• The Impact Of Coffee On The US Civil War.

    The Impact Of Coffee On The US Civil War.

    It has been stated that coffee was a key determinate for Union Soldiers in the Civil War. Perhaps the North's access to caffeine gave its soldiers a strategic advantage. At least that's what one Union officer, Gen. Benjamin Butler, thought. He ordered his men to carry coffee in their canteens and planned attacks based on when his men would be most wired. His advice to other generals was: "If your men get their coffee early in the morning, you can hold." It was stated that the Union Soldiers drank it before marches, after marches, on patrol, during combat. In their diaries,...

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  • Be careful the water you use to brew your coffee!

    Be careful the water you use to brew your coffee!

    Us at 734 Coffee love to make a great cup of joe, and one of the things we consider is the water used.You can ruin a great cup of coffee by using water that has additives. The quality of the water you use is another often overlooked aspect of brewing coffee.  Using tap water that's full of minerals or chlorine won't bond well with the dissolved particulates from the coffee, leading to an under-extracted, weak coffee. Not only that, this higher mineral content is what also leads to buildups in your coffee maker, such as lime deposits. This will require you to descale...

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  • Prendiamo un caffè?” (“Fancy a coffee?”)

    Prendiamo un caffè?” (“Fancy a coffee?”)

    Espresso is expressly made just for you and immediately served by the barista. A quintessential drink that must be drank at the bar before losing its flavor. For many coffee lovers, espresso was considered the “best” way to drink coffee. When it was introduced in the United States, it revolutionized the American coffee industry and brought a new way to experience coffee. Café espresso was originally discovered in the late 1800s out of the need for speed, and it literally translates to “pressed-out coffee” in Italian. At that time coffee was a booming business in Europe. However, it was a...

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  • Did you know there were five attempts to ban coffee?

    Did you know there were five attempts to ban coffee?

    Well, it almost happened. In fact, they first banned coffee in Mecca in 1511 because leaders believed it stimulated radical thinking. And, 16th-century Italian clergymen tried to ban coffee because they believed it to be "satanic." However, Pope Clement VII loved coffee so much that he lifted the ban and had coffee baptized in 1600. The Ottoman leader Murad IV took it even further when he ascended the throne in 1623 by creating the first punishments for drinking coffee, which included beatings and if you were caught the second time, you were sewed into a leather bag then thrown into the sea.     Luckily...

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  • We Are At TimeGad Cafe !!

    We Are At TimeGad Cafe !!

    We are delighted to announce that we are now serving our coffee at Timgad Café in Washington D.C! Timgad Café is an international local coffee shop located in the lower concourse level of the Ronald Reagan Building Plaza near the Federal Triangle Metro Station’s entrance. Since 2016, the coffee shop has been supporting globally farmed and locally roasted coffee, serving only the best coffee in town.   It is a charming, low-key peaceful environment that’s filled with several unique international artworks, textiles and handmade pottery. It’s more than a place to sip your coffee. A true gem in the nation’s capital...

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  • The Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony.

    The Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony.

    Besides being the birthplace of the coffee tree, Ethiopia also has one of the most alluring coffee ceremonies in the world.  Indeed, Ethiopians celebrate coffee with an elaborate ceremony, one which forms an integral part of their culture and social life.  The process commences before the coffee is even brewed, with the honored hostess adorning herself in a traditional white dress complete with brightly colored borders; she then proceeds to wash, roast and grind the coffee beans in an entertaining display of skills and aromas for her guests.  Next, the coffee is brewed and then strained through a fine sieve...

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