nprbooks:

Happy International Coffee Day!
Ah, and how splendidly a good book and a cup o’ joe go together. In honor of this day, here are a few things books have taught us about coffee …
Bitter by Jennifer McLagan:
The amount of bitterness in coffee comes less from the presence of caffeine than it does from the method of brewing and roasting the beans. 
Coffee for Roses by C.L. Fornari:
This one’s for the coffee-lovin’ gardeners out there: The old wives’ tale that coffee grounds work wonders for growing roses isn’t exactly true. Sure, it’s not a bad thing — but it’s not necessarily special, either; any organic material as fertilizer will do.
Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World by Mark Pendergrast:
The introduction of coffee had a “sobering up” effect on the Western world, as the previous drink of choice was most often booze (morning beer soup was actually a thing). 
While it acted as an intellectual and creative stimulant — the French and American Revolutions were planned in coffeehouses, Pendergrast says — it was also a symbol of colonialism. Europeans spread the growth of coffee bean trees, but often used slaves to do it. 
In America, the events surrounding the Boston Tea Party (as well as cost difference) may have caused the adoption of coffee over tea. John Adams even wrote in a letter to his wife that he’d have to swap beverages for patriotic reasons.
-Intern Bita
Image via Your Coffee Guru

nprbooks:

Happy International Coffee Day!

Ah, and how splendidly a good book and a cup o’ joe go together. In honor of this day, here are a few things books have taught us about coffee …

Bitter by Jennifer McLagan:

  • The amount of bitterness in coffee comes less from the presence of caffeine than it does from the method of brewing and roasting the beans.

Coffee for Roses by C.L. Fornari:

  • This one’s for the coffee-lovin’ gardeners out there: The old wives’ tale that coffee grounds work wonders for growing roses isn’t exactly true. Sure, it’s not a bad thing — but it’s not necessarily special, either; any organic material as fertilizer will do.

Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World by Mark Pendergrast:

  • The introduction of coffee had a “sobering up” effect on the Western world, as the previous drink of choice was most often booze (morning beer soup was actually a thing).
  • While it acted as an intellectual and creative stimulant — the French and American Revolutions were planned in coffeehouses, Pendergrast says — it was also a symbol of colonialism. Europeans spread the growth of coffee bean trees, but often used slaves to do it.
  • In America, the events surrounding the Boston Tea Party (as well as cost difference) may have caused the adoption of coffee over tea. John Adams even wrote in a letter to his wife that he’d have to swap beverages for patriotic reasons.

-Intern Bita

Image via Your Coffee Guru

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hodgman:

Judge John Hodgman listener “PrizTats” was kind enough to send me this insane, MANDATORY LISTENING from prank cal list “Longmont Potion Castle.”

This is not the “What are we gonna do about the bugs” call that was on that old cassette tape I lost so long ago and asked about on JJHO 176: THE BURDEN OF GOOF.

But it is beyond amazing. 

As always, please listen and subscribe and debate and debunk JUDGE JOHN HODGMAN right HERE

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