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“I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

– Jack London

 

Jack London was very much a man of his time. He was born in 1876 in San Francisco, and in his 40 years of life he fully embraced and embodied the spirit of adventure and freedom for which his young country was known.

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What is the defining sign of autumn’s arrival?

Is it the days growing shorter and the evenings becoming crisp and cool with omens of frost? Is it the leaves changing from lush green to striking shades of gold, amber, burnt orange, and red?

Is it the warm layers of wool sweaters and scarves that suddenly appear around our shoulders in mid-October? Or is it, as recent years can attest, the appearance of pumpkin spice everything on café and restaurant menus?

Whether you love it or would be happy to leave it, pumpkin spice is everywhere, from the infamous latte to the infinite variations of pumpkin and squash soup to the classic Thanksgiving dessert.

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There’s never been a better time to be a coffee lover.

There are artisan coffee shops in every city, most supermarkets now sell a wide variety of coffee from around the world, and brewing a delicious cup of coffee at home has never been easier.

One person who has been a huge influence on the rise of coffee culture is James Hoffmann, the coffee expert, award-winning coffee roaster, World Barista Champion (2007), and author of The World Atlas of Coffee, now in its second edition.

Not only does Hoffmann operate Square Mile Coffee Roasters in London, UK — and write one of the internet’s best coffee blogs jimseven — he also travels around the world learning about coffee. In the new edition of his guide to all things coffee, he discusses seven new coffee-producing countries all well as the major players coffee lovers are familiar with.

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