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  • Great coffee is more than taste.

    Great coffee is more than taste.

    A great cup of coffee isn't just about the taste; it's a culmination of a journey that starts from the very soil it's grown in. Every sip you take represents a chain of interconnected benefits that extend far beyond flavor.

    Firstly, it begins with the farmers who plant and nurture the coffee plants. Their livelihoods depend on sustainable practices that not only yield high-quality beans but also ensure fair compensation for their hard work. Supporting these farmers means supporting entire communities and economies.

    Then comes the harvesting and processing stage, where attention to detail is paramount. Ethical processing practices not only maintain the integrity of the beans but also ensure the well-being of the workers involved. Fair wages and safe working conditions are essential components of this process.

    Lastly, there's the impact on the land itself. Sustainable farming practices promote biodiversity, soil health, and water conservation, preserving the environment for future generations. By choosing coffee that is grown with care for the land, we contribute to the preservation of ecosystems and natural resources.

    In essence, a great cup of coffee is a reflection of a holistic approach to production—one that benefits farmers, processors, and the environment alike. It's not just about satisfying our taste buds; it's about making a positive impact every step of the way.

    Specialty coffee meets all of these requirements.

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  • Why Cupping is Important to the Consumer

    Why Cupping is Important to the Consumer

    In the world of coffee, where every sip tells a story, cupping emerges as a pivotal practice. It's not merely a ritualistic tasting, but an intricate process of analysis, shaping the fate of a coffee sample from bean to cup.  In brief, cupping is an efficient way to taste many different coffees side-by-side, grading them for both quality and flavor.

    At a cupping session, a symphony of flavors unfolds as diverse samples grace the table. From beans of the same origin but different farms to varying processing methods and geographical origins, each cup holds a story waiting to be told. What initially began as a way to ensure coffee's integrity in the late 1800s, cupping has matured into a cornerstone of the specialty coffee domain. Originally about defect detection, it has evolved into a sophisticated technique for creating flavor profiles.

    The evolution of cupping transcends time, culminating in standardized methodologies championed by the Specialty Coffee Association ( Today, cupping isn't just about assessing quality or making purchasing decisions for suppliers and consumers; it's a conduit for communication across the coffee supply chain. Coffee’s quality is elevated when farmers, exporters, roasters, and baristas converge on a common language through cupping.

    Yet, the significance of cupping extends beyond quality control; it's a compass guiding roast profiles and brewing techniques. Through meticulous analysis of sweetness, acidity, and flavor notes, cupping unveils the optimal path for showcasing a coffee's essence, whether through different roasting styles or brewing methods. From a consumer perspective, this allows coffee retailers to inform you about the best way to prepare a coffee to showcase it's best qualities.

    Moreover, cupping transcends borders, serving as a bridge between cultures and continents. It fosters a global dialogue, where coffee aficionados from diverse backgrounds converge to celebrate the nuances of their craft. Cupping doesn’t just seek to romanticize the coffee experience, rather it encapsulates the essence of coffee: a journey of exploration, discovery, and appreciation of everyone involved in the process – from seed to cup.

    As the coffee industry continues to evolve, cupping remains an immutable pillar, grounding stakeholders in a shared pursuit of excellence. It's not merely a tasting ritual but a testament to the symbiotic relationship between artistry and science, tradition and innovation. In every cupping session lies the promise of discovery, a testament to the boundless possibilities that coffee, in all its complexity, has to offer.

    In conclusion, cupping isn't just an industry essential; it's a celebration of coffee's diversity, a testament to its rich tapestry of flavors, and a homage to the artisans who transform humble beans into liquid poetry. So, the next time you savor that perfect brew, remember the journey it undertook, from farm to cup, guided by the discerning hands of cuppers who unravel its true essence.


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  • February is American Heart Month

    February is American Heart Month

    It's February and thoughts of love are in the air.  

    February is also American Heart Month, a timely reminder of how much our hearts contribute to our well-being making it a good opportunity to reflect on the ways we can support our heart health.

    We want you to know that beyond just a morning pick-me-up, your cup of coffee might hold more benefits than you realize. In a recent study published online on Sept. 27, 2022, by the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, researchers discovered an interesting link between moderate coffee consumption and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death.

    The study, which involved nearly 450,000 individuals with an average age of 58 and without pre-existing irregular heartbeats or cardiovascular conditions, shed light on the positive impact of consuming two to three cups of coffee daily. Over a 12-year period, participants who enjoyed moderate coffee intake exhibited lower incidences of irregular heartbeats, cardiovascular diseases, heart-related deaths, and overall mortality compared to non-coffee drinkers. Particularly noteworthy was the finding that those consuming two to three cups daily showed the lowest risk of heart-related issues and mortality.

    Interestingly, the benefits were consistent across various types of coffee, suggesting that it's not just about the caffeine content. However, it's worth noting that decaffeinated coffee did not demonstrate the same risk reduction for irregular heartbeats.

    So, what's the secret behind coffee's potential heart-protective effects? One plausible theory points to the presence of polyphenols in coffee, compounds known to combat oxidative stress and inflammation.

    Consider incorporating moderate coffee consumption into your routine as a simple yet potentially impactful way to support your heart health. Remember, moderation is key, so enjoy your cup of joe responsibly as part of a balanced lifestyle.

    Other Ways of Taking Charge of Your Heart Health

    Embrace Healthy Habits: Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and managing stress are key factors in promoting heart health.

    Don't Ignore Symptoms: If you experience any of the warning signs mentioned above, don't hesitate to see your doctor. Early diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve your chances of a healthy outcome.

    Schedule Regular Checkups: Regular visits to your doctor allow for early detection of potential problems and ensure you're on the right track with your heart health management.

    We wish you good heart health as you enjoy good coffee..

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  • All About Decaffeinated Coffee

    All About Decaffeinated Coffee

     Reprinted from the National Coffee Association (NCA)

    Independent scientific evidence shows coffee, with or without caffeine, is associated with many unique health benefits, including increased longevity and decreased risk of multiple cancers and chronic diseases.

    More than 90% of American coffee drinkers choose caffeinated brews, but decaf is a great option for those who want the taste and social connections of drinking coffee without the energy boost of caffeine. Luckily, a serendipitous accident in 1905 swamped a shipment of coffee beans with seawater, washing the caffeine out and prompting the development of modern decaffeination methods.

    How is coffee decaffeinated?

    Like regular coffee, decaf coffee begins as green, unroasted beans. The hard beans are warmed and soaked in liquid to dissolve and remove the caffeine in one of four ways: using water alone, using a mixture of water and solvents (most commonly methylene chloride or ethyl acetate) applied either directly or indirectly, or using water and “supercritical carbon dioxide.”

    All four methods are safe, and once the caffeine is removed (well, at least 97% of it), the beans are washed, steamed, and roasted at temperatures that evaporate all the liquids used in decaffeination.

    How much caffeine is in decaf coffee?

    Decaffeination removes about 97% or more of the caffeine in coffee beans. A typical cup of decaf coffee has about 2 mg of caffeine, compared to a typical cup of regular coffee, which has about 95 mg of caffeine.

    Is decaf coffee bad for you?

    Like all coffee, decaffeinated coffee is safe for consumption and can be part of a healthy diet.

    If you are wondering whether the decaffeination process itself is safe, the answer is yes. All four methods are safe, and once the caffeine is removed (well, at least 97% of it), the beans are washed, steamed, and roasted at temperatures that evaporate the liquids used in decaffeination.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has set a rigorous standard to ensure that any minute traces of solvents used to decaffeinate coffee are safe. FDA measures these traces in “parts per million.” After decaffeination, coffee can contain no more than 10 parts per million of, for example, methylene chloride -- that’s one one-thousandth of a percent.

    How much caffeine is too much?

    Regulators and health authorities in the United States and around the world have concluded moderate caffeine intake can be part of healthy diets for most adults -- generally up to 400mg per day, or about 4-5 cups of coffee. Guidelines may vary for people with certain medical conditions.

    As you think about caffeine intake, be mindful that caffeine is found not just in coffee but also in other foods and beverages, so consider all potential sources. Everyone’s body is different, so everyone should check health recommendations from recognized authorities, listen to how your body responds to caffeine, and consult your personal physician if you have any questions.

    Check out our decaffeinated favorites here.

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