Today is International Coffee Day! And thankfully we've come a long way since the early days of the brewed beverage, and not just on the technological and taste fronts. From the looks of many retro coffee advertisements, a woman's job was to clean the house, raise the children, and make good coffee for her husband. But not all vintage coffee ads were horribly sexist; some were just about enjoying a cup of Joe with your loved ones. See the good and the bad now!
This presidential election season, it's important to know where the candidates stand on the issues — but International Coffee Day today, we're wondering: where do they stand on coffee? Historically, presidential candidates, their wives, and other US politicians are for it. Coffee seems to be an integral part of both campaigning and being in office, whether you're schmoozing with voters in local coffee shops, discussing the issues over a cup o' Joe at the White House, or sipping on an exotic blend while meeting with foreign ambassadors.
Of course, not all of our politicians feel the same way about the caffeinated beverage. While Mitt Romney's VP pick, Paul Ryan, was spotted enjoying a cup of Cuban coffee last week, caffeine is a no-go for devout Mormon Mitt. And even Barack Obama is more of a hot tea guy, having told Ann Curry on the Today show in 2008 that he picks leaves over beans. Bill Clinton, however, takes the cake for coffee king; the former president doesn't seem to make an appearance without a cup in hand (wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea are also fans). So see the American politicians, presidential hopefuls, and first wives drinking coffee now!
Sexist vintage advertisements never cease to amaze us with their offensive messages. But you almost have to laugh at the absurdity of some of them. Take, for instance, coffee commercials from the '50s and '60s, which always had the same conclusion: those dumb housewives just can't make good coffee for their husbands! I don't know about you, but it's not just the blatant sexism that's outdated; amongst my peers, the women are the ones who are picky about their coffee, not the men.
Celebrate National Coffee Day today with some of the worst moments from these awful ads!
Feeling the need for one extra cup today? Go ahead and indulge, because today, Sept. 29, is National Coffee Day. Here are five ways to celebrate, so try one or four, depending on your level of sluggishness.
- Enjoy — really enjoy — a cup by following the coffee tasting process employed by the pros. This way, you'll appreciate the complexities rather than just the jolt.
- Free coffee! At 7-Eleven's CofFree Day, get a free medium cup until 11 a.m. Krispy Kreme is also giving away free coffee, no doughnut purchase necessary. But, you know, while you're there . . .
- Speaking of doughnuts, in honor of National Coffee Day, Dunkin' Donuts is hosting an online Chance for StarDDom contest to find the country's most passionate Dunkin' Donuts coffee fan. Enter on DD's Facebook page for a chance to star in a Dunkin' Donuts ad or down free coffee for a year.
- Make coffee ice cream. At least in San Francisco, it's still ice cream weather, so why not have your coffee for dessert?
- Whip up another java-licious recipe. Here are eight recipes with coffee as the secret ingredient.
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Good morning — and happy National Coffee Day! I don't know about you, but I've already had a cup (or three!) of Joe to celebrate what is, in my humble opinion, the world's greatest morning beverage. Still haven't had enough of the stuff? Then consider playing up its bold, nutty properties in tonight's dinner. For a few ideas, keep reading.
Before you've enjoyed it, it's been consumed by the palm civet, a cat-sized mammal native to Southeast Asia. The civet, or luwak, eats fresh coffee berries, which are collected by coffee specialists after they've been excreted. The beans are then washed in spring water and sold as coffee.
According to civet coffee connoisseurs, the animal's digestive enzymes help to mellow out the acidity, causing it to taste mild and smooth. I think I could give it a try — so long as you didn't tell me what it was first. What about you? Have you ever tried civet coffee?