Try Coffee Scrub for Glowing Skin

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You love coffee, and we know you do. It’s your go-to drink in the morning, and it sometimes serves as a nice evening treat, too. But did you know that you could enjoy the beverage in yet another way, and in a way that will give you glowing skin? That’s right, you can turn your beloved beverage into a fabulous, great-smelling coffee scrub for your whole body.

Making a coffee scrub for your feet, hands, and even your face is quite easy, and it’s a fun way to take care of your skin naturally. After all, beauty products made from natural ingredients are gentler and safer on your skin than products made with synthetic ingredients.

Homemade scrubs are also cheaper than most scrubs sold in markets and beauty stores. You can easily whip up a body scrub or face mask with just these ingredients: ground coffee, a carrier oil, some herbs or spices of your choice, and white clay (if you want).
Now let’s take a look at some of the amazing ways you can use coffee for skin.

Coffee Body Scrub

coffee-face-scrub-homemadeTo make a body scrub, combine the following ingredients in a bowl: ½ cup coconut oil, 3 tablespoons ground coffee, and 1 teaspoon vanilla essential oil. You can use your body scrub immediately, and then store any remaining scrub for use another time; the scrubbing material tends to keep fresh for about 3 weeks.

Coffee body scrubs are great to use on your entire body, and you can scrub the skin from your face down to your toes. Just remember to grind the beans fine enough so that the granules are about the size of sand. At this size, the grains are easier on your skin, and the body scrub will slough off dead skin, leave you moisturized, and make you smell incredible.

Coffee Face Scrub

You can make a coffee face scrub by varying the body scrub recipe slightly. The changes are only to give you some interest and variety, however, and most face scrubs can be used on any part of the body.

For your face scrub, combine 1/4 apricot kernel oil and 1 tablespoon ground coffee. Use only a bit at a time to gently massage your face in a circular motion. Then rinse the face scrub off and enjoy smooth, hydrated skin.

Coffee Face Mask

A great face mask recipe you can make calls for cold brew and ground coffee. Take 1/4 cup of cold brew, and then mix it with 1 tablespoon of ground coffee and 1/4 cup white cosmetic-grade clay (adding a bit more liquid if the mixture is too thick).

Spread the mask over your clean face, and scrub slightly. Leave it there and allow it to sit for 15 minutes, before washing the mask off with warm water, leaving you with clean and invigorated skin. In this face-mask recipe, the coffee perks up the skin, and the clay draws out impurities.

Grinding the Beans Fine When Making Coffee Scrubs

One thing we should note is that when making coffee scrubs, it’s essential that you use beans that are ground very fine, because large grounds can clog up your sink and bathtub pipes.

Enjoy these body scrubs and have fun bringing coffee into your life in another exciting way!

A Coffee Diet Can Help You Lose Weight

Coffee can help with the many facets of weight loss.

Coffee can help with the many facets of weight loss.

Have you ever heard anyone say that a coffee diet can actually help you to lose weight? Well if you haven’t, then rest assured: it can. You may be thinking that we’re talking about drinking only coffee as part of a fad diet, or else doing something extreme or bizarre to lose weight while drinking coffee, but it’s not like that at all.

Here’s a few reasons behind the coffee diet connection, and how you can have your daily dose, experience weight loss, and a live an even happier life without putting that cup of Joe down.

Coffee Suppresses the Appetite

Some studies have shown that drinking caffeinated coffee may help you lose weight because it suppresses one’s desire to eat. You can sip a delicious cup without loads of cream and sugar, as an alternative to eating food if all you’re looking for is palate pleasure. If you’re truly hungry though, then you need to eat something a bit more substantial in order to stay healthy.

Coffee May Help Burn Calories

It’s reported that coffee may help with calorie burning, which can lead to weight loss. This version of a “coffee diet” does this by stimulating thermogenesis, which is the body’s process of producing heat through food metabolism.

Coffee Works as a Diuretic

The caffeine works as a diuretic, which means it causes the body to lose water. When you lose water, you’ll see a temporary decrease in weight. Keep in mind, however, that if you drink too much joe, your body will lose too much water, and it will then compensate by holding on to water in the future, which can make you gain water weight.

Coffee Can Help With Your Workout

If you’re working out to lose weight, then your daily cup can provide you with mental clarity and focus. You can be more energized, on-point, and ready for whatever type of exercise you’re engaging in.

Coffee Increases Metabolism

Many experts suggest that drinking black coffee on an empty stomach, and in moderation, can increase your metabolism. As you drink it, your nervous system is stimulated, which facilitates fat burning by removing fatty acids from fat cells. They can then be released from your body with urine, because coffee also acts as a diuretic.

Coffee and Weight Loss

Drinking a daily cup is all you need to follow a coffee diet that could help you to lose weight. And remember – you don’t need to put down 6 to 8 cups; you only need maybe one or two cups on a coffee diet, to keep the pounds off. As you’re drinking it throughout the day, remember that you should also be drinking water so you can stay healthy, hydrated, and lean.

The Coffee Sleeve: Hot Coffee’s Best Friend

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Of course we love coffee! Who doesn’t? There are a lot of coffee enthusiasts out there, and the world attracts plenty of enthusiastic connoisseurs. Coffee lovers fetishize many aspects of preparation, from vintage Italian espresso machines to retro-futuristic steampunk labs.

But one piece of paraphernalia often goes uncelebrated. Yes, we’re talking about the humble coffee sleeve. The coffee sleeve or coffee cozy is generally unremarkable. They’re often made of paperboard, and some have cool designs or advertisements. And coffee sleeves are typically not much to look at.

Double Cupping Is for Chumps

But where would we be without coffee sleeves? Well, for one thing, we’d be using a lot more paper. Before the sleeve was invented, many people would double-cup their paper to-go cups to insulate their hands from the scalding liquid inside. If you’ve ever tried to hold on to hot java in a thin paper cup, then you know it can be rather uncomfortable, if not downright painful.

Polystyrene? No Way!

Rather than double cup, some vendors used to use polystyrene cups. They’re much better at trapping heat than paper, but they’re environmentally disastrous, not to mention unhealthy. They never biodegrade, and chronic exposure to polystyrene can cause depression, headaches, and impaired kidney function. Yikes!

Necessity Is the Mother of Invention

The coffee sleeve is the unsung hero in your daily coffee adventure.

The coffee sleeve is the unsung hero in your daily coffee adventure.

While other inventors claim to have come up with the coffee sleeve, Jay Sorenson, who named his product the Java Jacket, filed the first patent in 1993.

He had the idea for the Java Jacket a couple of years before, when he dropped a scalding cup of coffee into his lap on the way to drop his daughter off at school.

So, he decided to do something about the most dangerous part of getting joe on the go.
As an added bonus, Java Jackets keep coffee warm longer, so you have more time to enjoy your to-go coffee on the way to work.

From Humble Beginnings…

Java Jacket is still one of the best-selling coffee sleeves on the market, having sold more than 4 billion sleeves since they first started selling Java Jackets to local coffee shops out of the back of their car.

Their products are now available in a wide array of colorful designs, and you can even have Java Jackets custom printed with your logo. Plus, they’re made of recycled paper. It sure beats Styrofoam cups!

A Moment of Appreciation

If you’re a frequent to-go customer, then your best bet is to use a ceramic travel mug, which protects your hands, insulates your beverage, and can be used over and over again. For maximum enjoyment, toss a couple of Coffee Joulies in your cup.

But the next time you leave your favorite coffee mug at home, take a moment to appreciate the brilliance and simplicity of the humble coffee sleeve. It may not be the most stimulating aspect of your daily ritual, but what it lacks in aesthetic appeal, it surely makes up for in functionality.

Get Your Kids Back to School With Your Favorite Morning Coffee

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Summer is coming to a close and it’s near time to get the kids back to school. Along with shopping for school clothes and school supplies, you also need to plan how you’re going to manage your morning coffee time, once those classes begin.

There’s a lot to do on a school morning: getting kids out of bed, making sure everyone is dressed and teeth are brushed, and remembering lunches and backpacks – and really, that’s just for the children. Even if you work out of the home, then you still need to get yourself ready, too!

Plan for Coffee in the Morning’s Schedule

In the middle of all the hustle and bustle, you have to find time to prepare your morning beverage, because, you know, you need it to keep you sane and functioning.

It’s not an addiction or anything, we get that. It’s just that morning cup is a nice ritual to wake up to each day. Morning coffee is soothing, the hot beverage tastes great, and it does tend to offer a bit of a pick-me-up when you need it most.

As you prepare for back to school time, let us help you arrange for what to do about your morning coffee. We have some great ideas, so that you can keep that “coffee first” routine you’ve had all summer.

Morning Coffee, With or Without a Timer

Unless you set a concrete plan for your morning when you’re busy in the back-to-school schedule, it may get overlooked. With that in mind, try any of the following ideas to ensure you get your morning coffee without delay.

Try setting a timer on an automatic machine to have your morning coffee ready exactly when you need it. Then, all you need to do is add a bit of sugar and milk if you like, and sip it as you’re getting ready in the morning, or pour it into a portable mug to take with you on the way to dropping the kids off at school.

If you don’t have a coffee maker with a timer, then prepare your drink the minute you get up in the morning. Set your alarm to ring 5 minutes before you need to dress and wake kids up. Go to the kitchen, start brewing, and then grab it on the way out.

Morning Coffee Accessories: From Ice to the Mug

If you like iced coffee, then try to make a batch of cold brew the night before. Then in the morning, you can simply pour your chilled beverage into a tumbler with some ice, and you’re good to go.

One important accessory to have for your favorite morning coffee during back to school time is a portable coffee mug. We suggest you purchase a couple of these, so that you don’t have to worry about washing one every day, especially if you leave yours in the car every once in a while.

To-go cups made with ceramic are nice, because they don’t leach any plastic flavor into your drink. Just make sure you choose one with a secure lid and one that fits into the cup holders in your car.

When you set aside a bit of time to make a plan for your morning coffee, you’ll be able to enjoy the delicious drink you’re used to – even when school means that a hectic schedule is par for the course.

Get Your Nespresso Capsules and Mixpresso Espresso Machine Bundle Now

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Have you been eyeing that Mixpresso Espresso Machine at your local kitchen store? Maybe you’ve seen it in a friends’ home and thought about getting one for yourself.

This new Nespresso espresso machine turns out single-serve Italian espresso and it froths milk, so you can make luscious cappuccino any time you want to. The Mixpresso Espresso Machine is also compatible with the Nespresso capsule system, so you can easily brew a cup of your regular morning java.

The Mixpresso Espresso Machine Bundle

This Nespresso machine has been a long time coming. Coffee lovers are excited to finally brew a delicious cup of espresso using special single-serve cups that contain espresso from some of Italy’s premium coffee growers.

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The Mixpresso Espresso Machine Bundle comes with bonus starter cups to start brewing espresso right away, so you can try out a few flavors and see which are your favorites. With the Mixpresso Bundle, you’ll get a variety of premier espressos and coffees, including a decaf option of Nespresso capsules.

Make a Coffee Shop Quality Cappuccino on the Go

Each bundle comes complete with 20 premium capsules and milk frother.

Each bundle comes complete with 20 premium capsules and milk frother.

With your Mixpresso Espresso Machine and Nespresso capsules bundle, you’ll save money by brewing coffee-shop quality espresso and cappuccino on the go. Heading out to work and want a gourmet coffee? You can brew one in minutes while you’re getting ready for your day. Pour the espresso and frothed milk in a to-go coffee tumbler, and then skip the café because you’ve just paid less than a dollar for what would have likely cost you $4!

If you have your own office and typically got out for a latte during the day, consider purchasing this Nespresso machine to keep at work. Then, you can have your mid-day coffee fix without standing in the coffee shop lines, and you’ll save even more money.

Beautiful Design

This Nespresso machine has a modern and stunning design. It’s sleek and it comes in beautiful black or white. The 19-pump bar machine is strong and powerful, but it’s compact so you can store it on nearly any countertop (or even on a desk). It features LED lights to keep you informed of your coffee’s brewing progress, and it’s quiet and easy to clean.

Buying the Nespresso Bundle from CoffeeForLess

The Mixpresso Espresso Machine Bundle with Nespresso Compatible Capsules sells for top dollar in most stores, but you can get your Nespresso capsules and Mixpresso Espresso Machine Bundle from Coffeefor Less at a great price.

If you get your Mixpresso Espresso Machine and Nespresso Capsule Bundle now, you can start saving money and making your investment back – and you can begin enjoying the indulgent taste of Italian espresso whenever you want.

The Inside Story on the Flat White Coffee Craze

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Have you overheard more people ordering a flat white at your local coffee bar lately? Are you wondering what a flat white coffee even is, and whether you should get one? Maybe you’ve already tried one and you’re still trying to figure out what all the fuss is about.

 

def: A flat white is a coffee beverage that originated around the 1970s-1980s in Australia and later in New Zealand. It is prepared by pouring microfoam over a single or double shot of espresso

 

For anyone pondering “What is a flat white?” or “What’s the inside story on the flat white coffee craze?” we’re going to fill you in on the scoop.

So Where Did It Come From?

New Zealanders and Australians have been drinking flat whites for years. The espresso drink is said to be the creation of Derek Townsend, a New Zealand café owner who is reportedly a supreme master at steaming large quantities of milk at a time, grinding the perfect size of coffee particle, and putting out more than a thousand flat white coffees in an hour.

We’re not sure how much of this rings true, but it is nearly common knowledge that the flat white is a long-time Kiwi coffee concept. It’s also a drink that is just now making its way to becoming an American craze.

What Is a Flat White?

The drink is made with espresso and milk, just like a latte or a cappuccino. “What’s the difference?” you may ask and “Why are people going crazy over it?” Well, it is kind of like a latte and a bit like a cappuccino. Maybe you could just call it a latte-ccino, but flat white coffee sounds so much more intriguing, doesn’t it?

A flat white coffee has less foam than a latte, and less volume, too. It’s small like a cappuccino, but again, it has less foam. And, the foam on it is called “microfoam.” It’s velvety and thick, unlike the foam on a cappuccino. To make a one, you pull from the bottom of the milk-frothing pitcher, where the liquid is richer in texture.

The flat white served is served in a ceramic vessel, whereas a latte usually comes in glass. The drink is basically just creamy milk over the same amount of espresso, which is typically a double shot.

Why the Current Craze?

So does the flat white coffee taste that much better than a latte or espresso? Is there a reason why coffee lovers around the country are jumping on this coffee bandwagon (other than it’s a new bandwagon to jump on)? Should we be that excited to finally have something New Zealanders and Australians have for decades thought of as just another coffee drink?

The flat white is good – in face, it’s really good. But just how good it is depends on what your idea of good coffee tastes like. Some people like a straight-up espresso. Others find lattes lovely. Still, more can’t wait to catapult their day with a good-old cappuccino.

The inside story on this coffee craze is that flat whites are just another fabulous way to enjoy coffee – a beverage that is so agreeable because it manages to give us exactly what we want, exactly when we want it.

Coffee Movie Scenes We Love

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If movies were made about our morning routines, then coffee would likely win an award for best supporting actor, or at least be a major plot point. And while we may never become Hollywood A-listers, our favorite wake-up beverage is no stranger to the silver screen. Here are some of our favorite coffee movie scenes from a few films you might have seen and loved.

Office Space – Lumbergh Nightmare

When disgruntled programmer Peter Gibbons learns that his love interest (played by Jennifer Aniston) once had a romantic relationship with his insufferable boss, Hal Lumbergh, he has a terrible nightmare of a mini-coffee movie featuring the two of them doing the deed as Lumbergh casually sips from his ever-present Initech coffee cup.

Glengarry Glen Ross – Coffee Is for Closers

alec-baldwin-glengarry-glen-ross“Put that coffee down! Coffee’s for closers only,” begins Alec Baldwin in his scenery-chewing scene from the David Mamet’s cult classic Glengarry Glen Ross. The diatribe that follows is far too salty to be repeated here, but if you’ve never seen the movie, Baldwin’s character leaves no room for doubt about whom coffee is for.

The Usual Suspects – The Coffee Drop

For much of the film, we’re led to believe that Roger “Verbal” Kint is just a patsy – a crippled small-potatoes con-man who got in over his head. During his interrogation, he weaves a tail about the mysterious and murderous Mafioso named Keyser Soze. By the time agent Dave Kujan realizes that Kint was the mastermind behind the whole operation, it’s too late; the real Keyser Soze has gotten into a car and disappeared. He drops his coffee cup on the floor and it shatters in slow motion, just as all of the pieces of the mystery come together.

Mulholland Drive – Bad Coffee

In David Lynch’s cryptic film Mulholland Drive, fictitious Hollywood director Adam Kesher has his film taken over by mobsters. In a meeting with the mob, he is informed that: A. he is going to cast Camilla Rhodes in his film, or else, and B. his taste in espresso is sub-par, to say the least.

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L.A. Story – The Coffee Order

Don’t ever try to order a “half double decaffeinated half-caff with a twist of lemon” from your local barista. It may have worked for Steve Martin in L.A. Story, but there’s really no such thing. This is one coffee movie scene you might want to forget!

Heat – The Legendary Tete-a-tete

Pacino. De Niro. Coffee. Three legends have a sit-down. It’s a tense moment: the hard-boiled police lieutenant and the criminal mastermind… the hunter and the hunted, though it’s hard to tell which is which. Both make their intentions quite plainly known. The coffee in the movie doesn’t say much, but you can tell it has the situation under control.

Coffee Movies Might Be Overstating It

Okay, so these are all “famous” movie scenes where coffee the beverage features heavily. They’re not really Coffee Movies, but from where we’re standing, the films would not have been the same without our favorite beverage!

Why a Coffee Date Makes the Perfect First Date

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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?

From First Starbucks Café: Starbucks Pike Place K Cups Available Now

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These days, Starbucks is a household name when it comes to coffee, known as much for its excellent brews as it is for its friendly service, tantalizing treats, and music, too. But legend has it that it wasn’t always that way… Read on for details!

Humble Beginnings

Three former University of San Francisco classmates opened the first Starbuck’s Café in 1971 at 2000 Western Avenue. It was later moved to Seattle’s Pike Place Market, where it has remained ever since. It’s amusing to think of these three scrappy young entrepreneurs hashing out the details of what would become one of the most successful businesses in the world, perhaps wondering if they had enough cash to cover the startup costs. But the rest, as they say, is history.

Great Coffee Around the World

Now, there’s a Starbucks on every street, in just about every part of the world. When you want a great cup of coffee, you look for Starbucks’ iconic green mermaid logo and you know you’re in for a treat, whether you’re in Phoenix, Beijing, or London.

Bring the Starbucks Experience Home

About the only place you couldn’t get a hot, fresh cup of Starbucks coffee was at home… at least until now. Yes, you read that correctly. Sure, there were beans for sale in the market, but what about coffee for people who are living life a bit of a faster pace? Well now you can now make Starbucks Pike Place Roast coffee at home with your Keurig K-Cup machine.

Pike Place Roast was inspired by Starbucks’ origin story: the time when it was just a small, scrappy coffeehouse with a big destiny, serving up delicious cups of coffee to grateful guests, while the lively sounds of Pike Place Market drifted in through its opened windows. And now, that spirit lives on in the new Starbucks Pike Place k-cups!

Starbucks Quality in a K-Cup

Just like the beans, Starbucks Pike Place k-cups are made from a proprietary blend of high altitude-grown, 100% Arabica coffee beans. Pike Place Roast is a delicious, medium-blend coffee handcrafted to have a smooth body, a rich aroma, and subtle hints of cocoa and toasted nuts. It’s just the thing to clear away the fog on a rainy Seattle morning.

Coffee connoisseurs know that it’s not just the coffee beans that make a great cup of coffee; it’s also the preparation method. Because the Keurig process is so precise, you’ll be enjoying your Starbucks Pike Place k-cups coffee exactly as it was intended to taste.

It’s (Almost) Like Having a Starbucks at Home

Thanks to Starbucks Pike Place Roast K-Cups, you don’t have to make the trip down to your local Starbucks to enjoy the richness of your favorite coffee house’s freshly roasted beans. Now, there’s truly a Starbucks on every corner, including the corner near the kitchen countertop, where you keep your Keurig!

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.

SEE ALSO: Coffee Facts & History

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!