Life of a bean…

The coffee bean begins life as a seed inside a protective husk called a cherry. Coffee cherries grow on plants ranging in height from 12-16 feet. The two main coffee tree categories are Arabica and Robusta and they are very, very different. Arabica plants are delicate and grow at elevations of 3,500-7,000 feet. Arabicas grow... Continue Reading →

How important is roast date?

“What is the roast date?”. It is an important question but not the most important question and it likely will not give you all of the information you are looking for. Roast date versus packaging has been a point of confusion in the coffee world for some years. Smaller roasters often focus heavily on roast... Continue Reading →

Meet your roaster!

Mills Coffee Roasting Co., one of the nation's oldest roasters, was founded by Thomas Mills, who emigrated from Scotland around 1860. Thomas originally called the company Mills Tea and Butter Company, only extending into coffee in the late 1800s / early 1900s. Thomas ran the company with the help of his sons -- after pulling... Continue Reading →

Brewing the perfect cup with an Aeropress

For those of you unfamiliar with the Aeropress, it is a wonderful, compact single cup pressure brewer. This fantastic hand brewer requires only human pressure (no electricity), fresh coffee grounds, and hot water to brew a delicious cup. Another great thing about Aeropress is that it makes the perfect travel companion! Lightweight and durable, you... Continue Reading →

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