Why a Coffee Date Makes the Perfect First Date

A Coffee Date Is The Perfect First Date by CoffeeForLess

Do you want to grab a coffee sometime?” has become the opening line of choice for many hopeful people who are putting themselves out there in the dating world. And it’s often a preferred first-date strategy for those on the receiving end of a proposal.

So why exactly does a coffee date make so much sense for the perfect first date? Why coffee instead of dinner – or drinks, hooking up over a workout, or attending events together? It turns out that there are actually quite a few reasons why you might want to do what other first-daters are doing, and embrace the casual coffee outing for a first-time meet up.

You Find a Little About Someone’s Character Over Coffee

When you meet up for a coffee date, you get to see how a person acts in a normal, real-life scenario. You get to see how patient your date is when he or she has to wait in line, and how they behave in public around strangers.

You’ll notice manners (does he or she say “please” and “thank you” to the barista?) and you’ll find out how easy going (or not) he or she is, as your date orders a drink. And of course, that order they place during the coffee date may also come with a long and customized list of ways to froth the milk, requests to heat a drink to an ideal temperature, or an opportunity to see how they handle an incorrect order, etc.).

Coffee Is Definitely Cheap

You don’t have to be cheap on a first date. It is best you just spend what you feel comfortable spending, and what common sense dictates. But, if for any reason you need to keep costs low, a coffee date is a great way to do that. Of course, coffee from a coffee shop is more expensive than coffee brewed at home.

But that’s beside the point because we’re not recommending you take anyone home on a first date. Just keep thinking about how $20 max at the café (that’s if you decide to throw in a sweet treat) compares to $50 at the movies or for drinks, or $100 or so for dinner and drinks. When you stack up the finances, a coffee date sounds like a pretty great idea.

Coffee Dates Come With Flexible Time Tables

A coffee outing makes a perfect first date because you can make it as quick or long lasting as you want. If you feel right away that things aren’t quite right between the two of you, you can chug down your coffee, say a nice “thank you,” and have the whole date over with in a snap.

On the other hand, if you sense your first-date partner is your potential soul mate and both parties are enjoying the conversation and the vibe, then this type of date can linger until almost… whenever! And it can just as nicely transition into “Do you want to grab some dinner? I’m hungry,” and more fun into the night.

Coffee Keeps Us Clear-Headed

Last, but certainly not less important, this brew-filled date trumps “cocktail” first dates because we can keep our wits about us. There are no coffee goggles that will make your date seem more attractive, more in tune with what you’re saying, or more of anything that really isn’t there. Coffee dates (more so than with drink dates) allow us just shoot from the hip with who we really are, without giving away things about ourselves that should probably stay private on a first date.

So what do you think about coffee dates as perfect first dates? Have you gone on one before or asked someone out on one?

Could The Ethiopian Town Of Yirgacheffe Be the Birthplace of Coffee?

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Ethiopia is well known by many for being the birthplace of coffee. Legend has it that a goatherd witnessed goats eating berries from a tree, becoming extra high-spirited, and later sleepless in the evening. The goatherd relayed his finding to the priests of his local monastery, who began experimenting with the berries. The abbot discovered that it enabled him to increase his alertness and stamina through long evening prayer sessions. Soon, the whole monastery was using coffee to improve their performance.

Ethiopian Coffee Culture

Ethiopia-coffeeCoffee would eventually become a large part of Ethiopian culture. In fact, Ethiopians prefer to keep the best beans in the local economy, as they have developed a strong culture around drinking and enjoying the brew. Most other cultures tend to export the premium beans (which fetch top prices on the global commodities markets), and to leave the dregs for local consumption.

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In fact, Ethiopians have created great ceremony around their enjoyment of coffee. They have created a ceremony that might be compared with the Chinese and Japanese tea ceremonies. In the coffee ceremony, the beans go through the full preparation process, from roasting through to the final pour. Traditionally, a young woman in a white dress will perform the ceremony for participants. The ceremony is a central part of social life in Ethiopian villages and takes place at three times of the day: morning, noon, and night, in cities like Yirgacheffe.

Yirgacheffe Bean Diversity

After the diaspora of the coffee bean via early trade routes, the bean began to diversify according to the climate it found itself in. Thus, the generic term ″coffee″ no longer implies a single flavor profile. There are as many flavor profiles for coffee as there are regions that grow the bean.

In Ethiopia alone, there is a wide variety available. The Sidamo region is Ethiopia’s primary growing region, and it includes the original Yirgacheffe beans. While people do compare coffee from Sidamo to other varieties, such as Kenyan beans or even Central American varieties, they are effectively comparing green apples and red, or tangerines and navel oranges.

Ethiopia’s Harrar region may not have been the first to cultivate coffee, but that’s okay, beans from there are wild, which means that the beans are allowed to dry on the branch. This natural process yields a sweeter, fruitier flavor that some people compare to blueberry, but also to cardamom and cocoa. Compare these Harrar beans to typical Robusta or Arabica beans.

Everyone has their favorite bean and roaster, but coffee lovers should all seek out the Ethiopian beans for a real treat. Keep an eye out for Yirgacheffe or Sidamo beans to get a taste of what those early monks enjoyed, and then move on to coffee from Harrar for a completely new taste. Ethiopian coffee should certainly be sampled at least once by any true lover of the bean!

10 Things I Want My Kids To Know This Mother’s Day

10 Things I Want My Kids To Know This Mother’s Day

Source: Flickr user Rudolf Vlček

This article was originally written by Ann Brenoff in the Huffington Post.

Before my kids came along, Mother’s Day was just another Sunday in May for me. In fact, I once went to brunch that day, not even realizing it was Mother’s Day.

“Why are all these kids here?” I asked my boyfriend at the time.

“Shoot, it’s Mother’s Day,” he said with a palm slap to his forehead just before he jumped up from the table. “I need to go call my Mom. What’s the number for FTD?”

Now that I am a Mom — an older Mom at that — there are some things I need to tell my kids (now 17 and 14) this Mother’s Day.

1. I am not perfect.
I’m pretty sure that you knew that already. I mostly want you to know that I know it too. I do, however, remember when you were little and thought I was perfect. There was nothing more that you wanted than to be around me, for me to hug you, hold you, be with you. My touch was curative, my words healing. I made you laugh when you felt bad. I made you feel secure when you were scared. In turn, you made me feel like a goddess. That was pretty heady. Once in awhile, I like to think about the good old days before you figured out that I’m not perfect. I told you: I’m imperfect and that right there is just more proof of it.

2. I have always tried my best.
You are the lights of my life. But mothering didn’t come naturally to me the way it does to some women. I am still the one who doesn’t like to hold newborns. I followed my instincts a lot and sometimes they were wrong. I approached motherhood much the way I approach reporting: I read a lot and talk to a lot of people and then go with my gut. I learned that parenting is indeed the hardest job out there. And screwing it up is far worse than having to run a correction.

3. I’ll always have your back, even when you don’t need me there.
I am your Mama Bear, the bane of a bad teacher’s existence who hollers at unfair soccer refs and is ready to dismember any child who thinks about bullying you. I will protect you long after you need my protection. That probably includes now. I think you will just have to get used to it. Remember: I’m not perfect.

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Source: Flickr user Heather West

4. I have every picture you drew me and every handmade gift you ever made me.
Nowhere does Dr. Spock ever say exactly how long a good mother is supposed to hang on to this stuff. I know a mother of six who gives everything a shelf life of one month. Me? I’m not ready to part with any of it. I know one day I will, but just know that the praise I showered you with when you gave me all this stuff was genuine and real. And so will be my tears when it comes time to toss the lot of it away. Until then, I am perfectly happy to park in the driveway and sacrifice the garage to your creative efforts.

5. Letting go is hard.
One of you will be leaving for college in a year and while I am so proud that you got to this place in your life, I simultaneously hate it. Hate, hate, hate it. I will miss having my baby girl around. With your dad, the four of us are a family. I knew the day would come when you would leave the nest, but I just never imagined that time could fly by so quickly. Please forgive me if I cry when The Day comes. This isn’t me being imperfect; it’s me nursing the ache in my heart.

6. Teenagers are hard people to understand.
Hormones are crazy-making, aren’t they? Thank you for not being as wild and crazy as I was when I was a teenager. I sincerely appreciate the fact that you never did half the bad stuff I did. Thank you for believing that maybe your parents know more than you do about some things. Thank you for not testing us too hard, not pushing the boundaries too far, not making us sick with worry. You are both great kids. You know right from wrong and are kind people who forgive those who don’t. Your only crime is your insistence on growing up.

7. I thank you for forgiving me.
I have my Mommy Dearest moments. Sometimes I yell (OK, scream) loud enough for the neighbors to hear. Sometimes I go all cold on you (that’s pure manipulation on my part). And sometimes I over-confide in you, forgetting that you are my children not my adult friends. I shouldn’t put my adult worries on your shoulders. No parent should. I know that. But again, I’m imperfect.

8. Our house is too quiet without you.
My dear daughter: Do you remember how as a toddler you would sing all the time in the car? We’d strap you into your little car seat and just as soon as that seatbelt snapped closed, the orchestra in your head began playing. You sang loud, pure, and from the heart. Yes, you sang off-key and when I hear your song coming from the shower now, I always flash back on those car rides. Your Dad once suggested that we needed a soundproof glass like they have in taxis. When you would fall asleep in the car, we’d joke how the silence felt like a mini-vacation. We didn’t mean it. Really.

My son, you are the quiet one. A man of few words. But what is it about your presence that so fills the room? Without you two around, I swear I hear an echo in the house.

9. I love that you embrace differences, not shun them.
I’ve been so proud of both of you for not letting others define you by your differences. You are both Chinese, being raised in an Anglo society. You are both obviously adopted, unlike the 15 percent of the population who is adopted but you can’t tell by looking at them. You have two old geezer parents and a full-time working mother– both anomalies where we live. And yet you thrive.

10. For Mother’s Day, what I want from you is …
Absolutely nothing but you. OK, maybe a nice handmade card for me to save too.

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Source: Flickr user swong95765

Mum’s the Word at CoffeeForLess

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Flavia Fresh Packs Make a Single Serving Coffee or Dessert Beverage

Flavia Fresh Packs are similar to such other single serving beverage media as K-Cups or T-Discs in how they brew a single cup of a select beverage on demand, but what sets them apart is the variety of beverage options available in Flavia Fresh Packs.

With branded flavor options like Mars candies, Flavia Fresh Packs provide a true dessert beverage experience with the ease and convenience of single serving brewing. Beyond that, Flavia Fresh Packs offer a solid variety of coffee and tea options. Today, we look at some of the top offerings available in Flavia Fresh Packs.

 

The Top 5 Flavia Fresh Pack Beverage Options

Milkyway Swirl Fresh PackMilkyway Swirl Fresh Pack

Milkyway Swirl Fresh Packs turn hot chocolate into a gourmet treat and make a regular cup of coffee into a high-end café drink; these tasty Fresh Packs may not stand on their own but add to any beverage to which they are added.

Cappuccino Latte Fresh PacksCappuccino Latte Fresh Pack

Cappuccino Latte Fresh Packs produce a delicious gourmet cappuccino drink on demand, making it possible to enjoy a café-quality espresso beverage any time at a fraction of the cost.

Flavia French Vanilla Coffee Fresh PacksFrench Vanilla Coffee Fresh Pack

Delicious flavored coffee in a matter of minutes, brewed perfectly and always smooth and tasty; these French Vanilla Coffee Fresh Packs make for a fantastic singe cup of coffee any time.

Flavia Chai Spice Tea Fresh PacksBright Tea Co. Chai Spice Tea Fresh Pack

Bright Tea Co. Chai Spice Tea Fresh Packs brew a cup of chai spice tea in a moment, allowing you to enjoy Chai tea without the extensive labor traditionally associated with producing chai spice tea.

Flavia White Tea with Orange Fresh PacksBright Tea Co. White With Orange Tea Fresh Pack

White tea is  elegant and subtle with a delicate flavor that pairs well with citrus, and Bright Tea Co. White With Orange Tea Fresh Packs capture this lovely  taste pairing perfectly, making it possible to enjoy light and delicious white tea from your Fresh Pack brewer.

 

Best Single Serve Coffee Maker: Keurig, Senseo, or Tassimo

 

Proprietary single serve coffee makers are flooding the market, and while each may have its own character or advantages, the sheer number of them may confuse the cBest Single Serve Coffee Maker For Youonsumer. This often leads to the question: which is the best single serve coffee maker? It is not an easily answered question, as it is a bit like asking someone the best coffee. Everyone has a different answer because coffee is such a personal experience, such a subjective preference, that we all consider our intimate perspective on it to be the correct one.

So, when looking for the best single serve coffee maker, we decided to compare three of the most popular single serve coffee makers available at CoffeeForLess. Each uses proprietary single cup coffee refills, putting them on equal fitting when it comes to that common criticism of single serve coffee makers. By comparing what each type of single serve coffee maker offers, each coffee drinker will be able to compare features and seek the best single serve coffee maker for her or his coffee preferences.

 

The Best Single Serve Coffee Maker Features

Keurig, Senseo, and Tassimo single serve coffee makers all offer you the ability to produce a single cup of coffee on demand, and all of their style single serve coffee makers are popular with our coffee community. So, we surveyed the reviews and decided to focus on the type of coffee drinker most satisfied by each coffee maker, allowing the character that comes through in the reviews to speak for the brewers themselves.

Best Single Serve Coffee Maker By BrandTwo types of coffee drinker will find the Keurig coffee makers to be the best single serve coffee maker: the “Adventurer” and the “Sharer.” The “Adventurer” and the “Sharer” can sometimes be found within a single coffee drinker, often not far from a Keurig coffee maker. The “Adventurer” coffee drinker enjoys trying new coffee often while the “Sharer” enjoys sharing beloved coffees with friends, family, and coworkers. Whether you are one, the other, or both, you will love the vast array of coffee offered in Keurig K-Cups.

If your coffee drinker type is the “Old Spirit,” you will find that Senseo coffee makers are the best single serve coffee maker for you. The “Old Spirit” already loves coffee, knows good coffee from bad, even prefers classic Old World coffee flavor, but is new to this whole single cup coffee maker thing. Senseo single serve coffee makers have a low entry cost and a good variety, making them perfect for someone who wants good coffee but is just now trying out single cup coffee-making.

The best single serve coffee maker for the classic “Coffee Shop” style coffee drinker is certainly any of those offered by Tassimo. The “Coffee Shop” coffee drinker does not mind spending a little extra money to get exactly the double skinny soy latte or the full cream cappuccino with flecks of shaved chocolate that they want. For this sort of discerning coffee drinker who is used to boutique style coffee drinks, Tassimo coffees makers are certainly the best single serve coffee maker.

Whichever type of coffee drinker you are, one or another single cup coffee maker available today is sure to be the best single serve coffee maker for you.

All About Me

I am a writer and a serious coffee fanatic. Without coffee’s glorious contribution to my life, I could never get all of these words in the right order. Now, that’s not to say that I turn my nose up at coffee’s xanthine-bearing cousins, no sir. I have been known to dabble in the teas and tonics realm in my quest for a stimulating existance.

I’ll be your caffeinated guide to the wild and wonderfully delicious world of coffee, tea, and the other concoctions the beverage industry is serving up these days. We might find ourselves wandering through the jungles of Indonesia together or in the labs of the latest energy drink manufacturer, but in any case, we’ll get the details and the deals, all Over A Single Cup of brew.

I get my coffee, energy drinks, and tea from CoffeeForLess because I like the convenience and variety. My insatiable desire for caffeinated beverages cannot be quenched but with the vast array of energizing beverages that they provide me.

So, enjoy my coffee addiction and its joyous celebration of all things java, latte, and camelia sinensis, and until next we meet, make mine strong and dark like my prose, or else a maté, mate.
-Mark