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Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee: it is in the forests of the Kaffa region that grew wild. Coffee is "Bun" or "Buna" in Ethiopia, so Coffee Bean is quite possibly a poor anglicized interpretation of "Kaffa Bun". Coffea Arabica was also found in the Harar region quite early, either brought from the Kaffa forests or found closer by. It is entirely possible that slaves taken from the forests chewed coffee berry and spread it into the Harar region, through which the Muslim slave trade route passed.
by Stefanie Spencer In the 1600's coffee made its way to Europe, first through the port of Venice, Italy. By sea it traveled, and traveled, and traveled some more. In the days before FedEx (can that even be imagined), people were eagerly waiting any new shipment and patient with the not-so-great shape some of the items. Monsooned coffee was born out of this unlikely situation.
Coffea arabica ( pron.: / ə ˈ r æ b ɪ k ə / ) is a species of Coffea originally indigenous to the mountains of the southwestern highlands of Ethiopia . It is also known as the "coffee shrub of Arabia", "mountain coffee" or "arabica coffee". Coffea arabica is believed to be the first species of coffee to be cultivated, being grown in southwest Arabia for well over 1,000 years. It is said to produce better coffee than the other major commercially grown coffee species, Coffea canephora (robusta) , but tastes vary.
There's a grinder that's been around for awhile, and while the espresso newbie may think we're talking about a Sly Stallone movie when it is mentioned, most folks have heard of it: The Rocky grinder by Rancilio. Words like "time tested" and "built reputation" come easy when talking about the Rocky, so I felt a bit intimidated when the opportunity arose to review the grinder: could I give it a fair shake, knowing as much as I do, and having as much experience as I've had with this grinder? I came up with a solution.