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The Espresso Factor

What distinguishes a good espresso from a bad expresso? Is it just me or does it really annoy you when you hear people asking for an ‘expresso’? ‘I’ll have one expresso and one latte’, they say with as much ease and confidence as Kath and Kim. The word is espresso! Translated literally it means ‘on the spur of the moment’.…

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The Exotic Origins Of Coffee

The history of coffee is the stuff of legends. One coffee history legend tells of an Arabian shepherd named Kaldi, who dwelled in the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. One day Kaldi innocently found his goats dancing around a dark green leafed shrub with bright red cherries. Kaldi soon realized that his goats had been intoxicated by the bright…

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Hawaiian Kona Coffee

Admittedly, Hawaii is not a place that I would ordinarily associate with coffee. When Hawaii comes to mind, so do long beaches, sun, palm tree, vacationers…not coffee. Enter Kona coffee – the coffee type unique to the region, a product of the mild, tropical climate and the rich volcanic soils upon which Hawaii was born. Kona coffee is grown only…

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Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee

Known as the ‘Grand Dame of Coffees’ and the ‘Java of Kings’, Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is only for the serious coffee drinker. It is sweet, smooth, full-bodied and intensely aromatic. Jamaica Blue does not get its excellent reputation amongst coffee connoisseurs for nothing. Grown on the rough and rugged Blue Mountains in Jamaica, its unique and rich flavour stems…

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Kenyan Coffee

There is something to be said about volcanic soil and coffee growing. Kenyan coffee is no exception to the array of incredible blends sourced from volcanic areas of the planet. Adding to the rich soil, the high plateaus of Mount Kenya provide excellent climatic conditions for growing coffee plants. This combination makes for one of the finest coffee blends around.…

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Cuban Coffee

Cuban coffee is excitement in a cup. If you’re looking for that steamy perk, slow-sipped to ease the morning in, look elsewhere from Cuba. If you’re looking for an exciting and soulful blend of coffee, give it a try. The Sierra Maestra Mountains of Cuba take responsibility for producing some of the finest Arabica coffee beans in the world. Cubans…

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Ethiopian Coffee

It is said that the first humans originated from the region of Ethiopia. If so, one must wonder just how long the coffee bean has actually been in existence, because it is said to have originated from there too. It may seem like worlds away, but every time you make yourself a cup of espresso, you are quite likely experiencing…

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Italian Coffee

What exactly does Italy have to do with coffee? We’ve learnt that the magical bean known and loved so well once stemmed from faraway Ethiopia…so why is Italy so famous for its coffee? Enter the espresso. It has its origins in Italy. So it seems to be that coffee and café culture as we understand it was in fact invented…

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