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!
Wait a sec! Before you tear into that fresh new bag of coffee beans, how about a little tour around the bag to reveal the story behind the coffee you're about to brew.
We don't need much arm twisting to switch up our usual black coffee for a creamy latte now and then. And some basics on the different roast levels of coffee beans allows for changing up which roast you choose to suit both the brewing method and your coffee drink of choice.
Fresh is good. Stale is bad. That’s the bottom line when it comes to coffee bean storage. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to protect and preserve the freshness of those delicate beans.
Just as those who are curious to learn about their family tree sign up with genealogy websites, we coffee-obsessed types love a good dive into the evolution of our beloved beverage. Even though coffee has been around for centuries, it's the last few decades that has seen the greatest explosion of growth, change and awareness.
We’d need pages and pages to get into every facet of the language of coffee, simply because there are so many sub categories; Coffee shop lingo, the vocabulary of brewing methods, the glossary of roasting…and so on! So, thought we’d keep the terminology fairly basic, in terms of the kinds of things you’d hear every couple of seconds in our shop.
Each of us will have a memory of which day it hit us like a sucker punch to the gut that Covid-19 had arrived and it was going to be nasty. For basketball fans, March 11th was the day. It was the following day for hockey fans. For Vancouverites it was the...