December 16, 2016

Not Just Your Average Joe

Most of us love to start our morning with a nice, steaming cup of joe. We meet friends for joe and even jones for joe when we haven’t had our fair share of it. But have you ever wondered why joe is called “joe”? While a common expression for a common man is to refer to him as “Joe”, one theory suggests that’s not the true roots behind the term of endearment that implies “a cup of coffee”. It all began way back in World War 1 with a man named Josephus Daniels. A notorious editor and publisher, it wasn’t Josephus’ journalism connections that made him famous, it was his position of Secretary of the Navy alongside his top aide, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. As popular as the leader was though, one action he took made him terribly unpopular, with the sailors at least. One fateful day in July of 1914, […]
August 22, 2016

Coffee Shown to Decrease Chances of Liver Disease & Liver Cancer

Coffee. Just the word will cause shivers of pleasure in most people. And everyone has a favorite way to drink it. Classic black. Cream, no sugar. Sugar, no cream. Plenty of both. Double caff extra hot triple foam caramel latte with an extra shot of espresso. Even the trendy new Bulletproof coffee, which is coffee mixed with butter and oil. But what is all of that coffee doing to you and your body? Every other week it seems we get a new report on either the dangers of drinking coffee (everyone you know grumbles and hugs their favorite travel mugs and promises to never let them go) or how coffee is the panacea we’ve all been searching for (everyone you know skips happily to the nearest Starbucks and proudly returns with their prize). So how do you know? How can you decide what to believe? Here’s what some of the […]
May 23, 2016

The Healthy Benefits of Coffee

Coffee, at one point in time not so long ago, was considered a vice. Something that held very little benefit and was thought to actually do more harm than good. This was the theory for a number of years until very recently, when some studies have shown that regular coffee drinkers, both decaf and regular, were showing signs of some actual protective benefits from the bitter bean. According to a study published in the “Circulation” journal, those coffee drinkers who consume up to five cups per day showed lower incidence of heart problems and complications from heart attacks, as well as a lowered risk of neurological diseases and Type 2 diabetes. The study observed 168,000 women and 40,000 men over a period of 30 years, making it unique in it’s size and length. It also compared coffee drinkers who were smokers and drinkers of alcohol to those who are not, […]
April 30, 2016

Well Trained Baristas Build Coffee Shop Culture in Houston

All over the world people enjoy starting their day with a cup of coffee. There are a wide variety of places in Houston that are offering artisan coffee to the public. Many shops provide an opportunity to share ideas, culture, humor or other things. Sunbelt Imports offers barista training in Houston to coffee shop owners and is going to be vital in the experience of their patrons. A great experience in service and making the coffee shop customer feel comfortable is going to directly lead to another visit from that person and they will bring others as well. This is why so many coffee shop owners are incorporating an educational component into their barista training. A coffee shop in Houston is more than a place to drink a beverage. It is a place to find a comfortable area for anyone who decides to walk through the door. That makes all […]
December 23, 2015

Suspended Coffee is a Simple yet Effective Way to Spread Kindness

John Sweeney, a plumber from Ireland, created a unique idea called “suspended coffees”. He originally had this idea in 2013. It inspired him to create a Facebook page dedicated to this idea which quickly gained a lot of followers. His idea was that we should all buy a cup of coffee for a stranger because you never know what kind of difference a simple act of kindness can make. Originally, suspended coffee started in Naples, Italy in the early twentieth century, where it since has become a tradition. It involves someone simply paying for a coffee in advance for a future customer. This is a very simple but generous concept that can help someone who may be less fortunate. In fact, it has become such a tradition there that they have set aside a special day for the event. They call it the Suspended Coffee Day and it takes place […]