Life on the coffee mountain

It starts with a drive up the mountain. A steep, winding drive that brings you closer and closer to the cloud line. The air becomes drier and thinner, the vegetation changes from plush bushes to soaring trees and layers of undergrowth. The only sounds you hear are the birds, the engine, and an occasional car in the distance...

How to identify high-quality coffee

A great cup of coffee starts with a great bean. While this may sound easy, identifying a great coffee can be very challenging if you don't know what to look. In this entry, we are going help you distinguish buzz words from words that universally indicate high quality coffee, starting with the bean type right through the roast.

Myth busting: Strong, bold, dark, and caffeine-packed

Strong, dark, bold, and caffeinated! These four words may sound great together but whether they go together really depends on the combination of coffee type, roast, and grounds-to-water ratio when brewing. n this blog, we break these terms down and hopefully, bust the myth that strong and bold means dark and power-packed.

Regional coffee profile: South America

Intoxicating, good body, sweet flavor...are words most commonly used to describe South American coffees -- and we have to agree! South American coffees are renowned for their aromatics and stunningly smooth, textured bodies. Grown on soaring mountain ranges, in rich volcanic soil, beneath old growth forests, and graced with stabilizing ocean winds, it's no wonder... Continue Reading →

Regional coffee profile: Asia

Silky, rich, earthy, spicy, savory, and wild are the words most commonly used to describe Southeast Asia's extraordinary arabica coffees. Spanning multiple bodies of water and countless, soaring volcanic mountain ranges, Asia's dramatic climate and unadulterated old growth forests provide wonderful growing conditions for coffee. In many Asian coffee growing countries, such as Indonesia, the... Continue Reading →

Bean basics: Arabica vs. Robusta

The first step to knowing your coffee is knowing what type of beans you are drinking. On the most basic level, beans are either Robustas or Arabicas. Robustas, traditionally associated with the lowest-end coffees, are slyly making their way back into the roaster -- often masked as a sparky espresso or blended in with an... Continue Reading →

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