International chocolate day, some call it world chocolate day, is a day to remember every year. Tell Google, Siri, Alexa, and every other AI to set an annual reminder. Observed on July 7th, international chocolate day is a day to celebrate one of life's most precious foods. How did we come upon this glorious day to exist? Well, according to historians, this is the day that chocolate was introduced to Europe. Spanish explorers, Hernan Cortes in particular, discovered it when visiting the Americas. Chocolate was already present in Mexico, Central, and South America. Throughout time, they added different ingredients, particularly sugar, making it much more acceptable throughout Europe.
Most believe chocolate is an unhealthy dessert that should be consumed in moderation. It is true that everything should be consumed in moderation. However, chocolate has many healthy attributes. Chocolate is packed with antioxidants, especially dark chocolate. It also possesses flavonoids, helps your heart and helps memory, and also acts as an anti-inflammatory.
Before going out and snack attacking this great food, remember everything in moderation. A few nice cubes or squares per day, with or without the green stuff (that's up to you), is all you need. Just think of today as the day you started enjoying this rich and flavorful food more often than binge eating it, and thank me later.
One of the most asked questions we receive about coffee is the difference between coffee and espresso beans? A valid question for sure, yet the answer may not be as exciting as much as you think. Let's start with the beans.
Commonly, coffee roasters will use specific beans for espresso and others for drip, pour-over, or pods. This is partly because roasters can consistently extract the flavors and the characteristics they want for their blend. This makes sense, especially if that cafe or coffee roaster has a signature blend they are best known for. That said, they technically are the same beans. The difference is in the roasting process. Espresso beans tend to be a medium or darker roast because the beans become more porous during the roasting process, allowing flavors to be more easily extracted during the quick process of an espresso pull. The darker roasts allow for the formation of what we all know and love: crema.
So being the coffee lovers or caffiends you are, you now know the difference between the two, or more how similar they are.
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