Maxwell House Coffee History

Written by Randy Wilson

Maxwell House Coffee History:
Legend has it that in 1907 President Teddy Roosevelt visited Maxwell House,repparttar prestigious Nashville hotel and after finishing a cup of their namesake coffee, he declared it was, "good torepparttar 145831 last drop." At least that is what Maxwell House Coffee Company advertised in 1920. While legends are romantic they are rarely accurate. Teddy Roosevelt did indeed visitrepparttar 145832 hotel and probably did have a cup of coffee but there is no evidence that he ever uttered those words. Still, legends are romantic and this one sure sold a lot of coffee.

The story of Maxwell House Coffee begins in rural Kentucky in 1873 when Joel Cheek, a traveling salesman for a wholesale grocery firm was asked by a customer whatrepparttar 145833 best coffee that he sold was. In rural areas inrepparttar 145834 1870ís people bought their coffee green and roasted it at home. He naturally recommendedrepparttar 145835 most expensive one, though he knew nothing aboutrepparttar 145836 differing qualities of coffee.

Whether bothered by his conscience or simply out of curiosity, that night he roasted some of each type of coffee that he sold and sampled them side by side. He decided that actually one ofrepparttar 145837 cheaper brands hadrepparttar 145838 best flavor. The next day he returned torepparttar 145839 grocer that had asked himrepparttar 145840 question and explained why he would be shipping himrepparttar 145841 cheaper brand.

Continuing to experiment with different varieties of coffee, Cheek became quiterepparttar 145842 aficionado, recognizing that some brands had better body and some better acidity and yet another better flavor and aroma. He began mixing different coffees together to find justrepparttar 145843 right blend.

Many years passed before he would move to Nashville in 1884 and meet Roger Nolley Smith, a British coffee broker who could reportedly tellrepparttar 145844 origin of a coffee simply by smellingrepparttar 145845 green beans. The two became fast friends bound by their passion for coffee. This friendship would berepparttar 145846 beginning of Maxwell House Coffee though it would be several more years before either of them knew it.

What is Organic Food?

Written by Jeremy Pickles

"Organic" has some quite specific legal definitions in most developed countries.

Inrepparttar U.S, all farms or products claiming to be "certified organic" must be guaranteed by a USDA-approved independent agency to be meetingrepparttar 145703 following guidelines:

* Sound records kept of all operations * No use of antibiotics or hormones in livestock * No use of genetically modified organisms * No irradiation * Use sound soil conservation and crop rotation practice * And most importantly, that there has been no useage of prohibited materials within 3 years prior to certification, or at any time during certification.

The USDA defines 'prohibited materials' as synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and sewage sludge. It is also a requirement that there is no cross-contamination during processing, which means organic wheat for example cannot be ground in a flour factory that also handles non-organic material.

Produce grown organically certainly tastes better thanrepparttar 145704 usual supermarket stock. It also contains higher levels of nutrients and far lower residual pesticides. You can read allrepparttar 145705 latest Organic Food articles and research at

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