Charcoal latte

You may have sighted them in your local coffee shop, or on your favorite Instagram account. The dark, mysterious charcoal latte has captivated many coffee enthusiasts. Featuring beautiful art atop a luscious dark background, it’s touted both for spectacular visual appeal and health benefits. Activated charcoal, first showing up as a food supplement 5-10 years ago, could soon be found as an ingredient in everything from ice... Continue Reading →

Is coffee hydrating or a dehydrating? Find out!

Coffee is 99% water, but it is it a hydrating or a dehydrating? Actually, it's both. Though caffeine is a mild diuretic, the water content of the coffee balances out and essentially negates the diuretic properties of the caffeine. If this sounds surprising, you aren't alone in your shock.

Coffee, the drink or drug of Olympic champions?

“Coffee, It’s the lifeblood that fuels the dreams of champions!” ~ Mike Ditka Coffee in the world of elite sports is a contentious topic. Doctors, health professionals, individual consumers -- all have strong science-based positions on caffeine's role in elite athletic performance. The most prominent voice in the is coffee a performance enhancing drug question is... Continue Reading →

Sugar does what to my coffee?

Sugar and coffee are a bit like England and France, bound by history and mutual affection and stuck in a timeless battle for dominance. This may sound a bit extreme but, I assure you, it's true! To understand how cane sugar and other sweeteners impact brewed coffee, we must start with caffeine. Caffeine is a... Continue Reading →

Is it safe for children to drink coffee?

How young is too young to take that first sip? Well, that largely depends on where you live and what you believe. The great debate over if toddlers and adolescents should be able to drink coffee, and if so, at what age, is hotly debated and riddled with uncertainties. Today, we are going to attempt to add some clarity to what we know, looking first at the major fears of child coffee consumption before moving onto the facts and take-aways for the future.

Panama and coffee (it’s a love story)

The history of coffee in Panama is nothing short of a modern day love story. While debate exists over when coffee entered Panama, some claiming the late 18th century and most saying the early 19th century, there is little debate over who transported those precious first beans. The first coffee seeds were brought to Panama by a retired English sea captain and his Panamanian wife, whom together, wished to start a coffee farm.

The breakdown: acidity in coffee

Acidity in coffee is marvelous, wonderful, and often misunderstood. Today, we're breaking down what acidity in coffee means, how to identify it in a coffee description, and where to find high and / or low acidity coffees based on their growing region.

Why is good coffee so expensive?

Quantity, quality, harvesting, certification, roasting, packaging, and... expertise. Coffee, like any fine commodity, can be found in a range of price brackets (some staggering, we know!) and with very little information explaining the cost variation. Today, we hope to shed some light on why your favorite beans and brews can cost a pretty penny.

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