• 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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  • Need a coffee break?

    Need a coffee break?

    We truly love our coffee breaks especially when you need a quick pick-me-up, but how did the word 'Coffee Break' originate. Well, the British may have invented ‘Tea Time’ but America invented the ‘Coffee Break’. In the 1950’s the sale of coffee declined and thanks to an innovative marketing campaign by Pan-American Coffee Bureau,  the idea of a coffee break was created. The idea was born by a Mr. Watson after noticing during World War II some factories started giving their employees a couple of minutes off every shift, during which time some of these workers would drink a quick cup of...

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  • What roast makes the strongest cup of coffee?

    What roast makes the strongest cup of coffee?

    “I like dark roast because I like my coffee strong” when you hear a statement like this, a true coffee connoisseur will ask “Do you mean in taste or caffeine?”. It is crucial to discern the difference because quite often people relate to the taste of their coffee to the amount of caffeine. The coffee making process has it that the lighter the roast, the more caffeine it contains. As coffee beans absorb heat in the roasting process, their color becomes darker, and oils appear on the surface of the beans at higher temperatures. The longer that it is roasted, the...

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  • Whole bean Vs  Ground  Coffee

    Whole bean Vs  Ground  Coffee

    Whole bean Vs  Ground  Coffee. “I grind my own beans, thank you” that's a sentence that you must have heard before  (unless you're the one usually saying it). There has always been a debate among coffee connoisseurs to choose between whole bean or ground coffee. The is really no wrong choice, it just depends which one you consider most beneficial. Most people buy and use ground coffee, mainly because that is the easiest to use and the form that is found on the shelves of every local supermarket. It's ready to brew, and won't require any extra time, skills or equipment on your...

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