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Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate: Consuming the World 
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Coffee, tea, and chocolate were all the rage in Enlightenment Europe. These fashionable beverages profoundly shaped modes of sociability and patterns of consumption, yet none of the plants required for their preparation was native to the continent: coffee was imported from the Levant, tea from Asia, and chocolate from Mesoamerica. Their introduction to 17th-century Europe revolutionized drinking habits and social customs. It also spurred an insatiable demand for specialized vessels such as hot beverage services and tea canisters, coffee cups and chocolate pots.
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The History of Espresso

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AN-TIQUE (an-teek) An object having special value because of its age, especially a domestic item, piece of furniture or decorative arts object esteemed for its artistry, beauty, mechanical ingenuity, or period of origin.

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Good to the Last Drop
Coffee has been energizing people since dawn of the first millennium of the Christian Era (CE) when they first roasted and ground Arabica beans. Historians believe that an Arabic word, qah’wa, inspired the term “coffee,” a wine made from coffee beans. When people first began drinking coffee, they had to first soften the beans for roasting, boil a kettle full of water for about a minute with the coarse ground coffee beans.
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Around the World and Then Some in a Coffee Cup
Promotional merchandise seems to be everywhere, from toy trucks to stuffed animals to coffee mugs. Collecting these has become a passion for some people and with the advent of online auctions and other retails sites, collectors can find just about any promotional collectible on the market. And that includes Starbucks coffee mugs in seemingly endless varieties.

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Cups Runneth Over at Coffeehouses
The atmosphere is quiet and reserved. The sweet smell of chocolate and fresh-brewed coffee mix with the heady smoke of European cigarettes. The waitress delicately sets a large glass filled with dense coffee and a dollop of ice cream topped with an Everest- like mound of whipped cream on a customer’s table. Along with all of Vienna’s wonders are its hundreds of coffeehouses.
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Grind Those Beans
There’s nothing like a good cup of coffee, and how it’s ground makes all the difference. Unlike today, stores in the 19th and early 20th centuries sold only coffee as beans, freshly ground in the store. Originally, all general stores had some sort of coffee grinder sitting on the counter.

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The Art of the Coffee Tin
Soon after establishing the first commercial canning factory in London, England, in 1813, Bryan Dorkin and John Hall began packaging coffee in tin-plated cans. Before this, ground or roasted coffee was mostly sold in paper packaging or jars. At that time, most people bought green coffee beans to roast and grind at home.
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Antique silver combines beauty with craftsmanship. But this comes with the challenge of keeping these luxurious objects at their peak luster. So what is the best way to clean antique silver effectively?

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A Museum of Signs
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Founded in 1842 in Hartford, Connecticut, the Wadsworth Atheneum is one of the oldest continually operating public museums in the country. Undermined by debt and crumbling building, it almost ceases to be. Museum Director Susan Talbott pulled the institution out of the abyss as part of a $33 million renovation.
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The Wine of Araby
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Coffee readies people for their day, acts as a social mediator, and soothes the soul. No wonder much of the world drinks it. But as to how and when coffee came to be discovered, no one seems to know for sure. Through adventure and misadventure, wartime and peacetime, it has become one of the most popular drinks on Earth.
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Are Coffee Tables Antique?

The current definition a coffee table is a low, wide table placed in front of a couch or sofa to receive drinks, TV remotes, magazines, ashtrays, and miscellaneous other items, including feet. Yes, some people do prop their tired feet up once in a while. But a quick look back in time doesn't show many similar tables in our Western history.                                   Read more

How to Recognize and Refinish Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

Book: How to Recognizing and Refinishing Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

Have you ever bought an antique or collectible that was less than perfect and needed some TLC? Bob's book offers tips and step-by- step instructions for simple maintenance and restoration of common antiques.                 Read an Excerpt


Treasures from the Deep

Thousands of goldseekers ventured to California in hopes of getting rich. Few did, at least not from mining gold. But a few did get rich from the gold which they loaded onto the S.S. Central America sailing to New York from Panana.

Tin Batmobile Hits the Stratosphere

This red open-top Batmobile is a rare tintoy produced in 1966 by Yonezawa for the Japanese market. It recently sold for $150,000.

Fabergé  Vesta Case
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This Fabergé #jeweled gold-mounted #agate vesta case recently sold for more than 15 times its estimate at $118,747. Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury purchased it at #Sotheby’s in Switzerland and kept it with the marked-up auction catalogue close by.

Roman Shipwreck Yields Glassware

A team of French and Italian underwater archaeologists have recovered a selection of glassware and raw glass blocks from a Roman shipwreck between the Italian island of Capraia and the French island of Corsica.

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