Q&A With Connect Roasters

Connect Roasters sells coffee that improves lives in the developing world. We return 50% of our profits to fund programs like health clinics and education centers. Roast Featured Guatemala El Faro Farm: Santa Clara Farmer: Alfredo Medina Region: Acatenango, Guatemala  Varietal: Bourbon and Caturra Process: Washed and Sun Dried Importer: Cafe Intencional (North Augusta, S.C.) When you purchase our Guatemala El Faro coffee, half of our profits are…

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Q&A With Lost Sock Coffee

Jeff Yerxa and Nicolas Cabrera met in 2012 at American University and quickly realized their mutual affection for a great cup of coffee. As their admiration for coffee grew so did their relationship and so did their ambition. The two became roommates in 2013 and began home roasting their own coffee shortly thereafter. Their obsessive pursuit for the perfect cup has culminated with the opening of…

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Q&A With Velodrome Coffee

To start, a velodrome is a track built for a specific bike racing discipline.  It has steep banked turns at specific angles to mimic the same degree a rider would lean into a turn.  The track essentially let’s racers ride their bikes perpendicular to the track at incredibly high speeds… sometimes more then 50mph! Here at Velodrome Coffee Company our tag line is, “FAST | SIMPLE…

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New Espresso Drinks to Try at Your Favorite Coffee Shop

LAVENDER LATTE Lavender is well known for its soothing abilities for anxiety and overall stress. So what better herb to blend with a caffeine-laced latte? This delicious blend combines the powerful energy boost from coffee with soothing lavender for a combo that effectively eliminates fatigue without unnecessary caffeine jitters or anxiousness. For an extra anti-inflammatory boost, try substituting coconut milk for the regular milk. CAPPUCCINO…

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Kalita Wave Brew Guide

Why Kalita? With its stainless steel and wavy contours, the Kalita Wave wins over coffee and design enthusiasts alike. It’s a favorite pour over brew method for home use and it’s great on the go, too. The flat-bottom filter helps with even extraction while brewing. The key to mastering this brewer is the slow spiral pour. Brew Guide Tips to Brew Better If your final time…

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Why We Choose Iced Coffee Over Cold Brew

First, let me just say that we are NOT against cold brew! However, we do believe there is a another way to enjoy the A+++ coffees in the summertime. Which is why we talk a lot about flash-brewed iced coffee.  But here, we’re going to talk about the differences of the two, and let you choose! In short… Cold brew is brewed cold, never in contact…

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Light vs Medium vs Dark Roasts | Why The Difference Matters

What does it matter? To summarize the differences: As coffee roasts get darker, they lose the origin flavors of the beans and take on more flavor from the roasting process. The body of the coffee gets heavier, until the second crack, where the body again thins. Lighter roasts have more acidity than darker roasts. Light roasted beans are dry, while darker roasts develop oil on…

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Why You Need A Gooseneck Kettle – And When You Don’t Need It

The gooseneck kettle is perhaps the most iconic symbol of contemporary manual coffee brewing. Their elegant swan necks, ergonomic handles and tapered spouts make them ideal for precision brewing. Their eye-catching and modern designs make them the perfect representatives for the third wave manual coffee movement. They are stylish and highly functional, a deadly combination in today’s coffee culture. Please do not let the fact…

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Wacaco Minipresso GR Brew Guide

No coffee shop in sight? Just don’t want to leave the couch? But the espresso is calling? We get it. Which is why we LOVE the Minipresso! For traveling or just that at-home latte making moment. The Minipresso pulls one perfect shot of espresso in little to no time. So if you’re camping, traveling, or just staying in for the day, you can still get…

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Coffee Hacks That Will Make Your Mornings So Much Better

We all NEED that morning cup of brew, right? So don’t settle for “meh.” We’ve put together some tips on how to brew a better cup and some hacks on how to switch it up!  Tips Use fresh beans – grind before using Coffee beans are roasted, allowed to cool, ground and then put in cans or packages. By the time you take them home, it…

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