Mmmm, with a cup of coffee…[via Make]
Rose and Black Pepper Thumbprints by Whimsy & Spice: This buttery, crumbly almond-based shortbread cookie has a hint of black pepper and is filled with special rose petal preserves for an unexpected blend of flavors.
Maple Marshmallows: Our new maple marshmallows are made with pure Grade B, extra dark maple syrup from upstate NY and embodies the perfect flavor for the cooler months. Each 1.25″ cube is perfect for eating on its own, but is especially spectacular in a cup of hot coffee. Would also be perfect for homemade smores!
Seattle: the home of rain, amazing coffee, and fabulous craft!
In Seattle, arts & crafts are big business! Michelle Manasse bought the Fireworks Gallery in 1985 and has since grown her business into a 5 store chain, carrying handmade goods from both the local area and around the world! Michelle’s goal is to bring fun & practical together, saying, “The medium is not as important as its ability to be functional and entertaining.” The galleries motto is to “Celebrate art in life.”
It is said that the stimulating effects of coffee were discovered by a 9th century goat-herder who observed his goats becoming livelier and more energetic after consuming the fruit of a certain bush. As the story goes, the shepherd gathered up some of the coffee “cherries”, brewed himself a drink and, as any coffee lover can well-imagine, became hooked.
Whether that’s a true tale or a tall-tale, historical records show that by the 15th century coffee consumption was wide-spread throughout Africa and the Middle East. It wasn’t until the mid-1600s, though, that coffee merchants began importing the beans on a large-scale basis to the Netherlands, home of Europe’s first coffeehouses. Today, coffee is enjoyed world-wide and has become a part of our cultural landscape. Cafes and coffee-shops are everywhere and “going for coffee” remains an affordable daily indulgence; even with today’s economic belt-tightening. For some of us, it is the one vice that we have allowed ourselves to hang on to.
Did you remember to wear green today?
Organic, fair trade, roasted-to-order, Irish Creme flavored coffee by Downtown Roasters.