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Three coffee websites you should know about

Want to know more about coffee culture and news? Here’s three sites I regularly read in order to stay up-to-date:

1. Sprudge 
It connects with reporters all around the world and has some amazing reviews about local coffee shops in big cities. I absolutely love their work!

2. Coffee Review 

You can read about espresso reviews, find some well written tasting articles or get some information about everyday news on coffee.

3. International Coffee organization 

The ICO is an intergovernmental institution established in 1963 with the help of United-Nations. It enhances collaboration between nations that consume, produce and distribute coffee and has its own blog.

If you know some other interesting and legitimate websites, feel free to share them 😉


How much will coffee cost you in Paris

  Paris… We all love it. 
In case you’ve ever wondered what’s the coffee price in Paris, here’s a chart published by Le Figaro that will give you the idea.

Location, location location! The places on the top are mostly saloons or “brasseries” (=bar/restaurant/brewery) that are very popular, thus the price is so high.
For instance, this is how “Le train bleu” looks like. Stunning, right?

My advice is to find the restaurant with the most perfect view of the city and the best quality coffee and just enjoy the one-time moment. You’ll worry about the price later 😉

First official coffee tasting post

Haven’t posted anything for a while and there’s a valid reason behind my absence : law ! As a law student I don’t have many privileges and my free time is limited. However, what I do have is a good excuse for things I’m too lazy to do 😉

Nevertheless, during my “vacation” I gathered some material for this blog and thought about where I want to take it. As you may or may not know, I live in France where coffee culture is just starting to develop. Bordeaux is known worldwide for the wine but we don’t have Starbucks. Instead, there are some amazing coffee shops which I am planning to visit and write about here. I also noticed some new coffees in my nearby supermarket and decided to do some coffee tasting on my own. Here are the results:


General impression :

It changed the way I see coffee. My tasting skills aren’t so sophisticated but I do know that I felt a red peppery note. The taste lingered in my mouth for hours and it was sweet and peppery and spicy.

About the coffee:

It’s a 100% Arabica, labeled with the Max Havelaar and Bio logo. This means that the company, Meo, is a member of a fair trade organization that helps producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions.
10728600_10154746705055015_763032375_n (2)Specifics:

I must admit, I was pretty surprised when I felt peppers in my coffee. Though the picture is black and white, coffee isn’t.

Ratings * :

Aroma (the way coffee smelled): 4

Sweetness: 5 (it was so lovely)

Taste (acidity/sourness): 3 (the sweetness was stronger than the acidity)

Body: 4 (it was well balanced, not too creamy not too thin)

Bitterness: 5 (it had a rough finish)

Aftertaste: 3 (sweetness, spicy/peppery feeling on my tongue stayed for hours → not a pepper fan, but it was a new taste and I always appreciate new things)

*I’m not a professional, these notes are based on how the coffee tasted to me.

Where did coffee come from?

Have you ever asked yourself who invented coffee? The stories about how we all got to drink this delicious drink are fascinating!  One legends says that an Ethiopian herdsman noticed that his goats had more energy after eating some sort of berries. He gave these berries to the monks who threw them into the fire and of course, the beans started roasting and the monks obviously fell in love with the smell. Then, they put the beans in water (perhaps to cool them off) and noticed the change of color. Naturally they drank it and liked it and voila!

The other legend mentions a certain Sheik Aboul Hasan whose disciple, Omar, was exiled from Mocha to a desert cave near Ousab. He found some bitter berries and tried roasting the beans to improve the flavor, but they became hard. He then tried boiling them to soften the bean, which resulted in a fragrant brown liquid. Upon drinking the liquid Omar was revitalized and sustained for days. As stories of this “miracle drug” reached Mocha, Omar was asked to return and was made a saint. (source: Wikipedia)

Coffee was first enjoyed in Africa and Arabia. Mocha (a port city in Yemen) was the major marketplace for coffee from the 15th century until the early 18th century. In this age, coffee was primarily enjoyed by the Muslim world (‘cos they couldn’t drink alcohol). Muslim ambassadors came to Europe with coffee beans as gifts to kings and queens, thus coffee spread throughout Europe. From there the colonizers (french, dutch… ) brought it to The New World (Martinique, Latin America, etc).
map-made-from-coffe-beansMaybe coffee was discovered not so long ago but it didn’t take long for it to spread throughout the world. Today we all drown in coffee and can’t imagine our lives without it. 18424-I-Love-Coffee