The History of Your Morning Cup of Coffee

A huge number of people around the world drink coffee and most drink it every day. Some are dismayed at the price of coffee that is purchased at the store. Yet, they really shouldn’t be surprised at all. They simply don’t know the process that ground coffee went through before it was even put in the can (or coffee maker). First, coffee fruits must be picked. The best coffee comes from the fruits that are totally ripe. Unfortunately, many of the companies that don’t really care about the consumer pick a lot of the coffee fruits when they are still green. This is true of the cheapest coffee, because the producers can use machinery to pick all the coffee fruits, ripe or not. If they are only picked when they are ripe, they must be picked by hand, which means that the coffee will be more expensive. Incidentally, the fruits look somewhat like a small cherry. In fact, they are called coffee cherries, though they aren’t actually cherries. The next steps vary. The coffee cherries can be run through machines to remove the fruit pulp, leaving the beans or pits behind. These are then dried. Alternately, the cherries can be dried and then the pulp can be removed after drying. Either way, at this point, the coffee beans have been dried. They are hulled next, to remove the seed covering and any remaining pulp. Very often, the beans are polished next, though not all producers polish the coffee beans. The beans Continue Reading →

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Understanding what an organic vegetable actually is

People are becoming used to the term, “organic gardening” or “organic vegetables” probably more than ever before in history. This isn’t a bad thing. However, many people have different ideas about what the terms mean. Genetic manipulation and organic gardening To many people, an organic vegetable is one that has never been genetically manipulated in any way. What most people don’t understand is that this would exclude most vegetables and fruits. To name just a few vegetables and fruits that have been genetically manipulated; tomatoes, corn, wheat, carrots, radishes, peppers, squash, pumpkins and other gourds, lettuce, and a great number of others. This doesn’t necessarily mean gene splicing. Genetic manipulation may be simply breeding plants together to get the traits people want. The resultant plant didn’t originally occur in nature however. It came about with a bit of tweaking by man. Use of chemicals Many more people think of organic vegetables as plants grown without man-made or synthesized chemicals. This includes fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides. The problem here is that this doesn’t define “organic.” If people don’t know this, they are likely to be misled by totally legal statements on product packages in stores. Organic tomatoes or lettuce in a store are not necessarily what people are thinking they are getting. Original meaning At one time, organic really did mean something that was totally natural. However, the chemical term has to do with carbon. Carbon dioxide is touted as the current big evil in the world. Yet, without CO2, very Continue Reading →

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