Beverage Facts

The Beverages section deals with how all sorts of drinks actually work. Learn the affects that tea, beer, water and other beverages can have on your metabolism and overall health.

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What is shade coffee?

To some of us, growing a crop in the shade is a perplexing concept. But for crops like coffee, shade is a good thing -- for the environment, for biodiversity and even for your cup of joe.

Apple Cider 101

Cider is the signature beverage of autumn, but you may be a little confused about the difference between apple cider and apple juice. Don't worry, it's a common question and has an answer that differs all over the United States.

The History of Cola

The next time you raise your glass or can of cola, say a silent thank you to the Coca-Cola Company. Even if your preference is Pepsi Cola or another lesser-known brand, it all began with Coke.

10 Summer Drink Recipes

As school lets out for the summer and temperatures start to rise, kids of all ages head outside to play. During all of this fun, everyone needs to stay hydrated -- and you can do it without another glass of boring water.

Top 5 Beer-Making Tips

There's no denying people's love of beer. It's undoubtedly the most popular choice among alcoholic beverages at barbeques, ballparks and all kinds of parties.

Coffee Facts

If your morning routine includes a cup or two of coffee, you may know a few things about it. It's a stimulant drink, it comes from beans that are roasted and ground and, for many of us, it's a staple of life.

What is Sake?

Sake is a Japanese wine made from fermented rice. Read this article to learn about how it is made and more.

Tea Questions

Are you a tea drinker that finds yourself growing tired of the same flavor? Well, you're in luck. Tea is now available in many different flavors, warm or cold, for refreshment or to improve health. Get answers to all of your tea questions here.

Coffee Questions

Coffee is a great pick-me-up, but how much do you really know about it? Find coffee questions and answers, including how to add flavor to your favorite brew and the best way to store coffee. Learn more here.

17 Obscure Brands of Soda Pop

These days, soda pop is more than just cola and lemon-lime. See our list of 17 obscure brands of soda pop, including Pickle Juice "Sport" and DraCola.

Is There a Mathematical Formula for the 'Beer Goggles' Effect?

As it turns out, beer is not the only factor in the 'beer goggles' effect. And scientists have come up with a fancy formula to prove it -- and let you calculate just how far off you are.

What is the difference between espresso and drip coffee?

The main differences between espresso coffee and drip coffee are the fineness of the grind and the brewing time. Read this article to learn about the differences between drip and espresso coffee.

Why do people tap on soda cans before opening them?

Ever wondered why people tap on soda cans before opening them? They do this to avoid a soda can explosion, but does it really help or is it a myth?

How Do Brewers Measure the Alcohol in Beer?

How do beermakers know how much alcohol is in the beer? And what is the difference between percent alcohol by volume and by weight?

How are coffee, tea and colas decaffeinated?

I love decaffeinated coffee, but I've always wondered how they get the caffeine out of a coffee bean. How are coffee, tea and colas decaffeinated?

How does the widget in a beer can work?

When I open a can of Guinness or some of the other upscale beers from Europe, I notice that a plastic ball shaped widget inside the tin releases gas to aerate the beer. How does this work?

How much sugar do they really put in soft drinks?

You know soda pop isn't the greatest drink to consume, but do you know how much sugar they really put in soft drinks? Find out the answer here.

What is root beer?

What exactly is root beer? Check out this article to learn all about root beer, how it's made, and why it's called "beer" in the first place.

Can water go bad?

People often store water for emergencies, but you might be surprised to find out that water can go bad just like fresh food. How can you store it safely?

What is the big deal about milk? Why do people treat it like some kind of miracle drink?

You see these commercials like "Got Milk?" and "Milk -- it does a body good," and when I was a kid my mother made me drink a quart of milk a day, and doctors recommend that kids drink lots of milk at school, etc.