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Infographic: Coffee From Seed to Cup

Infographic: Coffee From Seed to Cup

With over one third of the world's population consuming coffee every day, coffee is the most popular processed beverage on Earth. Let's take a look at some coffee industry facts and see how your favorite brew is created step by step, from seed to cup.  Credit: www.espressoworks.com.au  

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Real Good Recipe: Mocha Syrup

Real Good Recipe: Mocha Syrup

With the holidays in the our rear view it's time to relax. If you’re anything like us, you’re probably still craving all those delicious holiday treats. Luckily, we found a way that you can indulge without losing your new year's momentum.  One of the ways we enjoy some decadence is by combining mocha with our favorite coffee to make us feel like we’re getting a little present with each cup. However, none of us want that sugar crash that can come along with this tasty treat.   As we were researching to...

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What the Heck is the Bean Belt?

What the Heck is the Bean Belt?

We’ve talked about the incredible journey that coffee beans go on as they travel from tree to cup. It’s a long and impressive journey for these little beans to go through; but to understand the full circle of the coffee bean journey, it’s important to ask ourselves, where the heck does the coffee bean come from? The answer is a seemingly magical place that spans the globe and produces endless amounts of coffee, safely tucked between the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer. This coffee-packed region is famously known by all...

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Region Profile: Mexico

Region Profile: Mexico

Mexico is a diverse country with microclimates and terrain that produces spectacular coffee. Though the first plantations took root in the late 18th Century, coffee was only an afterthought to a colonial empire built upon the mineral wealth of the land. As Mexico was constructing its infrastructure to support the coffee trade, the state-run coffee organization (INMECAFE) collapsed and brought with it dire forecasts for Mexico’s coffee producers. With great strength and determination, the people of Mexico bounced back.Mexican coffee is grown in a variety of areas, each as unique...

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Making Coffee House History.

Making Coffee House History.

Coffee is tasty and for the night owls out there, it makes getting up in the morning possible. More than that, coffee has been a part of shaping our world since its discovery. How many great conversations, new ideas, deals, and decisions have been made between people over a cup of coffee? And to think it all started with a goat...really!As the story goes, a goat ate a berry and was high on energy. The herder took the berries to the monks, and the monks tried it. Everyone loved how...

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Region Profile: Guatemala

Region Profile: Guatemala

Guatemala is a land with unlimited potential and a hardy population. Sugar cane, rubber trees, plantains, and coffee all grace the fertile soil and highlands in this Central American country. The coffee here is prized as some of the most flavorful in the world. Guatemala Antigua, the hills around Semuc Champey, and many other regions grow prized beans that find their way into mugs around the world.Guatemala has been growing coffee for over 200 years and what started as a small and centralized growing region has sprouted and spread across...

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Real Good Recipe: Irish Coffee

Real Good Recipe: Irish Coffee

When a weary group of American travelers collapsed into seats at Foynes Ireland (Shannon International Airport) the head chef decided to spruce up their coffee. He served coffee with a bit of Irish whiskey and amazed his guests with the perfect drink on a dreary day. Irish Coffee was born.This cold weather warmer combines the best of coffee and Irish whiskey for a delightful treat. Though some recipes call for additives and flavorings, true Irish Coffee is made with only four key ingredients. A dark roasted coffee such as our...

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100% Arabica Coffee: Debunking the Myth of Quality

100% Arabica Coffee: Debunking the Myth of Quality

When you buy coffee, you may see the words “100% Arabica” printed boldly on the container. While this is a truth, it can be used to communicate a sense of quality that doesn’t exist. The “100% Arabica” label is only a partial indication of quality, a myth if you will, one that needs busting. Debunking that myth and explaining what real good coffee tastes like (and how it is presented to you) will ensure every coffee you drink is exquisite beyond the label. Arabica is the type of coffee plant....

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The smell and taste of real good coffee.

The smell and taste of real good coffee.

That first whiff of freshly ground coffee is an enjoyable moment. Water is infused and the coffee pours into your mug releasing pure aromatic joy. You take a sip and the coffee stirs your mind alive. Glorious, isn’t it? Not all coffee is the same, of course, and learning how to evaluate each of these moments will improve your experience and bring your daily coffee to a new level. Fragrance is the “scent” of the volatile compounds interwoven with carbon dioxide in ground coffee. When coffee is freshly roasted and...

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From Seed to Cup: The Journey of Coffee from Plant to Brew.

From Seed to Cup: The Journey of Coffee from Plant to Brew.

Coffee emerges into your cup after a journey spanning continents and time. From a small seed germinating on a farm as far away as Kenya to the confines of a steel drum, tumbling as it roasts into recognizable form. Innumerable efforts support the growth, shipment, and roasting of every bean before being transformed into the drink of our daily routines. Coffee plants are flowering plants. Before harvest season, and spurred on by adequate rainfall, coffee plants blossom into beautiful white flowers. The sight resembles a field of snow across a mountain landscape. The...

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