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Gourmet Coffee and Gift Mugs

Updated on April 2, 2015

Coffee Gift Basket

One of many gourmet coffee gift packages located on Amazon. Find the link for this below. Type in Sandy Mertens on Amazon to find many more customized gifts.
One of many gourmet coffee gift packages located on Amazon. Find the link for this below. Type in Sandy Mertens on Amazon to find many more customized gifts.

Coffee is so good!

Nothing like coffee in the morning.

Gourmet Coffee and How it All Began

Coffee gift baskets are the perfect item for someone who has everything or a long distance gift. A must have for those die hard; have to have it as soon as I wake up in the morning person. A coffee package complete with a mug and coasters for someone's birthday or holiday gift, is one present that won't be returned.

Coffee is more exciting these days with rich flavors added; like French Vanilla, Kenya AA, Decaf Colombian Supremo, Chocolate and Italian Roast Espresso.

Many gifts to choose from

All gourmet too.

Presently 1,470 gift baskets on Amazon

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History of how coffee begun

But how did it all begin?

As the story goes, around 850 A.D, a goat herder named Kaldi, noticed his goats were acting more active after chewing on some beans. He chewed on a bean and felt an instant rush. The goat herder took the beans, grounded them up and brewed them in water. He instantly felted a renewed burst of energy.

News of these magical beans spread to a nearby monastery, and they too began consuming the beans that helped them meditate and pray for longer periods of time. This soon spread to other monasteries.

It didn't take long for the powers of the coffee bean spread world wide.

Coffee bean farmers, over the years experimented with the beans to improve on the taste. Different blends of the beans brought more robust flavor. Eventually gourmet coffee was formed.

In 1955, Alfred Peet, a son of a coffee trader, moved from Amsterdam to America. He was used to drinking gourmet coffee and couldn't find any around. At the time United States was selling low grade ground coffee. Often this would sit on supermarket shelves for several months.

Knowing what real gourmet coffee tasted like, Peet opened up a small store in Berkley, California. There he began to sell his dark roasted coffee beans. Three of Alfred Peet's customers decided to open up the same type of store in Seattle, Washington.

The Seattle store that owners Gerry Baldwin, Gordon Bowker and Ziv Siegel opened I 1971 was the first Starbucks store. Waiting for their first roaster, they bought their coffee beans from Alfred Peet. It began as a small store that also sold tourist items. Today, it is still a small store based in Pike’s Market, where a group of specialty shops exist. But now has franchised to thousands of stores, all over the world.

Today different flavors are added to coffee, making it a specialty gourmet drink.

Travel to Pop Art

Designs on mugs and coasters for everyone

Pop Art or Foodie

Do you like the pop art or food design on your mug?

Chocolate Design Coffee Mugs

Coffee gift baskets contain 15oz mug, set of 4 coasters, biscotti and 5 blends of gourmet coffee. French Vanilla, Kenya AA, Decaf Colombian Supremo, Chocolate and Italian Roast Espresso. Find more unique coffee gift baskets on 3DROSE.com under Sandy
Coffee gift baskets contain 15oz mug, set of 4 coasters, biscotti and 5 blends of gourmet coffee. French Vanilla, Kenya AA, Decaf Colombian Supremo, Chocolate and Italian Roast Espresso. Find more unique coffee gift baskets on 3DROSE.com under Sandy | Source

BP Spills Coffee

Alexander Espresso

Here is a simple recipe with instant coffee. One of 89 recipes found in No Ordinary Coffee Recipes (view here)

Ingredients:
• 1 cup Cold water
• 2 tb Ground espresso coffee
• 1/2 Cinnamon stick (3" long)
• 4 ts Crème de Cacao
• 2 ts Brandy
• 2 tb Whipping cream, chilled
• Grated semisweet chocolate to garnish

How To:
Break out your espresso machine for this one or just make really strong coffee with a small amount of water. Break cinnamon stick into small pieces and add to hot espresso. Allow to cool for 1 minute. Add crème 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.

Flower Designs Coffee Gift Baskets

This is one of the many unique product styles of coffee gift baskets located under Sandy Mertens on 3DROSe.com. Enjoy a delicious mug of gourmet coffee with these beautiful custom products. Personalized message digitally added to the image prior to s
This is one of the many unique product styles of coffee gift baskets located under Sandy Mertens on 3DROSe.com. Enjoy a delicious mug of gourmet coffee with these beautiful custom products. Personalized message digitally added to the image prior to s | Source

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      Sandy Mertens 18 months ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thank you Nadine May.

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      Nadine May 18 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a great hub on the topic of one of my favorite drink. Coffee. I will share it around well done!

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      Melina Jordan 4 years ago from Long Island City

      Great gift idea. I love giving and getting fruit baskets. They're colorful, healthy and tasty

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      adrienne2, thanks for the comment.

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      Adrienne F Manson 6 years ago from Atlanta

      Great hub on coffee, love how you personalized your hub with your banner. Voted up!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Becky, glad you enjoyed a little history.

      mulberry1, re-gifting is always fun.

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      mulberry1 6 years ago

      I'm not a coffee drinker personally, but I certainly know a lot of them. I'm not really a tea drinker either but I always get coffee and tea baskets for gifts. They are great for re-gifting! ;) (plus they smell good)

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      Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      I love reading the story about how the coffee bean was discovered "goats were acting more active after chewing on some beans". Then, it escalated from there :) I'm a huge coffee fan and wouldn't know how to start my day without it. I'm definitely going to try the Alexander Espresso recipe. Thanks for sharing. Great Hub.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Katiem2, there always seem to be that one friend who comes over around the Holidays. You don't have a present for them. An extra present like this would be just find.

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Hey I'm with you Gourmet Coffee and Gift Mugs are the perfect gift sets for travel, mail order and just flat out order to have some on hand for those unexpected gift giving situations that come up.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks Tina V. This is one of the best videos I have seen in a long time.

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      TINA V 6 years ago

      I was laughing while watching your BP Spills video. Anyway, this is an informative hub about gourmet coffee. It was well written from its history up to the Alexander Espresso recipe. This is a great gift for Christmas, too. Enjoy your week!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks for voting up and bookmarking this.

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      pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

      Smart and reasonably priced gifts. Loved the coffee history. Bookmarked, voted up, marked useful and shared.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      When we're still young, my siblings and I used to harvest ripe coffee beans, dried it and sell it. I like eating the red flesh of the ripe ones, but felt dizzy afterwards. I like roasted coffee to be served as black (no sugar..hehe!) we call it 'barako' means male here in the Philippines. It's a bestseller!!! Let's drink to this hub, Sandy^-^!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Springboad, when you think about it, it does sound funny!

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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      You know, that's one of those things in this world where you think to yourself, "Who on earth thought to take this bean and turn it into something you drink?" Who could have guessed it started with a goat?

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks vocalcoach. I remember when they first said that coffee was bad for you. Now I am glad that it is turned around.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      A good cup of coffee is what I wake up to every single morning. Yum! And besides being good, its good for you. All those great anti-oxidants! Oh, and I just learned that coffee is a brain food as well (caffein). I like your hub and those gift bags are great.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Killrats and KoffeeKlatch Gals, thanks for the visit.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love coofee. I've found a specialty coffee isn always a good gift. Thanks.

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      killrats 7 years ago from Cape town South Africa

      Coffee, Good morning world. My day starts early and coffee black and strong is my stater motor for the day.

      I make mine each morning the old fashioned way. Fire, boil water over flames, add coffee let simmer for a few minuets, drop a small green twig into the kettle to settle the grounds, tea spoon of malt sugar and I am set for the day.

      You have a good bright happy day.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      cfleming1, I thought it was #1 Food Group.

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      cfleming1 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the Hub Sandy.

      Coffee has been like the "5th Food Group" to me for a long time. I went the gourmet route for a while but I've been settled into a favorite brew or two for some time now. These all look like great gifts though.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      prasetio30, interesting statement. Why not get it all freely. LOL

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Useful information, Sandy. I wish I can buy this coffee and get the gift mugs freely. Thank you very much. ~prasetio

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks Pamela.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Sandy, That is a wonderful gift idea. I am also a coffee lover.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I raise my cup to all of you. Thanks for the comments.

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Wonderful looking gourmet coffee gift baskets, Sandyspider, they would be great gifts.

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      David Stone 7 years ago from New York City

      Excellent, as usual, Sandy. Packed with tons of good information. Keep up the good work!

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      Ign Andy 7 years ago from Green Home Office

      The packaging looks good, I should try this gourmet coffee.

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Someone mention coffee, count me in. Wonderful and tasty hub.

      Blessings

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      twentyfive 7 years ago

      Interesting story :) I love SB and Starbucks

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      bgamall, I wouldn't say always cloudy or raining in Seattle. Maybe 85% of the time.

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      Gary Anderson 7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Wow, an invention we could have thought of, a coffee house with gourmet coffee. Of course it is always cloudy in Seattle. So they need a lot of coffee.