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Welcome to the Coffee House!

Updated on February 26, 2014

Welcome! We're so happy to see you!

Is there anything more heavenly than the smell of freshly ground coffee? We're working hard to make our coffeehouse something extra special. For a real Coffee House experience, scroll down and turn on "A Little Coffee House Jazz." Place your order with our friendly and skillful barista. Then, sipping your favorite brew, take a look at some beautiful coffee berries. Find out about all the delicious ways you can enjoy your coffee at some of the world's most popular coffeehouses. Read fascinating stories about how coffeehouses got started, and which famous people throughout history have frequented them. Enjoy some beautiful coffeehouse photography. Check out our coffeehouse entertainers. See some of the cutest coffee mugs we've collected for your enjoyment, and other products available for coffee lovers. We've even got recipes to share with you of some of our most delectable coffee-time treats.

We're glad you're here. Enjoy yourself! And if there's anything you'd like to see here, let us know and we'll do our best to make it happen.

A Little Coffee House Jazz

Enjoy the European Jazz Trio, our tribute to some traditional coffee house music. Place your order, grab your mug, then relax and enjoy it. Make yourself comfortable. If you like, feel free to continue to enjoy it as you wander around the Coffee House, investigating all the treasures you'll find tucked away here. Have fun!

So, what'll you have today? - Ummm... I wish I understood what all those crazy coffee words meant...

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Photo courtesy of ilovememphis / http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/deed.en

We'll try to make it easy for you. Here's a quick list of definitions for you.

Americano: a shot of espresso with hot water added to dilute the espresso to the strength of a drip brewed cup of coffee

Café au lait: strong drip brewed or French pressed coffee, to which steamed milk is added, served in a cup

Cafe Mocha: a shot of espresso with a shot of chocolate syrup and steamed milk topped with froth or whipped cream

Caffè breve: a milk-based espresso using steamed half-and-half instead of milk

Caffè Latte: a shot of espresso, steamed milk to fill the cup and topped with a thin layer of froth

Caffè Macchiato: see Espresso Macchiato

Cappuccino: a shot of espresso with equal parts steamed and frothed milk, sometimes topped with shaved chocolate, raw sugar, cinnamon or other spices

Espresso: a shot equals one ounce of concentrated beverage brewed by forcing hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee

Espresso Macchiato: an espresso topped with a small spoonful of frothed milk

Frappe: Iced coffee topped with whipped cream and flavored syrup

Iced Breve: Caffe Breve served over ice

Latte Macchiato: milk steamed to microfoam, with a half shot of espresso poured gently through the foamy top layer, creating a layered drink with a spot of espresso on top, served in a glass

Mocha: a latte blended with chocolate

Mocha Breve: Caffè breve with an ounce of chocolate, served with whipped cream

May I take your order?

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Courtesy anoldent and CC by 2.0

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"Coffee Snob"

Featured shirt at the Coffee House Gift Shop

Do you know anyone who is very particular about their coffee?


"Coffee Snob" T-shirt by JoieGirl

It's fun to visit a Zazzle shop because you can play around with all the possibilities. For example, this design can be printed on an incredible variety of shirts (men's - 27 styles in 11 colors; women's - 28 styles in a vast array of colors; children's - 15 styles in a dozen or more colors; babies' - 4 styles in 5 colors)! Just click on the shirt to try it out.

Where does coffee come from?

Photo courtesy amslerPIX (CC BY 2.0)
Photo courtesy amslerPIX (CC BY 2.0)

Here's a terrific picture showing the stages your coffee goes through. First, there are the coffee plants growing in pots on the table. These plants grow to be very big. They produce delicate white blossoms, which give way to berries. The berries are green until they ripen. Then they turn red. Notice the red berries in the center of the circle? The outer flesh is removed to reveal the pale beans on the right side of the circle. The beans are dried, becoming a dull light brown color, as shown at the top of the circle. Then they are roasted, producing the rich, dark colored beans you see on the left. Finally, the coffee is ground, as you see at the bottom of the circle.

And there you have it!

"I'm a Coffee Kind of Guy/Gal"

Featured shirt at the Coffee House Gift Shop

What would it look like if you wore the same shirt every time you visited your favorite coffeehouse - and couldn't get the stains out!? (Click on the shirt to see a closeup.)


"I'm a Coffee Kind of Guy/Gal!" T Shirt by JoieGirl

(Whatever you do, don't use LaraineRose's amazingly successful spot-removing suggestions on this shirt, or you'll take away its charm!)

Famous Coffeeshops (Starbucks)

Let us tell you a little about coffeeshops you may see in your travels. Whenever possible, we'll give you their current specialties.

I'd like to start with Starbucks. Why? I have a special memory about my first visit to this famous coffeeshop chain.

I like coffee. I really like coffee. And I really like all the fun ways you can drink coffee - all those neat syrupy flavor thingees and foam and ice and mmmmmm... g-o-o-o-d coffee! But living far from the land of Starbucks as I do, I was totally clueless about Starbucks itself. When I think "coffeehouse," I think sitting around, warm mug in hand, poetry readings, guitar strumming--you know, coffeehouse. I was totally unprepared for my first visit to Starbucks.

My husband drives a long distance to work, and one day I went with him. I planned to spend the day shopping in the "big city." Well, I dropped him off around 7:30, and besides needing breakfast, I needed to kill some time before the stores opened. I drove down the main street of town, my eyes searching for a likely breakfast spot. Say, what's that over there? Looks like it's packed. Must serve good food. Wait - it's Starbucks! I've always wanted to try this place, I've heard so much about it.

I parked outside the crowded parking lot and walked. Then I entered. That's all I COULD do. Enter and stand perfectly still. I found myself at the end of one of half a dozen long lines. I looked around. No smiling, relaxed poetry reciters here... no music... Instead, I saw rows and rows of very well-dressed serious business-like business-minded individuals focused on the business at hand - COFFEE!

I glanced up at the menu board, which was written in Greek. Or might as well have been, for all I understood it. Oh, no... I'm moving forward too quickly in this mass of people who all know exactly what they're doing here, while I - I - I... am totally lost. I am the most unintelligent person in the building. The most ignorant and obviously the stupidest human here - and in about twenty seconds everyone is going to know it!

I listened carefully to the orderers. I'd never heard anyone speak so rapidly in my life. "Doubletallnonfatextradrycappuccino." Huh? "Triplegrandesugarfreevanillalatte." What? "IcedquadVentisugarfreevanillanonfatwithWhipCaramelMacchiato." I was trying to figure out what ANYONE has just said when--

"Ma'am? ahem, MA'AM! Your order?" I turned in a state of utter panic to face an impatient barista. I KNEW she was thinking, "What do you think YOU'RE doing here?" I whispered, "I... ah... er... um... could I have a cup of decaf, please?"

"I beg your pardon - what did you say?"

My cheeks were burning. I was positive that ten thousand pairs of eyes were boring into me. I cleared my throat and raised my chin. "I'd like a cup of decaf," I said bravely. I glanced around. No one was looking at me. No doubt they were too appalled. She handed me my cup and I walked outside briskly and confidently so no one could guess that I wished that the ground would swallow me up.

...That was a few years and many coffees ago... but believe me, I identify with the confusion a person can feel on entering a busy Starbucks for the first time. So to help you out, I've found a couple of baristas who can explain all the hard stuff so that you can pop into your nearby Starbucks and order like an old pro. :)

(The above photo by miss vichan is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.)

What Those Starbucks Names Mean

Are you as confused as I was? Too many names, too many flavors, too many options, and everybody seems to understand what's going on but me! Never fear, the baristas are here! Help is at hand!

How do you feel about Starbucks?

For some folks, Starbucks is the ultimate coffee destination. How do you feel?

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"I LIVE Coffee!"

Featured mug at the Coffee House Gift Shop

How important is your coffee to YOU?


"I eat drink inhale dream live breath LOVE Coffee!" COFFEE MUGS by JoieGirl

Spotlight on Decaf

Decaffeinated Coffee Can Be Delicious!

Are you a coffee lover who cannot or choose not to have caffeine? Don't worry. We've got some great decafs here at the Coffee House, and we're always on the lookout for more. When we find one that we especially like, we'll post information about it here. We'll also give you information about how you can buy it and enjoy it at home, too.

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coming soon . . . TIM HORTONS!

Canada's Favorite!

But I Live Far Away from Any Coffeehouse! - Never fear . . . the barista is here!

No coffeehouse in your neighborhood, but you're longing for the taste of REAL coffeehouse coffee?

Never fear! I've arranged for UK coffee consultant/barista Robert Henry to give you personal lessons on how to create your very own coffeehouse treats!

Hint: How to Make the Most Deliciously SIMPLE Espresso at HOME! - Look how easy it is!

It's cheap, it's easy, and it's delicious! Order it on AMAZON below and then enjoy a cup while you visit us here at the Coffee House!

Gift Shop: Great AMAZON coffee gifts at the best prices! - Special recommendation: Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker

Have you tried the Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker? Right now Amazon has it at an exceptional price of only $25.95! (And if you happen to be an Amazon Prime member, the shipping is free!) It's inexpensive, simple to use, and makes simply the best cup of espresso you've ever tasted! If you combine that espresso with an equal amount of hot water, you have an incredible cup of Americano - ooooh, so good. (You can make one or two cups at a time.)

My son-in-law, who owns 7? 8? coffeemakers of different kinds, swears by the Aerobie, and at present, won't use anything else. I have to agree with him. Give it a try! IF YOU DON'T SEE IT IN THE LIST BELOW, click on any product to get you to Amazon's site, then type "Aeropress" into the search box.

Try it - I promise you'll love it! Enjoy!

"Mr. President Wants Coffee (or Tea)"

Featured mug at the Coffee House Gift Shop

Abraham Lincoln apparently enjoyed a good cup of coffee. He also enjoyed a good cup of tea. But when he couldn't tell what was in the cup, he didn't enjoy that at all!


"Mr. President Wants Coffee (or Tea)" Coffee Mug by JoieGirl

Coffee House History: Leipzig - Isn't this a striking piece of art?

Where would you go to find one of the oldest coffee houses in Europe? Travel to Leipzig, Germany, at Kleine Fleischergasse 4. That's the address of Zum Arabischen Coffee Baum (English: To the Arab Coffee Tree).

The first thing you notice is the striking sculpture above the doorway. There's a cupid handing a cup of coffee to a man in Ottoman clothing. Or perhaps the Ottoman is handing the coffee to the cupid. You decide. But here we see representations of the Christian world meeting the world of Islam.

If you go to the Coffee Baum website, you will find that the origin of this sculpture is unknown. We do know, however, that it has graced the coffee house at Kleine Fleischergasse 4 since 1719 or 1720.

Is that how old the building itself is? Oh, no. The walls were already standing as early as 1556. In 1694 Heinrich Schütze opened the building as a coffee house.

But what made this so very special? It wasn't just the coffee. It was the clientele. During the next 300 years, this coffee house became a regular meeting place for famous writers, musicians, and politicians. Stimulated by both the beverage and the intellectual exchange of ideas, people like Hoffman, Wagner, Goethe, Bach, Grieg visited the coffee house. Robert Schumann had a regular table there where he entertained friends.

Ah, if those walls could only talk!

Photo courtesy of Syntax and Creative Commons

Zimmerman's Coffee House
Zimmerman's Coffee House

Coffee House History: JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH, Coffeehouse Musician Extraordinare

Musician's Political Statement Hidden in Composition in Praise of Coffee

By the 18th century, there were coffeehouses all over Europe. The coffeehouse was THE place to be, whether you were strictly a coffee lover, or were in search of a good political debate, or were a lover of good music, or liked to associate with the artists of the day. Germany had a strong love for coffee, and had many popular coffeehouses where all were welcome.

That is, of course, if you were a MAN. Why? Because at that time in Germany, there was a political movement afoot to prevent women from drinking coffee, since it was believed that coffee drinking caused sterility in women. Ridiculous? Johann Sebastian Bach thought so.

At this time, Bach became fully involved with the Collegium Musicum, a musical society that performed vocal and instrumental music for pleasure. Students, professionals and visiting musicians traveling through Leipzig were eager to enjoy participate in an exciting Friday night concert with Bach. One such concert was a tongue-in-cheek celebration of coffee, including a semi-comedic "statement" about who should be allowed to drink it. He called it "Kafee-Kantate," or "Coffee Cantata."

Would you like to read the libretto of the "Coffee Cantata"?

REFERENCES

Confessions of a Coffee Bean: The Complete Guide to Coffee Cuisine by Marie Nadine Antol

Bach, and Bach Again: An account of the reconstruction of a baroque masterwork, the concerto in G major for violin, viola and string orchestra. by Robert Bridges

The Coffee Cantata, by Johann Sebastian Bach - Now that you've read the lyrics, why not listen to a little bit of the music?

Short and sweet, this video lets you hear the fun in Bach's delightful cantata!

Love Bach? Love his sentiments about coffee? - Here's your own quotation from the Coffee Cantata!

This is my favorite quotation from Bach's Coffee Cantata. Maybe you feel a little bit like this in the mornings, too. ;)

Courtesy Jonathan Fleming Photography
Courtesy Jonathan Fleming Photography

Have We Got a Treat for YOU!

You know how we're always on the lookout for the best coffee house experience for our customers . . . well, listen to this:

We've enlisted the aid of one of San Francisco's finest photographers, Jonathan Fleming, in our search for that city's BEST coffee houses. Jonathan has agreed to share some awesome coffee house photography with us, along with some of his comments about the places he visits. (Did I mention that he's also a coffee connoisseur?) Join us now on a photo journey that is close to all of our hearts.

(For even more of Jonathan's awesome photography, check out his blog! It's full of hundreds of pictures of San Francisco, as well as places he's traveled around the world. Read the entertaining stories behind the pictures, as well as note his camera settings and helpful suggestions to improve your photography!)

Some of San Francisco's Finest Coffee Spots, Part I - Blue Bottle!

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San Francisco photographer Jonathan Fleming is a coffee connoisseur, too. So naturally he takes pictures of coffee - one of things he likes best. His favorite coffee is Blue Bottle, a coffee roasted and sold on the east and west coasts of the United Blue Bottle baristaNot just freshly organic pesticide-free coffee, but all the delicious ways to prepare it to make the customers oh! so happy.Creating the latte design...Not only the best coffee, but this cafe serves marvelous food, too! Everything is natural, local food. Order from breakfast, brunch, or lunch menus.Beautifully brewed, beautifully served.At 315 Linden Street, you'll find a tiny Blue Bottle kiosk that the locals flock to. They have a small menu of espresso drinks, drip coffee, their own New Orleans iced coffee, and treats from the Blue Bottle Kitchen.The Kiosk is environmentally conscious, so they serve your beverage in a "100% biodegradable, custom-logo-printed, natural-colored hot cup. When you're done, you can toss it right in the green compost bin along with its corn-based, polylactic acid liLeft: Busy Blue Bottle barista; Right: Blue Bottle coffee for sale!Nice place to sit and sip your espresso outside the Blue Bottle kiosk.
San Francisco photographer Jonathan Fleming is a coffee connoisseur, too. So naturally he takes pictures of coffee - one of things he likes best. His favorite coffee is Blue Bottle, a coffee roasted and sold on the east and west coasts of the United
San Francisco photographer Jonathan Fleming is a coffee connoisseur, too. So naturally he takes pictures of coffee - one of things he likes best. His favorite coffee is Blue Bottle, a coffee roasted and sold on the east and west coasts of the United
Blue Bottle barista
Blue Bottle barista
Not just freshly organic pesticide-free coffee, but all the delicious ways to prepare it to make the customers oh! so happy.
Not just freshly organic pesticide-free coffee, but all the delicious ways to prepare it to make the customers oh! so happy.
Creating the latte design...
Creating the latte design...
Not only the best coffee, but this cafe serves marvelous food, too! Everything is natural, local food. Order from breakfast, brunch, or lunch menus.
Not only the best coffee, but this cafe serves marvelous food, too! Everything is natural, local food. Order from breakfast, brunch, or lunch menus.
Beautifully brewed, beautifully served.
Beautifully brewed, beautifully served.
At 315 Linden Street, you'll find a tiny Blue Bottle kiosk that the locals flock to. They have a small menu of espresso drinks, drip coffee, their own New Orleans iced coffee, and treats from the Blue Bottle Kitchen.
At 315 Linden Street, you'll find a tiny Blue Bottle kiosk that the locals flock to. They have a small menu of espresso drinks, drip coffee, their own New Orleans iced coffee, and treats from the Blue Bottle Kitchen.
The Kiosk is environmentally conscious, so they serve your beverage in a "100% biodegradable, custom-logo-printed, natural-colored hot cup. When you're done, you can toss it right in the green compost bin along with its corn-based, polylactic acid li
The Kiosk is environmentally conscious, so they serve your beverage in a "100% biodegradable, custom-logo-printed, natural-colored hot cup. When you're done, you can toss it right in the green compost bin along with its corn-based, polylactic acid li
Left: Busy Blue Bottle barista; Right: Blue Bottle coffee for sale!
Left: Busy Blue Bottle barista; Right: Blue Bottle coffee for sale!
Nice place to sit and sip your espresso outside the Blue Bottle kiosk.
Nice place to sit and sip your espresso outside the Blue Bottle kiosk.

Programmer Mug I: "C:\COFFEE.POT missing (A)bort (R)etry (F)all asleep?"

Featured Mug at the Coffee House Gift Shop

Where would programmers be without their coffee?


"Programmer Mug I" by JoieGirl

Coffee House Gift Shop: The best deals are on eBay! - For terrific bargains, look no further!

Everybody knows that if you're a good bidder, you can win awesome prices on awesome products on eBay. Just remember, the deals you see here today are only here for a short time, so don't delay...get the deals before they're gone!

Coffee House Writing

It's interesting - at times throughout history, different coffeehouses catered to different groups. Some attracted gatherings of politicians, or musicians, or businessmen, or writers.

It's amazing how many of the writers wrote from coffeehouses, wrote about coffeehouses, or got their inspiration at coffeehouses. Why?

Because the coffee house was "information central." For the price of a cup of coffee, a person could spend hours reading newspapers from around the world. They could listen to the opinions and ideas of fellow writers, discuss world affairs enthusiastically - the enthusiasm stemming partially from the intake of coffee! In London, many of the patrons were reporters for early periodicals like "The Guardian" and "The Spectator." Their writings about things that happened in the coffeehouse and their articles can be considered some of the first "short stories" of English literature.

Did you know that these authors were coffee house writers?

LONDON:

John Dryden (1631-1700) English poet, literary critic, translator, playwright, Poet Laureate

Joseph Addison (1672-1719) English essayist, poet, politician, co-founder of "The Spectator" magazine

Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729) Irish writer and politician, cofounder of "The Spectator" magazine

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet and cleric, remembered for many works including "Gulliver's Travels"

Henry Fielding (1707-1754) English novelist, dramatist, satirist, co-founder of the "Bow Street Runners"

David Garrick (1717-1779) English actor, playwright, theatre manager and producer

Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English poet, essayist, moralist, novelist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet, satirist

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America - a noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, soldier,and diplomat

VIENNA:

Karl Kraus (1874-1936) Austrian writer and journalist, known as a satirist, essayist, aphorist, playwright and poet

Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer

Peter Altenberg (1859-1919) Austrian writer and poet

Dr. Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931) Austrian author and dramatist

Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874-1929) Austrian novelist, librettist, poet, dramatist, narrator, and essayist

Felix Salten (1869-1945) Austrian writer, most famous work, "Bambi"

Kafka (1883-1924) Major fiction writer of the 20th century

BUDAPEST:

Kálmán Mikszáth (1847-1910) major Hungarian novelist, journalist, and politician

Sándor Bródy (1863-1924) Hungarian author and journalist

Zoltán Ambrus (1861-1932) Hungarian writer and translator

Endre Ady (1877-1919) Hungarian poet, considered one of the most important poets not only in the corpus of Hungarian literature but also in world literature

Frigyes Karinthy (1887-1938) Hungarian author, playwright, poet, journalist, and translator, the first proponent of the six degrees of separation concept

Dezso Kosztolányi (1885-1936) famous Hungarian poet and prose-writer

And there are so many more! Even today, you can see writers in coffeehouses. Some with laptops, others with good old paper and pen. Whatever kind of writer you are, you can keep your creations in a Writer's Notebook. Who inspires you? Maybe it's one of these great authors:

"Agatha Christie"

Featured Writer's Notebook at the Coffee House Gift Shop

Why not let a famous author's words inspire you? Slip a 6.5 x 8.75" Writer's Notebook into your purse or backpack so you're ready to jot down those important ideas on the spot. Agatha Christie is only one of the famous authors you'll find on this site. The perfect inspiration: famous authors writing about writing!

(Find it a little hard to read Agatha? Click on the notebook for a closer look.)


"Writer's Notebook - Agatha Christie" by JoieGirl

"Pearl S. Buck"

Featured Compact Writer's Notebook at the Coffee House Gift Shop

I just love the quotation by Pearl S. Buck about her writing philosophy! (If you can't read the quotation, just click on the notebook for a closer look.) The notebooks on this site are more compact - a mere 5 x 8". Perfect for writing on the go! And there are a whopping 34 authors' quotations to choose from! Some are serious, and some are funny. Prepare to be entertained.

"Robert Benchley"

Featured Writer's Notebook (binder) at the Coffee House Gift Shop

Robert Benchley was a funny man. According to Wikipedia, "Benchley produced over 600 essays,[81] which were initially compiled in twelve volumes, during his writing career.[82] He also appeared in a number of films, including 48 short treatments that he mostly wrote or co-wrote and numerous feature films.[83]"

Robert Benchley is only one of 30 authors whose quotations about writings are spotlighted on these binders, the perfect place to assemble your creative works.


"It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous."
"Writer's Notebook - Robert Benchley" by JoieGirl

More Coffee House Music for You to Enjoy - We've invited special musical guests to entertain you!

Here are some of our favorite Coffee House entertainers:

Bridget Fleming and friends (live at the Epicenter Cafe in San Francisco) give us a classic jazz rendition of "September in the Rain."

Jim and Jimmy Wright and Dave Brandeberry from The Depot Coffee House in Urbana, Ohio perform "All My Love In Vain" (a.k.a. "Love In Vain"), originally performed by blues king Robert Johnson (1911-1938). Sit back and enjoy!

Landon Pigg and his musical group perform "Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop."

photo courtesy of Mattastic and Creative Commons
photo courtesy of Mattastic and Creative Commons

We're always looking for yummy treats for our guests to enjoy with their coffee. This one is a family favorite that I know you'll enjoy - impossible to stop after one piece!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 lb. light brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups sifted flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Walnut Glaze

Instructions

  1. Beat together butter and shortening; gradually add sugars, creaming until mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Sift together the dry ingredients; add them alternately with the milk and vanilla to the creamed mixture. Stir in the nuts. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until done. Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and place it back on the rack over a piece of waxed paper. Pour the Walnut Glaze over the hot cake. If icing falls onto the waxed paper, scoop it up and put it back on the cake.
  2. WALNUT GLAZE:
  3. Cream 1 cup sifted powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons butter. Add 6 tablespoons of cream, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, and 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. Blend well.
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Coffee House Treats You Can Make at Home! from AMAZON - Check out these wonderful baking books to show you how!

Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague
Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague

Amazon review: Reading Rick Rodgers's Kaffeehaus is like strolling through the streets of three of the world's most romantic cities--Vienna, Budapest, and Prague--where the coffeehouse is the center of the universe and that little something sweet to go with your afternoon cup is considered high art . . . Though the book focuses exclusively on the impressive desserts found in coffeehouses, rather than those that are home-baked, Rodgers has developed recipes accessible enough for recreating such scrumptious treats in any home kitchen.

 
Afternoon Delights: Coffeehouse Favorites: Cookies & Coffee Cake, Brownies & Bars, Scones & More
Afternoon Delights: Coffeehouse Favorites: Cookies & Coffee Cake, Brownies & Bars, Scones & More

Product description: There's nothing more relaxing than dipping a crunchy Biscotti into a frothy cappuccino or nibbling on a giant Molasses Ginger Cookie with a cup of hot tea. These delicious goodies can now be whipped up at home thanks to the enticing recipes in Afternoon Delights. With easy-to-follow instructions and tips for foolproof results, novices and experts alike will dazzle friends and family with melt-in-your-mouth Russian Tea Cakes, Coconut Macaroons of just the right chewiness, and many more tasty coffeehouse treats.

 
Heirloom Baking with the Brass Sisters: More than 100 Years of Recipes Discovered from Family Cookbooks, Original Journals, Scraps of Paper, and Grandmother?s Kitchen
Heirloom Baking with the Brass Sisters: More than 100 Years of Recipes Discovered from Family Cookbooks, Original Journals, Scraps of Paper, and Grandmother?s Kitchen

Product Description - FINALIST FOR A JAMES BEARD AWARD IN THE BAKING/DESSERT CATEGORY

We all have fond memories of a favorite dessert our grandmother or mother used to bake. It's these dishes that give us comfort in times of stress, help us celebrate special occasions, and remind us of the person who used to bake for us those many years ago. In Heirloom Baking, Marilynn Brass and Sheila Brass preserve and update 150 of these beloved desserts.

 
Baking: From My Home to Yours
Baking: From My Home to Yours

Starred review: Greenspan, coauthor of books with culinary icons such as Julia Child (Baking with Julia), Daniel Boulud and Pierre Hermé, shares her favorite recipes in this tantalizing collection, which covers all the baking bases, from muffins, cookies and brownies to spoon desserts, pies and cobblers. Instructions are clear and easy to follow, and Greenspan uses everyday ingredients readily available to the home chef. Recipes like Perfection Pound Cake and All-American, All-Delicious Apple Pie convey a comfortable, almost homey, familiarity that will bring readers back to this collection again and again.

 
Baking Unplugged
Baking Unplugged

Product description: Tired of complicated baking recipes that call for expensive equipment, complicated techniques, and hard-to-find ingredients? Baking, Unplugged comes to the rescue with a collection of simple, back-to-basics recipes for everything from muffins and breakfast pastries to cookies, pies, cakes, and puddings. These are baked goods just like grandma used to make, made from scratch with basic ingredients and standard kitchen equipment.

 

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      Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Very good hub for coffee lovers. I really liked your first picture. Voted up. This appears to be your first hub. You made a good start.

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      @BodyHairRemoval: Then you must visit us again! Bring your friends! :)

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      BodyHairRemoval 3 years ago

      I'm such a coffee addict. I'd be lost without it.:)

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      Gayle Dowell 3 years ago from Kansas

      I love coffee, but it can be hard for a first timer to enter a coffee house.and order with confidence!

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      @julieannbrady: Wouldn't it be nice if Squidoo could invent a module that would let us send aromas through our lenses? Please visit us again, Julie! You're always welcome! :)

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      I'm so glad that I started drinking coffee again, after more than a two year hiatus. I so love the aroma and taste ... the darker, the better!

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      @ecogranny: Thank you, Grace! You honor me. Let me know when your lens is ready - I'd love to come and visit you there!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      P.S. Blue Bottle coffee IS really good.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      This is a fun lens for me, as I've also been working on a coffee house lens focused on my favorite spots in San Francisco. Thanks so much for doing it, and thank you for mentioning taking a reusable mug when we go for coffee.

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      @Craftymarie: How kind of you! You gave me a smile that will last all day!

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      Marie 3 years ago

      This might be one of the best coffee lenses I've visited - I love coffee. Well done!

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      @Aibrean82: Thanks so much! Come again soon! Bring your friends! :)

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      Aibrean82 3 years ago

      Wow! I can see you have spent a lot of time on this lens, and the result is a fun and entertaining (and educational) experience. Well done! (I-wish-I-had-thought-of-it-first....) ;)

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      @Lynn Klobuchar: Then we'll be watching for you every day! ;)

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      I need my coffee everyday!

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      I do love coffee - helps me think (and I need all the help I can get, ha).

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      Rob Hemphill 3 years ago from Ireland

      Yet another soul addicted to this wonderful bean.

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      @Jogalog: Smart girl! There are concerns about pregnant and nursing moms consuming caffeine. A few of them are listed at http://www.babycenter.com/caffeine-during-pregnanc... But if you're not nursing baby any more, enjoy your coffee.

      Actually, there are some pretty good decafs out there, too, as I've recently been discovering. :)

      I'm so happy you came for a visit! Hope to see you again!

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      Jogalog 3 years ago

      I have gone off coffee since becoming pregnant but I used to love it so much and I'm just getting to the stage where I feel I could drink it again. This has made me really crave a small shot of espresso!

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      @tonyleather: :)

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Coffee addict here too!

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @smine27: Absolutely! Chocolate scones are a specialty of the house! And please come again soon!

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @LisaAuch1: Ah... our favorite kind of customer - if you're addicted, you'll be back! ;) Thanks so much for coming!

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I have a Zazzle store. One of my mugs reads, "Coffee is not my cup of tea." (a quotation by Samuel Goldwyn) :D So it would appear that you are not alone, lol. So would you fancy a spot of tea? We certainly should have our non-coffee beverages displayed more prominently, shouldn't we? I'll try to remedy that. Great to see you here, inhaling the lovely aroma of fresh coffee brewing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a nice lens, you did a great job!

      I am part of that very small minority that don't drink coffee, but must admit, I do love the smell of fresh coffee brewing!

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      I am addicted to my coffee, away to put the kettle on now :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Wow, that was fun and made me want a nice cup of cappuccino. Could I have a chocolate scone with that please? :)

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @sybil watson: Thank you so much for complimenting us on the music! I love it, too, and wanted to share the ambiance with my "customers." It was a pleasure to have you here today. Come again soon!

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      Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

      Apple cider coffee ??? Hmmmm !!!

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      I love how you had the coffee house music at the beginning of the lens - it's such great music to listen to while reading this wonderful lens. I love coffee too, in fact I work in a school that's in the middle of Kona coffee plantations and we smell roasting coffee all winter long.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @SavioC: Thank you so much for coming! I hope to see you again soon! :)

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      There's a new coffee shop opened near my place and the owner worked at Costa Coffee earlier. He suggested me to try out Machiato and I had it at 7 in the evening & till 4 in the morning I just could not sleep but I really loved it. Coffee is a must for me and I guess I am going to have a strong cup now. I really liked the way you have presented this lens, I learnt a lot from the way you have made it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @rattie lm: Very interesting!

      It's strange how caffeine can be good for some things, bad for others. For example, it's thought that it can help to prevent Type 2 diabetes; on the other hand, once a person has become diabetic, caffeine intake can actually raise their blood sugar! So many diabetics choose to switch to decaf.

      Thank you so much for your comment!

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      Just a thought about decaf coffee. I read about a many who suddenly developed severe arthritis. His doctor asked if he'd changed his diet in any way. He couldn't think of anything, and then he remembered he'd switched to drinking decaf coffee. He stopped that and within weeks his arthritis had disappeared. Loved this lens.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @socialcx1: You think so? :) Thanks for visiting us today!

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      I think you really like your coffee. This is a wonderful lens. Thanks

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @othellos: What nice compliments, othellos! It means a lot coming from another real coffee lover. I'm still in the process of reading all your coffee lenses, and I'm so happy I discovered them! I am learning so much! Can't wait to try making my own Greek coffee!

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Excellent lens on coffee. You really achieved forcing your readers go for a cup of coffee right after finish reading this great stuff. Thanks for sharing:=)

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @mwiener: Well, I hope you went ahead and enjoyed your cup of coffee while visiting us! :)

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      mwiener 4 years ago

      Every time I read lens or articles about coffee, I always wanted a cup :)

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @BlogsWriter: Coming right up! :)

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      BlogsWriter 4 years ago

      Yummy, I want a hot cup of coffee now.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @anonymous: It was great to see you, Dave! Come again soon!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, Joie! I really enjoyed my visit to the Coffee House today.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @Zen Automat: I thought I spotted you, steaming mug in hand, wandering around, investigating everything! See you tomorrow! We always enjoy your visits! :)

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      Zen Automat 4 years ago

      I always love a visit to your lens while I'm drinking my first cup of the day. Wonderful information and atmosphere...

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks, jercow75. You're right. I can add music to the background - I just can't add the fun of friends being with you. :) Thank you for the compliment and for the visit. Hope you visit us again soon, and bring your friends!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You do put a lot of work into your lenses. Wow. It's a great place. You just need an online chat to add that feel of being with friends.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @Teapixie LM: How sweet of you! We enjoyed your visit, and hope you come again. You're welcome any time. :)

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      I love your coffee house! It`s fun and inviting - but so are you. :) Thanks for inviting me to drop in, it was worth my time.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Sounds like something we need to include in our Coffee House! I'd love to try it. Thank you so much for coming! Please visit us again soon. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am reading this and enjoying my very different but wonderful Turkish coffee. I live in Detroit half the year and can buy it off the shelf in a package in Wal-Mart in Arab Dearborn Michigan, no place else.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @takkhisa: Thank you!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I have found this lens very interesting. Well done!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @delia-delia: d-artist, I am honored that you enjoyed your visit to the Coffee House! Thank you so much for your blessing! I wish I could taste that good German coffee!

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! Thanks for sharing! The best coffee's I have ever where 3 places, Linz, Austria (at my aunts house) Dresden and in Berlin...I love my German afternoon coffee and cake time....well you get the picture!

      ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @JZinoBodyArt: *grin* I'm hard at work on my Tim Hortons module! :)

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      JZinoBodyArt 5 years ago

      @CoffeeWriter LM: <- Confessed Tim Horton's addict.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @CoffeeWriter LM: Thanks for visiting! I live in the US but I visit Canada frequently, and I've been to Tim Horton's several times. I can't wait to see what I write about it, either! ;)

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      CoffeeWriter LM 5 years ago

      Super lens, can't wait to see your write up on Tim Horton's. Still remember it when I was a kid growing up in Toronto, back then it was just a little local operation. Look at it now!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @crstnblue: You're so very welcome! And thank you for your blessing! :)

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      crstnblue 5 years ago

      Very nice and informative lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @LaraineRoses: Yes, we're constantly offering new things at the Coffee House. So happy you came! Come again soon and see what's new! :)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Wow! You have added a lot more information here since my last visit! Just swinging by here to refresh the SquidAngel blessing! Love this lens with the new theme!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @games_rush: Thank you so much for the compliment! We're constantly trying to make improvements, so please come and visit us again! :)

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      games_rush 5 years ago

      Wow, you have a great place here. first time I ever learn about a virtual coffee house.. :) nice one.. thank u

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @GramaBarb: I love having you visit! Come again soon! :)

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      GramaBarb 5 years ago from Vancouver

      I love your coffee house!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for the compliment! Come again soon!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Delightfully well served... Thanks for the cuppa! :)

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @favored: Isn't that interesting? Coffee houses and thinking people have made a wonderful combination for centuries! :)

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      It's true, there have been many good pieces of writing that began in a coffee house.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @SteveKaye: You are so welcome! That's what's so great about a virtual coffee house - each person can drink exactly the coffee he/she loves in the comfort of their home (or anywhere else) while visiting us here! :) Thanks for coming, and please visit us again!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I'm drinking a pot of coffee this morning while listening the Bach (the video above) and everything is good. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @FallenAngel 483: And we enjoyed having you! Come again soon, and bring your Dad. :)

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @KandH: Why, thank you! Come again soon! :)

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      FallenAngel 483 5 years ago

      Very interesting coffee house history. My Dad loves his coffee. Nice lens I enjoyed looking.

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      KandH 5 years ago

      I love coffee and the way you've brought all this together!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @Jazroockfree: Thank you! Isn't coffee wonderful??? Please visit us again soon.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: That's really amazing! But to visit us, you don't have to travel any farther than your laptop. *smile* I'm so happy you stopped by. Thank you for the angel dust!

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      Jazroockfree 5 years ago

      Great lens!I love coffee, especially when rain and cold air. Good!Thanks for information and sharing.Success for you.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I've enjoyed my stay at your virtual coffee house. I remember when Starbucks was only in Washington state. I always brought coffee back when I visited friends in Seattle. Now there's one a block from my house -- and 4 within walking distance!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @LaraineRoses: Thank you, sweet Laraine!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      This angel is flying backwards to come have another look at your beautiful lens. Lookin' good!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @Millionairemomma: And we enjoyed so much having you! Please come again!

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      What a cool idea! Virtual coffee house. The Internet and squidoo has become my caffeine to be honest lately. I enjoyed so much all the photos and reading your lens.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @LaraineRoses: Thank you, angel. It's always a pleasure when you visit us! :)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Back to give this aromatic lens another squid-angel blessing.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @whats4dinner: Me, too! :D Thanks so much for your visit!

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      I love coffee and your lens has made me aware of just how much. Kudos!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @TTMall: Why, thank you!

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      great lens!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @pinkrenegade lm: Thank you! That's our goal! :)

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      Am a coffee addict and this definitely tantalized my taste buds!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @OhMe: Thanks so much for coming! Please come again, and tell your friends about us!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Yes, ma'am! :) Would you like a few sprinkles or a dusting of cinnamon on top?

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love Coffee so thoroughly enjoyed this lens.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I never learned to drink coffee. I'll have a cocoa, please, with lots of whipped cream on the top.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @Board-Game-Brooke: Don't tell anyone, but we brew an awesome cup of Earl Grey! ;)

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      C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

      I'm a tea drinker myself, but I enjoyed your lens. I'd never seen a picture of a coffee plant before!