• Yerba Mate - properties and history
    Yerba Mate - properties and history
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    Not all caffeine drinks encountered by Europeans during the colonial expansion have caught on in the old continent. The indigenous peoples of the Americas have known at least several types of caffeinated plants for centuries, yet only cocoa has been popularized on a massive scale in Europe. One of the blessings of the New World that, despite its discovery, did not take root overseas was yerba mate. The name, most probably invented by the Jesuits, comes from the Latin word  herba , meaning...

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  • Borosilicate glass - properties
    Borosilicate glass - properties
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    The exact date and place where glass was invented is a mystery. It is known, however, that as early as four thousand years ago our prehistoric ancestors in Mesopotamia discovered that by heating sand with ash, you can obtain a hard, translucent material. It was from there that the glass prototype arrived via trade routes to Europe. However, it differed significantly from its current version - it was matte and opaque.

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  • PLA straws - is it a good alternative to plastic straws?
    PLA straws - is it a good alternative to plastic straws?
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    The topic of plastic pollution of our planet has been raised many times. Environmentalists sound the alarm - tons of plastic flooding the world degrade the natural environment, kill animals living in seas and oceans, and end up in the human food chain through the back door. Microplastic  is in the food we find on our plates, in the water we  drink , and even in the salt crystals we use in the kitchen.

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  • Sake, or samurai rice liquor
    Sake, or samurai rice liquor
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    From time immemorial, alcohol has accompanied mankind and has been an element of its cultural heritage. In many parts of the world, it occupies a place of honor in human life, consistently scrolling through the turbulent fortunes of individual nations as an object of worship, adoration and inspiration. The Japanese are no exception. Many centuries ago, using the good of nature and favorable natural conditions, they began to mix their basic food - rice, with clean water and mold spores called...

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  • Rakija, a story about the fiery water of the Balkans
    Rakija, a story about the fiery water of the Balkans
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    Just as rum inspired sea explorers, the sake of Japanese shoguns, and Bourbon inspired cowboys from the Wild West, rakija has been a source of inspiration for travelers across the Balkans for centuries. Everyone who has been to the southern borders of Europe must have encountered the local fiery water, which ignites not only hearts, but also minds. An old Latin proverb says:  Omne trium perfectum,  meaning "all that is threefold is perfect" and this is also the case with rakija - it revives...

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  • Why has the EU banned plastic straws and disposable products?
    Why has the EU banned plastic straws and disposable products?
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    As a result of the progressive degradation of the natural environment and increasing ecological trends in global consumption, the European Parliament on March 27, 2019 supported the directive  banning the sale of single-use plastic products . Member States have until 2021 to implement EU provisions. 

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  • Ginger tea - warms and heals
    Ginger tea - warms and heals
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    Peel the ginger root , cut into slices, put in a saucepan, pour water over it and cook, covered, for 15 minutes. After cooling down, add squeezed lemon juice and honey to the infusion. Pour the drink into glasses. Add your favorite additions to each glass as you wish: orange slices, fresh raspberries, dried cranberries, cinnamon and cardamom.

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  • Matcha - powder tea with miraculous properties
    Matcha - powder tea with miraculous properties
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    While the consumption of matcha is gradually declining in Japan , its popularity is systematically growing in the wider West. This is mainly due to the numerous health properties assigned to it, which appeal to an increasingly aware society. Until recently, an innovative product known only to enthusiasts of healthy food and Japanese culture, today an increasingly popular item on the menu of European cafes. And although in Japan matcha is used primarily in the preparation of tea , in Europe...

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  • Latte Art: 4 steps to perfectly microfoam. Guide
    Latte Art: 4 steps to perfectly microfoam. Guide
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    One of the barista's most impressive skills is the art of creating latte art. This type of coffee decoration, also called  coffee art , gives a lot of room for creativity, which can only be limited by your imagination. Latte Art is the art of creating patterns and drawings on the surface of coffee with frothed milk,  perfected by the most experienced baristas. Fashion for this type of decorations came to us from overseas, where it developed in the 1980s.

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  • Length and diameter of drinking straw. Which straw to choose?
    Length and diameter of drinking straw. Which straw to choose?
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    Drinking straws come in many different sizes. If we are considering purchasing a reusable straw, its size is even more important. It is best to choose a straw to your needs and the vessel that will be used most often. The table below is helpful when choosing straws in terms of length and diameter.

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  • Garnish coctail. The art of decorating drinks
    Garnish coctail. The art of decorating drinks
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    In recent times, we have been paying more and more attention to the aesthetic value of consumed dishes and drinks. We like it when the served dish looks impressive on the plate, and the prepared drink delights with its unique appearance. Meal celebration has become a fashion that is fueled by the ever-growing number of internet and TV chefs. Apart from the chefs, a wide range of possibilities is available for bartenders, for whom "garnishing", or decorating drinks, has become a popular...

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  • Homemade compote from Polish seasonal fruit. Recipe
    Homemade compote from Polish seasonal fruit. Recipe
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    1. We wash the fruit, cut it, and remove the seeds and seeds. Boil water with sugar and vanilla sugar in a large pot. 2. Put fruit on boiling water. We add cinnamon and cloves (depending on your taste) 3. Cook for 15 minutes over moderate heat until the fruit is tender. 4. Remove from heat and cool for at least 10 minutes. Over time, the compote will take on more flavor. It can be seasoned with mint leaves.

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