reflected in the dramas of Alexander Ostrovsky. Since Ostrovsky's time, duration and the amount of consumed tea are appreciated in the tea-drinking. Alexander Pushkin in Eugene Onegin displayed the role of tea in establishing romantic relations:

Culture of Russian Tea Drinkers
In the Soviet period, tea-drinking was the sole embellishment in the life of office workers (female secretaries, laboratory assistants, etc). Tea brands of the time were nicknamed "the brooms" (Georgian) and "the tea with an elephant" (Indian). Tea was an immutable element of kitchen life among the intelligentsia in 1960s-'70s.

Within Russia, tea preparation differs, but usually includes lemon, and sugar or jam. Tea sachets are widely popular, but when a teapot is used it is very common to make a strong brew, then pour some into a cup and top it with hot or boiling water, adding milk and sugar afterwards.

In the 19th century, Russians drank their tea with a cube of sugar held between their teeth.

Ways to Prepare Russian Tea
Traditional forms of Russian tea ware include the Russian tea brewing urn called a samovar, the Lomonosov tea sets adorned with a cobalt blue net design and 22 karat gold, and traditional Russian tea glass holders. 

Enter to win a coffee or tea package in our Coffee Vs. Tea Olympics here. 

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Coffee Vs. Tea
Feb 7 2014 3:04PM Posted by Jenn

 Coffee Vs. Tea  

What country drinks more tea than coffee?  The results may surprise you.

People all across the world start the day off the day with their favorite beverage.  Whether that beverage is coffee or tea depends on which portion of the world you're visiting.  With the 2014 Winter Olympics upon us, you may be surprised what your favorite Olympians are drinking to start off their day.

Click on the photo below for an interactive coffee vs. tea consumption chart.


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The sweet smell of coffee.
Jan 28 2014 1:19PM Posted by Jenn
The sweet smell of coffee.

The smell of coffee is one of the world's most renowned and beloved aromas of all time.  That first sip of freshly brewed coffee in the morning is the perfect pick me up and way to start your day.  Keep the delicious scent of coffee and make it a little sweeter with placing vanilla scented tealights in whole bean coffee for an incredible aroma throughout the day.

For this and more great ways you can use coffee, visit us on Pinterest.

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