I am a huge coffee fan, but not just any coffee, a cappucino with cream fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of the main reasons why I love it soooooo much is that it is like wine. You can either enjoy it with a girlfriend/s and have a nice chatting session, or you can have one on your own, if you feel like you have to "rejuvenate" yourself. I find that it is also an uplifter, when your feeling down, there is nothing like a nice cup of coffee!!!!!!!!!!!
Here in South Africa, the best coffee according to me is made by firstly, the Wimpy and secondly, by Seattle Coffee Company. These pictures are pictures that I took recently at both of these place, as I just love their coffee. The first one was taken at the Wimpy at OR Thambo International Airport. We had some coffee at the airport on our way to St Lucia, Natal. Now there is nothing as nice as having an awesome cup of coffee at 5h30 in the morning when the wind is howling outside and you are waiting for your flight to arrive for the weekend to start :-) Here in South Africa, the best coffee according to me is made by firstly, the Wimpy and secondly, by Seattle Coffee Company.
And of course I cannot go without a some interesting facts about coffee that I found on the internet.
Coffee is a brewed beverage prepared from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant, colloquially called coffee beans. The beans are found in coffee cherries, which grow on trees cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in equatorial Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Green (unroasted) coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world. Coffee can have a stimulating effect on humans due to its caffeine content. It is one of the most-consumed beverages in the world.
Coffee has played a crucial role in many societies. The energizing effect of the coffee bean plant is thought to have been discovered in the northeast region of Ethiopia, and the cultivation of coffee first expanded in the Arab world. The earliest credible evidence of coffee drinking appears in the middle of the 15th century, in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen in southern Arabia. From the Muslim world, coffee spread to Italy, then to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia, and to the Americas. In East Africa and Yemen, it was used in religious ceremonies. As a result, the Ethiopian Church banned its secular consumption, a ban in effect until the reign of Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia. It was banned in Ottoman Turkey during the 17th century for political reasons, and was associated with rebellious political activities in Europe.
Coffee berries, which contain the coffee seeds or "beans", are produced by several species of small evergreen bush of the genus Coffea. The two most commonly grown are the highly regarded Coffea arabica, and the 'robusta' form of the hardier Coffea canephora. The latter is resistant to the devastating coffee leaf rust (''Hemileia vastatrix''). Once ripe, coffee berries are picked, processed, and dried. The seeds are then roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavor. They are then ground and brewed to create coffee. Coffee can be prepared and presented in a variety of ways.
An important export commodity, coffee was the top agricultural export for twelve countries in 2004, and it was the world's seventh-largest legal agricultural export by value in 2005. Some controversy is associated with coffee cultivation and its impact on the environment. Many studies have examined the relationship between coffee consumption and certain health conditions; whether the overall effects of coffee are ultimately positive or negative has been widely disputed. The method of brewing coffee has been found to be important to its health effects.
I hope you enjoyed it, and go make yourself a nice cuppa and enjoy it whether its with a friend or even just by yourself!!!!!!!!!!! I am going to leave you with the slogan from Nescafe:
"EVERYTIME YOU ENJOY A CUP YOUR SENSES COME ALIVE WITH THE SMOOTH, RICH TASTE AND AROMA SO UNIQUELY"