LOS ANGELES, CA – In case you’re the rare Los Angeles resident who doesn’t live or work near a Starbucks, the coffee giant will now bring its coffee to you — sort of.
A Starbucks Frappuccino Truck just pulled in to L.A. after a 10-day stint in San Diego, according to a Starbucks representative, as well as this headache-inducing Tumblr dedicated to the Frappuccino.
Never mind that the brand already has 127 locations in San Diego and another 105 in Los Angeles.
The Frappuccino Truck offers a selection of Starbucks classic drinks and limited-time beverages, as well as jenga, oversize croquet (where space permits), and a digital jukebox. The truck will be touring select cities in California through June 30.
In case you’re interested, here’s where you can find the Frappuccino Truck in Los Angeles, this week — or, you know, just visit one of the five locations within a two-foot radius of your apartment.
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The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”
For today’s Did You Know we will look at the Frappe fun facts.
The Facts: Frappe is a Greek foam-covered iced coffee drink made from instant coffee.
- The frappe was introduced to the world at the 1957 International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki, Greece.
- According to local lore, the invention of the coffee frappe was an accident; a Nestle’s employee inadvertently discovered the drink when he shook up cold water, instant coffee, milk and children’s instant hot chocolate mix.
- October 7th is National Frappe Day.
- The frappe was first sold in retail in the U.S. by a small Boston-based chain, Coffee Connection, in the mid 1980s. The frappe gained national popularity in 1995, when large retail chains started serving blended, frozen coffee beverages.
- The word frappe first appeared in the 1848 edition of American English Dictionary and is derived from the French word frappe meaning “to Chill.”
- The frappe is loved internationally with regional variations like: Adzuki (red bean) Frap in Japan, Dulce de LecheFrap in Argentina and the Coffee Jelly Frap in the Philippines.
Frappe Fun Facts We Missed
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Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about the Frappe.
In honor of National Gourmet Coffee Day we thought we would share this tasty recipe that uses coffee as a braising ingredient for short ribs.
Coffee Braised Short Ribs
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 4 hours 30 minutes | Yield: 4 – 6 servings
- 3 pounds short ribs
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup strong brewed coffee
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 teaspoons hot or mild chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
Season the short ribs with salt and pepper, to taste. Warm the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the ribs and brown until golden, turning them once, about 8 minutes. Transfer the ribs to a paper towel-lined plate. Pour the wine and coffee into the skillet. Cook over high heat, scraping up the brown bits on the bottom, until the sauce is reduced by one forth, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Put the ribs, onion, garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, the chili powder and oregano in a slow cooker. Pour in the wine sauce and cook, covered, on high for 3 1/2 hours. Uncover and cook until the ribs are falling apart, about 45 minutes more. Transfer the ribs and sauce to a serving dish and serve.
If you try this recipe out at home, please feel free to share your experiences in the comment section below.
The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.
We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”
For today’s Did You Know we will look at Coffee fun facts.
Coffee Fun Facts: Legend has it that Ethiopian shepherds first noticed the effects of caffeine when they saw their goats appearing to become “frisky” and “dance” after eating coffee berries.
- Originally coffee was eaten. African tribes combined coffee berries with fat to create energy balls.
- Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world. (oil is first)
- January 18th is National Gourmet Coffee Day.
- January 25th is National Irish Coffee Day.
- The rise of Islam contributed greatly to the consumption of coffee. The religion prohibited drinking alcohol but considered coffee an acceptable beverage.
- All coffee in the world is grown in “The Bean Belt” (areas between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn).
- Hawaii is the only state in the US that grows coffee.
- The term “a cup of Joe” comes from American servicemen (GI Joes) in WWII being seen as big coffee drinkers.
- George Washington invented instant coffee. A Belgian man living in Guatemala named George Washington invented in 1906.
Coffee Fun Facts We May Have Missed
If so, please feel free to let us know about the coffee fun facts we missed. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.
Reference: Fun Facts about Coffee
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