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    Kick Starting our Day at the Coffee Plant!

    On the way to the beach, we stopped at a coffee plant to check out my cousin’s line of coffee he was working on with a friend. “ever been to a coffee plant?” Nope! “Wanna see one?” Sure!

    My cousin Paolo has a brand of coffee out this way called Kape King. He is now bringing another type of coffee to the states called: KickStart and we are truly looking forward to this! The experience of seeing the bean on the plant, to the cleaning process, to being sifted through and then roasted.. to TASTING different types, was one we will never forget!

    My daughter got out of the car when we arrived and was pretty upset she wasn’t with her cousins yet at the beach. “Another one of Mom’s detours” is likely what she was thinking as she rolled her eyes. I asked her, “what’s wrong, Amelia?” She sighed, “I’m going to be so bored.” … and guess who had the most fun?! While we were touring the sills, this daughter of ours stayed outside sifting… loving it! I could have left her there for hours, but that would have been what most frown upon as “child labor” so we sifted her out of the sifting duties after a good half hour. 😉

    There was a lot to take in besides the caffeine, lots of things I didn’t really know about coffee! Perhaps you didn’t either? It’s estimated that 2.25 BILLION cups of coffee are consumed per day, that’s a lot of coffee lovers who might not know what they’re taking in! 54% of Americans drink coffee every day.. So I’m gonna share what I learned!

    1. Coffee beans are actually the pits of berries. The coffee berries, sometimes called coffee cherries, are an edible fruit that have coffee beans inside. They are only called ‘beans’ because of their resemblance to beans. This explains why the Brazilian acai berry shares so many properties with the coffee ‘bean’.
    2. Contrary to popular belief light roast coffee actually has more caffeine than dark roast coffee. The reason for this is that the longer coffee is roasted the more caffeine cooked out of the bean. Think of it like cooking with wine or alcohol. Another good example would be fondue. MMmMm..
    3. There are over 50 species of coffee world wide. Though only 2, arabica and robusta, are commonly used in commercial coffee production.
    4. Caffeine, like any drug, is toxic in large enough doses. The lethal dose of caffeine would require about 100 cups of coffee, and the water from drinking that much coffee in one go would kill you before the caffeine did. Now, if you’re downing espressos, miiiight not be such a good thing.
    5. Coffee doesn’t always taste like it smells because saliva takes away HALF of the flavor!
    6. The word “coffee” comes from the Arabic word: “Wine of the Bean.” –Love that…
    7. Coffee beans can only successfully grow close to the equator. Explains where some of the BEST coffee comes from! <3

    So it’s morning here in Manila, about to have another cup – cheers guys! <3

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