Coffee Capital of the U.S.A

Did you know that the Louisiana Purchase just celebrated its 212th anniversary?  That’s right; in 1803 the United States purchased this 828,000-square-mile piece of property from France for $15 million, or approximately four cents an acre.

No wonder it’s come to be known as the greatest deal in real estate history!

It might have been an even bigger deal for all of us coffee lovers! You see, Louisiana soon came to be the coffee capital of the U.S.A.

Beginning in the early 18th century, coffee was shipped to New Orleans from the Caribbean island of Martinique, where it was roasted and distributed to the rest of the country. Today, New Orleans is the nation’s premier coffee handling port, with 14 warehouses, more than 5.5 million square feet of storage space, and 6 roasting facilities within a 20-mile radius…Plus it’s home to 2 of the most modern bulk coffee processing operations.

Earth Day

Today is Earth Day and Earth Day is all about recycling. Did you know that leftover coffee grounds provides nutritious foods for plants – especially carrots and radishes? That they also repel snails, slugs and ants? Or that they attract worms for your compost?

Coffee. The first word we say each morning…

Coffee.  It may be the very first word we somehow manage to say each morning.

And that is why it should come as no surprise that the derivation of the word we use to refer to our favorite brew is …. well, completely unclear – even to the experts!

According to many renowned linguists, coffee is derived from the Ethiopian town of Kaffa, known as the historic home of the bean.  Other linguist with equal authority believe the term comes from the Turkish word kahveh … which comes from the Arabic word qahwah … which is short for qahhwat      al-bun … which roughly translates to “wine of the bean”. (Which certainly sounds delicious!)

They do, however, generally agree that coffee, kafa, koffie, kaffe, kapi, kaf, ca-phe, kia-fey, kawa, kophe (or however you may choose to ask for a cup), found its way into European languages in the late 1500′s when the Italians were generous enough to introduce caffe to the rest of Europe.

Whatever its true derivation may be, coffee became an important morning drink throughout the world. And, of course, it still is today.

February is the month for love …

and that’s just what Amora means!

That’s why there’s no better time to cuddle up with your sweetheart … and watch a classic romantic movie (or two). And we’ve got some great suggestions for you. According to the American Film Institute, these are the top 10 love stories of all time: Casablanca, Gone with the Wind , West Side Story, Roman Holiday , An Affair to Remember , The Way We Were, Doctor Zhivago , It’s a Wonderful Life , Love Story, City Lights.

Share a steaming cup of your favorite Amora coffee and get ready to create a love story of your own!