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Coffee Connoisseur's Secrets

Coffee is far more than simply the brew that wakes people up in the morning. Coffee shops dot the city streets around the world with specialty coffee drinks drawing lines of customers. We will share the nuances of coffee from how to select the roast that suits your palate, to secret recipes of your favorite specialty drinks. We even have some marvelous recipes using coffee as a flavoring or spice to add a very special touch. If you love coffee, you will love these secrets. affiliate

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Fair Trade Coffee Jolt for Growers

The New York Times Many coffees that are called "fair trade" are grown without pesticides and minimum impact on the environment. Visit Java Queen International for Fair Trade and Organic Coffee

Published Thursday, October 13, 2005

By Shelley Preston
The Ledger

Morning would not be the same for millions of Americans without that first sip of java. But as much as people relish the jolt of caffeine and smoky taste, few know where those coffee beans came from and who picked them and under what working conditions.

On a recent afternoon as cars lined up at the drive-through at Starbucks on South Florida Avenue in Lakeland, supervisor Tim Hoyt explained that as a part of "Fair Trade Awareness Month" anyone ordering a regular cup of coffee this week would get a taste of brewed beans picked by "fairly" paid laborers.

Thanks to grassroots movements and celebrity bands, such as Coldplay, bringing consciousness to consumers, coffee chains such as Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts as well as local coffee houses now offer fair trade beans and beverages.

Fair trade means Third World farmers who grew the coffee or other products were paid an internationally set minimum price for their goods. The program enables poor people in Third World countries to be in a better position to compete in international trade without wealthier middlemen eating into profits.

Products can only be deemed "fair trade" if it meets criteria set by Fairtrade Labeling Organizations International, the global non-profit group that helps set the standards for fair trade and gives credibility to a product's claim as fair trade.

Besides helping the poor get a leg up, many fair trade products are grown without pesticides and farmed with little impact to the environment.

Even with the demand from some consumers to offer fair trade coffee, not all coffee served at Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts fits into that category, so you have to ask for it. Starbucks Cafe Estima, made from a blend of beans from Latin America and East Africa, gives customers a buzz of goodwill without any sacrifice to taste.

"It's very well rounded," says Hoyt of Cafe Estima, "kind of like a Merlot; it tastes good with everything."

Dunkin' Donuts' espresso, lattes and cappuccinos, and most of the regional coffees at Mitchell's Coffee House in downtown Lakeland are also fair trade.

Serious coffee drinkers can take their favorite beverage to another level through coffee buying clubs such as, where the companies not only get fair trade coffee, but coffee is grown under shade trees that provide a habitat for rain forest birds and in soil free of pesticides and fertilizers.

Shelley Preston can be reached at 863-802-7517 or shelley.preston

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Bourbon Coffee Chiffon Pie

This Chocolate Rum Chiffon Pie is sure to please your sweet tooth!
You will love the mixture of flavors, the combination of the graham cracker crust and the creamy texture with the essence of coffee.

Your guests will want the recipe!

1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
3 eggs
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold strong Java Queen International coffee
2/3 cup sugar
pinch of salt
5 tbl. bourbon
4 tbl. coffee liqueur
1 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350°F. To make crust, mix the crumbs, sugar, melted butter and nutmeg, and spoon into a 9-inch pie plate. Press the crumbs evenly over the bottom and against the side. Bake 5 minutes. Cool thoroughly.

To make the filling, separate the eggs and set aside.
Sprinkle the gelatin over the coffee in a saucepan.
Add 1/3 cup of the sugar, salt and the egg yolks. Stir thoroughly.
Cook over low heat only until the gelatin is dissolved. Do not boil.
Remove the mixture from the heat. Add the bourbon and the liqueur.
Chill until it starts to thicken but do not let it jell.

Beat egg whites until stiff, adding the remaining sugar gradually.
Fold them into the gelatin mixture.
Whip the cream and fold it into the mixture.
Spoon this into the crust and chill for 5 hours.
Garnish with more whipped cream if desired.

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