All About Coffee
Coffee is a drink that is prepared by brewing coffee beans. Despite its name, the coffee bean is actually a seed within the red berries of the coffee plant. Most coffee beans come from Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa, but they've become popular all over the world.
The story goes that coffee was discovered by a sheep herder in Ethiopia. He noticed that his sheep would become energetic after ingesting coffee beans off of the coffee plant. So the herder tried some himself, and he began to feel the same effects as the sheep. While the herder was scolded by Ethiopian monks when they first found out about the beans, they began to eat them quite often because of their stimulating effects.
Coffee tends to give individuals an energy boost because of its high caffeine content. While some believe that the effect wears off when drinking coffee becomes a daily habit, it’s still one of the most-consumed beverages in the world. Coffeehouses have now become some of the most popular chains in the world!
Coffee is prepared in a variety of ways all over the world, but here are some of the most popular ways:
Espresso – This is prepared by shooting hot, pressurized water through finely ground coffee. This drink is extremely strong, and shots of it are used in many other popular coffee drinks.
Espresso Granita with Whipped Cream
Cocoa Espresso Trainwreck Smoothie
Chilled Espresso Custard
Breve – To prepare this drink, first add espresso, then half-and-half and top off with foam.
Cappuccino – This frothy drink is popular all over Europe. Begin by adding espresso, then milk and top off with lots of foam.
Cappuccino on Ice
Americano – This drink is made with espresso and topped with water. The water is used to dilute the strong espresso flavor.
Mocha – This drink is sweeter than the rest. It’s made with espresso, chocolate syrup, milk and whipped cream.
Café Latte – The drink is made with espresso, steamed milk and lots of foam.
Honey Bee Latte
Starbucks Eggnog Latte
Not every likes to drink coffee though. Some find the taste too bitter and prefer to sip on tea or soda instead. But these individuals don’t always realize that there are tons of ways to eat coffee! You read that right! Coffee is an ingredient in lots of desserts and sauces.
Here are some of our favorite recipes:
Coffee Praline Muffins
Kona Coffee Pepper Steak
Crumb Coffee Cake
Brisket in Coffee-Barbecue Sauce
Slow Cooked Coffee Beef Roast