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We can’t talk about a great French coffee without talking a little about the Parisian coffee culture. The French enjoy coffee morning, noon and night. If you have been to a French café, then you know you must begin by saying “Bonjour” – always say hello! When you order your coffee (“Je voudrais un café, s’il vous plait”), dark, strong coffee will arrive in a tiny cup, perhaps with a few sugar cubes placed on the saucer; sometimes you may get a carafe of hot coffee and a pitcher of steamed milk. If it’s a hot summer day, order a café glacé (iced coffee) or a café faux (decaf).
Carte Noire started as a company in 1978 by founder Rene Monnier, who had already been roasting, blending and selling coffee for more than a decade before that. His family is a coffee dynasty, beginning with a coffee that is still today a staple in French homes – it’s the coffee that grandmother makes (and we have it too: Grand Mere!). Rene built Carte Noire, which means “black card”, as a sophisticated and elegant brand using black and gold packaging and marketing the brand as “a coffee named desire”. We have it in ground, whole beans, instant and pods. We have a limited amount of Carte Noire Velours, which is back, but only for a short time. (Unfortunately, our supplier is having problems obtaining it, so we may not have it again for a while. Order now while we have it or you will miss out.)
We also have a new roast from Carte Noire: Millicano Instant Sticks. The 100% Arabica coffee is one of our best instant coffees. This instant is made in a new way: Beans are finely ground and combined with freeze-dried instant coffee. This super-premium instant coffee has a rich and silky taste. This is an exciting development for instant coffee! Packaged in individual sticks, you can take them anywhere, anytime to enjoy a better cup of instant coffee. We have 25 sticks in a package for $5.99. You have to try this instant coffee!
According to the National Coffee Association, 83% of U.S. adults drink coffee in one form or another. That number reflects an increase of 5% in consumption in these United States since last year’s study. Of those coffee drinkers, about one-third drink a specially prepared coffee drink (think lattes, cappuccinos, mochas). Their findings have been published in their 2013 National Coffee Drinking Trends, which has tracked annual coffee consumption trends of U.S. consumers for over 60 years.
A few other fast facts about coffee drinking from the survey:
- New York City is highly caffeinated (wouldn’t you know it), with households there spending about 3 times the national average on coffee.
- There are nearly 800 coffee spots in NYC, not including street vendors.
- Ownership of single-cup brewers is up to 12%.
You can find out more about their findings here.
It turns out that rain is continuing to fall over Brazil’s coffee belt, and this is predicted to induce blossoms for a second time this season. Because of the large amount of rain that fell in one week, flowers that blossomed the previous weekend remained while washing away any speculation of drought in the area. Coffee brokers in the area are excited by the prospect of rain subsiding followed by plenty of sunshine. This boom (or would that be bloom?) is even more surprising considering, per government estimates, this is a record-crop year already even as the trees enter the lower-yielding half of a two-year cycle.
Tea & Coffee World Cup Europe Announced
The 18th edition of the Tea & Coffee World Cup will take place in Warsaw, Poland in February 2014. Companies ranging from associations and organizations at coffee sources, to machinery manufacturers and packaging solutions travel from all over the world to be a part of this huge networking event. Coffee producers, exporters, roasters and coffee accessory makers will all be exhibited, while the tea professionals will include new teas and infusions, processing and packaging methods and many other products.
A Cafetière is a simple way to brew freshly ground coffee and drink it in style – and La Cafetière is a company that specializes in this: from coffee (and tea) pots to kettles to French Presses and more!
La Cafetière Midnight Star Cafetière has a glass vessel encased in a midnight blue steel frame, with a star motif. This cafetière has a classic yet functional appearance.
The Sencha Teapot is a heat-resistant glass teapot with a tea infuser integrated into the design which shows off the tea. The India Teapot holds 1.5 litres in its heat-resistant glass. The mesh infuser and the lid are made of stainless steel. Yet another example of form and function in harmony.
Bring genuine café culture into your home with any of La Cafetière’s quality products. We have so many styles, we can’t describe them all here, but you can find them on our La Cafetière page.