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The Inside Scoop About Your Morning Cafe Coffee

Written on December 24, 2014, Wednesday, it was about Food, Fun Stuff and it received 0 comment

Discover surprising, sometimes odd, facts about coffee and learn unusual new ways to enjoy that cup of Joe. :)

It’s an American obsession. Every weekday morning, thousands of people wait in line to order the special cup of coffee that makes getting up worthwhile. Unimaginable thirty years ago. Coffee shops and baristas were nonexistent. Now there are over 50,000 coffee shops bring in more than $18 billion dollars annually in the United States.

So you enjoy that barista-crafted gourmet nonfat latte, but how much do you really know about this tasty, invigorating beverage? Some of these strange but true coffee facts may surprise you.

Coffee and Bacon…and Cats

Creme Puff the cat is a record holder. She is not around anymore but, according to the 2010 Guinness World Records, was the longest-lived cat ever recorded. Her owner, Jake Perry, of Austin, Texas, also owned Granpa, a cat who lived to the ripe old age of 34. Perry fed his cats an unusual diet that was most certainly not recommended by his vet: Every morning, the cats ate bacon, eggs, asparagus and broccoli along with a bit of coffee. Folgers was Granpa’s favorite, according to Perry.

Coffee and bacon are paired together in Boca Java’s Maple Bacon Morning Coffee. Reviewers frequently mention its pleasing aroma and smooth taste. Of course, there’s also Joy the Baker’s Coffee Bacon Sandwich. Some people can’t get too much coffee and bacon.

Instant Coffee: A Presidential Invention?

George Washington invented the first mass-produced instant coffee. No, not THAT George Washington. This George Washington, whose first brand was called “Red E Coffee,” came up with his invention for American soldiers in WWI. The brew, according to most, didn’t taste very good, but soldiers in the trenches loved it.

Theodore Roosevelt had, according to his son, a coffee cup that was “more in the nature of a bathtub.” Roosevelt reportedly drank a gallon of coffee a day. He was also instrumental in helping Maxwell House come up with its famous slogan. One day when Roosevelt and Andrew Jackson were having coffee together, Roosevelt exclaimed, “Good to the last drop.”

The Cup of Joe Conspiracy

Where did the term “Cup of Joe” come from? It’s a good question. Theories abound, but no one knows for sure. Some think it started in the Navy in 1914. That’s when Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels prohibited alcohol on Navy vessels. The strongest drink left on board was coffee. Using a play on Daniels’ first name, the sailors started calling coffee a “cup of Joe.”

A second theory is that “Joe” is a combined, shortened version of two slang terms, java and jamoke. In fact, jamoke is a combination of java and mocha.

The third theory is also based on slang usage. First appearing in the English lexicon in approximately 1846, “Joe” was slang for the common man; therefore a “cup of Joe” became the drink of the common man. The term “cup of Joe” first appeared in the English language lexicon in 1930.

The Life of the Barista

The word barista is the Italian word for bartender. In the United States, baristas are the coffee shop artists who make your custom cup of coffee in the morning. It’s not easy being a barista. It takes a lot of patience to make coffee for people who haven’t had their first cup in the morning yet. Many baristas are college grads and have attended barista school. It takes time to become great, but top-level baristas compete in contests. There is even a United States Barista Championship. Who knows? You may be getting your favorite cup of coffee from the champ.

You Put What in Your Coffee?

People put some awfully strange things in coffee. How does smoked salmon cream cheese sound? Probably not good, but there are some additives that may appeal to your palate. Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg are tasty additions. Some swear that the taste of crushed bananas in coffee is heaven. Cocoa powder gives coffee a richer flavor. Ice cream in your cup turns a hot summer day into a delight. Scandinavian people like to mix a raw egg with the coffee grounds, believing it clarifies the coffee and gives it a sublime color.

Coffee: The Legend

It all started with dancing goats, or so the legend goes. Shepherds in Ethiopia discovered that after their goats ate coffee berries, from whence the seeds that are coffee beans come, the goats became lively and started dancing. African tribes originally ate coffee berries, which gave them an edible form of energy. Coffee is the second most traded commodity on the face of the earth. The first is oil.

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Blogging Characters On The Go!

Written on October 1, 2014, Wednesday, it was about Characters, Updates and it received 1 comment

This post comprises of two old posts from Eternity Creative, a website that is no more that I ran from 2009 to 2011.

Jumping Character, w00t!

Image courtesy of Boians Cho Joo Young at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Since it’s a time of creativity burst for yours truly, I thought it was better to list the last sweethearts who have a new online presence rather than starting with a Character Spotlight.

This listing contains 6 characters and a short profile of each of them.

** Thanks to all of the wonderful people who hosted my Characters in the past! Love you girls and guys! :love:

Alysha @ alysha.mwahh.net
Alysha is a special 15 years old robot shapeshifter girl from Electronia. :) She lives at the Delea City Orphanage, but she is special because Jack Par and Luana (myself LOL ) adopted her and a few other orphans from the same institution on October 27th, 2010. Alysha is a sweetheart, she loves cats and pink kawaii stuff, reading novels and watching TV. She can get quite sensitive at times, and she often cries out of loneliness; but when she feels better, she’ll work hard to make you feel better. See why she’s a sweetheart?

Aquagear @ aquagear.pure-star.net
A little Explorabot who’s an orphan living at the Delea City Orphanage, on Electronia. He was 10 years old in 2010, when Jack Par and Luana adopted him. He used to live at the institute because he lost his parents during a terrorist attack. He’s a good boy, a bit of a joker at times, but very sensitive and considerate of others and their feelings. He’s also a loyal friend to both offline and online buddies.

Phelian @ yume-jin.org
A much recent character, who fully belongs to the Berter family. Phelian is the only daughter of Redder Max, adopted son of Advancer One Berter, the legendary leader of the Explorabots. Phelian is 8 years old, and a smart little girl. Her lively personality allows her to make many friends anywhere she goes, but sometimes that cannot hide the great pain she carries in her heart, as she had a chance to meet her father before her 8th year of life. She grew up with a ‘father-complex’, so now that her dad is back in her life, she feels very much attached to him, and strongly jealous if anyone approaches her father too closely.

Ranth @ dixy-pixy.org
Ranth is a special kid in the Berter family, because… he’s a Gargoyle! :D Luana and Jack Par found him on Electronia, at a refugee center; he was abandoned by his corrupted clan when he was only 1 year old and had lived at the center all his life. Ranth was 8 years old in 2009, and he integrated well with his new adoptive family. He’s sweet, caring, protective of his siblings and parents, and very loyal to all of his friends. A true little Gargoyle. ;) Now his parents found a way for him not to turn to stone during the day, so he can better enjoy his family life.

Kylia @ pinksesa.net
Kylia was a little Explorabot orphan who was adopted by the Berter family in 2010. She used to live at the Delea City Orphanage, on Electronia, together with Alysha, Spindle and Oran Slate. She was 13 years old in 2010, when she started blogging. Kylia suffers from a metabolic illness that doesn’t let allow her transform, so she’s always been emarginated in the shapeshifting society of Electronia. Kylia is sweet, sensitive, considerate and introverse. She has a crush on Ironbreaker but she hasn’t told him yet.

Talla @ talla.beloved.nu
Now, it’s time to introduce a new Robocity World character. :) Talla was 14 years old in 2010, a bit loud girl but very sweet nonetheless. She came to Robocity because her creators decided to stop all their All Life projects and abandon AI experiments definitely, and they sent her to Robocity to let her build a new life for herself rather than abandoning her. Though she was hurt by this, she understood that they were still caring about her, and was grateful for their last decision. Talla took a while to integrate herself well in her new environment, but her cheerful character soon caught many Robocitans’ hearts, to the extent that they voted her to Leadership election in 2014. Talla is the first robot woman to become a Leader in Robocity.

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