A Little Guajira Invented the Cappuccino!

Who invented the Cappuccino?

Capuchin friar Marco d'Aviano (circa 1683) is given credited, but I'm not so sure.

Supposedly, sacks of Turkish coffee were captured when the Romans repelled the Muslim invaders. However, the soldiers found straight up espresso was too bitter for their palate. Friar d'Aviano's heavenly brainstorm was to add frothy milk and sweetner to the black brew. Thus was borne the Cappuccino -- and the metrosexual Romano!

Far fetched? I think so.

Los Romanos reigned for centuries as the baddest of Europe -- a ruthless and fearsome killing machine, but to drink coffee these lords of war needed sugar and frothy milk? Hmmmm. (On 2nd thought, perhaps it's true. After all, while some men drank Scotch, Rum, Vodka and Tequila, Romans preferred syrupy and fruity concoctions, e.g., Amaretto, Sambuca and Cianti.)

A more plausible story? How about a little Guajira Cubana -- Carrie's abuelita -- as creator of the Cappuccino! Y Por Que No?

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  1. Let us celebrate with a capuccino or a mocaccino ( with chocolate ) the good news about Sonia Sotomayor :

    Associated Press Analysis: GOP struggles for anti-Sotomayor message - Republicans floundering in efforts to trip up Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court

    By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS – July 5, 2009

    Julie Hirschfeld Davis has covered Congress and the White House for 11 years.


    Some excerpts :

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A week before her Senate hearings, Republicans are floundering in their efforts to trip up Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, unable to find an effective message about why she's not fit to serve.

    Blame the tricky politics of opposing the woman who would be the first Hispanic justice, especially for a party struggling to broaden its base and whose chief spokesman on Sotomayor has a troubled history of racism allegations.

    Add to that the mathematical impossibility of Republicans' rejecting President Barack Obama's first high court nominee, and it's a recipe for a weak-kneed response.

    Conservative activists have noticed, and they're not happy.

    "Too many Republicans and conservatives planned to lose instead of planning to win" the debate over Sotomayor, said Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch. His group has mounted strong opposition to the federal appeals court judge.

    About half the Senate's Republicans are willing to raise serious questions about Sotomayor and there's "a sizable minority who — partly because she's Hispanic — just want this to go away," said Curt Levey of the Committee for Justice.


    Vicente Duque

  2. DailyFinance.com : Minority births coupled with high immigration are fueling Retail Stocks - Because food and clothing need to be filled

    The situation for these stocks would be much worse without Immigrants

    Investing in the latest census data
    Mark Fightmaster
    May 14th 2009

    Investing in the latest census data

    Some excerpts :

    The influx of minority births coupled with high immigration levels have helped the country's population grow, but it could also help the economy. More people means more basic needs (food, clothing, health care) need to be filled. We could see consumer demand grow, which could lead to better performance for retail stocks. What retailers are most poised to prosper? In the current economic environment, I'd stick with the old pillars of discount retail: Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Family Dollar (FDO) and -- my personal favorite -- Big Lots (BIG ).

    Yes, Big Lots is battling some resistance, but it is in the midst of a three-month rally that has the shares trading in the $28.50 region. Moreover, it sure looks like the company may be repeating a pattern seen each of the past two years. This pattern takes the stock up to the $35 level before it retreats. If history is, indeed, repeating itself, $28.50 may be a decent entry price for this retailer.

    And while retail could see the biggest bounce from the influx of minorities, let's not overlook housing. Rakesh Kochhar, associate director for the Pew Hispanic Center, feels that minorities will help "prop up" real-estate once the economic recovery begins. As CNNMoney.com points out, the current problems in the housing realm cost the Latinos and African Americans most dearly, but that trend could reverse just as quickly.


    Vicente Duque