Today is a day you will see a LOT of green. You’ll hear “Irish eyes are smiling” as well as the sweet, haunting sounds of bagpipes. “Everyone is Irish” on St. Patrick’s Day they say – so in honor of this holiday, let’s take a look at one signature drink that mixes a couple of our favorite things – coffee and happy hour! Cue the Irish Coffee and the surprisingly one-of-kind story of how it came to be.
While walking down the bustling streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans, accompany the great window-shopping with a fresh roasted cup of Chicory Coffee. The use of chicory goes back across different cultures at different points in history. One thing is certain, there is nothing like pulling up a seat at the famous Café Du Monde and ordering a hot cup of this delicious coffee. Alongside an order of the ever-so-amazing beignets, of course. It will become very apparent why someone would fall in love with deliciously quaint New Orleans. An added bonus is right outside of the open-air café. A jazz street band will usually set up shop and it only helps boost the overall sensory experience.
Coffee with a bean comes from Africa. There are two native species “—Coffea arabica and C. canephora, or C. robusta—are now grown in nearly every tropical region.” – Smithsonian Magazine. Coffee consumption is up all around the globe. Here are some fun facts about how much coffee is produced, as well as the various coffee profiles from each region.
Latte Art is the process of utilizing steamed milk to create beautiful designs and artistic flair within an espresso. Some baristas have created a name for themselves based on their ability to create masterpieces within a caffeinated canvas.
We thought it would be fun to feature some of the videos and photos from these artists to showcase their ability to create the perfectly painted picture. Who’d have thought there’d be such inspiration in the froth?
The Caribbean is known for its crystalline blue water, white sand beaches, and cultural dishes. Did you know, however, there are some hidden gems to obtain a fantastic coffee? In a recent visit to the Turks and Caicos Islands (British West Indies) which dances at the right-hand outer edge of the Caribbean island family – we discovered some amazing little spots around Providenciales (also known as Provo – the main island) to sip on a delicious (iced) cup of coffee. We wanted to share with our readers in the case they can let us know if they too have had the pleasure of trying them out. If not, consider it a great guide on where to go for a caffeinated treat. Caribbean coffee, here we come!
We are excited to work with Kuxtal Coffee (they are the cold brew we serve) and we wanted to feature them on the Cupa Cabana blog because they are an awesome company who cares about their workers, the environment, and overall run a great business.
Learn a little about them from this short video.
We are all about quality, and these guys know how to bring it.
So – why cold brew coffee? Well, the brewing process isn’t about heat – it’s about time. It also minimizes the unfavorable bitter oils and fatty acids – leaving a smoother tasting cup of coffee with less bite.
Visit their site: Kuxtal Coffee
In Part 2 of the Indian Wedding feature, we take a closer look at the bride (and groom’s) traditional wedding wear. We’ll also continue to look at some of the traditions, as well as the meaning of natural components that are selected for presentation at the marriage ceremony.
Bride and Groom Outfits
Indian Bridal gowns are some of the most beautiful and detailed garments you’ll ever have a chance to see. In Indian and Hindu culture, white symbolizes life’s passing – therefore, traditionally there are no white gowns. This is more of a Western bridal tradition. In India, red is the most popular color as it symbolizes love, strength, and success. The bride will opt to wear a saree or a lehenga (a type of dress) and will be decked out with large amounts of gold jewelry and gems. Her bridal party will also wear bright colors, likely not as bright as to not outshine the bride.
Thr groom will tend to wear a few key components in his outfit. The Sherwani, long-sleeved, dress-like top traditional to the Hindu groom. It’s worn with a pair of skinny pants and typically comes in pale gold, maroon, or brown, but other colors are seen as well, including red. In his safa (wedding turban) the groom will wear a sarpech – which is a peacock feather or something that closely resembles one, and is often adorned with jewels as well.
Indian Wedding Service
At the wedding service, the parents and close relatives of the couple participate. Mantras from the Vedas are chanted, originally written in Sanskrit – with the presence of the below natural elements:
- Fresh flowers – signifies beauty.
- Coconut – signifies fertility.
- Grains (rice) – signifies food necessary for the sustenance of life.
- Ghee (purified butter) – or purified butter – for the sacred fire.
- Vermillion – red powder used for marking the forehead to signify good luck and represents the Third Eye (wisdom).
The wedding ceremony takes place under a mandap, which is an ornate altar-like structure, covered over with beautiful fabrics and flowers. It is an ancient custom to be married under the mandap and is described in Sanskrit texts.
After the ceremony, a final reception will be held to celebrate the bride and groom’s new life and commitment to one another. Feasting, drinking, dancing, and mingling will go into the early hours of the morning. It is a fitting finale to such a colorful and ritual-filled marriage party.
Don’t be afraid to boast bright colors, gold jewelry and put on your best for an Indian Wedding celebration. Everyone makes sure to look their sparkling best, so have fun and be ready to eat incredible food, and dance the night away!
Hawaii. The land of lush valleys, rising volcanoes, and spectacular cliffs overlooking deep blue, crystalline water. The beauty of Hawaii and its natural splendor set the stage for a wonderful backdrop to enjoy while sipping a delicious fresh cup of coffee or espresso. Hawaii coffee culture is rich in history as it is in taste. Let’s explore the origins of coffee in Hawaii.
In the spirit of this year’s 50th celebration of the Superbowl – we thought it would be fun to compare and contrast the two rival cities in this year’s matchup: Denver and Charlotte – when it came to their individual coffee scenes. While Cupa Cabana’s birth and growth began in Charlotte, NC and we have a little bit of a home advantage when it comes to navigating the caffeine havens in the Queen City – we quickly realized that Denver’s coffee scene was one of the most fast-paced, evolving, and flourishing in the USA. A fitting matchup when you take all things into account for both coffee and football.
Let the games begin.
Denver Craft Coffee Scene
Photo Credit: CNN.com
Amongst the many articles that were written throughout 2015 about the booming coffee movements in Denver, one article from Magazine 5280 talked about how the city’s expectations for coffee had become comparable to the very same premium quality they strived for when it came to craft beer. (And that was pretty high).
Co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Craft Coffee Alliance Christopher Schooley noted that Denverites have become accustomed to getting—and paying for—quality. “Because of beer, there’s an educated consumer who understands that you’re not just paying a premium for a brand.”
Denver’s craft beer scene is regarded as one of the fastest growing in the nation – so we can only assume the coffee business will follow suit.
Thrillist put together a list of 17 craft coffee shops to visit while in Denver. You can find the article here.
The Perfect Elements
Photo Credit: Trinity Web Media
Elevation and water quality play into the makings of an optimized cup of coffee. Fresh snowmelt from the Rocky Mountains filters down and creates one of the best tasting water supplies in the nation – while the elevation of the Mile High City creates a boiling phenomenon that some other cities cannot share. Due to the higher elevation – water boils at a lower temperature, therefore – the odds of scalding your coffee and giving it a burnt taste are less apt to happen. Boxcar Colorado has harnessed a different method of brewing due to this occurrence – read more about it here.
Superbowl aside, Denver is a win when it comes to a really quality cup of coffee. Let’s see what happens when Charlotte has its turn in the next Cupa Cabana blog post.