Vegan Chocolate Feeds the Sweet Tooth

Written by Anna Wilde

Being a vegan doesn't mean eating boring food. One area that causes us more consternation than others is dessert. Most traditional desserts include milk or cream. Whether it's cake or cookies,repparttar recipes usually call for dairy products.

That's why most vegans rejoice when they realize there are many vegan chocolate options onrepparttar 149923 market. Not all chocolate contains milk. Dark chocolate is vegan and is, in fact, much healthier than milk chocolate.

Dark chocolate contains antioxidants, much like red wine does. Researchers in Europe have found that dark chocolate has heart-protective qualities, whereas milk chocolate does not.

Gourmet Coffee Habit Costing Consumers as Much as $1,500 Yearly

Written by Mike Banks Valentine

Copyright 2005

Gourmet coffee consumers rarely considerrepparttar cost of their daily coffee in terms ofrepparttar 149845 expense to brew premium whole bean coffee at home (50 cents to 75 cents) with prices of a pound of gourmet coffee beans versus a two or three cup a day ($4.50 to $6.00) coffee drinking habit when purchased at premium coffee houses. A recent Washington Post article discussed Seattle law students spending money from their student loans for Starbucks coffee acrossrepparttar 149846 street from repparttar 149847 Seattle University School of Law.

Erika Lim, director of career services atrepparttar 149848 law school has launched a campaign to reduce coffee consumption by students attendingrepparttar 149849 university on student loan money. She points out that students are spending education loans on luxuries like latte instead of necessities like a loaf of bread. That borrowed money takes years to repay and many students don't dorepparttar 149850 math to see that study time with 2-3 cups of coffee at Starbucks over 4 years can cost them significant sums - as much as $4500 in principle, interest and fees on their student loan - overrepparttar 149851 course of their education. An online calculator has been posted for those interested in calculating their caffeine expenses at:

Gourmet Coffee drinkers have become accustomed to paying $2 or more per cup for fresh brewed coffees at Premium coffee houses and many sources are predicting those prices may increase to as much as $4 per cup soon due to expected increases in green coffee prices. But smart gourmet coffee consumers have long known that premium coffee brewed at home costs just 12 cents or so per cup, depending on preferences for coffee strength.

Many coffee producers recommend starting with 1 tablespoon of fresh ground gourmet coffee beans per standard 6 ounce cup of water. Starbucks recommends double that amount for stronger coffees at 2 tablespoons per 6 ounce cup. A pound of gourmet coffee (that is 16 Ounces or 1 Lb.) divided by 1 1/2 Ounces comes to roughly 10 pots of 10 cups (6 Ounce cups) equaling 100 cups forrepparttar 149852 cost of one pound of gourmet coffee beans. Atrepparttar 149853 average of 1.5 tablespoons per 6 ounce cup and average size of 12 ounce coffee mug, you can expect 50 cups of home brewed coffee per pound of gourmet beans!

Prices of premium gourmet coffee beans range between $10 and $18 per pound, making a cup of home-brewed gourmet coffee, made fresh to your liking, cost only between .10 cents and .25 cents per cup or between $1.00 and $2.00 per pot of coffee! Evenrepparttar 149854 rarest and most expensive coffee sold,repparttar 149855 exotic Kopi Luwak, at $175 per pound, is still less than $1.75 per 6 ounce cup when brewed at home! So if you have expensive tastes and want a 12 ounce mug of repparttar 149856 rarest and most expensive coffee onrepparttar 149857 planet, you still need only pay what some premium coffee houses charge for a latte ($3.50) for that rare privilege.

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