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Coffee Cocktails December 12, 2008

It’s mid-December and everybody is in the holiday spirit.  Learn how to make your own coffee spirits with these recipes.

Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee Recipe
     – consists of coffee, chocolate liqueur and hazelnut liqueur

Jamaican Coffee
     – consists of coffee, Tia Maria, White Rum, and thick cream

Night in Florida
     – consists of  coffee, Kahlua, Frangelico, Grand Marnier & Bailey’s Irish Cream

Irish Coffee
     – consists of coffee, Irish Whiskey and sugar.  Watch the video below to learn how to make this San Francisco favorite.


Celebrate African Culture at Everyday Joes December 10, 2008

The organization, Passion Africa, is hosting an “Africa Fest” at Everyday Joes on Friday, December 19 from 6:00 p.m.  – 10 p.m. 

The four hour celebrations consists of  speakers, short seminars as well as African Music.  The schedule is as follows:

6 p.m.  – Musican Perfomance by Fort Collins Marimba


The Fort Collins Marimba consists of a wide range of musicians ranging from ages 7-70.

7:30 p.m. – Fair Trade in Africa, Jane Snyder of Ten Thousand Villages

8 p.m.“Gorillas in the Mist” – A story and slide show of a trekking adventure by Dave Boon. 

9 p.m. – Silent Auction and musical perfomance by West African Dance and Drum Collective.

Vendors will also be selling African art, jewelry, bags, clothing and gifts among many other items.

For the 14 and under crowd, a craft area will be set up to keep the young ones entertained. Children will also be given an opportunity to sign up to be a pen pal with another child from an African orphanage.

Everyday Joes is located at 144 S. Mason St. in Fort Collins.  For more infomation, please call 970-224-4138.


Coffee Customers Pay It Forward December 8, 2008

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The month of December presents an atmosphere of joy and giving and in the past few weeks, coffee drinkers have shown that Christmas giving is not just limited to family and friends.

Recently, a line of customers in a Starbucks drive-thru in Des Moines, Iowas decided to “Pay It Forward” one morning by buying each other coffee.  The line started by one lady deciding to buy coffee for the person waiting behind her.  The next person decided to return the favor by buying coffee for the next person in line and the pattern continued for 103 customers.  

Although a Starbucks worker reported that this has happened before, she added that the pattern has never lasted for so many customers before.   This incident has made national news and has spurred customers all over the country to spread a little generosity.  CNN recently covered an incident that occured at a few coffee shops in Loveland and a grocery store in Greeley.

If you have had a similar experience, please feel free to share!


The Barista Wars December 6, 2008

Most coffee drinkers know that consistency and quality of a good cup of coffee depends on the barista.  The importance of a  barista is so great that it has even been turned into a sport.  The World Barista Championship is an annual contest where 50 of the world’s greatest baristas compete for the world trophy. 

Stephen Morrissey was the 2008 World Barista Champion.  The Prize?  A La Marzocco GS/3  expresso machine (you can buy your own for $7,000)  and a Compak  K-10 WBC expresso grinder(add this to your kitchen appliances for $1,400). 

The competitors are judged by seven judges who score the contestants on taste, cleanliness, creativity, technical skill and overall presentation.   The presentation includes the appearance of the drink, which can be a contest in itself.  The video below displays some of the potential of latte art.

Participants must first attend one workshop at the beginning of the year.  The next workshops are scheduled for Jan 13-14, 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden and Jan 14-15, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.  The 2009 World Barista Championship is set to take place in Atlanta, GA on April 16-19. 

For those wanting to participate at a more local level, the Mountain Regional Barista Competition is Jan 16-18 at the Adams 12 Building in Thornton, Colo. Contestants are
judged based in the areas as the World Championship. 

More information can be found on the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s website.


A contestant attempts to impress the judge with his unique take on coffee at the 2008 Mountain Regional Barista Competition in Thornton, Colo.


Coffee Q & A December 4, 2008

    Where does coffee come from?                      
     Coffee beans are produced from a tree that grows the beans three to four  
     years after the seed is planted.  The seed grows into a tree that produces
     a  fruit  called a coffee cherry.  Two coffee beans can be found in the center
    of each cherry.  It takes 2,000 cherries (4,00o coffee beans) to roast a
    pound of coffee.
    Where is coffee grown?

 Coffee is grown all over the world but grows best where there is high altitude, high precipitation and rich soil. Brazil and Colombia are the leading coffee producers. 

Coffee is produced in the countries highlighted in yellow.

Coffee is produced in the countries highlighted in yellow.

How do I grind coffee?

Coffee can be ground at home with a blade grinder or at  a store with a burr grinder.  You will know if you have ground your coffee correctly by the way it tastes.  If your coffee is bitter, it is ground too thin.  If it tastes flat, the coffee isn’t thin enough. 

Can I reuse the coffee grounds in my filter?

No, reusing coffe grounds will produce bitter coffee because all of the desired flavor has been used. 

How much water should I use?

You should use 6 ounces of water for every 1-2 tablespoons of ground coffee being used. 

How do I keep my coffee fresh?

Do not freeze or refrigerate coffee.  Exposing it to moisture can cause it to deteriorate.  Coffee should be stored in an air tight glass or ceramic container and in a dark and cool location.    Since coffee begins to lose its freshness right after it is roasted, it is best to buy in small quantities.  A smart tip is to only buy what will be used in the next 1-2 weeks after purchasing. 

For more information on coffee, please visit the National Coffee Association’s website.


Everyday Joes 90/10 Benefit December 1, 2008

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Everday Joes will be hosting their fourth everyday-joes1
annual 90/10 Benefit on Dec 6 at 6:30 p.m. 

The benefit will feature musicians that have helped establish the musical foundation of Everyday Joes. 

The purpose of the event is to celebrate the musicians that have helped Everyday Joes serve its purpose; to foster and nurture the community and the relationships that exist in it.

The artists listed below will be perfoming for the benefit:

Lifeboat Etiquette

The Riflemen

Dan Craig

Aaron Espe


Tickets can be found on the Everyday Joes website.

Tickets are $10 when purchased in advance and $12 at the door.

Everyday Joes is located 144 S. Mason.  For more information, please call 970-224-4138.


Starbucks Goes (RED) for World AIDS Day & Holiday Season November 26, 2008

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      Starbucks is contributing to the efforts to fight AIDS by donating 5 cents of each drink purcased
      on Dec 1 to the Global Fund.
This year marks the 20th World AIDS day.  Although significant work has been done to help AIDS victims, it still remains to be a major health burden.

This year marks the 20th World AIDS day. Although significant work has been done to help AIDS victims, it still remains to be a major health burden.

If you cannot make it on Dec 1 or choose to go elsewhere for your morning cup of joe, Starbucks will contribute 5 cents to the Global Fund for every one of the following holiday drinks that are purchased between Nov 27 and Jan. 2:

Expresso Truffle                                                                     
Gingersnap Latte
Peppermint Twist Mocha

The above offers excludes bottled beverages. Click here to find your local Starbucks.