Category: Coffee

What Makes Cold Brew Special

For many coffee drinkers, summer is cold brew season. Of course, there are also those who consider every season cold brew season. Whichever camp you fall into, it’s hard to deny just how refreshing a cold brew is on a hot summer’s day.  But what exactly makes cold brew so special?

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What is Espresso?

Are “Espresso Beans” Actually Different?

In today’s marketing, espresso is often reduced to being little more than a coffee-flavored energy booster. People see espresso and think, “more caffeine.” But espresso is so much more. It’s a rich, heavy, flavorful coffee that requires special preparation and tools to create.  As with any coffee, you want to

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We’re Pretty Excited About This Onyx Coffee

There are a lot of amazing roasters around the world producing some fantastic coffee while supporting a sustainable coffee economy. Unfortunately, traveling to all of these coffee roasters and sampling their products is pretty much impossible (especially when you’re facing a global pandemic).   To help Twin Cities residents get a better taste of

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Why Coffee Shops are Great for Productivity

A lot of people struggle with being productive at home, especially when it comes to dull and repetitive tasks. In fact, studies have shown that people perform these types of tasks better in a controlled work environment than they do at home. This is because you have little choice but to

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The Coffee Crisis: Will History Repeat Itself?

Creating a sustainable coffee economy isn’t a marketing phrase designed to sell coffee for higher prices. It’s an ongoing effort that’s critical to keeping quality coffee available while taking care of the people responsible for creating it. Despite the efforts of the third-wave coffee movement, some industry insiders fear we’re on the

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What Exactly is Arabica Coffee?

If you look around a coffee shop, or walk down the coffee aisle at the store, you’ll likely see the word “Arabica” used. Though you might assume this refers to where the coffee comes from, it actually refers to the type of coffee beans used to make it. Coffea, also known as the

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Where Coffee Comes From and Why it Matters

Being transparent with coffee origins is a critical part of the third wave coffee movement. Walk into a specialty coffee shop, and they’ll not only tell you the country that a particular roast is from but the region where it was harvested. Does this really matter? Yes!  You may already know that coffee origin can have a significant

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Is There Such a Thing as U.S. Coffee?

With the rise of the internet and social media, American society has become increasingly aware of where their products are made and food is grown. This has led to a push for buying local or at least American-produced products. While it’s certainly a great idea to support local business, particularly

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Working Conditions of Coffee Farmers

One of the most important parts of building a sustainable coffee economy is ensuring the farmers responsible for growing and harvesting coffee plants have proper working conditions. Unfortunately, coffee farmers have a history of being taken advantage of. Even as sustainability efforts and the presence of third-wave coffee have increased, farmers have often been ignored.  Most of the world’s coffee is grown in

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