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Memorial Day History

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Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).

It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). This helped ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

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Single Serve Crema Comparison - Which Brewer Makes the Best?

As a company we have been testing coffee brewers for a number of years.  We thought that we would share some of the crema results.  The results are loosely arranged with the highest crema producing first to the lowest crema producing last.

We hope you enjoy it!

Standard Nespresso VertuoLine Capsule Crema


Reused Nespresso VertuoLine Capsule Crema



Standard Dolce Gusto Capsule Crema



Reusable Dolce Gusto Capsule with Crema Disc


Reusable Dolce Gusto Capsule Crema


Reusable Dolce Gusto Capsule Crema







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Coffee Colossus JAB Acquiring Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for $1.35 Billion

JAB Holding Company subsidiary JAB Beech Inc. has announced the acquisition of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. for approximately $1.35 billion, an approximately 25 percent premium over the company’s closing share price on May 6. The announcement comes just two months after JAB — backed by the billionaire Reimann family of Germany — completed its $13.9 billion acquisition of Keurig Green Mountain.

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Conquering Our Caffeine Addiction: 8 Surprising Substitutes for Coffee

I still remember my first cup.

Unlike many of my friends who started drinking coffee in highschool, I managed to make it all the way to third-year university before giving in to the caffeine fiend. But when I had to stay up all night to finish a 20 page paper for class, there was only one thing that was going to get me through those long lonely hours in the library: coffee.

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Summer Iced Coffee using Keurig ® K-Cups ®

Summer Iced Coffee using Keurig ® K-Cups ®

Don't let the heat of summer keep you from the taste of your favorite coffee! If you haven't tried it before, try Iced Coffee now for a fresh cool taste and a great pick-me-up!For simple Iced Coffee, use your Keurig and your favorite coffee in a K-Cup and brew a fresh cup of coffee. But first, let the coffee cool a bit before you pour it over the ice. If you pour it too quickly, it waters the coffee down too much by melting the ice as it is poured. By letting it cool first, you get a better coffee flavor and don't have to stir as much!For a real cool-down, have your ice in a blender ready to go and add your coffee as you blend it into a smoothie! This drink is more like a mocha milkshake and is very refreshing.Finally, try adding some milk or ice cream and sweetener to make a real mocha milkshake out of your cup of coffee!Try it out and send us your favorite recipes! 

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