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Organic vs Conventional coffee

  In terms of chemicals, coffee is one of the most heavily treated crops of any agricultural commodity. In order to mass produce coffee, traditional growers often clear wide swaths of land, predominantly in the rainforest, where the crops receive direct sunlight all-day.  This all-day exposure to the sun weakens the immune system of the coffee crops and makes them more vulnerable to pests and insects. Hence, it is one of the reasons that coffee requires such large amounts of pesticides and insecticides.  This also explains why shade is very important. Many of these pesticides and insecticides sprayed directly on the crops end up in the coffee that people drink on a daily basis and therefore harm our bodies.  These...

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Quality and Grading

Today we’re just touching the tip of the iceberg that is the process of a coffee bean from the farm to your cup, but grading and screening is an important aspect of that great taste that you love!  As specialty coffee roasters we continuously strive to find the best quality green coffee beans because we care about consistency, quality and purchasing ethically.  As roasters, our biggest concern with consistency is that coffee beans are consistent in size and quality within a lot.  Larger beans roast slower than smaller ones, so it’s difficult to get a consistent roast if there are different sized beans in the same selection. We don’t just want good-sized beans; we want beans that were carefully sorted by...

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Your daily grind

Grinding coffee. Such an important part of enjoying your coffee, yet quite overseen! The very best way to enjoy your coffee is to grind your beans fresh, just before brewing. Below we'll show you a few grinder options  and explain why we do or do not like them.  Blade Grinder First things first: The Blade grinder is a no-no. A blade grinder chops the beans in an insonsistent way. It's better than nothing, but it does not do the beans any justice. Ups: they are cheap.     Burr Grinder Burr grinders are great.  They gently grind the beans in a consistent way.  Ups: Fast and consistent  Downs: some loss of quality. Due to the heating  of the burrs caused...

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About the origin of our Colombia Excelso (Bonanza).

How you and we make a difference in the world through coffee.. In the spotlight: AMUCC. The producer of our Organic Columbia excelso used in our Bonanza.  AMUCC- Asociación de Mujeres Caficultoras del Departamento del Cauca (Association of women coffee producers in the Cauca region (Columbia) The Association of Mujeres Caficultor (Women coffee producers) in the Department of Cauca (Colombia) was born in 1999, endorsed by CAFICAUCA, organizing several rural women, housewives and heads of families, with the objective of starting a joint work in coffee plantations and guaranteeing them a Income for the maintenance of their homes, contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of their associates and their families. Cauca Women Producers promote the micro-enterprise development...

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Certified organic!

It's been a while in the making but since last fall we are officially certified organic! We're in the midst of transferring to our new labels, locally printed of course! By next week we'll be able to show you our renewed look!!

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