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Organic Wild Berry Iced Tea    
  Organic Wild Berry Iced Tea

2 Tbsp. Organic Wild Berry Loose Leaf Tea per 8 oz water
Sugar or honey
Raspberries, strawberries or blueberries, optional

Heat water to a rolling boil (212° F), pour over tea leaves and steep for...

Bag of roasted beans   Which Has More Caffeine: Light or Dark Roast Coffee?  
  April 6, 2011  
  Which coffee has more caffeine? Here’s the abbreviated answer: It depends. 

Let’s dispel the most common myth right off the bat: A dark-roast bean contains more caffeine than a light-roast bean due to its stronger flavor. Not true. Actually, the caffeine content in both is virtually the same. An opposing view held by many is that the darker the roast level, the lower...

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  Tasting Tool: The Coffee Flavor Wheel  
  January 5, 2011  
  How often have you enjoyed a great cup of coffee but struggled to describe the qualities in it that impressed you? Well, you're not alone.

In the coffee industry, the ability to note and convey the distinct properties of a coffee is essential. From purchasing the finest green coffees to roasting and marketing them, descriptive words matter. So, the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) developed the reference tool on the left that helps to define two fundamental coffee traits: taste and aroma...

    Half Caff : A Flavorful Alternative to Decaf  
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  October 22, 2010  
  Decaf drinkers tend to be on a perpetual quest for a more flavorful cup of coffee. And for good reason. Regardless of the method used, decaffeination results in a significant loss of flavor, aroma, and acidity. Despite advanced technology, researchers have yet to find a way to remove caffeine from a fragile coffee bean without compromising much of its flavor in the process. To balance a preference for less caffeine with the desire for increased flavor, many decaf drinkers view "half caff" coffee as a viable alternative.  

        Espresso-based drinks   Espresso-Based Drinks: A Primer      
          October 12, 2010      
          As the weather begins to cool down, it's time to turn up the heat in your coffee cup. A great espresso-based drink carefully prepared by a seasoned barista is the perfect way to usher in the fall season. Unless you frequent espresso bars, though, it's easy to become intimidated by the range of choices on the menu board. Here's a diagram that takes the guesswork out of all things espresso and provides a handy reference tool for nine of the most common drinks.      
            Evaluating a Coffee's Essential Flavor Traits    
Evaluating a Coffee's Essential Flavor Traits    
  September 12, 2010    
  Experts are likely to agree on the overall quality of a particular coffee based on an evaluation known as "cupping"—a blind taste test conducted by a team of reviewers to rate a coffee—but they rarely score a coffee's key flavor traits identically. This is because each professional approaches the cupping process with different coffee palates. The same holds true for all coffee drinkers. Each of us defines a great cup of coffee based on widely disparate taste preferences and experiences.    

    The Effect of Roast Style on Coffee Flavor    
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  August 25, 2010        
  Coffee has never been without its share of enthusiasts willing to improvise with whatever tools were on hand for a fresh cup of joe. Frontiersmen, for example, roasted green coffee in tin pans over an open fire and ground the beans with their rifle butts. Thankfully, the science of coffee roasting has changed for most of us, but the importance of the roasting process has not. Aside from the quality of the green bean itself, no other factor contributes more to the flavor of coffee than the roast style applied to it.    
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Nutrition Facts of Coffee   The Skinny on Coffee: Calories and Nutrition  
          July 3, 2010      
If you're among the millions of Americans determined to cut back on calories and to focus increased attention on the nutritional value of foods, you might want to include coffee on your short list of non-fat, low-calorie beverages. From a nutritional standpoint, brewed coffee has virtually no fats, no carbohydrates, no cholesterol, and trace amounts of sodium (primarily a byproduct of the water used to brew the coffee and not the coffee itself). Brewed coffee also contains few calories. If a food label were required for coffeewhich it is notit would resemble the image to the left.

As to coffee's dietary advantages, let us offer a case in point. When one of our customers began a diet and exercise program last year, she feared that her love of chocolate would limit her ability to reach her desired weight goal. She had reason to worry since her office was located next door to a gourmet chocolate shop!  So, she relied on our own chocolate flavored...
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