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"If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee." - Abraham Lincoln.

"I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon." - Ronald Reagan.

"Like everyone else who makes the mistake of getting older, I begin each day with coffee and obituaries." - Bill Cosby.

"Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs." - Bill Gates.

"Do Lipton employees take coffee breaks?" - Steven Wright.

COFFEE is a brewed beverage prepared from the roasted seeds of several species of an evergreen shrub of the genus Coffea. The two most common sources of coffee beans are the highly regarded Coffea arabica, and the "robusta" form of the hardier Coffea canephora. The latter is resistant to the coffee leaf rust (Hemileia vastatrix), but has a more bitter taste. Coffee plants are cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in equatorial Latin America, Southeast Asia, Maldives, and Africa. Once ripe, coffee "berries" are picked, processed, and dried to yield the seeds inside. The seeds are then roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavor, before being ground and brewed to create coffee.

Coffee is slightly acidic (pH 5.0–5.1) and can have a stimulating effect on humans because of its caffeine content. It is one of the most consumed drinks in the world. It can be prepared and presented in a variety of ways. Many studies have examined the health effects of coffee, and whether the overall effects of coffee consumption are positive or negative has been widely disputed. The majority of recent research suggests that moderate coffee consumption is benign or mildly beneficial in healthy adults. However, coffee can worsen the symptoms of some conditions, such as anxiety, largely due to the caffeine and diterpenes it contains.

COFFEEHOUSE, COFFEE SHOP, and CAFÉ are related terms for an establishment which primarily serves prepared coffee and other hot beverages. It shares some of the same characteristics of a bar or restaurant, but it is different from a cafeteria. As the name suggests, coffeehouses focus on providing coffee and tea as well as light snacks. Many coffee houses in the Middle East, and in West Asian immigrant districts in the Western world, offer shisha (nargile in Turkish and Greek), flavored tobacco smoked through a hookah. Espresso bars are a type of coffeehouse that specialize in serving espresso and espresso-based drinks. From a cultural standpoint, coffeehouses largely serve as centers of social interaction: the coffeehouse provides social members with a place to congregate, talk, write, read, entertain one another, or pass the time, whether individually or in small groups of two or three people. A coffeehouse serves as an informal club for its regular members.

A BARISTA (from the Italian for "bartender") is a person, usually a coffee-house employee, who prepares and serves espresso-based coffee drinks. Baristas generally operate a commercial espresso machine, and their role is preparing the shot and pulling the shot; the degree to which this is automated or done manually varies significantly, ranging from push-button operation to an involved manual process. Machines range from manual (lever), where the pressure is applied by hand, to semi-automatic, where the pressure is applied automatically but brew time is not selected by the barista, to automatic, where the brew time is also preset (but preparing the grinds is still manual), to super-automatic, where the barista need only load the beans and push a button, but is otherwise completely automated. Espresso is a notoriously finicky beverage, and thus good manual espresso making is considered a skilled task. Further, preparation of other beverages, particularly milk-based drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes, but also non-espresso coffee such as drip or press pot, requires additional work and skill for effective frothing, pouring and most often latte art.

LATTE ART is a method of preparing coffee created by pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso and resulting in a pattern or design on the surface of the resulting latte. It can also be created or embellished by simply "drawing" in the top layer of foam. Latte art is particularly difficult to create consistently, due to the demanding conditions required of both the espresso shot and milk. This, in turn, is limited by the experience of the barista and quality of the espresso machine. The pour itself, then, becomes the last challenge for the latte artist.

KOPI LUWAK, or civet coffee, refers to the beans of coffee berries once they have been eaten and excreted by the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus). The name is also used for marketing brewed coffee made from those beans. Producers of the coffee beans argue that the process may improve coffee through two mechanisms, selection and digestion. Selection occurs if the civets choose to eat coffee cherries containing better beans. Digestive mechanisms may improve the flavor profile of the coffee beans that have been eaten. The civet eats the berries for the beans' fleshy pulp, then in the digestive tract, fermentation occurs. The civet's proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet's intestines the beans are then defecated with other fecal matter and collected. Although kopi luwak is a form of processing, not a variety of coffee, it has been called the most expensive coffee in the world with retail prices reaching €550 / US$700 per kilogram. The price paid to collectors in the Philippines is closer to US$20 per kilogram.

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  • Antico Caffè Greco, Via dei Condotti 86, 00187 Roma.
  • ANTICO CAFFÈ GRECO - opened in 1760 on 86, Via dei Condotti. "The writers and other artists who lived in this area—once known as the "English Quarter"—gathered here. Casanova, Goethe, Bertel Thorvaldsen, Mariano Fortuny, Franz Liszt, John Keats, Henrik Ibsen, Felix Mendelssohn, Wagner, Levi, María Zambrano, Nickolai Gogol, George Eliot, Hans Christian Andersen, Stendhal, Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe-Shelley, to name a few, sipped cappuccinos at its round tables."
  • Blue Bottle Coffee - cafés: Bay Area & New York City.
  • CafÈ Badilatti - since 1912. The highest coffee roaster in Europe. Over three generations the family Badilatti has guaranteed top quality coffee for all lovers of the drink who look for something special. Chesa Cafè, CH-7524 Zuoz, Switzerland.
  • CafÉ Grumpy - independently owned and operated café, bakery, and roastery with four locations in New York City.
  • CafÉ Imperial - at Hotel Imperial, Kärntner Ring 16, 1010 Vienna, Austria. "A Tribute to Viennese Coffeehouse Tradition." For the Viennese, a coffeehouse is like a second home outside of one’s own home. After a lavish buffet breakfast between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., guests can enjoy delicious Viennese specialties and tidbits together with popular coffee variations such as Wiener Melange (coffee & milk blend), Pharisäer (the Austrian-style Irish Coffee) or Maria Theresia (black coffee with orange liqueur and whipped cream) as well as the home-made Imperial Torte until 11:00 p.m.
  • CafÉ Lomi - 3 ter rue Marcadet, 75018 Paris, France.
  • Caffè Florian, Piazza San Marco 56-59, 30124 Venice. Caffè Florian, Piazza San Marco 56-59, 30124 Venice.
  • CaffÈ Florian - coffee house situated in the Procuratie Nuove of Piazza San Marco, Venice. It was established in 1720, and is a contender for the title of the oldest coffee house in continuous operation (Antico Caffè Greco in Rome was established in 1760).
  • Caribou Coffee - specialty coffee and espresso retailer, the second largest in the United States after Starbucks. 126 franchise locations worldwide.
  • Castroni - via Cola di Rienzo 196, 00193 Rome, Italy.
  • Coutume - 47, rue de Babylone, 75007 Paris, France.
  • Ferrara Bakery & Café - "America's First Espresso Bar - Since 1892." 195 Grand Street (between Mulberry Street and Mott Street), New York City, NY 10013, U.S.A.
  • Five Elephant - Reichenberger Straße 101, 10999 Berlin, Germany. Specialty coffee micro roastery, online store,bakery and café in Berlin, Germany. "Passionate about quality, our goal is to source the best coffees in the world in a way that is both socially and environmentally responsible."
  • Four Barrel Coffee - 375 Valencia St (at 15th St), San Francisco, CA 94103, U.S.A.
  • Gimme! Coffee - locations in New York City and Upstate New York.
  • Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee - since 2003. "Voted America's Best Coffee." New York City coffeehouse located in the historic Greenwich Village and South Street Seaport, as well as in Amagansett, NY. Opened by owner Jack Mazzola in 2003 it was the first Organic, Fair Trade, Shade-Grown coffeeshop in the city. The coffee is prepared using the patented Stir Brew method.
  • Kaffeine - 66 Great Titchfield St, London W1W 7QJ, England, U.K. Inspired by the amazing coffee culture in Australia and New Zealand, Kaffeine is an independently owned cafe and espresso bar in Fitzrovia.
  • Kafferiet, Ægirsgade 46, DK-2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark.
  • Kafferiet - since 1998. Specialty: slow coffee. "When you enter KAFFERIET, you enter another world where you forget about everyday problems for a while. Here you get surrounded by warmth and the smell of freshly ground coffee. At KAFFERIET, you can have your coffee to stay - drink it in the coffee shop of our beautiful handmade cups. You can of course also have your coffee as take away, in our nice to-go mug." Coffeehouses: Esplanaden 44, Kronprinsessegade 1, Wildersgade 26, Ryesgade 63 & Ægirsgade 46: Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Koppi - Norra Storgatan 16, 252 50 Helsingborg, Sweden. Fine Coffee Roadsters since 2007. "The roastery and coffee bar, situated in the heart of Helsingborg, offer coffee experiences out of the ordinary. Our ambition is to be one of the best roasters in the world and our aim is always to buy, roast, brew and serve coffee from the worlds best coffee producers."
  • La Casa del CaffÈ Tazza d'Oro - via degli Orfani 84, 00186 Rome, Italy.
  • LAVAZZA - "Italy's favorite coffee." Coffee shops worldwide.
  • Monmouth coffeehouse, 27 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9EU, England, U.K.
  • Monmouth Covent Garden - 27 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9EP, England, U.K. "We make single cone filter coffee and espresso based drinks. Our organic Jersey whole milk is from Jeff Bowles in Somerset and our organic whole cane sugar from Assukkar, Costa Rica. We have pastries from Little Bread Pedlar, fresh cream truffles from Sally Clarke and, in the colder months, single-origin chocolate from Marou and Tobago Estate."
  • Oren's Daily Roast - NYC's premier coffee roaster since 1986, now offering the finest specialty coffees, teas, brewing equipment and accessories online.
  • PEET'S COFFEE & TEA - Californian specialty coffee roaster and retailer.
  • Sant’Eustachio Il CaffÈ - Piazza Sant’Eustachio 82, 00186 Rome, Italy.
  • Sciascia CaffÈ dal 1919 - Via Fabio Massimo 80/A, 00192 Rome, Italy.
  • SECOND CUP - Canada’s largest specialty coffee retailer, and operates more than 360 cafés across Canada.
  • STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY - founded in 1971. The largest coffeehouse company in the world, with 20,891 stores in 62 countries.
  • Tazza d'Oro - since 1946. Via degli Orfani, 84 (Pantheon), 00186, Rome, Italy.
  • Ten Belles - 10, rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010 Paris, France.
  • The Broken Arm - 12, rue Perrée, 75003 Paris, France.
    Online Coffee Stores
  • Half Pound Kopi Luwak Arabica Pouch.
  • animalcoffee - "Authentic wild collected kopi luwak from Indonesia."
  • ARABICA COFFEE AT AMAZON.COM'S GROCERY & GOURMET FOOD - as of December 10, 2016: 34,034 results.
  • Bespoke Beverages KL Diamond 100% peaberry Kopi Luwak coffee.
  • Bespoke Beverages - "Purveyors of the World's Finest Coffee."
  • Blue Bottle Coffee - "Shop coffee."
  • Blue Mountain Coffee Jamaica - "Coffee connoisseurs the world-over, recognize the special and unique characteristics of Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee and prize it's distinct flavor and taste. Strictly regulated and monitored by the Jamaica Coffee Industry Board, only the best quality Coffee is available for export."
  • Bulletproof - "Ground, Whole Bean, Decaf & Pods."
  • CAFFÈ DEL DOGE - "Il Cafè di Venezia."
  • Caribou Coffee - "Life is short. Stay awake for it."
  • Clear coffee - "The first colorless coffee drink in the World. This refreshing beverage is made from high quality Arabica coffee beans and pure water. It is produced by methods which have never been used before. Due to this combination of technology and high quality ingredients a drink has been developed which is unique in taste and flavour. Our product does not contain preservatives, artificial flavours, stabilizers, sugar or any other sweeteners. If you are looking for a refreshing coffee but you want to keep your smile white, then Clear Coffee is perfect for you!"
  • DALLMAYR - since 1700. The largest delicatessen business in Europe. "In a coffee world of its own."
  • DAVIDOFF CAFÉ - "Davidoff Café is the international super premium coffee for true connoisseurs, and provides a broad spectrum of flavours."
  • DEAN & DELUCA - since 1977. "Your source for gourmet foods."
  • DUNKIN' DONUTS COFFEE - online shop.
  • Eight O'Clock coffee - as of December 10, 2016: 190 results at Amazon.com.
  • ETHIOPIAN YIRGACHEFFE COFFEE - online. The cream of the crop of all Ethiopian coffees which are purported to be the finest coffees in the world.
  • FINCA VISTA HERMOSA - "The world's best coffee."
  • Five Elephant Coffee - specialty coffee micro roastery, online store,bakery and café in Berlin, Germany. "Passionate about quality, our goal is to source the best coffees in the world in a way that is both socially and environmentally responsible."
  • Folgers Coffee - "The Best Part of Wakin' Up." Founded in 1850 in San Francisco, has been an iconic American brand that has made great-tasting coffee for more than 150 years.
  • FORTNUM & MASON - Piccadilly since 1707. "Buy Coffee Online, Coffee Beans & Ground Coffee."
  • FOURBARREL - blends, decaf & merchandise.
  • Gimme! Coffee - buy coffee.
  • Grower's Cup - "Know Here Your Coffee Is From!"
  • Grumpy Mule - organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee, and many more luxury coffees. Fairtrade certified.
  • HACIENDA LA ESMERALDA - "Hacienda La Esmeralda is renowned the world-over as the #1 producer of Geisha coffee. Esmeralda coffees are grown in perfect microclimates, tended and harvested with utmost care, and processed with precision to arrive in your cup bursting with the signature aroma of Esmeralda."
  • HARRODS - since 1834. "Enjoy Luxury Shopping at Harrods!" Luxury Coffee.
  • HÉDIARD PARIS - since 1854: "A Passion for Perfection." The noble bean is a passion chez Hédiard. As an example, most commercial coffees are roasted for around two minutes: long enough to release the basic flavour. Superior beans have so much more to give, and it’s in careful roasting that the subtleties emerge – which is why we do ours the honour of a full 20-minute roast. Just one distinguishing fact among dozens we could mention.
  • ILLY ITALIAN COFFEE - "Make Your Coffee Moment Special."
  • Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee - since 2003. "Voted America's Best Coffee." The coffee is prepared using the patented Stir Brew method.
  • JONES COFFEE ROASTERS - "Globally sourced, locally roasted gourmet coffee for your home, office and restaurant."
  • KOPI LUWAK COFFEE AT AMAZON.COM'S GROCERY & GOURMET FOOD - as of December 10, 2016: 121 results.
  • Koppi - Norra Storgatan 16, 252 50 Helsingborg, Sweden. Fine Coffee Roadsters since 2007. "The roastery and coffee bar, situated in the heart of Helsingborg, offer coffee experiences out of the ordinary. Our ambition is to be one of the best roasters in the world and our aim is always to buy, roast, brew and serve coffee from the worlds best coffee producers."
  • LA MINITA COFFEE - "From Costa Rica To The World."
  • LAVAZZA - "Italy's favorite coffee."
  • LUWAK COFFEE - "Authentic wild collected kopi luwak from Indonesia." World's most expensive coffee costing up to US$600 per pound.
  • Maxwell House coffee AT AMAZON.COM'S GROCERY & GOURMET FOOD - as of December 10, 2016: 637 results.
  • Millstone Coffee - "From Custom to Decaffeinated, Flavored to Organic, each Millstone coffee brings to life a different experience that's sure to fit your taste."
  • Monmouth Coffee Company - "We started roasting and retailing coffee in 1978."
  • Oren's Daily Roast - NYC's premier coffee roaster since 1986, now offering the finest specialty coffees, teas, brewing equipment and accessories online.
  • PEET'S COFFEE & TEA - Californian specialty coffee roaster and retailer.
  • PETROSSIAN - "Exquisite Food and Gifts Since 1920."
  • PNG COFFEE - "Exclusive, rare organic coffees from Papua New Guinea."
  • Raw Coffee Company - "Fair Trade 100% Organic." Initially, unable to buy the quality of coffee we were used to locally, we started off as boot legers, bringing our beans back into Dubai in our suitcases from favourite roasteries around the world. We love coffee, and we were seriously tired of the sad old offerings available here ~ Raw was born, established in July 2007 to fill the gap in the market for freshly roasted specialty coffee.
  • Ritz Paris Gourmet - Coffee & tea.
  • SEA ISLAND COFFEE - online store for rare and exotic coffee beans such as Kopi Luwak, Civet coffee, Hawaii Kona coffee and Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee.
  • STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY - founded in 1971. The largest coffeehouse company in the world, with 20,891 stores in 62 countries. Gourmet coffee, whole coffee beans, ground and decaf varieties.
  • Stumptown Coffee Roasters - since 1999. "Coffee and brew gear." Owner Aida Batlle, a fifth generation El Salvadorian coffee producer, owns four farms located along the slopes of the Santa Ana volcano: Finca Kilimanjaro, Finca Los Alpes, Finca Mauritania and Finca Tanzania. Aida is famous throughout the coffee industry. The Batlle family has been involved in El Salvador’s coffee industry since the late 1800’s when Aida’s great great grandfather, a coffee producer, was the first to plant the Bourbon variety within the country.
  • THE WOLSELEY - online shop.
  • World Trader Coffee - "Arabica Coffees from the Americas, Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Indonesia."
  • YIRGACHEFFE COFFEE - the cream of the crop of all Ethiopian coffees which are purported to be the finest coffees in the world.
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