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Coffee 101: Coffee Origins – Brazil

Meet the World’s #1 Coffee Producer Brazil, the largest country in both South America and Latin America, is also the top producer of coffee worldwide. And with 98% of its households drinking coffee, it is currently the #1 consuming market, as well. A Brief History Coffee is believed to have come...

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Coffee 101: Coffee Origins – Papua New Guinea

The Independent State of Papua New Guinea inhabits the eastern half of the world’s second largest island, New Guinea. The western half, known as West Papua, is a province of Indonesia. The coffee produced in Papua New Guinea, however, is quite different than the Indonesian product. A Brief History...

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Coffee 101: Coffee Origins – Ethiopia

Abyssinia – also known as present-day Ethiopia – is widely considered to be the birthplace of coffee. Today, it is also the 5th largest coffee producer worldwide. Ethiopia is known for its diverse typography, geography, and climates. Altitudes can range from 100 meters below sea level to 4600...

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Coffee 101: Coffee Origins – Sumatra

With a population of 50-million people, Sumatra is the sixth largest island in the world, and one of the three main islands that form the Southeast Asian country of Indonesia. Dutch colonists initially brought coffee to Indonesia by way of Yemen in 1699. It wasn’t until more than a century later...

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Tea 101: What is the Best Way to Store Tea?

When you store tea it is important to remember, whether loose or bagged, that tea is highly susceptible to five main factors: • Air • Moisture • Heat • Light • Odor Contact with oxygen will cause tea to turn brown and lose flavor over time. Additionally, moisture of any kind will ruin tea (steer...

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Coffee 101: Coffee Origins – Peru

Located in Western South America, Peru often gets lost in the shuffle when people discuss coffee origin, but it was actually one of the first countries in the Americas to be introduced to the crop. With a highly diverse climate that swings from tropical temps in the east to the dry desert...

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Coffee 101: Coffee Origins – Colombia

Colombia is the world’s third largest coffee producer, trailing only Brazil and Vietnam. Unlike those countries, however, which also farm Robusta coffees – Colombia produces only 100% high-quality Arabica beans, and is responsible for approximately 12% of all coffee production worldwide. Without...

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Coffee 101: How to Use an Auto Drip Coffee Maker

Every day, auto drip coffee makers are sold by the scores for their pre-programmable, time-telling convenience, but are largely derided by those who take their coffee seriously. It’s true – there are bigger, better, faster, more furious methods of making coffee available. We’ve profiled many of...

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Coffee 101: How to Brew Coffee in a Chemex

First things first: What is a Chemex, anyway? Invented in 1941, the Chemex is an easy to use, no-frills infusion brewer, which nonetheless has been recognized by museums and coffee aficionados for its exquisite aesthetics and engineering perfection. Filters for the Chemex are significantly thicker...

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