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Coffee grounds. Another byproduct of the coffee making cycle that can be used and reused. So, what are some of the best ways to get the most use out of your grounds? Outside Uses Compost is one of the first things people think of when you say used grounds. And it is a great go to but, did you know you could use grounds in various ways to help your garden. Coffee grounds can help lower the pH in your soil which your roses love. Mix 1 cup of grounds in 1 gallon of water, and water the roses. This method helps

Coffee filters. We all know you can use them to brew coffee. But what else? How can we use them and still reduce our footprint? Are they recyclable? The short answer is no. They are not recyclable. Once used the oils in coffee make recycling a no go. Even if you rinse them, the recycling plants will not accept them. Instead, compost them. Even if you don’t compost yourself, check with your local farms and organic markets. They are great resources to help connect people on various ways to help each other and help the planet all at once. You can also take the

As we begin our final chapter into the types of coffee plants, we look lastly at the Robusta coffee species. The Facts Robusta is primarily in Africa and Indonesia. The largest producer is Vietnam where over 3 billion pounds are sold per year. While exact numbers vary by year, worldwide coffee production is about 40 percent Robusta. Robusta beans are generally cheaper simply because they're easier to grow. It takes half the time to yield a crop and each crop produces a higher yield. Plus, the high caffeine content of Robusta beans means they're naturally less appealing to insects. And the antimicrobial

There are many ways to give back to your community. As a business, we feel it is even more important to make a positive impact on our local community. To help us achieve that goal, we have been working with the Howard County Food Bank. Donating time and food to help those who need assistance so close to us. We selected the Howard County Food Bank for many reasons: They’re local! They offer more than just food. They share our goal to help those in our community. So, let’s break these down so you can see just how important it is to

As we continue to explore types of coffee plants, we will first visit Arabica coffee species. This species includes the Typica and Bourbon varieties. It also includes cultivars like Kent, Java, Caturra, and Maragogype, just to name a few. Much like the plant, this species has many branches.      Typica Arabica’s first commercial variety to leave the Arabian Peninsula, Typica traces its lineage to an unknown landrace in Yemen, which grew and evolved there after originally arriving from Ethiopia likely after the middle of the 15th century. Typica is a conical tree with narrow leaves and long, narrow berries and seeds.    

So, what is honey coffee? Right away you may think of a honey infused latte, or coffee soaked in honey. But that is not the case with honey coffee. Honey coffee is a nicer way to refer to the third primary coffee processing method. Coffee Processing As we know, coffee beans are the stones that come from a coffee cherry. To get to the coffee beans the cherry skin and pulp must be processed off. At least that is the goal of the first two main processing methods, washed and natural.     With washed coffee, the focus is on the beans true flavor because

So, we all know what a roasted coffee bean is but, what is coffee? And what types of coffee plants are there? In this series we will discuss coffee from its beginning and the varieties available around the world. Where does coffee come from? According to Merriam-Webster the definition of coffee is: cof·fee /ˈkôfē, ˈkäfē/ a beverage made by percolation, infusion, or decoction from the roasted and ground seeds of a coffee plant. That coffee plant is actually a tree where coffee cherries grow along the branches. Coffee trees are pruned short to conserve their energy and aid in harvesting. Each tree is covered

Part Two – The 21st Century So, now that we have a bit of background (see Part One), let’s move on to coffee pop culture in the 21st century. From TV and movies to our social conscious, coffee is still firmly a part of the culture in the United States in this century as well. Right at the beginning of the century arrives Lorelai from 'Gilmore Girls'. "Oh, I can't stop drinking the coffee. I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing and walking and the words putting into sentence doing." With this pop culture laden show, coffee frequently takes center

Part One – The 20th Century Coffee has always played a large part in the United States. From President John Adams drinking coffee as a patriotic act of defiance after the Boston Tea Party to today’s unique and environmentally minded café scene, it is clear coffee is a staple in the United States. The first advertising for coffee appeared in April of 1919. The ad was in 306 leading newspapers in 182 large cities, with a total circulation of more than 16,000,000. The cities chosen represented all the centers of wholesale coffee distribution. In his 1946 hit Frank Sinatra brought us coffee! “The

With many Thanksgiving plans virtual or simply cancelled, one way to make the day better is to go ahead and have some fun. Test your skills in your very own kitchen and delight in your success by eating the delicious meal you made. And if you are looking for a way to counter that Tryptophane sleepiness, go ahead and add some coffee in the mix! We have gone ahead and done the research for you this year. We are offering up some of our favorite, and delicious finds to incorporate coffee into your Thanksgiving lineup. Appetizer Nothing says welcome to the party like

As we all know, when you buy just about any product now the label is filled with promises. How it was grown or processed, where it came from, how it got here, what it has in it… When it comes to coffee, many people look at all these images and wonder, “What do these mean?” Well, in this blog we are going to break down the mystery between two frequently used terms related to those images: Fair Trade and Direct Trade. Let’s begin by defining the two terms. Fair Trade is a set of standards regulated by third party non-profit organizations. The goal of

First, what is leaf rust, or la roya in Spanish? It is a product of the fungus Hemileia Vastatrix. This airborne fungal disease infects individual leaves of the coffee plant. It is visible on them thanks to the very noticeable discoloration. The Problem However, in the even worse cases the leaves will be unable to photosynthesize. This will make the tree  unable to create energy. As a result the plants branches become bare of leaves and coffee cherries alike. This then leads to dwindling harvests for farmers and less coffee to sell and due to the fact that coffee trees take 3-5

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