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History of coffee plus Christmas coffee recipes and ideas

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The history of coffee beans and why we consume copious amounts of this liquid brown ambrosia may hold little concern for the non-coffee drinker. However, for those of us who can't imagine starting our days without our favorite coffee recipes, this may be the most important question of the Christmas season.

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A Short History of Coffee for Those Who Love It!

OK. Maybe not quite, but coffee recipe ideas for coffee lovers are actually relatively easy to come by, and during the holiday season, it's fun to experiment with different coffee flavors. Sometimes, it really is a matter of finding a large mug and filling it with some java plus a bit of heavy cream. But it can be a whole lot more than that!

America might have been the last stop on coffee's tour through history. It came originally from the East Africa during the 14th century. Arabs grew the delicious juice of the java bean and then traded it with the monasteries of Yemen in exchange for enlightenment and eternal bliss. All right. Not exactly, although many coffee lovers will tell you otherwise.

Coffee recipes, known for perking people up, made their way throughout Africa, Asia and Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries. Along the way, coffee got its name in English from the Dutch 'koffie,' which in turn took it from the Turkish 'kahve' and which in turn, took it from the Arabic 'qahwa.' This means 'wine of the bean,' an apt name for the liquid gold that we pour into our cups each day.

Enough Coffee History! Delicious Coffee Recipes

  • All Recipes is a great place to look for delicious coffee recipes, and in the fall, there may be no more popular coffee concoction than the pumpkin spiced latte. With loads of spicy pumpkin flavor and double-strength brewed coffee, this will get you sipping and zipping in no time.
  • For those of us who can't get enough of those delicious chocolate desserts, there's the peppermint chocolate coffee recipe by Paula Deen. With plenty of chocolate syrup plus chocolate shavings for garnish, you may skip the Nutella chocolate cake and going straight for the java.
  • The Food Network brings us all manner of delicious recipes, including this one for the original Irish coffee. This simple, but popular recipe includes brown sugar, Irish whiskey and plenty of java doused with heavy cream.
  • Watch the attached video to get one more coffee recipe.
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