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Lavazza Super Crema Coffee Beans Medium Roast

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Why do Italians make the best coffee?

Really, it doesn’t make sense that “coffee” and “Italian” fit so easily together. I mean yeah, sprezzatura and all, but virtually no beans themselves are grown in Italy. So how is it possible that Italy is so deeply associated with good coffee?

Haute couture is conceived of, patterned, fabricated, and made and sold in France. It is natural that this branch of fashion is indelibly associated with French culture.

Take sushi, surely there is no corner of the world nowadays unaware of the “yum” and “mouthfeel” associated with a spicy tuna roll. But despite the whole world borrowing (some might say appropriating[?]) sushi and making it their own (Peru, anyone?; Philadelphia?), sushi as a concept still comes from Japan, sushi as a supply chain of Pacific-cold-water-fish still relies heavily on Japanese exports, and it is arguably still best in Japan.

So why aren’t Guatemala or Java or Kenya or Ethiopia on the same pedestal as Italy? After all coffee is from there. Coffee is made there. It’s red little cherubs ripen there.

This is probably a meta-question for the anthropologists and social scientists. But having said that, what is pretty darn clear is that Italy is figured out the “last mile problem,” and in regards to coffee, that is roasting.

The Italians know how to roast. They probably know how to pick beans too, but that’s another story. But roasting is key. And whether deservedly so or not, roasting is what people remember. Getting the temperature and pressure right (and of course declining to roast either under-ripe and over-ripe beans too) with the right equipment, for the roasting duration, all this stuff makes or breaks a cup of coffee.

Sorry baristas, but that cup of Joe is only yours to screw up—-the magic happens long, long before in the wonderful journey from plantation to cup!

For a smooth Italian medium roast try this Lavazza blend.

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Organic Bilberry Extract (Vaccinium myrtillus) by Retina Research

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“About the product

  • 5-IN-1 ORGANIC BILBERRY SUPPLEMENT: Our 5-In-1 Bilberry Extract & Polyphenols Supplement is a powerful antioxidant complex that can help with night vision, eye fatigue and overall eye health.

  • PROVEN MORE EFFECTIVE THAN BLUEBERRY EXTRACT: Scientific studies have shown that billberry pills for eyes are more effective than blueberry extract for eye health. Bilberry fruit extract and Blueberry Supplement can seem similar, but only Bilberry Capsules (Vaccinium Myrtillus) will provide the best results.

  • 4 ADDED NUTRIENTS FOR MAXIMUM EFFECTIVENESS: Our billberry supplement also contains Vitamin A, Riboflavin, Carrot Powder and Citrus Bioflavonoids Complex. This powerful formula packs the power of polyphenol supplements, anthocyanin supplements and blueberry concentrate into a single, easy-to-take formula.

  • INCLUDES 2 EYE HEALTH BONUSES (A $49.9 VALUE): Your bill berry supplement purchase also includes our "Macula Must-dos" ebook, packed with tips on how to improve your eye health and prevent degeneration. Also included is our "Self Assessment Toolkit" to track visual improvements!

  • 180-DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE: If you’re not happy with our bilberry supplements, you have 180 days to get a full refund, no questions asked.”

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Violet Grape Supercolor Powder

Violet Eats, OrganicViolet

“Unleash the unlimited amount of natural and fun colors in your favorite recipes! These incredible colorful superfoods not only provide spectacular colors but the nutritional profile that no other food coloring can provide. These hand selected plant based natural superfood colors provide a neutral tasting back seat, allowing the primary flavors to pop of whatever you may be making a smoothie or a decorative colorful dessert. Try all of our Supercolors the possibilities and beauty are endless.”

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Saffron Crocus Bulbs

Violet Eats, Plants, ProduceViolet

“Crocus plants are relatively small, reaching just 3-6 inches in height (depending on the variety). The leaves are grass-like, generally with a light stripe running up the middle. The blooms pucker up at night and re-open in the morning. This rare, fall blooming crocus is more commonly called the Saffron Bulb or Saffron Crocus! It begins blooming in September and continues through October! The purple flowers have deep purple veining! It's orange-red stigmas are the source of saffron, the worlds most expensive spice! Harvesting Saffron is easy, simply pick the red stigmas on each flower once the flowers are fully open. Plant in full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. It grows 4-6in. tall. Hardy in Zones 5-9. In cooler regions the Saffron Crocus can be grown in containers. You can harvest the saffron when the flowers are blooming. Hirt's is one of the few companies that offer this rare bulb to the gardening public.”

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Violet Beauregarde's Dessert

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Peak violet here. Inspired by Willy Wonka. Only available at the “big boy” Joel Robuchon.

“When only the best will do for dinner, visit Joël Robuchon’s unparalleled French restaurant. This unforgettable Three Michelin Star restaurant caters to a sophisticated palate and was designed to resemble a luxurious Art Deco townhouse complete with a lush garden terrace and marble floors.”

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