FOLLOW Creating Chocolate Cacao (or Cocoa) beans are the seeds that grow in the cacao tree, which are plucked, roasted and separated. The 'nibs' from the beans (part solids and part butter) are ground and made into a paste, which is then again grounded with sugar and some other ingredients. The industrial chocolates include several ingredients like vegetable oils, corn syrup, and artificial vanilla.
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Where possible, buy your coffee from roasters who purchase their beans ethically. Drink thoughtfully prepared cups Coffee stays fresh only for a limited time. The person making it must know how to brew it properly. Even the best beans brewed the wrong way can produce a bad cup of coffee. To enjoy coffee, look for places with lots of information about their coffee displayed, and/or staff who can answer your questions about the coffee. To brew at home, you're best off learning how to brew well by hand, using a kettle to boil water and one of the dozens of manual coffee devices available on the market. FOLLOW The Meat-Lover's Guide to Eating Less Meat
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Beans come in many varieties and are excellent stand-ins for meat in certain recipes.
Cooking the beans yourself provides a better flavor and texture, but canned beans are also a good alternative as convenience food.
Grains have more protein than we think and also contains a host of other vital nutrients, especially when we eat them whole.
Some staple that fills a grain bowl is quinoa, Kamut, teff, millet, wild rice, buckwheat, cornmeal, and even pasta.
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