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Coffee in United States Pop Culture Part Two

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...

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Coffee in United States Pop Culture

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....

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Thanksgiving and Coffee

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...

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Fair Trade and Direct Trade, Which One?

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...

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The Leaf Rust Diet

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...

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Can You Taste the Water in Your Coffee?

To make the best cup of coffee you need the ingredients to be the best quality, and yes, this includes the water you use! Water contributes up to 94-98% of a coffee beverage make up. This causes it to palpably affect the flavor and smell. Therefore, just like equipment and storage, it is important...

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What is Coffee Cupping and How is it Advancing?

Coffee cupping as a whole is becoming more and more accessible for the everyday coffee drinker. You can easily order coffee cupping kits online and there are even cupping kits for cold brew available online. However, cupping is also changing for those within the industry as well. From the...

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Exploring Coffee Tasting Notes

Different types of coffee will almost always have varying and sometimes distinct coffee tasting notes. Even if you aren’t aware, they play a role in figuring out what specific type of coffee you may prefer. Despite the fact that these notes are so important, and as they can ultimately affect what...

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Understanding Cascara

What Is Cascara? Cascara is the fruity flesh of the coffee cherry that is then dried and transformed into many alternative products. However, this wasn’t always the case. Originally, many farmers simply discarded the fruit as a byproduct of coffee production. Some would use it for compost but,...

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Big Coffee Trends of 2020

Every year new coffee trends trot out to greet us but, this year, what will make the list as 2020’s big coffee trends? At the beginning of the year, it would have been safe to list the flat white, coffee cocktails, and coffee slushies/smoothies as must try drinks this year. Now with cafes and bars...

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