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Have You Tried All These 31 Coffees From Around The World? You Should!

Have You Tried All These 31 Coffees From Around The World? You Should!

While tea may once have been the most popular drink in America (until the tea tax of 1767, that is), people have been drinking coffee for nearly a millennium and it is now one of the most popular beverages in the United States with more than 100 million adult Americans drinking coffee daily. You can hardly go down a major street in the US without encountering at least one coffee shop, whether it’s a large chain like Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, or your local hipster shop.

Coffee isn’t just popular in the US — it’s one of the most-consumed beverages in the world with more than 450 billion cups being consumed worldwide each year. With its distinct aroma and lovely taste, it’s no wonder that this miracle drink for the tired continues to gain in popularity. And with hundreds of kinds of coffee recipes from around the world that you can make yourself (if you have the right ingredients and equipment), drinking coffee never gets boring. Or, if you are lucky enough to have the time and money for traveling, you can visit these countries and order one of their traditional coffees from a local café.

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But did you know that we have goats to thank for this nectar of the gods? Legend has it that coffee was discovered in present day Ethiopia by the goat herder Kaldi after noticing that his goats became quite lively and did not want to sleep at night upon eating berries from a certain tree. After Kaldi made an abbot from the local monastery aware of his discovery, the abbot made a drink with the berries and was surprised to find that it kept him alert for the long hours of evening prayer. The abbot went on to share his discovery with other monks and soon after word spread throughout the globe.

Countries around the world get very creative with their coffee, crafting beverages using varying foam methods, combining coffee and different kinds of milk in unique ways, adding whipped cream, cocoa powder or cinnamon, and even including creative ingredients like black tea, lemon juice, brown sugar, Irish whiskey, or honey. The possibilities are limitless when it comes to how to make a cup of coffee you will love.

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There’s nothing like a perfectly prepared cup of coffee, whether it’s a drink you enjoy first thing in the morning, at work during your coffee break, or when you get home to relax. You will be amazed at how many ways coffee can be prepared.

Check out the infographic below from Cheap Flights to learn some of the routines people have when drinking coffee, as well as to see the delicious ways coffee is prepared in the US, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Columbia, Germany, Austria, Vietnam, Greece, Hong Kong, Cuba, Mexico, Senegal, France, India, Turkey, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Malaysia, and Ireland.

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    Clearly, coffee is more than just a drink. It’s meant to be an experience that permeates every aspect of life, from binding people together as they socialize, to boosting productivity, to its multiple health benefits.

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    So make sure to grab a cup and leave a comment below letting us know your favorite way to prepare coffee.

    Featured photo credit: Raisa Kanareva via shutterstock.com

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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