Mast Brothers Respond to Chocolate Attacks — Grub Street

By Sierra Tishgart | December 10 2015 The Mast Brothers Respond to Attacks on Their Chocolate’s Authenticity You really can’t argue with the great packaging, though. Photo: Mast Brothers Since brothers Rick and Michael Mast launched Mast Brothers in Brooklyn in 2007, chocolate experts have long debated the reason for the brand’s popularity. Is the chocolate actually high-quality and bean-to-bar, as claimed, or is most of …

Soup Tuesday: Kakósúpa, Icelandic Chocolate Soup – The Reykjavik Grapevine

By York Underwood | December 1, 2015 Photo by York Underwood Whoa! It’s the first winter storm here in Iceland. It’s the perfect day to make Icelandic Chocolate Soup: Kakósúpa. Actually, Kakósúpa better translates as “cocoa soup” — and that’s what it is. But we chose to go with delicious dark chocolate, while retaining the classic Icelandic name. It’s our magazine, we can do what we want. Chocolate Soup? Yes, chocolate …

What plants can you make tea from? | MNN – Mother Nature Network

By Ali Berman | October 28, 2015 Each plant offers its own flavor, so mix and match to find a blend that’s perfect for you. A variety of leaves and herbs can be used in teas, and you can even grow them yourself. (Photo: patpitchaya/Shutterstock) Teas and tisanes can be made at home using herbs, roots, seeds and leaves you can grow yourself or buy at the market. Look beyond Camellia sinensis, the evergreen plant that makes up so much …

A look inside the world of coffee 

By Benazir Wehelie, Special to CNN | Novembe 4, 2015 (CNN)The aroma of coffee is invisible to the human eye, but certainly not to the nose. The reality is that much of the world of coffee is like the aroma of it — familiar, yet unknown, hidden from plain sight. Coffee farmers work at a warehouse in the Indian state of Karnataka in 2003. Sebastiao Salgado has images from 10 different counties in his new Photo book, “The Scent of a …

Tasting the Drop in Coffee Prices

By Lucy Craymer & Vu Trong-Khanh | October 29, 2015 A glut in supplies of Brazilian beans and hoarding by Vietnamese farmers might affect the flavor in your cup A woman harvests coffee at a farm northwest of Hanoi. Photo: KHAM/REUTERS If your instant coffee has been tasting a touch milder recently, it is likely because of shifting dynamics in the global market for the agricultural commodity. Prices for robusta coffee, often used in …