Jack London

Get your caffeine on in the West

Get your caffeine on in the West

Do you get your buzz from a big mug of java or a shot of espresso? Maybe a soy hazelnut latte with honey or an icy frappé dripping with whipped cream and cinnamon? Or just a cuppa joe? How about your tea — black, white, green, yellow, red bush, oolong, pekoe, chai, herbal or obscure? No matter how you dress them up, naked coffees and teas from around the world are the first and most important step to creating beverages savored daily by nearly 70% of Americans.

In fact, one-third of the world's population now drinks coffee. That's about 2 billion coffee drinkers. No other beverage (except water) is as popular.

Some of the first coffee consumers may have been goats, who...

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