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A latte art throwdown is a fierce competition where baristas compete head-to-head, pouring designs with milk into cups of espresso in front of a panel of judges. Tensions are high, coffee is hot, and everyone is vying for a shot – quite literally – at the title. Most importantly, throwdowns provide members of the coffee community with an opportunity to gather, socialize, and celebrate their favorite beverage. There are a number of different elements that factor into winning a latte art throwdown, however. Our resident latte art expert weighs in with 6 critical elements:   The Espresso: Winning a latte art throwdown hinges

In mid-February, Orinoco Coffee & Tea employees Vanessa McCallister and Juan-Carlos Ramirez visited Chiapas, Mexico, to take part in an annual origin trip organized by Fair Trade USA. Every year, Fair Trade reaches out to its global partners, inviting two team members from each company to take part in a Fair Trade origin trip; an enlightening opportunity to explore coffee cooperatives throughout the world. This particular journey welcomed representatives from six different coffee companies to tour three different Mexican cooperatives: CESMACH, U.E.S.F., and Unión Majomut. Majomut, interestingly, is not just one co-op, but an association that unites coffee-growing families in 35 indigenous communities

Along with time and temperature, grind is yet another critical variable that can cause excellent coffee to go to waste. There are so many different kinds of coffee equipment available on the market for today’s coffee connoisseurs. From French presses to pour overs to the 10-cup automatic drip machines that have become kitchen staples across the country, there are multiple ways to get our coffee fix and multiple grinds that will ensure it’s a rewarding experience. Failing to select the correct grind for your home equipment can cause over-extraction or under extraction, which alternately results in overpowering and bitter sludge or a

Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance found in coffee, tea, and cacao.  Millions of people worldwide depend on this stimulant for a morning energy boost. And while caffeine does not adversely affect the vast majority of people, for some it can cause digestive problems, anxiety, and tremors, and disrupt sleeping patterns. Decaffeination was invented to remove the caffeine from coffee and tea, allowing those who cannot tolerate it to still enjoy a nice, hot beverage. The biggest challenge to decaffeination is making sure that the end product, such as coffee, retains its flavor and taste qualities that make it desirable. Because coffee beans

Are you tired of offering guests a nice cup of tea, only to worry obsessively if it’s watered down, or – worse – watch them wince after a bitter first sip? Keep reading for some key tea steeping tips that will ensure a phenomenal cup each and every time. Before placing the kettle on the stove, there are a few important things to understand about tea, first and foremost. All tea hails from the same plant. That’s right. Whether your pleasure is black, green, white, or oolong, it all comes from the same plant – the Camellia sinensis. And because there is no

There are so many ways to brew coffee, and no single method truly outclasses another. Sure, aficionados will gush over the pour-over method or their French press – and rightfully so – but when friends and families are gathered at your home for the holidays, inevitably the auto drip coffee brewer is the quickest, most direct means of getting a hot cup of joe to Uncle Jack or Grandpa Gary. Simplicity and speed may be the primary selling points of these units, but those traits shouldn’t be considered synonymous with a mediocre cup of coffee. In fact, by following a few tried-and-true steps,

Hear that? The clock is ticking for last-minute holiday shoppers. Let it tick. You can conquer the holiday shopping season while saving yourself time, money, and stress when you purchase coffee beans online. Consider the following: Avoid the crowds: Imagine: no traffic jams, no lines, and no cumbersome bags to lug around. E-commerce is increasingly becoming the preferred method for holiday shoppers worldwide. Looking to buy something special for the java-lovers in your life? No problem. Grab your laptop or mobile device, then kick back, put your feet up, and peruse the brews that bring joy to their mornings. Mission accomplished. Better yet –

Most of us think coffee cakes are something to eat with coffee, not something made from coffee. And, to be fair, that’s how coffee cakes originated hundreds of years ago in Europe – all cake, no coffee. Still, there’s nothing quite like a coffee cake that incorporates an actual brew, like those enjoyed at Orinoco Coffee & Tea. The Internet is filled with mouth-watering coffee cake recipes that can give full play to your fall coffee palate. They’re typically a variation on a theme, using the same basic ingredients: sugar, butter, flour, baking soda (perhaps some cinnamon) and – naturally – a

We’re talking organic fair trade coffee with Steve Izzo from Orinoco Coffee & Tea in suburban D.C. Steve’s been in the coffee trade for years and has real hands-on experience with the fair trade market and the growing role of organic. Steve, how deep are your roots? Steve: I’ve been deeply committed to organic fair trade coffees for most of my career. For me, it’s visceral and it’s taken me across the globe from Guatemala to Kenya. I know that coffee production is labor intensive. I’ve met the workers on the steamy hillside farms of Central America. For the little

  If you really want the coffee flavor to shine through, I’d recommend brewing a strong cup of coffee or use espresso. What You Need Ingredients 1 cup (2 sticks) butter 3/4 cup granulated white sugar 3/4 cup light brown sugar 1/4 cup brewed coffee (or espresso) 1 tablespoon light corn syrup 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cups slivered almonds, toasted & roughly chopped (divided) 8 ounces dark chocolate chip Instructions 1.   In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, sugars, coffee, corn syrup, and salt. Heat to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Insert a candy thermometer into the syrup; boil-stirring

This devilish cake might just be the perfect dessert for your next gathering. What You Need   Ingredients For the Cake butter for pans 2 cups white sugar 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 whole eggs 1 cup buttermilk 1 cup strong brewed black coffee 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract   For the Frosting 1 bag (12 ounces) semi sweet chocolate chips finely chopped 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter   Instructions   For the Cake Preheat oven to 350F. Butter and flour two 9-inch round baking pans. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla. Using an electric mixer, beat

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