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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: FARM TO TABLE 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: FARM TO TABLE 

One of the greatest parts of working in coffee, is the ability to meet and befriend amazing people Alex and Kait are two people who exemplify this perfectly. Known to most as Jimmy And Spade Eat, we are honored to have them guest blog for us from time to time. Cheers! In the food world…

Automatic Home Brewers

Automatic Home Brewers

One of the most frequent requests that we hear involves recommendations for home auto-brewing machines. There are several factors that go into a machine like this, and several of them involve budget, desired features, size, and style.   Many of our other blog posts deal with the components of making a great cup of coffee…

El Calambre

El Calambre

El calambre. It translates to “cramp” in Spanish. It might as well have become my nickname after the first day on the farm.   It was day one heading into the mountains, and we woke up early to get a head start. We left the city of Jaen and drove north on the highway into…

Norandino Coffee Mill

Norandino Coffee Mill

Day 2: Piura, Peru The flight to Piura was uneventful, and we met up with Elmer, the partner of Farm to Roast, and our Peruvian guide for the trip. We met our driver for the trip, Robbie, who warmly greeted us and loaded up our gear into his truck. After introductions and exchanging pleasantries, we…

We’re in it Now

We’re in it Now

I knew a little bit of Spanish.   Two years in high school as a primer, and living in a heavily Hispanic area in New Jersey helped to at least be familiar with some basic language structure and speech patterns. A half-hearted attempt at language learning software a few years back also helped, but I…

Peru Retrospective

Peru Retrospective

It has been a week since my return from Peru, and although it was good to get back to the normal routine of roasting and brewing, a small part of me wishes I was still visiting farms and getting to know the true source of the coffee we work with every day. Being able to…

Peru Origin Trip

Peru Origin Trip

Peru   At the end of August 2017, we will be heading to South America, to visit several small coffee farms. This will be our first origin trip, and our first attempt to bring home something that is truly unique. In the next few weeks, we hope to secure outstanding single-farm coffee, trading directly with…

Tasting or Drinking?

Tasting or Drinking?

This blog post has been written by Ben Ratner, co-owner of LiB’s Marketplace in Salem, Ohio. Ben has extensive experience in food and wine, and has been working in the coffee profession since opening Lib’s with is wife Lindsay. We are proud to partner with LiB’s in bringing you this outstanding class, taught by Ben…

Connections- Jimmy & Spade EAT!

Connections- Jimmy & Spade EAT!

This is the first of our guest blog series. Please meet Jimmy & Spade Eat, a dynamic duo of amazing culinary insight and creative write ups for local food venues. Check their blog out, and find some new favorite places for grub! Have you ever sat and had coffee with a friend while discussing some…

Water and Chemistry

Water and Chemistry

This article was originally written by Matt Campbell for the membership of Coffee Props.  Please visit www.coffeeprops.com to join the conversation and be a part of the community! So much focus has been put on the coffee itself, and rightfully so. The grind size, consistency of grind, freshness and quality of the bean, roast quality…

Cascara: A new take on an old drink

Cascara: A new take on an old drink

This weekend we released a new product; something that we have been working on for several weeks. As far as we know only a few cafes in the nation are offering cascara on their menu, and of those that have it only a fraction of them are serving it as soda. So what exactly is…

Fair Trade?

Fair Trade?

This blog post was originally written by Matt Campbell for Coffee Props.  Coffee props is a community of coffee lovers, with a focus on bringing clean water to third world countries. Check them out at http://www.coffeeprops.com for more! Fair Trade?   If you’re a frequent consumer of specialty coffee, chances are you have come across several certifications…

Coffee Rating

Coffee Rating

This blog post was originally written by Matt Campbell for Coffee Props.  Coffee props is a community of coffee lovers, with a focus on bringing clean water to third world countries. Check them out at http://www.coffeeprops.com for more! How does your coffee rate?   Coffee is everywhere. It is ingrained in our culture, and our daily lives.…

By the Numbers

By the Numbers

Home Coffee Brewing: By the Numbers   This is the fourth in a series of blog posts that will teach you how to confidently brew exceptional coffee at home.   If you have been following the last few blog posts, you should be well on your way to brewing great coffee in your kitchen or…

The Grind

The Grind

Home Coffee Brewing: The Grind   This is the third in a series of blog posts that will teach you how to confidently brew exceptional coffee at home.   So far we have discussed the importance of the two main ingredients in coffee; the beans themselves, and the water that brews them. How the beans…

Home Coffee Brewing:  The Water

Home Coffee Brewing: The Water

Home Coffee Brewing: The Water   This is the second in a series of blog posts that will teach you how to confidently brew exceptional coffee at home.   We have already touched on the importance of using fresh delicious coffee for your home brewing, and now we will cover the next most important ingredient:…

Home Coffee Brewing: The Coffee

Home Coffee Brewing: The Coffee

This is the first in a series of blog posts that will help teach you how to confidently brew exceptional coffee at home. Although there are only two main ingredients in making coffee, there are dozens of variables that can have an effect on the final cup.  Over the next few posts, we will dive into…