coffee break

I’ve been a fan of Intelligentsia coffee for some time now, and it continues to hold its spot as my favorite.. From the moment I took my first sip, I knew it was something special. The aroma of the beans is amazing, it has notes of chocolate and a hint of fruitiness.

I like the smooth texture, and the balance of sweetness and acidity. The chocolate notes are prominent and the apple and citrus notes add brightness and complexity to the overall flavor.

What I love most about this coffee is that it’s not too bitter or acidic, which is something that I often find in light roasts. Instead, it has a clean and refreshing finish.

I would highly recommend Intelligentsia to anyone looking for a high-quality, flavorful coffee. It’s perfect for those who enjoy a smooth, easy-drinking coffee with a touch of fruitiness. I’ve been a fan for a while now and I don’t see myself switching anytime soon.

*Quick note. I am not sponsored by Intelligentsia or any other coffee brands. I just like it!

So, today’s blog came to me as I sat and waited for my House Blend to brew. Coffee has become quite important to me and my daily routine. I really enjoy this brand right now and felt it important enough to share. I am thinking that in the future I will stop and have a “Coffee Break” with you all on occasion.

I got caught up in coffee exploration while preparing for this entry and found some interesting things about my favorite beverage. Pour yourself a fresher, sit back, and peruse these quaint facts.

Hard Boiled.

In the 18th century, some coffeehouses in London would serve “coffee with eggs,” which was a concoction made by boiling eggs in the coffee. It was believed that the eggs would make the coffee creamier and more nourishing.

But what did the coffee do to the eggs?

Water Supply.

During the 18th century in Europe, coffee was sometimes used as a substitute for water as it was considered cleaner and safer to drink. This was particularly common in cities where the water supply was known to be contaminated or unsafe for consumption.

If their local supply was anything like ours, I don’t blame them.

Chewable Energy.

In medieval Arabia, coffee beans were sometimes chewed as a stimulant, before the invention of brewing. The beans were believed to have energizing properties and were chewed to help stay awake and alert.

I wonder if the act of brushing one’s teeth was in practice at this point?


Some people add butter or coconut oil to their coffee for a creamy texture and added energy. This concoction is called “bulletproof coffee.” It is believed to increase energy and focus, and to improve weight loss.

Butter? I would normally say “Delicious!”, but I just don’t know about this one.

Threat To Society.

In the 16th century, the Ottoman Empire tried to ban coffee, claiming it was a “Muslim wine.” They believed that coffee was a threat to their society as it could lead to people gathering in coffeehouses and discussing ideas that were against the government.

Reminds me of when I graduated high school in the early 90’s. Grunge brought Seattle into the spotlight and coffeeshops exploded onto the scene. I can’t tell you how many of my days were spent in a coffeeshop discussing ideas that were against the government.

Tummy Ache.

In the early days of coffee, the beans were sometimes mixed with other ingredients like salt, spices, or even ground glass to make them go further. This was done to stretch the coffee supply and make it last longer.

I’ve been known to have an iron gut, but I don’t think I could handle ground glass.

A CureAll.

Some people in ancient Arabia believed that coffee had medicinal properties and would prescribe it to treat a variety of illnesses. They believed that coffee could help to stimulate the mind and body, as well as improve digestion and circulation.

Um, is this still not true?


In ancient Ethiopia, coffee beans were believed to have been discovered by a goat herder named Kaldi, who noticed that his goats became unusually energetic after eating the coffee cherries. This story is believed to be the origin of coffee and how it was discovered.

Oh Kaldi and your crazy goats! We are all forever in your debt.

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