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Coffee’s Appellation Trail

One of the extraordinary things that happens when you drive from Guatemala City to Antigua Guatemala (to visit friends at Finca El Valle, for example), aside from surviving sketchy lane changes made by local buses, is something invisible. You cross a line, unknown to most people but well defined in the minds of that region’s Read more

The Madness of Kopi Luwak Coffee

Around the time that Journalist Charles MacKay published Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds in 1841, in which he discussed the Dutch “Tulip Mania” of the early 1600’s, a similar supply and demand driven phenomenon was emerging, again among the Dutch, but this time among Dutch Colonists in Sumatra. Unlike Tulip Mania, which Read more

Dancing Goats at Ponce City Market Atlanta

When our owners first toured what has been transformed into the Ponce City Market over three years ago, it was a mess. The hulking brick shell of what was once a Sears & Roebuck store, distribution center, and regional office had been mostly empty for 30 years. But Jamestown Properties had a vision for what Read more

What Does Coffee Have To Do With Submarines?

Prior to passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906, truth in labeling wasn’t a thing. For coffee, that meant you could say the coffee was from anywhere. Coffee drinkers liked coffee from exotic places, like Mocha or Java. (or a blend of both!) For much of the later part of the nineteenth century Read more

This is Whirling Dervish

The history of coffee is full of tales, both legend and recorded fact. There are spies and smugglers, kings and knaves, revolutionaries and reformers. But it is the origin stories that are the most mysterious, shrouded in myth. Two of our most popular coffees are based on stories that reach back to the beginnings where Read more

A Coffee For Every Season

We all know that taste is subjective and preferences are exactly that, preferences. We present here some ideas on coffee and seasons by way of inviting you to explore. Of course all our coffees can be enjoyed at any time, but here are some thoughts on discovery and our coffee throughout the year. Winter When Read more