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Coffee and Public Knowledge

31 Jul

I was curious what happened when I Googled “coffee” and I thought I would explore the Wikipedia page. I was surprised to see how extensive the page was. In high school, I was always told to avoid Wikipedia for any credible information– anyone can edit it. Times have changed, and Wikipedia is more credible. Therefore, I am going to share some fun facts that you can find on this page. After all, anyone can post on here so it has to be true, right?

1) Coffee was referenced first in 1598. That is a long time ago, folks.

2) Coffee was initially associated with spiritual and political activism. Really? Because now it keeps people awake while they sit at their computers for 8 hours at a time.

3) Powerful sorcerers often had coffee trees planted over their graves as it was believed that it sprouted from the tears of god.

I will leave it up to you to find the sources and confirm, but it is rather interesting, don’t you think?

Another interesting website is Coffee Review . This site has a blog, a glossary, forums, and articles all centered around coffee. I thought it would be interesting to see what the people were saying about coffee (along the same lines of Wikipedia) and the forums have everything from coffee reviews and brewing tips. I suppose if you wanted to connect with coffee fans alike, this would be the place to go. In the interest of seeing what other people are blogging, and it has numerous opinions but they are all from last year. All in all, if you want information from this site, check out the glossary– it’s quite extensive.

I hope this has given you some insight into the world of citizen journalism…even if it isn’t journalism exactly. There are numerous coffee drinkers out there, and so many really are knowledgable on the drink. With the Internet, we can all share and learn about coffee, or anything else. It is just now more important than ever to check facts if you want to know for sure.

Grab a cup of Lowcountry Blend and tell us what you know about coffee! You can add it to the mix of all the other coffee facts up there. I bet this blend will compete with the rest. It is pretty darn good!

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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Caffeinate Charleston

 

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