Guest Post: Urban Adventurer’s Guide to Coffee

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This post comes from Gimoka Coffee UK and has two Authors: Rudy Caretti and Lorenzo  Agostinelli. It describes a brief history of Java from around the world. So let’s give it up for: 

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Since its discovery in the 9th Century, people around the world have loved coffee. The culture of drinking java has also evolved.  Let’s take an adventure through several nations across the globe to discover their unique tales and habits in coffee drinking.

Ethiopia- the cradle of java

A story is told about Kaldi the shepherd who existed in the 9th century. While herding his goats, he noticed that the animals become unusually excited when they ate berries of a shrub. Out of curiosity, he took some to a local monk and shared his observation.

The monks brushed off his story and threw the berries in the fire. It burned and produced an enticing aroma. Fellow monks, interested in thcoffee_rustic_rockinrandommome aroma, quickly removed the berries and ground them. They mixed the berries with water and brewed their first java. On drinking it, they realized that the drink was vitalizing. Later on, this drink would spread to the Arab countries and eventually reach the whole world through traders.

Kaldi’s encounter is told in many versions. Importantly, it offers a good narrative of where coffee came from and when it was first taken as a brew. Originally, these berries were ground and mixed with animal fat. Some people still consume it in this form today.

Europe- Finland

Although Finns do not grow the beans, they are the leading java drinkers in the world with an average per capita consumption of 12 kg per year. Coffee reached these wonderful people while under the Swedish rule in the 1700s. This was through Sweden and Russia.

Many factors lead to the popularity of this drink in Finland. Firstly, its introduction as a curative drug sold only in pharmacies. In the 1920s, a ban on alcohol consumption saw a huge increase in coffee consumption and its integration in main meals.

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North America- United States

The journey of the first coffee plant to American soil was a treacherous voyage that was mired with pirate attacks in the sea. Against all odds, a French sailor Gabriel du Clieu docked in the island of Martinique with this amazing seed in the year 1723. He had obtained it from the Royal Botanical Garden of King Louis XIV of France. This single plant would multiply into millions of coffee bushes in half a century. It spread to the rest of Caribbean island and eventually South America.

Today, the land of opportunity, as many would call the U.S., enjoys an undisputed position as the leading importer of coffee. Also, the number of coffee shops has continued to increase over the years, reaching 29,300 in 2013. This shows how the Americans are continually falling for java. Corporations like Starbucks have thrived because the American people love java brewed to perfection.

South America– Brazil

The coming of coffee to Brazil borders the story of a secret love affair. In 1927, Francisco de Melo, a man of fair looks was sent to French Guyana to resolve a border conflict. The governor’s wife fell for his looks and he used this opportunity to seduce her. He managed to get enough of these seeds camouflaged as a bouquet.  This was the beginning of a Java empire which is today the world’s number one producer. The Brazilian coffee industry is worth billions of US dollars.

Java is the leading beverage drink in Brazil. 97% of population aged 15 years and above consume coffee. As this giant producer continues to stabilize economically, consumption of this popular drink is expected to increase. This is because many people will be able to afford the commodity.

Australia

Australians could be at the furthest end of the world, but their taste for coffee is tip-top. Their exceptional taste and fixation in quality coffee have their roots in their first experience with this magnificent brew.

Coffee was introduced to Australians by Italian and Greek immigrants in the early 20th century. Out of their love for the drink, these immigrants packed Gaggia and stovetop espresso coffee makers as part of their belongings. They  shared their favorite drink with their new friends in Sydney and Melbourne. You can bet the Australians loved the experience.

As a result, businesses dealing with roasting, distribution, and brewing arose. In 1950, Italian-like cafes were gaining traction in Australia. Coffee culture in Australia, influenced by Italian and Greek cultures, grew significantly in 1980.

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Well, there you have it! What do you think? Below is the short bio of one of the authors and founder of the Gimoka Coffee UK.

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Guest Post: 9 Types of Coffee Addicts Everyone Knows

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Michele Smarty is a writer who enjoys writing for many different blogs and websites about many different topics like music, diet plans, and of course COFFEE!! If you like this post her social media will be at the end of this post! So let’s give it up for Michele everyone!

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Coffee addicts have many different ways to take coffee e.g. some like hot brown coffee, some go for iced ones, some like black and others like cappuccino or espresso whereas a few coffee addicts inject their caffeine dose directly into their bodies.

Now, I am going to talk about 9 incredible types of coffee addicts that everyone knows.

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9. These coffee addicts feel that they have a big amount of money in their pocket. They spend more in purchasing luxurious products at higher prices. They want to impress others. They think that money never sleeps, nor do they. For high spending, they work hard to earn more.

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8. These coffee addicts consider the minor things as significant. To be relaxed, they take a cup of coffee brewed with an efficient coffee espresso machine. They are highly sensitive and drink coffee more and more to get out of this sensitivity.

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7. The black coffee drinkers exhibit an insane type of personality due to their crazy and frantic acts. Multiple types of research are evident that black coffee addicts are more likely to perform crazy acts than others.

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6. These Coffee addicts are creative. They have an artistic mind and are engaged in creating novel things. They are out of the box thinkers. Caffeine influences their brain and stimulates their cognitive abilities.

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5. These coffee addicts are simply the perfectionists.  They find themselves different from others. They need purity and perfection which is impossible. That is why they feel themselves misfit within the system.

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4. These coffee addicts feel that life is chilled and cool, like a bed of roses. This approach keeps them away from harsh reality. Their superstitious-ness and craziness are found in every action they do.

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3. These coffee addicts want to keep hidden. In real, they want to keep their coffee recipe hidden from others. They become habitual of doing this which forces to use this habit everywhere in their lives.

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2. These coffee addicts use Splenda for their coffee to reduce their fats and calorie intake. They are highly conscious regarding obesity. They want to have a superb personality to attract others. This makes them oversensitive about their diet and fats.

coffeeaddicts_rockinrandommom1. These coffee addicts need another partner with them to make a new version. They think that milk and sugar make a good taste when they are joined together. Similarly, they want some other person indulged with them to work more efficiently.

Well there you have it folks! The latest guest post by Michele Smarty about the coffee addicts of the world! I would say I belong in the Jittery Do-it-all category with my Keurig and many different gourmet coffees and coffee creamers. Haha!!

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Guest Post #2: Caring Means Sharing

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My Second Guest Blogger comes all the way from Down Under and her post is about teaching our kids about sharing. Let’s all welcome Sophia Smith to the mic!

 

Caring Means Sharing: Important Lessons We Should Teach Our Children

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You can’t expect your child to become a caring person over night. Working on their personality is a vital part of their development process. Teaching kids to pick up positive values, will create a positive atmosphere around them. By caring for others, others will show the same affection to them. It will let your kids achieve the social happiness you want for them.

To help them reach this full potential, you need to teach important life lessons.

Sharing Generosity

When children share, it reflects generosity onto others. Inspire kids to share their toys to connect with others. Exchanging toys helps them share interests, and make friends. Also, teach kids to share adventures. Use their play dates, and parallel play time, to encourage sharing. Give your children problems that can only be solved with two sets of hands, or two minds. Cooperation will teach them how to work with others, and when to ask for help.

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Kids can also share in entrepreneurship. To spark interest create a project like a lemonade stand, where kids can learn to share profit. And encourage them to sell their old toys and clothes online, like SWAP sales platforms.

Showing Gratitude

A simple “Thank you” goes a long way. Inspiring thankfulness in kids, leads to a more caring person. A kind gesture needs one in return. By expressing gratitude for good deeds, they display kindness, and appreciation. This adds to their self-worth, and how they are perceived by others.

Foster thankfulness by being a good role model. When you lead by example, children will pick up on your actions, and adopt them as their own. Encourage them to write thank you notes to express gratitude for gifts. When they become thankful, they can transfer good feelings onto others.

Value Truth

Being truthful is an in-born quality with kids. Still, their exposure to the world, means they are surrounded by lies as well. Always inspire kids to be honest. Make truthfulness a cherished value at home. Adopting honesty makes kids more reliable, and self-conscious.

Breaking something can happen to anyone, and there is no need for punishment. Unless kids lie about it. Explain what they did wrong, and use positive reinforcement to encourage the truth. They will learn to take responsibility for their actions, associating lies with negative feelings. By adopting honesty as their main feature, they build trust and confidence in others.

Raising Politeness

How well your child treats others, determines how others treat them. Teaching your child to be polite, will dictate their social behavior. They will know how to act in various social situations, and have a positive impact on people. Going to their grandparents will teach them to be respectful of their elders.

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Also, use play-pretend to showcase the right way of navigating different situations. Make sure to use assertive communication when correcting bad behavior. By adopting it, kids will learn the polite way of managing conflict situations.

Being Considerate

Developing a strong level of empathy in your child lets them be more considerate of others. They will learn to be patient and not to act on impulse. Consideration will raise children’s social awareness, letting them successfully interact with others.

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Encourage kids to express their emotions, and share your own feelings. Make them aware of your feelings when they do something bad. Ask them how they would feel in a similar situation, to make them think of their own feelings. Knowing how to relate to the feelings of others will correct their behavior. And by being considerate, kids will become more tolerant, and helpful to others.

In teaching your child to adopt positive values, you will create a better person. They will show strength during social interactions, and their feeling of self-worth will grow. And when they learn to use their full potential, they will care about others, as much as you care about them.

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Sophia Smith is a freelance writer from Brisbane, Australia with huge interest in beauty and DIY projects. She could be described as beauty addict and life lover. She writes mostly in beauty and lifestyle related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. Sophia is regular contributor at High Style Life. You can follow her on social media.

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Guest Post: Positive Heroes

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When Tracey asked me if I wouldn’t mind posting one of her articles on my blog, I was apprehensive. I hadn’t considered adding guest bloggers to my blog and wasn’t sure if it was something I wanted to do. I thought about it a lot and decided I’d give it a go and I’m glad I did. When I read her post title, I knew I had to have it in my blog. It is such a positive and encouraging post I just had to share. So, without further ado:

Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and she’s passionate for writing. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”  Find her on Facebook.

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 Children can view everyone around them as potential heroes. Be it mom and dad, an older brother or sister, a teacher, or fictional superheroes, kids can look up to and view them as heroes . Children focus their attention on the positive accomplishments, and are inspired to do the same. This model learning can teach children important lessons in how to treat people, and how to go about their own life. Not only that, but simple acts of kindness and courage go a long way in the minds of children. Through the deeds of others children will start to incorporate positive virtues into their own behavior.

The Most Important Heroes

Kids look up to parents, so it is essential to retain their respect and trust. We have all experienced the situation “My mom/dad is better than yours”, and that’s because every child views their parent as their personal hero who can overcome any challenge. Since parents hold such a high place in the lives of their children, they have the ability to influence their child’s personality. Be it through simple acts of kindness, or through feats of charity and the helping of others, parents can initiate the growth of these virtues in their children. Also, children actually have a great understanding of the world around them, albeit in their own way. This puts great responsibility on parents to guide their children. But in letting them question everything around them parents can council their kids to choose the right direction.

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Heroes within the Family

While parents play a vital role as a child’s hero, other members of the family connect differently to kids and can have different effects on the stages of their character development. Siblings have a much closer connection, and an older brother or sister can influence everything from their taste to the way they act among peers. So it is no coincidence that most kids view their older siblings as the coolest people they know. However, grandparents, aunts and uncles, have a different influence and connection altogether. Because of their distance, by age or geographically, kids tend to view them as heroes through the stories they hear about their achievements. And because most of the members from the family are kind and loving towards kids, children are awe-struck by their characters. So much so, that they have a tendency of change their character in order to adopt the qualities appreciated by their heroes.

Children’s Daily Heroes

Teachers and other caregivers also have a role to play in the development of children’s personalities. That is because, since they spend so much time on a daily basis with them, kids tend to view them as stand-in moms or dads. They reinforce the rudimentary values of fairness and respect in both demanding it from children and providing it back. It is no coincidence then, that when children have a problem or are treated disrespectfully and unfairly by others to go to the teacher for help.

Real-Live Fictional Superheroes

heroesfly_rockinrandommomAlthough fictional, superheroes from books, cartoons and films, also provide role models that influence the lives of children. Most superheroes instill good values in children, since they posses those values. They overcome obstacles through the power of their virtues, and as a goal of helping others. Children relate to these characters, and in doing so learn and incorporate the ideas of kindness, compassion, helpfulness and courage in their own lives. A great way of cementing these character traits in children is by letting them act out their heroes’ accomplishments on a superhero party. Through simple roll-play kids integrate these personal qualities directly, without even realizing it since they are having a fun and playful experience.

 

 

Heroes are ample to model learning, and subsequent child’s character development. Through watching the world and people around them, kids become aware of what it means to be a good person. So, with such an influential role in your child’s life, being a responsible hero is what will turn them into better people and future heroes for others.

 

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