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    Perfect Daily Grind

  • Coffee News Recap, 3 Dec: Robusta futures continue to rise, first-ever CoE Ecuador winners announced & other stories
    Every Friday, Perfect Daily Grind rounds up the top coffee industry news of the week. Here are this week’s top stories: Mon, 29 Nov – Robusta futures continue to increase. January deliveries closed at US $2,296/tonne on 26 November. Heavy rainfall and shipping delays in Vietnam are leading to significant... Read more »
  • What is the fourth wave of coffee? Scalability, not science
    The fourth wave of coffee remains an elusive concept in the industry. There are a range of definitions, all of which indicate change and evolution from the third wave. However, while there are many interpretations, we’ve interviewed experts and come to a conclusion: the emerging fourth wave isn’t about taking... Read more »
  • A breakdown of Vietnamese coffee-producing regions
    Vietnam is the second-largest coffee producer in the world after Brazil, and is the largest robusta-growing origin on the planet. This means it holds an important role when it comes to global coffee production, and has a significant effect on global markets.  But while the country boasts volume and breadth,... Read more »
  • Why are themed coffees becoming popular?
    As individuals, we all have different interests and hobbies: things we enjoy and spend our free time learning about or doing. And with the rise of white label products, we are seeing more and more everyday products – including food and beverages – tailored towards specific hobbies, interests, and themes.... Read more »
  • Environmentally sustainable coffee production & profitability
    In today’s coffee sector, the word “sustainable” is being used with increasing frequency. More than ever, brands and businesses are realising the social, economic, and environmental impact of coffee production. Part of the reason that sustainability is becoming more of a focus is the growing discussion around climate change. In... Read more »
  • Coffee News Recap, 26 Nov: CEPEA Index hits all-time high, arabica futures continue to rise & other stories
    Every Friday, Perfect Daily Grind rounds up the top coffee industry news of the week. Here are this week’s stories. Mon, 22 Nov – Nestlé Professional hosts final episode of coffee webinar series. “Building your coffee menu” will focus on topics such as developing core espresso drinks, using plant-based milks,... Read more »
  • Why is it getting more expensive to ship coffee?
    It’s estimated that around 90% of global goods are transported by sea at some point. Over half of these goods – including, fruit, vegetables, and coffee – are shipped in large stainless steel containers on cargo ships. Market analysts predicted that approximately 5.2 million containers (otherwise referred to as twenty-foot... Read more »
  • Cleaning and maintaining your coffee grinder
    It’s no understatement to say that the grinder is one of the most important pieces of equipment in any coffee brewing setup. Without a high-quality grinder, it’s difficult to achieve even grind size distribution, which will in turn affect the quality of your extraction. But no matter how powerful your... Read more »
  • Which filter coffee brewing method is best for you? Six years on
    The coffee industry evolves, and as it does, so too do the most popular filter coffee brewing techniques. Keeping up with the ever-growing list of brewers and updated extraction techniques can be overwhelming. To help with this, we published a filter brewing method guide in 2015. It focused on recipes... Read more »
  • Understanding coffee production in Angola
    At its peak, Angola was the third-largest coffee producer in the world. However, since becoming independent in 1975, the industry has suffered through civil war, other conflicts, and continued political disruption. In spite of this downturn, the industry remains resilient, and there are signs of recovery on the horizon. In... Read more »
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    I Need Coffee

  • Make Your Own Frappuccinos at Home and Save Money
    Would you like to save a few bucks off your beloved Starbucks Frappuccino®? Here is a step-by-step guide to different ways you can make yours at home. We are going to demonstrate how to make three...... Read more »
  • Life is Coffee Comics #37
    Is it You? Imagine You’re on a Beach © 2021 Life is Coffee The post Life is Coffee Comics #37 appeared first on I Need Coffee.... Read more »
  • The History of Instant Coffee
    We all have seen and possibly used instant coffee sometime in our life, but have you ever wondered where this dark, mysterious, water-soluble powder gained its popularity? Some might snub their noses...... Read more »
  • How to Make Pour-Over Coffee With the Gabi Drip Master
    When I first received the Gabi Drip Master coffee brewer (aka the Master A), I had no idea how to make coffee with it. I’ve used many other pour-over coffee brewers, but this one was unique....... Read more »
  • A Clever Way To Make Iced Coffee
    We have several tutorials on INeedCoffee that walk through the steps on how to make cold brew coffee. But until now we haven’t written a guide for making iced coffee. The terms cold brew coffee...... Read more »
  • A Month Without Coffee
    This article was originally posted on November 15, 2012. I did it. I went an entire month without coffee. No coffee and no decaf either. I didn’t even consume coffee ice cream. And somehow I...... Read more »
  • Life is Coffee Comics #36
    Cursed Coffee Menage a Trois © 2021 Life is Coffee The post Life is Coffee Comics #36 appeared first on I Need Coffee.... Read more »
  • The Truth About How Major Religions View Coffee
    The Father, The Son, and The Holy Bean Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love. -Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, French Diplomat Have you ever taken a sip of your favorite...... Read more »
  • How Caffeine Affects Kids: Global Coffee Culture Influences
    For most parents, the thought of giving their young child a cup of coffee ranks right up there with some of the worst parenting sins, like giving a child an alcoholic drink. But what many parents...... Read more »
  • How to Make Iced Coffee With the Gabi Drip Master
    In my previous article, How to Make Pour-Over Coffee With the Gabi Drip Master, I showed you an innovative coffee dripper that simplified pour-over coffee in a few ways. Besides the cool waterspout...... Read more »
  • 10 Reasons I Love Cold Brew Coffee
    The first time I had cold brew coffee, I didn’t like it at all. I used a Toddy with coffee that was ground too fine and I didn’t know I was making a concentrate, so the coffee was much...... Read more »
  • How to Make V60 Coffee
    One of the things I love about crafting a great cup of coffee is just how easy it actually can be to make a good one consistently. But most of the time this actually rules out certain brewing...... Read more »
  • Life is Coffee Comics #35
    Nightmare How Much More Than? © 2021 Life is Coffee The post Life is Coffee Comics #35 appeared first on I Need Coffee.... Read more »
  • Life is Coffee Comics #34
    Cabinet Inequality Simple Things © 2021 Life is Coffee The post Life is Coffee Comics #34 appeared first on I Need Coffee.... Read more »
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    Home Grounds

  • Hario V60 vs Kalita Wave
    In this post, the Kalita Wave is pitted against the Hario V60 to determine which pour over brewer deserves a place on your coffee bar.... Read more »
  • Cafelat Robot vs Flair Espresso Machine
    The Flair and the Cafelat Robot are two very popular manual lever espresso machines, and this article will help you decide which one is right for you.... Read more »
  • 17 Tips for Espresso Beginners
    Ready to learn the craft of espresso? This article has 17 top tips for espresso beginners, guaranteed to turn you into an espresso expert in no time.... Read more »
  • Lavender Latte Recipe
    A lavender latte is a delicious way to bring the flavors of summer to a winter’s day, and this step-by-step recipe makes it easy for anyone to make one at home.... Read more »
  • Elektra Espresso Machine Reviews (6 Best Picks)
    Elektra is an Italian machine manufacturer known for their eye-catching vintage and modern designs. We review our top six and help you choose the one for you.... Read more »
  • Isomac Espresso Machines (6 Top Picks and Reviews)
    No matter your budget or favorite drink, there’s an Isomac espresso machine for you. In this article, we round up the six best from this longstanding Italian brand.... Read more »
  • Turin DF64 Grinder Review
    It’s been called the Niche Killer, but how does the DF64 grinder really measure up? In this review, we do a deep dive to find out.... Read more »
  • M&V Vesuvius Espresso Machine Review
    The M&V Vesuvius is one of few home espresso machines with programmable profiling. If that’s a feature you can’t miss, then you’ll want to read this full review.... Read more »
  • Izzo Alex Duetto IV Plus Review
    The Izzo Alex Duetto may well be the best dual boiler espresso machine you’ve never heard of — until now. This review has all the details.... Read more »
  • Kees Van Der Westen Espresso Machines: Best Picks and Reviews
    Want a showpiece espresso machine to be the focal point of your cafe? This article rounds up the uniquely gorgeous machines from Kees van der Westen.... Read more »
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    Coffee Review

  • Top 30 Countdown Begins November 26
    Coffee Review’s countdown of the Top 30 Coffees of 2021 begins on Friday, November 26 and ends with the announcement of the Top 5 coffees of 2021 on Wednesday, December 1.  In the meantime, you can view the Top 30 coffees from past years using the links below. Since 2013,... Read more »
  • Our Love Affair with Geisha — It’s Not Just a Panama Thing Anymore
    The Geisha variety of Arabica is the most expensive green coffee in the world. Year after year, this sought-after variety — known for (in the hands of a good roaster) its florality, delicate fruit, integrated structure and balance — breaks new price records in the Best of Panama auction. The... Read more »
  • Yemen Coffees: Variations on the World’s Oldest Cup Profile
    As most readers know, Yemen is the oldest continuously cultivated coffee in the world. The Coffea arabica tree originated in Ethiopia but was first systematically cultivated and commercialized in Yemen starting in about 1500. Until European colonists got into the game about 200 years later, Yemen produced virtually all of... Read more »
  • Tradition, Diversity & Measured Innovation Elevate Guatemala Coffees
    While some people in the specialty coffee industry still refer to the “classic Central America cup,” effectively lumping together the diverse coffee-producing countries of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Costa Rica, it is more the trend now to make increasingly fine distinctions among these origins in terms of varieties,... Read more »
  • Darker-Roasted Espresso Blends: Variations On A Classic Theme
    Each year, the Coffee Review team publishes an espresso report, for which we invite roasters to submit coffees on a specific theme. In typical years, we partner with an independent lab or roaster here in the San Francisco Bay Area and taste the espressos with at least one outside cupper... Read more »
  • Cold Black Coffee: Simplicity Rules the Post-Pandemic RTD Landscape
    While so much in the world of coffee gets “curiouser and curiouser” each year, to echo the protagonist of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland — from increasingly complex, mysteriously named green coffee processing methods to new hybrid varieties of Arabica born of necessity to respond to climate change — specialty... Read more »
  • African Great Lakes Coffees: Quality in the Face of Adversity
    By now, most readers of Coffee Review are familiar with the win-win-hypothesis of specialty coffee: If consumers pay more for better coffee from dedicated producers, and if some of the high prices paid by consumers make it back to those producers, they will be encouraged to generate even better coffees,... Read more »
  • Fun With Ferment: Anaerobically Processed Coffees
    In early April, some rather odd-smelling packages began arriving at the Coffee Review lab. Describing the collective aromas that wafted from them is difficult. And describing those aromas continued to be difficult once we started actually tasting the coffees inside the packages. Certainly, there was lots of fruit and chocolate.... Read more »
  • Spring Break In a Cup: Finding Great Coffee Roasters In Coastal Communities
    Every year, Coffee Review organizes a report focusing on roasting companies from various regions of the U.S.: in 2018, the Mountain States, in 2019, New England, and in 2020, the Northwest. Given that it’s been a difficult winter, to say the least, this month’s report celebrates coffees roasted in U.S.... Read more »
  • Coffee as a Force for Good: Roasters Who Give Back
      Like everything bought and sold, coffee can be a vehicle for profit or a tool for changing the world. Sometimes, it is both. 2020 was, unequivocally, a difficult year for the coffee industry, globally speaking, as it was for many of us working in that industry. One response to... Read more »
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    Barista Magazine Online

  • 10 Minutes With Major Cohen
    We chat with the author of Coffee for Dummies about the potentially promising outlook for the coffee industry. BY YKER VALERIOSPECIAL TO BARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE Photos by Major Cohen After a very successful career, coffee [...] The post 10 Minutes With Major Cohen appeared first on Barista Magazine Online.... Read more »
  • Federico Bolanos on Guiding Baristas to World Championships
    The El Salvador-based barista coach who worked with the last two World Barista Champions discusses his approach to competition and more. BY CHRIS RYANBARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE Cover photo courtesy of Federico Bolanos In the new [...] The post Federico Bolanos on Guiding Baristas to World Championships appeared first on Barista... Read more »
  • Welcome to the December 2021 + January 2022 Issue of Barista Magazine
    An interview with the new WBC champ, business tips for creating a great tea program, our annual ’Best Bar Tools’ feature, and much more in the new issue! BY KENNETH R. OLSON BARISTA MAGAZINE We [...] The post Welcome to the December 2021 + January 2022 Issue of Barista Magazine... Read more »
  • Falling in Love With Portugal’s Burgeoning Coffee Scene: Part One
    The country’s strong presence of expats may be responsible for the recent boom in specialty-coffee options. BY TANYA NANETTISPECIAL TO BARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE Cover photo by André Lergier for Unsplash Portugal has a long love [...] The post Falling in Love With Portugal’s Burgeoning Coffee Scene: Part One appeared first... Read more »
  • Cafe Show Seoul Welcomes the Return of Both Local and Global Coffee Professionals
    Although Cafe Show Seoul ran in 2020, this year’s edition welcomed noticeably more international attendees. BY SUNGHEE TARKSPECIAL TO BARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE Cover photo by Wonjin Cho From November 10 to 13, Seoul welcomed over [...] The post Cafe Show Seoul Welcomes the Return of Both Local and Global Coffee... Read more »
  • It’s 1st Crack, a Coffee Comic for the Weekend!
    Welcome to the weekend with 1st Crack, a coffee comic strip for weekend mornings, for November 27, 2021 featuring a unique, illustrated look at life behind the bar. BY OMRI ALMAGOR AND ASHLEY WONG Want a hardcopy [...] The post It’s 1st Crack, a Coffee Comic for the Weekend! appeared first on... Read more »
  • Learn and Engage with Facticity Coffee Club
    This Slack-channel group seeks to have unbiased discussions and education about the coffee industry. BY YKER VALERIOSPECIAL TO BARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE Photos courtesy of Ever Meister Earlier this year, I watched High Density presentations out [...] The post Learn and Engage with Facticity Coffee Club appeared first on Barista Magazine... Read more »
  • Elika Liftee’s Long Wait for World Brewers Cup Pays Off—Part Two
    We continue our conversation with the reigning U.S. Brewers Cup champ about his run to the World Brewers Cup finals last month. BY CHRIS RYANBARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE Photos courtesy of World Coffee Events Yesterday, we [...] The post Elika Liftee’s Long Wait for World Brewers Cup Pays Off—Part Two appeared... Read more »
  • Elika Liftee’s Long Wait for Brewers Cup Pays Off—Part One
    The U.S. competitor from Onyx Coffee Lab talks to us about his third-place finish at the global competition last month. BY CHRIS RYANBARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE Photos courtesy of World Coffee Events Almost two years ago, [...] The post Elika Liftee’s Long Wait for Brewers Cup Pays Off—Part One appeared first... Read more »
  • Learn to Love Bright Pink & Neon Signs at the Hello Kitty Grand Café
    Since the Sanrio brand first introduced the iconic cat in 1974, Hello Kitty has been globally adored—and now, you can enjoy drinks with her at the Hello Kitty Grand Café.  BY EMILY JOY MENESESSPECIAL TO [...] The post Learn to Love Bright Pink & Neon Signs at the Hello Kitty... Read more »
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    Coffee Affection

  • When is National Cappuccino Day?
    The cappuccino is quite possibly the most well-known espresso drink in the world. It’s a classic drink that even non-coffee drinkers can recognize, so it’s no surprise that there’s a holiday dedicated to them. Although the cappuccino is from Italy, National Cappuccino Day is an American holiday and many coffee... Read more »
  • Belize Coffee: History, Flavors & More!
    Does Belize Export Coffee? Some of Belize’s Central American neighbors are some of the largest coffee exporters in the world. Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and even Costa Rica all rank before Belize in kilograms of coffee exported per year. In fact, Belize does not even rank in the top 50... Read more »
  • Coffee Grades 101: Understanding Defects & Bean Quality
    Specialty coffee can be defined as beans that come from a specific climate in the world that are known for certain characteristics. But this is not the only way that the Specialty Coffee Association qualifies specialty coffee. It also has to be ethically sourced and sustainably farmed. This is usually... Read more »
  • What Is Bourbon Coffee?
    Okay, slow down there. It’s not quite that time of the day yet. Save the whiskey and coffee cocktail for happy hour. Right now, we are talking about the Bourbon coffee variety that is a cultivar from the species Arabica. If you’re wondering what all that means, allow us to... Read more »
  • Authentic Greek Frappé Recipe
    Unsurprisingly, Greek frappés are popular drinks in Greece, where they were born. However, this delicious beverage has become a much-desired coffee drink in the United States as well. For those of us who can’t live without our coffee, summer can be a rough time. You want your daily coffee fix,... Read more »
  • Black Friday Coffee Bean Deals 2021
    Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have you thinking about saving money on big appliances like TVs or espresso machines, but you can also find great deals on coffee beans. This very special week is your chance to try a fantastic bag of coffee beans without mortally wounding your wallet!... Read more »
  • How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake at Home: Simple Recipe
    Pumpkin spice is considered the taste of the fall season. When the weather turns colder, many people enjoy having this taste in their morning coffee, lattes, and snacks. The question is, did you know you could add pumpkin spice to your morning protein shake for a healthy start to each... Read more »
  • Who Invented the Keurig Coffee Machine?
    Coffee lovers around the world have come to appreciate the convenience and taste the Keurig coffee machine has brought to their lives. These single-serve coffee makers allow people needing a caffeine boost the option of having a hot cup of coffee even when their day is hectic and they don’t... Read more »
  • How to Make Pumpkin Spice Syrup: Simple Recipe
    Pumpkin spice is often considered the flavor of fall. When the air is crisp and the leaves change, a fresh pumpkin pie in the oven can fill a home with warmth and memories. But what about a bit of pumpkin spice in our cup? Instead of rushing out to your... Read more »
  • How Much Caffeine is in Arizona Green Tea?
    Arizona Green Tea is a popular tea drink that’s easily recognizable due to its classic tall can and considerably low price. While every other beverage shoots up in price each year, Arizona Green Tea and other Arizona flavors remain a great bargain. It’s also famous for being one of the... Read more »
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    Blog – Joe's Garage Coffee

  • Ground Coffee vs. Whole Bean Coffee
    If you’re thinking about selling coffee or expanding your existing coffee brand, you need to know the difference between whole bean and ground coffee. Understanding what sets these coffee products apart from each other will help you cater to your target audience better and make more sales. Below, you’ll learn... Read more »
  • Types of Tea
    Anyone interested in breaking into the tea market needs to be familiar with all the different types of tea flavors. With thousands of teas out there, it can be easy to get lost in the details of where each one comes from and what it tastes like. Keeping track of all... Read more »
  • Pods for Nespresso vs. Cups for Keurig: Packaging Your Single-Serve Coffee
    Nespresso and Keurig have become famous for providing products that conveniently brew the perfect single serving of your favorite hot beverage. However, aside from this fundamental similarity, Nespresso and Keurig differ drastically from one another. Getting familiar with the particulars of Nespresso vs. Keurig will help coffee brand owners determine... Read more »
  • How to Get Your Coffee Products Into Stores
    Do you have an amazing wholesale coffee product you think would thrive in retail aisles? If you’re ready to take your wholesale coffee business to store shelves, you’ll need to learn how to sell retail coffee product ideas to retail representatives. Each year, retailers receive pitches regarding hundreds of products.... Read more »
  • Coffee vs. Tea — Which One Is Better for You?
    Around the world, millions of people start each day with a hot cup of either coffee or tea. You can find hundreds of flavor variations for both, with coffee beans and tea leaves harvested in various ways globally. Each option offers similar health benefits with some notable variations. Whether you... Read more »
  • Trending Coffee Flavors for Every Season
    As one season fades into the next, your palate changes. Whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall, specific flavors evoke the nostalgia and feelings surrounding each season. As Thanksgiving draws near, your taste buds crave all things pumpkin. Meanwhile, summer calls for something zesty and refreshing, like tart berries. It’s always helpful to know which seasonal coffee... Read more »
  • What Is Coffee Acidity?
    Whenever you drink a cup of coffee, you might notice a unique crisp, tart, or sweet flavor. This taste relates directly to the acids present in the coffee, as your tongue can identify different tangs based on the level of acidity in a liquid. It’s important to understand how acidity affects... Read more »
  • What Is Single Origin Coffee?
    Seeing the term “single origin coffee” on the label of your favorite brew means those beans have a very specific story. Single origin coffee beans come from a single source, such as a particular estate, region, or country, which means that particular batch will have a distinctive flavor. The reliable... Read more »
  • The Definitive Guide to Contract Manufacturing
    Contract manufacturing is a vital, though little understood, part of modern business dealings. It involves manufacturers working in tandem with one another to create a finished product. Below, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about contract manufacturing — its definition, its pros and cons, and when and how you... Read more »
  • Joe’s Garage Coffee Wins 2021 Excellence In Manufacturing Customer Service Award
    Joe’s Garage Coffee announced as the winner of the global 2021 Excellence In Manufacturing Customer Service Award by Business Intelligence Group. “Our vision is to become the most customer obsessed contract manufacturing company in the world,” says Greg Gould, Founder and President of Joe’s Garage Coffee. “This award validates our... Read more »
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    Royal Coffee

  • Specialty Coffee in Bolivia: The Growth of an Industry
    Editor’s note: This article was first published in Roast Magazine’s Sep/Oct 2021 issue, and is reprinted here with permission. Author’s note: I remember the first time I talked to Felix Chambi of Cooperativa San Juan. It was a fall afternoon late in 2019; we had been texting back and forth... Read more »
  • 2021 Green Coffee Staff Picks for Fall & Winter
    Editor’s note: A version of this article first ran on the blog in December of 2018. This year, our Sales Associate, Spencer Ford, updated the list and will be updating it throughout the season. Even in the strangest of years in recent memory, there’s at least a little comfort to... Read more »
  • The C Market and Our Prices
    About a month ago, I discussed some factors that led to the C market’s rise. Now that the C market has gone above the highs of the drought-driven market of 2014-15, I want to address our pricing specifically. While prices have increased due to freight and higher internal prices for... Read more »
  • Royal Coffee 2021 Holiday Ordering Info
    Dear Royal Coffee Customer, As the holidays approach, we wanted to send a note about LTL freight and outbound shipments. During the holiday season carriers always expect higher than normal volume, but driver and dock staffing shortages have never been so severe as they are this year. Outbound Shipping has... Read more »
  • Examining the Precision of our Green Coffee Density Methodology
    It’s no secret that I love a good density reading. In terms of ease of measurement and how much it can tell you about your green coffee, the metric is unmatched.  I’m also a giant nerd for amateur data sleuthing, and looking back over many years of Crown Jewel data recently led... Read more »
  • Escalating Turmoil in Ethiopia
    Just this afternoon our colleague, Haile Andualem, in Addis Ababa has reported that a State of Emergency has been declared nationwide throughout Ethiopia, in response to the ongoing civil war in the northern Tigray region. In particular, the Amhara region directly to the south of Tigray is especially impacted. While... Read more »
  • Why is the C Market Up?
    The C market, as of October 14th, is trading at $2.09/lb, back to the levels reached immediately following the frost in Minas Gerais and other coffee regions of Brazil this past July. This is in spite of nearly ideal rainfall patterns in Brazil. Drought no longer seems to be a... Read more »
  • High Altitude Ethiopia Coffee: METAD Staff Picks
    ... Read more »
  • Beyond Labels: What Certifications Really Mean for Your Coffee
    This is an incredibly useful The Crown Podcast episode with Certifications Specialist Lauren Cropper and The Crown’s Director of Education Chris Kornman unpacking the 5 most common coffee certifications that Royal carries. Beyond Labels: What Certifications Really Mean for Your Coffee Chris: So recently I’ve been talking to folks a... Read more »
  • Grinder Alignment: An Evaluation of Consistency, Cupping Settings, and the Impact of Roast Degree
    Editor’s note: This article was first published in Roast Magazine’s May/June 2021 issue, and is reprinted here with permission. Grinder Alignment: An Evaluation of Consistency, Cupping Settings, and the Impact of Roast Degree Experiment design, operation, summary and analysis by Chris Kornman and Elise Becker with contributions from Sandra Elisa... Read more »
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    Royal Coffee

  • Specialty Coffee in Bolivia: The Growth of an Industry
    Editor’s note: This article was first published in Roast Magazine’s Sep/Oct 2021 issue, and is reprinted here with permission. Author’s note: I remember the first time I talked to Felix Chambi of Cooperativa San Juan. It was a fall afternoon late in 2019; we had been texting back and forth... Read more »
  • 2021 Green Coffee Staff Picks for Fall & Winter
    Editor’s note: A version of this article first ran on the blog in December of 2018. This year, our Sales Associate, Spencer Ford, updated the list and will be updating it throughout the season. Even in the strangest of years in recent memory, there’s at least a little comfort to... Read more »
  • The C Market and Our Prices
    About a month ago, I discussed some factors that led to the C market’s rise. Now that the C market has gone above the highs of the drought-driven market of 2014-15, I want to address our pricing specifically. While prices have increased due to freight and higher internal prices for... Read more »
  • Royal Coffee 2021 Holiday Ordering Info
    Dear Royal Coffee Customer, As the holidays approach, we wanted to send a note about LTL freight and outbound shipments. During the holiday season carriers always expect higher than normal volume, but driver and dock staffing shortages have never been so severe as they are this year. Outbound Shipping has... Read more »
  • Examining the Precision of our Green Coffee Density Methodology
    It’s no secret that I love a good density reading. In terms of ease of measurement and how much it can tell you about your green coffee, the metric is unmatched.  I’m also a giant nerd for amateur data sleuthing, and looking back over many years of Crown Jewel data recently led... Read more »
  • Escalating Turmoil in Ethiopia
    Just this afternoon our colleague, Haile Andualem, in Addis Ababa has reported that a State of Emergency has been declared nationwide throughout Ethiopia, in response to the ongoing civil war in the northern Tigray region. In particular, the Amhara region directly to the south of Tigray is especially impacted. While... Read more »
  • Why is the C Market Up?
    The C market, as of October 14th, is trading at $2.09/lb, back to the levels reached immediately following the frost in Minas Gerais and other coffee regions of Brazil this past July. This is in spite of nearly ideal rainfall patterns in Brazil. Drought no longer seems to be a... Read more »
  • High Altitude Ethiopia Coffee: METAD Staff Picks
    ... Read more »
  • Beyond Labels: What Certifications Really Mean for Your Coffee
    This is an incredibly useful The Crown Podcast episode with Certifications Specialist Lauren Cropper and The Crown’s Director of Education Chris Kornman unpacking the 5 most common coffee certifications that Royal carries. Beyond Labels: What Certifications Really Mean for Your Coffee Chris: So recently I’ve been talking to folks a... Read more »
  • Grinder Alignment: An Evaluation of Consistency, Cupping Settings, and the Impact of Roast Degree
    Editor’s note: This article was first published in Roast Magazine’s May/June 2021 issue, and is reprinted here with permission. Grinder Alignment: An Evaluation of Consistency, Cupping Settings, and the Impact of Roast Degree Experiment design, operation, summary and analysis by Chris Kornman and Elise Becker with contributions from Sandra Elisa... Read more »
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    Hayman Coffee - Hayman Coffee Blog

  • Gift Card or Panama Geisha Coffee Beans?
    At Hayman Coffee, we’re often approached by customers with questions on the ideal gifts for coffee lovers. A question for which we always offer the same answer without hesitation: A bag of exquisite Panama Geisha coffee beans. Rare, exclusive and curiously expensive, Geisha coffee (a.k.a. Gesha coffee) is a... More... Read more »
  • 5 Myths About Online Gift Cards
    Online gift cards are a subject of widespread misunderstanding and misinformation. Despite being just about as simple as a concept gets, they have a tendency to attract quite a bit of scrutiny. In order to clarify a few sticking points, we thought we’d take a look at some of the... Read more »
  • Coffee Gifts and Gift Baskets Beyond Actual Coffee
    Gifting something glorious to a coffee lover sounds easy on the surface. You simply bag yourself a batch of gourmet coffee beans, slap on a gift tag and you’re done. But what if you have no clue whatsoever what type of coffee they are into? Or perhaps, what they already... Read more »
  • Buy Geisha Coffee with Your Electronic Gift Cards
    There are Panama Geisha coffee beans, and then there are all other coffee beans in the world. Quite the statement from a specialty coffee retailer, but true nonetheless - Geisha coffee (a.k.a. Gesha coffee) really is just about as good as it gets. This year, we’re once again expecting to see the... Read more »
  • Why Green Coffee Beans Could be the Ultimate Coffee Gift
    Giving great gifts at Christmas (or any other time of year) is all about creativity and inspiration. Not to mention, giving something the recipient will get some genuine use out of. Novelties are all well and good, but practical presents of relevance to your interests are always better. Enter into... Read more »
  • NEW COFFEE: FAZENDA LAGOA SECA, CUP OF EXCELLENCE® WINNER
    From Brazil we bring you one of the most exclusive and delicious coffees: FAZENDA LAGOA SECA, CUP OF EXCELLENCE® WINNER. Cup of Excellence® is the most prestigious coffee competition. The level of scrutiny participant coffees undergo is unmatched anywhere in the specialty coffee world. Each year, thousands of...  More... Read more »
  • What’s the Best Gift for a Coffee Lover This Christmas?
    Electronic gift cards are once again set to be the gift of the season. Faster, easier and indeed safer than shopping for gifts the old-fashioned way, electronic gift cards hold plenty of appeal. But what if you would prefer to give something slightly more tangible to the coffee lover in... Read more »
  • What to Do with Partially Used Online Gift Cards?
    According to a study conducted a few years ago, Brits waste £250 million each year on unused gift cards. That’s £250 million of hard currency, tossed down the drain for no good reason. What is interesting is how the majority of this waste is not attributed to wholly unused gift... Read more »
  • Six Fascinating Facts About Black Friday
    Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals trigger the world’s collective urge to spend money like nothing else. To such an extent that many will happily sit on their cash all year, waiting patiently for Black Friday sales to arrive before going nuts. But what’s interesting about Black Friday is how... Read more »
  • Black Friday FAQ: Everything You Need to Know
    The fall is flying by, and winter is once again on our doorsteps, which can only mean one thing: Preparations for Black Friday and Cyber Monday are well underway. Whether setting your sights on a batch of Panama Geisha Coffee beans (a.k.a. Gesha coffee) or the latest bean-to-cup machine, there’s no better time... Read more »
  • The Sensible Way to Shop this Black Friday (or Cyber Monday)
    Love it or loathe it, Black Friday is once again on the horizon. By far the single biggest shopping event of the year, Black Friday deals bring bargain hunters out of the woodwork in droves. As does Cyber Monday to a slightly lesser extent – not that Cyber Monday deals... Read more »
  • Guilt-Free Coffee Cake: The Ultimate Vegan Cake Recipe
    Slowly but surely, the world is waking up to the fact that going vegan is not about making sacrifices. Switching to a plant-based diet can be beneficial in so many ways - without the need to compromise on flavor and enjoyment of the foods you love. A point proven by... Read more »
  • Espresso Martini Cake: Your Favorite Coffee Cake Recipe
    Coffee cake is definitely a crowd pleaser, and everybody has their favorite coffee cake recipe. But at the same time, you could also say that everyday coffee cake is not exactly a showstopper. That is, until you try your hand at this particular recipe for a boozy espresso Martini Cake.... Read more »
  • Gluten Free Coffee Cake Recipe: All Taste, No Compromise
    More people than ever before are finding themselves being advised by their doctors or dieticians to exclude gluten from their diets. Or perhaps, minimize consumption of gluten due to the diagnosis of sensitivities. Being told you cannot tolerate gluten never comes as welcome news. On the plus side, going gluten-free in... Read more »
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    Coffeespiration

  • Best Coffee Jewelry Collections For Self-Love Gifts in 2021
    Wherever you hear the word “COFFEE”, does it remind you of someone? It could be yourself or your dear one. Holidays are coming, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year are getting near. It is the gift season, and if you are looking for a coffee jewelry gift there is no need... Read more »
  • Best Coffee Maker Cleaner You Need in 2021
    It doesn't matter if you've got a basic coffee maker or a top-of-the-liner one. And, it doesn’t show you the maximum effects or flavors even when you utilize the most costly organic coffee beans or whatever pre-ground coffee was on sale that week at the grocery store. Because if you... Read more »
  • Best Freeze Dried Coffee To Buy in 2021
    What does Freeze-Dried instant coffee do? The coffee is frozen at -40 degrees Celsius. Then sliced into granules to dry and vacuumed. The freeze-dried gives a richer aroma and is more flavorful rather than the spray-drying technique.  The Freeze-Dried instant coffee can maintain coffee flavor perfectly and is portable. It... Read more »
  • Best Nespresso Capsules OriginalLine in 2021
    The story began in the Swiss Alps in 1975. When Eric Favre, a Swiss engineer, was working for Nestlé, his wife, Anna-Maria, said that her native Italy produced considerably better coffee. Favre began constructing the first pod-based espresso maker out of sheer inspiration or a sense of competition. During the... Read more »
  • What Is CBD Coffee All About?
    CBD coffee stands for cannabidiol which is one of the several cannabinoids, or chemical components, present in marijuana and hemp. You've definitely heard of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is another molecule present in cannabis and the plant's major psychoactive component. CBD, on the other hand, is not psychotropic like THC.... Read more »
  • Best Capresso Coffee Maker in 2021
    Capresso coffee maker is not a famous brand in the coffee market. However, you would be very surprised by its full-function features to brew you a perfect cup of coffee.  One of the amazing reasons that you must get a Capresso coffee maker is that it can produce the most... Read more »
  • Best Cuisinart Coffee Maker Water Filters To Choose in 2021
    When it comes to choosing a coffee maker, everything seems complicated. There are so many brands and types of machines that can widen your preference. Each of the coffee makers is built differently with their uniquely designed features, functions, look, and sizes.  To have a good cup of coffee, not... Read more »
  • Best Organic Coffee in 2021
    Coffee has been demonstrated to aid in illness prevention. It's high in polyphenols, a form of antioxidant, as well as other beneficial components. However, choosing high-quality coffee beans that haven't been treated with pesticides is critical.  You can be confident that your coffee is pure and clear if you buy... Read more »
  • Best Keurig Alternatives To Shop in 2021
    Coffee lovers have long sought the finest method for making great coffee. The growing popularity of novel coffee brewing methods, such as French press and pour-over, has pushed automated coffee makers to the sidelines. Single-serve coffee machines are currently one of the most popular ways to prepare coffee. Many of... Read more »
  • Best Fair Trade Coffee in 2021
    When you buy your products at your local supermarket, have you ever thought about the process of producing them from the very start until the final stage that you are holding in your hand?  In order to make sure that all contributors from each stage get the fair benefits from... Read more »
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    The Coffee Wave

  • Proffee Coffee: Benefits, And How to Make It!
    The Best Answer: Proffee Coffee is not just a drink that became viral via TikTok; it’s also the perfect balance between coffee and protein shake in one cup. It will undoubtedly give your metabolism a protein boost, whether you want to enjoy it as a treat once in a while... Read more »
  • Coffee with Collagen? All The Benefits
    The Best Answer: Collagen is a protein–a long-chain amino acid naturally found in certain fish, beef, pork, and chicken. Collagen is the main structural protein that provides support for our skin. The benefits of adding it to your coffee are many and varied, including weight loss, reduced stress levels, protection... Read more »
  • Your Guide to Incredibly Delicious Coffee with Evaporated Milk
    The Best Answer: Evaporated milk is an excellent substitute for other types of milk if you want to add a slight creaminess to your coffee. It’s not only easy to heat up and use in recipes, but it also contains more calcium than regular milk, and it’s just easier to... Read more »
  • How to Start A Coffee Business? Let’s Find Out!
    The Best Answer: Starting a coffee business is not as difficult as you might think. The information on how to do it is straightforward, but it’s still necessary that you put in the time to research your niche market before diving into this project. However, if you’re up for a... Read more »
  • Coffee With An Attitude: 10 Specialty Coffee Drinks
    The Best Answer: Specialty coffee refers to coffee beans that have been harvested, processed, and roasted with the utmost care and with the use of sustainable methods. The popularity of these beans has risen so much that it has given way to creating many specialty coffee drinks. These drinks and... Read more »
  • Coffee Bean Grades: The Ultimate Guide
    The Best Answer: There are three commercial grades for coffee: commodity, premium, and specialty. To classify the coffee beans under one of these three grades, they need to be evaluated by Q Graders based on their size, color, and several defects. You will be able to recognize which category your... Read more »
  • Does A Frappe Have Coffee In It: Let’s Find Out!
    The Best Answer: A frappe is an iced blended coffee beverage that wouldn’t be what it was without the addition of coffee! The real question is what type of coffee goes into the Frappe to make it what it is. Most frappes are made using espresso, although it’s also possible... Read more »
  • Chemex Sizes: What They Are and Which One is Right for You
    The Best Answer: The Chemex comes in 5 different sizes to suit every individual preference. The sizes are 3 cups, 6 cups, 8 cups, 10 cups, and 13 cups. Its size offers many possibilities about how you are planning to use it. This coffee maker is not only aesthetically please... Read more »
  • Buttermilk in Coffee: It’s Not a Joke!
    The Best Answer: Buttermilk is a trendy type of milk to combine with coffee, despite what you might think. It has characteristics of subtle sweetness and makes all coffee drinks super creamy. And the best part is that you can use it to make tons of other recipes, from desserts... Read more »
  • What Are Monkey Poop Coffee Beans? Let’s Find Out!
    The Best Answer: The name of this coffee might sound super weird to most, but the coffee beans do not come from the poop of monkeys! Instead, some monkeys love to eat the delicious pulp of the coffee cherry but spit out the coffee beans afterward. Many coffee producers collect... Read more »
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    Your Dream Coffee

  • Blueberry Iced Coffee: How to Make This Tasty Drink at Home
    Do you love blueberries? Well, what if I told you that you could mix it with your favorite iced coffee? Yes, you can! If you are interested, then read this article to learn how to make a blueberry iced coffee at home. So if you're looking for an original recipe... Read more »
  • Homemade Gingerbread Coffee Creamer Recipe You Have to Try
    When it comes to coffee, most of us have a small indulgence or two. We all have our favorite types of coffee, along with those few flavors we've come to associate with the beverage. The flavor of coffee can make or break a cup of joe, and one of the... Read more »
  • Cinnamon Mocha Latte: A Delicious 5-Minute Homemade Recipe
    This quick and easy cinnamon mocha latte recipe is absolutely amazing. If you're craving it but need something quick, this recipe will serve you well. Making a cinnamon mocha latte is a very simple process. You only need a handful of ingredients to create a delicious, caffeine-filled drink in a... Read more »
  • Chocolate Sauce for Coffee: A Great Homemade Add-in to Try
    The decadent, unique taste of chocolate sauce may be a pleasant surprise to those who have never tried it. For many people, it's something that changed their coffee-drinking experience forever. The bitterness of coffee can be removed or masked by adding a sweet chocolate element. Chocolate sauce is a great... Read more »
  • 17 Best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Coffee Deals (2021)
    Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner, and you know what that means: coffee deals! This article will list out 17 of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday coffee deals. These are perfect for any coffee lover who wants to save their cash this holiday season.... Read more »
  • Freddo Cappuccino: What Is It and How to Make It at Home?
    If you've been on TikTok lately, you might've noticed the new trend in coffee: the Freddo cappuccino. Making an at-home Freddo cappuccino may seem like a daunting task, but it's actually pretty simple. The secret to making a good Freddo cappuccino is to use the right equipment and the right... Read more »
  • Blueberry Latte Recipe: The Perfect Coffee for Your Morning
    Coffee is a morning ritual for many people, but what if you can make it even better? Meet the blueberry latte! The blueberries add a little bit of sweetness and make the coffee taste like blueberry muffins in your mouth. I hope this blueberry latte recipe helps your coffee morning... Read more »
  • Cinnamon Brown Sugar Cortado: An Easy Homemade Recipe 2021
    The cinnamon brown sugar cortado is a perfect coffee recipe for any time of day. It has made my favorite fall coffee recipes list, but you can make it all year round. This homemade cortado recipe is a combination of espresso coffee and steamed milk, and it's made with homemade... Read more »
  • Cinnamon Brown Sugar Syrup: A Delicious Coffee Syrup Recipe
    Homemade syrups are very popular these days and for a good reason. They really enhance the flavor of any beverage that they're added to, and they're incredibly easy to make. Coffee and brown sugar are an unbeatable combo. There is no better way to drink your coffee than with delicious... Read more »
  • Blueberry Coffee Recipe: A Great Combination You Have to Try
    Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world, and whether you drink it black or fancy a variety of flavors, you're sure to find something that tastes good. Everyone has a different favorite drink to enjoy in the morning or afternoon. Now, there's a new option that... Read more »
  • Blueberry Syrup for Coffee: An Easy Homemade Recipe to Try
    What's the best thing to do with a large batch of blueberries that you've picked from your garden? For me, it's to make homemade blueberry syrup for coffee! The syrup is easy to make, and you can either use it right away or store it in the refrigerator. If you're... Read more »
  • Condensed Milk in Coffee: The Best Add-in You Need to Try!
    There's nothing like a good old cup of coffee first thing in the morning to get you moving. Of course, that first cup of joe doesn't just magically appear by itself. As any coffee lover knows, there's actually a specific process that goes into making your morning cup of coffee.... Read more »
  • How to Make a Macchiato at Home in 5 Minutes or Less
    The macchiato is a simple espresso drink that's perfect for those who want a stronger hit of caffeine first thing in the morning. These small, delicious drinks are the perfect pick-me-up in the afternoon or early evening. Simple to make, you'll love this pale, aromatic specialty coffee drink! Today I'm... Read more »
  • 5-Minute Homemade Cinnamon Coffee Creamer: An Easy Recipe
    It's easy to make homemade cinnamon coffee creamer, but it's not easy to find a great recipe. The reason is that most store-bought versions contain questionable ingredients. That's why I went ahead and made my own homemade cinnamon coffee creamer with real ingredients. In this article, you'll find a great-tasting... Read more »
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    Brian's Coffee Spot

  • Alma Coffee Roastery
    Exactly three weeks ago today, Amanda and I set off to drive from Atlanta, Georgia to Portland, Maine, a three-day journey that would take us through some lovely scenery along sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway. However, before we got … Continue reading →... Read more »
  • The Roastery at Cobham
    Three weeks ago today, all of my pre-flight checks complete, I was ready for to fly to Atlanta. However, I had one final thing to do before I left for the airport: visit The Roastery at Cobham, home to Copper … Continue reading →... Read more »
  • Mini Beans Coffee, Crewe Market Hall
    Mini Beans Coffee, a chance Instagram discovery, is located inside Crewe’s Victorian Market Hall. It joins a long, distinguished list of market-based coffee stalls, following in the footsteps of the likes of Pumphreys  Brewing Emporium in Granger Market in Newcastle … Continue reading →... Read more »
  • NewGround Coffee Roastery & Coffee Shop
    Oxford’s NewGround Coffee began in 2018, although I only became aware of it earlier this year when visiting FLTR Coffee in Bicester. Then, a month later, I popped into The Hideaway, one of Guildford’s many new openings, to find NewGround’s … Continue reading →... Read more »
  • Brian’s Travel Spot: Flying to Atlanta in Premium Economy
    Welcome the second instalment of my Travel Spot covering my current trip to Atlanta, Georgia, and Portland, Maine, which began on Monday last week when I flew to Atlanta, travelling in World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy to you and me) … Continue reading →... Read more »
  • Little Yellow Pig, Nantwich
    Ever since opening in 2014, Little Yellow Pig has been something of an institution in Hoole, Chester. Initially a small coffee shop, it expanded into the adjoining space. Now it’s expanded again, adding a second location in the narrow streets … Continue reading →... Read more »
  • Heartland Coffee Bar
    Heartland Coffee Roasters is a pioneer of the North Wales speciality coffee scene, having moved to Llandudno in 2012. The roastery has its own Meet the Roaster feature, while today’s Coffee Spot focuses on the coffee bar within the roastery. … Continue reading →... Read more »
  • Brian’s Travel Spot: Flying to America During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Welcome to just the second Travel Spot of 2021 that deals with my actual travels this year, rather than reliving previous trips. I’m currently in Atlanta, Georgia, having flown out on Monday (8th November), coincidentally the exact same day that … Continue reading →... Read more »
  • Taylor’s Coffee House
    I’m rather embarrassed that I hadn’t heard of Taylor’s Coffee House until I was tipped off by the staff of Nikki’s in Weybridge, particularly since Taylor’s has been around since 2014! Taylor’s has two locations, a kiosk-style coffee counter in … Continue reading →... Read more »
  • Meet the Roaster: Heartland Coffee Roasters
    When it comes to the story of speciality coffee in North Wales, you have to start with Heartland Coffee Roasters. I first came across Heartland four years ago at Providero in Llandudno Junction, but I was somewhat late to the … Continue reading →... Read more »
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    Coffee Loving Cardmakers!

  • Caffeine Fueled Paper Play – Good Vibes
    Welcome back!  It’s December already!  We’ve got a new challenge and last month’s winner!  Today I’m using an adorable Brutus Monroe stamp along with some dies from Erin Lee Creative!  Here’s how I was inspired: I picked up this adorable Unicorn Coffee stamp over at Brutus Monroe during a sale... Read more »
  • Holiday Themed Coffee Tags
      Hello Coffee Lovers! It’s Lisa here with you today on the blog and I have four fun holiday themed coffee tags to share with you! I really enjoyed making these tags because I used lots of fun elements and die cuts on each one and I just love the... Read more »
  • Second Cup Sunday – Have a Brew-tiful Day!
    Hello and welcome, it’s Angie here today with another Second Cup Sunday.  I have this fun mini slimline card made with Super Sponsor, Newton’s Nook Designs brand newly released products! I had so much fun making this card, here’s another look: For my card, I used the new Time For... Read more »
  • my life is better because of you
    Hello, Erin here for another Creative Chaos.  If you could see my desk you’d know that’s a literal statement…. I still have scraps and pieces from the blog hop in corners of my desk…  but today I decided to make a slimline card mixing and matching goodies.  I’ve used a... Read more »
  • 2021 Fall | Winter Designer Picks!
    We’re back with the Designer Picks for the 2021 Fall | Winter Hop!  We’ve asked the Design Team to pick their favs!  Here we go! Designer:  Christine Burillo-Kirch #871 Jenn Gross I was “wowed” by the interactive component of this fun coffee scene- so many details and the coloring of Anita... Read more »
  • Brew & Craft Your Stash – Happy Thanksgiving
    Hello Coffee Lovers and Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is having a fun and safe Thanksgiving, eating all the good stuff!!!  I thought I break a little from the usual and do a quick and easy post today! Maybe you are taking a break from those pesky family members, or... Read more »
  • National Espresso Day
    Happy National Espresso Day my caffeinated crafty friends!!! It’s Amanda from Twiddler’s Nook popping in for another Tuesday Tea but today we’re definitely subbing for something a little stronger and diving in head first! Today I’m celebrating with a fun card featuring the new Newton’s Nook release which is ABSOLUTELY... Read more »
  • Cocoa is my Decaf – Mug Shot Monday
    Hello and welcome!  I am so glad you dropped by today!  This is Shanna from Caffeinated Craftiness, back with another Mug Shot Monday! Anyone feeling over caffeinated after Last week’s FABULOUS hop??  Not me!!  I am pretty sure over-caffeinated isn’t a thing for me…. Bring me ALL the coffee and... Read more »
  • 2021 Fall | Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Wrap Up + Winners!
    The Fall | Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop had 57 Super Sponsors!  We closed out this hop with an amazing 1,084 amazing link ups! As always, I want to THANK everyone that was involved in making this another successful blog hop!  Big high fives for the Design Team: Chaitali Narla Helen Gullett IG... Read more »
  • Saturday Coffee Cafe – Coffee Lovers Blog Hop in Review
    Happy Saturday and welcome to the Saturday Coffee Cafe – I’m so glad you stopped in to see what’s brewin’! Wow – what an awesome Fall/Winter Coffee Blog Hop!!  I LOVE all the projects y’all submitted — so much inspiration (and enabling)!  A big THANKS to all the Super Sponsors... Read more »
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    Pure Coffee Blog

  • Character Coffee
    Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: Character CoffeeLocation visited: Utica, NYWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]Despite not living far from Utica for several years, I think I only passed through the city once. Sadly, I did not do the area much justice in local exploration but all these... Read more »
  • Little Woodfords
    Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: Little WoodfordsLocation visited: Portland, MEWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]Portland has never been a place in which I get to stay long. In my many years of traveling, I have only managed a short visit here or a wave-from-the-highway visit there. But... Read more »
  • Essy's Coffee and Frozen Yogurt
    Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: Essy's Coffee and Frozen YogurtLocation visited: Bozeman, MTWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]As a place I called home for nearly a year, I am always happy to return to Bozeman. The town is sadly losing some of its quaint quirks with its ever-growing... Read more »
  • Grindstone Coffeeology
    Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: Grindstone Coffeeology Location visited: Huntington, WVWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]I have had my eye on the western border of West Virginia for some time, so when plans finally came together to visit the vicinity, I already had a small list of coffee... Read more »
  • Nomad Coffee & Crepes / Knockabout Coffee
    Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: Nomad Coffee & Crepes / Knockabout CoffeeLocation visited: Ballston Spa, NYWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]Many trips have I made to the mountains of New York, and every time I try to find a new coffeehouse. So far the vastness of the... Read more »
  • Enlightenment Coffee
    Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: Enlightenment CoffeeLocation visited: Walton, KYWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]On a visit to Noah's Ark in Kentucky, I found myself without a drop of good coffee in the immediate vicinity of my hotel. The city was aptly named Dry Ridge and fortunately,... Read more »
  • Vagrant Coffee
    Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: Vagrant Coffee Location visited: Philadelphia, PAWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]Despite its proximity, there's not a lot of motive for me to visit Baltimore these days. Sure I blame it partially on the pandemic, but I would also chalk it up to just... Read more »
  • Honeybee Coffee Co.
    Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: Honeybee Coffee Co.Location visited: 700 Sevier Ave, Knoxville, TNWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]Knoxville is another city that I've seen from the highway several times but have never really visited until recently. This summer finally offered a great opportunity to see the... Read more »
  • Sibling Coffee Roasters
    Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: Sibling Coffee RoastersLocation: Charles Town, WVWiFi?: yesRating: 5+ [see key]Reading about Harpers Ferry in history books always had me curious about checking out the area, but since it was a bit far for a day trip, I never made it out.... Read more »
  • Boro Coffee Co.
    Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: Boro Coffee Co.Location: Hollidaysburg, PAWiFi?: yesRating: 5+ [see key]Pennsylvania is dotted with tons of intriguing small towns, almost too many to visit. Fortunately, it seems that the more interesting a town, the more likely a good coffee shop will open up... Read more »
  • Prince Street Cafe
    Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: Prince Street CafeLocation: Lancaster, PAWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]Lancaster is slowly turning into one of my favorite areas in Pennsylvania. The city and the surrounding Amish countryside offer such a beautiful mix of the bucolic and the tantalizing that even though... Read more »
  • Mission Coffee Co
    Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: Mission Coffee Co.Location: Columbus, OHWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]In my past few times through Columbus, I had only been afforded views of the city from the interstate, as each time my passage through the city was either late at night, or... Read more »
  • Jiggy Coffee
    Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: Jiggy CoffeeLocation: Philadelphia, PAWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]Philadelphia has a lot of great coffee shops, and there seems to be at least one quality newbie each year. One well-reputed arrival from the past year or so was Jiggy Coffee, a shop... Read more »
  • The Clay Cup
    Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: The Clay CupLocation: Altoona, PAWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]I have driven past Altoona many times but my past itineraries/passengers have never allowed me to make a stop before. Fortunately I was able to remedy that on a recent trip west, where... Read more »