Coffee State BeingFor coffee drinkers, a morning cup of Joe is non-negotiable. It might be a coffee to-go from the deli or a cold brew you’ve steeped for hours. Whatever it is, you don’t question it, you don’t fight it, you just get it. For coffee lovers, this morning ritual (which may also take place in the afternoon) is sacred.

The bottom line is, coffee is a serious matter to those who care about it. And with any serious matter, certain truths come to light every so often that may be difficult to face. For fans of watermelon, it might be startling to know that watermelon is a berry. (So too is an avocado.) Pizza lovers might be surprised by the fact that Hawaiian pizza was invented by a Canadian. Some food truths are easier to swallow than others, and luckily for coffee drinkers, the truth about coffee isn’t as terrible as say, the fact that there might be trace amounts of insect fragments in your peanut butter.

Isla Bell Murray over at The Bold Italic has laid out some truths about coffee that every coffee drinker should face. They’re not all bad, but they’re pretty darn accurate.
Read more: www.thebolditalic.com

Pluma HidalgoPluma Hidalgo is a Zapotec mountain village in Southern Oaxaca at 1,300 meters elevation in the Sierra del Sur, perched on Cerro de la Pluma (Feather Hill), whose name derives from the fact that a large number of eagles used to come here to lay their eggs and would pluck their own feathers to build their nests. ‘ Hidalgo’ honours Miguel Hidalgo, a Jesuit-trained, Mexican priest and a leader of the Mexican War of Independence.

The town population is around 4000 in the extended area, but basically it is a simple town with one main strip, paved with cobbles. It is a rural centre with the local crops being a mix of market and sustenance products: coffee, corn, sugarcane, beans, pineapple, mangoes, and lemons. Pluma Hidalgo is the center of Oaxacan coffee in a way, in both name and cup character.
Oaxaca’s coffee plantations were founded between 1872 and 1874, when the cochineal (an insect that produces natural crimson dye) harvest began to decline. The inhabitants of the region started looking for a new product they could harvest. Coffee – which had been so successful in the state of Veracruz – was the chosen product, given the climate of Oaxaca’s Sierra mountains was very similar, especially around Cerro de la Pluma (Feather Hill). With over five generations of history, some of the coffee plantations like the Pacifico, Alemania, Copalita, El Faro, La Gloria and Camila have become famous for producing some very fine coffees.
The present stock of Hidalgo Pluma coffee we have in stock is a light to medium body with very moderate acidity; delicate overall with clean chocolate qualities. Oaxacan coffees are considered classic Mexican coffees and very distinct from the excellent Chiapas coffees of the south. This kind of quality Oaxacan coffee is very difficult to come by on a regular basis simply because of the low prices offered to farmers that discourages them from investing in quality processing. It seems that the market place is demanding inexpensive Mexican bulk coffees for blending and flavouring purposes and as such overlooking coffees like Hidalgo Pluma with its quality and unique taste.

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coffee_beanAlthough fluctuating from year to year, coffee production has been on an overall steady upward trend, writes Worldwatch Institute Senior Researcher Michael Renner. World coffee production during the 2013/14 crop year was just slightly over 9 million tons, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Read more: http://insurancenewsnet.com

aroma_of_heavenOriginally titled Biji Kopi Indonesia (Indonesian Coffee Beans), the film garnered enough attention to warrant an international title for release to non-Indonesian viewers. The idea behind the documentary is to make the audience pause in their everyday routine. As we make our coffee while still half asleep every morning, the movie invites us to stop and think about what we are going to consume.
Read more: www.globalindonesianvoices.com

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