Monthly Archives: March 2017

Should you add Third Wave Water to your coffee routine?

We focus on every aspect of our brew, from the roast date to the grind to the filter to the time. Yet the quality of the water, which makes up more than 98 percent of the average cup of coffee, is most often overlooked. Is our filtered water enough? Not anymore. Going beyond the beans and the brewing equipment, Third Wave Water is attempting to improve…

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How Does Caffeine Work?

Humans love caffeine.  It’s the world’s most popular psychoactive drug, with a full 90% of Americans consuming it on a daily basis. Caffeine on the brain? Every waking moment, neurons in the brain are firing away. As they work, they produce something called adenosine – a chemical compound in the brain called a purine nucleoside. There are several different adenosine receptors in the body, but there is one in particular…

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Why Does Coffee Taste Like Coffee? A Guest Post.

Five of the biggest factors that contribute to the flavor of your coffee. One of the most asked questions I’ve gotten in my 5 years of being in the coffee industry is, “Why does my coffee taste like this?”  Sometimes this question is asked when a customer tastes the goodness of specialty coffee for the first time, sometimes it’s in a cupping when a guest…

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7 Ways That Coffee Affects Productivity (The Good and The Bad)

It’s not uncommon for employers and employees alike to reach for a caffeinated beverage when they need a bit of an energy boost. And while some might prefer to get their caffeine in the form of soda or an energy drink, the majority of consumers’ favorite mood-lifter is coffee itself. That addiction is likely fueled by caffeine, which seems to have an impact on mental…

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Flash Brewed Iced Coffee Brew Guide

What is Flash Brewed? Brewing iced coffee Japanese-style is very similar to how you brew your hot coffee. Same machines, same grinds, same water temps, same technique. It is produced by pouring near-boiling water over coffee grounds, and then chilling it immediately. Is it the same as cold brew? No. Cold brew and ice brew taste very different because of the way they’re prepared. Cold brew…

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7 Steps and Tips For Buying The Best Coffee

Anybody else get extremely overwhelmed when buying coffee? Too afraid to try something new? No idea what all the words and numbers even mean? Not even sure what you are tasting? We get that.  However…  Buying the right beans is probably the most important part of the perfect morning cup! Makes sense, though, right? Other than the water (which is also very important), the beans…

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Q&A With Intent Coffee Roasting

Roasts Used Nicaragua Jairo Microlot honey sweetness, creamy body, hint of dried fruit This coffee comes from the Gold Mountain Coffee Growers. This is a nice coffee, very balanced. This is the second year we have brought in this coffee. We are super excited for this coffee! Colombia Finca La Bertha brown sugar sweetness, juicy body, malic acidity, balanced This was a standout coffee from…

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