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Wake Up, Coffee's Brewing!

The history of coffee goes back at least to the 10th century, with a number of reports of legends surrounding its first use. The word "coffee" entered the English language in 1582 via Dutch "Koffie." The Ethopian ancestors of today's ethnic group were the first to have recognized the energizing effect of the native coffee plant.
Great CoffeeCommon coffee drinks:

Espresso - A strong black coffee made by forcing steam through dark roast aromatic coffee beans at high pressure in an espresso machine. A perfectly brewed espresso will have a thick, golden brown crema (foam) on the surface.  If the crema is good, the sugar you add will float on the surface for few few seconds before slowly sinking to the bottom.

Cappuccino - A true cappuccino is a combination of equal parts of espresso, steamed milk and milk froth. This luxurious drink, if made properly, can double as a dessert with its complex flavors and richness.

Americano - This is a single shot of espresso added to a cup of hot water. Many like to drink it as they would their regular brewed coffee, with milk and/ or sugar. Connoisseurs suggest keeping the milk to a minimum to get the most flavor from the espresso.

Some local coffee merchants include:

Philz Coffee - It all started with a dream to create a really great cup of coffee personalized just for you. Phil Jaber went on a quest 25 years ago to make a really good cup of coffee.  He wanted to make sure that the coffee process embodied a personal and social feel.  They brew every cup "one at time" to craft a perfect cup of coffee to every customer's taste. Philz has over 20 special customized blends made from high quality beans from all around the world.  Stop by one of Philz' many locations at 125 S. Frances St. in Sunnyvale.  http://www.philzcoffee.com

Orchard Valley Coffee - Step into the fresh aroma of roasted green coffee beans from all over the world. You will for sure taste the quality that is poured into each cup of coffee.  Orchard Valley offers "Free Wifi" and quiet environment for visiting or even to get some studying done.  While visiting you really ought to try out their food menu.  Anywhere from breakfast, many varieties of salads and sandwiches to so much more! Come in and see what everyone is talking about at 349 E. Campbell Ave. in Campbell.  http://www.orchardvalleycoffee.com

Bellano Coffee - With coffee lovers in mind Bellano's strives to present you with special coffee in a friendly and comfy environment.  All their pastries are made fresh daily.  Need some catering done for your next get together? Feel free to give Bellano's a call and they'll take care of you and any special orders you may need.  For any special pastries orders they prefer few days' notice.  You can locate them at 3985 Stevens Creek Blvd. in Santa Clara.  http://www.bellanocoffee.com

by Teri Warner


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