Brand Info: Carte Noire

“A coffee named desire”

Carte Noire may have begun as a company in 1978, but Rene Monnier had already been successfully blending and selling coffee for more than 10 years.  The Monnier family is a coffee dynasty, starting a business that grew into a popular and staple French coffee, alluding to coffee that grandmothers make.  Then, Rene created and built Carte Noire into a premium brand, symbolizing luxury and sophistication.  The name and packaging, with its gold and black, suggests elegance.   This is the coffee you imagine drinking as you sit at a street-side café in Paris.

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Brand Info: Jacobs

Jacobs coffee is one of our best-selling brands of German coffee.  The Jacobs name has been producing coffee in Germany since 1895.  Premium beans are selected from the best growing regions, then carefully blended to create fine coffee.

Fast forward fewer than 100 years, Jacobs is a successful coffee company.  First merging with a Swiss chocolate company, then later bought by Brach’s Candy in 1987, Kraft Foods now owns and markets Jacobs coffee, having done so since 1990.  Jacobs coffee is popular all over the world, but in particular across Europe.

Jacobs leading premium coffee is Kronung, which means coronation in German.  It is known for its aromatic qualities.  Many folks discover it while visiting or living in Germany, then must have it back in the states.  Jacobs consistently gets high marks in online reviews for its taste, described as smooth and mellow.

Brand Info: Ahmad Tea

“There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.”

This sums up the Ahmad Tea experience.

The UK-based family business, begun in 1950, has been selecting, blending and packaging only the finest teas.   Ahmad Tea of London is considered by some to be the world’s most exclusive tea. The brand commands the highest quality leaves for the aroma, color, strength and consistency.  Ahmad tea tasters have sampled teas from many plantations around the world in search of the perfect blend of tea leaves. After careful selection, traditional methods of hand-plucking the leaves ensure that the tea arrives in perfect condition, freshness and flavor intact. The leaves are then carefully blended to meet the highest standards of quality and consistency.

Ahmad Teas are only sold after the Director of Tea Tasting has personally tasted each blend and approved it for production.  The result is a perfect cup of tea, with impeccable color, aroma and flavor. Today, Ahmad teas are renowned around the world for their quality in flavor, aroma, color, strength and consistency, yet remain a family business true to the vision that founded it.  Since the experience of the drink is also important, so their flavorful teas are packaged in artistic and colorful tins and caddies and sampler gift packs.  In fact, Ahmad Teas was one of the first companies to deliver tea in ways that showed its importance and worth, offering beautiful gift packs, exquisite tins and caddies.  Today, their teas are sold in 70 countries on 6 continents.

Coffee and Health News

[Originally Posted 10/20/2010]

MSN.com has a great article on the positive news about coffee.  It has been linked to a lower risk of diabetes, and contains a soluble fiber, the type that can help lower cholesterol.  The article referenced, from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, notes that there is about 1 gram of fiber per cup.  While it is a modest amount, it is just one more piece of good news about the health benefits of coffee.  Once again, drinking a moderate amount of coffee (2 to 3 cups per day) isn’t harmful and may even be helpful and protective.  The MSN article also reviews coffee’s impact on the heart, blood pressure, its antioxidant properties, and more.  You can read the full article here.

Brand Info: Dallmayr

Dallmayr is a German coffee producer in business for decades.  Dallmayr coffee is based in Munich, with a history spanning 3 centuries.  Dallmayr coffee has been a staple for Munich citizens throughout this time.  Originally, the coffee was sold through the family grocery shop.  Dallmayr was one of the first to operate an “electric coffee roaster” for its customers in the 1930’s.  As they have always done, Dallmayr carefully selects beans from prime coffee-producing areas to roast at their facility in Giesing near Munich.  Today, the company is known for its quality coffee.  For the last 70 years, the company has owned and operated a café, housed in a historic building where freshly roasted coffee can be enjoyed with salads, small appetizers, chocolate truffles and other pastries.  Coffee is served from hand-painted porcelain vessels crafted in Nymphenburg, an area in Germany known for its exquisite china and porcelain production.

Surprising Sources of Caffeine

[Originally Posted 12/11/2010]

Health.com has a slideshow with several sources of caffiene, in foods you might not think about as having caffeine.  They include non-cola sodas (root beer and orange soda), coffee and chocolate ice creams, weight-loss pills (a daily dose of one particular type is like having 12 cups of coffee), energy water (often having guarana, a plant that is a natural source of caffeine), breath fresheners, SumSeeds Energized Sunflower seeds and instant oatmeal (aptly named Morning Spark).  If you prefer your caffeine in coffee and tea, then it pays to read the labels on other products!

Brand Info: Scandinavian – Nordquist, Lofbergs, Pauliq

Arvid Nordquist opened a small shop in Stockholm, Sweden in 1884.  Today they are a leading company in premium coffee, food and wine products.

Lofbergs Lila was started in Sweden by 3 brothers.  Today, it is one of the largest coffee roasters in the Nordic countries.  The company also owns a tea company and sponsor a Swedish hockey team and an Arena.

Paulig was started by a German immigrant in 1876 in Helsinki Finland.  Today the international Paulig Group considers Paulig coffee to be their flagship coffee operation.