We love Betty Rosbottom’s elegant and treat-filled book Coffee: Scrumptious Drinks & Treats so much, we just had to offer it in the shop. We highly recommend adding this book to your kitchen’s library; it’s chock full of wonderful espresso-inspired recipes that will keep you, your friends and family sufficiently sweetened.
Agricultural sustainability is a global challenge — from biodiversity to non-toxic farming practices, there are significant issues that we face in regard to ensuring our food supply is healthy, scalable and, most importantly, fair to everyone involved.
To that end, Lavazza launched the Tierra! Project in 2004, which supports sustainable economic, social and agricultural development in three coffee growing communities located in Honduras, Peru and Colombia. The Tierra! beans are 100% Arabica, completely traceable and you’ll know your money goes toward supporting an overall increase in the standard of living in these communities.
While coffee is regaled the world over and is the 2nd highest traded commodity, the farmers that grow these delicious beans receive very little of the economic boon you’d expect given the place their product has in the market. Supporting fair trade and economically sustainable coffee outfits is one step that you can take to help change this global dynamic. Sure, it’s small — but will likely make more of an impact than you can imagine.
The Coffee Bean Vac is a portable, vacuum-sealed unit that keeps everything from coffee beans to brown sugar fresh and delicious. Since it’s cordless, you can keep it anywhere on your counter top, in your pantry or even take it along whenever you travel (FAA restrictions do apply, of course!).
US World Barista Champion Kyle Glanville takes us on a tour of Ipanema Coffees in Brazil. This 6 minute clip from Boing Boing TV shows the agricultural process from harvest through drying.
…how many beans it takes to make your favorite coffee drink?
Mmmmmmm….one of our favorite things about Autumn is the gorgeous turning leaves — and the scent of woodsmoke flitting across the breeze as people stoke up their stoves for the first time this season.
What better way to warm up than to try a Maple Spice Latte? This smooth, creamy pick-me-up is delightfully subtle and spicy on the tongue. Enjoy!
- 3/4 ounce Monin Maple Spice syrup
- 1 splash of Monin Vanilla syrup
- 2 ounces brewed espresso
- 8 ounces steamed milk
- Whipped cream & brown sugar, for garnish
- Combine syrups and espresso in warm mug. Stir until well combined.
- Pour steamed milk and froth into mug.
- Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a bit of brown sugar.
Coffee is the second highest traded commodity in the world — with oil being number one. These delicious beans come to us from gorgeous little cherries grown on coffee plantations around the world and can vary in flavor from smooth chocolate to spicy loam. You can learn a lot more about the history, agriculture, processing, science and tastes of coffee in our article It Starts with Great Coffee. Educate yourself on the diverse delicacy of this delectable bean and we promise your favorite java will never taste the same way again!