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How do you take yours?

Many people start their day with a hot cup of coffee. The United States is the largest consumer of coffee, consuming about 400 million cups each day. How do you take yours?

Coffee - philosophy for everyone : grounds for debate
edited by Scott F. Parker and Michael W. Austin.
Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
Offering philosophical insights into the popular morning brew, Coffee -- Philosophy for Everyone kick starts the day with an entertaining but critical discussion of the ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and culture of coffee. Matt Lounsbury of pioneering business Stumptown Coffee discusses just how good coffee can be Caffeine-related chapters cover the ethics of the coffee trade, the metaphysics of coffee and the centrality of the coffee house to the public sphere Includes a foreword by Donald Schoenholt, President at Gillies Coffee Company
     
Onward : how Starbucks fought for its life without losing its soul
by Howard Schultz with Joanne Gordon.
Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale, c2011.
In 2008, Howard Schultz, the president and chairman of Starbucks, made the unprecedented decision to return as the CEO eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company and became chairman. Concerned that Starbucks had lost its way, Schultz was determined to help it return to its core values and restore not only its financial health, but also its soul. In Onward, he shares the remarkable story of his return and the company's ongoing transformation under his leadership, revealing how, during one of the most tumultuous economic times in history, Starbucks again achieved profitability and sustainability without sacrificing humanity. ¬  Offering readers a snapshot of a moment in history that left no company unscathed, the book zooms in to show, in riveting detail, how one company struggled and recreated itself in the midst of it all. The fastpaced narrative is driven by day-to-day tension as conflicts arise and lets readers into Schultz's psyche as he comes to terms with his limitations and evolving leadership style. Onward is a compelling, candid narrative documenting the maturing of a brand as well as a businessman. ¬  Onward represents Schultz's central leadership philosophy: It's not just about winning, but the right way to win. Ultimately, he gives readers what he strives to deliver every day--a sense of hope that, no matter how tough times get, the future can be just as or more successful than the past, whatever one defines success to be.
     
Coffee talk : the stimulating story of the world's most popular brew
Morton Satin.
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2011.
In this entertaining yet comprehensive book, a food expert traces the history of coffee, showing how coffee consumption evolved to fit the social and economic needs of different times.
     
Coffee and cake : enjoy the perfect cup of coffee, with dozens of delectable recipes for cafŤ treats
Rick Rodgers ; photographs by Ben Fink.
New York : William Morrow, c2010.
What better way to welcome friends and family than with a steaming cup of coffee and some delectable cake? In Coffee and Cake , acclaimed cookbook author Rick Rodgers presents dozens of recipe pairings for these classic and inseparable components. Rodgers starts with coffee, teaching the basics, from choosing the perfect beans to brewing a fabulous cup or pot. And he offers a selection of delicious international treats, both hot and iced, that can be whipped up at home-from Spiced Mocha and Thai Iced Coffee to a Coffee Frappe and even an Espresso Martini. Rodgers then provides an array of recipes for delicious cakes designed to be savored with coffee, whether it's for a special after-dinner dessert or a get-together with family, neighbors, or friends. Whip up a simple and rustic treat like Apple-Cranberry Ginger Loaf for a coffee klatsch. Indulge the young and the young at heart with Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Ganache. Here, too, are American-style cakes sure to bring back wonderful childhood memories, including Angel Food Cake with Coffee Cream, as well as Chocolate-Strawberry Sachertorte and more elaborate creations worthy of a European caf . So make that next cup special-serve up a wonderful helping from Coffee and Cake .
     

Coffee is prepared from the roasted seeds (beans) of the one of several species of coffee plant. One of these species Coffea arabica is considered by many to produce the best coffee of the commercially grown coffee species.

Interestingly, coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia where it was growing wild. Currently, coffee plants are cultivated in many parts of the world including Java, Sumatra, India, Arabia, Vietnam, Hawaii, Mexico, Central and South America. Brazil is the top world producer of coffee beans.There are over 100 types of coffees sold worldwide by coffee producers.

The niche of marketing flavored coffees has increased coffee consumption. The rich aroma added by cinnamon, French vanilla, or chocolate cream creates a pleasing atmosphere when sipping a nice, hot, brewed cup of flavored coffee.

Caffeine Comparative (mg)

1c brewed coffee 100
1 shot expresso 80-100
1c instant coffee 70
1c decaffeinated coffee 1-5
1c tea 40
1 can caffeinated soda 38-45
1c cocoa 5

Many coffee lovers enjoy it because coffee contains caffeine, a substance that acts as a stimulant on the nervous system. Some people prefer to drink a decaffinated coffee in order to drink coffee and not have it as a stimulant. The benefits and hazards of all types of coffee continue to be debated.

Ask people 'how do you take yours?' and you will get many different answers.

  • Some like their coffee from lightly roasted coffee beans; other coffee drinkers want theirs roasted medium or dark. Espresso drinkers look forward to the darkest roasts.
  • The degree of roasting is not the only difference. Do you like your coffee hot or cold; dripped, perculated, or instant?Do you want it without anything in it; or do you ask for milk, cream, sugar, or one of the many flavors that are now added to coffee?
  • And don't forget the coffee fans of latte or cappuccino. The blending of expresso coffee and steamed milk help create a delicious and soothing blend to enjoy.

Whatever your preference, coffee lovers abound in busy cafes or coffeehouses around the world. The conversations found here are likely to be as stimulating as the coffee.

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Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff