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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

How Sweet the Brew

Coffee, tea, hot cocoa  - yum- yum, each carries with it an aroma and goodness that is possibly only surpassed by pure chocolate! Different tastes call for indulgence in different brews so What is your brew? Regardless of your preference, it is coffee in the spotlight for this day's celebration.

September 29 is...

Are you one of the millions who will celebrate? Start by sending a free Coffee Day eCard and then find out where you can go to get a free cup of joe. There are number of local and national businesses offering free or discounted cups of coffee to celebrate Coffee Day 2014.

Some of the National Coffee Day deals include:
  • Krispy Kreme is giving away a free cup of joe  & glazed doughnut to any customer who shows up - no purchase required - at participating locations. 
  • Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating its 66th birthday: medium-sized cups of coffee are selling for 66 cents.
  • Starbucks, the nation's most prominent coffee chain, isn't offering any discounts but will donate a coffee tree for every cup of brewed Mexican Chiapas cup of coffee in the US and Mexico.

    Keep an eye out for other local offers!

So, where did coffee come from and how did it become so popular? According to legend, a sixth-century Ethiopian goatherder named Kaldi discovered his goats frolicking from one coffee shrub to another. He realized the coffee berries had a stimulating effect, and he began to experiment with the seeds. A century later, brewed coffee emerged in Arabia and the popularity of coffee grew at an exponential rate.

Today, over 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year. It is a world commodity that is second only to oil.

A Bit of Coffee Trivia...

Okay, all you coffee lovers, what is your knowledge of this aromatic, acidic drink that begins your day, uplifts your afternoon and often times lends itself to sleepless nights? It is so-o-o-o-o g-o-o-o-ood to some of us that we indulge on a regular basis regardless of the day or night! It's hard to believe that coffee has not always been the pleasantest of brew. Who do we thank for the elimination of the coffee grounds in every cup and when did coffee reach the shores of America?

Ways of the World (Merci Beaucoup)
Having reached its way to America in the seventeenth century, it was not until the eighteenth century, when the French introduced infusion brewing, did one enjoy a cup without the coffee grounds.
Oh, those clever French
Whose aromatic scents
Tickle the nostrils
Without any dissents 

First to boast coffee
No grinds in the cup
Found a linen bag
Steeped it just enough

Then there’s the Dutch 
With a gift to the king 
One tiny sprout 
Did millions it bring 

Oh-so desired coffee plant 
That one tiny sprout 
On to the Caribbean
Yea, there and about

Then to the Americas 
In ships on the high seas 
Highly sought-after seedlings 
 Become the drink to please

Black coffee
Cafe au Lait
Cappuccino, too 
 Alluring while steaming hot 
Even iced will do

Mmm! To the French I say 
 How sweet the brew 
For a great cup of coffee 
Merci beaucoup!

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 “Ah! How sweet coffee tastes! Lovelier than a thousand kisses, sweeter than muscatel wine! I must have my coffee…”
JohannSebastian Bach (1685–1750)
 Don't like to drink coffee? Why not EAT it...in a recipe, that is!


7 Enticing Coffee Recipes for National Coffee Day

 Happy National Coffee Day!

Don't forget to take a coffee break (or two) to celebrate this historical and important beverage! 

 Is your mouth watering yet?

yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!


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