Monday, December 23, 2013

The coffee insurgency

One of my New Year's resolutions is to phase out coffee and other food items containing acrylamide (not completely, but enough to hopefully make a difference). As I was doing some online research about different kinds of tea I hope to try in 2014, I came upon this interesting article that breaks down global coffee vs tea drinkers by countries.

From The Economist: "EXACTLY 240 years ago today, uppity colonists barely disguised as Mohawk Indians defied the crown and ruined the private property of English merchants by dumping 342 chests of perfectly good tea into Boston harbour. This illegal act, known as the Boston Tea Party, was part of a small rebellion that eventually led to independence and to today's Tea Party movement. Americans now quaff three tmes more coffee than tea, according to Euromonitor, a research firm. Throughout most of the West, the bean bests the leaf. Yet the British consume three times as much tea as coffee, despite an invasion by the American Starbucks..." Read the article: The coffee insurgency The global rivalry of bean versus leaf - Dec. 16, 2013 The Economist