Wednesday, July 1, 2009

From bean to mug: CIA offers coffee learning module

The Culinary Institute of America in conjunction with Starbucks Coffee Co. has introduced a free online learning module called, "Coffee: Brewing, Tasting and Cooking." The e-learning module explores how coffee beans are produced, how to brew coffee beans properly and how to evaluate a cup of coffee.

The module also examines coffee's compatibility with a range of cuisines. The program includes recipes and videos created by CIA chefs to provide techniques for cooking with coffee and 16 downloadable recipes demonstrated by the chefs in streaming video. The program also includes information about responsible coffee-growing practices and guidelines for would-be baristas.

The program is available at