What is one thing that a majority of people do after they up every day or leave for work? They get coffee of course! The history of coffee in America goes back to the 18th century and has grown into the second biggest commodity in the world.


When colonists started coming to the New World in the late 1700s, the exotic coffee plant followed. However, it wasn’t popular (that makes sense though because at the time they were still considered Europeans and they drank tea.)

It wasn’t until the Boston Tea Party that people started drinking coffee because it was seen more patriotic to not drink tea. At that point, most people switched over to coffee. During the civil war, coffee was given to the soldiers to keep them energized from the caffeine.


By the late 1800s, people all over the world, not just in America, were hooked on coffee. Around that time people started looking for ways to make money of this booming product.


In 1864, two brothers, John and Charles Arbuckle bought the first self-emptying coffee bean roaster. They began selling the pre-roasted beans and selling it to cowboys. Not too long after, James Folger started doing the same thing and selling to gold miners in California.


By the 1960s, people became very interested in specialty coffee and in stepped Starbucks in 1971. Obviously, you know what happened next.


What started out as a cup of black coffee has blossomed into a billion-dollar enterprise. You can find coffee shops by throwing a rock and seeing which one you hit; they are everywhere!


What is your favorite coffee drink? Where do you buy your coffee?

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I’m keeping the mocha trend going this week with my Fudgy Mocha Frosted Brownies! They are so chewy & chocolatey!! The ganache on top only makes things even better! 🍫☕️🍫 Not only did we have daylight savings but here in Denver we have a “Bomb Cyclone Blizzard” quickly moving in. They are saying it might be the worst storm we’ve ever had here?! ❄️🙅🏼‍♀️ I’ve lived here my whole life and the worst snow I’ve ever seen was in 2003 when we got 4 feet of snow. I remember that my family went outside and hollowed out a snow drift on the side of our house. My dad who is 6’4” could stand up in our “cave” and had another foot of room above his head. ❄️ B/c of that I’m a little skeptical of the storm today. What’s the worst snow storm you’ve ever seen/ been in? What comfort foods do you like to eat on snow days? 🍫🍫☕️ • • • • #brownies #ganache #fudgybrownies #mocha #coffee #denver #snowday #ihatesnow #baking #bakingfun #chewy #pickmeup #decadent #stayinside #baker #sprinklesofhistory #history

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Fudgy Mocha Ganche Brownies

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup canola or flavorless oil
  • 2/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. fine salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. Espresso powder
  • 16 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 oz. heavy whipping cream

Directions

  1. Set the oven to 325 degrees and grease an 8x8 square pan.
  2. Place oil into the microwave bowl and heat 4-5 times in 5 second bursts until warm.
  3. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until smooth. Let sit for 4 or 5 minutes.
  4. Place flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl and whisk, set aside.
  5. Place eggs, powdered sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Beat on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 1/2 minutes. Beat in vanilla.
  6. Add 1/2 of the cocoa mixture to the egg mixture and mix on medium speed, about 5 minutes. It should be shiny.
  7. Add the flour mixture to the egg and cocoa mixture and mix at medium speed, 1-minute.
  8. Pour into the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 20 to 24 minutes.
  9. Let the brownies cool.
  10. Heat the cream up in a medium sauce pan. Let it get to a boil.
  11. Remove cream from heat once it is boiling and pour it over the chocolate chips in a medium sized bowl. Let sit for 10 mins.
  12. After 10 minutes, stir the cream and chocolate together until well combined. Let it cool for 10 mins
  13. After the ganache has cooled, spread it over the brownies. Cut the brownies into whatever size you'd like and eat up. Tasty!

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