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    The last thing troops deployed in the oil-rich Middle East need is “Texas Tea." But Texas coffee? That’s something else entirely. Granted, if I were out there, my cheeky humor would land me, deservedly, in the brig where I doubt the coffee is as good as that soon to be enjoyed the enlisted – courtesy of the entrepreneurial McClure family of Texas and their partners Ellie Glidewell and Emmie Thomas.

    Together they launched MilitaryCoffee.org (a spin-off, armed forces-themed unit of their coffee retail site Coffee.org) in “partnership with the Army Air Force Exchange (AFFES) to serve all Active Duty Military, Retirees, Reserves, the National Guard and their dependants,” according to their press release.

    Established in 1895, the AAFES, known col…

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    Many an aficionado would have you believe that design peaked with the Mid-Century Modern movement. And it did –but nowhere more convincingly than in the ATOMIC Espresso Machine.

    Designed by Giordano Robbiatti in 1947, the iconic caffeine delivery device is a case study in “form following function.”

    As recent as four years ago, demand for vintage ATOMICA coffeemakers resulted in sales of mint condition specimens in the mid-thousands. Recognizing a potential market in re-issues, several entrepreneurial outfits began manufacturing ATOMIC-esque coffeemakers in China and India, with reproduction of the original design made by in Taiwan by La Sorrentina.

    Colin Newell cites an unnamed “expert” on CoffeeCrew.com as observing hat “The history of the A…

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    For a lucky songwriter locked in a home-studio somewhere in America, the best part of waking up will be when their cup runneth over with $25,000. At least that’s what caffeine-friendly singer-songwriters are keeping in mind as they enter the 2011 Folgers Jingle contest.

    As with last year, the coffee giant is inviting tunesmiths to riff out a new version of their iconic jingle, originally written by Leslie Pearl in 1984. The ditty has since been performed in country, gospel, jazz, R&B, folk, Celtic and a cappella versions, according to Folger’s micro-site for the contest, BestPartofWakinUp.com.

    The winning java jingle not only brings the aforementioned $25,000 but a “chance to appear in a Folgers Coffee commercial, plus a special mentoring se…

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