Brazil Early Harvest Cup of Excellence – One Perspective

Editor’s note: This is a travel blog from our green buyer Stephanie, who had the opportunity to visit Brazil just recently.  I was fortunate to attend the Brazil Early Harvest Cup of Excellence as an international jury member a few weeks ago. This was my second Cup of Excellence and first time to Brazil. After 24 hours… {read more}

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Meet Your Barista Pt. 5: Joshua

Welcome to part 5 of our Meet Your Barista series, our final entry.  Here you’ll get a chance for a behind-the-scenes look at our crack barista team through this insightful and deep questionnaire! JOSHUA Why Coffee? Because it is the nectar of the gods! Who inspires you? Nature Who is your favorite author? Orwell What’s the scariest… {read more}

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Meet Your Barista Pt. 4: Cari

Thanks for joining us for part 4 of our Meet Your Barista series. This week we’ll be talking with Cari, our newest barista. We look forward to seeing you at the cafe! CARI Why Coffee? I like that coffee employs the senses of taste AND smell. It is interesting to experience different beans and the variety of… {read more}

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Meet Your Barista Part 3: Dan

Welcome to Part 3 of our Meet Your Barista series.  Hopefully you’ve had a chance to swing by the cafe and say hi to our fantastic barista staff yourself. Just in case you haven’t, here’s a little glimpse into the kind of characters you’ll meet here.     Dan Why Coffee? (A) A natural stimulant that serves… {read more}

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Meet Your Barista Pt. 2: Ian

Welcome to Part 2 of our Meet Your Barista series.  Our new cafe is up and running, and we’ve got a fantastic staff on board to make your drinks perfectly. Over the next few weeks we’ll be introducing you to all of them through this short series of questions. Feel free to stop by and pepper them… {read more}

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Meet your Barista Pt. 1: Davis

Happy Fall! We’ve just opened our brand new cafe (you can check it out here) and are thrilled to share it with all of you. In this spirit of sharing, we’ve asked each member of our stellar barista squadron to tell us a bit about themselves. Here’s the first part of our Meet Your Barista series: Davis… {read more}

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Cleaning Series Part 4

Welcome to the 4th and final installment of our cleaning blog! This week we’ll be focusing on home coffee makers. Cleaning your home coffee maker is vital to continue brewing great coffee at home. The following sequence should be performed about once a month, although if your coffee maker see heavy usage you may need to up… {read more}

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Cleaning Series Part 3

Grouphead Cleaning Got an espresso machine? This post is for you! Part 3 of our cleaning series focuses on espresso machine cleaning. Along with regularly schedule maintenance, cleaning your machine every day will ensure that you have the ability to pull perfect shots for years to come, so grab your brush and let’s get cleaning!    … {read more}

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Cleaning Series Part 2

Airpot Cleaning Welcome to part 2 of our cleaning series! Today we’re going to look at cleaning your airpots and brewers. Keep in mind that while we will be discussing home brewers in a later segment, the lessons here can also be applied to your coffee maker & carafe at home. Coffee oils can build up on… {read more}

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Cleaning Series Part 1

Welcome to the first segment of our cleaning series! Over the next few weeks, we’ll cover many aspects of keeping your coffee equipment clean. Some of this will cover commercial systems and some will cover at-home systems – but keep in mind that in every situation clean equipment leads to great coffee! We are focusing on the… {read more}

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Mr. May Flies to Visakhapatnam: India Origin Trip, Part 2

My first lessons about India the following day came early. First, India works on a more relaxed idea of time than America does. As a result, timeliness and punctuality are not the prized virtues that they are in the States. Despite this, somehow everything still works out. This was made very clear to me when we left… {read more}

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Mr. May Goes to Bangalore: India Origin Trip, Part 1

  There is really no place on earth quite like India. I experienced this first hand recently when I was fortunate enough to attend the Araku (emphasis on the first syllable, if you’re trying to say it in your head) Originals Awards in the Araku Valley as an international guest. I got to taste great coffee, and… {read more}

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