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The Invention of Instant Coffee – Who, What, Where, and How?

The Invention of Instant Coffee – Who, What, Where, and How?

I was asked “Who invented instant coffee” and I was ready with a typical (for me) clever, smart-alecky but informative response. But I like to fact check. And as I traveled down that particular internet rabbit hole, I found that my clever, smart-alecky response was not as informative as I thought. Here’s what I found. Although a popular internet meme will tell you that George Washington invented instant coffee, A. It wasn’t THAT George Washington and B. He wasn’t the…

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The Benefits of Coffee for Your Skin; Recipes, How-Tos, and Science

The Benefits of Coffee for Your Skin; Recipes, How-Tos, and Science

We primarily think of coffee as a beverage. Hot, cold, or mixed with pumpkin spice, many of us enjoy a cup or two (or four) every day. And why not? It gives us a caffeine boost and actually is the largest source of antioxidants in the average American diet. Additionally, coffee can be part of a healthy skin care regimen. Used in masks and as a scrub, coffee can bring a glow to your complexion, lighten dark spots, de-puff your…

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Why and How to Clean Your Coffee Maker

Why and How to Clean Your Coffee Maker

You know, it’s kind of funny: Most kitchen appliances get cleaned after they are used. Blender? Of course. Mixer? Right after the beaters have been licked clean. Not your coffee maker, though. Oftentimes, we wait until we notice a thick film on the surfaces or there is more steam billowing than water brewing before we even notice. At that point, it is obvious that something has to be done. Many times, it is just tolerated until the day the unit…

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Signs You Might Be Drinking Too Much Coffee (humor)

Signs You Might Be Drinking Too Much Coffee (humor)

As a public service, Procaffeination.com presents a few signs for overzealous coffee lovers to watch out for. You might be drinking too much coffee if… Your favorite coffee shop has a day in your honor. Some farmer in Colombia names his donkey after you. You never miss an Al Pacino movie just because his name sounds like a coffee drink. You have a google alert for when pumpkin spice is back in season. Starbucks gives you your own parking spot….

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Is Coffee Going Extinct?

Is Coffee Going Extinct?

There have been a few recent, high-profile articles going around our newsfeeds warning that coffee is going extinct. But is it? Being a scientific guy, a bit of an environmentalist, and an avid coffee drinker, I decided to do some research. Here is what I found. In short: No, coffee is not on the verge of extinction. The quoted study found that some species of “wild coffee” were vulnerable due to having a small number of trees, having small growing…

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