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Top U.S. Coffee Houses 

Coffee – This is a day late to celebrate National Coffee Day. but knowing about highly recommended coffee houses is always a good thing. I save lists like this for when I am planning a trip.

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To celebrate national coffee day here are some of the best coffee houses across our nation.

Coffee culture is booming and with it more high quality coffee houses are opening.Each have there own style, coffee blends, unique menu items, and techniques.

There are many great coffee houses, however I chose to highlight a few that stand apart. These coffee houses are well known for uniqueness, quality, popularity, and dedication to the art of coffee.

Here are my top picks for Noteworthy Cafes in the U.S.:

Madcap Coffee(Grand Rapids, MI)

17160486-standardMadcap Coffee has won me over by offeringtasting flights, use of latte art, and serving espresso in snifters.Madcap-Coffee-table-of-cups

However, what really set them apart most of all wasimplementinga zero waste policy; trading trash cans for bus bins and sorting all of their trash into compost and recyclables.

Heart Coffee(Portland, OR)

original-5983-1404617574-3Coffee drinks & gourmet baked goods offered in stylish…

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Happy “National Coffee Day”!!!

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Coffee – It was National Drink Beer Day yesterday and today it is National Coffee Day – what a week! I didn’t hear about any freebies being given out yesterday, but there are plenty today. Check the following to see if there is a establishment near you celebrating National Coffee Day:

  1. National Coffee Day Specials
  2. Here’s how to get free coffee on National Coffee Day
  3. National Coffee Day: Freebies, discounts, specials from Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks
  4. Here’s Where To Score Free Coffee For National Coffee Day

I’ve already had my two 20 oz cups for the day.

National Drink Beer Day

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Beer – Every day is some kind of ‘National’ day. I thought that this one was worthy of celebration with your own brew of choice. Beer is one of the oldest and most popular beverages in history (personally, second only to coffee). Some breweries date back to as early as 1040. The Weihenstephan brewery in Bavaria has been in continuous operation since then.

There are many varieties, though they all fall into two broad categories – ale or lager. The simplest explanation to differentiate between the two is ale is brewed with top-fermenting yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) and lager with bottom-fermenting yeast (Saccharomyces uvarum). You can read more here and here. For most, the difference is in how th beer looks, smells and tastes. Ales tend to be more fruity, while lagers are more clean, crisp tasting.

If you are on Facebook, you can follow National Drink Beer Day.

Coca-Cola Plus Coffee No Sugar

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Coffee – I like coffee, and I occasionally drink a Coca-Cola. I’m not sure about this recently introduced blend of the two “Coca-Cola Plus Coffee No Sugar”. This has been introduced in both Japan and Australia.

Coca-Cola Plus Coffee is said to have a distinct coffee after taste and contains about 50% more caffeine (14 mg per 100 ml) than a regular Coca-Cola. There does not appear to be any word yet on if this new flavor will make it to the US.

Personally I think I will stick with plain old brewed coffee.

Drink Coffee, Prolong Your Life

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Coffee – While I just like the taste of coffee in the morning, I came across the article “Study Says 4 Coffees Daily Lowers Your Chance Of Death, So Starbucks Here We Come” that gave me added incentive to have my morning cup (or two or three or . . . ).

The European Society of Cardiology Congress recently published a report that relates increased coffee consumption to a lower risk of death. The study was conducted at Hospital de Navarra and included 20,000 participants over a 10 year period. The results:

Those who drank at least four cups of coffee per day had a 64% lower rate of death than the participants who either never drank coffee or rarely did. Meanwhile, those who were 45 years old and up and drank two additional cups of coffee a day had a 30% lower rate of death.

So sit back and sip a few cups of coffee each morning and enjoy this world of ours a little longer.

Fun Coffee Facts

Coffee – Some interesting coffee facts I wanted to share

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images (1)Its Friday so here are some Fun Facts!

Just a few coffee tid-bits nothing too deep:

  • Arabs were the first to cultivate coffee and the first to make a beverage from the roasted beans around 1300 AD.
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  • Today coffee is grown in more than 70 countries – all in subtropical regions – and more people drink coffee than any other beverage except water and perhaps tea.
  • The United States consumes more coffee – 300 million cups a day – than any other country as a whole, but other countries drink more per capita. The average  citizens of Finland drinks about 2.64 cups of coffee a day, higher than any other nation.
  • Workers who drank coffee rather than napping were more alert and performed better on the job, studies show.
    I don’t know how accurate this is, but considering  I can’t nap…

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USA, New York, New York – Kirsh Bakery & Kitchen

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The Kirsh Bakery & Kitchen (located at 551 Amsterdam Ave., New York City 10024) is one of many bakeries you can find on the streets of New York City. During my week in New York, we ate at Kirsh twice and enjoyed it both times. It is modestly priced and enjoys a 7.9 rating on Foursquare and a 4 on Yelp.

I had lunch one day and breakfast the other, my wife having breakfast both times. The servings were large and very good. They do deliveries in their immediate area of New York and are open 7 AM to 11 PM 7 days a week.

The restaurant is actually divided into two locations – the Bakery on the left and the Kitchen on the right. The Bakery side is more for fast meals and take out, the Kitchen for traditional seating and longer stays.

This is a place I can recommend for breakfast or lunch.


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Coffee Nap?

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Coffee – I am not much in the way of taking naps. I always seem to feel worse afterwards. I did come across “Scientists agree: Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone” recently, though the article is from two years ago.

So what is a ‘coffee nap”? Drink a cup of coffee, then take a quick nap. 

You would think that the coffee would keep you from sleeping, but if to lay your head down immediately after drinking the coffee, you have a window before the coffee takes affect. Nap then for 20 minutes and you will wake up not only benefiting from the nap, but also from the caffeine that has finally hit your system.

Studies cited in the article indicate that a coffee nap is more beneficial than either coffee or a nap in reviving you.

 

Celebrate International Beer Day

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Beer – I just discovered that today is International Beer Day. Per the website “International Beer Day is a global celebration of beer, taking place in pubs, breweries, and backyards all over the world. It’s a day for beer lovers everywhere to raise a toast to our brewers and bartenders and rejoice in the greatness of beer!

Want to celebrate International Beer Day? Check out these suggested activities. Today marks the 10th annual celebration of International Beer Day. Want a poster to help celebrate? You can find two for download at the website.

As the Czech Proverb says “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip . . . but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” Today is a great day to be “thoroughly sure” that your favorite brew meets your taste standards.