In these modern times, there are so many ways to get yourself a pick-me-up. My brother reaches for his morning energy drink, usually a monster. (Bleh.) A friend of mine from college always has a case of Diet Coke in her trunk, just in case she needs a boost in morale. And we all have […]
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If you care about making really good coffee then you already know that the quality of your grinder is right up there with the quality of the coffee beans you use. Even if you buy the best beans roasted freshly across the street from the best roastery in your town your coffee will just not […]
Let’s face facts, for as much grief as blade grinders get the bottom line is this: pre-ground coffee will never be as good as grinding whole beans at home. Once coffee beans are ground there is little time before they begin to go stale. Some experts say within a minute, the most important oil and flavor […]
Stuck interning with the local Amish community? Or do you find that the simplicity of grinding beans by hands delivers you to a state of zen? Whatever your reason, the simplicity of a manual grinder is something to be sought after. Manual grinders are believed to retain more flavors of coffee because the grinding process […]
Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, after oil. The coffee business is worth $100 billion dollars, making millions in profits for the big companies that control it. And yet, most of the world’s coffee farmers made USD $1-3 per day, living well below the poverty line. Millions have been forced to […]
Down the mountain I wasn’t born a coffee farmer. In fact, for the first 25 years of my life, I had no idea what farming coffee was even like—until I traveled to San Juan Coatzóspam, a small town in the mountains of southern Mexico. As I learned on my first day there, growing coffee is […]
A lot of folks think of Fair Trade as something that rich people buy. Imagine someone ordering a “Fair Trade, organic, gluten-free, vegan latte,” and who comes to mind? Odds are, it’s not a trucker sitting in a diner—it’s someone in designer clothes and a Louis Vutton handbag. She orders her Fair Trade coffee in […]