What are the fantastic benefits of Cascara Tea?

Cascara coffee cherry tea.

Benefits of Cascara Tea, do you know what they are? Have you heard of the new hybrid tea Cascara Tea now available in many artisanal and boutique cafes?

Did you grow up like me in a household of tea drinkers? Was coffee a funny tasting acidic hot drink you tolerated once it was placed in front of you? If you want to read my journey regarding the world of coffee, click on this link:

An Englishman’s journey with the world of coffee.

My initial journey was typical of many of my baby booming generation. Luckily for me, the world of coffee changed enormously and the fact I moved to Colombia at the ripe old age of 58.

Now, I am a coffee person, but, I think discovering Cascara Tea has tipped the balance back to tea again.

Cascara is a Spanish alternative word for Tusk, peel or skin. It was given to describe its origin. The tea comes from the outer peel of traditionally discarded coffee cherries. Amazingly, the same outer shell that surrounds and protects the coffee beans within them as they grow and ripen.

Coffee producers around the world are turning to sun-drying the coffee cherries and brewing them in similar ways as we brew our tea.

The first El Salvador coffee grower who realised the opportunities of creating and blending the wasted coffee cherries was a forward-thinking lady named Aida Batlle. She accidentally discovered the sweet fruity aroma one day when standing next to a pile of discarded cherries.

Like all discoveries, where the rest of the world ignored the pile and accepted the waste as the norm.

Aida instead picked through the dry cherry pile. She selected a small amount and cleaned them with fresh water. After that, she placed the cherries into a glass of hot water and sat back to sample what it would taste like.

I suspect the revelation of discovering this brand new delicious experience was as exciting to Aida as it was for me. For me, I could not wait to share the flavours with all who would stop and listen to me. Reading that Aida’s customers were soon drinking her newly discovered Cascara made me smile.

Little did the early explorers of Cascara consider the longterm benefits of Cascara tea.

Legend has it that Kaldi the goat herder, after witnessing the strange effects on his goats when they ate the nearby unknown fruit later to become renown as coffee, did report the dilemma to his local monks. None at the time truly understood or even contemplated the benefits that would come from the coffee cherries hanging in the trees.

You can read Kaldi’s story on a previous article I wrote with this link:

The incredible history of coffee.

A happy goat showing one of the benefits from the coffee cherry.
A happy goat showing one of the benefits from the coffee cherry.

Cascara Tea for me is a delicious drink that has an abundance of sweet and fruity flavours.

Today I met a very hardworking and talented Barista here in Colombia. He reintroduced me to his version of Cascara Tea. I noted the many flavours of rose hip immediately, closely followed by cherry, mango, hibiscus, red currant, and I believe a hint of tobacco.

The logo for La Gaitana School of Baristas.
The logo for La Gaitana School of Baristas.

The latter may have come from my stretched imagination, but I like to think was true. Julian, my Barista Teacher and Exporter for the day was happy to promote the benefits of regularly drinking Cascara Tea he had discovered himself as well as his loyal customers.

He reported to me the brief history and the following benefits of drinking Cascara Tea:

Tea has proved to be a resounding source of comfort, and healing for all tea drinkers around the world. Most certainly within the British way of life.

Tea’s diversity has proved to be the best thing that all will gladly mention when the subject arises. It is the same for any tea whether it be black, green, herbal or fruity.

Us tea drinkers can always relate a time when the tea of our choice made a difference to our lives. Now it is Cascara Tea’s time to shine.

Cascara Tea is an excellent source of antioxidants. They provide support for our energy, mental clarity, and overall wellbeing.

With us Brits, no matter where we hang our hats, we have enjoyed the benefits of drinking tea for over 350 years. It has become our quintessential English drink. But remember, tea’s history did not start with the English, its story began a lot earlier.

Chinese history can trace back a form of herbal tea being brewed as far back as 2737 BCE with Emperor Shen Nung the dedicated herbalist.

Benefit 1. Cascara Tea has proved to be a great source of antioxidants.

A woman holding board with antioxidants concept.
Woman holding a board with Antioxidants concept

Antioxidants are in many foods we refer as “Superfoods.” Their properties have long been known to protect our immune system and overall health. They protect our cell membranes and delicate cells, as well as the ability to reduce any inflammation we may suffer.

It was reported that Cascara Tea has a higher density of antioxidants than fruits such as blueberries, cranberries and pomegranates.

Benefit 2. The ability for you to promote improved levels of energy naturally.

For those of us who have discovered Cascara Tea will gladly agree that this tea is the perfect balance between tea and coffee. We love the fruity sweet flavour and find it a natural choice when we do not wish to face the acidity taste of our favourite coffee.

The incredible irony both come from the same source – Yes the coffee bean. Thus, making the caffeine structure similar in design but less in amount.

Cascara Tea has approximately one quarter less content of caffeine compared to your regular coffee. If you worry about the effects of drinking a coffee later in the afternoon or at night, you now have an alternative.

Another benefit of Cascara Tea. It gives you the needed energy support without losing sleep at night, and protects you against the extremes of highs and lows with sugar. You now can avoid other alternatives such as energy drinks and sugary soda drinks.

Benefit 3. The positive feeling of promoting and improving our mental health and clarity.

businesswoman having positive feelings about work.
A young businesswoman showing a happy mental health and wellbeing at her desk.

From the coffee cherry, it is noted that levels of Brain-derived Neurotropic factor or BDNF can be supported. It gives us the ability to preserve our memory.

According to the British Journal of Nutrition higher levels of BDNF is critical for our brain’s clarity. It supports the promotion of healthy ageing of our brains. This positive benefit can also benefit our memory, our feelings of happiness and goodwill.

The conclusion to: “What are the fantastic benefits of Cascara Tea?” is a brief on how to make this tea.

Just like your typical tea, the longer you brew, the stronger the flavour.

You can alter the taste to match your preferred level of strength and sweetness by adding small amounts of Stevia. But, I can assure you that omitting the addition of any form of sweeteners is not required.

Why not just enjoy the organic benefits of Cascara Tea and drink it as nature has provided. It is a delicious beverage all by its self.

It will be fantastic to hear your stories regarding the benefits of Cascara Tea that you have enjoyed. Please submit your comments below:

Mike’s Bio.

Mike Bowley is an Indoor Coffee Houseplant & Colombian Giftware Importer, SEO Content Writer, Baby Boomer, and published Author. He thrives on creating alliances with UK based Artisanal Cafe Owners and Garden Centers with artisanal product makers in Colombia.

He enjoys helping “Newbie” website owners. Plus, fellow Baby Boomer Online Entrepreneurs in getting organic content onto web pages and mobiles.

Mike has spent over 50 years in sales/marketing and shares his life and work between the UK and Colombia. He is a regular writer on both Viviamaridi and WattPad.
Visit his author’s website here: mikebowley.com.

What is inside a coffee cherry and how does it affect your cup of coffee?

A small bunch of red and green coffee cherries.
Red coffee beans on a branch of a coffee tree, displaying ripe and unripe berries isolated on white background.

Have you ever wondered what is inside a coffee cherry? How does it affect your cup of coffee? How many times have you said to yourself; I must Google the answer later, and never have? Would you like to know all the processes that go into providing you with that simple cup of coffee?

The answer is simple, the beans come from a bright red coffee cherry.

But, you may already know this fact. So, what is inside a coffee cherry and how does it affect your cup of coffee?

There are crucial parts to the inside of a coffee cherry, and each has its own importance on the final processing method that is adapted to creating your brew of choice.

Red coffee cherries and dry coffee beans.
A beautifully displayed bowl of ref coffee cherries with an abundance of dry coffee beans as a base.

The first fascinating thing to remember when we roast, grind and brew our coffee beans, they initially were the seeds of a fruit.

Each coffee plant produces its coffee cherries, and each will contain one or two seeds inside of them.

Another surprising fact regarding the coffee plant with their deep green, and waxy looking leaves, when left alone can grow to over 30 feet tall. With each branch displaying an abundance of coffee cherries.

When you visit the coffee farms around the world, you will see nearly all the farmers prune and cut back on a regular basis to allow the plants to conserve their energy and to help in the harvesting processing.

Like many other plants and shrubs such as roses, pruning regularly will give a better yield and quality in a limited space.

It will often take between three to four years for each plant to yield the fruit and you can expect the average plant to produce around 10lbs of coffee cherries in an average year. In turn, these result in the production of around 2lbs of green beans.

The coffee growing belt that expands around the globe will harvest many varieties of coffee, and the beans will naturally have many characteristics. These same variations will affect the flavour, their size and what level of resistance to diseases each has.

The Anatomy of a coffee cherry.
An infogram showing the inside of a coffee cherry.

Let’s look at the insides of a coffee cherry.

The thin red skin of the cherry is known as the Exocarp. It starts life green in colour until it ripens into a bright red cherry. You can see this in the pic above. In some varieties, you will find the colour change to pink, yellow or orange.

Remember: it is easy to become confused with green coffee cherries and green coffee beans. The latter is the unroasted seeds that as I have said are found inside of each ripen coffee cherry.

  • The next layer below the Exocarp is a thin layer known as the Mesocarp or for ease of remembering you can refer to as the Pulp which houses the water and sugars.
  • Within the pulp, you will discover a thinner layer known as the sweet coating Mucilage.
  • This is where you will also find another layer known as pectin. All these layers are full of sugars which makes them crucial during the coffee fermenting process.

Now we finally come to the coffee seeds themselves. In the coffee industry they are known as the Endosperm, but, like the rest of us, you can refer to them as the beans.

You will usually find two beans inside each coffee cherry, and each is covered by a thin layer of Epidermis or silverskin followed by a papery hull – Endocarp we refer to as the parchment.

This parchment will be removed as the first step of hulling in the drying process. All evidence of the remaining fruit is also removed from each of the beans.

Machinery used in the latter stages of washing the cherries.

I mentioned earlier the Epidermis, this layer is made up of a group of cells called Sclerenchyma cells. These cells are robustly attached to each of the beans. They act to support and protect the seeds themselves. During the roasting process, these cells will naturally fall away and are known as the Chaff.

Prior to roasting, the inside of each coffee cherry is removed and the beans dried to approximately 11% of moisture content.

There are two commonly used methods for extracting the cherry skin.

They are known as the washed process (with water) and the dried process.

This latter process allows the coffee to dry under the sun naturally. Thereafter, placed in machines to extract the skins.

In around 5% of coffee cherries when opened, will reveal only one seed inside. You will find them rounder and larger in size. These beans are called Peaberries.

They are usually formed due to insufficient pollination, or because the other seed has simply not grown. Peaberries will occur where the coffee plant is exposed to extreme weather conditions. Hence why you will often see banana trees near the Colombian coffee plants to add protection.

Farmers, tend to treat the peaberries different to the usual crop to avoid any inconsistencies when roasting.

A handful of dry parchment beans.
A handful of dry parchment beans.

What bearing does anatomy impact on your regular cup of coffee?

In most cases, the coffee cherry skin is discarded. But, thankfully some entrepreneurs and pioneers are exploring the beautiful taste of Cascara.

A brew of cascara in a clear cup.
A brew of cascara in a clear cup.

Only yesterday I was given a cup of this fantastic brew. When you see it for the first time, it looks like tea, it smells like tea, and it tastes like a fruit flavour tea. Then you discover the primary ingredient is the skins of coffee cherries!

From the moment, the mild flavour with a hint of sweetness of Cascara hit my lips I was hooked. I feel this is the most delicious and refreshing tea I have ever tasted.

The flavour for me is so reminiscent of a mild mix of fruits such as red mulberry, cranberry raspberries and of course cherries.

Coffee farmers do find it difficult to remove the skin and mucilage from the coffee beans. Over time they have managed to design and develop numerous methods to achieving the desired outcome.

The only thing for you to reflect on is each method can and does have an effect on the profile and taste of the coffee, you are about to drink.

  • With washed coffee, the fruit is completely removed before the drying process.
  • In natural coffee, the fruit flesh is removed after the drying process.
  • Regarding the honey coffee process and pulped natural process. Coffee cherry skin and large parts of the mucilage are removed before the drying process. Afterwards, the remaining mucilage is removed.

The term Honey is down to the mucilage being extraordinary sticky and sweet just like real honey. If you ever get the opportunity to savour a honey processed coffee, you will immediately notice their sweet delicious flavours.

Coffee cherries begin germinating as soon as they leave the branch, by utilising the sugar in the seeds. The germination only stop when the drying process starts.

From the insides of the coffee cherry to your favouite cup of coffee.

Hopefully, after reading this article on “ what is inside a coffee cherry and how does it affect your cup of coffee?” you will not need to Google every time the question comes up. In fact, why not share my articles on the world of coffee to all friends, colleagues, family and coffee fanatics.

The incredible history of coffee

What is the history of colombian coffee and why is it famous?

What is the coffee bean growing belt?

Now you know the inside of a coffee cherry. So, when savouring your next favourite brew pause and wonder no more.

Mike’s Bio.

Mike Bowley is an Indoor Coffee Houseplant & Colombian Giftware Importer, SEO Content Writer, Baby Boomer, and published Author. He thrives on creating alliances with Artisanal Cafe Owners, and Garden Centers with artisanal product makers in Colombia.

He enjoys helping “Newbie” website owners & fellow Baby Boomer Online Entrepreneurs to get their relevant content onto web pages and mobiles.

Mike has spent over 50 years in marketing, and now shares his life and work between the UK and Colombia. He is also a regular writer on both Viviamaridi and WattPad.

Visit his author’s website here: mikebowley.com.

Caffeine in your coffee? Is it Healthy?

A coffee bean dripping.
A coffee bean dripping.


Is it healthy to have caffeine in your coffee? Let’s answer your questions and clear up any misunderstandings you have regarding caffeine in your coffee.

In every 8 oz cup of brewed coffee, you can expect it to contain between 70 to 140 mg of Caffeine.

Ok still non the wiser with regards to caffeine in your coffee? Look at the next table, which when used as a guideline, will help you to know, the different types of coffee and which has the most caffeine:

8 fluid oz2 – 3 mg0.25 – 0.38 mg
8 fluid oz3 – 4 mg0.38 – 0.5 mg
Drip Coffee8 fluid oz65 – 120 mg8.13 – 15 mg
Brewed Coffee8 fluid oz95 mg (average.)11.88 mg
Cold Brew Coffee16 fluid oz200 mg12.5 mg
Nitro Coffee16 fluid oz325 mg20.31 mg
Espresso2 fluid oz per shot60 – 102.67 mg30 – 51.34 mg
12 fluid oz702 – 928 mg58.5 – 77.33 mg
Latte or Mocha8 fluid oz63 – 126 mg31 – 55 mg
Sources: US Food & Drug Administration, Caffeine informer, National Coffee Association.

Caffeine is a stimulant that enhances your brain functioning power and in the short-term boosts up your metabolism and exercise performance.

Coffee, tea, chocolate, and soft drinks all contain caffeine. Our much needed early morning cup of coffee sadly has the most. Caffeine is regarded as the most commonly consumed Psychoactive substance on our planet.

Caffeine blocks the functioning of our inhibitory neurotransmitter. Easier known as our Brain Hormone. Also medically known as Adenosine.

By obstructing the adenosine, the caffeine in your coffee is able to increase the activity in our brains. At the same time caffeine releases other neurotransmitters called Dopamine and Norepinephrine. Thus reducing the effects of tiredness and having the opposite effect of increasing our alertness.

Is that all you need to know about caffeine in your coffee?

Alas no, the above chart gives you the basic knowledge of what to expect in one of your favourite coffees. Now let’s look at the source of your coffee, do you drink Arabica or Robusta coffee? As the type of bean in your coffee matters.

It’s safe to regard  Arabica Beans to be of a higher quality than Robusta Beans.

Arabica is the harder of the two species to farm but does produce wonderful sweet and fruity flavours. Only drawback, these same beans have on average twice as much caffeine than it’s counterpart the Robusta.

Now, if your taste buds prefer a strong bitter-earthly taste, then seek out the Robusta bean. These have less caffeine and costs less to produce. Nearly all the supermarket brands around the world will have Robusta beans as the main ingredient.

This image is showing the differences bwtween a Arabica and Robusta coffee bean
This image is showing the differences between Arabica and Robusta coffee beans.

Your next  2 questions. Does the type of roast matter?

Does Light Roast have more caffeine than Dark Roast?

Yes and No. Both roasts bean for bean has almost the same number of mg of caffeine.

When beans go through the roasting process, they will lose some of their body mass. Now it stands to reason the dark roasted beans will weigh less than their light roasted counterparts. Pound for pound in weight the dark roast will generally pack more beans.

Subsequently, do you measure out by volume in which case the light roast will have more caffeine or do you measure by weight? If so guess what, the dark roast wins.

Confused? I know I was.

How about if I explain it this way?
  • For every cup of light roast, you are going to have more caffeine than a cup of the alternative dark roast. Why? Because the light roast has denser and heavier beans.
  • Now if you measure out say 25 grams of each light and dark roast. The latter will have more caffeine due to the extra volume.
  • Yes, it’s true they both weigh the same – 25 grams but remember the dark roast beans have less density, and therefore you actually have one or two more.

Now, refer back to the original chart showing you the various coffees and the amounts of caffeine in each. It is time to investigate other types of beverages available.

Americano drip coffee vs. Espresso?
Americano drip coffee vs. Espresso?

The size of your beverage has its role to play in the confusion on whether espresso is the better choice over a drip coffee. Guess what? Espresso does not appear to be the better choice.

An 8 oz drip coffee is the ideal choice if you wish to reduce your quantities of caffeine. Try not to forget that espresso has per ounce more caffeine (40 – 45 mg) and drip although greater in volume has only 9 -18 mg.

Also, bear in mind, the exact caffeine content in your daily cup of tea or coffee will vary depending on where it originated from, what preparation & processing methods were used, and finally, the actual brewing time.

Please use the following two tables as guidelines.

Black8 fluid oz25 – 48 mg
Black Decaffeinated8 fluid oz2 – 5 mg
Green8 fluid oz25 – 29 mg
Bottles Ready to Drink8 fluid oz5 – 40 mg

Citrus (Most Brands)8 fluid oz0
Cola8 fluid oz24 – 46 mg
Root Beer8 fluid oz0
Energy Drink8 fluid oz27 – 164 mg
Energy Shot1 fluid oz40 – 100 mg

What are the positives and negatives of caffeine in my coffee?


Apart from the boost in metabolism and enhancing your exercise performance in the short term. Caffeine in your coffee can have other benefits that will please you.

  • Coffee drinkers have been shown in various observational studies around the world may have a lower risk of between 32 to 65% in developing Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Sadly, there are over 300 million souls around the globe are registered type 2 diabetics. Again observational studies have shown that regular coffee drinkers can reduce their risk of developing diabetes by between 23 to 67%.
  • Another positive for coffee drinkers, further observational studies have shown that coffee drinkers have up to 40% lower risk of attracting Liver cancer.
  • We coffee drinkers are happy people and less prone to depression and suicide. By drinking as much as four cups of coffee per day can lead to a suicide reduction rate of 53%.
  • There are observational studies completed at Harvard University back in 2011 that demonstrate us coffee drinkers live longer than our non-coffee drinkers neighbours. The main drawback, we’ve got to drink 4 to 5 cups of our favourite coffee per day.
  • There are no negatives with your caffeine in your coffee. Sorry only kidding.
  • If we drink too much coffee, caffeine intake can lead us to be jittery or anxious. We can experience heart palpitations and panic attacks.
  • If you are still drinking coffee after 2 pm each day, you might find your sleeping quality is disrupted. You might start to suffer from insomnia. Best to revert to fresh water for the afternoon and evening.
  • I am sorry to say that caffeine is an addictive substance and without it can lead some of us down the path of headaches, migraines, lethargicness, and irritability.
  • So watch out if you are a regular coffee drinker, consuming regular amounts of caffeine will make you at some point tolerant to it.
  • If you suddenly abstain from caffeine, you can guarantee you will have withdrawal symptoms. Irritability, brain bog, headaches, and exhaustion can last many days.

You have not mentioned Decaffeinated coffee. Should I revert to Decaf or stay with the regular?

Caffeine Free Logo

The process of turning regular coffee into decaffeinated coffee is a simple one. The beans are repeatedly rinsed until nearly all the caffeine has been removed. It will still retain some levels of caffeine but at a much-reduced amount compared to regular coffee.

The drawback here for some of us, we can lose some of those positive health benefits that I mentioned earlier.

In a caffeine FREE conclusion.

Now, you know it is safe to have caffeine in your coffee. But, like everything in life always use a good degree of moderation. If you are unsure consult with your family practitioner.

If you are a diehard coffee fanatic like us here at Calibri. Tell us your reasons why you love coffee. We will print the best.

Click here and submit:       I love coffee because…..

Why not discover our other coffee induced posts:

An Englishman’s journey in the world of coffee.

What is coffee?

The incredible history of Coffee.

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Mike’s Bio.

Mike Bowley is an Indoor Coffee Houseplant & Colombian Giftware Importer, SEO Content Writer, Baby Boomer, and published Author. He thrives on creating alliances with UK based Artisanal Cafe Owners and the UK Based Garden Centers with artisanal product makers in Colombia.

He enjoys helping “Newbie” website owners & fellow Baby Boomer Online Entrepreneurs to getting their organic and relevant content onto web pages and mobiles.

Mike has spent over 50 years in sales and marketing, and now shares his life and work between the UK and Colombia. He is also a regular writer on both Viviamaridi and WattPad.

Visit his author’s website here: mikebowley.com.

February 2019

Please Moderate. What does that mean to a Newbie Website owner?


You have a brand new WordPress website, and as the owner, you have been frantically at work creating and publishing organic and exciting content. Suddenly, you start to receive “Please Moderate” email notifications. What should you do?

This article is for those “Newbie” website owners and budding Baby Boomer Online Entrepreneurs.

You have started to receive emails that say “Please moderate” followed by the title of the article or blog concerned.

The first paragraph states: A new comment or pingback is on the post “………….” and is waiting for your approval.

If you are daft as me, you will immediately panic and think you have done something wrong. Understandable when you look up the word meaning for Moderate.

There are many, but the one that came to my mind was “Avoiding extremes of behaviour or expression. To observe reasonable limits.

Finally, when I calmed down and looked further into the email content I read the following:

Magnificent put up, a very informative piece of work. I wonder why the opposite experts of this sector don’t notice this. You must proceed with your writing. I am positive you must have a great reader’s base already!

Now I was intrigued and elated that someone out there in the whole wide world liked my content so much they told me so. I started to look at the other Please moderate email notifications from WordPress.

I found some did not have a comment but the notification of “a new pingback on the post.” More about that one later in this article.

Then I discovered this comment: “It’s awesome in support of me to have a web site, which is helpful and designed for my experience. Thanks.”

In a short time, I received another, and another, the one I cherish the most was:

“Hey cool site!! Guy….excellent….wonderful…. Can I bookmark your site and take the additionally feeds? I am willing to search out so many useful information here in this post, we’d like work out extra strategies on this regards and thank you for sharing.”

Finally, all those long hours at my office desk, creating content for Calibri Content Writing Services was starting to be recognised and trusted.

Now I asked the question that many of you will be asking as soon as you start receiving “Please moderate Email Notifications.”

What do I do next?

Firstly, rejoice in the fact you are doing right by your content. These positive comments are telling you they are happy to be associated with you and willing to share with their community.

Authentic comments are for you a vital activity to manage. Especially critical for all new sites and blogs. The more comments you receive will mean a more engaged audience which will result in you having more page views and ultimately more revenue.

However, not wishing to blacken WordPress’s name their default comment system is slightly limited. You will notice it only sends comment notifications to the site administrators and article authors.

This means in essence, there are no other default options for other designated users to receive those same comments.

A message for WordPress. Wouldn’t it be great if users were able to receive comment notifications for the posts they like, and when someone replies back to their comment?

In this article, I can show you how to extend the comment notification emails from WordPress to create a more engaging user experience on your sites.

As you can see from the image above, there are many options for you to choose who receives email notifications. It will often depend on how many you are receiving.

If it is a couple per week, you can effectively manage them, but when your site starts to attract hundreds or maybe thousands. Then it may be time to uncheck the option boxes.

Just imagine how elated you feel when a comment you made regarding a particular website you like is approved?

Currently, your target audience has no idea whether you have approved any of their comments. They are able to observe that their comments are waiting for moderation when they are leaving a comment.

Invariably, many of your audience will never return to your content. Why? Because simply they have no idea you have approved or replied to the comment.

You can amend this situation by installing and activating a Comment Approved plugin.

The plugin “Comment Approved” permits your audience to be notified when their comment has been approved by you. Your follower can check the option when they are leaving you a comment.

You also have the option to customise your email messages that are sent out after each comment has been approved.

Either contact your website Guru or if wishing to learn more about managing your website contact WordPress direct, requesting the small easy to install plugin.

They will need you to upgrade to their business plan should you be WordPress.com or should you be “Self-hosted” via WordPress.org, you can install almost immediately.

I recommend reading a more in-depth article written by WPBeginners.com entitled:

A beginners guide for self-hosted WordPress.org vs free WordPress.com.

The great thing about WordPress is its dedication to Beginners. They have an abundance of Plugins that can be installed very easily. Check out which plugins would help you give an improved experience. Many are free, and those that need a fee are not expensive.

Remember, as soon as you have installed a new plugin, the next step is to activate it. Nothing will happen until you do. When it comes to configuring the settings, I suggest passing this task over to your website Guru and let them complete all that is required for you.

An image of pingbacks courtesy of Scepter Marketing.

Now let’s cover the world of pingbacks.

In short, a Pingback is a WordPress exclusively design comment for its community of website owners that appears when you link to another article or blog post. It happens when the other article or blog is set to accept pingbacks.

Pingbacks work in the same way as comments, they are a superb way for bloggers and authors to link their content to another article or blog.

For example, should another WordPress site link or references your article or blog, you will receive a pingback notification that is displayed as a comment on your article or blog post they linked to.

To help you understand further:

  1. Imagine you the “Newbie” website owner or the budding Baby Boomer Entrepreneur publishes a post.
  2. Another “Newbie” publishes his or her own post and includes a link to your post.
  3. WordPress.com will automatically generate a pingback to your post informing you that you have been linked to the other.
  4. Your post will then display a particular type of comment linking to the other person’s post. These pingbacks appear mixed in with all the other comments on the same post.

Is it easy to pingback to another article or blog?

Yes, it is, all pingbacks are automatically created whenever you link to another WordPress post. Now it might be a good time to see if you have already started to pingback without you knowing it!

Is it true pingbacks are good for my SEO?

If improving your website’s SEO is your goal, you cannot ignore the definite potential of gaining more links to each of your articles and blogs.

As you now know, pingbacks are created with external links to another person’s article or blog. This means they are now directly related to your SEO making them very good for your SEO.

Can spammers abuse pingbacks and hurt my website’s integrity?

Yes, it is a risk when receiving low-quality pingbacks to your content. These in time could definitely hurt your integrity and trust with many search engines and of course Google.

We recommend you do as we have done here at Calibri, and that is set up notifications for all pingbacks that will require you to approve or deny any requests, whether they be comments or pingbacks.

Like us aim to display only authentic comments and pingbacks and consistently review all new requests. It does not take long when you are at the beginner’s stage of developing your online business.

Later in your journey, if the situation starts to get on top of you and you feel you are losing control then apply the disable option and only display the authentic pingbacks and comments.

Mike’s Bio.

Mike Bowley is an Indoor Coffee Houseplant & Colombian Giftware Importer, SEO Content Writer, Baby Boomer, and published Author. He thrives on creating alliances with UK based Artisanal Cafe Owners and the UK Based Garden Centers with artisanal product makers in Colombia.

He enjoys helping “Newbie” website owners & fellow Baby Boomer Online Entrepreneurs to getting their organic and relevant content onto web pages and mobiles.

Mike has spent over 50 years in sales and marketing, and now shares his life and work between the UK and Colombia. He is also a regular writer on both Viviamaridi and WattPad.

Visit his author’s website here: mikebowley.com.

Why not catch up with some more informative  info for all you “Newbie” website owners and Budding Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs:

Things to tell Granddad to concentrate on when creating content.

How does Grandma build trust with her new customers?

Adding authority to a budding baby boomers content writing.

March 2019

History of Colombian Coffee and why it is famous?

A table loaded with Colombian coffee beans.
A table loaded with Colombian coffee beans.

What’s the history of Colombian Coffee and why is it famous? The chances are for all of us coffee lovers, is that we have most certainly sampled the delicious brew from South America.

Let’s deal with the history first. Colombian Coffee according to legend was introduced to South American by Jesuit Missionaries back in the mid-1700s. The powers that be had tried unsuccessfully to persuade their people to grow coffee.

Why was there so much resistance? Well, it would take 5 years for a coffee tree to produce its first crop. Understandably they were worried about how they were going to survive during that time.

From the very first penance the history of Colombian coffee began.

One particular Jesuit priest called Francisco Romero came up with a brilliant solution. Every time penance was required with a confession, he ordered each person to plant 3 to 4 coffee plants.

As soon as the Archbishop of Colombia heard of what Francisco was doing, he quickly ensured all the Jesuit priests did the same. This firmly paved the way forward for the history of Colombia coffee to begin.

It was not until 1835 that this delicious coffee started to make its way outside of the Colombian borders with its 2500 bags to the USA.

The next milestone for the history of Colombian coffee was not long in coning.

Twenty-five years later Colombian grown Arabica coffee, as opposed to the cheaper Robusta, became the number one exporting product with over 170,000 bags heading to the USA and Europe. The lucky & hardworking Colombians coffee farmers have never looked back.

Currently, they are exporting around 11 million bags per year.

Colombia has remained a firm favourite around the world for high altitude grown coffee and is only beaten by the mighty Brazilian and Vietnam output.

So what makes the history of Colombian coffee so famous and compelling?

Back in 1959, the National Federation of Colombian Coffee growers created a marketing campaign that was so successful the whole world stood up and listened to the message of their coffee through the eyes of their fictitious character known as Juan Valdez.

I must admit when I first heard the name Juan Valdez I had no idea he was not real. Six years ago I found out he was invented to promote Colombian coffee. In fact, I was amazed, and I became curious to learn more with regards to the history of Colombian coffee. I found it exciting did not stop me enjoying the richness of each cup I drank.

What else guaranteed the success of Colombian coffee?

The country’s perfect geography of being mountainous and tropical is the primary reason. Not forgetting, its endless volcanic soil and breathtaking elevations reaching as high as 1,800 metres. (6000 Feet)

If you are reading this article and living in Scotland, Ben Nevis is a toddler in comparison with its impressive 1,345 metres. I only mention this comparison to give you all an idea what Colombia has.

Its climate allows the coffee bean to flourish and grow into a rich, full-bodied taste. Not withstanding a perfectly balanced flavour.

The bean loves the volcanic soil and the bonus of growing inside of the coffee belt of 30 degrees North and 30 degrees South. You will see them shaded by vast communities of rubber trees and banana trees.

The majority of coffee farms and fields are outside of areas that are prone to frost. Coffee beans do not flourish in frost. In fact, they hate it, and will not survive.

They do enjoy the rain and never complain if there are 80 inches of rain in any one year.

Now compare that with the typical annual rainfall for various cities in the UK with Birmingham 26.8 inches and London at 23.3 inches. So the next time you guys start moaning about the rain, consider the inhabitants inside the Colombian coffee belt.

The nearest town in the UK that challenges Colombia each year is Princetown in Dartmoor Park with its average rainfall of 78.7 inches.

What areas and cities make up the Colombian Coffee growing region?

You will find the fincas (Spanish for farms) between the three large cities of Bogota, Medellin towards the north of the country and Cali in the southwest.

Locally it is known as Eje Cafetero or Zona Cafetero (translated as the Coffee Axel.)

If like me you feel the urge to learn more of the history of Colombian coffee, you will be pleased to know if you also love football there is a football team named oin honour of the delicious brew.

The name Los Cafeteros is also the official name for Colombia’s national football team.

National Federation of Colombian Football Logo.

As soon as you drive outside of any city. Head in the direction of Manizales. Salento, Cordoba or Armenia and you will find yourself in the rolling green hillsides. You cannot fail to see millions of coffee shrubs in every direction.

Even the farmers can be seen in their unique cowboy hats and ponchos that keeps them warm and dry.

It is accepted that the further up the mountains you go the higher the quality of coffee you will come across.

Colombian mountains in the background with two cups of coffee at the front.
Colombian mountains in the background with two cups of coffee at the front.

Thus, leading to the fact – with Colombia’s high altitude geography, blended with its tropical and wet climate, all cemented with mountains of volcanic soil all point to the ideal conditions for coffee growing.

How do the Colombian farmers harvest their coffee beans?

The inside of a coffee cherry and a coffee bean.

The majority of the fincas are small. Each farm will pick their coffee cherries, then separate the hard bean found inside of each cherry from the outside skin. They will wash and dry each bean and finally sell their produce to a local cooperative.

Each cooperative will then negotiate with leading names such as Starbucks, Costa Coffee and other leading household names. As well as artisanal cafes, grocery stores and superstores such as Tesco and Walmart.

At this point the beans sold are shipped overseas to be eventually roasted, grounded and brewed.

Does history show Colombians drink their own coffee?

In the coffee regions, the answer is an overwhelming yes. But in the cities, you can find many locals who have no idea what a cappuccino is.

The city dwellers drink gallons of black coffee known locally as Tinto.

Colombian Tinto.

I have been told the majority of Tinto is made from inferior beans that are rejected for exportation. There are many occasions I can vouch for this belief. But, I can also quote endless enjoyable moments supping a rich tasting Tinto.

I love partaking Tinto with no milk and no sugar. I accept that being served a cracking good Tinto is pot luck. But, when I compare the coffee, I have experienced from many well-known outlets in the UK.

I will always sing Tinto’s praises above the tasteless alternative often found in large containers back home.

As you can guess from my writing, I am Colombia’s biggest fan of their coffee culture. From my initial touristic visit of Parque De Cafe back in 2013 to sitting today in my home brewing my latest cup of Expresso six years later. I love everything about the history of Colombian coffee.

The famous Parque de Cafe in Armenia.

So much so that in the coming months I will be importing Colombian Indoor coffee plants to the United Kingdom. There I hope to share via Garden Centres and individual Artisanal Cafes the unique and rewarding aromas of Colombian coffee plants. You never know one day you may well find me on a page or two adding my Englishness to the history of Colombian coffee.

For more insights into the world of coffee, please click on the following articles and Mike would love to read your thoughts.

An Englishman’s journey with the world of coffee

What is coffee?

What is the incredible history of coffee?

Mike’s Bio

Mike Bowley is an Indoor Coffee Houseplant & Colombian Giftware Importer, SEO Content Writer, Baby Boomer, and published Author. He thrives on creating alliances with UK based Artisanal Cafe Owners and the UK Based Garden Centers with artisanal product makers in Colombia.

He enjoys helping “Newbie” website owners & fellow Baby Boomer Online Entrepreneurs to getting their organic and relevant content onto web pages and mobiles.

Mike has spent over 50 years in sales and marketing, and now shares his life and work between the UK and Colombia. He is also a regular writer on both Viviamaridi and WattPad.

Visit his author’s website here: mikebowley.com.

March 2019

Coffee Bean Growing Belt? What and where is it?

A map of the world's coffee belt.
A map of the world’s coffee belt.

The Coffee Bean Growing Belt spans right across the Equator line. Where the sea gives way to land you will find a coffee bean maturing.

As you can see from the map above, you can discover the coffee bean bean growing belt reaches out northwards to the Tropic of Cancer and downwards to the south to the Tropic of Capricorn.

The list of countries that make up the community of the coffee bean growing belt is vast. Just pause for a moment and picturew all those faceless individuals and their families who grow and harvest one of the top commodities in the world. I think you will agree with me, it’s impressive. Between them, they employ a workforce of over 5 million people and produce millions of kilograms of coffee beans every year.

Below is a list of the Top Countries producing Coffee Beans in Tonnes within the Coffee bean Belt.

South America
African Continent.Asian
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Trinidad &
Tobago      (720)
Ethiopia.      (384,000)
Uganda       (228,000)
Ivory Coast
of the Congo
Central African
Sierra Leone
Zimbabwe  (600)
Liberia        (360)
1. Vietnam
2. Indonesia  
3. India.
4. China
5. Papua New Guinea
6. Laos
7. Thailand
8. Philippines    
9. Timor Leste     

The table shows the Top and bottom 2 coffee bean producers in tonnage per continent.

Oil is the top trading commodity, followed closely by the coffee bean which can easily fill half a trillion cups of our favourite beverage per year.

It is easy to forget or maybe you may not know that coffee beans when decaffeinated provide caffeine for soft drinks such as Cola, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Now let’s take a look at where the coffee bean growing belt Coffee Connoisseurs predominantly live.

Cups of various coffees
Various cups of coffee to suit many tastes.

With all the giant coffee and food brands on the high streets, shopping centres sporting venues, no wonder coffee has become a significant beverage no matter where we live in the world.

The amazing thing about the coffee bean growing belt is its globally reaching market place.

Because there are 195 countries in the world and nearly all consume coffee from the coffee bean belt. We thought it would be fun to list the Top 10 Seasoned Coffee Connoisseurs by country.

At Number Ten Canada.

Brearthtaking Canada.

With a population of 33 million and a climate of long freezing winters, frequently prevents them from popping out to their local cafe to socialise over a brew. Consequently, the only option is to drink their favourite coffee beverage at home.

At the same time, the Canadians who live in the cities have an abundance of Coffee chains and artisanal cafes to meet their needs. Coffee is considered the most commonly consumed beverage the length and breadth of Canada.

One step up at Number Nine Luxembourg.

The beautifully ruffled flag of Luxembourg
The beautifully ruffled flag of Luxembourg

Much smaller than Canada but per head consumes the same as our Mountie friends.

The good people of Luxembourg love their coffee bean, they even have their own espresso drink known as “Russian Milk.” It is as close to a latte as you can get. It originated from France and is often served with a dessert.

Blazing out in front at Number Eight – Belgium.

A typical sunny day alongside the river Ghent.
A typical sunny day alongside the river Ghent.

Belgium has long been recognized as having an advantage steeped in their history of once being a colonial power in many areas of Africa. With coffee beans being harvested in Rwanda and the Congo.

It was easy to supply the thirsty Flemish (Dutch-speaking Belgians) and Walloons (French-speaking Belgians.)

The Belgians love mixing their coffee bean beverages with chocolate and waffles.

Lucky for some number Seven – Switzerland.

A cup of coffee from Switzerland
A cup of coffee from Switzerland

These robust Swedes definitely love their coffee and socializing with their famous “Caffe Crema.” They are known for drinking a mouthwatering five cups of coffee per day and they do not come cheap either. Some of the most expensive cups of coffee can be found here in Switzerland.

Let’s take a look at who is number six – Sweden.

Building and bicycle in Stockholm.
Buildings and bicycle in Stockholm.

Have you ever visited Sweden? If you have, you would bound to have sampled their coffee, pastries and cookies. Drinking coffee is a way of life for the Swedes. They call it “Fika” when translated means “To have Coffee” and under this premise, any reason will do. Take it from me these guys are definitely serious coffee consumers.

We are halfway, and already you see the success the coffee bean growing belt has had on millions of people.

One of my favourite countries comes in at Number five – Holland.

A possible coffee drinker ona bridge in Amsterdam.
A possible coffee drinker ona bridge in Amsterdam.

Whenever, I think of Holland, I think of two things. Amsterdam and its nightlife and Max Bygraves who had a 1958 romantic hit called “Tulips from Amsterdam.”

I lived near Masstricht for a couple of years, and the coffee there is generally served with homemade cookies and cakes such as a pie.

I remember Marijuana arriving at the same time as I was there. But I was a coward and stayed clear. Nothing was going to ruin my experience of continental style coffee.

Skiing in at Number Four – Denmark.

Scenic copenhagen.
Scenic Copenhagen.

Like Switzerland coffee in Denmark will set you back. A typical price of a cup of coffee is ranked at the 6th highest in the world. But don’t let that put you off.

Drink a coffee with a handful of Danish cookies and one or two of their elegantly made sandwiches.

We have reached the Top Three and I bet you were expecting France, Germany, Italy, The USA and the UK to be fighting for one of these three places. When I asked my friends from the coffee bean belt area of Colombia, they too had no idea.

Coming in with the well-earned “Bronze – Number Three” position – Iceland.

The famous aurora Borealis above Iceland.
The famous aurora Borealis above Iceland.

IOur friends, you know the one’s who knocked us out of the world cup and deservedly so are listed listed as drinking per head 5.2 cups of coffee every month.

Wow, I beat them I drink a cup every day. Still, these impressive Icelanders consume over 9 kg of coffee per capita every year.

Well lets face it, they do need to keep warm. I have another question for them, apparently they consume a vast amount of sugar too. Do they put it all in their coffee?

Silver Medal goes to Number two – Norway.

Norwegian coffee bean connoisseurs like to drink their early morning Kaffe black. Later in the evening after dinner, they enjoy again their favourite beverage with dessert.

Socialising with family and friends is the norm, and Kaffe, pastries and cakes tops the menu in most Norwegian homes.

I was told turn left and the cafe would be on my right.
I was told turn left and the cafe would be on my right.

The next time you are visiting Norway, head into the rural areas and sample their mouthwatering “Karsk” – coffee and vodka!

Norwegian capital of Oslo.

Finally, let me reveal the champion for the coffee bean growing belt. The country who per head drinks more of the delicious dark brown nectar than all others.

Number One Gold Medal of Seasoned Coffee Connoisseurs goes to Finland

A correlation between living in cold climates and drinking a cup of coffee to keep you warm is clearly displayed with our worthy winners from Finland. These guys and girls drink coffee every day and all day.

Finnish Khavi.

Finnish “Khavi” can be found everywhere including all working break times. Like many countries, the churches celebrate and provide a buffet of various bread, cookies, cakes and cold sandwiches. Topped up with lashings of piping hot “Khavi.”

Should you be fortunate to be invited into a Finnish home, apart from the warm Nordic welcome you will receive pots of coffee. None will be decaffeinated as the Finns are not into this style of coffee.

It is definitely amazing for such a country who could never grow their own coffee should be the number one consumer of the coffee bean growing belt’s mouthwatering beverage. Their excuse is simple – “It suits all our customs, rituals and superstitions.”

Now, I may have the answer to why I drink so much coffee, maybe I have part Finn and part Colombian, and somewhere in my ancestral lifeline there is someone called Mikko Carlos.

Helsinki Capital of Finland.

What happened, did you forget the favourite coffee contenders?

No, I was surprised as you. They were in the top 25 of coffee countries but today we were covering the almighty top 10. For the record here are the positions that Italy, Brazil, Germany, France and The USA can proudly display:

  • Italy – 13th         (Personally, their way of making cappuccino takes some beating.)
  • Brazil – 14th      (Shock for me as they are the kings of production levels.)
  • Germany -16th (Yes, I do love their coffee, but their version of chocolate and Apple Strudel in the Winter months is still my favourite.)
  • France – 18th    (Knock-out by this result, I grew up, with the belief us Brits, were a nation of Tea guzzlers and France was the home of coffee guzzlers. But then I was forgetting the Vino.)
  • The USA – 25th  (Every time I have visited I have found coffee establishments everywhere. With such a diverse culture you can find every style of coffee available.)

What happened to my tea guzzling British counterparts?

Sadly, we did not make it into the top 25 coffee consuming nations. But we did make into the top 50 at 45th. That will change.

Head to London and see the trade that all the cafes are enjoying. Back in 2008 according to the British Coffee Association (BCA) we Brits were consuming 70 million cups of coffee per day.

Fast forward 10-years, and we are up a whopping 25 million more to an impressive 95 million per day. Soon we will be a top ranked Nation of Seasoned coffee Connoisseurs.

In the Coffee bean growing belt essence…..

Those 5 million hardworking and dedicated workers in the Coffee Bean Growing Belt are the source of the enjoyment for the 300 million or more seasoned coffee connoisseurs around the world.

Putting it another way, over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are drunk every day around our industrialised economies. Supplied by over 90% of our developing countries. The vast majority situated in the continent of South America.

In the final analysis, will this relationship ever end?

I think we all know the answer to that. “No, fancy a coffee?”

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Would you like to read more?  You can find previously published blogs and articles listed below.

What is Coffee?

The Incredible History of Coffee?

Caffeine and Coffee.

We had such fun creating this article on the subject of The coffee bean growers belt. To see how coffee has had such an impact on the world is a joy to behold.

Watch out, coming soon for all you readers:

What is the history of Colombian Coffee? Why is it so famous?

What are the 10 top benefits to drinking coffee?

Mike’s Bio.

Mike Bowley is an Indoor Coffee Houseplant & Colombian Giftware Importer, SEO Content Writer, Baby Boomer, and published Author. He thrives on creating alliances with UK based Artisanal Cafe Owners and the UK Based Garden Centers with artisanal product makers in Colombia.

He enjoys helping “Newbie” website owners & fellow Baby Boomer Online Entrepreneurs to getting their organic and relevant content onto web pages and mobiles.

Mike has spent over 50 years in sales and marketing, and now shares his life and work between the UK and Colombia. He is also a regular writer on both Viviamaridi and WattPad.

Visit his author’s website here: mikebowley.com.

March 2019