September 29 is National Coffee Day! In the U.S., 64 percent of adults drink at least a cup of Joe daily, according to the National Coffee Association, but the stuff is a hit worldwide. To celebrate, we take a look at how coffee is served up in different areas around the world.
Though Japan is better known for tea ceremonies, you can also find Kyoto-style cold drip coffee. “This method produces a deep sweetness and a light body,” said Ross Beamish, a trainer for Caffe Vita in New York and Seattle. “First timers are always surprised by the smoky or cask flavor, often comparing the brew to flavors of a scotch or whiskey.” To make this type of coffee, the Japanese have crafted the Oji, a tall machine featuring glass bulbs, brass, nylon netting and stained oak. If you’re in a rush, this isn’t the drink for you. Each unit brews about six cups of coffee at about 48 drips a minute, which means it takes about seven hours to brew one cup. The result is high in caffeine and served in small mugs over ice.
Nowadays, Americans don’t blink at the thought of ordering a cappuccino, espresso or latte, though many don’t know much about the drinks. While Starbucks has popularized sweet and sticky caramel macchiato, the true Italian version is completely different. The word “macchiato” means “stained” in Italian, and there, the drink consists of a single shot of dark espresso marked with a dollop of milk foam. The traditional café latte consists of espresso, steamed milk and milk foam. The cappuccino is stronger with only espresso and milk foam, and the café au lait is just coffee and steamed milk.
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And in the morning, or any time of the day for that matter, what goes with a nice cup of coffee is BACON!
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If you ever wondered what Obama would do in a reprise of America’s Got President, the Next Term, you only have to look at Obama’s European hero, French President Francois Hollande.
The guy’s becoming a Taxinator: half man, half machine, all taxes, all the time.
As a result France is becoming the juggernaut of worldwide taxation.
While it stinks to be a producer of tax revenues in France, man if you want to leach off the rest of the European economy- or what’s left of it- France is the place for you.
Hollande not only wants to the tax the rich and the super rich- and everyone else too- but he’s also been successful at it in a way that only Obama can dream of.
“The 2013 [French budget] blueprint relies on 20 billion euros ($26 billion) in tax increases,” reports the Washington Post, “including a levy of 75 percent on incomes over 1 million euros, and eliminating limits on the wealth tax.”
Imagine that: no limits on taxing the wealthy.
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More proof that sane people can never appease the savages of the islamic world.
(ANSAmed) – Spanish football giants Barcelona face a possible boycott from Palestinian fans angered that Israeli sportswriter Gilad Shalit, a former Hamas hostage, will be attending a big match against Real Madrid next month. A Hamas radio station called on Palestinians to stop supoorting the club, which is popular with youth people in the Gaza Strip. Gaza youngsters expressed their outrage on social media, calling for their team not to let the former Israeli soldier come to the game.
The Spanish club on Friday confirmed that 26-year-old Shalit, who spent five years in captivity before being released in October 2011 as part of a prisoner exchange deal, will be at Camp Nou for the Clasico against Real Madrid on October 7.
Barcelona did not invite Shalit, but accepted a request from the young reporter, who is a sports columnist for Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, to attend the game, the club said in a statement.
Former Israeli welfare minister and Labor Party MP Itzhak Herzog, solicited the invitation on Shalit’s behalf, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
A former Israeli defense forces soldier, Shalit was abducted by Hamas militants in June 2006. He was held in a secret location for over five years, until his release in October 2011 in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners held in Israel.
”Inviting Shalit is a new attempt to cover up Zionist crimes, using sport as a pretext,” the Hamas-linked Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said in a statement on Friday. ”How can such a respected club, that defends humanism and multiculturalism, invite a criminal and a murderer like Shalit, and show him honor and respect?” The Hamas prime minister of Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, also condemned Barcelona in a statement on Friday and called on the club not to let Shalit attend the match. Barcelona has in the past invited young former Palestinian detainees to its matches.