Coffee in the Morning (plus other handy hints for using coffee other than drinking)

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This hub is my tribute to coffee. I know it may not be everyone's "cup of tea" (excuse the pun) but a hot steaming cup helps me wake up and get motivated for the day ahead.

Won't you pull up a seat and join me for nice aromatic cup of delicious coffee. Just relax, listen to the music clip of "Sunshine on My Shoulders" (ever since I wrote a hub about John Denver recently I just can't get the tune out of my head) while you read the poem, and who knows you may even learn a thing or two from the coffee handy hints and tips section of this hub.

Coffee in the Morning

by John Hansen © 2014


Coffee in the morning makes me happy.

No coffee when I'm writing can make me cry.

Coffee in hot water smells so lovely.

Coffee almost always makes me high.


If I had the chance to make a cup for you,

I'd offer you a cup so good it would make you smile.

If I had a wish that I could wish for you,

I'd wish that we could share a coffee once in a while


Coffee in the morning makes me happy.

No coffee when I'm writing can make me cry.

Coffee in hot water smells so lovely.

Coffee almost always makes me high.

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Coffee Facts.

Did you know?


Coffee trees grow to a height of up to six metres, but growers keep them pruned to around two metres to make picking easier and to encourage heavier berry production. Small white blossoms, with the heady aroma of orange and jasmine, signify that the tree is mature and ready to bear fruit. Cherry sized, oval shaped berries soon appear, each containing two coffee beans.

A mature coffee tree will produce around 450 grams of coffee per growing season. It takes 2000 hand-picked Arabica coffee berries (4000 beans) to make 450 grams of roasted coffee. This is why the price of coffee per weight sounds a little expensive.

Ground coffee loses its flavour almost immediately unless it is expertly packaged or brewed. Freshly roasted and ground coffee is often sealed in combination plastic-and-paper bags, however vacuum sealed tins can keep it fresh a lot longer, up to three years.

The world's largest consumer of coffee is the USA, importing well over one million kilograms each year.If an average coffee drinker consumes three cups of coffee per day, in Australia- a country with a relatively small population, that translates to about 43 million cups of coffee guzzled daily.


Useful Tips and Ideas for Coffee (apart from drinking)

Coffee Beans

  • Freshen your breath: What do you do if you are all out of mints or breath freshening gums? Just suck on a coffee bean for a few minutes and, surprisingly, your mouth will smell clean and fresh again.
  • Remove foul odours from your hands: If you have been cooking with garlic, onions, fish, or other strong smelling foods, a few coffee beans may be all that you need to get rid of the odour of these foods from your hands. Put some beans in the palm of your hands and rub them together. The oil released from the coffee beans will absorb the smell, after which you just need to rinse your hands with warm soapy water.

Coffee Grounds

  • Deodorise the freezer: It is simple to get rid of the foul smell in your freezer after a power failure. Smply fill a couple of bowls with fresh or used coffee grounds and place them in the freezer overnight. For a flavoured coffee scent, add one or two drops of vanilla essence to the grounds.
  • Clean the fireplace: Before you clean the ash out of your fireplace, sprinkle it with wet coffee grounds. It will be easier to remove the ash, and the dust won't pollute the air in the room.
  • Keep cats out of the garden: Kitty won't use your garden as a toilet anymore if you spread a mixture of orange peel and used coffee grounds around your plants. Another benefit is that this mix is also a great fertiliser for acid-loving plants such as roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and evergreens.
  • Boost carrot harvest: To increase carrot harvest, mix the seeds with freshly ground coffee before sowing. The extra bulk makes the seeds easier to sow, but the coffee aroma also repels cutworms and other pests. The grounds also add nutrients to the sol as they decompose around the plants.
  • Keep worms alive: If you are a fisherman/woman, a cup of used coffee grounds will keep your bait worms alive and wiggling all day long. Just mix the grounds with some soil in your bait box before dumping in the worms. They like coffee almost as much as people do, and the nutrients in the grounds will help them live longer as well as giving them a caffeine hit.

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My New Coffee Mug

This year I was fortunate enough to be awarded the accolade of "Best Poet" in the 2014 Hubbie Awards. I am humbled to have received this award as voted for from my peers especially as there are so many wonderful poets here on Hub Pages.

I was happy to receive my prize of a "Hub Pages" coffee mug in the mail last week. I love it, it is hand made and excellent quality, has my Hubber name "Jodah" on it, and believe it or not coffee tastes better sipped from it :) ...

Thank you Hub Pages and my fellow Hubbers who voted for me.

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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, you know it, Jodah ... have to have my 100% Colombian coffee in the mornings for my commute and on weekends too!!! I love how you set the tune by John Denver to your poem and I could hear it in my head. I wonder if there is an instrumental of it on you tube you could put up there, and listen to while reading your words?

Love your coffee poem and the interesting facts too.

Up and more, pinning and tweeting

Enjoy your weekend and your coffee,

Faith Reaper


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the tip Faith. I had been thinking the same thing. Done, check it out. Chris Nole actually performed on piano with John Denver, so it's original.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

lol Sorry, hard as I try I cannot read it to music! So I turned the music off and reread. Very good of course. Just quaint, the whole thing I would say. Strange, I have been talking about coffee on her tonight too! lol

Love your photos too, especially the last one.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I hate you John!!! I was in my pity pot and mad at the whole damned world. How fun it is to have my morning coffee and watch the day arrive. Dang it now I have to go out of my writing room and hug my wife and tell her I love her.

You rotten sons of bitches. You freaking authors think you can just write something and it has not impact?

Let me get back to you in ten.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Jackie, don't mind at all if you turn the music off. It was Faith's suggestion...lol. Funny how coffee has such an effect on our lives isn't it?

Glad you liked the pics too.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

That's wonderful Eric! Oh not that you hate me, but that my writing could actually have the effect of changing your mood and cause you to hug your wife and tell her you love her. Hope your day improves too.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Awesome, but don't listen to me! LOL


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Wow, well this was rather lovely! I played the music and read along, very interesting and nice that you shared this! I truly love my cofffee in the morning and can't imagine life without it. Even some cool art there, thanks so much for sharing.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

My pleasure to share Oceansunsets (nice name), and thank you for reading. After all what is the good of writing hubs if no one reads them. Glad you enjoyed this, I appreciate your visiting.


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sallybea 2 years ago from Norfolk

In the last five years or so I have switched from tea to coffee first thing in the morning. I used to be a 'jar' coffee person and now I am into ground coffee - but only for that first cup. Bad mistake! I think I am addicted to the stuff - even though I don't really like the taste of it, I still drink it.

I rather think it has a taste's like tobacco. I am not sure why I would say that for I have never smoked. I really do wish I could get off the stuff. I have this feeling that this is not doing me any good at all. No wonder everyone has switched, it is so addictive.

Love the image of the steam coming off the coffee.

Enjoy your cuppa

Sally


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for sharing that Sally. Yes I know it is addictive. I don't really like the taste of freshly brewed coffee either (unless from a coffee shop) but love the aroma. I prefer instant coffee myself. I have read that coffee in moderation has health benefits, but I didn't list them here. Thanks for reading. I will enjoy my cuppa if you do.


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos

lovely too.

i await the day, a cup of coffee we share.

coffee in the morning, brings great delight to the soul.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading and for your comment Alexander. Yes coffee does bring great delight to the soul.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading and for your comment Alexander. Yes coffee does bring great delight to the soul.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Jodah, I can't kick start my day without a cup of coffee. I don't know who people who don't drink coffee get started. Gimme a cup of coffee and a hot shower and I'm good to go. Oh yeah - don't talk to me until I've had my morning coffee!

I love your tips. Who knew?!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Shauna. I'm the same. I need that first cup in the mornng. Glad you liked the tips.


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Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

Voted up, useful and awesome!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE coffee! I take a thermos with me on my walk every single morning! Thank you for the helpful tips! Never knew about them...one thing that REALLY bothers me about coffee is one thing: many shows on television show people drinking "coffee" and I can tell the cups are empty! That drives me bonkers...and makes the program un-authentic. Just a point of view.

But I LOVE starting the day off with coffee! Thank you so very much! Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks so much for reading this Sparklea. I am glad you enjoyed this hub and hope the tips are useful. Yes I hate it too when they pretend to drink empty cups of coffee in TV shows. Surely the budget extends to providing a few cups of real coffee. Anyway, blessings to you too.


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Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

So glad I'm not the one who notices it too...I find it so distracting. On some shows they do actually pour coffee in the cup which I like.

Can't wait until tomorrow morning for my first cup of coffee :) Blessings


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I was singing the tune with you. I love coffee and have to have a cup every morning -- it's the right thing to do! You've mentioned some great uses for the grinds. I have a friend who uses them as a facial scrub as well.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey teaches. Thanks for your comment and singing along. Yes they are good for a facial scrub apparently too, and a few other uses I didn't mention.


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thougtforce 2 years ago from Sweden

I like the way you wrote this hub with music, a poem and some great uses for coffee. I love coffee and I drink many cups of coffee every day but these useful tips are total news to me. Amazing in how many areas coffee can be useful!


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

OK I got back in more than ten. "what is time to a pig like me?"

My buddy called me up because I was at the point of not talking to my elder son. And it was like 3pm and he said "go make a cup of coffee and call me back in ten" So strange but I did it. WHATEVER?

Maybe that cup of Joe is like ridilin (SP) for old folk. But this hub is much more powerful than what meets the eye.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi thougtforce, thanks for reading and your kind comment. I knew that coffee grounds were good for the garden, but never realised all the other uses until I was researching for this hub. Glad you enjoyed.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Welcome back Eric. I knew if you said you'd do something, you'd follow it through. You just seem that type of guy. It's amazing how a cup of coffee can help to relax us or see things more clearly. Glad it worked for you, and that this hub had an effect as well. Sometimes the most unlikely things have a profound effect on us don't they? Have a great day my friend.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

I shall try the one about keeping cats out of the garden and next winter season the one with the fireplace ashes. I never knew half this stuff about coffee. Good job! Good hub!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Lady Guinevere, I am glad I informed you about some new uses for coffee grounds. It's great that you are actually going to try them out. I hope they work. Your kind comment is much appreciated.


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Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

I am obsessed with coffee. I woke up this morning and we were all out of coffee. I was so upset because I had bought a huge can just a little over three weeks ago. I accused my relative of using too much coffee in the morning and in a huff I walked down the street to buy me a cup. Now reading your article makes me laugh because I realize there are people out there who love coffee just as much as I do. Hopefully their not yelling at relatives and accusing them of using too much coffee grinds. But my point is .....coffee rules!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Dana. Coffee does have a powerful effect on us doesn't it, being able to change our moods and make us upset if we run out. I went to the dentist two days ago and had some teeth removed so couldn't rinse my mouth or drink/eat anything hot for 24 hours...agh! I couldn't have a coffee and wanted one desperately. What a relief when I was able to drink my first cup last night. Yes, coffee rules.


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Billrrrr 2 years ago from Cape Cod

Excellent as always. I admire your use of photos in your work. You have a knack for selecting complementary pictures and inserting them in the proper slots. I am working on this aspect of writing as well, and it is under used and perhaps under appreciated; but it makes a difference; even if it's just a subtle distinction that the reader does not consciously notice.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Bill, thanks for the kind comment. It usually takes me a lot longer to find the appropriate photos than it does to write the poem or article, so it ain't easy but especially with my writing I think it necessary to compliment my words. I do think it adds an impact.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

I do love my cup of coffee in the morning. The coffee grounds have been something I added in my compost pile but I didn't know they would keep the cats out of the garden. Very useful as we have some stray cats that have decided to trespass in the dog's yard. Voted up.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for commenting and the vote up Peg. Yes hopefully the coffee grounds will help keep the stray cats away too.


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AudreyHowitt 24 months ago from California

A lack of coffee makes me cry too John!!


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Sorry to hear that Audrey, hope you never run out.


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lambservant 24 months ago from Pacific Northwest

Love this John, I live for coffee.

How about a Coffee song to the tune of Leavin on a Jet Plane:

All the beans are unpacked

and ready to grind,

I'm standing here out of my mind

I hate to start my day without a mug.

But the dawn is breakin,

It's early morn,

My eyes are open

but I'm fogged and worn

Already I'm so groggy

I could die.

So bless me and brew for me

Tell me you'll barista me

Brew it hot, I don't mind the blow.

Cause I'm cravin' all that caffeine

It's the only way I'll wake again

O babe, can't wait to crow.

There's so many times you've let me down

So many times you've spilled the grounds

I tell you now, Keurig's the best thing.

Every package is placed, it's no big deal,

Listen a minute to my earnest spiel

Make me some coffee, or I'll off my wedding ring.

So bless me and brew for me

Tell me you'll barista me

Brew it hot, I don't mind the blow.

Cause I'm cravin', all that caffeine

It's the only way I'll wake again

O babe, can't wait to crow.

The time has come - breathe the aroma

It's the only way

to wake from my coma,

Just one cup and I'll be on my way.

Dream about the hours to come

When I can leave you all alone,

About the times you won't have to hear...

Please bless me and brew for me

Tell me you'll barista me

Brew it hot, I don't mind the blow.

Cause I'm cravin', all that caffeine

It's the only way I'll wake again

O babe, can't wait to crow.


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Oh I love this lambservant, and it's another John Denver song too. I wish I'd written it and it was part of my hub, but I guess being here in comments is almost as good. Great work, thanks for sharing.


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CrisSp 23 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Love this poem plus the handy tips and some facts.

Awesome!


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Cris, this is an oldy but glad you enjoyed it. I know you like coffee.. :)


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Phyllis Doyle 22 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

I can almost smell the coffee as I read this great hub of yours, Jodah. Coffee is a wonderful part of my life, so I really enjoyed reading this. When I had a yard and gardens I put all the coffee grounds in the compost pile - I never knew that mixed with orange peel it would keep the cats from turning the garden into a toilet. You have some great tips and thoughts on coffee. I LOVE your new coffee mug from HubPages! So glad you won that for "Best Poet". Congratulations again on such a fine accolade, Jodah. It is well deserved.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading this Phyllis and your kind words. Mmmm...the coffee tastes incredible from this mug. I love it. Yes coffee grounds go well in the compost, so does tea leaves. I did vote for you in the Hubbie Awards too and for one of your hubs as best overall hub.


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colorfulone 22 months ago from Minnesota

I am sipping my morning coffee while reading the forums, and had to stop by to see your HubPages coffee mug. That is a great looking cup with "Jodah" on it, very cool and impressive of HP to do that to award you for Best Poet. BTW, none of my coffee grounds go to waste.


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York

It would seem your HP award was certainly appropriate! Coffee mug for a coffee lover.

Your poem tells of a great love of coffee. Lots of interesting information included as well.

I'd have to pass though and have a cup of tea while you have a cup of coffee. Well done.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading this while you sipped your coffee colorfulone. Yes I was excited when the mug came in the mail....it's great. Glad to hear you utilize your coffee grounds.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Mary, yes it was a perfect gift for me. My previous favourite mug was broken recently so this is a great replacement. Glad you enjoyed this hub. There is always plenty of tea in the house as well for visitors as my wife is a tea drinker. Thanks for the vote up too.


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jhamann 22 months ago from Reno NV

I am on my coffee break at work now! Jamie


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Where would we be without coffee?


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Phyllis Doyle 22 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Thank you, Jodah, for the votes in the Hubby Awards, that was very kind of you. Having my afternoon coffee now ... so good !


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Billrrrr 22 months ago from Cape Cod

John Denver was an amazing performer and composer. Coffee makes us feel more like amazing performers and composers. Your work always makes us feel happy. Congratulations on a well deserved accolade. In a better world that coffee mug would have been filled with 20 dollar gold pieces. But for now, in this world, coffee is good enough. Never stop writing.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

What can I say Bill? Thank you for your support and encouragement. $20 pieces, I wish :) You are right about John Denver, his songs had a way of making you feel happy too. I hope I never stop writing. cheers.


Wolfs Paw 20 months ago

Enjoyed your hub and poem along with all the tips. I love a good cup of coffee and have to have it every morning. Thank you for sharing and that's a real nice coffee mug you received! Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Jodah 20 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Wolfs Paw for checking out this hub. Where would we be without our morning cup of coffee? I love my mug. Thanks for the vote up too.

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