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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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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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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The Real Reason Your Coffee Is Bitter

There’s nothing worse than pouring a big cup of coffee, bringing it to your lips, taking that first sweet drink, and realizing that it’s bitter as sin. Ya’ll, nothing is worse.  Your cup of coffee should be a burst of good flavor, not an overpowering dose of bitterness. So why does it end up bitter? Should Coffee Be Bitter?  It’s interesting that coffee is often…

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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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