WiRed JavA fAnAtiC

Review by Debbie Mazo

With a coffee renaissance well underway, it's hard to avoid the coffee culture sweeping the globe. Coffee drinkers are no longer content with their old supermarket standbys. The coffee nation is educated and highly discriminating when buying coffee beans, and selecting the type of coffee to drink. One of the most satisfying sites for coffee connoisseurs is the WiRed JavA fAnAtiC, a great place to check out the wonderful world of java.

With a proliferation of coffee sites on the web, WiRed JavA fAnAtiC stands out as one of the most complete coffee sites without the unnecessary caffeine hype. Don Clark, an employee at a Starbucks' roasting plant in Washington state, has brewed up a well-rounded, and surprisingly unbiased, web page that nicely blends all the information that a caffeine browser can't live without.

You can easily navigate around WiRed JavA fAnAtiC, which offers interesting links for all kinds of coffee drinkers. In the World of Coffee, find out about the coffeemaking process from harvest to roast, including the coffee growing hot spots of the world. You can also learn the four main tips on making the perfect brew, one of which is using the right proportion (two tablespoons of coffee for every 6 ounces of water). For those who need to brush up on their coffee lingo, check out the Coffee Glossary where you can "become a coffee nerd and speak Javanese". In this link, for example, you can discover the subtle differences between Espresso Breve (Espresso with half and half) and Espresso Macchiato (Espresso with a minimal amount of steamed milk on top).

If you're frothing at the mouth by now and want to get down to business, check out How to Make a Great Cup of Coffee. True baristas (coffeemaking professionals) know that the best cup comes from a plunger pot or French Press, and you can find directions for using this device here. Or try the Coffee Recipes link, which serves up everything from Caramel Fudge Latte to New Mexico Spice Coffee. If you need even more information about your bean juice, the News FAQ includes frequently asked questions and a link to Yahoo! News Headlines about coffee. Finally, if your caffeine buzz is keeping you up at night, check out the Caffeine section. With a lowdown on caffeine removal, this link will have you dreaming Java beans in no time!

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She currently specializes in technical and marketing materials, but is also pursuing opportunities in food journalism.


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