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Welcome to Badgett's Coffee eJournal
"All the Coffee That's Fit to Print"
Volume 1, No. 26 - November 17, 2000

In This Issue:

1. Welcome
2. Some Words from Our Sponsors
4. A Daily Dose of Wisdom from the Rebbe
5. Free Kona Coffee Seeds
6. Contents of Past Issues
7. Recipes from Armeno's Kitchen Mocha Pudding Cake
8. Calling All Coffee Newsletters
9. Feedback


1. Welcome

Welcome, my friends, and thank you for subscribing.

We are all searching for the perfect cup and I have a suggestion
for you to help you in your quest. If you smoke, stop! I
guarantee you, double your money back. If you stop smoking your
coffee will taste better. It will smell better. You will enjoy
coffee more.

This week had "Cold Turkey Day" so if you took the plunge, you
have my heartfelt congratulations and best wishes. I stopped
smoking exactly 20 years ago, on Cold Turkey Day, and I have not
regretted it for a minute. Forgive my reformed smoker self-
righteous preaching, but I know you will enjoy your coffee much
more after giving up the cigarette addiction. Ask any former
smoker-coffee nut.

I wish for you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. It's almost
2001 and it seems that just a few weeks ago we were talking
about Y2K. My mother told me that time would go faster as I grew
older, and like most things she told me, she was right about
that one.

There will not be an issue next week, and there will not be one
December 22. Next year I will be publishing every other Friday.
I've had some good issues and I've had some not so good issues
and I hope that by lengthening the time between issues I can
bring up the quality a few notches. I don't want to bore you and
I don't want to wear out my welcome. I really appreciate your
staying with me all these months.

I'm still looking for coffee newsletters, so send some links and
I will add them to my newsletter section. Spreading the word
about good coffee creates a coffee consumer who demands better
coffee. We all benefit when coffee standards are improved.

Wanna see a neat movie about coffee?
Check out The Coffee Project at

If you would like past issues, please contact me. I am
publishing a past issues listing of contents this week so you
can see what you have missed in some of the early issues. Send
an email and specify the issue number.

My goal with this journal is to promote good coffee. I want to
learn, educate, and entertain. I publish every Friday via email
and readers include coffee consumers, home roasters, coffee
geeks, retailers, growers, roasters, and equipment dealers. If
you want to learn more about our most wonderful beverage, this
is the place. I don't sell anything and subscription is free.

If you want to advertise here or submit an article, contact me.
I don't charge for ads, links, or advice. My deadline for ads
and articles is Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., Eastern (USA).

DISCLAIMER: All information contained here is obtained by
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and reliable. Because of the possibility of human and mechanical
error as well as other factors, neither Badgett's Coffee
eJournal nor its publisher, Robert L. Badgett, is responsible
for any errors or omissions. All information is provided "as is"
without warranty of any kind.

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2. Some Words From Our Sponsors

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"The mind of the bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more
light you pour on it, the more it will contract."
Oliver Wendell Holmes

by Thomas Golubic for The Coffee Project

If there is any one country that is inextricably tied to coffee
in past and present - it is Ethiopia. Located in sub-Saharan
East Africa, wedged west of Sudan, north of Kenya and surrounded
to the east by Somalia, Ethiopia is known as the probable
birthplace of coffee. It was in Ethiopia that the ancient
legend of Kaldi the goat herder was to have taken place. Even
the word "coffee" is rumored to have derived from Ethiopia. The
beautiful indigenous blossoming coffee trees first came from the
region of "Kafa", which is in present-day Ethiopia.

Especially in recent years, Ethiopia has had a troubled
political history. Until 1974, the country was governed by an
imperial regime. A revolution deposed Emperor Haile Selassie
that year and installed a socialist state. After overthrowing
the bloated bureaucracy that produced both a crippled economy
and government, the Worker's Party of Ethiopia built a
government based more or less on Marxist-Leninist lines. After
Selassie's ouster, Ethiopia relied upon military aid from the
Soviet Union, North Korea, and various East European countries.
Because of a sizable Ethiopian Jewish population, military and
humanitarian aid also came from Israel throughout the 1980s. In
1987, with the economy unimproved and the political winds
turning west, the People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia was
formed. Stability was not, unfortunately, forthcoming. Real
power in Ethiopia lay in the hands of the military and after a
decade of changes in regime and constitutional rewrites,
Ethiopia is presently in as desperate a condition as where
Selassie left it in 1974.

Throughout the political turmoil, however, coffee has remained
integral to Ethiopian life. To this day it is Ethiopia's prime
financial mover. Coffee generates 60% of Ethiopia's export
trade revenues and the industry employs over 21 million people,
one quarter of the country's population. Ethiopia's prosperity
is so dependent upon coffee that the 1987 decline in world
coffee prices hampered the government's ability to contain a
secessionist rebellion in the northern region of Eritrea. By
1993, Eritrea, which runs along the Red Sea coastline, became
independent and Ethiopia lost a large segment of its economic

Because Ethiopia is dependent upon low-wield agricultural
products such as coffee for almost half of its economy (45% of
Gross Domestic Product, 90% of exports and 80% of total
employment), it remains one of the poorest and least developed
countries in Africa. Additionally, frequent bouts with drought
and famine have further hampered the country's ability to
prosper. Almost 98% of the coffee grown in Ethiopia comes from
small farms, mostly less than a hectare in size. With coffee
cultivation in the country dating back to the 10th century,
these family farms have often been passed on generation after
generation. The harvesting is still done almost exclusively by
hand. These farmers realize a very meager profit for their labor
the average annual pay for an Ethiopian coffee farmer is
roughly the equivalent of $900 U.S. dollars.

Ethiopian coffee is grown at altitudes from 3,000 - 7,000 feet
all across the country. There are six major varietals: Sidamo,
Limu, Kaffa, Gimbi, Harrar and Yergacheffe. Sidamo is probably
the most common in the U.S. It comes in both washed and
unwashed form and has a gentle fruity flavor. Limu and Kaffa
are of a medium-to-light body and acidity. The Limu varietal
comes only washed, Kaffa only unwashed. Gimbi is grown in lower
fruity flavor. The two highest quality Ethiopian coffees are
Harrar and Yergacheffe, both grown in the highlands. Harrar is
unwashed, Yergacheffe washed. Both have a full, rich flavor and
a slight hint of mocha.

Because of unreliable roads, coffee is exported in a slow and
cumbersome manner. After being picked from the highlands,
coffee cherries are brought by licensed collectors to warehouses
in Addis Ababa, the capital city. Here they are checked for
quality, then processed and packaged. The coffee is then
transported from Addis Ababa to the port city of Djibouti via
the country's only functioning railroad. In Djibouti it is
loaded and ultimately shipped worldwide.

Ethiopian coffees are among the best in the world, and despite
all the hardships endured in their arduous journey from small
family coffee farms to your cup, they are consistently heavenly.

James at The Coffee Project


4. A Daily Dose of Wisdom from the Rebbe
-Words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman

The Thick Lagoon of Ego

He has an opinion of how each person should be, how each thing
should be done. Those who follow his choreography are his
friends, those who dare dance their own dance are his enemies;
and few, if any, are left without a label.

In truth, he has neither enemies nor friends. He has only
himself, for that is all that exists in his world.

"If you don't want to be so lonely," we tell him, "make some
room for the rest of us."

Brought to you by

"A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by
association with smarter people." Will Rogers

5. Free Kona Coffee Seeds

If you missed our offer, I still have some seeds left, so please
contact me and ask for Issue #20. It has instructions for
ordering your seeds and for growing them into you own mini
coffee plantation.

"Nothing astonishes men as much as common sense and plain
dealing." Ralph Waldo Emerson

6. Contents of Past Issues (1 - 10, More to Follow)

In This Issue:

Issue No. 1 - May 26, 2000

Trip to Costa Rica
The Haitian Coffee Story
A Little Humor
Ken's Korner: The Melitta Aromaroast
Home Roasting
Trees - Did You Realize?
Coffee Storage Tips from Coffeeman
Kona Coffee - Pure Paradise
Computers and Internet


Issue No. 2 - June 2, 2000

Alto Grande from Puerto Rico
The Haitian Coffee Story, Part II
A Little Humor
Ken's Korner: Storage..Air-Tight or Leave the Lid Off?
Home Roasting
Parkinson's Disease and Caffeine
Coffee Storage Tips from Coffeeman
Hungarian Honey Cake Recipe from Armeno's Kitchen
Coffee Glossary
Computers and Internet


Issue No. 3 - June 9, 2000

Trip To Costa Rica
The Haitian Coffee Story, Part III
A Little Humor
Ken's Korner: Storage..Air-Tight or Leave the Lid Off?
Comments to Ken's Korner From Bryce in Kona
Iced Coffee
Tips For Home Espresso Baristas
Robert's Comments
Coffee History
Making The Perfect Cup by Armeno
Caffeine: Physical and Psychological Effects, Part 1


Issue No. 4 - June 16, 2000

Trip To Costa Rica
Comments on Costa Rica Trip
A Little Humor
Ken's Korner: The Melitta Aromaroast Part 3
The Story of Adams Gourmet Coffee
The Caffeine Archive
Guatemalan Coffee History
Robert's Comments
Caffeine: Physical and Psychological Effects, Part 2


Issue No. 5 - June 23, 2000

Trip To Costa Rica
A Little Humor
Ken's Korner: New Brewing Method?
Caffé Roma
Coffee in the Garden
Robert's Comments


Issue No. 6 - June 30, 2000

Coffee Field Trip to Costa Rica
A Little Humor
Coffee Slang
Summer Coffee Tip
Home Roasting by Dung Truong
Patriotic History of Coffee and Tea


Issue No. 7 - July 7, 2000

Coffee Field Trip to Costa Rica
A Little Humor
Readers' Comments
Granita Guru
Home Roasting by Dung Truong
Robert's Chocolate Coffee Truffles


Issue No. 8 - July 14, 2000

Coffee Field Trip to Costa Rica
What Is Fair Trade?
Opening Your Own Business
Home Roasting by Dung Truong


Issue No. 9 - July 21, 2000

Coffee Field Trip to Costa Rica
What IS decaf anyway?
Say Later to Caffeine Laden Latte
Spam Legislation
Evolution of a Coffee Junkie
A Little Humor
Hearthware Roaster Review by The Coffeeman
Coffee Basics
A Bit of Caffeine Trivia


Issue No. 10 - July 28, 2000

Coffee Field Trip to Costa Rica
Who Benefits from Fair Trade?
Origins of Coffee by Coffeeman
Golden Rules for a Real Cappuccino
Coffee Bean Traveler Part 1 of 3
Frozen Beverages by Granita Guru
A Little Humor
Home Roasting Coffee by Robert
A Bit of Caffeine Folklore
Caffeine in Beverages and Foods

"In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose
to do; it is not really the time but the will that is lacking."
Sir John Lubbock

7. Recipes from Armeno's Kitchen
Mocha Pudding Cake

1 oz unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
1 T. unsalted butter
1 cup flour
½ t. baking powder
½ t. baking soda
2/3 cup sugar
1 t. instant espresso granules
½ cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Lightly butter (6) 6 oz. custard cups.
In a double boiler, melt chocolate and butter. Cool.
In medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, espresso granules, baking
powder, and soda.
Gradually blend in the melted chocolate mixture and milk.
Pour into custard cups.


2/3 cup packed brown sugar
4 T. unsalted butter
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
1/8 t. salt
1 cup hot, freshly brewed coffee
1 T. coffee liqueur

Place 1st four ingredients in a bowl.
Pour hot coffee over it & let stand 1 minute.
Add liqueur, then whisk until smooth.
Spoon over cake batter - don't stir.
Bake 30 minutes. Let stand 10-15 minutes, then invert onto
dessert plates.
Bottom will be liquid, with mocha sauce.
Serve warm with a scoop of Armeno coffee ice cream and a cup of

Reprinted with kind permission from
Armeno Coffee Roasters Ltd.
"Estate Arabica Coffees to Suit Every Taste."

"It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man's life is
made up of nothing but the habits he has accumulated during the
first half." Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski

8. Calling All Coffee Newsletters

Please do our readers and me a favor and send me links to all
the coffee newsletters you know about.
Send the links to:

Coffee/Tea Guide at About

Café Campesino

The Coffee Chronicle

Ground Control

African Coffee Newsletter Weekly
Coffee Chronicle TM

"Humility is like underwear--essential, but indecent if it
shows." Helen Nielsen

12. Links to My Friends

Visit the links page on our website to get the latest links to
both coffee related and unrelated sites of interest. Check it
out. You might find some old friends and make some new ones.

"It is because men are prone to be partial towards those they
love, unjust to those they hate, servile to those above them,
and either harsh or overindulgent to those below them in
station, poverty or distress, that it is difficult to find
anyone capable of forming a sound judgement with respect to the
qualities of others." Confucius

13. Feedback

Tell me what you think. What do you want more of..less of...what
would you change, add, or delete?

Please direct all inquiries, comments, article submissions and
suggestions to: Robert Badgett

(c) Copyright 2000 Robert L. Badgett. All Rights Reserved.


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