Coffee is a drink brewed from roasted coffee beans, which are seeds of berries from flowering Coffea plants. Coffee plants are now grown and the beans cultivated in numerous countries worldwide, but they are primarily grown in Southeast Asia, India, Africa, and equatorial regions of South and Central America.

The seeds are roasted, ground and then brewed with hot water to produce the final drink. Coffee preparation comes in numerous forms (such as French press, pour over, espresso, and individual single serving plastic cups that are bad for the environment). Coffee is usually dark in color, with slight acidity and a mild but bitter taste, but it can be served in numerous ways depending on temperature preference (hot versus iced) and additives (sugar, milk, cream).

Coffee is a major source of exports and income for growing nations, and demand for coffee is currently at an all time high. There has been some controversy over trade practices between developed and developing nations, and thus fair-trade coffee policies have been enacted industry-wide to ensure equity.

Coffee is also known for its stimulating effects, due to the generous amount of caffeine per cup. While there are also numerous health benefits to drinking a small amount per day, coffee is also used as a sobering stimulant for those who have excessively indulged in the other categories and topics presented on this site.

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Review and Recipes: Sunup Green Coffee

By Kim Richards | January 30, 2017 |

What’s green coffee? It’s coffee made using green, unroasted coffee beans in the brewing process. Sunup, which makes this beverage, says green coffee is good for your stomach, rich in antioxidants, gluten free, and organic. Sunup (generally consumed cold) comes lightly sweetened with sugar, though it still boasts to be only 80 calories. The natural caffeine…

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Review: Counting Sheep Coffee

By Christopher Null | March 10, 2015 |

Once you reach a certain age, the idea of drinking coffee after dinner starts to sound insane. And yet it still sounds appealing to kick back with a cup of Java after a delightful meal while you share the molten lava cake. Enter Counting Sheep, a novelty coffee producer that actually wants that late night…

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Review: Magnum Exotics Coffee

By Christopher Null | November 17, 2013 |

Magnum Exotics recently debuted its new line of coffees in California, with a national expansion on the way. The company behind these products is a major private label coffee supplier, but this is its first original brand being marketed directly to the public. Thoughts on two of these offerings follow. Magnum Exotics Organic Fogcutter Dark…

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Review: Camus Coffee

By Christopher Null | July 25, 2013 |

We love Camus’ Cognac. Now the company is doing a brand extension unlike any other I’ve ever seen: into coffee. Per the company: Coffee is a natural next step for CAMUS:  similarly to Cognac, coffee is an agricultural product strongly influenced by terroir, judicious harvesting, fermentation, application of heat, and – most of all –…

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Review: Good Earth Coffee

By Christopher Null | March 14, 2009 |

Been checking out the three offerings from new organic coffee outfit Good Earth. Again, this isn’t a coffee-centric blog, but I drink enough of it to know a good cup from a bad one. The Good Earth brand dates back to 1972, dedicated to healthy and delicious food and drink. Now delving into coffee, the…

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Review: Weaver’s Coffee “The Blend”

By Christopher Null | February 17, 2008 |

We haven’t reviewed coffee on this blog yet, but a pack of Weaver’s beans showed up out of the blue… we had to try them once we opened the bag! John Weaver is a former master roaster for Peet’s Coffee, a San Francisco institution and the only real competitor to Starbucks in these parts. He’s…

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