The recipe for making chocolatey gifts | Baking the seasons 

By Claire Ptak | December 12, 2015 work away from any drafts so that the chocolate does not set prematurely. Photograph: Kristin Perers for the Guardian In recent years many bean‑to-bar chocolate manufacturers have come to market making beautiful chocolates with even more beautiful packaging. It’s fun to just buy a selection of bars and tear them open at the table after dinner, tasting and chatting about the nuance of flavour with …

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 …

Peace Corps service plants seed for Tiny House coffee business 

By Addie Broyles | October 28, 2015 After getting a degree in agricultural economics from the University of Tennessee, Blake Thomas decided it was time to join the Peace Corps. His assignment? Head to Nicaragua and work in a small mountain town whose residents made a living by growing rice, beans and coffee. It was there he started building relationships with coffee growers, and when it was time to return to the U.S., Thomas decided to find a way to sell their beans directly to consumers. He …

New coffee craze charges up drinkers

By Judith Retana, KTVM Reporter | October 26, 2015 BOZEMAN, Mont. -Nitro brewed coffee is a new way to serve coffee, and it’s picking up across the country. New coffee craze charges up drinkers “If it’s the afternoon and you’ve had a whole day of work, you’re feeling down in the dumps, but you still have a lot to do, and maybe you don’t feel like it’s time to have a beer yet. This is a really great …