What is it with writers and coffee shops? Is there anything about the ambiance of coffee shops that inspires writing or have writers just found a convenient way to get their usual coffee dose without having to go anywhere else? Whatever it is that responsible for this, it looks like coffee shops can be considered the new writers’ nook of today.
Coffee is a very common image seen on Instagram. This maybe because this beverage has really become a part of life for many people. It is as if there are ongoing photo challenges to come up with the most interesting coffee picture of all time.
Starting the Day
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There must be about the morning while sipping coffee that inspires people to take pictures of these moments. Coffee when pictured with a newspaper is a common representation of a person’s start of the day. The results are often interesting because of the attachment to the time and date element. Read more
How many times have you found yourself looking for a spoon, a wooden stick, or a plastic stirrer to stir your coffee? It is easy enough to find those at home but when you’re in your office or in your car wanting to drink coffee, those things may not be easily found. The self-stirring mug might just be what you are looking for.
A Simple Device
The self-stirring mug is actually a very simple device. It proposes to stir coffee for you through a whirring disc found at the bottom of the mug. This disc is activated by a stir button found on the handle of the mug.
This mug can be used with other beverages aside from coffee such as tea, cocoa, or soup. This can be seen by some as one of the contraptions made for lazy people but hey, some people can be really very busy to want something like this. With so much work to be done, sometimes the simple task of stirring coffee while handling so many things at the same time can be more challenging than it should be. Read more
There are ads that we don’t notice and there are some that will get our attention no matter what. From the time coffee was commercialized, there have been a lot of advertisements that came our way. Here are some of the more eye-catching among them.
We start off with a literally eye-catching ad on print – an eye being held open by what looks like a match stick with the question “Burning the midnight oil?”. This is of course in direct allusion to the wake-up powers of coffee especially for those who need to work all through the night. The ad likewise suggests that not any coffee will do except for Starbucks.
If only for the cringe effect that this image provides to viewers, it certainly catches wanted attention. What’s more is the image’s suitability to the accompanying text “The bite of coffee”. With the word bite effectively expressing two meanings at the same time, viewers will find it hard to forget that coffee can bite as fiercely as that crawler.
This ad actually comes in several versions and characters. Different as they may be in characterization, they all send a message that everyone needs morning coffee. The failure to have one will result to this obviously awkward juxtaposition of people.
More eye-catching for its text than its image, this ad again alludes to the incredible wake-up property of coffee. This just demonstrates the many ways advertisers can choose to treat one idea. With the very limited time an ad has to catch the attention of consumers, it will have to use an eye-catching image or a provocative message to accomplish it.
Chase and Sanborn
This is a vintage coffee ad that served its purpose during a certain period where this scene was possible. Many vintage coffee ads seem to indirectly relate good coffee with domestic bliss. I wonder how applicable that is today.
There is absolutely no reason not to dress up coffee to fit the Christmas spirit. I’m thinking why not since coffee is a good hot drink as any during this season. Here are some I found in the Internet:
Before we go to the actual coffee beverage, here is an interesting way to arrange coffee beans while making your accompanying greetings. Now off to the looks of Christmas coffee.
Christmas Sweater Mug
This is unmistakably Christmas sweater wrapping a hot mug of coffee. If Christmas sweaters protect us from the cold, this mug sweater protects our hands from the heat. Double purpose?
Christmas Tree and Stars on Coffee
There is something so wonderful about looking at coffee with Christmas symbols. Does it make the coffee warmer? Maybe so, in emotions.
Coffee in Snowman Cups
If this doesn’t shout Christmas coffee, I don’t know what will. Snowman, marshmallows, and coffee with snow-like top…what more can we ask for? We can never go wrong with Christmas-themed cups to lift the spirits.
Christmas Coffee Cups
For coffee to go, Christmas coffee cups are commonly seen during this season. It admittedly adds cheer to the atmosphere while drinking coffee. Take special note of the sleeve design which can be custom-made.
Coffee with Christmas Cookie
When coffee comes with a Christmas cookie, it definitely is Christmas. This provides so much comfort and is reminiscent of simple Christmas celebrations at home. This is what simple pleasures are made of.
Whether prepared at home or bought in commercial coffee shops, the looks of Christmas coffee can be seen everywhere, reminding us that coffee can be very much a part of Christmas celebrations. Coffee and Christmas do not usually go together but many are discovering that coffee beverage can be reinvented many times over for the holidays.
Drinking coffee alone allows coffee drinkers the luxury of doing some worthwhile read. Having no pressure at all to make small talk or engage in lengthy conversation with anyone over a cup of coffee, we can consider a lot of reading options for some relaxing time. So what can offer the best reads during this time?
Your Favorite Newspaper
Most of us know coffee as something to be eaten or drank, depending on the preparation. Not a few would be surprised that coffee has a lot of many other uses, some more unusual than the rest. Let us check five of these.
Whether it is to dye hair in rich coffee brown color or dye a shirt or any piece of clothing which has been stained by coffee anyway, coffee provides the perfect natural dying substance for the best results. With a pot of coffee that has been cooled from hot to warm, use the contents and leave on hair for about 20 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
Come up with your 0ne-of-a-kind tie-dyed clothing piece by using coffee as a substitute for textile color. Every piece will come out different from the rest. Your hair on the other hand will not be subjected to harsh chemicals to have color.
Scouring and Cleaning Element
Ground coffee is naturally abrasive though more on the light side. It is highly suitable for use in on greasy and grime-stained objects. You can be sure it would be much gentler on your hands than commercial cleaning agents and while smelling good too.
Dried ground coffee can be used as deodorizer in the refrigerator or any part of the house. It readily absorbs offensive strong smells similar to that accomplished by coal and baking soda although on a lower scale. The coffee smell itself provides such an enticing atmosphere to any place.
Ants and some other insects purposely avoid coffee which works as an effective repellent. Again, use of poisonous chemicals is avoided by opting to use coffee. Of course this option is not advisable for body use.
Plant Food and Protection
Some plants including azaleas and evergreen grow better when coffee or whatever is left in the morning cup is poured on its soil. It is also suitable for compost making. Coffee also repels maggots and other insects that may possibly attack the plants.
Who among the famous celebrities cannot do without their coffee? Like most people, these famous people are not immune to the alluring taste of this beverage. Let us try to look into the coffee drinking habits of the stars we adulate.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a way we can roast, grind, and brew coffee in one machine? Having a machine like this will give a whole new dimension to convenience coffee without relying on the instant version. Thanks to Kickstarter, the world may just have its very first fully working roast-grind-brew coffee machine.
Coffee is a beverage that is widely consumed in many places all over the world. Still, it is interesting to know in which places coffee is consumed the most. Would it be safe to say that the top producer is also the top consumer?
Top Coffee Producers and Consumers
The infographic above shows Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia, Indonesia, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and Honduras as the top coffee producers. On the other side of the equation are top consumers consisting of Finland, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Looking at these two lists, it seems that a top producer does not automatically represent a top consumer.
Isn’t it interesting to note that all top coffee consumers are not even among the top producers of coffee? Does that mean to say that people tend to consume more of a product which they do not not produce? It is either that or the people in these countries just simply love their coffee.
The Top Coffee Consumers
Finland is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It used to be part of Sweden and was at one time in history under Russian rule. Finnish cuisine combines traditional and contemporary style cooking. Wholemeal products as well as milk and its derivatives are commonly used in food and drinks.
The Finns consume twice as much coffee as most Europeans. This liking for coffee is related to various customs and beliefs unique to their culture. Coffee was first sold in pharmacies and thus was seen more as medicine for headache, depression, and heart disease. It was the upper and middle class who first took to drinking coffee as a beverage to keep up with a trend in Europe.
They prefer lighter roasted coffee which goes very well with the good quality of water in the country. The water is said to be able to extract the flavor of the coffee very well. The older generation have a peculiar way of drinking coffee wherein they prefer to pour coffee from the cup to the saucer so cooling will be faster. Instant coffee does not enjoy much patronage in Finland and it has always been brewed coffee for them.
The only people who love coffee more than Norwegians are the Finns. Visiting family is interestingly referred to as “going for coffees” because visits were characterized by eating cakes and drinking lots of coffee.
Many celebrations in Iceland are done over coffee. Even afternoon tea is referred to as “coffee”. People in Iceland certainly love their coffee as well.