Friday February 28, 2014
A coffee plant is a coffee plant is a coffee plant, right? Nope! There are many different types of coffee plants, each of which has its own characteristics that differentiate it from others. These types are known as varietals, hybrids and cultivars, and there are over 100 known types of coffee plants in the world.
Some coffee plants, such as Robusta coffee
plants, contain more caffeine. Some, such as the Arabica coffee
variations Geisha and Tekisic, are known for being especially sweet. Robusta is said to be unpleasantly acidic and harsh, yet others, such as Bourbon coffee and Caterra coffee, are known for their pleasing acidity. And there's even one type of naturally caffeine-free coffee plant
You can learn more about the different types of coffee plants (including their origins, flavors and more) with this new guide to coffee varieties
Friday February 21, 2014
Many people confuse the coffee terms
"coffee cherry" and "coffee bean". It's understandable--the two are quite similar in certain respects. However, coffee cherries and coffee beans are two different things. Learn which traits they share and what sets them apart (plus plenty more about each) with these new definitions of coffee cherries
and coffee beans
Photo (c) Marko Goodwin
Wednesday February 19, 2014
The first documented medicinal use of tea goes back to a ancient Chinese text. It said that drinking tea "brightens the eyes". But these days, tea is known for another benefit for the eyes--reducing puffiness and dark circles around the eyes.
Using teabags to reduce darkness and puffiness around the eyes is an easy and natural home remedy. You can learn how with this article on teabags for your eyes
Tuesday February 18, 2014
As spring returns, it's tempting to turn to the flowers and bees for a bit of sweetness. Yes, I'm talking about honey! Honey is a fantastic accompaniment to coffee and tea, be it in drinks or as a spread or ingredient in scones
and other foods paired with coffee and tea
Learn about types of honey, some of the many uses for honey, honey's history, how to make coffee and tea drinks with honey and much more with this guide to honey
. Have something to share about your love of honey? Post it in the comments below!
Photo (c) Lindsey Goodwin