Fair Trade Food

Brazilian Coffee - Growing Beans to the Rhythm of Samba and Bird Songs!

Brazil occupies a major portion of the land mass of South America and has 5 eco-systems: the tropical rain forest, the pantanal, the cerrado, the mata Atlantica and the pampas. The largest areas of natural fertile soils called "terra roxa" (red earth) are the states of Parana and São Paulo.

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Brazilian Coffee - How Romancing the Beans Changed the Course of History!

In 1727, a military man, Captain Francisco de Mello Palheta, introduced prized coffee seeds from French Guyana for the very first time in Brazil. At the time, French Guyana had a monopoly on coffee beans and refused to make them available to Brazilians. Through charm and romance, Captain de Mello Palheta wooed a sample of coffee beans from the governor's wife who rewarded him for his personal flair with a bouquet of flowers where she hid coffee beans as a gift for "memories' sake."

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Rating and Reviewing Tea - Develop Your Taste

In recent years there has been an explosion of tea blogs, tea review sites, and websites where people rate, review, or discuss teas. Accompanying this growth has been a surge of interest in loose teas, rare and specialty teas, fair trade and organic teas, and a greater diversity of styles and varieties of tea available both in stores and by mail-order. Even an average supermarket now stocks a broad array of teas, and tea houses and specialty stores are cropping up everywhere both in major cities and small towns.

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How to Make Tasty Coffee Drinks

The world of coffee desserts, tasty coffee drinks and flavored coffee beverages offers many new opportunities for memorable tastes, aromas and experiences.

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A Shot of Espresso Versus a Cup of Coffee - Caffeine Content

A question that is often asked is "does a serving of espresso have more caffeine than a serving of regular coffee?" It is not possible to state exactly what the serving size of coffee is because that varies based on personal choice, type and shape of cup or mug used, among many other factors.

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Coffee Tips - The Shelf Life of Coffee Beans

Cool, dark, dry storage? Refrigerator? Or Freezer? What is the best place to store and maximize the shelf life of coffee beans? Following are some tips to help improve your coffee experience and extend the shelf life of your beans.

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Discovering the Best Teas

Most people have strong opinions on how they like their tea, but fewer people know how or where to buy the teas they enjoy the most. With hundreds of tea companies, some of which offer staggering catalogs, how does one know what to buy? Even going to the supermarket to purchase teabags, one is presented with a huge variety, and when ordering loose tea by mail-order, the selection can be even more overwhelming.

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Coffee Facts - The Different Types of Coffee Beans

All over the world, people drink coffee from basically one of two types of coffee beans: Arabica beans ("Coffea Arabica") and Robusta beans ("Coffea Robusta")

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What Coffee Flavor Are You? Express Yourself - Drink Flavored Coffee!

Flavored coffees are nearly as old as the original beverage itself. History shows that a few hundred years ago, in the Middle East, people blended coffee with nuts and spices for nice, personal and special flavors. In modern times, this trend for unique flavor alternatives continues.

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To Drink Or Not to Drink Coffee - Top Question Among Colombians

Colombia is a country known worldwide for its quality Specialty Coffee from Arabica beans. Historically, the best coffee produced in the country has been exported. Coffee left for domestic consumption has been of lesser quality or from different beans lacking the export quality certifications.

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