It’s hot, and you’re craving a cold, refreshing beverage – right now! Sure, you can dump an espresso over ice and enjoy it immediately, but if you plan ahead and fix yourself a batch of cold brew, you’ve got the base for some lovely summer sipping.
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The new normal is going to be different. The post-pandemic return to work will be a significant adjustment for both businesses and employees. However, will reconnecting with coworkers be motivation enough to make transitioning back to the office worth it?
What do these three things have in common? Salad greens bought at the Trout Lake farmers market, a bottle of Blind Trust Red from Laughing Stock Vineyards in the Okanagan, and Etico Guatemalan Dark coffee.
Everybody’s got a story, and when it comes to our favourite coffee drinks, the story is a loving tribute to the birthplace of espresso – Italy! Caffè espresso means ‘pressed out coffee’. The precursor to our modern espresso machines pushed water and steam through a pressed puck of ground coffee. Resulting in a coffee brewed in a matter of seconds.
Long, long, long ago (before social media) it took time and word of mouth for new ideas, trends and fads to gain traction. Now, a 60 second TikTok video can spread like wildfire in less than a day. Love it or loathe it, TikTok is the most talked-about platform, thanks in no small part to the combination of idle hands and a worldwide pandemic.
The most recent stats claim that six million tonnes of used coffee grounds end up in landfills every year. As they decompose, coffee grounds release methane, the second-most abundant greenhouse gas. The only industrial-scale recycler of coffee grounds, Bio-Bean in the UK, turns coffee waste into fireplace logs and biofuel pellets. In Taiwan, outdoor and workout clothing manufacturer, Singtex, invented an eco-friendly yarn made from coffee grounds and plastic bottles.
Keeping you in the loop on all things coffee, we’re pretty obsessed right now about a fairly new coffee processing method that is starting to get a whole lot of buzz in the industry. Without going full Bill Nye the science guy on you, here’s the scoop on anaerobic processing.
"Location, location, location" is a common mantra in real estate, and the exact phrase could easily apply to the coffee bean belt. Bean belt? Actually, it's more of a band around the centre of the earth, a horizontal strip between the Tropic of Cancer in the north and the Tropic of Capricorn in the south often referred to as 'the tropics.' This is where coffee is grown.
Any time is a good time for decaf, and according to our in-house coffee experts, the quality, taste, and aroma have improved by a long shot in the last five years or so. Could any more memes or quotes be mocking that cup of caffeine-less coffee? Well, we’re not going there because it’s time decaf got some respect!