We’ve had a bit of a glitch for this week’s WSET / ISG challenge. More accurately, Frank’s computer is having a glitch. And the name of that glitch is Caffeine. Now while I drink my java pure and unadulterated (can’t you just see the halo?), Frank adds it all — cream and sugar… that would be lots and lots of sugar.
So, you guessed it, the entire contents of an entire, sugar-laden grande from his favourite coffee bistro are currently sloshing around inside his laptop. So the next round of practice questions are under wraps until the computer techie can de-glue.
In the meantime, here are a few cool coffee factoids just for fun.
Winning the prize for funky, innovative marketing is Sheridan’s, a coffee liqueur first introduced in 1994 by Thomas Sheridan & Sons — the same company that brought
Bailey’s to centre stage. The two-stage bottle is fill with a black coffee/whiskey liqueur on one side and a white milk chocolate liqueur on the other. Carefully poured, the white chocolate floats gentle to the surface creating a drink with visual panache and great taste.
The classic Black Russian cocktail (two parts vodka, one part coffee liqueur is said to have made its debut in 1949 at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels. According to legend, Gustave Tops created it at in honor of Perle Mesta, who was at the time US ambassador to Luxembourg.
According to the International Coffee Organization, in 1720 a French naval officer named Gabriel Mathieu de Clieu acquired a coffee tree while on leave in Paris from his post in Martinique.
Intending to take the plant home, he secured it in a glass case on deck to keep it warm and prevent damage from salt water. Somehow, the plant survived an invasion of Tunisian pirates, a violent storm during which it had to be tied to the deck, potential death from a jealous fellow officer, and even water rationing that occurred when the ship was becalmed and De Clieu sacrificed most of his own water ratios to keep it alive. Finally, the ship arrived in Martinique and the coffee tree was re-planted at Preebear where it grew and multiplied. The first harvest came in 1726, and by 1777 there were an estimated 19 million coffee trees on Martinique.
Copa de Oro is a great substitute for the more expensive Kahlua.