Coffee Beans And Coffee Shops

The History of Coffee

 The first known coffee bean was discovered in c850.  In actuality it was not called coffee beans, but coffee berries.   Consumers on a daily basis drink coffee first thing in the morning as their wake up juice.  I will admit I do.  So I started to ponder what's the history behind coffee beans.  I discovered the type of coffee plants and trees came along in 1100 right off the penisula of arabia.

Goats And Beans

The first coffee shop opened in Constantinople in 1475. It wasn't until the 1600 century that coffee found its why into Europe through Venice. In 1645 italy jumps aboard by opening the first coffee house in Italy.

Other stories claim coffee has it's roots in Ethiopia where a coffee tree was found in Kaffa. Coffee has an interesting and fascinating story behind it. There are historical accounts of coffee being cultivated in Yemen during the 15th century.

I read numerous articles on the background of coffee after researching the history of coffee i discovered there are variations to it's historical beginnings in one version coffee beans took its beginning in Ethiopia from goaterds noticing the increased energy of their goats after chewing coffee berries.



whole coffee beans
whole coffee beans

Ban The Beans

 The most interesting points of coffee beans history is its being banned off the market in the 16th century.  Could you imagine what the 21st century would be like if coffee and coffee houses were banned.

But back to the historical points the banning of coffee took place in Arabia.  The ban was due to the policitcal interferrence which took place over a few decades.  But guess how the problem was eventual solved? By taxing coffee.

Cappuccino Craze

Cappuccino Orange
1/3 c Powdered nondairy creamer
1/3 c Sugar
1/4 Dry instant coffee
1 Or 2 orange hard candies (crushed)
Blend all ingredients together in mixer. Mix 1 Tb with 3/4 cup hot water. Store in airtight jar.

For The Chocolate In You

Chocolate Coffee


2 tb Instant coffee
1/4 c Sugar
1 ds Salt
1 oz Squares unsweetened chocolate
1 c Water
3 c Milk
Whipped cream


In saucepan combine coffee, sugar, salt, chocolate, and water; stir over low heat until chocolate has melted. Simmer 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly until heated. When piping hot, remove from heat and beat with rotary beater until mixture is frothy. Pour into cups and sail a dollop of whipped cream on the surface of each. Makes 6 servings.

Chocolate Almond Coffee


1/3 c Ground coffee
1/4 ts Freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 ts Chocolate extract
1/2 ts Almond extract
1/4 c Toasted almonds, chopped


Process nutmeg and coffee, add extracts. Process 10 seconds longer. Place in bowl and stir in almonds. Store in refrigerator. Makes 8 six ounce servings. To brew: Place mix in filter of an automatic drip coffee maker. Add 6 cups water and brew.
 

Top Five Coffee Shops in New York, NY

  • Lupo's
  • 170 Thoompson St. - 212-982-5089
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  • Ninth Street Espresso
  • 700 E. 9th St. (East Village) 212-358-9225
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  • Financier Pastries
  • 250 Vesey St. - 212-786-3220
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  • Bergdorf Goodman
  • 754 5th Ave. - 212-753-7300
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  • B Flat
  • 277 Church St. - 212-219-2970

Top Five Coffee Shops In New Orleans

  • Cafe DuMonde
  • 800 DeCatur St New orleans- 504-525-4244
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  • Margaritaville-Jimmy Buffet's
  • 1104 Decatur St. New Orleans -504-2565
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  • Angelo Brocate Ice Cream & Coffee
  • 214 N. Carrollton Ave. New Orleans - 504-486-0078
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  • PJ's Coffee & Tea Cafe
  • 10158 Jefferson Hwy. River Ridge, LA - 504-737-7797
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  • Fuel Coffee House
  • 4807 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA - 504-895-5757

Top Five Coffee Shops in California

  • 101 Coffee Shop (According to reviews this shop is the total bomb!)
  • 6145 Franklin Ave. (L.A.) - 323-467-1175
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  • Boulange
  • 2310 Polk St. San Francisco -415-345-1107
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  • Caffee Trieste
  • 609 Vallejo St. San Francisco-415-982-2605
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  • Susina Bakery & Cafe
  • 7122 Beverly Blvd. L.A.-323-934-7900
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  • Avanti Cafe
  • 259 E. 17th St. Costa Mesa CA-949-548-2224

 

The Alexander Expresso


1 c Cold water
2 tb Ground espresso coffee
1/2 ea Cinnamon stick (3" long)
4 ts Creme de cacao
2 ts Brandy
2 tb Whipping cream, chilled
1 ea Grated semisweet chocolate


Break out your espresso machine for this one or just make really strong coffee w/ a small amount of water. Break cinnamon stick into small pieces and add to hot espresso. Allow to cool for 1 minute. Add creme de cacao and brandy, and stir gently. Pour into cute demitasse cups. Whip the cream, and float some cream on top of each cup. For looks, garnish with grated chocolate or fancy chocolate curls. Multiply proportions by six and it's perfect for a party. Serves 2.

 

Black Forest Coffee


6 oz Fresh brewed coffee
2 tb Chocolate syrup
1 tb Maraschino cherry juice
Whipped cream
Shaved chocolate/chips
Maraschino cherries


Combine coffee, chocolate syrup, and cherry juice in a cup; mix well. Top with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and a cherry.
 

Iced Mochacchino

 

1/2 c Brewed espresso, chilled
6 tb Chocolate syrup
1 tb Sugar
1/2 c Milk
1 c Vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
1/4 c Heavy cream, softly whipped

Cinnamon, chocolate curls or cocoa powder for garnish
Place the espresso, chocolate syrup, sugar and milk in a blender, and blend to combine. Add the ice cream or yogurt, and blend until smooth.
Pour mixture into two chilled glasses, and top each with whipped cream and chocolate curls or a dusting of the cinnamon or cocoa.
 

Colombian

Top Five Coffee Shops In Chicago

  • The CrocodileRated #1 because of it's intergration of having a bar
  • 1540 N. Milwaukee - 773-252-0880
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  • Manny's Coffee Shop & Deli
  • 1141 So. Jefferson - 312-939-2855
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  • Starbuck's on 200 E. Randolph
  • Starbuck'son 233 S. Wacker
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  • Intelligensia Coffee & Tea
  • 323 N. Broadway - 773-348-8058
  • Threw in an extra due to Starbuck's taking two slots.

TOP FIVE COFFEE SHOPS IN WASHINGTON DC

  • Tryst Coffeehouse
  • 2459 18st NW Washington - 202-232-5500
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  • Stacy's Coffee Palor
  • 709 W. Broad St.
  • Falls Church, VA 703-538-6266
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  • St. Elmo's Coffee Pub
  • 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave.
  • Alexandria, VA 703-739-9268
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  • Jammin' Java
  • 227 Maple Ave,
  • Vienna, VA 703-255-1566

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