Blog - coffee from every angle : Health, human capital, social measures and coffee producers / Magnifico
In our range of products, Café Liégeois offers an extensive selection of coffee beans. Did you know that once grounded, brewed and consumed, your leftover coffee grounds could be re-used for other purposes? Here are 5 quick and easy ways to use coffee grounds at home! You will be surprised ☺
Restore your garden
Among its virtues, coffee has the power to restore your wooden furniture when used as a polish to clean and eliminate marks. Nothing complicated, just mix hot water, vinegar and coffee grounds and let rest one hour. Afterwards, gently apply and rub the scratches off your furniture.
Create scented candles
Create coffee-scented homemade candles with our selection of fruity and FairTrade Organic Kivu et Chiapas beans. It will fill your room with a cozy atmosphere thanks to the smell of morning coffee. All you’ll need are coffee grounds, candle wicks, candle wax, a cup and skewers.
Reuse coffee in plant fertilizer
Natural coffee is good for your plants as it can play the same role as fertilizer: it is full of nutrients which promotes soil fertility. Next time you get out to garden, mix some coffee grounds in your fertilizer at the foot of plants, it can even keep insects away.
Eliminate dark circles
Do you have some lack of sleep and dark circles in the morning ? Use coffee to wake up in more ways than one! In a homemade or store-bought serum applied under your eyes, coffee will become your best ally against tiredness.
Add to your dry shampoo
Here is a quick homemade recipe to make your own dry shampoo (suitable for dark hair only). Take two spoons of coffee grounds, essential oil, corn flour, rice and water and mix all together. Like all other dry shampoos, apply to the hairline, shake and brush out of the hair.
For this beauty trick, we recommend our Magnifico coffee beans. Perfect for your homemade recipes thanks to its darker roasting!
It is no surprise that at Café Liégeois we are full-out coffee addicts. All we do is think about coffee, talk about coffee, make coffee and, of course, drink coffee. For me, I have a Tradition black coffee and two Magnifico espressos to get the day going. And when I need a pick-me-up after lunch, I often go for a single Kivu espresso. That’s four coffees per day!
I used to be a bit weary of my coffee consumption, but after stumbling upon some coffee history facts, I realized that I am quite moderate in comparison to some of history’s greatest celebrities. Philosophers, writers, politicians and even musicians have depended on this beverage to create the work that has since made them a legacy. Who knows, maybe the world wouldn’t be the same as it is today without the help of a few (dozen) coffees.
From composers to politicians, here is a short list of some of the biggest coffee drinkers of the past five hundred years:
Ludwig Van Beethoven
This famous composer was just as meticulous with the creation of his music as he was with the brewing of his coffee. It has been said that Beethoven would count out exactly 60 coffee beans to make his morning cup of coffee. According to him, this was the perfect dosage to make an exceptional cup.
“If there was no Coffee, it would be necessary to invent it”, am I right? French writer Voltaire is known to be one of the largest coffee drinkers of all time. He is rumoured to have drank forty to fifty coffees mixed with chocolate per day. Though many feared this alarming amount would kill him, Voltaire lived into his mid eighties.
Johann Sebastian Bach
It wasn’t for nothing that the composer created a mini opera based on coffee! The Coffee Cantana is a short story about a father who demands his coffee-addicted daughter to give up the drink in order to get married. Luckily for her, there were plenty of coffee-crazed suitors that would agree to marry her!
For those curious to know where the start of the Venti sized coffees came from, it all leads back to former President Roosevelt. The president would drink a full gallon of coffee everyday. Even his son commented on his father’s obsession, noting that his cup was “more in the nature of a bathtub”.
Designed and roasted the Italian way, the Magnifico is a full-bodied south-American mix, mostly from Colombia; its smoked, spicy and slightly acidic notes characterize it. Our genuine Italian espresso coffee is available for Nespresso® OriginalLine machines. 100% coffee compatible.
Colombia, producing land since 1875!
This Arabica and Robusta mix mostly comes from one of the biggest coffee producing countries: Colombia. This country is comprised with 15% of the world’s production. Its culture began in the province of Santander in 1875.
The country experienced difficulties and numerous civil wars occurred, thus slowing the production of coffee until 1900. It’s not until 2014 that Colombians proudly announced their world coffee production ranking, coming in 3rd, right behind Brazil and Vietnam.
An Arabica land:
They are the 2nd largest world producer of Arabica coffee, with an annual production of 13 million bags of 60kg, far ahead of countries such as Indonesia.
Colombia mostly produces Arabica coffee; their plantations are located in the occidental and central part of Colombia in the Andes. Producers of this country harvest the coffee by hand, which allows a guarantee in the quality of grains, while offering a rich, round and balanced aroma.