How to Brew Green Tea

We are accused of being obsessed with coffee, to which we retort: “We can be obsessed with other things too, like tea!” Our Northwest Outreach Coordinator, Joshua Russert, a tea obsessive from way back, gives us an overview of brewing green tea.  All true teas come from the same plant; Camelia sinensis. There are two Read more

Tea

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

Coffee, Coffee Education

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

Coffee

Visiting Coffee Farms with Atlanta Chefs

Our coffee buyer, Bob Benck, travelled last month with some of Atlanta’s favorite chefs and Batdorf partners. They visited a few of the coffee farms that make our amazing coffees possible.  Recently I traveled to visit three of our supply partners in both Costa Rica and Guatemala.  This is not unusual for me, I regularly Read more

Atlanta, Coffee, News, Travel

Introducing Our Newest Roaster Alex Maes

Alex Maes is a legend in the Atlanta coffee community. He started pulling shots in a small coffee house before moving to Aurora Coffee for several years where he perfected his skills as a barista. Eventually, Alex found himself irreversibly immersed in the coffee industry and started working at the Dancing Goats Coffee Bar before joining the Read more

Atlanta, Coffee, News, Our People

Stevens Pass: A New Season

When I was 10 years-old I was initiated into the world of alpine skiing, riding a bright yellow school bus full of (mostly) happy youngsters up winding Highway 2 to Stevens Pass Ski Area. We looked up at those gleaming white peaks as we stepped off the bus into the crusty snow of the parking Read more

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