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Café de Olla: The Rustic and Healthy Mexican Recipe

Café de Olla: The Rustic and Healthy Mexican Recipe

Johanna Duncan

Waking up to the smell of cinnamon, cloves, and the sweetness of panela roaming around the air. A reminder of the charm of fall, which for some reason, seems to be the prime season for flavored coffee. As soon as the first leaf falls, every imaginable flavor for coffee is restocked in the supermarket shelves. Before you run to try the bottled up flavors or new offers at coffee shops, you must try the original flavored coffee. Disclaimer: You may stop buying artificially flavored coffee after trying this.  This traditional mexican recipe reflects the aroma of the country and the...

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Important Lessons I've Learned from Coffee Farmers

Important Lessons I've Learned from Coffee Farmers

Johanna Duncan

Growing up in Colombia, a visit to the country entails long drives around mountains filled with all sorts of smells. Everything from flower plantations to coffee plantations; let’s just say that for those napping in the car, the smell of coffee beans wakes one up as you approach the farm’s gate. Once inside, it is a whole different world. The difference between farm people and city people are evident across the globe, each with its virtues and setbacks, but my own experiences have exposed me to a school in character and virtue, in which coffee farmers have taught me not...

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What Coffee Growers Get Right About Happiness

What Coffee Growers Get Right About Happiness

Johanna Duncan

There is plenty written and researched about happiness. A quick Google search may be all you need to learn some basic tips such as keeping a Gratitude Journal or carrying out small acts of service. Ultimately, the conclusion is that happiness is an inside job rarely associated with circumstances around us. Harvard conducted one of the longest studies ever in researching: What makes a good life? They called it The Harvard Study of Adult Development. For 75 years they tracked the lives of a group of men by getting their medical records, interviewing them and their close relatives, drawing blood,...

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Café Culture and What You Really Need to Have Your Own Café at Home

Café Culture and What You Really Need to Have Your Own Café at Home

Johanna Duncan

I often attend coffee shops for mere enjoyment of the atmosphere, the way it forces me to focus on what I need to do, and the cozy environment is often very comforting when sharing deep conversations with others. Wouldn’t it be nice to have this at home? So why not? Here is an anatomical guide on how to establish your own café at home. When and how it all started is not very well documented, but we do know that cafes as we know them today started in Paris around the 1660s and one of the original cafes, Café Procope,...

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Lessons on Productivity and Work Ethic Learned from Coffee Farmers

Lessons on Productivity and Work Ethic Learned from Coffee Farmers

Johanna Duncan

Coffee farmers get paid by pounds of coffee they are able to manually collect; therefore they maximize their time and physical capacity in a sustainable way, not only so they may have a profitable day at work, but an enjoyable one, for they will repeat it the next day. The core values for the success of a coffee farmer are their incredible discipline, gratefulness, and commitment to the land. Their formula is quite simple and their success is based on their attitude and overall approach to life. Here is a basic guide on how to live by their example; not...

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