Brazil is the world's largest coffee producer. In 2016, Brazil produced a staggering 2,595,000 metric tons of coffee beans. It is not a new development, as Brazil has been the highest global producer of coffee beans for over 150 years.
Coffee plantations cover about 27,000 square kilometers of Brazil with the majority located in Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, and Parana, three southeastern states where the climate and temperature are ideal for coffee production. Brazil also distinguishes itself from other coffee producing nations in that Brazilians process coffee with the dry process (unwashed coffee), where the coffee cherries are dried in the sun rather than washed in a wet process.
Would You Have Thought VIETNAM was # 2 in World Coffee Production? Probablt Not !
While many are familiar with Vietnamese coffee, a signature drink where the coffee is mixed with sweetened condensed milk, Vietnam is the second largest coffee producing nation in the world – 1,650,000 metric tons in 2016 alone. While there was understandably a hiatus during and after the Vietnam war, coffee remained a huge part of the Vietnamese economy, with the only greater export being rice. Vietnam rapid expansion in coffee production which was only 6,000 tons in 1975 and now is almost 2 million. This growth has resulted in Vietnam holding on to second place on the world's most important coffee producing countries.
Coffee from Colombia is famous worldwide. However, climate has recently been playing a negative role in Colombian coffee production. Between 1980 and 2010, temperatures have slowly risen, as has precipitation. Both of these factors jeopardize the climate requirements necessary to produce the type of bean favored in Colombia. It was traditionally second to Brazil for coffee production but has moved to third due the rapidly expanding production of Vietnam. Even with the effect of climate, it has an output of 810,000 metric tons of coffee beans in 2016, Colombia remains a key player in the
Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of coffee during 2017:
United States: US$6.3 billion (19.2% of globally imported coffee)
Spam? Yes Spam! Here we go again, one of The Dudes all-time favorites from childhood. His Mom always had some in the cupboard where she would pull some out and serve it up with Scrambled or Fried Eggs if she was all out of fresh Polish Kielbasa, which the Lebowski’s liked best, but they always had a good old can of Spam on hand just in case they needed it. Little Jeffrey really loved the taste and still does till this very day. And like his Mom, The Dude always has a can or two on hand right next to the Tuna in the cupboard. It’s there if he has to make something good and tasty in a pinch. The Dude also always has eggs in the frig, so if he doesn’t have anything else, The Dude always has of course the Tuna, a can or two of Spam, and Eggs, so he can always have a plate of tasty Fried Eggs & Spam. Yumm!!! It’s a good thing to do, so make sure you do as the Dude and always have a can on hand too, along with; butter, canned Tuna, Eggs, and Spam, Ramen, Mustard, and Mayo and you’ll never go hungry. Oh, yes, and you just know that along with Potato Chips and canned Tuna, The Dude subsisted on Spam as one of his main staple-foods during his illustrious college days of yore. The Dude’s Mom was always very kind and considerate during the Dudes college years, sending many Care Packages to her son Jeffrey. The care packages always filled with cans of Tuna, Spam, packages ofSpaghetti, Jars of Tomato Sauce, Twinkies, and Ring Dings. What a nice Mom that Mrs. Lebowski was, and still is to this day.Yes “SPAM?” Spam is somewhat of a social food phenomenon of the U.S., especially in the great state of Hawaii where it is it is as Hawaiian as Apple Pie is American.Spam is a pork based Ham-Type product that was developed during World War II to help to feed both Soldiers and civilians during the Second World War. Spam the brand is not all that economical compared to other meats or meat product. However, used in the proper manner with other ingredient and compared to going out to eat a Breakfast or Lunch out, the use of Spam or other similar product can prove to be quite inexpensive and a great saver of Money, something the Dude always keeps in mind when shopping and cooking his meals. The price per pound of Spam does make it a bit expensive compared to buying a larger piece of real ham or a fresh piece of pork. The latest price we’ve seen was $3.59 for a 12 oz. can.There are other products that are almost the same as Spam and cost far less, and The Dude usually buys a brand from Holland that you can get in most markets in Chinatown in LA or New York for $1.59 for the same 12 oz. can. A savings of $2.00, that’s quite good.One of the best meals to make from Spam and one of the Dudes personal favorites, is to slice and fry two pieces of Spam and serve with either dry-seasoned Ramen Noodles and or two Fried or Scrambled Eggs. Nuff said.
So as the Dude has already pointed out, simply frying up some Spam and a couple eggs is one of his favorite of all his Spam-Dishes. Fried Eggs or Scramble depending on The Dudes mood, these are all good for The Dude in whatever mood. Also pretty much the same thing but on a roll is a Spam and Egg Sandwich. You get yourself a nice Hard Roll (or Bread), fry up a couple slices of Spam and fry or scramble 1 or 2 eggs, plop them on your roll or between two slices of bread and “Voila” you’ve got yourself a tasty Duder Spam & Egg Sandwich. And yes if you want to Guild the Lilly as they say, yes you can throw on a slice of cheese.
Supposedly there are tons of ways to cook and utilize Spam. There are books written on the subject. Booklets anyways. Dude knows this, but he likes to keep it simple and the few Spam preparations he makes are so tasty and satisfying, the Dude doesn’t see any reason to mess with a whole bunch of others. So the Dude eats the Spam in two different ways, either as is in the just mentioned sandwich, simply 2 slices of Fried Spam with 2 eggs, or he throws Ramen into the mix, in which he’ll have on a plate, a portion of Ramen seasoned with salt, pepper, and Sesame Oil, 1 Fried Egg, and a slice or two of fried Spam. That’s it, nice, simply, and easy, and of course, tasty as can be. Walter likes em too, as the Spam in the can reminds Walter of his days in “Nam,” (Vietnam) and the K-Rations the soldiers were given to eat in the field.
SPAM & RAMEN alla DUDERINO
Dude invented this tasty little dish one day when he was hungry for mid-afternoon lunch. He made it with some favorites that he always has on hand; Eggs, Spam, Peas, and Ramen Noodles of course. It’s right quick (12 minutes) to make and tasty as can be, and you know The Dude just wouldn’t have it any other way.INGREDIENTS :1 package Ramen Noodles1 Extra Large Egg2 slices Spam¼ cup frozen Peas3 tablespoons Olive Oil, Salt & Black Pepper¼ teaspoon Maggi’s Sauce, 2 tablespoons Sesame OilHot Sauce, optionalCook Spam in olive in a frying pan, 2 minutes on each side until nicely browned over medium heat.Remove Spam from pan and set aside. Beat an egg in a small bowl with a pinch of salt & pepper and cook in the pan the spam cooked in until eggs are cooked through.Cook Ramen in boiling water according directions on pack-age. Cut Spam into small squares and add to pan. Add peas to pan and cook 1 minute. Turn heat off.Drain Ramen from water and add to pan. Add Maggi’s Sauce and Sesame Oil to pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste, mix all ingredients and serve.
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Today is Thursday April 5th 2018, and my second time at Grounded Coffee Cafe on Jane Street in Greenwich Village, New York. My second trip in 2 days and certainly not my last, as for sure I will come here many more times. This is a great little cafe in a World were cafeshave become few and far between. Well in New York anyway. And to be more specific, in Manhattan and downtown in Greenwich Village, a place that should have many wonderful cafes in each and every part of this wonderful neighborhood that we call The Village. For many years, the only cafes in the whole of Manhattan were more or less in just two spots. Those two placces being Little Italy and Greeniwch Village where you had Caffe Dante, Caffe Reggio , Caffe Borgia, Caffe Vivaldi and others. Did you notice that these places are caffes spelled with tow F's and not one as most people know as in cafe. Two ffs is the Italian way to spell Caffe and al these caffes mention were of the Italian Variety, not French and not American like this one, Grounded Coffee. Well it's not even called a cafe, but never-the-less it is, and a very good one at that. Grounded Coffee has eeverything a great cafe needs : # 1 they've got Great COFFEE which is and absolute must. Two, the place is comfortable and welcoming and has the kind of vibe a good cafe needs. Three, they place great Music, which helps to make the great vibe. Four they have cool people, both the Employees and the customers made of the usual cafe sprinkling of students, writers, artist, and ordinary people who love good Coffee or Tea, and being out in cafes, whether on their own ; reading, writing, surfing the Net, or simply just hanging out, relaxing and enjoying their cafe beverage of choice. And number 5, in this day and age (Now 2018) Free and good Wifi.Grounded Coffee has been open since 2004 and me being the Cafe-Hound that I am, I can't beleive it took me so long to find this place. I came across the place one night walking around the Village. I just peeked my head in to chceck it out to see if it was the kind of Cafe that I like and if I would want to come back. It was. It is. About a week ago I thought about it when I wanted to go to a cafe one night and didn't want to go to one of my usual places but was hankering for something new. I thought about Grounded and wanted to go there, but couldn't remember exactlt where it was and didn't feel like walking around aimlessly for 20 minutes or so, so I didn't even give it a shot. Two nights ago on my way over to Western Beef to buy some Sweet Italian Sausages for my Sauce, I just happened to pass by, a boy I was happy I did. I had plenty of time to get over to the grocery store so I decided to pop into Grounded and have a Coffee and finally check out the scene in this good old cafe. Well it was wonderful. The cafe was nice and relaxing, they played Great Music (Great CLASSIC ROCK), like The ROLLING STONES, and the vibe was nice. Speaking of the Vibe, it was the sort of Hippy-ish with its numerous Ceiling Fans, many potted and hanging Plants, Mix & Match Furniture, and Art Students Paintings hanging on the walls. It was Love at First Sight. I ended up staying 2 and a half hours before heading out to get my Sausage & Tomatoes for the SAUCE . So, anyway, that's it for now. Plain and simple, Grounded Coffee is a Great Cafe and a gift to the neighborhood of Greenwich Village and the People of NEW YORK and the many tourist who visit our Great City.
I Thank You, The PEOPLE of GROUNDED COFFEE Daniel Bellino Zwicke
They Play GREAT MUSIC
Mostly CLASSIC ROCK :"I LOVE IT" !!!Today's Set List :SWEET - YOU LOVE IS LIKE OXYGENFREE RIDE by Grand Funck RailroadThe ROLLING STONES - Gimme ShelterCREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVALDONOVAN "LOLA"PINBALL WIZARD - The WHOPINK FLOYDDARK SIDE of THE MOONLED ZEPPELIN
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