NPR actually posted two coffee-related articles last Tuesday, I’m featuring Journey Of A Speciality Coffee Bean, From Cherry To Cup. If you’re going to overpay for a cup of coffee, at least it’s nice to know you’re helping someone, somewhere besides corporate America.
P.S. If I ever have a daughter, I want to name her Miguelina.
National Public Radio (NPR) did a great news series last week on coffee. I’ll be posting a link to one story per day.
The Monday’s article, How Coffee Brings The World Together, talks briefly about a shift in the global supply-demand dynamic of coffee.
You can click the link above to read or listen to the story. I highly recommend listening, because there’s a fun pop-culture quiz at the end that’s not in the article text. I got 6 out of 8. How’d you do?
Seriously, what is the deal with Coffee-Mate? What is it that makes those flavors so addictive? As if regular coffee wasn’t addictive enough! Mentally, I know it is bad for me. It is essentially a quart of chemicals from a lab, after all – but I CAN”T SAY NO. Because coffee is the ONLY thing that gives me energy and now it tastes like joy and world peace.
It’s the holidays, I’ve decided. Coffee-Mate only releases the best flavors around Christmas: Pecan Praline, Sugar Cookie, Eggnog Latte (yes, eggnong. It’s like caffeinated Christmas in your mouth, I’m telling you). Then, once you are hooked, they take it all away, and you go into a buying frenzy sampling all their other flavors, trying to recreate the magic that is Pumpkin Spice.
Eventually (like in June) I will stop buying Coffee-Mate, and go back to my boring unsweetened coffee and milk. And then Christmas will come around, like it always does, and the madness will start all over again. It’s tradition.
Wired Magazine’s article on caffeine includes an awesome infographic on all the ways you can consume caffeine. Apparently, too much caffeine can kill you … Good to know! I think I’ll stick with coffee, though. Seems safe enough. Also, chocolate. Mmmmm.