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5 Origins Of Good Quality Coffee Beans That Coffee Lovers Shouldn’t Miss!

5 Origins Of Good Quality Coffee Beans That Coffee Lovers Shouldn’t Miss!

While all coffee beans fall into two basic kinds of beans, Arabica and Robust, there are a myriad of different flavors that can occur based on the location and roast of the bean. While robust beans typically make up the majority of instant and off brand generic ground coffees, most coffee aficionados will appreciate coffees derived from Arabica beans. Arabica beans are grown all over the world and while they are more sensitive to weather and disease, they also produce a fuller bodied, more complex coffee with less bitterness. If you’re a coffee lover, you’ll want to branch out and try a few of these coffees, grown in various origins around the world that provide a tasting experience not to be missed.

Jamaican Blue Mountain

This bean, grown only in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, is famous for its mild flavor and smooth, chocolaty finish. It is typically roasted in small batches as a medium roast, which brings out the flavor without any bitter aftertaste. While it was wildly popular as an exotic offering several years ago, prices have fallen and you can usually find this coffee on the shelf at your local grocery store at a fairly reasonable price. Sip away and roll the lush topical mountains of the Caribbean under your tongue.

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    Ethiopian

    While Africa might not immediately come to mind when you consider coffee, Ethiopia is actually the origin of the Arabica bean. Ethiopian beans have gained in popularity in recent years and have become big business for the African nation. There are three basic types of Ethiopian beans- longberry, shortberry and mocha. While critics disagree about which is best, all are likely worthy of sampling if you’re looking for a stronger brew with a heavy body and a fragrant aroma. Most drinkers prefer a medium roast to balance the coffee and bring out the fruity or peppery notes in the flavor. This is a bean that you’ll find in swanky coffee houses or the homes of hipsters, riding high on a wave of recent critical acclaim.

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      Sumatra

      This bean, from the tropical island of Indonesia, has long been hailed as the most coveted among coffee lovers. It has a very particular, robust flavor with plenty of acidity and complexity. Most enjoy it as a dark roast but it can be inaccessible in terms of a taste profile for the average coffee drinker.  Ease into this one slowly by sampling other lighter or medium bodied coffees before you taken on this infamous brew. At some point in your coffee experience, you’ll appreciate the earthy, oily profile Sumatra offers.

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        Geisha

        This coffee bean comes originally from Panama, where it first was grown in the 60s and has since developed a cult following. Some roasters refer to it as the “holy grail” of the coffee world. It is extremely rare and difficult to grow, so it garners a high price tag and can be hard to track down. Look to specialty shops and small batch roasters to provide this incredible bean that is usually prepared as a lighter roast to avoid damaging the delicate flavors, which contain citrus notes with floral accents.

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          Kopi Luwak

          Similar to Sumatra, this bean begins its life as an Indonesia native, but with a interesting twist. Kopi Luwak refers to beans that have been harvested from the feces of an Indonesia cat called the civet cat. Once eaten, these beans undergo a process within the animal’s stomach that is the source of this coffee’s unique taste. It is referred to as the most expensive coffee in the world and rightly so since it typically fetches upwards of a hundred dollars per pound. Again, this is a coffee that should be enjoyed as a lighter roast since the more sensitive properties of the beans will be destroyed by a darker roast method. Certainly a coffee tasting experience caffeine junkies will want to add to their bucket list.

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            Published on March 22, 2019

            14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go

            14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go

            Greasy hamburgers at lunch or a buttered bagel is not everyone’s idea of a dream lunch. Healthy eating is important but not always so easy when you have little time on your hands. You may be forced to eat snacks that you do not enjoy in a rush.

            However, there are recipes that do not involve spending a lot of time or having special culinary skills. Try these 14 healthy easy recipes for busy people on the go.

            1. Green Salads

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              Salads are super easy to make and require no cooking at all. Just chop up the ingredients and put it in a Tupperware and you are good to go. You can make a lot at once and keep for later.

              Ingredients:

              • Kale
              • Lemon
              • Olive oil
              • Salt
              • Pepper

              How to make it:

              1. Chop kale into small bite-size pieces. Squeeze out the lemon juice and whisk in olive oil, salt, and pepper.
              2. Toss kale in the mix and add bean sprouts or cheese

              2. Chickpea Slaw

                Photo credit: Unsweetened Caroline

                Ingredients:

                • ¼ cup plain yogurt
                • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
                • 1 tbsp. water
                • Salt
                • Black pepper
                • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
                • 2 ½ cups of sliced green cabbage
                • 2 stalks celery (sliced)
                • 2 shredded carrots
                • 2 tbsps. sesame seeds (toasted)

                How to make it:

                1. Stir together yogurt, vinegar, water, salt, and pepper.
                2. Add in chickpeas, cabbage, celery, and carrots.
                3. Toss and sprinkle in sesame seeds.

                3. Juice Your Greens

                  Photo credit: Loving it Vegan

                  Ingredients:

                  • A handful of kale
                  • A handful of cabbage
                  • A handful of parsley
                  • A stalk of celery
                  • An apple or a pear

                  How to make it:

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                  1. Place the ingredients one at a time into your juicer.
                  2. Put it in your favorite bottle and you are done!

                  4. Steamed Veggies And Meat

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                    This recipe includes meat but does not take years to prepare. Steaming cooks the meal really fast. If you are a vegan, you can use tofu to substitute the meat.

                    Ingredients:

                    • Broccoli
                    • Meat (of your choice)
                    • Olive oil
                    • Salt
                    • Pepper
                    • Apple cider vinegar

                    How to make it:

                    1. Steam broccoli and meat in a steamer while drizzling the meat with olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
                    2. Remove the broccoli when it becomes soft and the meat when it is well cooked.
                    3. Remember to sprinkle on some salt and pepper.

                    5. Seared Meat and Vegetables

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                      A skillet will come in handy for this dish. And yes, it is another meal with veggies and meat, you cannot go wrong with this. It is a mix and matches meaning you can switch up the oils, seasonings, and vegetables according to your taste.

                      Ingredients:

                      • Ground meat (of your choice)
                      • Vegetables (anyone you fancy)
                      • Organic oil/butter
                      • Store bought sauce/dressing
                      • Salt

                      How to make it:

                      1. Cook meat with heated organic oil/butter in a skillet over moderate heat for 3 to 4 minutes.
                      2. Add in shredded and chopped vegetables and stir until the meat cooks and the vegetables are semi-soft.
                      3. Put your salt or dressing to give it some extra flavor.

                      6. Green Smoothie

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                        Smoothies are quite filling and combine fruits and vegetables for a healthy breakfast if you need to rush out in the morning.

                        Ingredients:

                        • 1 tbsp. Spirulina
                        • 1 banana
                        • 1 cup blueberries
                        • Milk/Soy milk
                        • Blend till smooth and enjoy. To make it thicker, add ice in with the ingredients.
                        • A tea smoothie

                        Note: If you like green tea, then try out this smoothie that uses your favourite tea and fruits:

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                        • ¾ cup green tea
                        • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
                        • 2 tsp. lemon juice
                        • 2 tsp. Agave nectar
                        • 1 small pear
                        • 2 tbsps. fat-free plain yogurt

                        How to make it:

                        Blend until smooth.

                        7. Feta Omelet and Toast

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                          Toast and eggs will definitely taste different from this recipe.

                          Ingredients:

                          • Chopped broccoli
                          • 2 eggs
                          • 2 tsp. Feta cheese (crumbled)
                          • 2 slices toasted bread
                          • Olive oil

                          How to make it:

                          1. Cook broccoli for three minutes in heated skillet.
                          2. Mix feta, eggs, and dill in a bowl and cook in the pan for 3-4 minutes.
                          3. Eat with toast.

                          8. Banana and Almond Toast

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                            This recipe is sure to keep you full until lunchtime.

                            Ingredients:

                            • 1 tbsp. almond butter
                            • 1 slice rye bread
                            • 1 sliced banana

                            How to make it:

                            Cover toast with almond butter and put banana slices.

                            9. Quinoa

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                              You can cook the quinoa the night before to reduce the amount of time spent on the dish.

                              Ingredients:

                              • 1 cup cooked quinoa
                              • 1/3 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
                              • 1 small tomato (chopped)
                              • 1 scallion (chopped)
                              • 1 tsp. olive oil
                              • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
                              • Salt
                              • Pepper

                              How to make it:

                              Gently toss all the ingredients in a bowl and voila, you are done.

                              10. Hummus and Beans

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                                Mashing your beans to create hummus takes just a few minutes.

                                Ingredients:

                                • ¼ cup canned white beans
                                • 1 tbsp. chopped chives
                                • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
                                • 2 tsp. olive oil
                                • Assorted Vegetables (chopped)

                                How to make it:

                                1. Combine beans, chives and lemon juice in a small bowl and mash till smooth.
                                2. Add assorted vegetables.

                                11. Egg Sandwich

                                  Photo credit: Home Sweet Eats

                                  Ingredients:

                                  • 2 cooked eggs (chopped)
                                  • 2 tbsp. Greek yogurt
                                  • 2 tbsp. red bell peppers (chopped)
                                  • ¼ curry powder
                                  • Salt
                                  • Pepper
                                  • Rye bread
                                  • ½ fresh spinach

                                  How to make it:

                                  1. Combine eggs, yogurt, bell pepper, curry powder, salt, and pepper and stir well.
                                  2. Place the spinach on the rye bread and egg salad.

                                  12. Swiss Sandwich and Ham

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                                    Whip up a simple but tasty sandwich.

                                    Ingredients:

                                    • 1 tbsp. Greek yogurt
                                    • ¼ Tsp. dried dill
                                    • 2 slices bread
                                    • 1-ounce lean sliced ham
                                    • 1 pear (sliced)
                                    • 1 1- ounce slice Swiss cheese

                                    How to make it:

                                    1. Combine yogurt and dill in a bowl and stir until blended.
                                    2. Spread mix on bread slices with ham, pear slices, cheese, and bread slice.

                                    13. Salmon Noodles

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                                      Noodles take just a few minutes to cook and are extremely tasty.

                                      Ingredients:

                                      • 4 ounces noodles or spaghetti
                                      • 5 ounces asparagus (cut)
                                      • 1 (6-oz) salmon fillet
                                      • 1tbsp sesame oil
                                      • Zest and juice of 1-2 limes
                                      • Salt
                                      • Fresh pepper
                                      • 4 ounces cucumber (cut)
                                      • ½ avocado

                                      How to make it:

                                      1. Cook noodles for 6-8 minutes until soft.
                                      2. Strain and then add asparagus to boiling water.
                                      3. Cook for 2 minutes then rinse with cold water.
                                      4. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes.

                                      14. Spaghetti Squash

                                        This is one of my favourite recipes on the go (all it takes is 20 mins)! I substitute pasta for spaghetti squash. No plate needed.

                                        Ingredients:

                                        • 1 spaghetti squash
                                        • 2 tsp of olive oil
                                        • 2 pinch’ of salt
                                        • 2 pinch’ of pepper

                                        Steps: 

                                        Check out the detailed steps in this full recipe here.

                                        All these recipes can be prepared with ease and have carbs, proteins and fat to keep you energized until your next meal.

                                        Featured photo credit: Brandy S via unsplash.com

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