Monday, June 17, 2013

Afternoon Coffee with Cugina Elizabeth and a Giveaway!



Please sit down and let me pour you a cup of coffee and introduce you to one of my many cousins from the Italian side of the family. His name is Michele Aquino, and he recently wrote a book titled The Coffee Book Project, influenced by a recent trip through the Peace Corps in Nicaragua and his experiences there. Michele says:

The Coffee Book Project is all about reading, learning, and sharing! While I was living on a coffee farm in Central America, I started letting the local kids borrow children's books and I was inspired by how excited they were to have books to read. This little illustrated book aims to teach coffee drinkers a bit more about the on-the-farm steps involved in coffee processing while generating some funds to support literacy and creativity in rural coffee producing villages.

The book is small but quite beautiful, charmingly illustrated, and very interesting and informative. If you purchase one, a significant portion of the proceeds goes toward increasing literacy efforts in Nicaragua. The money will be donated as books for children in impoverished villages where books are a rarity. You can read more about the project at the website. Barista Magazine has a nice article, too.

Please consider purchasing The Coffee Book Project online.

And the first three people to comment here about how they like their coffee get a free copy from me, Cugina Elizabeth. I'll randomly select two more for a free copy as well -- just make sure you leave your email!

18 comments:

  1. Like coffee? You mean love coffee! I sadly have to drink it with soy, but have adjusted nicely. Usually espresso with steamed soy. And this book looks great - I'll post to my facebook!

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  3. I like my sugar with coffee and cream.
    Or liqueur. Baileys. And whipped cream. And chocolate.
    Cheers :)

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  4. Flat White (soy milk or "daft" milk as my Aussie friends call it) Great project. de.ann4@gmail.com

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  5. Do you have a link to buy the book online? I'll search for it. My husband is a coffee enthusiast. I don't drink it at all. ;)

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    1. I fixed the links, Deana! And thank you!

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  6. I like my coffee hot
    I like my coffee cold
    I like my coffee in a tea cup
    Or a Mason jar
    Or slurped from a saucer
    Oh Bean How I Love Thee
    Especially when you're unicorn pee

    (I draw the line at Folgers™
    Unless there's nothing else around
    then even those stinking grounds
    slosh into my heart)

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  7. Oh man. You snooze you lose around here. Guess I'll have to order my own book. Anyway, I like my coffee black with nothing in it and that includes nothing involving any flavor except that of coffee. No hazelnut, no cinnamon, no whatever-the-hell they put in coffee these days.
    However, if I were given a diagnosis of a terminal illness and I still wanted to drink coffee, I would put half and half (or maybe heavy whipping cream) AND sugar in it. You bet. That turbinando sugar. Yep.
    But still, no flavor. Blecch.

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  8. I don't like coffee... I'm Irish - I love my Tetley tea with a tad of sugar and milk. Thinking about my cup of tea is what gets me out of bed in the morning. I do, however, love the smell of coffee - just don't like to drink it. I'm a high school librarian (on the other side of 50) so of course I love books and literacy and reading and teenagers. And my dear brilliant colleague, 30-ish Patrick, adores coffee and is leaving for a solo month-long trip to Nicaragua in July so this book is right up his alley (and mine, too, since I like to understand the logistics behind things). I'd like to purchase a copy for my library and share his site with my fellow teachers. mekburke7@gmail.com

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  9. Coffee. Did someone say coffee? I'll take a large milk chocolate soy mocha with less chocolate.

    Did you say coffee?

    Coffee.

    jilleneab (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  10. Wonderful! I like my morning coffee strong, dark, with organic half-and-half. "Outside" in the world i like a cappuccino. Nothing fancy. Just that strong, true coffee taste prevailing!

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  11. Awesome poem I like my coffee hot , I like my coffee cold , I like my coffee in a tea cup, Or a Mason jar!!!! Coffee, one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, contains a plethora of naturally-occurring compounds.


    Regards,
    Kopi Luwak

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  12. At home, French press with a splash of heavy cream and if I'm at a coffee shop I'll go for an Americano.

    Ms.Moon, don't wait for the diagnosis - go ahead and add that dollop of heavy cream now. You won't regret it.

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  13. I like my coffee hot, strong, french roasted, and unadulterated. Looks like a great project.

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  14. When I was growing up, I swore I would never drink coffee, most likely because my mother drank coffee. My father didn't. I was always a daddy's girl.

    Then, in my 20s, I moved to Israel to work on a kibbutz, find my Jewish prince, and learn Hebrew. Every morning at 4 am they carted us out to the cotton fields to check the irrigation lines. That first morning, as the mosquitos buzzed around our ears, we had our first break at 7 am. A truck came around with a huge container of coffee and cookies. I was handed a cup of coffee (coffee?? NO!) and when I weakly shook my head, no, they said that was all there was to drink, and if I didn't drink it, well… I'd better drink it! So I took a sip. The milky sweetness trickled down my throat. Hey -- that wasn't so bad!

    Years later, I still drink my coffee with milk and sugar. I did learn how to speak Hebrew, but never found my Jewish prince. pettucker@gmail.com

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