Coffee Plants Improve Memory…In Bees

You read that correctly:Bee on flower

Honeybees were found to get a shot of caffeine from certain flowers, which in
turn boosted memory so that the bees return to the same type of plant – a
benefit to both the bees and the plants. A recent study at Newcastle University
found that coffee plants were an obvious source of caffeine for the bees, but
some citrus plants also contained caffeine. Bees exposed to caffeine were as likely to remember a floral scent, which they demonstrated by extending their feeding tubes, up to 3 days after the initial experience. Scientists hope to
eventually be able to manage landscapes from understanding bee habits.

Survey Says….Coffee is Key to Hotel Stay

Douwe Egberts in the UK talked to 1000 people about how they choose to return to a hotel.  A large number, 28 percent, voted coffee as the most important element of a good breakfast.  Sausage and bacon followed closely behind.  Based on another question, one-third of the participants revealed poor coffee would be enough to deter them from ever returning to a hotel.  “Today’s consumers are increasingly discerning about their coffee and expect freshly made, great tasting coffee at all times of the day,” said the director at Douwe Egberts.

A_small_cup_of_coffeeThey should have asked us – we know and appreciate our discerning customers!

Coffee is always a determining factor.  Period!

Coffee in the Spotlight: Illy

Illy_logoIlly founder Francesco Illy developed the modern espresso machine in 1933 in Trieste, Italy.

All these years later, the company has grown so much that it employs more than 800 people worldwide, with Illy coffee available in more than 140 countries.  The company has remained in the family and is now run by a third generation of coffee connoisseurs. Their coffee is rich, full-bodied, and velvety smooth.  Illy commands more than 50% of the coffee market outside of Italy, a result in part of the more than 1500 Illy cafes found around the world. Illy even has an international network of coffee universities for training in the Barista Arts.

At, we offer a wide variety of Illy coffee at reasonable prices.  If you love good European coffee, you must try Illy.

Recipe: Irish Coffee


Hot coffee

2 sugar cubes

1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey

1/4 cup heavy or whipping cream, lightly beaten (but still pourable)

  1. Warm a mug or glass cup by filling it with hot water for about 1 minute, and then empty the glass.
  2. Fill the glass three-quarters full with hot coffee. Add the sugar, and then stir until dissolved.
  3. Stir in the whiskey.
  4. Top the coffee with lightly whipped cream by holding an overturned spoon over the coffee. Slowly pour the cream over it. The goal is for the cream to float on top of the coffee; do not mix it in. Part of the Irish coffee experience is drinking the hot coffee through a layer of cool cream.


  • Sweeten the coffee with 1 teaspoon of brown sugar instead of sugar cubes.
  • For a rich and chocolaty Irish coffee, stir 2 tablespoons of milk chocolate bits into the coffee at the same time as the sugar. Once the chocolate has melted, add the whiskey.

March is Irish-American Heritage Month!


Although some people may not have heard of “Irish-American Heritage Month,” millions of Americans will proudly celebrate their Irish Heritage on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, this year. St. Patrick’s Day reminds us of our favorite Irish brand of coffee: Bewley’s.

The Bewley family business began more than 175 years ago when a father and son started importing tea from China, years before tea-drinking became fashionable.  Today, the company is renowned as a market leader in coffee. Bewley’s coffee shops can be found in big cities and towns throughout Ireland.

Whether or not you consider yourself an honorary son or daughter of Erin or you have real green blood coursing through your veins, join us in celebrating Irish-American Heritage by getting $5 off all orders of $40 or more at *

Please use coupon code SPDSALE

* Valid through 3/14/2013 on with a minimum order of $40. Not valid with other coupons. Not valid for special sale items.